Hey friends and supporters!Here's a sample of what's been happening and what's coming up.
On behalf of CoastEC, thanks for you prayers, encouargement, friendship and generosity!
EKINS FAMILYThanks to some friends who looked after our kids, Sharon and I headed to Gloucester for a couple of nights. We went out for dinner, and were back at our place by 730pm. Yep, we still know how to party!
Caleb, Hannah and Chloe are always up for some ice cream at the wharf!
SUNDAYSForster, 4pm looks like this
Hallidays, 2pm looks like this
STAFFHere's most of the team plus their wives.
I am so thankful for the wonderful team God has drawn together.
Most of the staff raise a significant portion of their support from outside our church, so we are thankful for the generosity of many other Christians!
Joel and Hannah Hill - who will be leaving us in March to plant Manning Bible Church in Taree (Joel oversees mission and outreach)
Marty and Aimee Lofberg - who are expecting baby #3! (Marty oversees our volunteer serving teams, Sunday services, and music ministry)
Dev and AJ Blair - who now have 4 kids and 2 cats (Dev is responsible for our home group bible studies and maturing us in the Word and prayer. He also runs our GAP year program, and oversees Mens and Youth)
We also have the wonderful Heather Fitzhardinge who heads up Ministry Support and manages our office.
God willing, we will be taking on a couple of young people next year to do MTS (a 2 year ministry apprenticeship)
We are still in the process of interviewing people for a Kids and Youth role.
Please thank God for the great relationships on our team. Ask God to keep growing us in godliness, wisdom and effectiveness.
What's been happening?BAPTISM
We had a great time celebrating the new life God has given Noel, a young Aboriginal guy who's finally come to know Jesus after attending a bunch of events over the last 10 years!
We love getting together for food and fellowship. Here's a short vid from our recent bonfire.
CHURCH PLANTING - MBC Launch Team
We've been praying and dreaming about planting a new church up in Taree for 10 years. We now have a launch team for Manning Bible Church! The've started meeting to pray, plan and prep to see thousands across the Manning have a mighty hope in Jesus.
Please be praying that He'd be working through this crew to do exactly that.
If you know anyone living in that region who's keen to suss out Christianity or looking for a new church - 'LIKE' the MBC facebook page to keep up-to-date with all the news!
If you'd like to support this financially, please tag your giving for MBC
About 2 years ago, we paid a deposit for our block of land opposite the school about 2 years ago.
We're still waiting for the subdivision to be completed (it seems to be talking forever!).
We are in the process of talking with council about potential site layouts.
When we fully own the land we'll send our Design Brief to the architect.
Then we'll get some feedback and suggestions from the church on the design, and then keep refining the design until we're happy with it.
Once we've landed on a final design, we'll be able to work out how much it's likely to cost. And then we'll seek to raise the funds to begin construction on Stage 1.
All of this will obviously take several years, lots of prayer, hard work and sacrifice. But God willing, the site will become a hub for gospel ministry in the region for generations to come.
If you have any ideas about fundraising, or professional skills you're prepared to donate to CoastEC in regards to the building project, please let Chris know.
Please keep praying for wisdom for our Admin Committee and Design Team. Ask God to let the best ideas rise to the top, and to provide what we'll need.
If you'd like to give financially to our building fund, here are the details
Account Name: Coast EC Property Trust
Bank: Westpac Banking Corporation
BSB: 032 543
Account No: 286216
FINANCESI thank God for the amazing generosity and sacrifice so many of you have made that have enabled CoastEC to have the impact it has.
Starting new churches, employing staff, and building a ministry facility are all bold steps of faith which require wisdom, courage, sacrifice and some serious money!
If you'd like to invest in our ministries, our bank account details are:
Account Name: Coast Evangelical Church
Bank: Westpac Banking Corporation
BSB: 032 098
Account No: 218257
* We are trying to track our income sources so we know how we’re going at becoming self-funded locally. So, if you attend CoastEC, please tag your giving with your surname or ‘CoastEC member’, and if you don’t attend CoastEC, please tag your giving with your surname or ‘supporter’.
"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"