General Notices

8 Apr 2018, General Notices

Good Friday mission offering. – Lent Event.
Thank you for our generosity to offer much needed assistance in mission to our friends in Tonga. We will now arrange for that gift to be forwarded to Uniting World.

Evening Service Sunday, April 15, 6pm
An introduction to the book of Obadiah

Greek Orthodox Community
Our Greek Orthodox friends have not been able to hold their Divine Liturgy as yet this year due to the absence of available priests. They are hoping that something may be able to be arranged after their Easter, which, for this year, is this weekend. Let us keep them in our prayers as Friday 6 April is their Epitaphio, and Saturday 7 April, the Vigil for the Resurrection. Kali Anastasi, Christ is risen!

Gideon Visit to worship Sunday, April 15
A member from the Gideons will join us in worship on this morning. We will have an opportunity to hear and pray for the work and ministry of the Gideons. We take this time to pray for Bruce Dingle and acknowledge his faithfulness as a Gideon for many years.

WMQ Project and Update
WMQ visit to Brisbane on Wednesday, April 11 has been rescheduled to Thursday, May 10. To maintain continuity we have invited Geoff Batkin and Will Francis from WMQ to visit our congregation again on Sunday, April 22 to join us for worship and morning tea to follow. The reason for the rescheduling of the meeting is to coincide with the release from SCR Council of the Development Application around May 9. Great News.

At the March meeting,
Church Council decided to form a committee to consider the purchase of a new manse with funds from the proposed sale of part of the church property to Wesley Mission Qld. The committee consists of Neville Biggs, Gwen Gould, Theo Quick, Marie Charles,
Heather Healey and Syd Cowan.
The committee will meet in the church at 9am Monday, April 16.

25 Feb 2018, General Notices

Lenten Appeal ~ Cyclone Gita appeal
On 12 February, Tonga was hit by the strongest storm its seen in 60 years.
The damage toll is massive. At least 70 per cent of the population has been affected. At our Congregation meeting last Sunday we suggested that we make our Good Friday Service offering be our Lenten Mission support for this season. Please prepare and pray for the support for the recovery efforts in Tonga. Dr Sureka Goringe National Director, UnitingWorld.

World Day of Prayer for Suriname – Friday 2nd March at 10am.
A service will be held at Stella Maris Catholic Church. We encourage as many as possible to join in this service. We have been invited to share in the service, our contribution will be the presentation of the Creation Reading in Genesis 1. We require three readers, please see James or Marie.
Thank you. (Now, where is Suriname and what is the capital?)

Saturday 10 March Presbytery Meeting Pomona UC (8.30am-3pm)
The fist presbytery meeting of the year will be held at Pomona Uniting Church. We are still seeking a new congregational representative.
We thank Bruce for many years of faithful service.

Special Morning Tea this morning, pancakes/pikelets in support of BlueCare Maroochy. This is an annual mission support from us.

Uniting Church Links – For Information from the Wider Church
Qld Synod Information – https://ucaqld.com.au/
For links and information to Synod Resources and Activities.
National Assembly News – https://assembly.uca.org.au/
Dr Deidre Palmer, President Elect has announced the theme for her term –
Abundant Grace – Liberating Hope

Thank you for the ongoing support for the Ministry & Ministry of our Church.
Our Church Banking Details:
UCA Maroochydore Uniting Church – St George Bank
BSB 334 040 Acct. 553 864 511

Lenten Studies to Continue (Week 2: 26 February / 1 March)
As always, Lent invites us to think more deeply on the Easter Story and to
follow Jesus in serving one another in our present world. We are drawn
again to the crucifixion of Jesus who reveals God & humanity to us.
Mondays 2-4pm @ Syd & Wendy's 49 MacKenzie Dve Sunshine Cove
Thurdays 7-9pm @ Marie & Bernies 15 Larkin St Maroochydore

Lent Event – Together We change the World – Faith in Action
This year Uniting World is giving focus to our Pacific neighbours for
Disaster Preparation, Equality for Women and Ending Poverty in Suva.
Faith in Action & Prayer let us give, learn and act. www.lentevent.com

Healing & Hope – a resource
Today, as Lent calls us to a deeper confession, we have been invited by the
National Assembly to reflect and pray as we offer lament and commit to be
the safest community we can be for children, indeed all people in our care.

14 Jan 2018, General Notices

Notes from James
Please note that our activities for the year are beginning. Indoor Bowls commenced yesterday, Saturday at 1pm. Our tenants are returning to use the hall for their weekly activities and our Playgroup will recommence on Tuesday 23 January. This coincides with the first week of the school year, how quickly this time seems to have passed; it was no time at all when we were finishing last year. Let us even now, pause a few moments and keep a pace that allows us not to miss the sights and sounds and senses of our life

January 15 also marks Martin Luther King Jr birthday. Martin’s immortal words inscribed on his memorial put a gentle message powerfully: “Hatred paralyses life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it…” “There was no ghetto in the Garden of Eden … There were no reruns of Calvary with separate white, black, Asian and Hispanic casts. Christ died once and for all. And in him we are all risen – together. We are the body of Christ; simply Love one another”

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity – 18-25 January 2018
January 18-25 calls the church to pray for this Unity which is both Christ’s will and desire. Then on Friday 2nd March World Day of Prayer will be held at Stella Maris Catholic Church. More information to come soon.

Hamlin Fistula Australia – mission support: An information brochure is available on the tables in the church.

 

07 Jan 2018, General Notices

Notes from James
It’s really the beginning of the Year. Now I can say, “Happy New Year!”
As we begin our first service of worship for 2018, we will also share in Holy Communion. We will do this at both of our services today, at 8.30am, and then in the Korean Worship at 11.00am. Holy Communion reminds us that we are joined in sacred relationship with each other through Jesus Christ.
for it is Christ who invites, hosts, and is served in this holy meal. As we eat and drink this sacrament of bread and wine (for us dark grape juice) the presence of Christ is made real to us and we are made one in Christ.
The Season of Epiphany, which follows after Christmas, is that time in the life and faith of the Church in which we become aware of who Jesus is.
The baby born in Bethlehem is no other than God who has come to us and coincides with the visit of the Magi (Matt. 2.1-12, Wise travellers from the East) who have come to offer gifts and worship to the true king and Lord.

Induction Services 2018
Rev Luke Smallwood to Hervey Bay UC Friday, 12 January @ 7pm.
Rev Moira Dodsworth to Coolum Beach UC Sunday, 4 February, 2018 @3pm. Please pray for Luke & Moira and the respective congregations as they prepare to receive each other in ministry and mission. Members of Presbytery and congregations are invited to attend.

Next Meeting of the Project Control Group WMQ
The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday January 23 at 10am at the Maroochydore Uniting Church. Representatives from Wesley Mission Qld will visit with us to share further developments and information. If you have any questions or suggestions please let James, Doug, Asho or any Church Council member know. Thank you.

Working Bee & Fellowship of Fixing – Thursday Mornings
We give thanks for the faithful work of Eileen Unwin & Nancy Nisbet who are stepping back for 2018. This will mean we will need others to help in cleaning of the Toilets, Kitchen and vacuuming the Church/Hall. There is always a morning tea to entice you and fellowship to share. Please call in to see what you can offer to assist in the presentation of our Church each week for worship and for those who use our facilities.

Uniting Church Links – For Information from the Wider Church
Qld Synod Information – https://ucaqld.com.au/
For links and information to Synod Resources and Activities.
National Assembly News – https://assembly.uca.org.au/
To see what is happening on the National scene.

Thank you for the ongoing support for the Ministry & Ministry of our Church.
Our Church Details:
UCA Maroochydore Uniting Church – St George Bank
BSB 334 040 Acct. 553 864 511

My Aged Care www.myagedcare.gov.au>about-us
I want to alert you to My Aged Care, the aged care portal through which you can find a great variety information for provision of service helps.
This is available for those who have turned 65 and from this you can be connected with service providers for a range of assistance..
Contact Centre ph: 1800 200 422

 

September 2017, General Notices

Thank you
Thank you to all who are involved in the Spring Fair on 30 September.
For your contributions in so many ways, we pray that we will have an enjoyable day. Grace & Peace, James.

Progressive & Combined Lunch November 5
As an initiative to share together, meet with each other over a meal in our hall, we invite you all to meet together and with the Korean Community.
Delicious menu, and wonderful company is assured. Please can you set this morning aside. There will be a cost for this mean with contributions to go to support our church finances. Thank you to those arranging this iniative.

Synod in Session Meeting- October 20-24
The meeting of the Queensland Synod will be held at Alex Park over the above dates. All sessions of Synod are open to visitors to attend and observe and meet up with others from across the Uniting Church.
A program of the Synod sessions will be made available in due course.
Please see James if you would like to visit at any time.

Spring Fair 30 September 7am -12noon.
Continued thanks to all who are making, baking, wrapping, collecting, will be setting, serving, guiding and anything else that needs to be done.
Please still check with Pam if there is something you can do.
Thank you , and let’s have a great Spring Fair. Pam & the team.

Safe Ministry with Families
Please know that the policies and practices for working with children are being regularly reviewed by the Synod in line with the requirements of the Children & Young People's Commission. It is part of our good leadership to the community to ensure that we are up to date with our training and our documentation. Please be Child, Family & Community aware.

Report from Church Council Meeting held 13 September, 2017
The Commissioning Service for Bruce & Robin Dingle, Winni Park as Elders/Church Councillors will be held during worship Sunday 1 October.
Please pray for all who offer service & leadership in so many areas.
The Minutes from the Church Council meeting are now available to the congregation for your information can be found in the Church foyer.

New Offering Envelopes are available for your use.
If you would like the option for the use of Direct Debit, please see Wayne Grady for any assistance.
UCA Maroochydore Uniting Church – St George Bank
BSB 334 040 Acct 553 864 511

August 2017, General Notices

Working Bee/Grounds Help
Thank you for all the wonderful help we get week after week to prepare the church & grounds for worship and serving our community.
We do need some extra help with the grounds, picking up, trimming and edging. Please note that Eileen is looking at stepping back by the end of this year from coordinating the Kitchen after many years and we a seeking people to consider taking up this role.

Rev James and Kris will be getting married on Saturday 26 August.
Thank you for your good wishes and blessings. Not surprisingly, They will be on leave for a couple of weeks from Monday 21 August until Sunday 3 September. We would like to join with you for morning tea on Sunday 3 September following the service when we return. While they are otherwise occupied, Rev Allan Kuchler will be leading worship. I thank Allan for his kindness and generosity to do this.

Korean Congregation Information Seminar 16/17 August at 7-9 pm
Rev. Do Young Kim, Minister of the Word at two placements in SA.(Adelaide Korean UC and Payneham Road. UC will lead this seminar in the M’Dore Church.) Using “Living our Values” Resource Workbook, he will focus on the questions:
1) What about the Uniting Church? 2) What are our values? 3) What is the
Code of Ethics and Ministry Practice. 4) How can we journey together?
2. Policy – How the UCA is organised?
3. History – Where we came from?

Spring Fair 30 September
Please keep this date in your thoughts and your prayers. Continue to prepare and gather goods, keeping in mind not to bring them to the church until we are ready for them. Please also place your name on the sheet in the hall under task or areas you may be willing to help. For those cooking, baking could others assist with ingredients. Pam will be returning shortly and will host a meeting at her home 224 Wises Road on Wednesday 23rd at 11 am. Thank you , and let’s have a great Spring Fair.

Election of Elders/Church Councillors. 20 August
During the Service we will hold the election of elders/church councillors.
Having given the due notice of two weeks, declaration of those elected shall be by majority of those participation in the ballot on that day (Reg 3.3.2 (b,c). Please pray for Robin Dingle, Bruce Dingle & Winni Yun Park as they offer themselves to serve the congregation in this way.

