Hey Friends,Hey Friends!
My son Caleb was 4 weeks old when we moved to Forster to plant CoastEC.
He turned 11 recently - can you believe it?
The little punk talked me into* going on this ride with him (*begged relentlessly, until I caved)
This is how it made me feel
Sometimes life is like that.
You strap in for the ride. Its fun. And scary.
And sometimes you feel a bit pasty.
I suppose that's how I'm feeling at the moment. There have been lots of ups and downs in our ministries, and it's hard to keep my balance.
Anyway, would appreciate prayer for wisdom & energy and that The Lord would keep sustaining me.
What's been happening?
I've got some bitter-sweet news.
The sweet news is that Manning Bible will launch in March.
When we planted our 2pm Sunday Service at Hallidays almost 2 years ago, one of our goals was to connect with people who lived to the north so Joel could round up a launch team to plant a new church in Taree.
And that’s happened! Manning Bible Church (MBC) will launch in March.
We will be commissioning Joel and sending off the team at our combined 4pm service on 23rd Feb
Please pray for Joel as he leads the church plant; and for the launch team to serve Jesus well.
Ask the Father to bring many sons and daughters home.
The bitter news is that from 16 Feb, our 2pm service will be shutting down for a season.
This has been a really hard and painful decision to make.
Sadly, we don’t have the resources to give it the time, energy and focus it needs.
Our staff have been meeting with those who attend the 2pm service to help them process this decision and work out the best way forward.
God willing, we will re-boot a Sunday Service at Hallidays in the years to come, and in the mean time we will still be running our other ministries up there (home groups, LIFE series, connect events etc).
But please pray for those who are finding this decision hard. Our hope and prayer is for them to start coming to our 4pm service from the 23rd Feb.
We're thankful to God for our Gospel Apprenticeship Program. Dev is doing a great job overseeing this.
Makahley is off to study in Sydney (and get involved in a church plant in Parramatta)
Nadia is sticking around to serve at church at do some study
Jimmy is off to help with the church plant in Taree.
We've got another 3 GAPers starting now
So please pray for Juliette, Liam and Cooper. Ask God to grow them in their love for the Lord, the brothers and sisters, and the lost.
Please pray for God to draw people to Himself through this short course we are running on Wednesday nights in Feb
|BUILDING DONATIONS ARE NOW TAX DEDUCTIBLE|
As we head down the path of building our own ministry facilities, we are aware of the crazy cost. Its daunting. Help!
Some great news!!! You can now make tax deductible donations towards the 'Sunday School' portion of our facilities.
So please dig deep and help us get this thing done!
You can make one off donations or set up regular giving here:
Bank: Westpac BSB: 032 543 Account No: 291947
Tax receipts will be issued after July 30 (so tag your giving with your surname, and if we don't have your contact details, please email them to [email protected] along with a reference to your donation)
"I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart"
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