LPUC eNews – Sunday 18 February 2018

Our Mission is to
Connect with people in Jesus;
Build each other up in faith; and to
Become Like Jesus.

 

This morning Graham Kell will bring the message and he asks:  Can you always forgive?

You may say yes – but in some times, for some things, you find yourself saying “I will never forgive that person”.

On Boxing Day, a car didn’t take a bend and hit an on-coming car.  Both cars caught alight and five people died.  Can we forgive that driver?

What about the truck driver, who was later found to be on drugs, who crossed into the on-coming traffic and killed three people?  He is now in gaol.  Can he be forgiven?

Today we will find out what Queen Elizabeth did when she had a major problem to sort out during her early reign as Queen.

The reading for this morning is 2 Corinthians 2:5-11.  This is what Paul preached in Corinth.

In the second part of today’s message –

How did I and others handle a very real and dramatic event many years ago involving the worst thing to beset the people of the church in 1969?

Today’s stories should make us all think more about forgiveness, not only to each other, but often to people we don’t know.  Today’s reading should help us all.

….  Graham

Martyrdom of St Valentine.

Messy Church – Splash into the Sea.  This Sunday 18th February 4pm to 6pm.

Lent (A Season of Renewal)

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER:  Friday 2nd March 2018.   What do you know about the country of Suriname?  Do you know where Suriname is?

Since 1887, on or near the first Friday in March every year, millions of Christians have gathered worldwide to pray for the issues of concern to the year’s focus country.  This year that prayerful support will be directed at the 540,000 inhabitants of the Republic of Suriname, on the north-eastern coast of South America.

The theme is “All God’s Creation is Good” and the women from Suriname lift up their voices to remind us that we are caretakers of God’s creation!  They are bringing to our attention the urgent need for caring at a time when more than 180 countries have signed the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.  A commitment to keep the earth cooler depends on public policies implemented by governments but also on our personal lifestyle.

As in the beginning, God created from chaos but everything that was created found its place in creation.  All were related to each other – the earth with the light, the waters with the sky, the tree seeds with the living creatures, and the humankind with God.  None could exist without the other, and the source of all was God.  There was goodness in that integrated system of relationships but essential to that was the commitment to care …  and we know that we are failing!

How good is God’s creation?  What is it that we, as the WDP movement, can do to keep God’s creation good?

As one of our Guiding Principles affirms “prayer is rooted in listening to God and to one another.”  Through the worship service, we listen to the multicultural and multi-ethnic people of Suriname.  They take us to their communities and through their concerns.  History is before our eyes!  The flora and fauna are remarkable!  The everyday life is weaved into the prayers.

You are invited to come along to find out more about this country and join in prayer for the needs of Suriname, its people and our world at our local World Day of Prayer service here at Lugarno-Peakhurst Uniting Church at 1.30pm on Friday 2nd March 2018.  Afternoon tea will be served afterward.

Squeaky Clean Comedy.

I came back to God while running a brothel.

LENT EVENT 2018  Lent Event is an annual activity of UnitingWorld and the Uniting Church in Australia.  Each year during Lent (14th February to 31st March), people give up something (chocolate? Netflix? cynicism?), spend time reflecting on their faith and give generously to others.

Since Lent Event began, we’ve raised over $3 million together. We’ve used it to provide life-saving clean water, health and sanitation projects; to build education programs that pull children and families out of poverty; to train hundreds of Christian leaders for the growing global church; to create peacebuilding programs, and lots more life-changing projects with our partner churches in the Pacific, Asia and Africa.

This Lent, we’re standing with the Pacific.  Put your faith in action.  For 40 days, live simply, give up something from daily life, reflect on your faith and act together to support our Pacific neighbours.

Valentine’s Day Hearing God and going on a date with Jesus?

How healthy is your local church?

“MAINLY MUSIC”:  We are looking to start a Mainly Music group to outreach into the Lugarno and Peakhurst community starting in 2nd term. Mainly Music is a fun music session for families with young children to enjoy together and for children to grow developmentally.  It provides the opportunity for us to develop relationships with the adults attending; relationships that provide a way to become a part of their lives; relationships that encourage people to think about God; and openings to present the message of the Gospel in a loving way. (Jo Hood, Founder and International CEO)

We need at least another 5-6 more people to assist for the program to progress (2 – in the kitchen, providing morning tea; 2 – in the hall interacting with parents and children; 1 – in the foyer doing welcoming & registering; 1 – for technical support of sound and projection)

The sessions would be held on either a Monday or Friday morning (day still to be decided).  Both men and women are welcome to be a part of this great outreach ministry.  All team members will be required to have Working with Children clearance.   Assistance can be provided to arrange this clearance.  Any potential assistants please see Il-Woong or contact Nathalie, 0414 108 250 – nathaliesaliby@hotmail.com

Blessed are the poor in spirit.

DVDs of the Week:

Love’s Unending Legacy.  Erin Cottrell and Dale Midkiff reprise the roles of Missie LaHaye and her father Clark Davis in the fifth instalment of Janette Oke’s inspirational and best-selling Love Comes Softly series.  Two years after the death of her husband, Missie knows that is time to move on.  She heads home with her son to be near her parents and to return to teaching.  Certain she will never find love again, Missie redirects her feelings and when the ‘orphan train’ arrives in town, she adopts Belinda, a feisty young teenager who’s arrived with a secret.  As Missie struggles with raising Belinda, she finds she is falling for the local sheriff who might be the only man who can help her save Belinda … and herself.

Embrace.  When Body Image Activist Taryn Brumfitt posted an unconventional before and after photo in 2013 it was seen by more than 100 million people worldwide and sparked an international media frenzy.  EMBRACE follows Taryn’s crusade as she explores the global issue of body loathing, inspiring us to change the way we feel about ourselves and think about our bodies.  Featuring a host of inspirational women such as Ricki Lake, Turia Pitt, Amanda De Cadenet and Professor Marika Tiggemann, EMBRACE is relevant, relatable, highly engaging – but above all, life changing.  RATING: M.  NUDITY.

Christafari “Royal One”

John Naylor Story.  His love for sailing brought him to the other side of the world. John Naylor Skipper of Flying Fish Arctos and frequent contender in the Sydney to Hobart shares how he is anchored in the Lord and how he navigates by his faith.

Faith:  When it comes to religion, as for gender, ‘vive la difference!’

Life or Death?  “Life itself is precious. All life has some dignity to it.”

Sarah Williams was 20 weeks into her third pregnancy when she and her husband received some devastating news: that their baby was not “viable”. “I was completely unprepared for that”, she tells Simon Smart. Did her faith help her? She has to think about that one.

In this deeply personal, candid, and thoughtful interview, Sarah reflects on the frameworks of expectation and achievement we’ve set up for ourselves, admits there are no easy answers, and names the most powerful force at the heart of all these questions: love.

“I felt terribly tyrannised, as a woman, by the language of choice … it wasn’t that I could make a choice, it was that I must make a choice.”

The Prodigal

WEBSITE TRAINING:  If you are interested in learning about or wanting to help out with the Church website, there may be a training day on Saturday 10th March from 9:30am–3pm.  If you are interested, please email office@lpuc.org.au

FINANCIAL SITUATION as at 31st January 2018: Thank you to those who have generously given to the mission of the Lugarno Peakhurst Uniting Church.  At the end of January 2018, offerings are $3,946 below budget and expenditure is $3,000 below budget.  If this trend continues until the end of June 2018 we will not be able to meet our predicted budget.

Please consider prayerfully your future offerings to the work of our Church so our outreach programs may continue.  Thank you.

“They killed her last night!”