Visitors’ Morning Tea. Sunday 20 August
Every year we look forward to our visitors joining us from the southern states. You provide such a blessing to us with your fellowship and encouragement and friendship. Following our service on this Sunday we would like to you to this special morning tea to say thanks, and to bless you as you begin to make your ways home.
Grace and peace, from James and the congregation.

 

Adult Fellowship Morning Tea/Lunch – Strawberry Fields Thursday 10 August.

Nomination and Re-election of Church Councillors/Elders
We noted the terms of elders were due and seek nominations for ongoing or new elders/church councillors.
Please consider and pray for this ministry of our leadership.
Robin Dingle, Bruce Dingle and Winni Yun, have been nominated.
We will hold the election for Elder/Church Council as part of our service of worship on Sunday 20 August.

Hearing Aid Loop. Please note the location of the Loop in the church. It can be identified by its symbol in the church. Test your own hearing aids by turning on your T Coil switch. We would appreciate any feedback on how it works for you.

eConference with Stella Maris, August 10
“Gospel Leadership in times of Chaos – The Hope of Pope Francis”. This is an opportunity to share ecumenically in study and prayer and fellowship. The program commencing at 10 am -2.30 pm. Nomination and Re-election of Church Councillors/Elders We noted the terms of elders were due and seek nominations for ongoing or new elders/church councillors. Please consider and pray for this ministry of our leadership. Those eligible for renomination are Robin Dingle and Bruce Dingle. Graham Lacey will be retiring from the position of Elder. We thank him for his witness and service and pray God’s peace
and blessings. Please note that nominations are to be received by today Sunday,30 July.

Spring Fair 30 September
Please keep this date in your thoughts and your prayers. Continue to prepare and gather goods, keeping in mind not to bring them to the church until we are ready for them. Please also, place you name on the sheet in the hall under task or areas you may be willing to help. Thank you , and let’s have a great Spirit Fair.

 

 

July 2017, General Notices

Mid Year Bible Studies are concluding this week.

Monday 31 July, 2-4pm at Judith Judd’s place, 41 Allora Gardens Thursday 3 August, 7-9pm at 15 Larkin St, Marie and Bernie Charles.
Please feel welcome to any or all of the studies. Thank you to all who
attended, contributed and helped in the sharing of our faith and, to our
hosts. Our next block of studies will be during Advent.

Rev Ray Hunt OBE

Last Tuesday 25 July a funeral was held at the Albert Street Uniting Church in Brisbane. Ray served as the Superintendant Minister at Albert Street/Wesley Central Mission for 18 years, as Moderator in 1985.
We pray and give thanks to God for Ray’s service to the church and community. Peace be with his family.

Australian Prayer Network School of Intercession,11-12 August 2017.
The Australian Prayer Network will run a Watchman School of Intercession course from Friday, 11 August 7pm and Saturday 12 August from 9.00am till 4.00pm. Venue: The Greenhouse at Kawana Life Baptist Church, Cnr Main and Textile Streets, Warana. The leader will be Brian Pickering, National Coordinator Australian Prayer Network. The purpose is to train Christians on how to pray for our Nation, other Nations and for the Church. If you are interested, please see Bruce Dingle or take a leaflet from the table at the door of the church.

Gil’s Commissioning Service and Lunch -Thank you.

I want to say thank you to you all for helping to make such a joyous occasion, and for the hospitality we were able to share. I realise it was a big effort by so many, so my gratitude and the gratitude shared by our guests was deeply appreciated and movingly satisfying.

Welcome to Rev Chris Crause – Presbytery Minister (and Henriett) This morning we welcome Rev Chris Crause. Presbytery Minister as our preacher. Later we will celebrate with him as we Commission Gil Park as Pastor in the Korean Ministry in our Congregation. They will join us at morning tea.

We will hold a congregational meeting this morning following the service. The Church Council, with the support of the Presbytery, will propose the commissioning of Gil Park as Pastor in Location and seek a date for that commissioning to occur. The commissioning is a Presbytery Service and we would encourage all to attend as we grow together in friendship and faith.
We will also offer an update on the WMQ Project, report on the Play Group, Korean Ministry and general information to share.

Mid Year Bible Studies are continuing.
Monday 24 July 2-4pm at Judith Judd’s place 41 Allora Gardens

Thursday 27 July 7-9pm at 15 Larkin St, Marie & Bernie Charles.Please feel welcome to any or all of the studies. The studies continue for five weeks & conclude Monday 31 July & Thursday 3 August respectively.

Reflection Gallery – Montville Uniting Church
In the Uniting Church, 152 Main Street, Montville. If you are passing

through call in and reflect a while. Open every day from 10 am till 3 pm.
Displays reflecting faith’s experience are changed periodically.
It’s free Tell your friends Contact: Rev Ron Potter 5478 6484.

NAIDOC week is held in the first full week of July. It is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements and is an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and our society. Let us continue to pray for and learn from each other. The theme this year, “Our Languages Matter.”

Adult Fellowship morning tea
Come along, everyone, on Thursday 13 July at 10 am to Riverside Resort, 99 David Low Way, Diddillibah (near Erbachers) for a delicious morning tea and chat. To provide numbers, please contact, Trish Hair 5443 8050, or Marie Charles 5443 1185

Working Bee/Grounds Help
Thank you for all the wonderful help we get week after week to prepare the church & grounds for worship and serving. We do, however, need some extra help with the grounds, picking up, trimming and edging.

Aged Care Seminar – Thursday 20 July, 10am – 10pm.
Are you aware of the changes to the Aged Care System?
A Seminar is being held at the Millwell Rd Community Hall hosted by Sundale, 60 & Better Group, and Carers Aust Qld. (see Flier in Hall for further information).
Registration is required for spaces. Call Sundale ph: 5450 4444

June 2017, General Notices

Evening Service, Sunday, June 18 at 6.00 pm

An introduction to the book of Song of Solomon (Song of Songs)

Tongan concert

We’re really looking forward to the afternoon and would love to have many people there supporting and giving. The Tongan congregation at Palmwoods is putting on a concert in conjunction with Palmwoods and Nambour congregations on Saturday, June 10, 2 pm at Nambour Uniting.
Fund-raiser for Cunnamulla Burke and Wills Patrol. $5 per entry with a local indigenous woman auctioning her painting. Rev Catherine Solomon

Sunday, June 25. Combined UC Churches Celebration at Alex Park at 3.00 pm.

Please pray for the preparation and gathering of this celebration event. See the fliers around the church.

Fellowship of Fixing (for church and grounds, Thursday mornings)

Thank you for the response to the help for vacuuming the church over the next four weeks. We will always welcome helpers.

40th Anniversary of the Uniting Church in Australia.

Statement to the Nation
On June 22, 1977 the Union was celebrated across the nation of Australia. The Inaugural Statement to the Nation (continued): “We will challenge values which emphasise acquisitiveness and greed in disregard of the needs of others and which encourage a higher standard of living for the privileged in the face of the daily widening gap between the rich and poor. We are concerned with the basic human rights of future generations and will urge the wise use of energy, the protec-tion of the environment and the replenishment of the earth’s resources for their use and enjoyment.” (Address continued next week)

Spring Fair: Saturday, September 30

garage sale, stalls, books, food and plants, morning tea refreshments etc. Please let Pam know if you are interested in helping (0412 178 964). There is a meeting to discuss the Spring Fair on Thursday, June 15 at 2.00 pm at 224 Wises Road, Buderim.

Women’s Refuge needs food. (It’s winter)

Soups and pasta in particular are very welcome. See baskets at front door.

Wesley Mission Update

Things have been a little quiet at present, but, all is still progressing posi-tively with the Wesley mission Project Team responding to new & addi-tional design requirements from the funding sources and disability support services. Please continue to pray for this mission and ministry opportunity and continue to express your interest.

Adult Fellowship

Come along and enjoy “Simple Food that warms the Soul” at Purely Rustic, 55 Plaza Pde, Maroochydore, ground level of the new Kon-Tiki building (enter through Home Makers Centre parking) on Thursday, June 8, 10 am. Everyone is welcome. There will be a short meeting afterwards. Please let Trish know numbers for catering. 5443 8050.

 

May 2017, General Notices

Notes from the minister

Sunday 25 June Combined UC Churches Celebration at Alex Park 3.00pm We are seeking to hold a combined 40th anniversary celebration at Alex Park Conference Centre. Rev Professor Andrew Dutney will be the guest speaker, with reflections and prayer by Rev Allan Kuchler, Rev David Baker, Rev Chris Crause, and an Ecumenical response from Fr Joe Duffy.

Church duty roster

The next roster from June 4 to September 17 is in personal pigeon holes and notice boards. This is a guide only. Please make changes where necessary.

40th Anniversary of the Uniting Church in Australia.

Statement to the Nation
On June 22, 1977 the Union was celebrated across the nation of Australia. The Inaugural Statement to the Nation (continued):
“We are conscious of our responsibilities within and beyond this country. We particularly acknowledge our responsibilities as one branch of the Christian church within the region of South-East Asia and the Pacific. In these contexts we make certain affirmations at the time of our inauguration.
We affirm our eagerness to uphold basic Christian values and principles, such as the importance of every human being, the need for integrity in public life, the proclamation of truth and justice, the rights for each citizen to participate in decision-making in the community, religious liberty and personal dignity, and a concern for the welfare of the whole human race.” (to be continued next week)

Combined UC Churches Celebration at Alex. Sunday, June 25.

We wish to hold a combined 40th anniversary celebration on this evening at Alex Park Conference Centre. Please keep this date in mind. There will be more information as the planning develops.

Fund-raising

Please contact Pam Harrak at 0412 178 964, or email: pharrak@hotmail.com, if you are interested in being involved in a spring fete later in the year.

Church duty roster

The next roster from June 4 to September 17 is being prepared. If you have any special requirements please let Graham Lacey know.

Hearing Aid Loop

A hearing aid loop is now active in the Church.

40th Anniversary of the Uniting Church in Australia

On June 22, 1977 the Union was celebrated across the nation of Australia.
Over the next weeks until that anniversary an extract from that address will be included in the notices. It is an historic statement spoken into the life of the nation, and from it, we are to hear the gospel challenge renewed in every generation.
“People of the Congregational, Methodist and Presbyterian Churches have united.

A new church has been born.
We, who are members of the first Assembly of the Uniting Church in Australia address the people of Australia in this historic moment. The path to unity has been long and at times difficult, but we believe this unity is a sign of the reconciliation we seek for the whole human race.
We acknowledge with gratitude that the churches from which we have come have contributed in various ways to the life and development of this nation. A Christian responsibility to society has always been regarded as fun- damental to the mission of the Church. In the Uniting Church our response to the Christian gospel will continue to involve us in social and national affairs.”

Combined UC Churches Celebration at Alex. Sunday, June 25.

We wish to hold a combined 40th anniversary celebration on this evening at Alex Park Conference Centre. Please keep this date in mind. There will be more information as the planning develops.

Mother’s Day. Sunday, May 14.

We will give thanks for mothers, and have a nice morning tea as well. This is an opportunity for us fellas to show what we have got into putting on the morning tea and serve. On a more serious note, please let us be kind and thoughtful to our women, and also make a stand against domestic violence in any form.

Thank you

A big thank you for all you help at the Buderim Fair.

Church Council Meeting

Wednesday, May 10 at 9.30 am, at Shirley Cope’s place.

 

Apr 2017, General Notices

Baptism of Lincoln Luca Gale

We welcome to our service on April 23 Corey and Katie Gale, along with Levi and their families and friends as Lincoln Luca Gale is presented for Baptism into the faith and family of Jesus Christ.

