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MESSAGE FROM THE SENIOR PASTOR



The dust has settled on May Mission Month for 2020 and I just want to say how proud I was of our community of faith. Even though we had fewer donors than years past (one of three things we keep track of along with the overall total and how our regular offerings are affected) the fact that we surpassed the target was really encouraging.
The uncertainty brought about by COVID-19 (and it’s far from over) made this year’s target of $190,000 feel particularly big. It was also, however, an opportunity for us to lean into faith and be Big-Hearted and Others-Focused (two of our newly adopted values). The Big-Hearted part is easy to identify, but it is equally important to recognize that this response of faith was putting the needs of others around the world ahead of our own.

And all of this is part of our invitation to participate with what God is doing in the world to renew and restore all things. The many families in Lebanon who will have their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs met. The countless Indigenous people who will be able to read the Word of God in their heart language and respond to the gospel. The young women in Cambodia who will have loving support during difficult pregnancies. The many people around the world who are impacted by the work of our sent missionaries. All facilitated by our having said “Yes” to God’s invitation to financially support these projects.

Thank you for giving, but thank you for the encouragement that it is to see people live out “Yes” to God!

Marc Rader

Services - GBC Online

SUNDAY 21st JUNE 2020

Marc Rader: Senior Pastor 

Anchored: Therefore ... PERSEVERE!

Services: 8.30am|10.30am|6.00pm
SUNDAY 28th JUNE 2020

Jodene Watling: Associate Pastor

Anchored: Together

Services: 8.30am|10.30am|6.00pm

Announcements and Upcoming Events

GBC Updates

Don't miss this week's GBC Update from our Senior Pastor Marc Rader - click on the video image below for the latest update of what's happening at GBC.

This week: Update on May Mission Month total for 2020; current COVID-19 Restrictions & Re-opening Strategy (including LifeGroups, ConnectGroups & GBC Youth); plus our first ever Mid-Year Meeting Online.

To be notified of all new GBC content make sure you subscribe to our YouTube channel

GBC COVID-19 Survey and Focus Groups - Thanks!

Thank you to those who participated in the GBC COVID-19 survey and indicated a willingness to be part of a focus group. This will be reported on at our Mid-Year Meeting (date to be confirmed).

GBC's Reopening Strategy

Make sure you watch the GBC Updates video (above) for all the latest info from Marc Rader on GBC's Re-opening Strategy.

Partnership Newsletter #14

Just a reminder you can download and read GBC's Partnership Newsletter #14 "The Church UnGathered" here

Limited copies are available; if someone you know doesn't have internet access and would like a hard copy, please ask them to call GBC Office on 9521 4611 or email us on their behalf to arrange collection. 

Mid-Year Meeting - Postponed to July (Date To be Confirmed)

As previously mentioned by Marc Rader, the Mid-Year Meeting, scheduled for this Sunday, is now expected to take place on a Sunday in mid to late July. The meeting will be held remotely (via Zoom).

More information to follow shortly - stay tuned!

GBC Prayer
This Tuesday at 8:00pm AEST we'll be led by a member of our Prayer Team in Prayer Reflection.

Join us via instagram @gymeabaptist or at our Gymea Baptist Church Facebook page
GBC Youth
GBC YOUTH (Online) - tonight and every Friday night during school term (Yrs 7 - 12).

This week:
  • Devotions: Download Plan from YouVersion
  • _gbcyouth Insta Juggling Challenge
  • GBC Youth (Online) Friday 7pm.
GBC Youth - Boom! Legends!!

To find out more contact Matt, The Youth Guy (aka GBC Youth Coordinator).
KidzHome
ACTIVITY SHEETS - We love for our kids to participate during the service at GBC Online. Each week in the Notes section we provide an activity sheet to download and print. Roxane, our Children's Ministry Coodinator, also emails the Activity Sheets to allow you to print it out ready for the Sunday service. If you'd like to be included in this email list please send Roxane an email. Make sure you send in the amazing craft activities we hear your kids are creating during GBC Online - email Roxane photos of your kids' artworks to be featured via social media pages. 

MEMORY VERSE MONDAY - Check out GBC's website for this week's Memory Verse Challenge. Our Kidzone leaders are taking turns to teach a new verse each week in very creative ways. One of our values at GBC is to be Whole-Life Learners; everyone, kids and adults, can benefit from taking up this challenge - so why not give it a go and get God's word into your hearts and minds!
Congregational Care: Elders & GBC Cares

If you need support from any of these teams please call or email us anytime: 

Elders: 0410 156 396 or 8515 1999 or email 
GBC Cares: 0400 535 637 or email

The Elders are supporting us through prayer. They are praying specifically for the prayer requests we receive each week. You can ask for prayer by calling/emailing the Elders (see above) or submit it online via GBC Links and/or the Prayer Requests tab at GBC Online. Your prayer request will be prayed for by our Staff, Elders and Prayer Team.

GBC Cares teams assist with practical support, food (pantry and fresh) and ready-made meals; they even deliver to your front door! Our Care Callers continue to check in with people in our congregation.

Hopefield

HOPEFIELD SESSIONS - Join us to watch our very first Hopefield Sessions via our GBC YouTube channel and share this video with friends and family. Two of the Hopefield staff (Robert Boardman, Clinical Director, and Linda Salem, Psychologist) have a conversation with Jodene about stress and anxiety which can be an outcome of the change we're experiencing through these unprecedented times. We also look at how it affects different generations (kids, youth, adults and the elderly) and what are the invitations and possibilities that change offers to us.

SHOW US YOUR CANS - Hopefield have recently been involved with some other organisations in setting up a local food co-op called “show us your cans”  and has been set up to support individuals and families that are struggling in our local area. If you would like to support this initiative through provision of non-perishable items for hampers or to volunteer please call the Hopefield office on 9545 0299  Monday-Friday 9.30am-4.30pm. 

For any enquiries or bookings please contact Hopefield on 9545 0299, by email or via our website

Playtime@Home

Playtime@Home is learning about "numbers" this term through craft, song and activities via a fun and interactive video presented by one of our Playtime Leaders. This week's video is from Meddwyn Hinton.

If you know anyone who would like to receive the Playtime@Home resources including the weekly Playtime Leader's video with ideas for engaging young children, please email our Playtime Coordinator - Meddwyn and/or request to join Gymea Baptist Church Playtime on Facebook.

GBC Online via Phone

Family and friends who do not have access to the internet can now listen to our GBC Online service this Sunday by phone - call 02 5925 4015 - from 8:30am. Share this number with them and invite them to join you on Sunday!

Contact

Gymea Baptist Church

2-10 Tea Gardens Ave, Kirrawee
02 9521 4611
www.gymeabaptist.org.au

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