Living Faith enews: 4 December 2020
MINISTER'S MESSAGE
 GREETINGS FROM REV IRIS 
 
Dear Living Faith Uniting Church Family and Friends

"After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples' feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him."  John 13:5

The ancient basin depicted above is a reminder of the significance of water in the Scriptures. One pertinent moment when water changed the landscape of life forever, was the time that Jesus used water to wash his disciples' feet. This humble act by our Master, displays the way we are called to live - firstly as servants of our King, and then as servants to those God calls us to assist. 

We sometimes come unstuck when we are serving in a capacity we are not called to serve in. The stress or anxiety that can ensue can be life-draining rather than life-giving. During these times, it is wise to evaluate where we are expending energy. At the same time, humble acts of service offered in kindness and generosity, just as Jesus did for His disciples, draw us closer to the true heart of who God is. No act of kindness is ever wasted in God's Kingdom. On that note, I want to thank everyone for each part that you play in assisting our church to remain open and functioning during these interesting times. Thank you for "washing each other's feet" as we meet and serve each Sunday and during the week.

Please remember to register online or on paper (at the auditorium entrance) if you intend coming to either the Christmas eve or Christmas day service. Details are below in this newsletter. 


Please also find included in this newsletter an important letter from our Church Council Chairman. 

We are excited to be able to share in Holy Communion again this coming Sunday. Come expectantly as we enter into Jesus' healing presence. 


Your friend,
Iris

irismarais@gmail.com 
Tel: 0432 067 227

GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS
LETTER FROM CHAIRMAN OF CHURCH COUNCIL 
Good morning Living Faith members and friends

It is great that the general and border crossing restrictions have been eased. Praise God. However, COVID has not gone away. COVID ‘flare ups’ can occur at any time.

One particularly pertinent easing which is relevant to Living Faith is that extended families and those who have travelled in the same vehicle to church can now to sit together in church.

You may not be aware that the UCA Synod has taken the lead in negotiations with Queensland Health and enjoys a good reputation with them. This relationship has facilitated further easing in restrictions relevant to Places of Worship. However, the Chief Health Officer would not hesitate in tightening restrictions if compliance is poor.

Let’s help keep everyone (ourselves, our families and those we encounter) safe, maintain our good reputation, and practice what Jesus commanded “Love thy neighbour”. How do we do this?
As individuals, we need to practice the essentials:
  • Maintain physical distancing of 1.5 metres.
  • Maintain good hand hygiene (washing hands and using alcohol-based sanitiser).
  • Maintain good respiratory hygiene (coughing or sneezing into elbow).
As a church, we need to continue:
  • Rigorously maintaining attendance records for services and groups meeting at the church.
  • COVID clean our spaces after every use.
Finally, continue to pray for our families, our church, our state and our nation for good leadership with regards COVID in particular and righteousness in general.

Regards
Scott Bell
Church Council Chairman
SERMON NOTES
Sermon notes for the Sunday 6 December services are available for you to print and bring to the service by clicking below:
  Click above, then to print the notes "click" on the "print" icon as shown below:
Click Here For Lord Mayor's Christmas Carols Information

Click here to sign-up for the Christmas Eve Service on 24 Dec. at 6:00 PM

Click here to sign-up for the Christmas Day Service on 25 Dec. at 8:30 AM

OUR TRAINING ROOM ABOVE IS NOW FULLY AIR-CONDITIONED AND READY FOR HIRE
If you or anyone you know needs to hire a venue for an event, please get in touch with Rev Iris or anyone on the Church Council for more information irismarais@gmail.com Tel 0432 067227
CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW ON WEDNESDAYS AT 9:30AM TO JOIN THE MINISTER'S BIBLE STUDY

Click Here to Zoom to the Minister's Bible Study
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.
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 Fridays are Iris' day off
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