ANZAC Day(April 23 in worship)

We will commemorate ANZAC Day in our service today as we remember those who have died in wars, those who long for the end of all hostilities and the yearning of war no more and, safety for residents in their own countries.

Mother’s Day. Sunday, May 14.

We will give thanks for mothers, and have a nice morning tea as well. This is an opportunity for us fellas to show what we have got into putting on the morning tea and serve. On a more serious note, please let us be kind and thoughtful to our women, and also make a stand against domestic violence in any form.

Buderim UC Fair. May 6, 2017

We join again together with our friends at Buderim in their fair. We host a stall and seek helpers and contributions. Please see Marie for how you can help. Thank you.

Devonshire Morning Tea

The Kawana Waters UC Fellowship invites us to a Devonshire Morning Tea with entertainment by the Caloundra Chorale Singers on May 18 at 9.30 am. Cost $10. RSVP by May 13. Tickets from Pam Briggs at 5437 9897.

Adult Fellowship

We will not meet this month but please note that we will meet next month May 11. Please watch this space for something special.

Combined UC Churches celebration at Alex. Sunday, June 25.

We seek to hold a combined 40th Anniversary celebration on this evening at Alex Park. Please keep this date in mind.There will be more information as the planning develops.

40th Anniversary of the Uniting Church in Australia

On June 22, 1977 the Union was celebrated across the nation. This year, June 22, 2017, we celebrate 40 years since the inauguration and to continue to “pledge ourselves to hope and work for a nation whose goals are not guided by self-interest alone, but by concern for the welfare of all persons everywhere — the family of the One God — the God made known in Jesus of Nazareth the One who gave His life for others.” (extract 1977 Inauguration Address)

Fellowship Morning

Thursday, May 11 we will visit GoodLife Centre for morning tea. Meet at the Church at 9.30 am for shared travel. Bring a friend or two.

Play Group is in recess for the Easter Holidays. Thank you for your help and the support. We have had a lovely beginning. Please continue to pray as we begin again for next term. We begin again on Tuesday, April 18. We are looking for items, eg toys for 4-5 year olds. Please see Pam if you can help. Thank you.

Mission Critical

Queensland Synod’s People in Crisis support. This appeal was initially established to help those affected by the immediate impact of cyclone Debbie. Now over this past week it has extended to the flooding that followed. This appeal provides an opportunity to provide direct support into the local community and is administered by the Synod Disaster Recovery Team. We pray for so many who have lost so much, and for all who have helped in every way possible. Teach us to know and find God anew.

Adult Fellowship

We will not meet this month but please note that we will meet next month May 11. Please watch this space for something special.

Long-life food for Women’s Refuge

Even more needed due to a big influx of mothers with families. Please leave it in the basket at the door. With thanks. Bev Lacey.

Mar 2017, General Notices

Lent Event 2017 “Together, we change the World”

Thank you for your participation in the Lenten Studies and in the responses to the focus areas for mission this year. Let us continue to be guided by Jesus as we remember the people of South Sudan, Chine, Papua New Guinea and India. Please take some time to think and pray about what you have learned this Lent.

Play Group

is in recess for the Easter Holidays. Thank you for your help and the support. We have had a lovely beginning. Please continue to pray as we begin again for next term. We begin again on Tuesday, April 18. We are looking for items, eg toys for 4-5 year olds. Please see Pam if you can help. Thank you.

Buderim UC Fair. May 6, 2017

We join again together with our friends at Buderim in their fair. We host a stall and seek helpers and contributions. Please see Marie for how you can help. Thank you.

Mission Critical

Queensland Synod’s People in Crisis support. This appeal was initially established to help those affected by the immediate impact of cyclone Debbie. Now over this past week it has extended to the flooding that followed. This appeal provides an opportunity to provide direct support into the local community and is administered by the Synod Disaster Recovery Team. We pray for so many who have lost so much, and for all who have helped in every way possible. Teach us to know and find God anew.

Adult Fellowship

We will not meet this month but please note that we will meet next month May 11. Please watch this space for something special.

Notes from the minister

  • Holy Week Services: 10-14 April. Monday to Wednesday 7 pm
  • Maundy Thursday: 7 pm. Good Friday 8.30 am.
  • Good Friday service at 8.30 am.
  • Easter Day English Worship 8.30 am. Korean Worship 11 am.
  • Easter Day Evening: 6 pm
  • Greek Orthodox: April 17, Bright Monday Service 10.30 am

Lenten Studies

this is our final week. These studies continue Mondays  March 2-4 pm, 7-9 pm. We are using as our guide “Bread for the Road-Together” by Uniting World Lent Event. The Theme this week is Jesus, the Table Turner. Monday at Judith Judd’s place. U41 Allora Gardens. Thursday evening at Marie and Bernie Charles Place. 15 Larkin St.

Lent Event 2017

Uniting World in Service There are a number of options to participate in Lent Event for 2017. It is not so much what you do, but who you identify with and for whom you will pray and change your life for, even if it is for this time of Lent.

Mar 2017, General Notices

Week 5. Jesus the Table Turner

Overcoming Poverty in India Community development workers are championing justice and supporting families to break the cycle of poverty through education, employment and healthcare. These are seen as our right here, but in places of poverty and deprivation these will be for them a privilege and inexpressible hope. Let us pray for workers, teachers and nurses.

Royal Commission into Institutional Abuse

As we read through our Journey magazine this month, we will see the report on the Uniting Church before the Royal Commission. It is sobering indeed. We make our confession, express our sorrow and face the reality of the consequences that will be with us for some time. May this be our Lenten Prayer.

Play Group is in recess for the Easter Holidays.

Thank you for the help and the support. We have had lovely beginning. Please continue to pray as we begin again for next term. We are looking for items/toys for 4-5 year olds. Please see Pam if you can help. Thank you.

Presbytery News

Induction Service Rev Chris Crause as Presbytery Minister Friday, April 7, 7 pm at Gympie Uniting Church. Induction Service Rev Stuart Bosch as MOW Bundaberg Uniting Church, Sunday, April 9 at 6 pm.

Week 4. Jesus the Redeemer – Christians in China

New ministers are nurturing new Christians in this the fastest growing part of the Church in the world at present. We pray for the training of new ministers and for the contribution of the Uniting Church Colleges for preparation of ministers in China. As redeemer of the world, Jesus takes those broken, threatened, hidden parts of life and community to a new threshold. Where justice is reconciliation. Where peace is amongst us.

Presbytery News

Induction Service Rev Chris Crause as Presbytery Minister. Friday, April 7, at Gympie Uniting Church 7 pm. Induction Service: Rev Stuart Bosch as MOW Bundaberg Uniting Church, Sunday, April 9. 6 pm.

Child Protection Royal Commission

In a recent Journey magazine the President of UC assembly wrote an article apologizing for any hurt suffered at the hands of Uniting Church activity. Here is the statement, in part: “On behalf of the Uniting Church in Australia I sincerely apologise to all children in our care who suffered sexual abuse, of any kind, in our Church, whether it happened since union of 1977 or before that in our predecessor Churches.”

Preparing for Easter

TRemember Palm Sunday andill soon be with us. May we, in our preparation, find the space to be in them. There will be Holy week evening Services Monday to Thursday, April 10 to 13) from 7 pm.

Week 4. Jesus the Redeemer – Christians in China

New ministers are nurturing new Christians in this the fastest growing part of the Church in the world at present. We pray for the training of new ministers and for the contribution of the Uniting Church Colleges for preparation of ministers in China. As redeemer of the world, Jesus takes those broken, threatened, hidden parts of life and community to a new threshold. Where justice is reconciliation. Where peace is amongst us.

Presbytery News

Induction Service Rev Chris Crause as Presbytery Minister. Friday, April 7, at Gympie Uniting Church 7 pm. Induction Service: Rev Stuart Bosch as MOW Bundaberg Uniting Church, Sunday, April 9. 6 pm.

Child Protection Royal Commission

In a recent Journey magazine the President of UC assembly wrote an article apologizing for any hurt suffered at the hands of Uniting Church activity. Here is the statement, in part: “On behalf of the Uniting Church in Australia I sincerely apologise to all children in our care who suffered sexual abuse, of any kind, in our Church, whether it happened since union of 1977 or before that in our predecessor Churches.”

Preparing for Easter

The pace of life will pull us toward Easter more quickly than we realise. Therefore it is important for us to take those moments to contemplate a different pace and a different way as guided by our faith and love of Jesus.

Lent Event 2017 – Uniting World in Service

There are a number of options to participate in Lent Event for 2017. It is not so much what you do, but who you identify with and for whom you will pray and change your life for, even if it is for this time of Lent.

WEEK 3 Jesus the Life Bringer –

Water and Clean Hands to Papua New Guinea. Jesus said, “I have come that you may have life …” The world still struggles to have subsistence life, let alone abundant life. How does this image sit in the midst of scarcity, deprivation, flood and famine, war and destruction? Let us pray for those bring the simple gift of water, sanitation and hygiene.

LifeLine Australia responding to the high rate of suicide in Australia

Let us add our names and prayers to seek assistance to ease the growing rate and devastation of suicide. Lifeline will be launching an SMS service called Text4Good (accessing help from trained Crisis Supporters). Let us also pray for the contributions of volunteer Crisis Support Counsellors as they respond to these crisis calls.

Finances

At the recent church council meeting we reviewed our financial position. Our bank situation is not going well. Offerings are well below last year and costs continue to rise. Any support from the land disposal is a long way off. Council thanks most sincerely the congregation for past support. We ask everyone if they can examine their ability to increase the regular offering if they can. The church council is developing fund-raising activities and would also welcome ideas fom the congregation.

Al-Anon Family Groups (Sunshine Coast Al-Anon Family Groups)

You may have heard of Alcohol Anonymous. But the impact of alcoholism and problem drinking affects the families and community of those who are troubled by their drinking. Al-Anon and Al-Ateen support groups recognise the implications of this and offer this unique support. We have been invited to bring awareness to these programs.

Pancakes.

Thank you for your contribution. We were able to give to BlueCare Maroochy from the pancake morning tea last Sunday $120.

Lenten Studies – commencing the week of Monday, March 6.

Mondays, 2-4 pm, Thursdays 7-9 pm. We will use as our guide “With You Always” Lenten Studies in Matthew’s Gospel” by Robert Bos. Please come along. Monday will be at Judith Judd’s place. U41 Allora Gardens. Thursday evening will be Marie and Bernie Charles Place. 15 Larkin St.

Adult Fellowship

The Adult Fellowship invites us to a special morning tea at the Maroochydore Surf Club on March 9 at 10.00 am. Please let Marie know if you are coming so that numbers are estimated.

Lent Event 2017

There are a number of options to participate in Lent Event for 2017. It is not so much what you do, but who you identify with and for whom you will pray and change your life for, even if it is for this time of Lent. Please see the envelopes, stickers and leaflets at the entry doors to the church.

Week 1: Together we change the world. We believe in a world made new; a world where God is at work for lasting change. This Lent we invite you to join us getting to know peacemakers, life bringers, justice workers and redeemers. We invite you to join them.

Village Buddies Program (with Sunny Kids)

Information and orientation sessions are being held in the Library Chapel at the church, Thursday, March 2, 1-3 pm, and Thursday, March 16 evening 6-8 pm. This is a program to provide adult mentoring young people as a positive role model. To register: villagebuddies@sunnykids.org.au. ph. 5479 0394

Food for Women’s Refuge

We need long-life food for the refuge please. Such as: toilet rolls, tissues, as well as long-life packaged food. Leave it in the basket at the front door. For further information contact Bev Lacey.

Feb 2017, General Notices

Congregation Meeting

Thank you for your attendance and participation in the meeting last Sunday. I pray you were able to get a sense of our achievements, our hopes, and our challenges through the report and the comments. I want to extend my thanks and deep appreciation to you all. For your faithfulness and love for our church as we continue to serve our community. For those unable to be present, I also want to say thank you for all you do as the people of God.

