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MESSAGE FROM THE SENIOR PASTOR



This weekend the Church Leadership Team (made up of our deacons) is meeting for a half-day to begin to discern where God is leading us as a community of faith in 2021 (Yes, it’s that time of year already!). 

We’re going to be meeting for church at 8:30 and then kicking on until the early afternoon.
I am really looking forward to the time together to focus on next steps. I’ve been very appreciative of their support this year, in particular, as we’ve had to make unprecedented decisions. I’d love if you’d take a few minutes to pray for our time together; that our discussions would be guided by the Spirit and that we would discern the direction that the Lord wants for us. I am looking forward to sharing where we feel God is leading us at our AGM in November.

As a senior staff we are also working hard at ways we can connect together. The Hope Drive (the second Sunday of every month) and a prayer focus on Tuesdays are both ways we are encouraging a sense of doing things together. We’ve got a bunch of other ideas we’re exploring, but the most significant is encouraging everyone to get into a Life Group. With the restrictions we are under, gathering in homes is the simplest and most effective way to feel connected to others. You can register your interest or find a group on GBC Links (see the LifeGroup section below). You may also want to invite someone (or several someones) to join you on Sunday for church (with a cuppa, lunch, or dinner afterwards, or before) as a way to connect as well.

Hope to "see" you Sunday!
 
Marc Rader

Services - GBC Online

SUNDAY 20TH SEPTEMBER 2020

Matt Willis: Youth Coordinator

Songs of the People: Psalm 145

Services: 8.30am|10.30am|6.00pm
SUNDAY 27TH SEPTEMBER 2020

Marc Rader: Senior Pastor

Songs of the People: Psalm 25

Services: 8.30am|10.30am|6.00pm

Announcements and Upcoming Events

GBC Updates

Click on the video image below for the GBC Friday Update from our Senior Pastor Marc Rader.

This week:

  • New paid Role at GBC - Serve Team Leader (see "Position Vacant" below);
  • Prayer & Fasting Tuesdays (see "GBC Prayer" section below for more info);
  • Tech Issue for GBC Online - ensure you use "www.gbconline.org.au";
  • Young Adults LifeGroups are starting - 10 October (refer to LifeGroup section below);
  • GLS#20 Online - 17 October (see GLS section below)
Join the Chats this Sunday at GBC Online - It's always encouraging, for everyone, to see who is "in the room" with us so please remember to log in and say "hello" in the chats during the online service. 

Invite a friend or two to join you at your place on Sundays for GBC Online together.

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

GBC Position Vacant
As Marc mentioned in the Friday Update (see video above) we are seeking to add a member to our staff team - "Serve Team Leader" - One day/week Paid. Applications close 30 September.

Role description is on GBC Links home page - click on link to view: Serve Team Leader Role Description.
GBC Prayer
As Marc mentioned in the Friday Updates video above - as a community of faith, GBC is setting aside Tuesdays to pray and fast together. 

Last Tuesday our prayer focus was on Hopefield.
Our Prayer Team Coordinator, Nicolie, shared Vicki Sherry's prayer points for Hopefield via video on Facebook and Instagram.

Early next week keep an eye on social media (Facebook and Instagram) for next Tuesday's prayer focus. Join us on Tuesday and let's pray together! 
GBC Online - Tech Issues - Needs "www"

When logging on to GBC Online this Sunday - if you type the address into your browser ensure you put "www" at the start ie www.gbconline.org.au OR click on this link on Sunday to log into the service direct.

Young Adults LifeGroups

Starting 10 October - 4 new Young Adults LifeGroups. We're pumped to have 26 young adults joining us for the first Connect Group via Zoom on October 10.
If you're aged 18-25 years and want to join a Young Adults LifeGroup - email Matt Willis or Brett Robinson.

Global Leadership Summit - Online

The GLS#20 One Day Online Experience is on Saturday 17 October 9:00am - 4:00pm.

Registration: $50 (early bird rate closes end Sep). Make sure you click on the Sydney event (AEDT) on 17 Oct.

For info regarding Speakers, Program, to register, click on the link to the GLS website below. 

https://globalleadership.org.au/gls-2020/

We are hoping to have a few GBC people hosting a "hub" (micro gathering) in their home. If you'd like to host or join a GBC "hub" to watch the GLS online with other GBC peeps email GBC Office.

Hopefield - HopeDrive Thanks

Thanks for being involved in last Sunday's HopeDrive - 62 cars drove through the drop off on GBC's driveway and gauging from the photos on GBC's Facebook and Instagram - the tables were filled to overflowing with donated groceries from Hopefield's items needed list.

