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Living Faith enews: 3 April 2020
GREETINGS FROM REV IRIS 
 
Dear Living Faith Uniting Church Family and Friends
 

"But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed." Luke 5:16

This morning I ventured out onto my balcony for some fresh air and to spend time in God's presence. I have been reminded how Jesus withdrew from others, early in the morning, to spend time with His Father in prayer. 

The global circumstances that are impacting all of us, give us the opportunity to do what Jesus did - to be more like Him. Our "forced" withdrawal from normal life is providing us with the opportunity to spend quality time with God in prayer and to experience His comfort and presence daily, just as Jesus did. 

There is such a great need for prayer at this time in the world. Please pray for our healthcare workers who are battling to keep people alive on the frontline; please pray for people who feel depressed or lonely during these strange events; and please pray for those grieving the loss of loved ones due to Coronavirus. 

This Sunday's sermon (5 April) is now available for you to view via our church website. Full instructions on how to access sermons, worship songs and prayers are immediately below my letter (just scroll down). Why not help others that are self-isolating by sharing the instructions with them on how to access our sermons - let's bless as many people as possible with a message of hope!  

Please take a moment to soak in the photograph of Jerusalem above this message. The Holy City reminds us to begin to open our hearts as we prepare for Easter and what God may reveal to us about Himself during this upcoming Easter season.

Our hope, anchor and protection lies in Jesus Christ and His power. We need more than ever to herald and believe this truth in our lives. We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us! We are not alone. 

Your friend,
Iris  


 
EACH WEEK'S SERMON, WORSHIP SONGS AND PRAYERS ARE AVAILABLE ONLINE
 
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  

NB: Feel free to email on our sermon / website details above to family, friends or others who may be needing to hear a word of hope during the coming weeks and months.
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

 

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The First Aid Course booked for 30 May is CANCELLED

 

Foundations to Christianity Course - COMING SOON

 

The Church Council has discovered a fantastic way to meet and connect online. We would love to encourage you to connect with each other either in your small groups or just with friends in the same way. We are using the Zoom app to schedule and meet others online. You can follow the link below for instructions on how to set up a Zoom meeting to connect with each other. 
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 - these gorgeous ducklings below have moved on now, but they recently graced Charlie and Leonie's garden...quack quack...quack... 
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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