19th August 2018

A few weeks back, we began praying in earnest that God would relieve the suffering of those affected by the NSW drought.  Recent forecasts show no immediate prospect of a break in the drought, which means we must persevere in prayer, and wait to see what God will do.  While waiting, we also have an opportunity to help in another way.  The Archbishop of Sydney’s Anglican Aid has established an appeal for funds to assist those whose livelihood has been seriously jeopardised by the drought in northern and western NSW.  These funds will be distributed through Anglican churches across the State.  You may wish to give to the appeal at: https://anglicanaid.org.au/nsw-drought-relief-appeal or using the donation slip that you can collect in the porch.

The Parish Lunch was an excellent occasion which seems to have been enjoyed by everyone.  The light-filled space of the Parish Room is just about the perfect place to eat on a sunny winter’s day!  We enjoyed good food and were stimulated by Dr Greg Clarke’s talk on the work of the Bible Society, which – I was interested to learn – is the oldest continuing organisation in Australia, pipping Westpac by a few months!  He also gave St Jude’s a gift of the Bible Society’s recent publication, a beautiful book of indigenous art inspired by the Bible, Our Mob, God’s Story.

In brief, you can still come to the Gospel Refresher starting this afternoon.  And don’t forget to let Diana know how you can help at the Fair.