Updates from the State President Mrs Jackie Reiner:
My Bible Verse for the 12 months is from I Peter 4:10. ‘Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.’
As we count down the six months since COVID-19 resulted in major changes to all of our lives, I am pleased to have the opportunity to reconnect with our members. During these difficult times it is important that all of us support each other in prayer and reach out to those in our circle of friends and congregations to ask ‘How are you going?’ We believe God is in control but anxiety can still nip at our heels. Members on State Council have been blessed with regular updates on the government guidelines by our Secretary, Asenati Lole-Taylor. Asenati is to be congratulated on her efforts since March.
I regret that Presbytery Group Rallies have not been held and some Presbytery Group Representatives, who have served for three years, are unable to step down until 2021. State Council, like many branches, has not been able to meet. A meeting via Zoom was held on 28th August to enable financial and urgent matters to be dealt with. Thank you to everyone who has continued to make items in support of Dorcas. Distribution of donations is not possible so please hold onto them or donate them locally.
The following is my address to 2020 Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in NSW. (I videotaped my address in advance and Commissioners of the Assembly were able to view it. Consequently a motion of support and thanks to PWA was recorded in the Assembly Minutes.)
PWA STATE PRESIDENT’S REPORT
to the 2020 NSW PRESBYTERIAN ASSEMBLY
by Mrs. Jackie Reiner
The Presbyterian Women’s Association Report has been compiled by our new Secretary, Mrs. Asenati Lole-Taylor. The report is an accurate representation of our activities during 2019. In the second paragraph, members are described as ‘faithful followers of our Lord who glorify God’s sovereignty with the services they provide’. The average age of our membership is 80. Oh; how glorious that these women, wives, mothers and sisters are filled with the Holy Spirit and continue to work, not in their own strength, but in the Lord’s. Members have a sure and certain hope in our Lord the Good Shepherd, Redeemer and Saviour.
2019 was my second year as State President. I have been privileged to have the opportunity to travel around our state attending Presbyterian Rallies and meeting the beautiful godly women who make up our membership. The country congregations look forward to our visits as it provides opportunity for exchange of information and ideas. We hear first hand about activities in parishes and it is encouraging to see what God is doing “in the bush”.
I hope that you will take the opportunity to read our annual report. I would encourage you to zoom in on the section which includes reports from our Standing Committees. Each Convener has worked hard to summarise the work of their committee during 2019 and to continue the legacy of faithful service to our Lord.
Our quarterly magazine ‘Service, Prayer, and News (SPAN) edited by Kathryn Clark provides an opportunity for members to share book reviews, celebrations, events, and updates on Standing Committee activities throughout the year. Wendy Dillon, our Social Issues Representative, keeps us informed about areas of special interest and encourages us to use prayer and the pen to express our concerns.
The PWA Federal Conference was held at Church Offices on Monday 9th September, 2019. Delegates travelled from Western Australia and Queensland. Our business meeting was held on Saturday, 7th September. During the Conference, Mrs Heather Burton (QLD) was appointed Federal President and the new Federal Committee was dedicated for the next three years by the General Assembly of Australia.
2019 was the second year of our new concept for Market which was embraced by members. PIM Mungo and Darling Patrols were selected to receive assistance to keep their vehicles on the road. Each PWA Presbytery organised their own activities with amazing support from their Ministers, Sessions, congregations and communities. $26,000 was handed to Presbyterian Inland Mission to in February. Many thanks to everyone involved.
At our 2019 Annual Conference we did not have a nomination for a State Secretary. What we didn’t realise was that God was working to find a solution and in August when we travelled to the Central Coast for a rally, a lovely lady Asenati Lole-Taylor from The Entrance PWA, would approach members of State Council to offer to take on the position. Our prayers had been answered. Asenati has expertise for the job, a strong faith in God and a humble spirit. Since taking on the position, she has overcome many hurdles. In recent times Asenati has been diligent in helping our members to navigate COVID-19 restrictions as they applied to our organisation. God is in control. Mark 11:24, “I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”
Have you discovered any ‘treasurers’ amongst your church family recently? Please tell me that you, at least, looked! Each of us is blessed with our own special talents but remember that God’s word reminds us in I Cor 12:12; “Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ”.
The Presbyterian Women’s Association would like to assure the Assembly that our members are endeavouring to maintain their commitment to supporting our Church ministries and participate in the wider work of Christ in their churches and communities.
I thank the Moderator and the NSW Assembly for the opportunity to speak to the Presbyterian Women’s Association 2019 Annual Report.
Best wishes to my Sisters in Christ.