Living Faith enews: 5 March 2021
MINISTER'S MESSAGE
 GREETINGS FROM REV IRIS 
 
Dear Living Faith Uniting Church Family and Friends

"Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb..." Mark 16:2 

I hope you have been enjoying engaging in our Seven Striking Sentences course. We are grateful for the work that was done by Doug, Geoff and Richard to build and paint the tomb on our stage (photos above). The tomb is a powerful reminder that in Jesus, all darkness falls under the power of His light. We can be set free in unexpected ways when we have the courage to look inside the tombs and closed up spaces of our lives, so that God's living LIGHT can pour in.

A special feature I want to announce is that on Sunday 14 March we have a visiting performer, Tanaka, who will be singing for us. Tanaka is a local Christian artist and we are sure to be blessed by the songs he is preparing for us. 

Please find our Annual General Report for 2020 in this newsletter. Also, just a reminder that my day off has changed to a Tuesday. 

Our third striking sentence will be revealed this coming Sunday - I am looking forward to seeing you at the service! 


Your friend
Iris

irismarais@gmail.com 
Tel: 0432 067 227

GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS
Seven Striking Sentences:

SMALL GROUP NOTES
Small group notes for the Sunday 7 March service are available for you to print and discuss in your small group by clicking below:
  Click above, then to print the notes "click" on the "print" icon as shown below:

Living Faith UC - COVID UPDATE
 
At the UCA QLD COVID Advisers’ Zoom meeting this week, Michael Kraig (Head of Hospitals in Uniting Care) spoke about the commencement of vaccination and the effect that it will have going forward. Following are the main points:

The two vaccines being used in Australia are the Astra Zeneca and Pfizer. The best source of information about the vaccines and their safety is found on the Government Websites. Following are links to:

 
 
  • The QLD Government considers both vaccines to be safe, effective and to offer strong protection against COVID-19.
  • The vaccines will not cure COVID-9. They will reduce the severity and the majority will not get as sick.
  • At this stage it is not known how long immunity will last and its long-term effectiveness. It might require annual boosters like the flu shot. 
  • Despite the vaccines, a return to pre-COVID norms is not going to happen anytime soon. The roll out of vaccinations will take much of the remainder of the year. Also, viruses are very clever at mutating and the new variants are much more infectious and dangerous.
  • To complicate the issue, many people infected with COVID have no or few symptoms. The possibility of unknowingly spreading the virus with resulting flare ups is ever present.
  • COVID is not “just another flu”. In addition to the mortality rate (almost double that of flu), long-term effects are now becoming more evident in terms heart disease, stroke and chronic fatigue to name a few. These have been seen across the age spectrum of COVID patients including young people.
  • The current public health measures and safe practices are expected to continue all year. 
The take-away is to “love your neighbour as yourself” by following the COVID safe practices which will keep you and those you encounter as safe as possible from COVID by:
  • Staying home if you are sick
  • Getting tested If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild
  • Staying 1.5 metres away from other people—think two big steps
  • Washing your hands often with soap and water or using hand sanitiser
  • Sneezing or coughing into your arm or a tissue. Then put the tissue in the bin and wash or sanitise hands.
  • Wearing a face mask when you are not able to keep 1.5 metres away from other people or whenever mandatory face masks are required.
  • Community observance of these measures has seen a significant reduction in flu in 2020.
Scott Bell
Covid Assistant
25 February 2021
Click Here To Download The Living Faith Uniting Church 2020 Annual General Report
Click on the link below on Wednesday mornings to join:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81785819942?pwd=ZUxRanQvc1MzbUE1bmFNYzRuMFhHQT09
WOMEN'S MINISTRY COMING MAY 2021
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
Would you like prayer for any matter you are facing?
We have a dedicated team of people who are willing to pray confidentially for you.
Please get in touch with either Norelle norelled@bigpond.com or Iris  irismarais@gmail.com if you would like prayer support.
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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