At this meeting we affirmed our commitments to WMQ, the Playgroup, to encourage meeting together informally and to pastorally care for each other beyond our regular times of worship.

It was good to receive the report from the Korean Ministry and we commend Gilbert and Winni on their ministry.

We also received our budget for 2017 with the encouragement that if each of us could contribute an additional $2 per week it would enable us to achieve our budget and a little more. Thank you always to the generosity of giving and service of you all. There will be a summary of the minutes available.

Food for Women’s Refuge

We need long-life food for the refuge please. Such as: toilet rolls, tissues, as well as long-life packaged food. Leave it in the basket at the front door. For further information contact Bev Lacey.

Pancakes day on 26 Feb 2017

Please join us this morning after the service to celebrate pancake day. Gold coin donation welcome to assist local Blue Care.

Adult Fellowship

The Adult Fellowship invites us to a special morning tea at the Maroochydore Surf Club on March 9 at 10.00 am. Please let Marie know if you are coming so that numbers are estimated.

Getting ready for Lent Event from March 1 to April 15

Last year, Uniting Church communities across Australia helped send almost $300,000 to our church partners in Asia, Africa and the Pacific through Lent Event, providing medicine in West Papua, support for women in the Pacific, livelihoods for families in Zimbabwe and training for midwives in South Sudan.

World Day of Prayer. March 3.

St Peter’s Anglican Church, cnr Church St and Beach Rd Maroochydore. This year’s service comes from the people of the Philippines commencing at 9.30 am with morning tea to follow. Please come and support our local ecumenical relationship.

Village Buddies Program (with Sunny Kids)

Information and orientation sessions are being held in the Library Chapel at the church, Thursday, March 2, 1-3 pm, and Thursday evening, 6-8 pm. This is a program to provide adult mentoring to young people as a positive role model.

To register: villagebuddies@sunnykids.org.au Ph. 5479 0394.

Lenten Studies – Commencing the week of Monday, March 6.

These studies will commence Monday, March 6, 2-4 pm, Thursdays 7-9 pm. We will use as our guide “With You Always”, Lenten Studies in Matthew’s Gospel. by Robert Bos. Mondays will be at Judith Judd’s place. Unit 41, Allora Gardens. Thursday evenings will be Marie and Bernie Charles’ Place. 15 Larkin St.

Evening service for February.

We will reschedule our evening service for this month to the fourth Sunday, February 26.

Congregation meeting on 12 Feb 2017

Following the Service this morning we will hold our congregation meeting in the hall. At this meeting we will receive our reports for the previous year, affirm our commitments to the mission and ministry we share, adopt our budget for the forthcoming year, and recognise the challenges we face. We will give thanks for all we have done and the faithfulness to serve one another.

Getting ready for Lent Event from 1 March 1 to April 15

Last year, Uniting Church communities across Australia helped send almost $300,000 to our church partners in Asia, Africa and the Pacific through Lent Event, providing medicine in West Papua, support for women in the Pacific, livelihoods for families in Zimbabwe and training for midwives in South Sudan.

Forty Years of the Uniting Church in Australia

June 22, 2017 marks the 40th Anniversary of the union and inauguration of the Uniting Church in Australia. Please continue to pray for our faith, witness and service to God and to each other.

Notes from the minister

As the new year unfolds I will continue to meet at the church Monday mornings for prayer at 8 am, and then to work from the Church office for the morning. I will also be at the Church on Thursday mornings at the Fellowship of Fixing, as I like to call it. We would like to encourage other to come and help on these mornings with preparing the church for worship and for our ongoing guests who use the hall regularly.

Playgroup Update – Tuesdays 9-11 am

We had a lovely morning Tuesday for playgroup. Two mums and two children came to play and meet and relax and find a welcoming and safe space. Thank you to our Playgroup leaders for all their work, setting up, care and passion for this ministry to our community. Please ask Pam what you can do to help.

 

 Jan 2017, General Notices

Wesley Mission Queensland Update

The Project Control Group met for the second time Tuesday, January 31. Present at this meeting included the Architects, Town Planner and representatives from WMQ and MUCA. Preliminary design concepts were presented for comment, and the issues around access, siting and services will continue to be discussed to meet the requirement of all parties concerned.

The form of accommodation will be around three four-bedroom styled buildings. There will be kitchen facilities, on site chef and care staff around: a more domestic model of care. There will concessions and compensations around removal of trees, landscaping, car parking and driveways but the details need to be negotiated through the Synod legal advisors. A land valuation has been prepared with the figure of $790,000 proposed as a benchmark again with final settlement to be determined with more detailed planning. Once these preliminary stages have been met a more accurate programme can be set.

The steps for us as a congregation will include final congregation approval (and Church Council), Presbytery Standing Committee and then the Synod Finance, Investment & Property Board. The latter two have already indicated their positive support of the project. Finally, please continue to pray for all involved. Keep being attentive and enthusiastic about this. We hope to invite Geoff Batkin to visit our service in the near future.

The next PCG meeting will be at Chermside, Monday, February 27.

Duty roster

The next duty roster from February 12 to May 28 is now on notice boards and personal pigeon holes. Please make changes as necessary. Note no allowance for Good Friday.

Adult Fellowship

Our first meeting for the year will be held on Thursday, February 9 in the church hall at 9.30 am. Everyone is very welcome to come along for morning tea and a chat and a very informal meeting to talk about our plans for the coming year.

Gideons breakfast invitation

We are invited to a Gideons breakfast on Saturday, February 4 at 8 Belshaw Lane, Didillibah. There will be two speakers: Scott Muller, state president and David Foong, regional field officer. At the last breakfast we raised enough to fund over 10,000 scriptures for Cambodia. RSVP by Feb 1 to Bruce Dingle at 5478 2491 or email: brdingle@bigpond.com.

Group Reports

For the congregational meeting February 12, please submit group reports to Robin Dingle at: brdingle@bigpond.com, or phone 5478 2491.

Cooroy/Pomona Uniting Church

Following the retirements from ministry of Rev David & Susan Fanning, Rev Ron Watson will be inducted as MOW to the Cooroy/Pomona UC on Friday, February 10, 7.00 pm at the Cooroy Uniting Church.

Wesley Mission Qld/Maroochydore Project

The nest Project Control Group meeting will take place on Tuesday, 31 January at the Maroochydore Uniting Church, 10.30 am. At this meeting we will continue to develop the plans, requirements for property, and valuation.

Forty years of the Uniting Church in Australia

June 22, 2017 marks the 40th anniversary of the union and inauguration of the Uniting Church in Australia. Please continue to pray for our faith, witness and service to God and to each other.

 Dec 2016, General Notices

Thursday, December 27. Allora Lodge Worship. 11 am

Saturday, December 31. New Year’s Eve

Sunday, January 1, 2017, New Year’s Day

 

Australia Day Congregation Breakfast

at Picnic Point, The Esplanade, Maroochydore. at 7.00 am. More detailed information closer to the day.

Church Planning Day. Saturday, January 21.

Starting at 7.00 am at the home of Bev and Graham Lacey. (to be confirmed).

Thank you from James

I want to say thank you to you all for you faithfulness, for the way you love and support each other and care for our church community here. Thank you for you care of me, and for your interest in my boys Nathanael and Matthew. I pray that the New Year is fresh with the mercies of God, as we continue to love and worship God here, and offer our witness and hope to the community around us. Happy Christmas everyone, and my love and prayers are with you all. Grace and peace, James.

A message to Rev James from the Thursday work team

We thank you James, not only for your excellent ministry, but also for all the work you do with us around the church; such as tiling and painting, trimming dangerous trees, laying and watering turf, blowing and raking leaves. Just to mention a few.

 

Christmas Services for 2016

Sunday December 18 Morning Carols Service
  • 8.30am with special morning tea to follow (Christmas Cake, yum)
Sunday December 25 Christmas Day
  • 7am & 8.30am Joy to the World, and Peace through Jesus Christ.

Sunday 4 December Worship at 8.30am Advent 2 Holy Communion

  • followed by morning tea in the hall/Verandah.
  • Greek Orthodox Worship 10.30am & Panyiri from 12.30pm
  • Korean Worship Service at 11am in Library Chapel

Saturday 10 December at 1pm Indoor Bowls Christmas Breakup

  • Please come along and have a game and some Christmas cheer.
  • We thank Wilf & Mavis and the team for all their work this year.

Sunday 11 December Worship at 8.30am Advent 3

  • followed by morning tea in the hall.
  • Korean Worship Service 11am

Sunday 18 December Worship at 8.30am Advent 4 (Carols Service)

  • 8.30am with special morning tea to follow (Christmas Cake, yum)
  • Korean Worship Service 11am
  • There will be no evening service this month – January 22 “the Book of Job”

It’s Official – Evans Street Upgrade Opening

  • Evans Road will be fully opened to traffic in a ceremony on Thursday,
  • December 15 commencing at 10 am. The Sunshine Coast Regional
  • Council invites us to be present on the vacant land beside the church.

Maroochydore State School Hampers

Thank you for your donations, please see Janelle Watson as you are able to help support to our school community for this year. Through Reading Support and RI we have developed a great relationship with the school.

Our Christmas Stall

The annual Adult Fellowship Christmas stall held last Sunday was a great success. Thank you all for great gifts and generosity to contribute to our mission projects. A few remnants for this week remain.

Christmas Gifts that Give – for Uniting World & Frontier Services

Visit the online shopping & Catalogue for calendars, cards, to support gifts of clean water, chickens, beehives, supporting women leaders, peace makers and those on the frontline of climate change and national disasters. Call Fiona Johnson ph: 02 8267 4267

Christmas Bowl Act for Peace – See the envelopes at the front entry.

With the National Churches together the Christmas Bowl invites us to Act for Peace to support food for families in Zimbabwe, refugee mothers in SriLanka or, emergency food rations for Syrian refugees. This week, may our prayers be drawn to the children of the world.

27 Nov 2016, General Notices

Notes from James

Wesley mission Queensland have recently had a pre-lodgement meeting with the Sunshine Coast regional Council for our proposed Building project. The outcomes of the meeting were positive and supportive, WMQ will begin to set up the Project Control Group for Design & Consultation with all interested parties with first meeting scheduled for 8 December.

 

Maroochydore State School Hampers

Thank you for your donations, please see Janelle Watson as you are able to help support to our school community for this year. Through Reading Support and RI we have developed a great relationship with the school.

 

Our Christmas Stall

The annual Adult Fellowship Christmas stall will be held on today following the service. Please delight and purchase these goodies to share and to contribute to our mission projects. Thank you.

 

Christmas Gifts that Give – for Uniting World & Frontier Services

Visit the online shopping & Catalogue for calendars, cards, to support gifts of clean water, chickens, beehives, supporting women leaders, peace makers and those on the frontline of climate change and national disasters. Call Fiona Johnson ph: 02 8267 4267

 

Christmas Bowl Act for Peace

With the National Churches together the Christmas Bowl invites us to Act for Peace to support food for families in Zimbabwe, refugee mothers in Sri Lanka or, emergency food rations for Syrian refugees.

 

 

13 Nov 2016, General Notices

Celebration Service at Alex Park Saturday, November 19, 5.45 pm.

Let us meet together with Mooloolaba and Buderim UC to give thanks for the year that has been and to pray for the year to come. We will share in a meal, stories, worship and hopes for the year come

Sunday 20 Evening Service 6pm-7pm

We continue our evening prayer, praise and bible discussion. This week we will be looking at the Book of Esther.

