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For many years at the Cathedral, we’ve run an Annual Thanksgiving Day (ATD) appeal in the lead up to St Michael’s Day. (29thSeptember on the church calendar, reminding us to take the existence of angels seriously!) We direct every single cent raised to Christian ministry and aid projects outsideSt Michael’s.
One growth group urged us to include drought relief among projects for 2018. I consulted the Bush Church Aid Society, and they recommended the Anglican Parish of Narromine with Trangie, where Rev Phil Howes and James Damond are doing some great evangelical work. (When he was youth minister at Bathurst Cathedral, Phil used to bring his youth group to St Michael’s on their annual camp at the surf leisure resort!)
Seeing how serious the drought is in NSW, the Wardens have already sent $2000 to Narromine/Trangie this week. Phil has been talking with local Christian farmers how to best use this in Jesus’ name. They are considering individual care packages for affected households, hosting a get together breakfast for morale, and perhaps sponsorship for a family who can’t otherwise go to church camp.
Here is the full list of ATD Projects that our Parish Council has resolved to support in the lead up to St Michael’s Day 2018, along with a dollar target:
Whatever is in excess of these targets will be shared equally between the last 4 projects!
After quite some reflection and discussion, the pastoral staff team consider that “overflowing with thankfulness” (Colossians 2:7) is one of the ‘habits of the heart’ we should most aim at this term, as we seek to Establish people in the faith.
God has done so much for us, in giving us the gift of his only Son, Jesus Christ. And his work in dying for us on the cross and rising again has not only secured our forgiveness and eternity, but gives us adoption into God’s family, so we can call God “our Father”.
Australia’s first sermon was preached on Psalm 116:12,
“What shall I render to the Lord for all his benefits to me?”
A generous gift to others via the St Michael’s Day Thanksgiving appeal could be a small but significant part of an overflowing answer.
You can make such a gift now via EFT using “ATD” in the description field (until the end of September).
Sandy Grant, Senior Minister
(Main image courtesy of keithferrin.com)