Living Faith enews: 18 December 2020
MINISTER'S MESSAGE
 GREETINGS FROM REV IRIS 
 
Dear Living Faith Uniting Church Family and Friends

"Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem..." Matthew 2:1

These photos above depict the proposed birthplace of Jesus in Bethlehem. The photo on the left shows where the manger was and the photo on the right is the supposed site of the Magi who visited the baby Jesus. These locations lie beneath the Church of The Nativity in Bethlehem. The air is thick with heat and crowds press closely as you seek to take in the setting in a speedy fashion. A special feature of the star of David is the oil the lies in the centre of the structure. My son and I had a quick moment to anoint each other with the oil as we passed through the darkened cave-like room. 

Jesus' birth into our world changed life forever and still brings waves of powerful transformation. This was no ordinary birth; but rather an extraordinary act of sacrifice from a God who loves us beyond our imaging. He not only left His mark in Bethlehem above, but He has left His mark on the heart of every believer who turns to Him in sincerity. When our hearts are truly open to Him, He pours in oils of hope, joy, peace, grace and mercy.

Please note that I am on leave from 29 December to 10 January inclusive. I pray you will find rest and rejuvenation over this season too.  This newsletter will recommence upon my return. Please do take a close look at all the announcements it contains below. 


May this Christmas be a significant turning point in our lives where the sparkling presence of the incarnate God comes to us in ways that are recognisable and delightful. Merry Christmas!

Your friend,
Iris

irismarais@gmail.com 
Tel: 0432 067 227

GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS
SERMON NOTES
Sermon notes for the Sunday 20 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 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
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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