The Gosford City Council reverses decision!

VatopaidiFriend: We would like to express our sincere appreciation for the immediate response to help the monasteries in Australia, and to the Gosford Council for their understanding.

UPDATE

Thank You for Your Prayers and Support

We are more than halfway!

Please pass on this email to all those who showed so much dedication and support!

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

We are pleased to report that in place of the prohibition of places of public worship, Gosford City Council, in support of the monasteries’ submission, voted unanimously to place the lands containing our two Monasteries in a Special Purposes Zone. This will ensure that the monasteries can continue to carry out their sacred task and to develop without the threat of being a “prohibited use”.

We would like to thank all those who assisted in this matter and pray that our Lord bless them abundantly. Over 3,000 people used the automatic protest letter which sent letters to each Councillor and several Ministers. This equates to a total of 48,000 letters. An extra 1,900 people downloaded the letters and sent them direct to Councillors and Ministers. A great number of people, known and unknown to us, including many politicians and journalists, lobbied directly. We extend our deep gratitude and appreciation to all.

An important step forward has been achieved, but the process is by no means complete. The draft LEP will now be sent to the Hon. Bradley Hazzard, MP, Minister for Planning and Infrastructure, for final approval; this process could take months.

We ask all the faithful to join us in prayer so that the next important step in the process can also be successful. We may need your support again. Please allow us to keep in contact with you and provide you with important updates over the next few months. If you are willing to allow us to send you updates on this important matter please CLICK HERE or visit our website from time to time.

Prayerfully Yours,

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia

Pantanassa Monastey

567 Mangrove Creek Rd, Mangrove Creek, NSW 2250

t: (02) 4374 1060 f: (02) 4374 1422 e: pantanassa@cci.net.au

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia

Holy Cross Monastery

Lot 1, Holy Cross Rd, Mangrove Mountain, NSW 2250

P.O. Box 1799, Gosford, N.S.W. 2250

t: (02) 4374 1657 f: (02) 4374 1750 e: holycrossmonastery@bigpond.com(not available as yet)

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, We need your assistance – action is needed prior to Tuesday 31 May 2011!

Please send this email to as many people as possible!

After many years of hard work and fundraising, and with the support of all the Greek Orthodox Australian faithful of NSW and other States, the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia has been developing two Monasteries on the Central Coast of NSW: Pantanassa Monastery at Mangrove Creek and Holy Cross Monastery at Mangrove Mountain. At the time of acquiring these lands, the construction of a monastery, including a church was permissible within the current zones, and on this basis the lands were acquired and the monasteries planned.

NOW, Gosford Council is proposing to eliminate «places of public worship» from the zones on which the Monasteries are located under its «Gosford Draft LEP 2009». This means that future development and expansion of the monasteries, including construction of new churches, is threatened and may not be permissible on monastery lands.

We have:

1. made detailed submissions to Council opposing the proposed change to the zoning – these have been rejected! and

2. asked Council to acknowledge the monasteries future development needs by placing the monasteries in the SP1 ‘Special Activities Zone’ which would allow for development of the monasteries with Council consent based on merit considerations – this too was rejected!

On Monday 23 May 2011 we were informed that Council plans to consider the adoption of the «Gosford Draft LEP 2009» on Tuesday 31 May 2011!

How can you help?

You can help by sending one of the automated email letters we have prepared for you to all of the relevant Councillors and Ministers simply at the click of one button:

1. Select one of the letters below;

2. Fill in the form at the bottom of the letter with your full details – this is very important; and

3. Press the ‘send email now’ button.

Gosford Council is proposing to eliminate «places of public worship» from the zones on which the Monasteries are located under its «Gosford Draft LEP 2009»

You can help by sending letters we have prepared for you to the Councillors and Ministers at the click of one button. We have less than one week to let Councillors and NSW State Government Ministers know that we are very upset and disappointed with this whole matter! We must act before Tuesday 31 May 2011.

CLICK HERE TO ACT NOW!

We thank you in advance for your support and pray that our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ bless you and your families. We will email you further developments if needed.

Prayerfully Yours,

Pantanassa Monastery

567 Mangrove Creek Rd, Mangrove Creek, NSW 2250

t: (02) 4374 1060 f: (02) 4374 1422 e:pantanassa@cci.net.au pantanassa@cci.net.au

Holy Cross Monastery

Lot 1, Holy Cross Rd, Mangrove Mountain, NSW 2250

P.O. Box 1799, Gosford, N.S.W. 2250

t: (02) 4374 1657 f: (02) 4374 1750 e: holycrossmonastery@bigpond.com (not available as yet)

Source: http://www.pantanassamonastery.org/gosford-council-lep-response.html?utm_source=MailingList&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=GREEK+ORTHODOX+MONASTERIES+-+WE+NEED+YOUR+URGENT+ASSISTANCE

«Satan, the Great Deceiver»

God will judge The Prince of evil on the last day - The Day of Judgment

«Satan can only deceive he cannot pluck us out of the hand of God»

Deceive – to mislead by a false appearance or statement

By Fr. Timothy Evangelinidis

When I was much younger and attending university in my home-town of Sydney (in those days a much smaller and less busy place), I was allocated a particular lecturer who prided himself on being an atheist. «Religion is something for weak people, those who cannot think or live for themselves». Arriving at his first lecture this man proudly announced that with a few premises, sub-conclusions and a watertight conclusion, he would prove beyond any doubt that God did not exist. It went something like this: Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »