Galston Gala Concert

Galston UC invite you to the next concert in their on-going Gala Concert series, on Sunday 20 November, 2016 from 2.00pm – 4.00pm at Galston UC, 11 School Road, Galston.

Concert pianist Tonya Lemoh, organist Pastor de Lasala, Robert Harris and Viola Plus, and pianist Nicholas Kennedy, will present a wide ranging program of music from Liszt through JS Bach, Handel and Chopin. More details and booking information are on the flyer on the noticeboard.

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Drug Law Reform – Information

At its meeting in April this year the Synod supported two resolutions on drug law reform concerning the personal use of illicit drugs. Uniting is leading a working group with input from the wider church, including the Social Justice Forum, to give effect to Synod’s decision.

The Synod Social Justice Forum has prepared a range of material on the initiative including a two page update for Uniting Church members and congregations, a common questions document that responds to questions about the initiative raised at, and since, the Synod meeting, a theological statement on our response to the personal use of illicit drugs, and a one page summary of the benefits of changing the way we respond to the personal use of illicit drugs.

A copy of each of these documents is available on the stewards table or email Sue in our office and she will send them to you.

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August 28: Contemporary Service @ GHUC – Beyond the Sea

We have begun planning for our next Contemporary Service on Sunday 28th August at 9.30am.

We will be having good music, stories and some surprises to make a special service for the whole family. Please note the date in your diary and plan to invite your family and friends to share with us. We will be inviting the families of the child care centre to join us as well, and morning tea will follow the service.

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Wesley Castle Hill Uniting Church: The Sydney Welsh Choir

Date: Sunday July 24
Time: 2:00PM
Location: Wesley Castle Hill Uniting Church, 32 Showground Road, Castle Hill
Admission: $20 – includes Afternoon Tea
Bookings and enquiries: Elaine or Warren Charlton: 96341156,  Margaret Smith: 9680 2332

The choir will be presenting a wonderful program of choral singing with the brilliant accompanist David Short, (St Matthews UC Baulkham Hills) and conductor Brian Lewis (Wesley Castle Hill).

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Generous Grace: A Retreat at Leura Uniting Church

Retreat Leader: John Bleyerveen
Theme: Generous Grace

Date: Saturday July 16
Time: 10:00AM – 3:30PM
Location: Leura Uniting Church, cnr Megalong St and Grose St

The spiritual writer Richard Rohr writes about the universal call in us all to embrace a new spirituality for the second part of life by falling upward into grace.

He says, ”if you have forgiven yourself for being imperfect and falling, you can now do it for just about everyone else. If you have not done it for yourself, I am afraid you will likely pass on your sadness, absurdity, judgment and futility to others. This is the tragic path of the many elderly people who have not become actual elders, probably because they were never eldered or mentored themselves”.

This retreat will invite participants to explore the theme of grace in their own lives. Grace is an always expanding sense of God’s presence as gift in the world. The retreat will have a variety of special moments formed with different inputs and include personal meditation, creative prayer exploration, small group work and whole community conversation. We actively seek people from a broad variety of backgrounds and God always blesses us with the richness of gifts in the people attending.

We hope to be an authentic experience of the communion of the Holy Spirit.

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The Visit of Bishop Dilo Canagasabey

The Northmead Tamil Congregation invite you to hear the Rt. Rev Dilo Canagasabey the Bishop of Colombo and his wife Harshi, who will be speaking about the church in Sri Lanka and the ongoing response to the political situation there.

The date is August 16th Tuesday morning from 9.00 – 12.00 noon, and the venue will be Northmead UC, 3-7, Hammers Road, Northmead and morning tea will be provided.

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Parramatta-Nepean Presbytery Adult Fellowship Gathering

You are invited to the Annual Presbytery Gathering to be held on Saturday 23rd July at Quakers Hill Uniting Church. The day commences with morning tea at 10am followed by a service at 10.45. Lunch is BYO with tea/coffee/cold drinks provided. There will be a program of entertainment following lunch until about 2.15pm. For more information please contact either of the ladies listed on the flyer on the noticeboard.

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