Living out our GBC values - Others-Focused, Big-Hearted and On-Purpose!

Next HopeDrive: Sunday 11 October (every 2nd Sunday of the month)

Hopefield

UPCOMING EVENT: Understanding and Managing Anxiety in Children - Online Webinar.
Friday 16 October at 11:00am; or Monday 26 October at 7:00pm (1.5 hour duration).
Cost: $10 per screen

To register/pay via TryBooking - click on your preferred time below:
Friday 16 October 11am OR Monday 26 October 7pm

Kerry Moss is an author and educator from Hopefield presenting an online community education session to help with supporting children (ages 2-12) through anxious moments. She will explore the physical, emotional and relational effects of anxiety on both parent and child, and offer strategies for supporting children through anxious moments (incl. fire, storms & COVID-19) on children and family wellbeing.

For further information please contact Hopefield on 9545 0299, by email or via their website.

LifeGroups

We are encouraging people to create connection, discipleship and care by getting involved in a LifeGroup and to make it a #1 priority to attend each week.

Check out the LifeGroups tab in GBC Links. There you can:
1) See a list of all the LifeGroups (leaders, photos and times they meet);
2) Fill out an Expression of Interest form (if you want to join a LifeGroup);
3) Download the LifeGroup Study Notes and Questions.

If you are NOT in a LifeGroup - what are you waiting for? Log into GBCLinks, take a look at the Group List and click on the Expression of Interest link above to let us know what times during the week you'd be able to attend a LifeGroup. Any questions please contact GBC's LifeGroup Coordinator - Brett Robinson via email.

Congregational Care:  Elders  /  GBC Cares  

If you need prayer or practical support please call or email the teams anytime. 

For Prayer Support - contact the Elders by phone: 0410 156 396 or 8515 1999 or email 
Our Elders meet with Marc Rader on the second Sunday of each month to pray for GBC and discuss pastoral care. They also meet weekly to pray for specific prayer requests submitted via email or during GBC Online.

For Practical Support - contact GBC Cares by phone: 0400 535 637 or email

GBC Safe Church

If you volunteer at GBC in any capacity and have not yet completed the Safe Churches short screening questionnaire please do it this weekend - time is running out! 

Click on the link below for your age group's questionnaire - honestly, it only takes a few minutes to complete.

If you're 18 and over - click the link to the over 18 questionnaire

For those who are not yet 18 - click here for the under-18 questionnaire.

Any questions please contact the GBC Serve Team via email.

Playtime

Playtime has returned to face-to-face meeting in our new Covid Safe format (Monday-Friday 10:00am - 11:30am).

Please note: Spaces are limited to 18 people (adults & children) per session and registration is essential for every session each week. 

If you have any questions; or if you're interested in joining Playtime for the first time; or perhaps you feel God is nudging you to assist or lead, please contact Meddwyn by email or phone GBC office on 9521 4611.

GBC Youth
GBC Youth has returned to face-to-face meetings at GBC for Term 3:
  • EDGE YOUTH: Yrs 5 & 6. Wednesdays from 5:30pm to 7:00pm
  • GBC YOUTH: Yrs 7-12. Fridays from 7:00pm to 9:30pm
Parents: Check out EDGE & GBC Youth's Term 3 Programs and read through the GBC Youth's COVID Safe Plan  (FYI: Also available on GBC Links ("Youth" tab) and on GBC's website).

Contact: For enquiries, email Matt, The Youth Guy (aka GBC Youth Coordinator).
The Big Three
If you haven't yet joined us for The Big Three, we encourage you to subscribe and download the weekly podcast "GBC Big Three".

This Week: Ep. 32 Songs of the People: Psalm 114

Join Jess and Matt as they grill Mark Coleman on the top 3 questions submitted via Slido from his sermon last Sunday on Psalm 114.

This week's Big Three Questions:
  1. How can focusing on the knowledge of God interfere with our call to action?
  2. What does it look ike for us to act on God's power within us?
  3. How do we as a community get better at recognising God's voice, both individually and corporately?
Be a part of the conversation - submit and/or upvote your questions through Slido during Sunday's sermon at GBC Online (just snap the Slido QR code which will on the screen). 
 
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. We love to see the amazing craft activities the kids are creating during KidzHome / GBC Online - email Roxane photos of your kids' artworks so we can showcase their talent to the rest of our GBC Community.

MEMORY VERSE CHALLENGE - 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!
GIA Stamp Collection 
Global Interaction stamp sales report for NSW/ACT:

In the last six months (January - June 2020) $1,621.58 has been raised from sale of old stamps. A good result despite COVID - keep on cutting out those postage stamps.
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