Church Chairman’s Chatter
“For I am about to do something new.” Isaiah 43:19 (NLT)
Church Council met on August 9th for the first time since we resumed services back in the church sanctuary. Again a BIG thank you to all on council (and others) who have kept things going during the lock down and worked to reopen again with all of the Covid-19 compliances. Colleen Hage will be keeping an eye on any changes to Government requirements one way or the other and will advise us accordingly. Anything we do or plan in the future will be subject to those requirements.
You may recall that we had planned to have Assistant Bishop for Mission Stephen Schultz, visit us in July. This of course was not able to occur. We hope to have Stephen meet with us at some time in the future and live stream it on the website. We have the camera and equipment needed for video live streaming, but just need to get it set up. In the meantime, we are looking at planning to reach out into the community with the love of Jesus via our Christmas programmes – particularly the Carols In The Car Park. It’s not too early to be planning now. In fact planning normally starts in June-July. So please be in prayer for Pauline Hill and those working with her for these events. Also be available to serve Jesus in this way.
Our AGM was also supposed to be held during the lock-down time, but will now be combined with our Half Yearly meeting. The date of this congregational meeting is now planned for Sunday November 22nd at 1:30pm, one week before Advent Sunday. We will be calling for nominations for church officers closer to that time in accordance with our Constitution, but please be thinking and praying now.
During our absence from services, the weeds in the garden plot have gotten a little out of hand. George Graff, Peter and Kathy Anderson have tried to keep on top of them, but will need some added assistance from others in the congregation. If you can help, please speak to John Kuhlmann to volunteer.
The recyclable drink containers for Peachy Place can still be collected, but for health and safety purposes Ian Nitschke has urged us to wash them thoroughly and remove the lids. Alternatively, you can cash them in yourself and place the money in an envelope marked appropriately and left in the offering bowl.
We have agreed to allow the Playford College to park one of their buses in our car park behind the Op Shop, whilst they have some work done on their property.
Our next Church Council meeting will be on Sunday September 13th at 12:30pm.
In the midst of so much uncertainty, disappointment and the fear that Pastor mentioned in last week’s sermon, it is good to be reminded to give praise to Jesus and be encouraged and have our spirits lifted from scriptures such as these:
“Satisfy us each morning with your unfailing love, so we may sing for joy to the end of our lives. Give us gladness in proportion to our former misery! Replace the evil years with good.” – Psalm 90:14-15 (NLT)
God never disappoints us. Always trust him and lift up the name of Jesus, as He continues to do a new thing amongst us.
Pastor Greg Bensted
Pastor is here, most weekday mornings from 9:00am