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Living Faith enews: 24 July 2020
MINISTER'S MESSAGE
GREETINGS FROM REV IRIS 
 
Dear Living Faith Uniting Church Family and Friends

"But I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God; I trust in God's unfailing love for ever and ever." Psalm 52:8

The rugged olive tree above was photographed in Nazareth with its centuries old bark that still exudes the flavour of Biblical times. Its continued flourishing comes from its ability to regenerate itself during drought or other environmentally challenging conditions. Additionally, the olive tree's root system is powerfully sturdy once established. 

My sister lives in a quaint cottage on an olive farm in South Africa. She was sharing with me the painstaking process involved in cultivating olives. When they are first picked they are bitter to the taste. They need to go through a three month process of water soaking and draining. Then they remain immersed in a vinegar, salt and an olive oil solution for a few months in air tight containers. Thereafter they are laid out in course salt for another month to ensure that all the bitter juice is absorbed.

The rich symbolism of olive trees in Scripture continues to speak to us today. The Holy Spirit refines us during the stormy or emotionally dry periods of our lives. The process of releasing bitterness from our hearts allows Jesus to regenerate and revive us. Our liberation awaits as we exit the gate of resentment. Above all, the olive tree's longevity reflects the way our souls flourish once we enter into a loving relationship with Jesus as our Lord. 


For those who are free this evening (24 July) please join us online at 7pm for a time of prayerThen on Sunday 26 July at 9am we'll have a whirl at enjoying some online fellowship together. Links to these online "Coffee Lounge" ministry meetings are listed below in this newsletter.

Now whatever you do -
DON'T MISS OUR CHURCH SERVICE VIDEO FOR SUNDAY 26 JULY! We are all in for a real treat as the video will feature a special, "church family home video" segment. Yes, we will get to "see" each other during this beautiful presentation of members and friends of LIVING FAITH UNITING CHURCH! Be sure to tune in...but have some tissues handy as it's an emotionally moving experience!

I love and miss all of you!  

Your friend,

 
Iris
irismarais@gmail.com 
Tel: 0432 067 227
WALKABOUT IN THE COMMUNITY
The Invitation Mission Ministry Team hit the streets of Carindale this week donned in gloves and armed with hand sanitiser. Their mission to was distribute Living Faith Uniting Church promotional cards, to encourage the wider community to engage in our online ministry options. A lot of ground was literally covered as they reached out beyond our church walls. Thanks team for doing a great job! 
GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS
WELCOME TO THE LIVING FAITH UNITING CHURCH ONLINE
“COFFEE LOUNGE MINISTRY”
 
Friends, we have a wonderful Coffee Lounge onsite at church and would like to convert that to an online “Coffee Lounge Ministry” for the time being. What does this mean?
 
There will be various opportunities for us to connect online with each other over a nice cuppa, and for those with a sweet tooth, feel free to bring along a yummy too!
 
You can meet Iris, your friends, your small group or anyone related to Living Faith Uniting Church in our Online Coffee Lounge. We have listed below some initial upcoming events we would love you to partake in. 
How do you do this?
 
 Simply contact Rev Iris to receive a link to join in on any of the events below or to share your ideas with us for online fellowship.  
  
ONLINE COFFEE LOUNGE PRAYER MEETING         Friday 24 July 7pm – 8pm
Let’s join together as a church community for a time of prayer. We will come before God with our prayers of gratitude, our personal requests and our prayers for others. Grab a cuppa and get in a comfy chair – we’d love to have you onboard. Click the link below on 24 July at 7pm: 

 https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81848507138?pwd=U2pFditEZ1UxMm5HZC9zNkdhUENZZz09
 
SHARING AND CARING MEETING               
Sunday 26 July 9am – 10am
Are you keen to catch up with others that you have not seen in a while? Imagine the joy of chatting about what we have been up to and just sharing generally about life, family and faith. We’d love you to attend this session, come as you are for this special time together. To join in on the fun, click on the link below on 26 July at 9am:

 https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86276235507?pwd=aDBXSkZBMTliKzhtTlpra0xnUE1kZz09
 
SPIRITUAL CARE OR PRAYER WITH REV IRIS              Arrange a time
If you would like some one-on-one time with Iris to chat through anything at all, please get in touch and we’ll set up an online meeting time in our virtual “Coffee Lounge”. Iris is available for pastoral or spiritual care, prayer or general sharing. To make an appointment email irismarais@gmail.com or 0432 067 227
 

SMALL GROUP MEETINGS                          At a time suitable for your group
Your Living Faith Uniting Church small group can have some time of sharing together through an online meeting. It’s as easy as a click away. Group leaders please get in touch with Iris who will set up the meeting at a suitable time for your group, email each person the link to click, and away you go. Don’t forget to have your warm cuppa handy.  
 

 
JUST FOR FUN
Peter and Daphne L recently visited the ABC Studios to view the Queensland Quarantine Quilt (parts of it pictured above). The colours and designs are bursting with creativity and bring joy and fun to an otherwise difficult time in the world. Have you been up to anything creative during lock-down? We'd love to hear about it! 
 MANSE RENTAL 

Amazing opportunity to occupy this completely renovated, light, bright and spacious rental property with ample parking.
This easy access, high visibility location, is close to shopping, restaurants and parks. The property now includes a dishwasher.

Please help us spread the word about this opportunity

Go to the link below for property rental details and photos:

ONLINE GIVING 

Tithes and donations can be made through online banking during this season. 


Please contact TIM EAKIN or NORELLE DEETH for assistance with online banking if you are unsure of the process 

Tim   34timbo@gmail.com
Norelle    norelled@bigpond.com

Bank details: ANZ BANK; BSB: 014010   ACC NO. 191452412
Living Faith Uniting Church has a team of people who faithfully pray over matters affecting our lives, our church and our world. If you have a specific need and would like prayer, please contact Norelle on norelled@bigpond.com or Iris on irismarais@gmail.com and we'll commit your needs to prayer.
QUARANTINE PHOTOS - What a joy it is to see Helen and Peter. They took the photo on the right near the end of March when they were allowed on the water to exercise. The beautiful photo of the two of them was taken recently in Caloundra as they watched the moon rise over King's Beach. I am sure that makes us all feel like we just want to be there! Thank you for sharing these Peter and Helen.

Over to you - we'd love to see some photos of our church family each week. 
 
If you would like to participate, please send a photo of yourself or your family during self-isolation to irismarais@gmail.com and we'll publish them in upcoming newsletters.
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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