From Our Team

John Hoogenhout

Words of thought from our Church Team

Dear Church Family

It is good to have Adam back home from his Compassion Insight Trip to the US and Haiti. His trip was subsidised by Compassion Australia, a mission committed to ‘releasing children from poverty in Jesus’ name.’ Adam’s travel itinerary included attending the Global Leadership Summit in Chicago, and then a week in Haiti. For those interested in knowing more of the experiences and places visited, you can read his report of the trip and his experiences on our web site, or collect a paper copy from the Connections Centre.

Pastor Michael and Nola Thurlow, and their four children will be with us at the end of the month. I am so excited about this! Having Michael and his family join our church family will be such a blessing. Michael will bring a wealth of ministry experience as we continue to grow and expand our ministry influence in our church and community. Please remember to pray for the Thurlow family as they say farewell to loved ones in Tasmania and settle into our community.

Dear Church Family

In regards to Michael, Nola and the family’s arrival, they need several weeks to find suitable housing, and for their furniture to arrive, etc. I’m wondering if there is someone in our church family who knows of temporary accommodation the Thurlow’s could use? Please let me know.

I was encouraged to see the number of people who attended our Creation Ministry information evening last week. There’s no doubt that many people are interested in the debate of creation vs evolution. This informative evening, asked/answered the question: Has science disproved the Bible? The seminar has been videoed and copies are available on request. But maybe even more helpful will be for you to log onto CMI’s website—you’ll be amazed at the information available.

I must mention the mammoth effort our Kidz Church team—both leaders and children— are putting into Operation Christmas Child by filling shoeboxes with gifts for children in under-developed countries around the world. We will be sending several hundred gift boxes again this year! Thank you to all who have donated and will donate to this powerful expression of God’s love to children at Christmas time.

Our Youth Group goes on camp this month! 18 to 20 September. Please pray for this event. Youth camps are times when teenagers are challenged and encouraged in their faith formation, so please pray for the leaders and our young people. I can look back on my own life and still reflect on the experiences I had at camps when I was a teen.

I also want to remind members of Church Council’s recent letter to the congregation giving an update on our current budget income shortfall. However, I’m very pleased to announce that our income for the month of August is over budget, but we are still about $50k year to date behind. Something that may make regular giving more consistent is to use electronic tithing and giving. We have a number of different ways you can give electronically such as:

  • through the website –
  • through Bpay or Direct Debit into the Church bank account
  • using the Eftpos machine at the Connections Centre

Lastly, Church Council seeks nominations for elders for 2016. Our elders run 3 year terms which means there will be some stepping down at the end of 2015 and we need nominations for consideration. Please submit any names to me or one of the elders by Sunday 13 September.

In grace, John

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