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Living Faith enews: 24 April 2020
MINISTER'S MESSAGE
GREETINGS FROM REV IRIS 
 
Dear Living Faith Uniting Church Family and Friends
 
"Just then a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak." Matthew 9:20 NIV

Friends as we progress through this period of lock-down, it is helpful to remember that we are doing so for our country and fellow citizens. We are fortunate to live in Australia where we have excellent healthcare systems and leadership through this crisis, while many countries are struggling. We are so grateful for this blessing! Let us remember those nations who are less fortunate in prayer. 

I recently got up very early with my son to watch a glorious meteorite shower and was reminded of the glory of God amid the chaos in the world right now. As we lay back on blankets scanning the heavens, we were so excited by each asteroid that moved in different directions. Our minds were transported to a world we so often ignore. I realised that during "normal life" I don't always make the time to appreciate nature in this way. May we embrace the opportunities that lock-down is giving us to "hear" and "see" God in His creation. 

Thank you for continuing in your prayers for each other. We pray particularly this week for elderly folk among us who may be feeling more isolated than usual. Please let us also remember families who are needing to home-school a number of children simultaneously. 

Feedback from our online Annual General Meeting is included in this newsletter. Please scroll further down for details from our Chairperson, Scott Bell. 

We would like to take this opportunity to welcome Richard Linton as a confirmed member of Living Faith Uniting Church. Richard successfully completed our Foundations to Christianity Course and was thereafter approved by the church council for membership.

On that note, the FOUNDATIONS TO CHRISTIANITY COURSE launches online today and is accessible through our website. It is a FREE course that can be done in the comfort of your own home, particularly if you want to invest spiritually in your life by maximising your free time during lock-down. Details on the course and potential church membership is outlined further in this newsletter. Please let me know if you decide to do the online course, I would love to encourage and support you during the process. 

The photo above is of a painting on a wall mural in the Chapel of Magdala (Mary Magdalene) in Israel. The woman with the issue of blood was brave enough in her culture to stretch out her hand to touch the hem of Jesus' garment to receive her healing. It is a powerful reminder that Jesus' power is available to us at all times. We don't need to engage in long rituals or processes to speak to God. He hears us when we call and responds in love and compassion to us. Reach out to the Lord today, He is standing by! 



Your friend,
Iris 
GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

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ARE YOU OR ANYONE YOU KNOW IN NEED OF PRAYER?

Prayer requests can be emailed to either Norelle or Iris. If you would like, these will be shared with a confidential prayer chain that will pray for you. Alternatively, Norelle or Iris will pray for you without sharing your request with others - just let us know your preference. 

norelled@bigpond.com
irismarais@gmail.com or 0432 067 227

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
HOUSE GUESTS - Look at this gorgeous kitty-kat that is keeping our dear Ruth company during lock-down... 
Just for fun, if you would like to share a picture of a pet that is keeping you company while in self-isolation, send the photo 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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