Giving in Faith

LPUC eNews – Sunday 20 June 2021

In person worship – 10.15am this Sunday.

Everyone needs to register their intent to be present each Sunday with Beryl Bool (home phone 9759 4201, mobile 0405 686 109 or email beryl.bool01@gmail.com) or register with the QR code at the door.

Mark 12:38-44, Giving in Faith. 

Today, as our Thanksgiving Sunday, we are going to focus on the theme ‘Giving in Faith’ based on the gospel reading: Mark 12: 41-44. I guess when you first notice the theme you may have thought immediately about stewardship campaign that may push you to give more offering on Sunday. In fact, “Giving in Faith” is a lot more than just how much we give for the Sunday offering because it includes big three: Time, Talent, Treasure and also hits the principle of who we are and what we’re investing our lives in.  

In today’s Gospel, even though wealthy people made large contributions, Jesus praised the widow who gave two small coins by saying “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others.  They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on. (Verses 43-44)” What God wants us to understand is that giving is concerned not so much with the size of gift as it is with an attitude toward life, toward self, toward others, and toward God. 

As we ponder today’s theme and also consider what of our resources we will give to the church, we may ask a question: “Do what I have belong to God or me? Do the times that I have belong to God or me? Do the talents (gifts) that I have belong to God or me? Do the treasures (money) that I have belong to God or me?”  IL-WOONG.

Thankful

God’s design for the growth of the Church – The Bible Project

The Penitent Thief – out now on DVD and Digital.  Watch trailer.  The story of the two unnamed men who were crucified alongside Jesus and how they came to be beside him on the cross that fateful day.  Dismas and his brother Jotham, along with Gestas, another young man who will share their fate, suffer tragedy and injustice at the hand of a band of thieves and a ruthless Roman centurion.  Theirs is a story of survival against the odds, but they cannot outrun their destiny. 

Farmers eye long campaign against mouse plague – Australian Prayer Network

Cow in love with accordion

THANKSGIVING SUNDAYS 2021 – 20th and 27th June: Each year Lugarno-Peakhurst Uniting Church dedicates two successive Sundays to give a special Thanks offering in response to all of our blessings received from God.  These monies raised outside of normal offerings go towards growing the Kingdom of God.  We will have the opportunity to bring our thanks offerings over two Sundays and specially marked envelopes will be available for this purpose. The Church Council has decided that the offerings this year will go to help support ‘Frontier Services’. Frontier Services is a national agency of the Uniting Church in Australia and has the Mission Statement – ‘Standing with people in the bush’. Frontier Services works with people across 85% of the continent, including Aboriginal communities and isolated properties. LPUC’s aim is to help farmers affected by the floods and the mouse plague. Frontier Services Newsletter is available in the Foyer.

The woman who inspired me to give away everything – Eternity News

Who wrote the Gospels?

 ACL draws a crowd – Eternity News

God’s mercy on our enemy – The Bible Project

Church library: Help us with the hardest-working shelf in the church library. During June, tell us the best DVDs or books you’ve used in our Christian Living section – we’ll make sure your top picks are on the shelf and available for others to use. See Naomi Feigl or Lawrie Bool for more information.

Breaking news: Christian Democratic Party in receivership – Eternity News

How Christianity transformed the world –  The Christian Institute

Dear Prime Minister, Australia is not a racist country – The Spectator

Family growth: We’ll be continuing our conversations with LPUC members this weekend – a big thanks to those giving us their time over the next few weeks to share their experiences and views to grow young families at LPUC, in number and spiritually. Thank you also to the team helping with these interviews – Lyn, Beryl and Pamela – much appreciated! See Naomi Feigl or IL-Woong for more information.

Meet Groomer: Sesame Street’s new sexual experimentation puppet – Damascus Dropbear

255 Californian prisoners identify as transgender so they can be moved to women’s prisons – Australian Prayer Network

MPs urged to “get their act together” over gender intervention – Australian Prayer Network  

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