 

Chaplaincy Fundraiser Event Sunday 27 November 2pm

St Peter’s Anglican Church, Maroochydore are holding a Cabaret, enjoy talent, music, and a delicious afternoon tea. $20 for Adults, $5 for Children. For enquiries or bookings P: 5443 1009

 

December 4 Greek Panyiri Celebration

We are invited to share in this celebration of the Feast of St Andrew and our cultural lives together. This usually follows their service that day.

 

06 Nov 2016, General Notices

 Advent Bible Studies

Our final set of studies for the year will commence Monday, November 14 and will continue for four weeks. As we begin to prepare for Christmas we will consider the theme “How will Jesus come to us?”.

  • We will meet on Monday, 2-4 pm at Judith Judd’s 41 Allora Gardens.
  • Thursday, November 17, 7-9 pm. This week we will meet in the library chapel at the church. The following weeks we will be back at 15 Larkin Street, Marie and Bernie’s.

You are all welcome to participate.

Adult Fellowship

Christmas is coming! The end-of-year breakup luncheon will be held on Thursday, November 10 at 11.30 am at the Waterfront Hotel. We invite all members of our congregation to attend this function. For catering purposes we need to know definite numbers. Please include your name on the list on the notice board in the hall if you wish to attend.

Seniors Service at Buderim

The next Seniors Service will be held on Wednesday, November 16 at 10 am. Our adult fellowship is required to provide and serve morning tea so if you can help in any way please see Marie for further details.

Presbytery Meeting. Saturday, November 12. Gympie UC

The meeting commences at 8.30 am for a morning tea welcome and will conclude at 3 pm with a service marking the retirement of Rev Bob Harriman.

Laceys absence

We will be away from November 8 till December  3. More information soon on church notices editor during that period.

 

Christmas Stall

The annual Adult Fellowship Christmas stall will be held on Sunday, November 27, after church. Any donations of Christmas goodies, jams, pickles or craft to sell would be appreciated.

30 Oct 2016, General Notices

Celebration of All Saints’ Day. November 1

All Saints Day is a day of remembrance to recall the loved ones lost over the past year, to collectively remember the faithfulness of God in life and death, and that there is a vision of the future with hope, with God’s reign enduring forever. It is also a time for us to remember all those who are with the Lord, and all who from all time share the communion of the resurrection. Let us not be distracted by the activities of a commercialised Halloween which obscures the real meaning and significance.

 Advent Bible Studies

Our final set of studies for the year will commence Monday, November 14 and will continue for four weeks. As we begin to prepare for Christmas we will consider the theme “How will Jesus come to us?”.

We will meet on Monday, 2-4 pm at Judith Judd’s 41 Allora Gardens.

Thursday, November 17, 7-9 pm. This week we will meet in the library chapel at the church. The following weeks we will be back at 15 Larkin Street, Marie and Bernie’s. You are all welcome to participate.

16. Oct 2016, General Notices

Evening Service 6 pm. Today, October 16.

We finally get to Ezra-Nehemiah. We have become familiar with the building of the wall, and restoration of the temple. But how do we really hear these legends today? And, who was Zerubbabel?

Prison Ministry Visit

We will welcome this visit to our worship service on October 23. Uniting Care Community provides chaplains who visit corrective services and support people in prison and their families as they face challenging contexts.

Advent Bible Studies

Our final set of studies for the year will commence Monday, November 14, and will continue for four weeks. The theme will be: “How will Jesus come to us?”

SMS and email messages

The SMS and email message system was used for the first time this week. It is planned to use the service only for urgent messages such as the one sent this week. However, not all members of our congregation can be contacted by either method.

It is expected that, when members receive the message, they will contact others to pass on the information. Last year we asked everyone to let us know whom they contacted on a regular basis and this information has been recorded. It is on the basis of this list that we hope information can be passed on. If any member wants to refresh the memory of the names on his or her own list, please contact Neville.

He will also be able to tell you if the people on your list have SMS or email contact. Then you will know if you have to contact anyone immediately next time such a message is sent.

Presbytery Meeting

Saturday November 12. Gympie Uniting Church. Retirement of Rev Bob Harriman. The presbytery will meet in Gympie from 8.30 am. At the conclusion of the meeting, there will be a conclusion of Ministry Service to celebrate the ministry and acknowledge the retirement of Rev Bob Harriman. This service will commence at 3 pm. We are invited to share in this time together.

Celebration Service at Alex Park.

Date Claimer: Saturday, November 19. 5.45 pm. Let us meet together with Mooloolaba and Buderim UC to give thanks for the year that has been and to pray for the year to come.

09. Oct 2016, General Notices

Child Safe Training

To assist congregations in fulfilling the ongoing commitment to have leaders/members who are involved in decision-making about children’s ministry or are parts of teams who provide ministry to children, there are two dates available in the Southern Zone for training in “Maintaining Safe Behavioural Boundaries/Grooming.(Child Protection). Dates:

  • Wednesday, October 12, 7 pm-9 pm at Buderim Uniting Church.
  • Wednesday, October 19, 7 pm-9 pm at Cooroy Uniting Church,

Please RSVP through James by the Monday of each of these weeks. Thank you. Sue Mulcahy.

Update on Play Group

Thank you for your responses to help, for the provision of equipment and for your willingness to encourage this mission opportunity for our community. Please continue to pray for and encourage this new exciting venture. It is our intention to commence on Tuesday, October 25, but this is to be confirmed. An important part of the activity will be the provision of a morning tea for the parents as an expression of our care and hospitality. We would appreciate delicious contributions each week. Please contact James if you wish to help.

 

Evening Service. Sunday, October 16. 6 pm.

We finally get to Ezra-Nehemiah

Code of Ethics Training.

October 15, 9 am-12 noon at Alex Park Conference Centre. This is part of the mandatory requirements for all people in ministry placement. I zncourage you to come with me. This will be facilitated by Rev Bob Harriman and Jayne Clapton.

02. Oct 2016, General Notices

Mental Health Day of Prayer

Our service next Sunday will focus on these concerns. Dear Lord, we bring before you people struggling with mental illness; we pray for provision, and for resources that enable. We pray for those suffering and their families who face the challenges of little understanding, discrimination within the community, and isolation. In the name of Jesus in whose grace we are lovingly embraced. Amen.

• Please note that I will be changing my day off from Wednesday, (which I was not managing so well) to Friday each week.

Adult Fellowship

Meeting and morning tea at the church. October 13.

Church duty roster

The next roster from October 16 to February 5, 2017 is on notice boards and personal pigeon holes. Owing to absences there may be several duplicate rostered duties. And probably errors. Please make changes where necessary.

Update on Play Group

Thank you for your responses to help, for the provision of equipment and for your willingness to encourage this mission opportunity for our community. Please continue to pray for and encourage this new exciting venture. It is our intention to commence on Tuesday, October 25 and continue to the end of the school term. An important part of the activity will be the provision of a lovely morning tea for the parents as an expression of our care and hospitality. We would appreciate delicious contributions each week.

House for Rent (in the Brightwater Estate)

Tony and Titi have a house they are looking to rent out while they go on an extended caravanning trip. If you know of someone, who might be interested please contact James for initial information.

Code of Ethics Training – October 15, 9 am-12 noon at Alex Park Conference Centre.

This is part of the mandatory requirements for all people in ministry placement and is also highly encouraged that Church Council/Elders and others in leadership attend. I encourage you to come along with me. This will be facilitated by Rev Bob Harriman and Jayne Clapton.

 

 

25. Sep 2016, General Notices

Some Comments on the eConference.

Mercy: A Way of Being in the World

There can be a number of variations on this theme, but perhaps Mercy can describe the best name and character of God. The various speakers each commented that mercy is a way of being, seeing. Mercy is not only a way of being, it is the way of God and this is how God is known. “Mercy is my Name.” So closely linked with mercy is compassion. They are in fact synonyms. Where the Pharisees saw an adulterous woman, the only one who did not have a stone in his hand was Jesus. Jesus saw the woman as one who could be free. In the actions of denying the “otherness of others, is the denial of God.”

We heard that mercy is in the very fabric of creation and appears in the most surprising places. In the story of Moses and the Pharaoh’s daughter (Exodus 2) it is she who says “Yes” to the plan to provide Moses’ own mother as the nursing mother. Such is the merciful way of God in the world. If only we would see more.

Finally, they spoke about the need for a new listening in order to create a new language and a new understanding; that the old credentials of power are redundant (if ever they were relevant) and mercy is what the Church is to be known by. If we are looking for the real God, then we must look no further than the Crucifixion. Then understand what we see.

Here is the embodiment of Mercy for the life of the world.

 

Wesley Mission Update

Over the past few weeks there have been various consultants visiting the site gathering information in preparation for detailed planning and discussion.

These have included surveyor, town planner, drainage and environment consultants. Once this information is consolidated the Project Control Group
will then begin to meet. Please continue to pray for this project.

• Please note that I will be changing my day off from Wednesday (which I was not managing so well) to Friday each week.

Risk Survey. September 29.

Peter Rose, Senior Risk Consultant from the Synod Office, will visit Maroochydore on Thursday, September 29 from 10 am.
Peter will provide a comprehensive report on our practices and risks in relation to workplace, insurance and policies for safety and property.

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Adult Fellowship

Meeting and morning tea at the church. October 13.

 

Church duty roster

The next roster from October 16 to February 5, 2017 is being prepared. If you have any special requirements please let Graham Lacey know. If you can help in any way with duties on the roster, such as bible reading, door welcoming, morning tea, offering or use of the projector, please let him know too.

 

Risk Survey. September 29

Peter Rose, Senior Risk Consultant from the Synod Office, will visit Maroochydore on Thursday, September 29 from 10 am. Peter will provide a comprehensive report on our practices and risks in relation to workplace, insurance and policies for safety and property.

 

Update on Play Group

Thank you for your responses to help, for the provision of equipment and for your willingness to encourage this mission opportunity for our community. Please continue to pray for and encourage this new venture.

eConference Mercy: A Way of Being in the World

Tuesday, September 20, 10.30 am – 2.45 pm. James intends to host this live eConference broadcast at the church. It is free, and involves key speakers, discussion sessions, fellowship over morning tea and lunch. Please let James know if you would like to attend and obtain more information.

Code of Ethics for Ministry Practice Training

This is part of the mandatory requirements for all people in ministry placement and is also highly encouraged that Church Council/Elders and others in leadership attend. I encourage you to come along with me. This will be facilitated by Rev Bob Harriman and Jayne Clapton.

Notes from the minister

Thank you to you all for your care and support while I was unwell, and your well wishes while I was on leave. For those who helped out in worship and care, thank you also. It is so good to know you are here.

In the evening service tonight I will be speaking on my visit to New Norsia monastery in WA and an introduction to monk habits.

Baptism of Liam Arthur Wehmeyer

Today we welcome Robert, Chantal and Tyler, as we share in the celebration of the Baptism of Liam. Let us pray for them, the family and community as we gather around this joyful expression of the love of God in Jesus. Let us also remember our baptisms and be thankful.

11. Sep 2016, General Notices

Raymont Residential College

is accepting enquiries from students. The college is an activity of the Uniting Church, Queensland Synod. It offers full catering, unlimited internet access, and has easy access to universities.

Contact phone 3377 9903, or email: admin@raymont.com.au

 

Video presentation. Today

Of the theatre restaurant play today at the church after morning tea.

28 Aug 2016, General Notices

Safe Ministry with Children, and Safe Church Policy

In response to the Royal Commission, and that Churches are now considered a Workplace under the WH & S regulations, the Queensland Synod has developed its policy to ensure safety and best care for all our members. Part of this policy includes a register of Blue Card holders, workers and volunteers. We ask that you bear with us as we gather the necessary information.

