Mission Planning Day: April 24th

Our next Mission Planning Day will be on Sunday 24th April after church.

You are invited to attend and contribute your thoughts and ideas for the mission of our congregation over the next twelve months.

Our current Mission Focus centres on:

  • Pastoral Care
  • Engaging Community
  • Families

This includes: Samaritans Purse, Bible Study, Craft Group, Silver Threads, Prayer Group and Godly Play.

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Lent Event 2016: Act, Reflect & Connect

We are again planning to participate in Lent Event this year. It is a chance to get together to worship, reflect and act on God’s word. It’s a practical expression of the church as a loving community that is a witness to God’s compassion and justice.

The church will again have money boxes for contributions, and information on overseas partnerships. If you are interested in coordinating this event, please see Joyce, all the necessary information and resources are provided.

We invite you to participate in our Lent Bible Study, commencing on Tuesday 16th February at 7.30pm in the church. The studies will run each week until 22nd March. All Bible study resources will be provided, so please put your name in the list in the foyer if you are interested in being part of the group.

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Lent Bible Study

We invite you to participate in our Lent Bible Study, commencing on Tuesday 16th February at 7.30pm in the church. The studies will run each week until 22nd March. All Bible study resources will be provided, so please put your name in the list in the foyer if you are interested in being part of the group.

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Weekly Reflection: November 22 – 29

John’s gospel describes the scene in which Jesus is brought before Pilate to be questioned. Pilate asks Jesus, “Are you the King of the Jews?” Jesus responds, “My kingdom does not belong to this world. If my kingdom did belong to this world, my attendants would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my kingdom is not here.”

Two things emerge in the exchange: Jesus does not reject the title king, but neither does he accept the ordinary political implications of the title. His is another kind of kingship entirely. And his authority derives its power from a source other than this world.

The point is the source of the kingdom’s authority (divine not worldly), not the location of the kingdom’s presence. It is in that sense that Jesus’ kingship “does not belong to this world” and “is not here.” Our response to the reign of God and the kingship of Jesus has everything to do with how we live out our lives. In this we honour Jesus as “faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead and ruler of the kings of the earth.”

Dennis Hamm, SJ

www.liturgy.slu.edu

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Studies on Discipleship in Mark’s Gospel

7.30pm, Mondays 7th, 14th and 21st September

Eastwood Uniting Church, 16 Lakeside Road, Eastwood.

Discipleship is a word we use regularly in the church, but what does it mean? Over the course of these three studies we will explore portraits of discipleship in Mark’s Gospel to see how the Gospel talks about what it means to follow Jesus.

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West Epping Women’s Retreat

West Epping Uniting Church invite the ladies of the congregation to their Amazing Women’s Day Retreat, to be held at Galston Uniting Church on Saturday 16th May, from 9.30am – 3.30pm. The guest speaker will be Rev Laurel Barr, and there will be a range of activities, from craft to Bible study and art. Cost is $35 which includes morning tea and lunch. RSVP details are on the flyer on the noticeboard.

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