Finances last Month
Budgeted giving - $29,500
Actual giving as at 30 April - $29,869
Building Loan as at 30 April - $604,600
General Donations: BSB 704-922 Acc 100008307
Building Donations: BSB 704-922 Acc 100013582
**Please don't leave cash at the church premises during this period**
“Every good & perfect gift is from above…” James 1:17
Bushfire Relief Thankyous
The January bushfires over East seem such a long time ago now! As a church we still have those communities affected by the fires on our minds and the timing has now been right to send most of the remainder of the funds raised from our Bushfire Appeal over to two of our sister churches - Batemans Bay Baptist and Corryong Baptist.
They have sent the following replies to share with our congregation and those who donated:
Batemans Bay Baptist:
"I am writing to thank you for the support your fellowship has given to our community. There are nine families who have lost some property as a result of fires and require extensive support, in addition to many non-church families (approximately 25), whom we hope we can share the love of Christ.
The funds have already provided short-term relief for food, fuel and long-term relief with water tank replacement and construction plans and materials. The church is continuing to reach out to those deeply affected, both materially and spiritually. Our hope and trust is that people will see the love of Christ and respond to Him in faith.
Yours in Christ, Peter Johnson (Deacon Secretary)"
On behalf of the Corryong Baptist Church and the wider community whom we are serving in the name of our Lord, the generosity of Parkerville Baptist Church is greatly appreciated. Over the past 3 months we have made available to the farming community Relief and Stimulus packages, freight subsidies for transporting of hay, clothing purchases for those who lost homes & contents, a seed subsidy and incidentals for hobby farmers and lifestyle properties that have suffered loss.
Examples of incidentals are: load of firewood leading up to winter, providing fuel cards, IGA supermarket gift cards and small donated gifts such as tea towels, throw blankets and towels.
Without the gifts from congregations such as Parkerville we would not be able to do as much as we have been. The gifts empower us to begin and maintain relationships with our community in a new and fresh way. Thank you.
Lord Bless, In Christ's Service, Pastor Graeme van Brummelin
Toddler Jam update
Toddler Jam is sadly still in recess due to the restrictions of Covid19. However, it has been a wonderful opportunity to think creatively in keeping community with the TJ team and TJ families whilst adhering to social distancing and isolation regulations.
- TJ now has its very own ‘Birthday Sticker Postie’. The smiles of sheer delight on the kids faces when they receive that prized TJ birthday sticker in the mail is priceless. We enjoy the moment with them when the mums share photos for us of this.
- We currently have a church window slowly filling up with TJ colouring sheets that have been emailed out to the team and families to colour, where everyone can read messages written on the ‘works of art’ and also see the much loved TJ bears waving through the window.
- We also know that our TJ CD’s and MP3s are getting a daily workout in many homes.
- The team have a weekly Coffee Mail emailed each week where we share TPOPPs (Team Prayer or Praise Points), Family Updates and photos reminding us of TJ. We also have a 1000 Gifts of Joy challenge where collectively as a team we share and keep tally of things that we are grateful for, that make us smile and bring us joy to help us see God’s goodness all around us. We are aiming to reach 1000 by the time TJ resumes.
- Please pray for our Toddler Jam families. TJ is a time where the families would connect with each other and the team, recharge, be encouraged, feel supported, cared and loved and feel safe. TJ is a real highlight for them and while it is in recess is leaving a significant void in their world.
- Please pray for more creative ways in which we can keep connected and build community with our TJ families.
Mundaring Shire Community Impact Survey
Parky Care was recently invited by the Mundaring Shire to join their Covid-19 Community Relief and Recovery Subcommittee. The purpose of this group is to inform and advise the Mundaring Shire on understanding impacts on the community of Covid-19 restrictions and to assist the community in managing recovery.
In order to better understand the impact on the community, the Sub Committee has developed a Community Impact Survey and is seeking as many residents from across the Shire to respond.
If you are willing, could I encourage you to access the link below and respond to the questions as you feel appropriate.
Bruce Watkins | Director, Parky Care
CAP Money Course
18 May @7.30pm over 3 sessions
If you know of friends or neighbours struggling to manage their finances in these challenging Covid-19 times, please suggest this free online course to them.
Go to https://www.capaust.org/Get-Help/CAP-Money-Course to register or telephone Bruce Watkins on 0412 222 256 for further details.
Parky has gone solar!
Below is some background on Parky's journey to go solar and reduce emissions and our carbon footprint...
As part of our ongoing search to increase efficiencies in the church, the subject of solar panels has come up on a number of occasions over the years, however it has always seemed out of reach due to the expense involved.
Last year we applied for a grant from Synergy, which though unsuccessful led us to explore further options...
After three months of form-filling and negotiations with a reputable solar provider, we have now successfully applied to install over 13kW of solar panels on the church house roof (the main church gets too much shade).
This will be a ‘cash-neutral’ scenario, meaning there will be no cash outlay for the church, and our electricity bills will remain the same as we are currently paying over the next five years. After this period we will receive the full benefit of the solar panels, dramatically cutting our monthly payments.
The installation took place over 22 & 23 April and we are now looking forward to slashed power bills in the future!
YouthCARE position available
YouthCARE is looking for an Executive Assistant to join the administration team in our Central Office in Morley.
If you or someone you know is self-motivated, has strong administration skills, and an exceptional eye for detail (especially spelling and grammar) we'd love to hear from them!
The position is part time (0.6 FTE) and requires flexible working hours from Monday-Friday with occasional meetings outside of normal hours.
The job description for Executive Assistant can be found here.
Expressions of Interest (max 2 pages) outlining why you would be a good fit for the role and a resume (max 2 pages) outlining your previous experience should be sent to email@example.com by 4pm on Monday 11 May.
Detailed applications may be sought from submitted expressions.
Pray for our families to experience peace as they spend time drawing closer together, and pray for teachers and students managing school work online and in class.
Pray for health workers and emergency services for resources, and also for leaders in churches, government and businesses/organisations in managing employment, resources and productivity
Pray for those connected to Parky who have health issues, both recent and long-term and for those who have lost loved ones recently or are separated from their family.
Praise God for the opportunities that online facilitation has opened up in our church and beyond.
Praise God for the success of Blokes in bringing men together in a new online format.
Praise God for our Mums and all they have done for us as we remember them especially on Mothers' Day this month.
Continue to pray for our local community and ways that we can bring the good news of Jesus to those around us in 2020.
Pray for provision to meet our financial needs this year. Pray for continued wisdom in our financial management and generosity in spirit as a church.
Continue to pray for the missionaries we support as a church, for God’s protection & blessing over them as they bless those around them.