Church Family News, 18 July 2021
The Story of Ruth continues
Today Liam Conway brings the second message from the new Sermon Series: The Story of Ruth.
Interestingly Ruth’s story contains some clues for Hobart Baptist Church as it seeks to prophetically serve the city of Hobart.
Kids’ Church and Boys’ Brigade are in recess for the school holidays.
The Baxters are away on a break, and will be back on Sunday 8th of August.
During this time please direct any queries to the secretary, Heather Galloway (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- BIBLE READING Leviticus 25: 23-28
- WATCH YouTube service available from 10.15am Sunday >>>
CHURCH WORKING BEE:
Next Saturday 24 July, 1-5pm
An opportunity to celebrate community through service.
Three years ago we had a HUGE cleanout of all our buildings. A lot of dust has settled since then. The Tabernacle needs a BIG clean and upstairs there are a few things to move and a final throw out. Whatever your age or ability there will be something you can do. Come when you can and leave when you must.
Please let Kaaren Stott know if you plan to come along:
Mob 0418802706, or email email@example.com
SERMON SERIES: The Story of Ruth
11 July to 8th August 2021
Hobart Baptist Church envisions itself as prophetically serving the city, and Ruth offers us a thread to follow to enter that space. To be a prophetic servant in her time, Naomi came back in grief to her hometown and brought Ruth, a foreign woman, with her, who would then bring a descendent to Naomi.
The church key system is having an overhaul – incorporating the old and the new parts of the building into one. We are anticipating the new keys to be available by the end of the week for distribution on Sunday to those who need one. To help offset costs we are asking all to pay a $20 deposit for their key.
The locks will be changed next week.
Please see David Needham at church on Sunday to receive your new key, or let the secretary know if you need one.
If you attended services pre-Covid times you may remember the name tags we used to wear. Such a helpful aid to the memory for many of us, and extremely helpful for those who are new to the Church.
You are encouraged to collect your name tag from the board in the Foyer over the next few weeks – it’s yours to keep, but please wear it each week. If there isn’t one with your name on it, and you would like one, please talk to the secretary.
Wanted: Old Typewriter
Michael Henderson is hunting for a working old typewriter (1960-80s model) to use for a writing piece he is working on. If you are able to help please contact Michael by email firstname.lastname@example.org or Mob. 0408 468 223.
PS It doesn’t need to be this model!
Photos of Christmas in Winter
The Church Members’ Meeting held on 27 June adopted the Budget for the 2021/22 financial year which provides for weekly offerings of $2,340.
This is a significant challenge to the Church based on the average weekly offering for 2020/21 which was $2,023 against a budget of $2,200.
For the quarters ended 30 September, 31 December, 31 March and 30 June the average weekly offerings were $2,012, $2,081, $2,066 and $1,932.
Please give this your prayerful consideration.
Geoffrey Clarke – Treasurer
GIVING – Your tithes and offerings
Offerings – why do we give?
Baptist churches operate independently – they do not receive financial support from a parent body or government agency. We therefore have to generate our own income to support our budget: to pay our Pastoral staff, cover administrative costs and general running costs as well as supporting local and overseas missions.
Offerings from the congregation are the major source of our income, and as such are very important. We thank all who continue to give faithfully on a regular basis. We could not operate without this support.
Currently our offerings income falls short of meeting our budget, hence we are looking forward to the whole building being available for use by the community, and the revenue from hiring the spaces increasing our potential to reach out and minister to the community.
EFT is a great way to ensure regular giving and as well there are offering boxes available for use as you leave the Sanctuary.
Tasmania is a very popular place for tourists so it is important not to be complacent and to remember the simple guidelines to keeping everyone safe, including:
- Stay at home if you are unwell – always cover coughs and sneezes.
- Please use hand sanitiser when you arrive and before you leave
- Ensure your name is recorded – Please scan the Check in TAS QR code or sign the attendance sheet.
Thank you for your assistance.
Duty of Care Officer