Week beginning Sunday, 25th October 2020 

  Please remember that your free will offering helps us serve God in our local community.  Your contributions can be collected.  Contact Betty.

 INTRODUCTION TO THE GOSPEL READINGS:

To help us understand Christ’s use of parables…

A ‘parable’ is an illustrative story, by which a familiar idea is cast beside an unfamiliar idea in such a way that the comparison helps people to better understand and grasp the unfamiliar idea.  The word ‘parable’ comes from the Greek word (parabolee), para means besides, and ballo means to cast or throw. 

The parables that Jesus told were part of his gospel; therefore, they are parables for all peoples throughout all nations and throughout all time.


Services in buildings have resumed with social distancing. We are unable to offer morning tea at present. Access via Zoom will also be available for those unable to attend in person. If you are planning to attend, please notify Betty; likewise if you require a copy of the Order of Service.

If you would like to join in via zoom or the telephone please contact Betty, or use the church phone number to make contact.

Bible Readings for 25th October 2020:

Revelation 7:9-17; Psalm 34:1-10, 22; 1 John 3:1-3; Matthew 5:1-12 


Crosslight magazine

https://crosslight.org.au/ will be the place to find the August edition of Crosslight.  It will answer the question: What does an intercultural church look like?

https://issue.com/ucavictas/docs/2020cross_06june/2


 Grovember Information: The Appeal will begin on Sunday, 1st November, through until Sunday, 29th November. All non-perishable grocery items  will be greatly appreciated. Items will be donated to Grandparents Raising Grandchildren.

If you are not able to donate grocery items and would still like to give a donation, please place your donation in an envelope and mark it GROVEMBER APPEAL. 


Please pray for 

  • PRAYERS, THANKSGIVING AND NEEDS

  • The survivors of child sexual abuse in institutions and all those who work to make churches safe institutions for all people.
  • All those who experience discrimination in the world,
  • All those trapped in violent relationships. May they find hope and the opportunity for a better life.
  • Our sister churches around the world as they respond to COVID-19 in their contexts, many of which are much more difficult than our own.
  • People in the creative industries whose livelihoods and careers have been seriously affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Ecumenical Prayer Cycle - the lands and people of  Canada and the U.S.A. Please also pray for a peaceful solution to the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

  • SHARE is the welfare arm of the Uniting Church in Victoria and Tasmania. Anyone is able to donate to the work of SHARE at anytime during the year. This year SHARE has distributed $192,000 in grants in the Tasmanian Presbytery. This figure is comprised of $50,000 for Emergency Relief, $30,000 for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, $50,000 for Mission Critical - Volunteer Co-ordination, $50,000 for North West Pregnant and Young Parent Support and $12,000 for Parents on the Inside.

The Uniting Winter Share Appeal provides tangible support to those experiencing crisis, disadvantage and social isolation. This appeal is still open for donations.


Sammy Stamp - don't forget to save your stamps. Please remember to leave the stamps attached to paper and trim the stamps leaving a 1-2cm surround to enable adequate trimming. Up to and including 01/11/18, sales have reached about $41,342.00. Grants amounting to $46,700 have been approved to Australian and overseas projects.


Beryl's Recycled Cards - One of our enterprising ladies, Beryl, supplies a range of attractive recycled cards for a variety of occasions. These cards are available  for only $2.00 each. All proceeds are donated to worthy causes. Please see Beryl if you need cards. 

Update:

Total until March 2019 -                                                 $2155.00

May - UC Share Appeal -                                               $ 100.00

August 2019 - Uniting Share Appeal -                            $ 210.00

October 2019 - Grandparents Raising Grandchildren -   $ 100.00

November - Uniting Share - fires in NSW -                     $ 100.00

December 2019 - Christmas Bowl -                               $ 100.00

January, 2020 - Bushfire Emergency -                           $ 100.00

March - Rent Donations - Welfare -                               $ 100.00

July - Frontier Services -                                               $ 100.00

The updated total, as of September 2020 -               $3065.00 

Beryl would like to thank everyone for continues support. (And we would like to thank Beryl for her wonderful effort.)


The Cabbage Basket - donations are given to Act for Peace' which is under the auspices of National Council of Churches. Thanks to all who support the basket, either by donating goods and/or purchasing them. $463.96 was raised in the six months from August 2019 to February 2020.

Please note - the Cabbage Basket is currently unavailable because of the COVID-19 restrictions.


Men's Group - will meet for lunch at the Country Club, Woodrising at 12 noon on Wednesday, 4th November.


Connect Group- cancelled until further notice.


Evening UCAF - cancelled until further notice.