Hey friends!We've got 2 big things to let you know!
1. LAND - WE'RE BUYING!
Some great news - it's official! We've signed a contract and put a deposit down to buy some land so CoastEC can build a ministry facility on! This has been something we've planned towards for 8 years, and an anonymous donor has given us enough money to pay for it outright. Such an amazing gift hey! Please join me in thanking God for his outrageous provision!
The land is just over the road from the school, and God willing will become a hub for gospel ministry in our region for years to come.The land hasn't been subdivided yet, and it may take somewhere between 3-18 months. When the subdivision goes thru, we will settle, and then be the proud owners of the land. Over the next year to 18 months we will have plenty of time to do some master planning of the site; get draft designs happening, and start fundraising for stage 1 of the building. Please pray for wisdom for our Admin Committee as they navigate some new territory. And ask God to provide everything we'll need to proceed down this exciting path! If you're keen to help us fund our building project, I would love to hear from you!
2. STAFF - WE'RE HIRING!
God willing, we will employ someone next year to oversee all our ministry teams and music ministry. They will have particular responsibility for all our Sunday gatherings, and will co-ordinate the large and growing number of volunteers who are using their gifts to serve the Lord and His church. This will help us start strong when we kick off our next congregation up at Hallidays (early 2018?), and stay strong as we maintain and grow our existing ministries. They will basically recruit volunteers, support & train our drivers to build and lead their teams, and oversee our music ministry across all our services.
Chris has started interviewing some people for our next staff position and he has some more interviews lined up in the next month or so. Please pray for God to raise up the right person for the job, and to give us wisdom as we seek to identify and appoint them. If you know someone who you think would be a great fit, please encourage them to contact Chris.
WEEKEND AWAY 11-13th AUG
Please pray for Dave McDonald (National Director of the FIEC) as he speaks to us from Romans 8 over the weekend. Ask that God would teach and equip us to keep going when things get tough.
CAP $ (29th Aug, 5th Sept)
We're running a free money management course to help those struggling with debt and limited finance. Pray we'd be a blessing to the poor in our community, that they'd be equipped to handle their finances well, and for them to meet The One who can meet all their needs. Pray for Mark and Kerrie as they run the course.
FinancesWe thank God for His amazing provision and the generosity of His people. Last year we were able to fund 71% of our expenses from local giving. Employing another staff member and starting a new congregation will obviously cost more money. So can you please prayerfully consider making a one off donation toward these specific projects (or increasing your regular giving for 2017)? If you'd like to set up direct giving to the church account, details are HERE
- 9th, 16th, 23rd AUG - Diving Deeper
- 28th Aug - HGL Meeting
- 4-8 Sept - FIEC Conference and staff planning days
- 17th Sept - Newish BBQ
- 22 Sept - Women's Event
- 24th Sept - Youth and Kids Leaders meeting
- 29-30th Sept - MTS Conference
DREAM & SCHEME 10th SEPTWe're gathering our formal members together to pray and plan for the future. Ask for gospel unity and passion, and for the best ideas to rise to the top.
MEMBERSHIP COURSE (23rd, 30th Sept)Pray for our Under the Bonnet course as we seek to help newcomers understand our churches beliefs and mission, and invite them to become formal partners with us. Ask for God to use this to help us be of one mind and heart in our desire and efforts to see the gospel go viral.
WOMEN'S PREACHING MORNING (27 Aug)Some CoastEC women got trained by Lesley Ramsay at a preaching training session in July.
Now they have the opportunity to put their skills into practice! They'll be gathering with the other women of CoastEC to have a crack. Please ask God to equip them as preachers of the Word, and for the Word to do it's work in the lives of our women.