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Living Faith enews: 7 August 2020
MINISTER'S MESSAGE
GREETINGS FROM REV IRIS 
 
Dear Living Faith Uniting Church Family and Friends

"Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed." Mark 1:35 NKJV

Over the last weeks people may have felt that lock-down has eked into their ability to keep a normal routine. Varying responsibilities have began to take precedence over areas which previously were priorities. These readjustments are normal as society tries to find its feet in the eye of the pandemic. We should however be cautious to not shift away from the things of God as we attempt to juggle a different lifestyle. 

The majestic sunrise above spread itself over the Sea of Galilee early one morning in 2019. Those present had risen at dawn to head towards the shoreline to enjoy its splendour. Jesus would have enjoyed the fruit of His discipline as creation displayed His glory each morning when He spent time with His Father. This habitual solitariness infused Him with supernatural direction and power to tackle the issues that He faced daily. We also take joy as His followers in intentionally seeking His guidance, comfort and peace each day.

In the greatest prayer Jesus ever taught us, He said these words, "...give us this day our daily bread..." because we are to come before God on a daily basis to have our spiritual and physical needs met. There are so many challenges all around us and we face these through the power of Jesus that we receive when we spend time daily in His glorious presence. We do not do this because we are trying to follow a rule. Rather, we give time to God to allow His calming breath to fill our lives, so that we are empowered to live out His calling. 


Our scheduled Church Picnic in the Park for Sunday 9 August has unfortunately had to be cancelled at this time due to the ongoing Covid19 pandemic risks. We have enjoyed catching up with many of you in our online Coffee Lounge and want to invite you to continue engaging with each other in this way. Please see further opportunities below to connect with myself or others in our congregation online. I am able to set up meetings for you to connect with each other without me having to be present, so let me know if I can support you in that way.

Just as I sign off, will you take a moment with me now to pause and pray for Victoria, NSW and Queensland as our governments and citizens work to contain Covid19, and specifically for those in ICU battling this disease. We pray for God's strength, comfort and wisdom for all those involved in leading through this crisis.

Have a blessed week!


Your friend,
Iris
irismarais@gmail.com 
Tel: 0432 067 227
GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS
Click above to hear Angus' powerful message for Australia
International evangelist, Angus Buchan, from the movie "Faith Like Potatoes", led an online “Mighty Men Conference” for Australia last weekend. Although his message was specifically for men, he warmly welcomed women and children to listen in. His recollections of the time he spent in Australia were heartwarming and spiritually empowering. The service started with the inspiring testimonies of ordinary Australians whose lives have been transformed by Jesus. To hear these testimonies and Angus' powerful message for Australia, please click on the image above.
 
WELCOME TO THE LIVING FAITH UNITING CHURCH ONLINE
“COFFEE LOUNGE MINISTRY”
 
ONLINE COFFEE LOUNGE PRAYER MEETING         Friday 7 August 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 9 August  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
 
 
TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE 
This week we are delighted to relive Peter and Daphne L's trip to Antarctica with them. The photos above show them swimming in freezing water - what a courageous pair! Despite the harsh weather conditions, it is wonderful to see the photograph of the whale, one of various animals who inhabit the continent. I once met a doctor who worked in Antarctica on contract for months at a time. Apparently the cold temperatures make it impossible for viruses to survive there. Anyone keen to go down south to avoid Coronavirus??
 
Please feel free to join in on our "Trip Down Memory Lane" segment by emailing me a photo/s of any place you may have visited. 
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 - Ethan has been enjoying some fishing with his dad during quarantine and was delighted to catch this little fellow. 

Over to you - what have you been up to during quarantine? We'd love to see some photos of your vegetable gardens, special baked dishes you may have made or any other activity that has kept you busy. 
 
If you would like to participate, please send a 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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