Yes as we approach Holy Week leading up to Good Friday, we can join the thousands of angels, living creatures and the elders and every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea who sing, “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and glory and praise!...for ever and ever!” AMEN!
(Revelation 5:12-13 - NIV)
What a privilege we have to worship our crucified and risen saviour, Jesus Christ again this Easter and proclaim the saving Grace of our Lord to all the world. The service times for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday have been in the weekly bulletin over the past few weeks of Lent. Thank you to Janine for the fine job you are doing in keeping us up with everything.
Church Council met a couple of weeks ago. We welcomed our assigned 4th year Seminary student Joel Grieger as he attended for the first time with our council. Our treasurer Eric Turnwald continues to report that our finances are holding up better than expected, for which we praise God.
A few dates to remember are our Spring Plant Sale in September and the 65th Church Anniversary/Reunion planned for Sunday November 21st, with one 10 am service. Details will follow.
Also coming up, is the church Annual General Meeting on May 30th at 1:30pm. What we have known as our Half Yearly Meeting and Election of Officers is now referred to in the constitution (11.2) as the Budget and Elections General Meeting. This must take place prior to the end of the financial year (December 31), which will probably be in November.
I announced to the Church Council that (primarily on medical advice), I will not be standing for re-election as Church Chairperson. Now is a good time to begin praying and exploring who would be a suitable candidate to be elected to the position.
You may have heard that we recently had to say farewell to our beautiful collie dog Sidney. It was very upsetting to lose my best buddy and I miss him very much. However, during his last days I would drive him to Fremont Park for walks (staggers). On Saturday mornings I discovered a group called “Cos We Care.” This group of volunteers turn up from 7:30 to 9am every Saturday in the first car park, distributing food and other items to the homeless and needy in the area. They are not church based in any way, but we can show the love of Christ by referring anyone that we know in need to them. I commend them to you and to make any donations. They often set up a barbeque outside of ALDI at Munno Para on Fridays and they simply ask customers to pick up something extra in their grocery shopping to contribute to the cause.
May the love, grace and blessings of our Lord be with you all during this coming Easter season.
Pastor Greg Bensted
Pastor is here, most weekday mornings from 9:00am