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In this email you will find the latest updates and information from Terrigal Uniting Church. If you would like something to be included in future editions, please get in touch!

Minister's Message

Matthew 25:34-36

Then the king will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’
 
This is a regularly quoted bible verse for very good reason, because it challenges us to see our actions toward the marginalised in our society, including the poor and the homeless, as things that we do for Jesus Christ. The mark of what makes us a civilized society is not really about how wealthy we are as a nation, but more how we care for those less fortunate in our nation.

Our congregational project for Edward Eagar lodge is a way we can make sure that our homeless are cared for with respect and dignity. In doing this we are caring for Jesus Christ. We are following the Gospel's call.

Hope you can have a pizza with us this week or next, or give a donation to this important cause.

Blessings,
Richard

This week we pray for...

  • Wesley Mission
  • People who are homeless
  • Peace in war-torn nations
  • Countries with COVID-19 outbreaks
  • Richard, staff and elders
Some additional points are listed on our prayer boards at church:
If you have a prayer request, you can email it to prayer@terrigalunitingchurch.com, or place a note in the prayer jar (near the prayer boards) at church.

Funeral Notice

A reminder that Laurie Reid's funeral will be tomorrow (Saturday 22nd May) at 11am. You are welcome to stay for light refreshments after the service.

People who are homeless

Thank you for your continued support to the prayer focus.

As winter approaches we may embrace the cold nights and warm homes but there are many in our community who are not so fortunate.
This month our prayer focus is around people who are homeless and the organisations that tirelessly work to feed, clothe and provide shelter for those in need.
 
We pray that we will all have a heart of compassion that goes beyond prayer as we look to those who are homeless, or struggling just to make ends meet.

We pray multiplication of supplies and shelter to enable no-one to go without this winter.

We bless the organisations and volunteers that provide love and care for people who need their support.
 
Anne & Arthur Hand prayer@terrigalunitingchurch.com

Whole of church Bible Study - Starting May 30th

Thanks to all the small groups who collected their books last week. We hope you're looking forward to starting the study with your group soon!

If you are not part of a small group there are still plenty of individual books available. If you are able, please leave a small donation to cover printing costs in the donation box provided.

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If you would prefer to complete the study electronically, you can do so using one of the following links:

Online Booklet (not editable)
PDF download (editable)

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If you would like to join a small group for this study, please contact the church office. There will also be a Zoom meeting held on a Sunday night after the 6pm service that anyone is welcome to join (link details to come).

Church Camp

We're excited to announce that this year we're moving the church camp to Shoal Bay! This will open up many more cabins and sites to allow more people to join. We want this to be an opportunity for all of our church community to get away together and reconnect after the uncertainty of the past year.

There will be much more info to come soon, but in the mean time save the date, October 15-17, for CC21!
This week we were contacted by not-for-profit organisation Common Grace who had heard about the work our church is doing to care for native bees and connect with our native environment. Here's an excerpt from their article celebrating World Bee Day 2021 - you can read the full article here.

"As we see the diversity, health and flourishing of God’s beautiful creation being threatened and lost we are compelled to take action. For many of us pursuing Jesus and justice, loving God’s creation means rolling up our sleeves and getting into the good (and sometimes messy) work of caring, nurturing and protecting our precious native environments. One community who have been hard at this good work is Terrigal Uniting Church who set up their first native bee hive in 2015. Inspired by their love for the natural bush surrounding their church property on Darkinjung Country, and driven by their desire to tread more lightly on the planet, senior minister Rev Richard Harris and members of his congregation decided to purchase a hive to support local bee populations. Caring for God’s creation by helping protect and nurture an environment where native bees could thrive has also helped create a wonderful way to build connections with their local community. As the colony grew, Terrigal Uniting was able to gift hives (and occasionally honey) to schools, churches and other community groups, inviting them into learning how to care for, protect and connect with God’s beautiful creation around them."

Upcoming Events

May Congregational Project

This Sunday we will be serving pizzas after the 9:45am service to raise money for Edward Eagar Lodge. You are welcome to take as many pizzas as you like in exchange for a donation. 

If you would like to donate throughout the month, you can transfer directly to the church account with the description "Wesley Mission". 
Account Name: Terrigal Uniting Church
BSB: 634634 Acc: 100026775
 

Music Coordinator Job Opportunity

We are currently seeking expressions of interest for the position of Music Coordinator. Permanent part-time, 10-15 hours per week (negotiable).

Reporting directly to the Minister of the Word, the Music Coordinator is responsible for organising music for worship, nurturing musicians & introducing new music into the life of our church.

The successful applicant will have proven musical ability, strong leadership and communication skills, as well as excellent attention to detail and time management.

They must be a committed Christian with spiritual maturity coupled with a strong passion for worship in keeping with the ethos of the Uniting Church.
 

Applications need to be emailed to admin@terrigalunitingchurch.com by Sunday 23rd May.

Kids and Youth

Come along to 4:12 Kids on Fridays at 4pm, and 4:12 from 6:30pm. Click on each of the below images to view our awesome term program!
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.
Please note: Covid restrictions have been lifted as of this week, so there's no need to wear a mask to church and we can now sing as a congregation.

Upcoming Readings

Sunday 23rd May
Acts 2:1-4; Galatians 4:1-7, 5:16-26
Sunday 30th May
2 Corinthians 5:16-21; John 17:6-26

Catch up on last Sunday's Service:

Community Events

Tuesday 1st June, 7.30pm - 9.00pm
 
Doug Purnell: A retired Uniting Church Minister, Doug is now an internationally accomplished artist, where his work focusses on enabling people to see/hear the voice of the Spirit in fresh ways. He has curated 12 Contemporary Stations of the Cross exhibitions with over 100 Australian artists. Doug has also authored four books.
 
Dianne Swan: With a nursing background, Dianne is retired and lives in Legacy House, Gosford.  Dianne experienced some horrendous series of events while visiting her son's project in Africa recently and is in the process of writing a book “A Walking Miracle” following 3 days post hip replacement surgery in a Uganda Hospital. 
 
SIP Central Coast is an Ecumenical & Interfaith Speakers Forum with Q’s & A’s. The focus is on developing understanding & encouraging conversation about Spirituality through sharing one’s life journey.

Tithes and offerings

Thank you for continuing your generous offerings!
 
If you would like to give a tithe or offering to the church, you are welcome to do this online. Alternatively you can place your offering in the box on Sunday.
 
Click here to tithe online

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