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Living Faith enews: 19 March 2020
Important Update COVID - 19
MESSAGE FROM LIVING FAITH UC CHAIRPERSON 

Dearest members and friends of Living Faith Uniting Church
 
We are writing to update you on the COVID-19 situation and its impact on our church.
 
You will find attached a letter sent by the Queensland Moderator, Rev David Baker, to all Uniting Church congregations in Queensland. The Moderator has advised that all Uniting Church public worship services will cease, effective immediately.  Speaking on behalf of the Living Faith Uniting Church council, we endorse this decision of Synod which is consistent with Government and public health policy; and with Scripture, which calls for us to care for our neighbour in love and with concern for their well-being.  

In light of this, we are also suspending all meetings or ministries in the church building for the time being.
 
This is not a decision to “stop church.” Rather, it is a decision to “transform church” i.e. going beyond the walls of our church building on a Sunday morning. We have an incredible message of hope, love and peace for a world in desperate need. 

We will be identifying new ways in which we can maintain and grow a very active ministry, discipleship and pastoral care program to support both the Living Faith congregation and the wider community. As a first step, Iris’s sermons will be available online via You Tube. This provides a wonderful opportunity to repeatedly listen to the sermons and to spread them far and wide to family, friends and even the broader community! Click on the link below to access the sermon for this Sunday, 22 March 2020.
 

22 March Better Together Message
 
A link will be emailed out each week for the coming week's sermon, so do keep an eye out for the sermon notifications. 

The ministry of Iris and Living Faith Uniting Church is more mission-critical than ever.  We need your support.  If you have not yet registered for online tithing or giving, we ask that you would prayerfully consider doing so.  Our church bank account details for direct debit are as follows:
 
Living Faith Uniting Church
ANZ Bank
BSB: 014 010
Account number: 191452412
 
If you have needs, questions or creative ideas on how we can transform our world by the transforming power of our Lord Jesus Christ, please do not hesitate to phone or email Iris or any member of church council. We welcome your contact.
 
In the love and grace of Christ,
Scott Bell
Living Faith Uniting Church Chairperson

 
 
LETTER FROM REV IRIS MARAIS 
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 (NIV)
 
Dearest members and friends of Living Faith Uniting Church
 
We are facing an unknown season, yet we are facing it with a known God! This gives us great confidence as we move into new territory and creative thinking about how we can do church differently during these times.
 
I am very aware that there is an air of fear around the world which may be affecting some of us too. We are having to change not only the way we do church, but the way we live and function as humans. In all of these changes, we keep ourselves anchored firmly to Jesus Christ and our Christian faith. More than ever, the promises in Scripture are relevant to us and available for us to recite and call upon in times of fear or insecurity about the future.
 
I am available for pastoral care conversations or prayer via phone or email and would welcome your contact. My contact details are 0432 067 227 or irismarais@gmail.com

 
I am delighted that our Sunday sermons are available in various formats to you; namely video or hardcopy. Our Church Council letter outlines how you can access the sermons but if you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me.
 
Please let us all keep each other and our families in our prayers. In this way we can propel a powerful and sweeping chain of prayers across our community!
 
I stand with you during these times. As members of God’s family we are always connected through Christ, despite self-isolation or any other physical form of separation - we are never alone!
 
With Christian love,
Rev Iris

 
LETTER FROM QLD SYNOD MODERATOR 
Church Contact Details

For information on baptisms, weddings, funerals, pastoral care or other church matters please contact:

Rev Iris Marais
0432 067 227
irismarais@gmail.com

Please note Tuesdays are Iris' day off
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