We are just less than three weeks shy of Christmas and, like school and other activities, our ministry year is winding down too. As we get to the end of the year I’d like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of you who have taken up the invitation of God to participate in his plans through volunteering at GBC in 2019.
Whether you have served at a single event such as Winterfest, the Fair Trade Market, or Carols (and we’re still looking for a few people to be involved at this year’s carols), in one of our weekly programs such as Kidzone, Youth, Life Groups, Worship, Stewarding, Welcoming, or Coffee, or as a member of our of our groups such as the Mission Action Group – thank you! We really could not do what we do without your willingness to be involved.
Personally, I have been very thankful for the work that the Church Leadership Team and Elders have done this year. Their expertise, commitment to GBC and to me has been incredibly meaningful and significant. The CLT is made up of Rich Scott (Chair), Ralph Graham (Secretary), John Lunney (Treasurer), Cassi Bourke, Erin Forster, Bruce Mullins, Lincoln Grice, and Neil Evans.

Special thanks to John Lunney and Bruce Mullins who have completed six years of service and are stepping off the team. The elders are Rhonda Montgomery, Ron Clarke, Sonia Beresford, Ian Giles, Esther Prattern, Leanne Carter, and Derek Mullins. I have been super-appreciative of their pastoral concern for GBC and the work they’ve undertaken on behalf of the church as a whole.
As we head into the end of the year be asking the Lord where he might be inviting you to get involved in 2020. There are few things more fulfilling than participating with God in his work in the lives of others!

Marc Rader


SUNDAY 8th December 2019

Ring The Bells:
Isaiah 11:1-10

Jodene Watling: Associate Pastor

Services: 8.30am|10.30am|6.00pm
SUNDAY 15th December 2019

Ring The Bells:
Isaiah 35:1-10

Mark Coleman: Associate Pastor

Services: 8.30am|10.30am|6.00pm

Announcements and Upcoming Events

Carols Volunteers - We Need You!
Sign up to volunteer at Carols in the Park this Sunday at the Tall Table.
We need to fill positions on the following teams:
  • Kids Activities (face-painting, jumping castle supervision, etc)
  • Guest Services (welcoming); BBQ; Parking (supervising car park entry)
  • Logistics (Sunday AM for set up).
Volunteering is a great way to meet other GBC people and join in with what God is doing in our community.
Update: Carols Flyers
Thanks to your overwhelming support last Sunday all the Carols flyers were collected for delivery to your local area. (Reminder: Don’t deliver to “No Junk Mail” letter boxes).

Any leftover flyers, please return to GBC or, if possible, keep on delivering.

Let’s invite our community to Carols in the Park.
GIA Stamps
As we begin to move into the Holiday Season and people will be recieving Christmas Cards. We would like to remind everyone that the GIA Stamp Box is available for trimmed stamps to be donated. The GIA Stamp Box is located just outside the Auditorium near the main church entrance.

Please note that when cutting out stamps to put in the collection box, a slight border around the stamp needs to be left.

Thank you so much for praying, giving and for your interest in God's work.
Please continue to pray for Jarrod at Gymea High & Joanne Smyth our new teacher at Kirrawee High, for their Scripture students, and further improved School Time-tabling for SRE in 2020.

The following dates are our fundraiser events for 2020, list them in your diaries:
  • Sunday, March 15, 2pm - Men's Shed Chorale
  • Wednesday, May 20, 7pm - Coffee & Cake Evening
  • Weekend September 12/13 - Boardwalk
Wishing you and yours, God's Joy and Peace this Christmas.

Sue McCubben
SBCE Secretary
GBC Bookshop
All profits go to Hopefield and all thanks go to God!

The bookshop is open with a fresh range of books and Christmas gift ideas from Koorong like DVD's, cards, music and books for children and all ages.

Show your support for our bookshop if you think it's worth keeping open.
We're happy to take any orders for you from Koorong.

Credit cards are accepted at the Bookshop.
Manna Pantry Donations Needed
If you are able to pick up any of the following items and place them in the containers near the front door that would be lovely, we still have many people in need of food.
  • Longlife milk
  • Tinned/packs of fruit
  • Coffee/tea
  • Spreads (especially vegemite & peanut butter)
  • Pasta
  • Tuna
  • Salmon
  • Tinned vegetables (peas, corn, carrots, beetroot)
  • Toiletry items for men and women (soap, body wash, body lotion, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner)
  • Sanitary products
  • School snacks
Hopefield Op-Shop Donations Needed
Please donate all good quality, clothes, shoes, bags, jewelry, books, DVDs, CD’s &  bric a brac to Hopefield Op shop.

Please take all donations to 9-11 Gosport St Cronulla or drop into the offices at Hopefield.

All proceeds from the Op Shop go to support the work of Hopefield
Hopefield Op-Shop Cronulla needs you!
If you have a spare 3 hours during  the week, perhaps every fortnight and you would enjoy connecting with our local community, we would love to have you in our Hopefield Op-Shop (located at 9-11 Gosport St, Cronulla). No previous experience necessary, just a welcoming friendly smile and a heart to serve others and show them God’s love.

Our Opening Hours are from 10am Wednesday - Saturday

We are looking at putting together a roster of wonderful volunteers that would be rostered on 2 volunteers per 3 hour shifts, you can choose whether you come weekly, fortnightly or monthly and either morning or afternoon.

Talk to your friends, sister or mum and come and be a part of this wonderful new ministry.

All proceeds from the store go directly to the work of Hopefield
Please call Hopefield on 9545 0299 or email the office.

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