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Living Faith enews: 28 March 2020
GREETINGS FROM REV IRIS 
 
Dear Living Faith Uniting Church Family and Friends
 
We are all experiencing difficulties as we adjust to a constantly changing world. Many of us may be feeling a loss of control, shock or disbelief as we face a new way of living in this season. We are all being impacted to some extent by an external situation that seemed to come upon us rather unexpectedly.
 
The good news is this – God foreknew what would happen on Earth before the onslaught of Covid-19 came. He remains sovereign throughout our “self-isolating journey” and above all, He has promised that He will never leave us nor forsake us. As we spend time on our own, keep in mind God’s Holy Spirit is closer than our own breath. Make a habit of literally breathing in deeply each morning, imagining the Holy Spirit filling you, and then exhaling fear or anxiety. Jesus is a soothing balm for any emotional wounds that manifest during this time.
 
Please stay in touch with either myself or other friends within or outside of the congregation via phone or email. As we have been learning over the last month, we are “Better Together” when we support and encourage each other, even from a distance.
 
As part of the process of us staying connected during this season, we have been moving our Sunday service to an online experience. We would love you to join us each week in this innovative way of doing church.
Outlined below is the process for accessing Sermons, Worship Songs and Prayers each week. 

Just before I sign off, the photo above is of a beautiful doorway that I saw on Mount Tabor, the Mount of Transfiguration, when I was in Israel last year. Jesus underwent a stark change in his appearance on the Mount of Transfiguration so that the disciples could experience Him in His splendour and glory. As we experience a dramatic change in the way church is done, let us expect Jesus to reveal Himself anew to us, for we too are His disciples. 

Your friend,
Iris 


 
HOW TO ACCESS WEEKLY SERMONS, WORSHIP SONGS AND PRAYERS
 
1. Go to our church website www.livingfaithuniting.com
2. Click on the “Online Ministry” tab (top right side of the page)
3. Three main headings will appear namely:

Sermons 

Click on the red link with the relevant date to access the video recorded sermon
Please note: Audio recordings of previous and current sermons are also available for you to click on in this section

Worship Songs – worship songs for each week will be posted here.
Clicking on the red link will take you to each song on You Tube.

Prayers – each week prayers will be posted under this heading


If you struggle to access any of these items, please get in touch with me and I will talk you through the process. My contact details are:
Iris 0432 067 227 or irismarais@gmail.com  
ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

 

Balance Builders has been postponed for the time being.

 

FACEBOOKIf you are on Facebook, please like the “Living Faith Uniting Church” page to receive regular updates and inspiration

 

Our Election Day Stall is CANCELLED

 

The First Aid Course booked for 30 May is CANCELLED

 

Foundations to Christianity Course - ONLINE

Our Foundations to Christianity Course / Membership course is in the process of being produced for online access. We will keep you updated on the progress and accessibility of the course in the coming weeks. We are so excited about this project as it will be a refresher of all that we believe and it will also be a beneficial way to spend our time while we are home-bound. Successful completion of the course will lead to the formal membership of the Living Faith Uniting Church family. Everyone is welcome to partake in this free course. Watch out for further details.

ONLINE GIVING 

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

Bank details: ANZ BANK; BSB: 014010   ACC NO. 191452412
OUR CURRENT HOUSE GUEST BELOW - CHICO
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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