Playgroup (please see the article in the recent Journey Magazine p.15)

This is an exciting opportunity to serve our community. As we mentioned at the recent congregation meeting, our intention is to commence a playgroup. We are able to get start-up support from Uniting Care Community offering two staff to commence, train and support the Play Group at its beginning. In preparation for this we will need people who can be committed to hospitality, preparing morning tea, gathering toys and story books to be used. Please pray for this new mission initiative for us, If you want to part of this please talk to Pam Harrak (5479 1008).

 

Lifeline: Out of the Shadows and Into the Light

Sunday, September 11. Lifeline will be holding a sunrise walk on this morning to bring awareness and support to people in our community touched by suicide. The hope is to give time for reflection, recovery, hope and prevention in a caring supportive environment. The walk will commence at Cotton Tree Park at 5.30 am.

 

eConference Mercy: A Way of Being in the World

Tuesday, September 20, 10.30 am – 2.45 pm. James intends to host this live eConference broadcast at the church. It is free, and involves key speakers, discussion sessions, fellowship over morning tea and lunch. Please let James know if you would like to attend and obtain more information.

Video presentation

Of the theatre restaurant play on September 11 at the church at lunch time.(To be confirmed.)

14 Aug 2016, General Notices

Sunday, September 21 is BlueCare Sunday

We give thanks for the work and ministry of BlueCare in our community. Let us pray for the staff, residents and clients that they may receive the support for the needs being met and for the work yet to be done.

Buderim Seniors Service

Wednesday, August 17. Maroochydore UC helps. Donations towards morning tea will be welcome. Refer Marie Charles for more information.

Playgroup (please see the article in the recent Journey Magazine p.15)

As we mentioned at the recent congregation meeting, our intention is to commence a playgroup. We are able to get start-up support from Uniting Care Community, offering two staff to commence, and train and support the Play Group at its beginning. In preparation for this we will need people who can be committed to hospitality, preparing morning tea for those who attend, and to gather toys and story books to be used. Please pray for this new mission initiative for us. If you want to part of this please talk to Pam Harrak (5479 1008).

Morning tea and soup fellowship

Today, following our service of worship, we extend a special invitation to our visitors, especially our faithful southern visitors who join us each year, to share in an extended morning tea and early soup lunch.

We would like to show our appreciation for your fellowship with us.

Lifeline: Out of the Shadows and Into the Light Sunday, September 11. Lifeline will be holding a sunrise walk on this morning to bring awareness and support to people in our community touched by suicide. The hope is to give time for reflection, recovery, hope and prevention in a caring supportive environment.

The walk will commence at Cotton Tree Park at 5.30 am.

Motorised Mobility Scooter. To give away. Please see Helen Watt if you know anyone who could use this.

Notes from the minister

I will be taking annual leave from Monday, August 22, returning for minister’s retreat September 5 to 8.

Mid-year bible studies continue – The Holy Spirit (Week 6)

  • Monday, August 8, 2-4 pm at Margaret Andrews’. 232 Allora Lodge
  • Thursday, August 11, 7-9 pm at Marie & Bernie’s. 15 Larkin St

This will conclude this series. Thank you for your participation and hospitality.

Evening service. Sunday, August 21. 6 pm

Like every good story, there is a sequel. The books of Ezra-Nehemiah are the sequel to Chronicles. These books recount the rebuilding of Israel following the return from the devastation of exile.

07 Aug 2016, General Notices

Adult Fellowship

The fellowship is to meet at 10.00 am at the RSL on Thursday, August 11. All welcome. For more information contact Trish O’Brien.

Kawana Waters UC Fellowship high tea and fashion parade

An invitation is extended to us to attend a high tea and fashion parade on August 18 at the Kawana Waters Uniting Church. For further information contact Nancy Imhoff at phone 5438 2764.

Playgroup

As we mentioned at the recent congregation meeting, our intention is to commence a playgroup. We are able to get start-up support from Uniting Care Community offering two staff to commence, train and support the play group at its beginning. In preparation for this, we will need people who can be committed to hospitality, preparing morning tea for those who attend, to gather toys, story books to be used. Please pray for this new mission initiative for us. If you want to part of this please talk to Pam Harrak (5479 1008).

Code of Ethics for Ministry Practice Training

October 15, 9 am-12 noon at Alex Park Conference Centre. This is part of the mandatory requirement for all people in ministry placement and is also highly encouraged that Church Council/Elders and others in leadership attend. This will be facilitated by Rev Bob Harriman and Jayne Clapton.

Safe Ministry with Children. update..

The Queensland Synod, in response to the Royal Commission, has further developed their/our policies for our responsibilities and obligations for duty of care for leaders and helpers for ministry with each other and children. It is to promote and provide an environment and culture of shared guardianship.

Morning Tea and Soup Fellowship

Sunday, August 14, following our service of worship, we extend a special invitation to our visitors, especially our faithful southern visitors who join us each year, to share in an extended morning tea and early soup lunch.  We would like to show our appreciation for your fellowship to us.

Our Mission Projects for the congregation..updates:

WMB and Maroochydore UC Supported Accommodation. This past week has seen visits with the local SCRC councillors and Maroochydore Residents Association. There have been visits to the site by various consultants with WMB: town planning, surveyor, tree specialist. All gathering information in preparation for the project control group.

 

24 July 2016, General Notices

Sunday evening, July 31 (our fifth Sunday Fellowship Tea and Service).

We welcome our friends from Mooloolaba, and Rev Jan Rossow as speaker for the evening. Fellowship tea 5.30 pm, service from 6.30 pm.

Congregational meeting today

A general meeting of the congregation will held today following the service and morning tea to offer a report on the activities of the congregation so far this year. Thank you to you all for your love and support of each other and for the hope and the prayers for our worship, witness and service.

Mid Year Bible Studies Continue – The Holy Spirit (Week 3)

  • Monday, July 25. 2-4 pm at Judith Judd’s, 41 Allora Lodge.
  • Thursday, July 28. 7-9 pm at Marie and Bernie’s: 15 Larkin St.

 

17 July 2016, General Notices

Evening Service tonight, 6-7 pm

The Books of 1 and 2 Chronicles – feel inspired? The history of Israel from another perspective. We follow the genealogies of Ishmael and Esau and the other nations of Abraham.

Hear Hugh MacKay. This afternoon 2 pm, Sunday, July 17,

at St Mark’s Anglican Church, Buderim. Hugh is a social commentator and author of Beyond Belief: “Why Australians don’t go to church, but call upon God in times of crisis.”

General Congregational meeting. Sunday, July 24.

This is our scheduled general meeting. Please forward any comments or request for items for the agenda to Robin Dingle or through the Elders/ Church Council. Email Robin: brdingle@bigpond.com

Alex Park Stakeholders planning meeting

Thursday, July 28 at Maroochydore UC facilitated by Rev Ian Stehbens and Scott Guyatt from 9.30 am – 2.30 pm. Please pray for this meeting.

Code of Ethics for ministry practice

The next Code of Ethics training will be held at Alex Park on Saturday, October 15 from 9.30 am to 12 noon. The training will be run by Bob Harriman and Jayne Clapton, and is open to all ministry agents, Church Council members, office staff, volunteers and retired ministers.

10 July 2016, General Notices

Invitation to Asher House official opening. July 20 at 10 am.

Asher House is located at Sibley Rd, Wynum West and is a similar project by Wesley Mission Brisbane to that which we are anticipating. An invitation has been offered for a small group to attend. Please let James know if you are interested in attending.

Church Council meeting. Wednesday, July 13.

Please forward any items for the agenda to Robin Dingle

email: brdingle@bigpond.com, or phone: 5478 2491.

 

26 June 2016, General Notices

Special Congregation Meeting today

Please note: Following the service today we will meet for the congregation meeting to discuss and respond to the proposal presented by the Church Council. This is an exciting and import decision for us and for Wesley Mission Brisbane.

Anniversary of the Coming of the Light to the Torres Straits, 1871. Friday, July 1.

We give thanks to God for the faith and witness of our Indigenous and Islander brothers and sisters in Christ. May their faith be encouragement to us as together we seek to follow Jesus in this land of Australia.

Mid Year Bible Study – The Holy Spirit

I have had a request that the theme for the Mid Year Bible Study be: “The Holy Spirit.” Could you please indicate your preference for time and group, or if you would like another time please let me know that too. Thank you.

Alex Park Reference Group Meeting at Maroochydore UC, July 28.

There will be a discernment meeting to be hosted at the Maroochydore UC. The meeting will be from 10.30 am – 3.00 pm. Please pray for this time together.

Mid year bible study

commences Monday, July 11 and Thursday, July 14 for the next six weeks. The theme is “The Holy Spirit.”

  • Monday Study: 2-4 pm 41 Allora Gardens, Judith Judd’s place.
  • Thursday Study: 7-9 pm 15 Larkin Street, Marie and Bernie Charles’ place.

Evening Service. Sunday, July 17, 6-7 pm.

The Books of 1 and 2 Chronicles: feel inspired? The history of Israel from another perspective. We follow the genealogies of Ishmael and Esau and the other nations of Abraham.

General Congregational meeting. Sunday, July 24

This is our scheduled general meeting. Please forward any comments or request for items for the agenda to Robin Dingle or through the Elders / Church Council.

12 June 2016, General Notices

Duty Roster

The new church duty roster is in personal pigeon holes and on notice boards. Please make changes as necessary.

UCA Anniversary 1977-2016, Wednesday, June 22. so far…

Wednesday, June 22, is the 39th Anniversary of the inauguration of the Uniting Church in Australia. Let us pray for Stuart McMillan, Assembly President; Rev Dave Baker, Moderator, Qld Synod; Rev Bob Harriman Mary Burnett Presbytery Minister; and all local congregation ministers and leaders. Forty years is a powerful symbolic image.

They say life begins at 40. They say that this is the time of the passing of generation.They say threshholds are for crossing but they can also be a trap. We can get stuck, looking in two directions at once, two horizons,

one receding, one emerging. But which one is which? We need to listen for the Spirit to call, and the Spirit is free to go this way and that. In our listening we simply follow.

The journeys of Moses and Joshua might just be our story as the people of God wander their way through the land.

 

05 June 2016, General Notices

Mid Year Bible Study – Early Reminder

We are planning our next Bible Study Series to commence the week Monday, July 11, for six weeks to Monday, August 15. We offer two opportunities to meet each week, Monday 2-4 pm, Thursday 7-9 pm.

If you have suggestions/topics for what you would like to talk about please let James know. Please, anyone, come along.

Adult Fellowship

There will be no Adult Fellowship meeting this month. Instead, for those who are able, we will be at the church on Thursday, June 16 at 8.30 am to prepare for the Theatre Restaurant. Things to do include: iron tablecloths, wash cutlery, general tidy-up of the hall and prepare table arrangements. If you can help for even a short time on that day, it would be appreciated. We would also like to borrow large coffee pots and trays to help with serving the meals.

A Summary Of Preparing For Mission – An evening with Ian Stehbens.

Last Sunday evening in our service with Mooloolaba, Rev Ian Stehbens spoke with us about preparing for mission from the narrative in the book of Acts. From Acts 15.36-16.16 we followed Paul as he responded to God’s call. We were reminded that the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts are an overlapping story, with the mission of Jesus now being expressed in the mission of the Church. With Paul and Barnabas we were reminded of the need for common purpose in ministry teams, as well as acknowledging that there are other ways to fulfil the mission of God as Barnabas went on his way..

Along the way, a young man Timothy, joined Paul and Silas as they went forward into new areas being sensitively and culturally aware. We learned that as Paul wanted to push on the Spirit prevented him going in certain directions, but, when the Spirit does call, God will provide. The call to Macedonia was Paul’s call to share the Gospel of Jesus among a people different from his own tribe. It is also our call too. It was there he met Lydia, a rich woman and a worshipper of God, who received the Gospel, was baptised and who with generous hospitality persuaded Paul and his team to stay.

