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MESSAGE FROM THE SENIOR PASTOR


On Monday night we held our first leadership meeting via Zoom. It was so good to catch up with key volunteers and to see them, even through a screen, was fantastic. I opened our time with a brief reflection on Psalm 46:10, a verse you probably know even if you don’t know it’s “address” – “Be still and know that I am God.” It is often taken as a verse of comfort and assurance, kind of like a parent calming a frightened or anxious child. There is assurance and comfort in this psalm but it’s not quite what we often imagine.
The context describes God as the strength and refuge of his people in the midst of global upheaval. Just prior to the verse in question we read these words, “Come and see what the Lord has done, the desolations he has brought on the earth. He makes war cease to the ends of the earth. He breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the shields with fire. He says, ‘Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.’”

Have a look at that context again. Come and see the desolations God has brought on the earth as he makes wars cease by smashing bows, shattering spears, and burning shields. This isn’t the assuring “There, there, it’s alright” but the assurance that comes when God comes to rescue. And his command to “be still” is not given to his people, but to the nations. It’s like the father coming in to break up the fight between his children: “That’s it! You! In that corner. You! Go to your room. Give me that toy! If you can’t agree, no one gets it!”. The assurance we receive is that God’s anger isn’t directed towards us and that in the upheaval we are experiencing, God dwells with us and we will not fall.

While I’m not certain that the current upheaval is God’s judgment on the world, I do believe that God is in control and at work – “Come and see!” The implication for us is twofold. First, we have assurance in these crazy times. Second, we are invited to see what God is doing. There are extraordinary opportunities that are opening up in these crazy times too and I’m excited to see where God leads us.

Be assured. God is in control and he is with us. Amen!
 
Marc Rader

Services - GBC Online

SUNDAY 24th May 2020

Roxane Lawler: Kids' Ministry Coordinator

Anchored: 
Studies in the Book of Hebrews


Services: 8.30am|10.30am|6.00pm
SUNDAY 31st May 2020

Marc Rader: Senior Pastor

Anchored:
Studies in the Book of Hebrews


Services: 8.30am|10.30am|6.00pm

Announcements and Upcoming Events

GBC Updates

Check out this week's GBC Update from Marc Rader - click on the video image below for a 4-minute catch up of what's been happening at GBC.
(Where are we up to with MMM? What's the "go" on LifeGroups gathering?)

If you haven't yet, please subscribe to our YouTube channel to be notified of all GBC updates. 

COVID Safe Ministry

Last week the federal government outlined a three-stage plan for a COVID Safe return to “normal”. The first stage, which came into effect in NSW last Friday, allows up to five visitors in homes, up to ten people at religious services or in outdoor venues, thirteen at a wedding, and more at funerals. The government is still recommending physical distancing and good hygiene practices to avoid a second wave of outbreaks which would significantly slow the reopening plan.

The first stage has no impact on our ministries as a church. We are encouraging our Life Groups – the only groups that might be able to meet if they were small and outdoors – to continue to meet online until we enter Stage Two which will allow up to twenty people to gather.

Beyond that, we also encourage everyone who is part of GBC to follow the recommendations and guidelines. This is one way we can be Others-Focused by doing our bit to keep our community safe and healthy.

May Mission Month

We are continuing on with May Mission Month this week as part of our GBC Online services. Our target this year is $190,000. (If you haven't yet, watch the GBC Updates video, above, to find out how much we've raised so far in 2020).

Over the last few weeks we've heard from three of the projects we're supporting this MMM:

1) Baptist World Aid Australia: Lebanon
2) Bible Society Australia: Remote Australia
3) Mother's Heart Organisation, Cambodia.

As Marc encouraged us in the GBC Updates video, above, take the time to watch the videos of our conversation with representatives from these three organisations via our GBC YouTube channel or download the 'GBC Mission' audio podcast.

For further information on the projects we are supporting and how to donate go to www.gymeabaptist.org.au and click on the May Mission Month image.

KidzHome
Who's our Special Guest Host at KidzHome this Sunday?

Join the fun in this Sunday's service at GBC Online and find out who is our special guest host and what they want to share with us.

Kid's 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 created by kids during GBC Online so make sure you email Roxane your photos of your kids' artworks.

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!
GBC Prayer
This Tuesday at 8:00pm AEST we'll be led by a member of our Prayer Team in a time of "live" prayer and reflection - Join us via instagram @gymeabaptist or at our Gymea Baptist Church Facebook page.

Let's take time out of our busy lives to sit quietly, breathe, listen to God and reflect on his Word. The best place to be is at the feet of Jesus.
GBC Youth
GBC YOUTH (Online) - tonight and every Friday night during school term (Yrs 7 - 12).

This week:
  • Devotions: Switch "Set Apart" (Download from YouVersion)
  • _gbcyouth Insta Challenge - Trick Shocks!
  • GBC Youth (Online) Friday 7pm.
GBC Youth - Boom! Love ya work!!

To find out more contact Matt, The Youth Guy (aka GBC Youth Coordinator).
Congregational Care: Elders, GBC Cares & LifeGroups

If you or someone you know is finding these uncertain times particularly disruptive and/or overwhelming we want to remind you that we're here to stand with you. Reach out to us - contact your Life Group leader, GBC Cares (for practical support) and/or the Elders (for prayer) - please allow us to love, serve and care for you at this difficult time. If you need support from any of these teams please call or email: 

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

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.

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.

We are encouraging LifeGroups to continue meeting online (via Zoom etc) until Government restrictions allow groups of 20 (Stage 2) - see Marc Rader's comments above under the heading "COVID Safe Ministry". 

Hopefield

The Hopefield team continues to support our community in this challenging season and are keen to support us at this time. Socially-distanced counselling, psychological services, speech therapy and support services continue via online and phone counselling for clients. Contact Hopefield on 9545 0299, by email or via our website

Hopefield are currently sharing resources and educational material to educate and empower. Follow us on Facebook or Instagram to find out more.

Food Support Available Now

Hopefield has a supply of fresh produce, non-perishable items and readymade meals for those who might be finding these times challenging with loss of income. If you or someone you know would appreciate this food support please contact Hopefield on 9545 0299 or send them an email or phone/email GBC Cares on 0400 535 637 / email.

Playtime@Home

The Playtime team are missing their face-to-face times with parents, grandparents and kids but are thankful for other ways to keep in contact. Playtime@Home is meeting online and learning about this term's theme:  numbers. We make craft, sing songs and join in activities via a fun and interactive video presented by one of our Playtime Leaders. This week's video is from Robyn Luinstra. 

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

Listen to our GBC Online service this Sunday via your phone - call 02 5925 4015 from 8:30am.

If you know anyone without access to the internet please pass this phone number on and invite them to join us at GBC Online this Sunday. And then, when you know they're listening, make sure you mention them in the Chats as it's good for us all to see who and how everyone is joining us at GBC Online.

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02 9521 4611
www.gymeabaptist.org.au

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