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This Sunday, our Wardens have asked that we have a Parish Info Zoom Meeting, in place of congregational Zooms. The aim of this meeting is to update everyone on ministry while Covid restrictions remain, the state of the Cathedral repairs, our finances, and important plans beyond. All services are strongly encouraged to attend. Join the 11am Zoom below or click the image above.
Meeting ID: 820 2726 1428                       Passcode: 333321
9:45am Livestream
Sunday 8 August
9:45am Livestream:
Micah 2
11am Parish Info Meeting
6pm Zoom:

1 Chronicles 10
Simply Christianity Course
Wednesdays, August 11- September 8, 7:30-9pm
Want to brush up on the basics of Christianity? Or maybe you have a friend who wants to find out more... The Simply Christianity Course will be happening again (over Zoom) on Wednesday evenings from 7:30-9pm. They will begin on the 11th of August and follow every Wednesday until September 8. You can express your interest here.
Skillful Service
Minister's Letter- Sandy Grant

Recently in my early morning Bible reading, I was struck by Proverbs 22:29…

Do you see someone skilled in their work? They will serve before kings; they will not serve before officials of low rank.

We sometimes downplay skill or capability in favour of character and convictions. And character is critical, because capability, without character, can be used to gain success without concern for God’s glory or moral conduct. Likewise, skills used in service of the wrong convictions can simply promote falsehood more efficiently.

But the proverb considers skill to be noteworthy, even likely to earn promotion. This lines up with my own prep for preaching Chronicles. Skill in every kind of work is appreciated there: stonecutters, masons and carpenters (1 Chr 22:15), metalsmiths, textile workers, engravers and timber cutters (2 Chr 2:7-8); the trained and skilled in music for the Lord (1 Chr 25:7). These skills were valued for the Temple in Jerusalem. Why would we want to serve King of all Creation with second rate skills or effort in his ‘dwelling place’?

Read More!

News & Notices

Karina Brabham
Our new CMS link missionary
will be ‘with’ us very soon - August 15-20. God willing, Karina will head to France in January. We will hear a little from her on Sunday 15th and there will be opportunities to hear further during the week. Currently, we are planning for an ‘all welcome’ Zoom event on both Monday and Tuesday evenings. Stacey would be glad to hear from you if you are willing to help host such an event (from home), or if you are willing to host Karina on Zoom for a daytime event, whether for a growth group or for your family or a few friends. It doesn’t need to be long - half an hour for afternoon tea with you and your kids, a gathering at lunchtime. Maybe someone in your household can brush up their French! The circumstances make incidental meeting of people much more difficult, so we’d love for Karina to be able to meet as many people as possible. 

National Grandparent Conference Goes Online!

Due to the current COVID restrictions, the National Grandparent Conference for 2021 will now be held online over one day, September 3rd! 
You can read more about how the conference will work, including pricing & commencing times here.
Registrations are open at https://figtree.church/events/national-grandparent-conference/.

International speaker Josh McDowell, well-known apologist and evangelist will speak on “Relationships that Transform”. Former Deputy PM, John Anderson, will speak on “The Jungle is encroaching on the garden - let’s teach our grandchildren how to garden again.” These speakers and more will provide inspiration to Grandparents of every age.
Watch this video update on the National Grandparent Conference from Ian Barnett. 

WCCEB Pie Drive

Lockdown making you sad, winter feeling too cold? Never fear, the WCCEB Annual Pie Drive is HERE! We have a fancy website ordering system for your bulk pie ordering convenience with CONTACTLESS ordering, payments and pick up options (we can even deliver!). Support high school SRE ministry in the Wollongong area, we need your prayers and pie-eating skills!! 

St Micks Youth

Juniors and Seniors, join us this week as we meet on Zoom for an Olympics Trivia Night!. Come dressed as your favourite Olympic sport or country.
Seniors | Thursday 7-9pm | Years 9-12
Meeting ID: 818 8254 1069 | Passcode: 254475
Juniors | Friday 7-8:30pm | Years 6-8: 

Meeting ID: 843 5478 5326 | Passcode: 073171

Andy at Youthworks

As announced in late June, Andy Stevenson is leaving his Youth & Youth Adults position at St Michael's and joining the Ministry Support Team at Youthworks. 
You can read this article featured in the latest 'Southern Cross' issue on what he'll be up to from Term 4 this year.

Sandy's Three of the Week

Lockdown Coping | OT Anti-Slavery? | Simple God-talk

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