GLOBAL ANGLICAN FUTURE CONFERENCE
October 21-26, 2013
GAFCON Ends With Commitment In Nairobi
More than 1300 Anglican Bishops, clergy and laity have committed themselves to outreach, witness and building networks of orthodox Anglicans around the world.
The delegates at the Global Anglican Future Conference finished a week-long meeting by vowing to expand the activities of the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans, established after the first GAFCON in 2008.
The conference communiqué and commitment was worked on by the delegates throughout the week, with input from a meeting of Bishops and Archbishops and mini-conferences on subjects such as marriage and family, Islam, theological education, children and youth, women and Gospel and culture.
“We met with great joy in Nairobi ” the statement said and “…reaffirmed out view that we are a global fellowship of confessing Anglicans, engaged in a movement of the Holy Spirit which is both personal and ecclesial.”
“We believe we have acted as an important and effective instrument of Communion during a period in which other instruments of Communion have failed both to uphold gospel priorities in the Church, and to heal the divisions among us.”
The communiqué outlined the history of the movement and said since 2008 “…we have become a movement for unity among faithful Anglicans. Where, in taking a stand for biblical faithfulness, Anglicans have been marginalized and authenticated them as faithful Anglicans.”
One of the themes of the conference was an exploration of the East Africa revival which began in Rwanda in the 1930's. “There is much we can learn from the East African Revival about having a change of heart.” The communiqué said.
It said two distinguishing features were “real repentance for sin demonstrated both in confession of guilt and a desire to make amends” as well as “a confidence that the gospel has the power both to save the lost in all the world and to transform the church, rather than seeing the church conformed to the world.”
Another theme was the command of Jesus to ‘make disciples of all nations' (Matthew 28:19-20). The Conference agreed the movement should be committed to “Evangelizing areas of our world where clear gospel witness has become obscured or lost and bringing the gospel to unreached peoples. Much of our energy must be devoted to bringing the gospel to children and young people and developing the leaders of the future. We also recognize the need to pray for, love and witness to Muslims with the gospel of Jesus.”
The four page document ended with a nine point ‘Nairobi Commitment'.
This included a reaffirmation of the Jersusalem Statement and Declaration, agreed to in 2008. The points included a statement on marriage “We commit ourselves to teach about God's good purposes in marriage and in singleness. Marriage is a life-long exclusive union between a man and a woman. We exhort all people to work and pray for the building and strengthening of healthy marriages and families. For this reason, we oppose the secular tide running in favour of cohabitation and same-sex marriage.”
GAFCON also said, “We commit ourselves to work for the transformation of society through the gospel. We repudiate all violence, especially against women and children; we shall work for the economic empowerment of those who are deprived; and we shall be a voice for persecuted Christians.”
Around the world, the delegates committed to the continuation of the Global Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans, putting membership, staffing and financing onto a new basis. We shall continue to work within the Anglican Communion for its renewal and reform.
Finally, the statement said, “We commit ourselves to meet again at the next GAFCON.”
Read the full communiqué and commitment at
View pictures at the GAFCON album http://picasaweb.google.com/Gafcon/GAFCON2013Nairobi
The ladies of the Women's Guild held their annual Spaghetti Supper Saturday evening, November 2, 2013. We thank the ladies and all who came out in support of this fund-raiser for missions.
The Youth had fun at their outing to Frankfort on Sunday, November 10th, where they went “Paintballing.”
The St. Andrew's Preschool Thanksgiving Program took place Monday, November 25, 2013. A feast followed downstairs with food the children had helped make pumpkin pies, applesauce, and trail mix.
The Feast Day of St. Andrew was observed Saturday evening, November 30, 2013 with a pot luck meal in the Parish Hall and the Service of Holy Communion in the chapel. The Rev. Tjoelker family was honored by the church.
Margaret Horvath Clark passed away November 2, 2013 at the age of 102. Our sympathies are extended to her daughter, Nancy Dullum, along with Margaret's grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Begins Sunday, December 1, 2013
WOMEN'S GUILD BAKE SALE & CHRISTMAS BAZAAR
Sunday, December 8, 2013 following the morning service
CHRISTMAS NATIVITY PAGEANT
Presented by the St. Andrew's Sunday School & Preschool children with Youth helpers.
Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 2:00 p.m.
Refreshments following downstairs in the Parish Hall.
CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLELIGHT SERVICE
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Service at 10:00 p.m.
Refreshments following in Parish Hall
MISSIONIARIES of the MONTH
Missionaries, Rev. Dr. Matt and Sora Colvin, and their family are in the Philippines . Please be in much prayer for them and the people in the country as the typhoon has caused much death, property loss, and hardship. Please consider giving the Colvins monthly financial support or join in sending special offerings for them. Thank you!
MERRY CHRISTMAS! GOD BLESS US ALL, EVERYONE!
“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given.”