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09/05/2021

  1. E-Annual Report The 2020-2021 Annual report is attached in this week bulletin email. Please inform the office at office@cabc-t.org.au if you haven’t received the report.

    We would like to thank the Elders, Pastors, Deacons, Congregation Committee members, translators and graphic designer for their sharings/help in the compilation of the report. Members can use the “AOB” agenda item in the AGM to help clarify any uncertainties about the report.

  2. Missionary fund deficit As of 30th April, our missionary fund deficit was $4,316. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. New COVID-19 restrictions The NSW Government have announced new restrictions for the Greater Sydney region effective from 5pm on Thurs, 6th May 2021 to 12:00am on Mon. 10th 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.

  6. Pastor resignation It is with sadness that our Cantonese Pastor Herbert Chan has tendered his resignation. He will go back to Hong Kong to look after his mum who lives by herself alone. He will finish in mid October by baptizing those he has ministered to. We shall treasure the presence of Ivy and Herbert with us and pray for their future.

  7. New English Pastor Nathan Chau and his family have moved into the area. He will commence his position on Thursday May 27. He has been thankful for the support from church. Let us pray that his family will settle in well.

  8. 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 for only those who are present at church. The draft Agenda for the meeting, the last QMM minutes, as well as the list of those nominated for election are included in the bulletin email. Notes will be forwarded to members in the coming week.

02/05/2021

  1. 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.

  2. Prayer meeting will be held today at 11am, in Room A, opposite to the kitchen. Please be encouraged to join in and pray for the church and one another.

  3. Backyard Bistro After the 5pm service grab some soup, some hot home-made bread and a sausage roll at the "Backyard Bistro", save yourself making dinner and have some time to talk. Any money raised will go towards turning the Manse backyard project.

  4. Hospo Sunday in May - if you are interested in attending or hosting a small group for lunch, please let Jassica Wong know on 0438 646 669.

  5. Manse Operable Wall installation is now completed. Please be informed that only trained personnel are allowed to operate it.

  6. Leave Rev. Candy Leung is on leave from 3rd May to 5th June. During her absence, please contact Symond Lo (AM) and Rita Lam (PM) for any issues relating to Children’s Ministry.

  7. COVID-19 restrictions All venues are to move to one person per 2sqm rule.
    There are exemptions granted for places of worship (from Sat. 27th March), on singing,
    i. There is no cap on the number of singers and performers
    ii. The 4sqm rule when singing has been removed. All gatherings can move to the 2sqm rule, with singing.
    iii. Wearing face masks while singing is no longer mandatory

    The church will continue to strongly encourage all to wear mask for now. This is for the sake of brothers and sisters who want to attend church, but have health risks.

     Please sign up prior to attending the church service - https://signup.com/go/LOOyJRu.
     Note that we are now using Room 6 and 7 as an overflow area for 9am church
     When attending church service/meeting, please take your temperature and record your attendance via the NSW COVID QR code on the right. 37.8 degree Celsius will be the maximum allowed temperature. Thermometers and masks are available in the COVID Marshal’s Box for use, which can be found in Room 3 and the Manse.

    Church gathering Guidelines
    To use the church venues, the person in charge must book the venue in advance via the church office.
    Inside the building:
     Social distancing rules apply in all areas
     Please wash hands or use hand sanitiser regularly.
     People are strongly encouraged and recommended to use face masks at all times.
     People must ensure the kitchen area and equipment are cleaned after use
     People are encouraged to clean up the toilet before and after use
    • It is important that all stains are to be removed with a brush and disinfected.

    The person in charge of the venue booking is responsible for opening church doors and alarm deactivation with a key holder. They are to:
    o Sanitise the tables, chairs and equipment they used
    o switch off all lights/air-con(s) and close all windows,
    o set the alarm on and
    o lock all doors before they leave.
    When the thermometer malfunctions, report to office@cabc-t.org.au.

  8. Mission Month The month of May is our mission month.

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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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