Sandy's Appointment as Dean
Including Acting Rector Announcement
With apologies to those who heard it first on the radio or read it on social media or in the Mercury, ... below is what I announced at our church meetings online on 8th August 2021. I encourage you to read (or possibly re-read) it all. In addition, here is some extra related news…
With even more new apartments in Wollongong, members of St Michael's can continue to welcome newcomers and invite local residents to our services and activities. Pop a series of postcards into the letterboxes of your allocated block and pray for the residents within. If you're interested, please fill in a Connect Card, or email email@example.com.
Mental Health With God In Mind
View from the Couch- Annalise Tenhave
The isolation and loneliness characteristic of lockdowns is no joke. Look to Jesus. When Jesus was dying on the cross, he cried out in anguish about being forsaken – truly alone (Mark 15:34). Research clearly shows the effect of loneliness – reduced lifespan, cognitive ability, and physical health. During lockdowns, you might be feeling irritable, restless, flat, frustrated, sad, cranky, and generally lacking in motivation or the ability to concentrate. You’re not the only one feeling these things and it all comes under mental health.
In the last decade, mental health has been gaining attention and it’s at the fore right now. Statistics indicate that we all know (or will know) someone who’s struggling with their mental health. A friend, parent, sibling, child, grandparent, colleague – we all know someone. (In fact, in a family of 5, it’s likely at least 1 person will struggle with mental health).
Church Finances ~ As at the end of July, here’s our financial situation:
Offertory received last month - $60,499 Budgeted offertory last month - $64,000
Offertory received YTD - $420,003 Budgeted offertory YTD - $445,500
So, we are 5,7% behind the budget for giving, although we are also grateful for increased gifts to the National Trust Cathedral Restoration Fund. You can set up or adjust regular payments to A/c Name: St Michaels Anglican Cathedral (or as much as fits); BSB: 032-694; A/c Number: 266482. Description: ‘Offertory’. Thanks for your support.
WCCEB Pie Drive
Support High School SRE [via the WCCEB] in the gong. For $10 you can get a family-sized pie, with 6 flavours to choose from- 3 savoury and 3 sweet. Orders need to be in by TODAY, Thursday 19th, 9pm.GET ON IT!!!! Pick up this Sunday, details on the order form, select a time or ask for delivery. Again, if the pie drive is not for you, please consider praying for and financially supporting the WCCEB high school ministry on a regular basis, like mission giving. Download and read the newsletter for the WCCEB ministry during this term 3 so far.
Zoom Links for Sunday
*Please use your real name on the Zoom screen so we know who you are!
Year 13 is a gospel gap year where you learn more about following Jesus in the Bible and what that looks like in all of life. It is not a year off Uni, but rather a foundational year for lifelong Christian growth and friendship development that leads you into adult life. Current and former St Michael’s people to have done Yr13 include: Mitch Walker, Geoff Miller, Josh Hayward, Ali Shannon, Lara Hilliard, Bek Stacey, Lyndon Kerr, Ned Pratt + more. The course includes mission trips, Bible and ministry subjects, multiple camps, Church volunteer ministry, discipleship groups and plenty of other fun life skills and experiences. This coming Tuesday night from 7pm via zoom there is an info session, & there will be one every month. Rego here.
LiT Summer Camp
January this year, St Michael’s sent 31 senior high school youth to the Leaders in Training camp (Anglican Youthworks). It is a significant camp in the discipleship, leadership training and ministry development of our youth group, leading into kids, schools and youth ministry. It’s on again, Lord willing, this coming summer. REGO opens very soon! Spring LiT conference has been cancelled, therefore the summer one will sell out quicker than toilet paper in a supermarket! Rego opens September 1st, GET ON IT!!!