Message from Tony Willis assistant to Bishop of Wollongong Peter Hayward
Freedom for Faith now have a Briefing Paper on their site relating to the Government and Religious Freedom Legislation, although it does not make suggestions as to what people could or should do. See https://freedomforfaith.org.au/library/briefing-paper-july-2019. I would encourage you to think through the issues and where appropriate talk with local MP’s.
Our Mission Partners CMS – Update
CMS writes …Your generous support, through prayer and financial giving, has meant that 150 CMS NSW & ACT missionaries have been enabled to proclaim the gospel throughout the world. CMS supporters gave a total of $7.73 million this year. We particularly give thanks for the further generous giving during the St Andrew’s Hall Melbourne Redevelopment Project. Because of urgent needs for renovation, CMS was looking to raise $2 million from a public campaign during 2018 and 2019, out of an anticipated $17 million project cost. Praise God that CMS supporters gave over $2.94 million towards the public portion of the redevelopment! CMS NSW & ACT has accepted 19 new missionaries-in-training for 2019!! (Brilliant!) Yours in Christ’s service, John Menear (Acting General Secretary)
Parish Council Faculty Decision
After 3 months of ongoing consultation and presentation by Mr Chris Harrison at all Sunday services Parish Council last night decided unanimously to proceed to a faculty application with stage one of the proposed interior church changes. This will involve installation of a ramp , and the removal of the pulpit and bishop’s chairs. Those who donated furniture will be contacted and it is hoped that the ramp will be able to be inserted into the platform rather than intrude into the body of the church. Handrails will be installed. Two years ago PC allocated funds of between $4-5,000 for this entire project so this will not involve budget or an appeal for funding.
David Mansfield’s Farewell
After 10 years as Anglican Aid’s CEO, David Mansfield will retire later in the year. Please join us at St Luke’s Miranda on Sunday, 25 August from 2pm to 4pm, as we thank God for David’s ministry both at Anglican Aid and in other parts of the diocese over many years.
Some prayer points for the Watsons in Darwin
Pray for safety and relationship building with the two teams, from Monavale & Austinmer churches, that are here volunteering. Pray for the Watson family as they grieve the loss of their mother & nana. Pray for Nat, finding it challenging to have such a difficult work load and be a good mum. Pray for Jim as he seeks to encourage Kimberley people to come to Nungalinya college. Pray he has the time to connect with them well when they are there.
Your brother in Christ Graham Crew