Have you considered where our Macedonia might be? Our Macedonia is not too far away at all. I wonder what God might be saying to you, to us.

Because, as God calls, we know God will provide. Thank you for all your faithfulness. That faithfulness that has led us to this place, and will now lead us on.

29 May 2016, General Notices

Chaplaincy Sunday today

We welcome Rev Dennis Harth, Chaplain at Sunshine Coast Private Hospital to our service this morning. Dennis’ theme will be “Suspend Disbelief”. This day is not only Synod Chaplaincy Sunday. It is also Reconciliation Sunday. Let us therefore pray for all the ministries of the chaplain across our Synod, and for the reconciling grace of God in our life.

Evening Fellowship Service with Mooloolaba UC. Tonight,

We will meet for fellowship tea at 5.30 pm with service to follow at 6.30 pm. Rev Ian Stehbens is our guest for this evening. Ian will share experiences of ministry. He will also share some thoughts about the future of Alex Park and the possibilities of our shared futures. This is an important time for us and our mission.

Future Property Opportunity with Wesley Mission Partnership (WMB).

Geoff Batkin (WMB) to visit Sunday, June 5, morning service. As you know, we have been thinking and praying for mission and ministry that has included praying with Alex Park, Mooloolaba and Buderim UC, and conversations with Wesley Mission Brisbane (WMB) and YoungCare accommodation as we had agreed to do at our congregation meetings.

We included some information in last week’s Herald for you to consider prayerfully. We believe our prayer is being answered in this way with WMB being successful with a Community Services grant to enable the conversation to proceed now more seriously. We mentioned this last week.

To help us further, we have invited Geoff Batkin from WMB to our service on Sunday, June 5, to share more of this partnership possibility in person. We pray that we will all give our prayerful attention to this. Thank you from your Church Council.

The 32nd Synod has concluded

Please look up journeyonline.com.au/32nd-synod to see reports from the meeting of Synod. The next Journey Magazine will also have coverage. The Bible Studies each morning led by members of the multicultural community of the Uniting Church offered challenge and an invitation to deeper commitment to God, and that we find our first love in Jesus Christ. The love and passion offered to the whole church from those members who have come from Sudan, Tonga, Fiji, Korea and so many more, reminded us all that God speaks in many languages but one voice.

22 May 2016, General Notices

Meeting of the Queensland Synod, May 20-24

The Queensland Synod will be meeting in session at the Alexandra Park Conference Centre. Visitors are always welcome to observe any and all the sessions. Some moments of interest that you may wish to attend as visitors. Today, Sunday, May 22. 4.30 pm. Celebration of Ministries. Monday 23, 8.30 am. Morning Worship and Bible Study. Today, during the Synod in Session, the nominations for Moderator Elect and General Secretary will be presented and taken to ballot. Please pray for the Synod in discernment for these key roles in the leadership.

Fifth Sunday Fellowship and Service, May 29.

Evening Fellowship Service with Mooloolaba UC. We will meet for fellowship tea at 5.30 pm with Service to follow at 6.30 pm. Rev Ian Stehbens is our guest for this evening. Ian will share experiences of ministry, and will also share some thoughts about the future of Alex Park and the possibilities of our shared futures. This is an important time for us and our mission.

Notes from Church Council Meeting. Refer insert to these notices.

Last week, Scott Guyatt, Mission Engagement Project Officer from the Synod attended our meeting. We have included some comments around thinking and praying for our present and future ministry here. The first is a simple and timely reminder, if we have forgotten or got distracted, that God is God. We invite you to respond to the thoughts and the process included, talk to the members of the Church Council, talk with one another and get excited about the gifts and possibilities God has for us here in Maroochydore. Please pray for peace as we explore these ideas and for our neighbouring Churches as we meet and encourage one another.

Morning tea for families and children. Tuesday, May 31, 9.30 am

As you know, we are wanting to offer a ministry to children and young people in our community. To help us do that we are sending invitations out into the neighbourhood. Please pray for us as we seek to reach out and share this love of Jesus. Please talk to Pam or Bev if you wish to help.

15 May 2016, General Notices

Evening Service. Today, 6 pm

We continue our introduction through the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible. Last month we got through 1 Kings. Now we will tackle 2 Kings.

Kawana Waters Uniting Church is hosting a ‘Winter School of Theology”

to be held over six Sunday evenings commencing May 15 to 19 June. There is a program leaflet in the notices. We are invited to share these evenings. I will be presenting on the evening of May 22.

Chaplaincy Sunday, May 29

We welcome Rev Dennis Harth, chaplain at Sunshine Coast Private Hospital to our service that morning. I will be away that morning on Presbytery business.

Meeting of the Qld Synod, May 20-24

The Queensland Synod will be meeting in session at the Alexandra Park Conference Centre. Visitors are always welcome to observe any and all the sessions. Some moments of interest that you may wish to attend as visitors.

  • Friday 20 7.30 pm Synod Celebration Service
  • Saturday 21 8.30 am-9.30 am. Worship and Bible Study (each morning of Synod).
  • Saturday 21 4.00 pm. Norman and Mary Millar Lecture Dr Neil Preston
  • Sunday 12 noon. Presentation of Moderator’s Medals
  • Sunday 22 4.30 pm. Celebration of Ministries

Seniors’ Service

Wednesday, May 18, at Buderim UC commencing at 10 am. Donations for morning tea would be appreciated. Everyone is very welcome to attend.

The Convocation of Ministry of the Queensland Synod.

On Friday, May 20 we will be hosting the Convocation from 10.30 am to 1.00 pm. Alex Park catering will provide morning tea and lunch. We have been asked to provide tea, coffee and servers, and a welcome. We also need two people to direct car parking. Please let me know if you can help.

Energex Pole Removal. Evans Street

Sunday, May 22, Energex will be removing the power poles along Evans Street. From 7.00 am, there will be some work being done on Millwell Road.

Evening Fellowship Service with Mooloolaba UC.

On the fifth Sunday of the month, May 29. We suggest that we join together at the Kawana UC this evening. Rev Brian Nagel is presenting.

 

17 Apr 2016, General Notices

Fellowship and Maintenance

Every Thursday morning there is a group of dedicated people who clean, mow, rake, sweep, dust, flower, distribute notices, to present our church and our property with pride. There are also others who pop in at other times. Thank you. We can always use some additional help. If you can from time to time, please come in. We have a nice morning tea together as well.

Mothers’ Day, May 8.

The Adult Fellowship is looking for men to prepare and serve the morning tea on this morning. If you can help, please see Eileen to await further instructions.

Meeting of the Queensland Synod, May 20 to 24

The Queensland Synod will be meeting in session at the Alexandra Park Conference Centre. Visitors are always welcome to observe any and all the sessions. The Norman and Mary Millar lecture will be presented by Dr Neil Preston at 4 pm Saturday, May 21.

A full program for the Synod will be available shortly.

Date Claimer, Alex Park Combined Gathering

Friday, May 6, and evening together with Dr Ron and Julie Neller. Ron holds a B.A. (Hons) and a Ph.D., both in fluvial geomorphology. He has lectured widely around the world. As a Christian the engagement of faith and science is a rich conversation. More information closer to the day.

The Maharajah of Maroochydore. June 17 and 18

Rehearsals are in full swing. Hold that image. Please pray for the cast, the preparations, the helpers, and for the anticipation of a great performance.

ANZAC Remembrances. April 25

During our service on Sunday, April 24, we will remember the cost of war and the cost of peace. We pray that neither will be in vain. We pray for all who have served, still serving and still hoping.

10 Apr 2016, General Notices

Today, Sunday, April 10. Gideons speaker visit

Over this weekend, the Gideon Convention is being held on the Sunshine Coast. We welcome Hugh Davis as a speaker to our service this morning. Let us pray for the work of the Gideons as they seek to place bibles for the community. Following the service this morning, there is opportunity for a retiring offering. Thank you.

Meeting of the Queensland Synod, May 20 to 24

The Queensland Synod will be meeting in session at the Alexandra Park Conference Centre. Visitors are always welcome to observe any and all the sessions. The Norman and Mary Millar lecture will be presented by Dr Neil Preston at 4 pm Saturday, May 21. A full program for the Synod will be available shortly.

Sunday Evening Service, 3rd Sunday, April 17, 6 pm.

Do you still want to know what the Kings got up to? Introducing the Book of Kings. Last time I spoke about the rise of Kings Saul and David, the 1st and 2nd Kings. This time it is all the other kings.

The Convocation of Ministry of the Queensland Synod

On Friday, May 20 we will be hosting the Convocation from 10.30 am to 1.00 pm. Alex Park will provide morning tea and lunch. We have been asked to provide tea, coffee and servers, and a welcome. Please let me know if you can help.

Greek Orthodox Easter Services

Please note that this year the Orthodox Palm Sunday and Easter fall on Sunday 24 and Saturday 30 April respectively. During their Holy Week they will meet on Wednesday 27 at 7.30 pm, Friday 29 at 7.30 pm and Saturday, April 30 at 11.30 pm for Anastasi. On the Palm Sunday following the service, a Palm Sunday luncheon will be celebrated from 12.30 pm. Please pray for Fr Tom as he continues to recover.

Adult Fellowship. Thursday, April 14

Our meeting for this month will be a luncheon at the Mooloolaba Spit.We will meet at the church at 11 am to be at the river end of the Spit by 11.30 for lunch. It can be either a BYO or fish and chips whatever you prefer. BYO chairs, drinks etc. Everybody is very welcome to attend.

Mothers’ Day, May 8.

The Adult Fellowship is looking for men to prepare and serve the morning tea on this morning. If you can help, please see Eileen to await further instructions.

03 Apr 2016, General Notices

Gideon Speaker Visit. Sunday, April 10.

Over this weekend the Gideon Convention is being held on the Sunshine Coast. We will be welcoming Hugh Davis as a speaker to our service this morning. Let us pray for the work of the Gideons as they seek to place bibles for the community.

Sunday Evening Service 3rd Sunday, April 17, 6 pm.

Do you still want to know what the Kings got up to? Introducing the Book of Kings. Last time I spoke about the rise of Kings Saul and David, the 1st and 2nd Kings. This time it is all the other kings.

 

27 Mar 2016, General Notices

Date-Claimer Alex Park Combined Gathering

Friday, May 6, and evening together with Dr Ron and Julie Neller. Ron holds a B.A. (Hons) and a Ph.D., both in fluvial geomorphology. He has lectured widely around the world As a Christian, the engagement of faith and science is a rich conversation. More information closer to the day.

When is Easter ?

Easter is a moveable feast, meaning that it is not fixed in relation to the civil calendar. The First Council of Nicaea (325) established the date of Easter as the first Sunday after the Paschal Full Moon, the full moon that occurs on or soonest after 21 March (taken to be the date of the equinox). In 2017 Easter is April 16, the same time as for the Greek Orthodox.

20 Mar 2016, General Notices

Easter Sunrise Service at Alexandra Bluff

We have been invited to share with Mooloolaba UC in an Easter Sunrise Service at the HMAS Brisbane Lookout from 6 am. You will need to bring a chair.

Holy Week Services

Each evening from 7 pm we are invited to follow Jesus into Jerusalem. But we discover that Jerusalem is not his final destination. Join us as we walk in faith to Good Friday and beyond. There is no Easter without Good Friday.

Lent Event 2016

Over the past five weeks we have prayed for the Mission work of Uniting World and the partnership we have around the world. Let us continue to pray for and give thanks for the courageous and faithful women who are transforming their communities by their skills and love of God.

