Minute from a Minister


04
Mar 2019

Thank you very much to the approximately 75 people who attended the AGM. There were also many people who wished to attend but couldn’t. Here’s a partial summary — the Budget for 2019 was approved; James Sartain and Rod Cole-Clarke were re-elected as Wardens (Elders). Alex Kochi was newly elected as an Elder. Congratulations; Craig Waters, Judy Nickles, Scott Saggers, Rod Meakin, Kristin Hohoi and Stephen Bull were re-elected as Councillors (Deacons). Mella Beaumont, Joe Clark & Howard Oates were newly elected. Congrats. Each of the two motions of General Business were......

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24
Feb 2019

The foundation of something is so important; skimp on it and when testing times come, you will see that you have skimped. Or build your life on a crook foundation and when testing times come, you will be found wanting. When we were at Bible College, some three thousand years ago now,  we lived in a terraced home in Newtown – it was given to us for three years (but that’s another story). Living in Newtown, Sydney, was an experience and a half – our three sons certainly remember it well! Because......

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17
Feb 2019

If you didn’t already know, Chloe’s Place is an organisation that we partner with here in Cairns. If you don’t know much about them, here is a link to their website http://chloesplace.com.au/ Chloe’s Place or Cairns Pregnancy Help, as it is also known, exists to encourage and support women and couples in Cairns facing an unplanned or crisis pregnancy. In 2015, a local female doctor noticed that amongst her patients, and among her friends and her family, unplanned pregnancies happen. And although they can be really exciting, often they can be totally overwhelming.......

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10
Feb 2019

Every year the U.S. President gives a ‘State of the Union’ speech; Donald Trump has just given his, and he commented how the U.S.A. is a very divided nation on many issues. The same is true for Australia. Just start having a conversation with a varied group of people about whether the date for Australia Day should be changed or not and you’ll see what I mean! There are various things that any of us can do to help reduce unnecessary divisions and help bring people closer together, and we should be......

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