Sow for yourselves righteousness; Reap in mercy; Break up your fallow ground, For it is time to seek the Lord, Till He comes and rains righteousness on you. (Hosea 10:12)
…not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith… (Philippians 3:9)
We serve a risen Lord and Saviour, holy and sovereign, Redeemer of all things.
Our desire is to hold on to the things of God with steadfastness and faith, trusting our Lord, being mindful of his love for us, his justice, mercy and grace.
May He fill us with hope, joy, thankfulness and wisdom that only God can give. Thanks to to our God.
We rejoice that pastor Rudi Schwartz and his wife, Heila, have accepted the call to Hervey Bay and have been with us for most of 2016. We are so thankful for the faithful teaching and preaching of the Word from the pulpit, pastoral care, interaction, friendship, visitations, counselling and hospitality provided by Rudi and his wife, Heila. Thanks to our Lord for them.
May God bless each and every one that seeks to serve and faithfully contribute to the life of our church in so many valuable ways, encouraging, nurturing, pointing people to Christ and fellowship, and sharing God’s love.
The regular morning and evening worship services have been maintained each Lord’s Day, on Good Friday and Christmas morning. Notably, the evening services have been brought forward from 7.00pm to 5.30pm start, are now held in the church hall and usually followed by a light fellowship meal which is proving popular.
Services are conducted monthly at Torbay, Master’s Lodge and Baycrest by elder Wayne Pivac. The combine attendance at all centres was 100 adults and 5 children.
The Sacrament of Holy Communion was conducted quarterly, and changed to bi- monthly with an average of 38 members plus adherents taking Communion. Communicant Membership as at 31st December 2016 was 64, and 14 on the Adherents Roll.
The Thanksgiving Service conducted by pastor Rudi was very well received. At the Saturday Thanksgiving Fellowship Meal pastor Rudi shared some insights into his family upbringing in South Africa, as well as his and Heila’s spiritual journeys together. The men served the meal, offering thanks to the ladies who work so diligently, showing and sharing God’s love in our church and church family. It was a time of reflection, thankfulness, unity, hope and enthusiasm.
Many thanks to our teachers and gifted Bible study leaders.
The eldership at the commencement of 2016 consisted of messrs. Wayne Pivac, Bob Chopping and Ken Bell. Notably, Charles Usher (2014 Elder Emeritus). At Ken Bell’s request he too was granted Elder Emeritus status (March 2016). We sincerely thank them both for many years of faithful loyal service. They are very much valued, particularly their godly wisdom and experience. We pray God’s blessing from them.
Our ruling elders are very active and dedicated in their roles, encouraging and prayerfully and carefully guiding the flock.
We thank our minister and representative elders for attending Presbytery and General Assembly. We thank our lay preachers.
Special thanks to all who help taking care of the essential works behind the scenes year by year: the pastoral team, organists, prayer chain, the buildings are kept clean and in good repair, the church bulletin is printed, flowers placed in the church, moving teas, grounds people. Many thanks to our PWA ladies and Friendship Group, and our greeters who warmly welcome people to our services.
We thank the Lord for the successful Carols and the Car Park event last year. About 80 people – including folk from the neighbouring apartments and living units – attended, enjoying the signing, fellowship and sausage sizzle, as well as the dessert served in the hall afterwards. Many thanks to those who handed out flyers, helped with the arrangements, and prepared food.
The congregation of this church continues to tithe 10% of freewill offering to mission, both home and overseas.
Our prayer is that our dear Lord will bless our fellowship, grow our faith and love for Him and God’s family, and give us joy, peace and rest in Him. May He continue to encourage us by his Word.
Pastoral Care Convener’s Report
“Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you” 1Peter 5:7:
Much pastoral care has been actively done, visiting the infirm, aged, widows, those in hospitals, nursing homes, the lonely and bereaved.
Thankyou very much to those who indicate that a friend may value a visit or pastoral follow-up, and to those who faithfully contribute to this work. We value and appreciate very much your efforts and ministry.
May God bless this work in the future.