A note on Maundy Thursday

Maundy Thursday, also known as “Holy Thursday,” is the Thursday of Passion Week, one day before Good Friday. Maundy Thursday is the name given to the day on which Jesus celebrated the Passover with his disciples, known as the Last Supper. Two important events are the focus of Maundy Thursday:

First, Jesus celebrated the Last Supper with his disciples and thereby instituted the Lord’s Supper, also called Communion (Luke 22:19-20). Some Christian churches observe a special Communion service on Maundy Thursday in memory of Jesus’ Last Supper with his disciples.

Secondly, Jesus washed the disciples’ feet as an act of humility and service, thereby setting an example that we should love and serve one another in humility (John 13:3-17). Some Christian churches observe a foot-washing ceremony on Maundy Thursday to commemorate Jesus’ washing the feet of the disciples.

The word Maundy is derived from the Latin word for “command.” The “Maundy” in “Maundy Thursday” refers to the command Jesus gave to the disciples at the Last Supper, that they should love and serve one another.

 

13 Mar 2016, General Notices

Saturday Nighters

At our meal and planning night for 2016, those present decided, due to lack of numbers, that we go into recess. We will discontinue the saturday night activities. However we will still join with the Adult Fellowship for other functions throughout the year.

Graham Vellacott. Convenor

06 Mar 2016, General Notices

Buderim Uniting Church fete

Once again the Adult Fellowship has been invited to hold a stall at the annual Buderim UC fete which is to be held on Saturday, March 19, from 7.00 am. Any donations of food, craft, jams or pickles, plants or money for purchasing ingredients to help with cooking would be greatly appreciated. Please see Eileen if you can help in any way and most importantly don’t forget to keep the day free to attend.

Children’s Activity

The Children’s programme will not start now until mid-April after Pam returns from leave and once we have sorted out a correct name plus some finer details Will keep you all posted on this.

Adult fellowship

Join us at morning tea on March 10 at 10.00 am at the Emporio/Alfresco. Banana cake and coffee for $8.50, or coffee with scone for $8.00. Please let Marie Charles know if you are attending. All welcome.

Our hospital on the Sunshine Coast

The Uniting Church owns the SC Private Hospital as part of the UnitingCare Health Network. The others are the Wesley and St Andrews in Brisbane, and St Stephens in Hervey Bay. UC has placed chaplains in all four hospitals. UC values our prayers for the work of pastoral care, which also involves the many volunteers who are accredited to visit patients.

Lent Event. Lent 4

Deborah – Midwifery Training – South Sudan

… Women are really suffering during childbirth (something we take for granted and as our right) in South Sudan. Others are dying. Sometimes both mother and child pass away. We pray for Deborah that she may fulfil her dream to serve her community. Even to have her own hospital.

 

28 Feb 2016, General Notices

Church Council Meeting, March 7, at Shirley Cope’s place.

If you have agenda items you would like Church Council to consider please give information to Robin Dingle. Email: brdingle@bigpond.com

 Presbytery meeting, March 12, at Tewantin UC.

Visitors are welcome to come and observe presbytery The meeting commence 8.30 am until 3.00 pm

World Day of Prayer

The World Day of Prayer this year will be held at the Mooloolaba Uniting Church on Friday, March 4, commencing at 9.30 am. This service will be followed by morning tea for which you are asked to bring a small plate of food to share. Everyone is very welcome to attend this world-wide event. Those attending will meet at the church for car pooling to leave at 9.00am. Further information can be obtained from Trish O’Brien.

Buderim Uniting Church fete

Once again the Adult Fellowship has been invited to hold a stall at the annual Buderim UC fete which is to be held on Saturday, March 19, from 7.00 am. Any donations of food, craft, jams or pickles, plants or money for purchasing ingredients to help with cooking would be greatly appreciated. Please see Eileen if you can help in any way and most importantly don’t forget to keep the day free to attend.

Children’s Activity

The Children’s programme will not start now until mid-April after Pam returns from leave and once we have sorted out a correct name plus some finer details Will keep you all posted on this.

Lent Event. Lent 3

Agnella HIV and TB Clinic West Papua. HIV and TB Clinic “I am myself an African, from sub Saharan Africa which has been badly hit by HIV. Not only other people – my own people, my own relatives, my own brothers. They died of AIDS… When I was approached to come to Papua, I say ok, this is the time for me to improve where we went wrong and to correct. We made mistakes there on prevention measures. That’s how I am correcting it here. And for sure it is a success. Life doesn’t end with the diagnosis of HIV. There’s so much more to do.” We pray for all who feel their lives are threatened and it feels like it is the end.

Lenten Studies

Studies have commenced and will continue weekly until Monday 14/Thursday 17 March. This is week 3.

  • Monday 29, 2-4 pm at 41 Allora Gardens (Judith Judd)
  • Thursday 3, 7-9 pm at 15 Larkin St (Marie and Bernie Charles)
  • Please come as you are able to all, or as many as you can.

 

21 Feb 2016, General Notices

Today we celebrate the baptism of Mykah Rose Baynham.

We welcome Tennille, and all her family and pray for them as they share this significant moment for Mykah.

Commissioning of Elders

Let us pray for Pam Harrak as she is commissioned as Elder. We are thankful of God’s call and blessing to her. We pray also for all our Elders as we reaffirm their ministry among us. Please consider how you might want to serve.

Evening Service

Tonight 6 pm: an Introduction to the Book of Samuel. We continue our progress through the books of the bible.

Lenten Studies

Studies have commenced and will continue weekly until Monday, March 14 and Thursday, March 17. This week: Monday 22, 2-4 pm at 41 Allora Gardens (Judith Judd); Thursday 25, 7-9 pm at 15 Larkin St (Marie and Bernie Charles). Please come as you are able to as many as you can.

The Lent Projects adopted for Maroochydore UC are:

Our Children’s Ministry, and Fuel for Faith. Plain envelopes are available for your gifts, or you can continue to use the Fuel for Faith blue boxes for that aspect of the Appeal.

Next church duty roster

The next roster from March 6 to June 12 is being prepared. Please let Graham Lacey know if you have any special circumstances. If you can help with bible reading, morning tea, door greeting or offering, please let him know too.

Saturday Nighters

Meal and planning night at 6.00 pm on February 27, in the church hall. Bring and share a meal with supper following.

Lent Event: Lent 2. Ananjan – Sri Lanka

Education that’s inclusive of children with disabilities and learning difficulties. “When Ananjan came to us at ten years old he struggled to read or write – he was distracted in class and couldn’t concentrate. He was six when the civil war ended and had moved from place to place with his family to be safe. He’d seen too much, missed too much school. We pray for all injured and disabled by war and for the work of the Methodist Church in Sri Lanka.

World Day of Prayer

The World Day of Prayer this year will be held at the Mooloolaba Uniting Church on Friday, March 4, commencing at 9.30 am. This service will be followed by morning tea for which you are asked to bring a small plate of food to share. Everyone is very welcome to attend this world-wide event. Those attending will meet at the church for car pooling to leave at 9.00am. Further information can be obtained from Trish O’Brien.

Buderim Uniting Church fete

Once again the Adult Fellowship has been invited to hold a stall at the annual Buderim UC fete which is to be held on Saturday, March 19. Any donations of food, craft, jams or pickles, plants or money for purchasing ingredients to help with cooking would be greatly appreciated. Please see Eileen if you can help in any way and most importantly don’t forget to keep the day free to attend.

14 Feb 2016, General Notices

Baptism of Mykah Rose Baynham, Sunday, February21.

We have all met Mykah now, and with Tennille her mum, and heir family. We welcome them as we share in and celebrate Mykah’s baptsim.

Adult Fellowship

Today, the Adult Fellowship will be providing pikelets for sale for morning tea. A gold coin donation would be appreciated with the proceeds going to Blue Care on the Sunshine Coast.

Next church duty roster

The next roser from March 6 to June 12 is being prepared. Please let Graham Lacey know if you have any special circumstances. If you can help with bible reading, morning tea, door greeting or offering, please let him know too.

A note aboout Lent

The English word Lent is a shortened form of the Old English word len(c)ten, meaning “spring”. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and covers a period of approximately six weeks before Easter Sunday. The traditional purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believer through prayer, penance, repentance of sins, almsgiving, atonement and self-denial.

Saturday Nighters

Meal and planning night at 6.00 pm on February 27, in the church hall. Bring and share a meal with supper following.

Morning Tea today

Today for morning tea we will be served pikelets, or if they are bigger we will call them pancakes. From these a donation will go to BlueCare on the Sunshine Coast.

Congregational Meeting. Today, Sunday, February 14

The meeting of the Congregation is called to follow the Service of Worship this morning. Please join us in this important time in our life together.

Theatre Restaurant

The first rehearsal for the cast and production crew will be next Friday, February 19 at 4.00 pm sharp in the church. Further information will be provided when we meet. Neville.

07 Feb 2016, General Notices

Congregational Meeting

The meeting of the Congregation is called to follow the Service of Worship on this morning. At this meeting we will receive our annual reports, discuss our planning and directions for 2016, hear comments from the congregation, and receive nominations for leadership for the congregation.

Attendance for the next Synod

Congregational nominations for Presbytery Representative to the May Synod. The Queensland Synod will be meeting this year at Alexandra Park from May 20 to 24. The Presbytery of the Mary Burnett invites nominations from the congregations to attend as representatives. If you would like to consider this, and also to find out more, please see James. There is always opportunity to attend the Synod as a visitor.

 

 

24 Jan 2016, General Notices

Church Group Reports

Please send your group reorts to Robin Dingle. These are needed for the congregational meeting in February.

A note on “Epiphany”

The term ‘epiphany’ means “to show” or “to make known” or even “to reveal.” In Western churches, it remembers the coming of the wise men bringing gifts to visit the Christ child, who, by so doing, “reveal” Jesus to the world as Lord and King. The season of Epiphany extends from January 6 to Ash Wednesday, February 10, which begins the season of Lent, leading to Easter.

Items for church notices

To place a notice here please contact Graham Lacey before the Wednesday morning before the Sunday of the notices.

Australia Day Breakfast

January 26 from 7 am at Picnic Point, the Esplanade, Maroochydore. Please come and meet one another, and enjoy the lovely waterfront. You will need to BYO. There are BBQ and some tables but it helps if your bring yours too. Thank you.

A Morning Tea For Us All

Tuesday, February 9 at Maroochy Surf Club, 10 am. Marie Charles has a dream. I guess a number of us have shared it, that we get together to meet one another, and especially those who are recently new. To get the ball rolling, she is arranging a Devonshire Morning Tea at the Maroochy Surf Club, Alexandra Pde, Maroochydore. The cost would be $5-$6 for Tea/coffee and scones. Please RSVP Marie Charles: 5443 1185.

The Season of Lent

Lent occurs early in this year’s cycle, commencing with Shrove Tuesday, February 9, and Ash Wednesday, February 10, with the first Sunday in Lent being February 14.

Lenten Studies

As we do each year, we invite you to prayerfully enter the Lenten time, to consider God’s ways and hopes for the world and our lives and our Lenten Studies are one way we can do this, commencing the week of Monday, February 15 for six weeks. We offer Monday afternoons and Thursday evenings. Please let James know if you would need another time.

Congregational Meeting. Sunday, February 14.

Notice is given that the meeting of the Maroochydore UC Congregation will be held in the Church Hall on Sunday, February 14.

At this meeting we will receive our annual reports, discuss our planning and directions for 2016, hear comments from the congregation, and receive nominations for leadership for the congregation.

Nominations for Church/Elders Council

We would like to expand our Church Council/Eldership in order to assist in the leadership and mission of our congregation. If you feel that God is calling you to serve in this way, please pray about, speak to one of the current elders and see how it may sit with you.

We will have one new nomination to be presented for this meeting. We introduce Pam Harrak, who has accepted nomination and we commend her to your prayerful consideration.