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Sunday 7th February 2021

In this email you will find updates and messages from Terrigal Uniting Church.

If you have anything that you would like included please email admin@terrigalunitingchurch.com
From this Sunday onwards you will no longer need to register for church online but you will still need to sign in using the QR code upon arrival. Please note that masks are still mandatory in places of worship for everyone over 12 years.
As of February, we will no longer be streaming our 8am service. We will still broadcast the 9:45am service, so if you would prefer to worship from home please tune into the 9:45am stream on Youtube or Facebook.

Minister's message

Luke 6:27-31 says this:

“But I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from anyone who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt. Give to everyone who begs from you; and if anyone takes away your goods, do not ask for them again. Do to others as you would have them do to you.
 
As I was reading the verses that the Lectionary skipped over between last week and this week's readings, I saw Luke’s version of the love your enemy passage. I was surprised at how blunt Jesus is in this passage from Luke.

Love your enemies.
Do good to those who hate you.

Those are not simple words. If you read them carefully they challenge our everyday behaviour. If we take them seriously, we live very differently.

But then in Christianity we are not meant to just cherry-pick the easy bits from Jesus. Our life is meant to be transformed through our faith.

I am meant to love my enemies.
I am meant do good to those who hate me.

I am glad I read this passage to remind me of these challenging words that Jesus said...but I am also glad I don’t have to preach on this on Sunday.

Blessings,
Richard

This week we praise God and pray for...

  • 4:12 Kids & 4:12 as they return this Friday
  • Scripture in Schools
  • Our loved ones in aged care facilities
Some additional points are listed on our prayer boards at church:

February Prayer Focus

As the new year begins, we are very aware of the struggles that teachers and students had last year through Covid. There was disruption to education with changing from classroom to at-home learning, parents suddenly having to become teachers and students missing the vital social interactions with their friends.

We pray that as this year progresses we won’t have those interruptions again.
We pray for the students that are finding it difficult to reconnect.  
 
When you see any teachers take a moment to bless them and thank them for their dedication.
When you see students of any age, take a moment to bless them in their studies and future goals.
 
Remember to ask the question: “How can we, as a local church community, be praying for you at this time”.
 
If you have any prayer points, or responses to the question, please send them through, we’d love to hear from you.
Anne & Arthur Hand
prayer@terrigalunitingchurch.com

Elders Elections

The time has come again to commence our Elders Election process for 2021.

Some of our Elder's terms are expiring, so you have the opportunity to renominate these people, or you may feel called to nominate others for this leadership role.

If you would like to submit a nomination, please complete the following electronic form, or pick up a hard-copy from the church.

More information about the process, as well as the list of those whose terms are expiring, is included on the form.

Nominations close February 28th.
 
Elders Nomination Form 2021

Upcoming Events

February Congregational Project

This month as a church community we are supporting the work of Outback Links through Frontier Services.

Each Sunday we will have a short video providing information about the project, and on Sunday 21st February Michelle McLeod from Frontier Services will be speaking about the project at our 8am and 9:45am services.

That day there will also be a BBQ fundraiser. You can purchase tickets for this over the next 2 weeks after church, or by contacting the church office throughout the week. We hope you can join us in supporting this worthy cause!

Repair Cafe 

An enjoyable morning was had at our first Repair Cafe last Saturday! Items fixed, jewellery and sowing completed, tools sharpened and bike pedals changed plus some delicious tea, coffee, pizza and treats!
The Repair Cafe will continue to be held on the last Sunday of each month moving forward.

Kids and Youth

We're back and super excited for 4:12 Kids and 4:12 which both kick off tonight!

4:12 kids is now open to students from Year 2 up to Year 7, so if your child or someone you know is in that age group, send them along! We have a fun term planned and we'd love them to be part of it!
 

Calling Volunteers:


We're looking for people who can help with afternoon tea/sign on for 4:12 kids (Fridays from 3:30pm-4:15pm), or with dinner for 4:12 (served at 6pm for 30 ppl). If you think you might be able to help out, please contact Emma - 0410171709.
We meet for worship each week at the following times:

Sunday 8am (Traditional with hymns) | Sunday 9:45am (Family worship) 
Sunday 6pm (Contemporary) | Tuesday 11am (Traditional with hymns)

You are welcome to attend any service that suits you.
 

Upcoming Readings

Sunday 7th February
Luke 7:1-17
Sunday 14th February
Luke 9:28-45

Catch up on last Sunday's Services:

9:45am Service: Sunday 31st January

Tithes and offerings

Thank you for continuing your generous offerings during this time. 
If you would like to give a tithe or offering to the church, you can do this online. 
 
Click here to tithe online
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Phone: 4385 1248

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