Sunday School Workshop: On Sunday 24 July 2016 the Sunday School Programme has planned a time of encouragement and fellowship for the teachers and helpers of this most important ministry of our Church. John Crerar will speak on positive child management issues. This is a time for us to talk together and share ideas and prayer points for our children and other related matters. This will happen at the conclusion of the 10.30am worship service. Colin and Rosalie Llewellyn – Superintendents.
Men’s Basecamp: Saturday 6 August at Australian Technology Park
Program: 12 Minute personal talks; Inspiring stories of men who have gone before you! and Special guest speaker – Jonny Gibson, on 2 Peter 3.
Group Discount: $83.
Lunch: BYO or pre-order.
Last year a few men from BPC had a great day with around 1500 men. So far 10 men from BPC are going, so this year we encourage you to join us and men across all generations.
Enquiries and Names to: Ray Brown, Dev Daniel or Charles Minto as soon as possible please.
PWA: Our PWA is holding a Bible Study on “Martha and Mary – two women who knew Jesus”. It will be on Tuesday 2nd August. Morning tea will be provided at 9:30 a.m. before the Bible Study begins at 10 a.m. All our PWA ladies are reminded that it is on instead of our usual meeting. We would love to see any interested ladies from the congregation.
Advanced Notice of Connect Women Event Saturday 22nd October: A presentation by Naomi Reed, well-known Christian author and missionary. Naomi will be presenting “Freedom from Worry? What wisdom does the Bible have to help us cope with life’s pressures?” Invitations available in August. For more information, please contact Brenda Minto, Sue Brown or Hoiva Cheung.
Next Week: ‘Tithes and Offerings’ based on Deuteronomy 26:1-15; Malachi 3:6-12; and Romans 12:1-2. Read it ahead of time!
Brief Report on the General Assembly:
a) A biblical study on eldership and deacons is commended to the presbyteries and sessions of the church. This study was requested by the GA last year, and Murray Smith has researched and written it. The goal is to promote a discussion on this important topic.
b) All churches are urged to speak clearly and winsomely to the plebiscite on same sex marriage. See the latest issue of the Pulse magazine for suggestions on how to do this. The magazine is available at the front door while stock lasts.
c) To celebrate the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s nailing the 95 thesis to the Wittenberg church door, the national PCA invites every parish to prepare for a week devoted to evangelism. Also, there will be a tour of Reformation sites in Europe for those interested and able.
d) The Scots Church, Sydney, will close in 2016 and then open again in 2017 as a new church plant led by Rev. David Thurston. He has done similar church plants in Blacktown, Parramatta, Drummoyne, and Abbotsford.
Hall Roof Fund: The repayment of the $150,000 loan from the Glenburn Capital TIF Account as at 9th July, 2016 amounts to $45,530 which includes $18,850 donations, $13,430 GST reimbursed and $13,250 from Church Funds. The balance owing as at 9th July is $104,470. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to this special fund over the last 12 months, it is appreciated. Pat Watts, Church Treasurer.
Financial Results for the 6 months ended 30th June, 2016: The financial result for the 6 months ended June was a net loss of $21,276.46 compared to a budgeted loss of $19,507 – an unfavourable variance of minus $1,769.46. The 2016 budget which was approved at the AGM in April listed a deficit for the 12 months of $17,407 – this reflected the cost of alternate accommodation for our Minister until current Manse is upgraded (rent for the 6 months amounts to $21,000). Our major concern relates to the level of income received for the last six months – total income at $114,797.63 is $9,142.37 below budget. The level of Collection/Offerings for the last 6 months amounted to $87,054.05 and was $1,945 below the amount received for the same period in 2015. Expenses for the 6 months are $7,372.91 below budget however, this result was only achieved by the receipt of refunds amounting to $11,986.90 which included $8,500 NSW Government Grants for the upgrade of the hall in October, 2014 – this refund was finally received in January, 2016. We must remain positive and aim to overcome this current shortfall in funds. Pat Watts, Church Treasurer.