Thanksgiving Sunday

What a great celebration of our great and merciful God.   At 930 and 4pm and 6pm we read Psalm 13 as balloons we sent aloft symbolising us expressing all our feelings and especially our thanks to God.  We wrote about how we are feeling on sticky pads recognising that the God of the Bible especially in the Psalms urges us to constantly be real before Him and express to him all our joys and sorrows, needs and praise.  I have read most of these and have been deeply touched by the struggles, joys and determination of our members to press on with Jesus. Thank you too for those who shared with others their testimonies and their praise points. 

Thank you to those who have already made their Thanksgiving Appeal gift.  Our target this year is to raise $15,000 towards our 2020 Budget for ministries.  So far around $7700 has been given – a great start.  Please get you gifts in electronically or by the collection  over the next 3 weeks.  But please mark them clearly  “Thanksgiving  Appeal”.   These gifts are vital for us as we plan our 2020 staff and ministries.

News from Evan and Madi Moses

You’ll remember that Evan trained with us in 2014-15 as one of the first in Sydney to pioneer the new MTS /Youthworks model of training and studying.  Many of us supported them financially and prayerfully during that time.  Many have continued to do this over the past 4 years as Evan has completed his training and studying for 4 years at Moore College.  He has been a student minister in the ethnically diverse Parishes of Arncliffe and St George North.  Now we rejoice at the news that Evan has been appointed youth and Children’s Pastor fulltime at St Mary’s Anglican starting in January. As Evan expresses it:

“Madi and I would like to announce that next year we will be moving to St Marys! Praise God! Woohoo!!!We’re very excited to be moving and taking up this position. We’ve been wonderfully welcomed by Trent, his family and another family from St Marys and can’t wait to join them. We’re so very thankful for the role you’ve played in supporting us and getting us to this point. We wouldn’t have made it without your support, prayer and financial. We’re thankful for the time and money you’ve invested in us and our prayer is that God will use the training and equipping you made happen to glorify him and grow his kingdom.  So much love for you all,  Evan and Madi Moses  (0434 955 418)”

This is yet another wonderful part of the story of Gymea Anglican, our vision & commitment to “train locally and send globally”.  Please keep praying that God will raise up from among us more young men and women who will take the gospel of Jesus across our city and world.

More Clergy Needed for Sydney and Beyond

For some time there has been a belief that Sydney Diocese is over supplied with clergy.  At the recent Sydney though concerns were raised about the lack of men especially training for Anglican Parish ministry, and in particular the lack of Rectors or Senior Pastors to lead Parishes.  Presently 30 Parishes are seeking new rectors, 9 in our Region of the Illawarra.  We have been asked by our Bishop Peter Hayward to make this a matter of prayer.  As well as supplying the needs of Sydney, our Diocese and Moore & SMBC have supplied clergy to lead Parishes in Evangelical Diocese like Armidale and North West Australia. In recent years, Sydney clergy have also filled significant places in Melbourne, Canberra-Goulburn, Newcastle,  Tasmania and North Territory.  So a lack in Sydney also affects other parts of Australia.

Your brother in Christ Graham Crew