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Sunday 21st 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

Minister's message

Over this month we have been supporting Outback Links, a program of the Uniting Church which cares for farmers who are struggling in rural and remote areas. Hardship and poverty can so easily be overlooked. If it is out of sight it can be out of our mind.

Outback links is caring for those on the margins. It is an important part of our church living out our faith. This week’s reading is the story of the good Samaritan. The one who loved their neighbour is the one who cared.

Caring for all in society, whether we can see them or not, is a part of our Christian call. May we love our neighbour, whether we see them or not.

Blessings,
Richard
 
Incase you missed it on Sunday, this video shows how Outback Links is making a difference to the lives of people in remote Australia.
This Easter season, we will be exploring the theme 'Again and Again - a Lenten Refrain', using some excellent devotional material created by the team at A Sanctified Art. If you are unable to come into the church at this time, and would like us to mail or email you a copy of the devotional, please contact the church office.

The following is a poem for Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent.

I like to imagine that each year,
God invites me to a party.
God drops me a note that says,
“No gifts, casual dress. Come just as you are.”
I like to imagine that I am brave enough to go.
I like to imagine that I decide that I am worth it.
This was no pity invite,
There is no obligatory postage.
God wants me there.
So I get myself together,
Smudged glasses, sensitive ego, wrinkled shirt, and all.
I ring the doorbell a few minutes late on account of the fact that
I lost my keys twice trying to get out the door,
And I almost turn back to hide in my car,
Afraid that I might embarrass myself over
appetizers or small talk.
But then God answers the door,
And God says, “You’re here!”
And I smile, because I am.

And with every step past that threshold,
I know that God is cheering me on.
It’s the pride of a parent watching their child take their first step.
If I freeze, God is not disappointed.
If I fall, God is not mad.
But if I trust the invitation,
If I move closer,
I know, God celebrates.
Friends, you’ve got mail.
It’s an invitation to dust off your shoes,
To go deeper,
To trust that you’re worth it,
To lose your keys and your faith,
And then to find them both, along with your worth.
You are invited.
We are invited.
Again and again and again.
This invitation is for you.


Written by: Rev. Sarah Are | A Sanctified Art

This week we praise God and pray for...

  • Frontier Services – Outback Links
  • Family & loved ones in aged care facilities
  • Distribution of vaccine
  • Repair Café 27th February

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

February Prayer Focus

We continue our prayer focus this month on Teachers, staff and all students. Thank you for supporting them in your prayers.
Last year was difficult for all involved in education and we pray that this year runs smoothly without any disruptions.
 
Please be praying for:
  • Mental Health & Wellbeing of all students
  • Building of friendships
  • Students remain engaged and enthused about education
  • Students starting new schools that they will find friends and settle in quickly
  • Students to experience a return of normal activities
  • The Education department focus on staff and students wellbeing.
 
If you are a teacher, staff member or student, we’d love to hear from you. How can we, as a local church community, be praying for you at this time?

Anne & Arthur Hand
prayer@terrigalunitingchurch.com

Elders Elections

Our Elders Election process for 2021 is currently underway.

Some of our Elder's terms are expiring (names are listed on the form), 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 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 this 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 after church, or by contacting the church office throughout the week. We hope you can join us in supporting this worthy cause!

Repair Cafe 

Can you help as a volunteer at one of our Repair Cafes?

We're looking for people who would be willing to help out at one or more of our upcoming repair cafes. Tasks include set-up/pack-down, food serving, barista coffee making, registration/admin, and of course repairs.

If you feel that you could help in one of these ways, please fill in the following form: Repair Cafe Volunteer Form
 

Kids and Youth

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 21st February
Luke 10:25-42
Sunday 28th February
Luke 13:1-9, 31-35

Catch up on last Sunday's Services:

Events around the Central Coast

You are welcome to join others from around the Coast for this year's National Day of Prayer and Fasting. 

Saturday 27th February from 10-4pm 
The Salvation Army's Oasis Centre, Hely St Wyong. 


You can view a promotional video of the day here.
You are most welcome to join our friends from neighbouring churches at the annual World Day of Prayer Service on Friday, 5th March, to be hosted by the Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 55 Kincumber St. (turn off Avoca Drive into Bungoona Rd, then left into Kincumber Street). The Service will begin at 11 a.m. with the focus on the Republic of Vanuatu, the theme, "Build on a Strong Foundation'.  The offering for the World Day of Prayer project will go to Bible Society Australia for distribution to various community and educational areas of need in Vanuatu.

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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