Week beginning 18th July, 2021

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  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.

Access via Zoom will is available for those unable to attend in person. If you are new to our worship centre and plan to attend, please ring the church number listed in the phone book or in Telstra Whitepages.

We have re-commenced covid-safe morning teas. 


Bible Readings for Sunday, 25th July 2021.

BIBLE READINGS: 2 Samuel 11:1-15; Psalm 14; Ephesians 3: 14-21; John 6:1-21


Third Tuesday Discussion Group - Following a video, an unstructured conversation will be initiated which encourages those in attendance to share their ideas on the topic discussed.  NEXT GATHERING: 17th August, 2021


Connect Group:  Wednesday, 28 July at the Worship Centre - 3pm for 3:30 start. Study 6 (final) - Keys to Understanding Paul the Apostle - Rev. Dr. Robert Bos.


UCAF (Evening Group)- Monday, at 6.30 p.m. on 26th July at the Worship Centre - Soup and Sweets night.  


Scone, Cuppa and Chat -The Worship Centre -10 a.m, (tba)  August, 2021.


Jazz Weekend Gospel Song Night - 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday 22nd uly, at the Paranaple Centre. Tickets are available at the ticket office in the Information Centre.


Pastoral Care Training - 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, 7th August at the Penguin UCA.


Learning Opportunities

- Worship and Preaching Workshops:  CTM based on Lay Preacher units May/June and then Sept/Oct, flyer attached.  

Useful for lay leaders who would like a refresher, are just starting to lead often, who might like to know what’s involved, 

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/worship-and-preaching-online-workshop-worship-tickets-148299827777\


PRAYERS, THANKSGIVING AND NEEDS

  • For those responsible for managing COVID guidelines as the community becomes more complacent. Those working to contain the spread of COVID-19, those who are sick with the virus, people who cannot work and all those feeling afraid, anxious and alone.
  • For the people of Indonesia - for medical staff and all those impacted by the COVID situation, especially the family sad friends of the victims, some of whom have been young children.
  • The 16th Assembly and all its members coming together for the first online Assembly meeting. May they dwell together in God's love, as a fellowship of Christ, discerning the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
  • Rev Sharon Hollis as she is installed as the President of the UCA Assembly on Saturday. For strength and wisdom in her spiritual leadership over the next three years.
  • Dr Deidre Palmer - we give thanks for the gift of her leadership over this triennium, for her faithful service, her encouragement of the whole Church and for her constant reminder of the abundant grace and liberating hope we have in Jesus.
  • The space that enables the gifts and leadership of emerging generations in the Uniting Church to flourish.
  • For the survivors and the friends and families of the victims of the floods in Europe and China, the apartment collapse in Miami, the factory fire in Bangladesh and the hospital explosion in Iraq; for the first responders.
  • For a peaceful solution to the unrest in South Africa.
  • Continue to pray for our Ministers - Rev. Fee and Rev Susan and all those who lead worship in the Cradle Coast congregations.
  • 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.

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