Collection envelopes for the 2015 Christmas Bowl Appeal will be handed out during our morning service on December 13. Money raised in the Appeal goes to support the work of Act for Peace, which is the International Aid Agency of the National Council of Churches in Australia. This year the particular focus of the Appeal will be on helping families who have fled terrible fighting in Southern Sudan and who are now forced to live in refugee camps in Ethiopia without access to clean water and sanitation facilities.
If you would like to contribute to the Christmas Bowl Appeal please place the envelope containing your donation in the offering bag on any Sunday up to and including 7 February, 2016. Donations of $2 or more are tax deductible and a receipt can be provided.
If you have any queries regarding the Christmas Bowl Appeal please just ask Trevor Smith.
Jesus says that when all these big things happen, the kingdom is near. But the implication is that until this happens things will probably continue on along the kingdom trajectory suggested by the bulk of Jesus’ ministry. We are to continue to witness to Christ and to his kingdom in ways that keep an eye out for the downtrodden, the poor, the marginalized. As we do so, we may well continue to work largely in obscurity, even as Jesus did. Over the long haul, that can get a little discouraging. Jesus knows this, so he warns us not to give ourselves over to dissipation and the like. The kingdom is going to make all the difference in the world. But it may be a while. Meanwhile faithfulness is called for and gospel “success” is defined by all those times we notice the little people, the down-and-outers, the sick and marginalized and proclaim to them Good News.
- Scott Hoezee – Calvin Seminary
Galston Uniting Church invite you to the next in their concert series, “A Choral Christmas”, at Galston Uniting Church, 11 School Road, Galston, on Sunday 13th December, commencing at 3pm.
Sydney Voices with Men of Note, Artistic Director Erzsi Marosszeky and organist Alistair Nelson (of St James Church, King St , City), perform beautiful music for Christmas – Tudor England, European Renaissance and Baroque, ancient Scandinavian carols, gems from Sweden and the Baltic and a rousing finale with the Galston Uniting Church choir.
Tickets are adults $40.00, seniors $30 and include afternoon tea. Details are on the flyer on the notice board.