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16/05/2021

  1. . Pastor resignation It is with sadness that our Cantonese Pastor Herbert Chan has tendered his resignation. He will finish in October by baptizing those he has ministered to. We shall treasure the presence of Ivy and Herbert with us and pray for their future.

  2. New COVID-19 restrictions extention The NSW Health announced that the temporary restrictions will be extended for a till 12:00am on Mon. 17th May, 2021. To us, Places of Public Worship, it means,
    NO SINGING by congregants at our Sunday Services, performers singing are allowed.
    Masks will be compulsory
    All other Covid-19 restrictions and church gathering guidelines as mentioned in previous bulletins are still to be adhered to.

  3. . New English Pastor Nathan Chau and his family have moved into the area. He will commence his position on Thursday 27th of May. He is grateful for the support from church. Let us pray that his family will settle in well.

  4. TYF Fundraiser The TYF Fundraiser will happen on the 30th May, with the youth making and selling curry fish balls to people after the 9am English and Mandarin services, as well as people before the 11am service, in the courtyard. The proceeds of the fundraiser will go towards subsidizing the annual TYF camp later this year to make the camp more affordable for the youth and their friends who will be invited. Please come along to help support the English youth ministry!

  5. . 32th Church Anniversary This year, we are celebrating the church’s 32nd anniversary at church on Sun., 4th July. You are invited to attend either in person or by live stream. There will be two services to choose from- at 9am (English and Cantonese) and at 11:15am (Mandarin and Cantonese). Registration is required to attend the service. We will provide more details closer to the date.

  6. Working Bee Working bee will be held on Sat. 26th June to clean the church and carry out simple maintenance work. We are calling brothers and sisters from all congregations to come anytime between 9am and 12 noon on 26/6 to work together. Please reserve the time.

  7. A Missionary Night will be held at the Side Hall on Sat. 5th June, from 7:30 – 9pm. Please refer to the poster attached.

  8. Missionary fund deficit As of 30th April, our missionary fund deficit was $4,31

  9. It means that we are using general fund to cover our deficit. As we progress into the last 2 months of this financial year, we will have to use more money from general fund to cover what we have pledged to our missionaries last year.
    Therefore, I urge brothers and siters to earnestly pray and ask God for a spirit of generosity in keeping our promise. At the same time, ask the Lord of mission to guide our hearts in preparing for next year Faith Promise Offering.
    May the Lord be gracious and faithful; may we share His joy by being good stewards of His money and His servants.

    6. Faith Promise Offering This is an Individual promise between ourselves and God to support missionaries and mission education over the next 12 months. We will continue to use the anonymous online form https://forms.gle/HZNQtp1dkebnPWW1A
    Please consider and pray for God's guidance as we are to fill the form. Please also remember our missionaries in our prayers.
    The Faith Promise pamphlet is attached in this week’ bulletin, OR it can be collected at the Usher table at the entrance of the Main Hall.

  10. Annual General Meeting will be held in person at Church at 1pm, on Sunday, 23rd May. Members are invited to register to attend this meeting via https://signup.com/go/LOOyJRu. Attendance will be recorded only for those who are present at church.
    The updated list of those nominated for election are included in the bulletin email. Notes will be forwarded to members next week.

  11. Remuneration model change will be voted on for the Pastoral Team at the upcoming Annual General Meeting on 23 May 2021. Members will be sent information about this. For those who want to find out more, there will be two Q&A sessions available this week on Tuesday (18th) and Thursday (20th) at 8pm. Please register on https://signup.com/go/LOOyJRu if you are interested.

  12. E-Annual Report The 2020-2021 Annual report has been sent out in last week bulletin email. Please inform the office at office@cabc-t.org.au if you haven’t received the report.

    Members can use the “AOB” agenda item in the AGM to help clarify any uncertainties about the report.

  13. . Carpark As we return to church, please remember that the carpark on Sunday from 9am-4pm is back to being for young families and those over 65. Those who have permit for disabled parking are given priority to access the two disabled parking spots in the car park.

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Who are We

Chinese and Australian Baptist Church - Thornleigh was founded in July 1989. Since 1984, Rev. Joseph Fung responded to God's guidance, and, together with Rev. Burman of Eastwood Baptist Church began to reach out to the Cantonese speaking Chinese migrant community, resulting in the establishment of CABC Thornleigh. All this time the Church has upheld its foundation – the Word of God. The ministry of our church has always centred on the Word of God – our Sunday worship, our all-age Sunday school, our cell groups and fellowship groups all built upon this foundation; but from the beginning, never forgetting the Great Commission. Right from the beginning, CABC-Thornleigh already established a mission fund, supporting local and overseas mission.

Here we see a beautiful picture, the Australian and Chinese pastors and brothers and sisters then, in responding to the gospel need of the community, joined in local mission, establishing the church, spreading the Word of God, and supporting overseas missions. Just as the Lord Jesus, before his ascension, instructed the apostles and said, “…You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8). We thank God for His provision throughout the years, for establishing CABC-Thornleigh this big spiritual family to proclaim Christ and witness the power of His Gospel.

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