“Now may the God of peace… equip you with everything good for doing his will…” Hebrews 13:20-21 (NIV)
We embark on our Better Together course this month which will guide us through lent as we ready our hearts for the Easter story. The course highlights the benefits of strong spiritual family ties and the importance of sharing God’s love with those who are not yet part of God’s family.
The outcome of our Visioning and Planning Day discussions correlates well with our anticipated Better Together learnings. Feel free to peruse a summary of our Visioning Day deliberations presented later in this newsletter.
There is much excitement and an expectant vibe in the air at Living Faith Uniting Church. The Holy Spirit is providing us with the wind in our church sails as we continue to work to build God’s Kingdom. Angus Buchan once said, “If your vision doesn’t scare you, it’s not big enough”. What a bold and faith-filled statement! God’s Word promises that He will equip us for the tasks He wants us to accomplish.
This applies to our personal lives as well. We have access to God’s peace, hope, joy and love as we continue to commit our ways to Our Rescuer. We wait with jubilation to see what God will do for and through us this year.
Is there a child in your life who you wish could come to church?
Why not invite them to attend our Kidz Church program which runs every Sunday during the worship session. Children are also treated to a fun story with the greater church family before heading out to their classes. Children are also invited to participate in the service at various times.
Bring along your children or grandchildren, or invite friends and neighbours with their little ones to come along and join in the fun! For more information contact Rev Iris Marais email@example.com
NEWS FROM OUR COUNCIL CHAIRPERSON
I would like to update you all on our journey to fill the position of Living Faith Uniting Church Treasurer following Cathy Thorp’s advice that she would step down at the end of the 2019.
Originally the Church Council was planning to fill the role from within the council. Jane Bell was going to be appointed. However, upon reflection some concerns were raised about possible family bias and also that the invitation had not been extended to the congregation for anyone interested in the position to nominate. This was done and Tim Eakin nominated.
We did explore whether a treasurer could be a non-Church Council role. The final advice from Presbytery was that the Treasurer had to be a member of Church Council. Someone may do the work of treasurer but there would needs to be a person on Church Council appointed as treasurer. This approach was discarded as unwieldy.
The Uniting Church has no regulations that prevent family members from being on Church Council or in Church Council executive roles. They note that in many smaller congregations that is a simple necessity.
Time grew short as the end of the year approached, so at the December meeting of the Church Council, Tim Eakin was co-opted to the role of treasurer.
Church Council at the February meeting considered these issues again. Problems were not expected and in the unlikely case that they arose, it was considered manageable. However, as a safeguard measure, it was proposed and carried that the Executive should consist of the Minister, the Church Council Chairman and the Treasurer. Also the UCA regulation precluding family members from being church account signatories has been followed.
The congregation will have their say at the AGM. We will vote on Tim Eakin becoming a member of Church Council. This will be done with the knowledge that the Church Council intends to appoint him treasurer if he is elected.
I hope that this informs of our journey appropriately. The Church Council is satisfied with the arrangements. If anyone has lingering concerns, please discuss them with Iris or myself.
Church Council Chairperson.
Living Faith Uniting Church - Vision and Planning Day
22 February 2020
Mission Statements from Table Groups
Spirit led church community that acts in love and walks in faith, accepting and caring for our neighbour.
LFUC will be a welcoming, non-threatening place for any age, any culture, where they will be able to experience God’s grace and learn about His Love.
This is God’s Place
A place where all feel welcome and included
A place of refuge from the community
A place of faith, not fear
A place where people are equipped to use their gits in the service of God
Stewarding and sharing God’s presence and Kingdom through anointed witness and practical care in a relevant way to our community.
Draft Mission Consolidated Mission Statement
A Spirit led community of Christ, living out our faith and love, creating a safe place where God’s love and grace is experienced.
Sharing faith and love with our neighbours in a way that speaks into their heats and needs.
Goal Areas to 2025
Offering Salvation prayer
CURRENT MINISTRIES AFFIRMED
Elderly & single parent families
Support for Iris
Courses e.g. mental health, Blue Care Grief & Loss course, Triple Parenting, UK Parenting Course from Alpha <<< Tap external resources.
Care visits / Residential activities
Drop in Centre for Elderly
Child Minding at the church during courses etc.
Never alone friendship group
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50% MINIMUM OF THE SALE :)
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