Our Mission is to
Connect with people in Jesus;
Build each other up in faith; and to
Become Like Jesus.
Luke 17:11-19. God is Working! Are we co-operating? This Sunday’s Bible reading is about ten lepers who asked Jesus to heal them. On other occasions Jesus healed lepers by touching them or speaking words of healing to them. In this instance Jesus does not do anything like that. He simply tells them to go and show themselves to the priest as if they had already been healed. When the ten moved off they were still suffering from leprosy. It was only as they were obedient to Jesus’ leading and actually acted in faith, that they experienced Jesus at work.
Just as a father might tell his young child, “Jump, I’ll catch you,” So too, I believe that from time to time God says to us, ‘Take this leap of faith, jump and I’ll catch you.” When we hear God’s voice speaking to us this afternoon, or tomorrow or next week, what will our response be? We certainly need to confirm that it is God speaking to us and not just our wild imaginings. But, after having confirmed that, what will we do? Lawrie.
Change of Venue for Timeout Ladies – Tuesday 15th October. We will now meet at the home of Lyn Garrard at 7.30pm. Brenda Inglis-Powell will speak to us about the book she has written: ‘Soldiers in Different Armies.’ The book is an exceptional biographical novel written with a depth of perception. It is an excellent social record and an inspiring story about two people who, though worlds apart, did their best to contribute to society through service to others. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and could make a great Christmas gift.
Operation Christmas Child. Thank you to all who have given so generously towards sending our Shoe Boxes. We praise God that we now have sufficient to cover this cost. Please continue to pray for the 450 children who will receive one of our boxes that they will know they are loved and that through this simple gift they will come to know Jesus as their Saviour and friend.
The Least of These – The Graham Staines Story A true story of sacrifice and forgiveness. As the social fabric of life in rural India disintegrates in the late 1990s, journalist Manav Banerjee (Sharman Joshi) moves with his pregnant wife to the State of Orissa in hope of a better life and the promise of a lucrative career. When speculation mounts that local Australian missionary Graham Staines (Stephen Baldwin) is illegally proselytizing leprosy patients, Manav agrees to investigate undercover for the newspaper. What he finds is a series of revelations that are difficult to fathom and even harder to explain, and Manav is forced to make a choice between his own ambition and the truth. In the end, his actions spark a tragic event that is felt around the world. Based on a true story and shot on location in India, “The Least of These” beautifully illustrates the power of love, hope and forgiveness to overcome hate.
Church Council (Call for Nominations): The call for nominations to fill nine (9) vacancies on the Church Council opens from 9.30 am this Sunday 13 October 2019 until 12.00 pm Sunday 20 October 2019. The vacancies will be created by 7 current Councillors, whose terms expire on 31 December 2019. The remaining two vacancies were created by the resignation of Jemma Smeets earlier this year and the other vacancy is carried over from the 2018 election.
Nomination forms will be available from Keith from today. If you are considering nominating someone, please prayerfully consider this over this and next Sunday.
Voting will be conducted on Sundays 10 & 17 November 2019 and the mid-week service on Wednesday 20 November 2019. The successful Councillors will be announced at the Annual General Meeting of the Congregation on Sunday 24 November 2019. Keith McLeod Returning Officer.
The annual Shamrock School fundraiser is on again. This year it’s a trivia night at Mortdale RSL on 16 November commencing at 7:30pm. Hopefully we can get a couple of LPUC tables together for a fun night out. There will be teams of 6-8 per table.
It’s a later start this year as there is no dinner included, however the room is available to us from 6:00pm so you can get your meals from the Bistro, bring them into the room and practice your trivia skills in the warm up.
Could you please let me know if you will be attending. Further details attached. Hope to see you there. Greg.