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Sunday 14th March 2021 - Lent week 5

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

Minister's message

This Sunday is Harmony Day. It is a day once a year where our government encourages our nation to focus on how we as a community accept and support one another. No matter what culture, gender, or religion everyone has a place in our nation.

I can remember when I lived in Wollongong, I lived next door to an Islamic woman who in Ramadan handed me over the fence some wonderful food to celebrate the end of the Ramadan fast. Then at Easter I handed her over some hot cross buns on Good Friday and some Easter eggs on Easter Sunday.

Through the couple of years that she lived next door, it was a privilege to get to know her and to have such a great neighbour.

Jesus calls us to love our neighbours. He also treats the women around him with respect and dignity. Harmony day is a great initiative of our government, particularly when there is a rise of hate groups trying to pull us apart. As Christians we should nurture a society that embodies love and respect. It is at the heart of the way Jesus Christ wants us to live.

Blessings,
Richard

Repair Cafe

Our Repair cafe is coming up next Saturday! Please spread the word by sharing our Facebook event and telling people that it's on!

Easter at TUC


As we head towards Easter, we are reminded of how Jesus fixed his eyes on Jerusalem, knowing what lay ahead, but willingly walked towards the cross.

Lord, help us this Easter to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus.  
Lord, continue to remind us that Jesus suffered and died for us.
Again and again, may we rejoice in the resurrection and our life with Christ.
Lord, bless our community and church as we gather together this Easter.



A reminder that there will be a time of prayer at the church  tomorrow (Saturday 20th) for Easter. Feel free to drop in between 2pm-4pm. 


 

This week we praise God and pray for...

  • Scripture teachers
  • Repair Café 27th March
  • Preparation for Easter services
  • PNG Covid outbreak
  • An end to racial discrimination around the world
  • The family of Chris Tassios, who passed away this week.

Some additional points are listed on our prayer boards at church:

Service Rosters: May-Oct

We are currently putting together the service rosters for May to October.

The duties that need to be filled include:

Greeters
Bible Reading
Prayer of Thanks & Intercession
Morning Tea/Dinner (when they resume)
ProPresenter (slideshow)
Sound Operator

If you think you could help out in any of these areas please fill out a form. We are happy to provide training if required.

Roster forms are available at church or via this link: Online Roster Form

Upcoming events

On Sunday Richard spoke about doing our part to end modern-day slavery in the world. The Baptist World Aid Ethical Fashion Guide is a great place to start, with information on how ethical many of our companies are and what they're doing to protect workers in their supply chains. 

https://baptistworldaid.org.au/resources/ethical-fashion-guide/

As well as information online, you can download the Baptist World Aid End Poverty App for a quick reference guide on your phone.

Download on the App store or Google Play
Another way we can act to end slavery in the world is by asking big brands to pay a living wage to the workers in their supply chains.

Here you can see how some of our largest companies are tracking with their commitment to paying a living wage. https://whatshemakes.oxfam.org.au/company-tracker/

And here you can add your name to the petition demanding that big brands take action. https://whatshemakes.oxfam.org.au/...

Kids and Youth

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 21st March
Luke 16:19-31
Sunday 28th March
Luke 18:31—19:10

Catch up on last Sunday's Services:

Thank you to everyone who contributed in any way to the Congregational Project for Outback Links last month. The total raised during the month was $5714 which will help many of the struggling farmers we are sure. Thanks to those who bought tickets for the BBQ, made donations, helped make it actually happen (we needed lots of pairs of hands!) and prayed. Please continue to pray for the farmers who really do it tough much of the time. May they feel the love of God reaching out to them through our gift.

Mary Jones, Anne Towner and Lesley Earp

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
Please note, Westpac Branches are no longer accepting deposits. Instead, you are welcome to drop your offering into the secure mailbox at church, or ask the church office for a deposit slip. If you have any issues, please let us know.
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