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Sunday 31st January 2021

Welcome back to our first newsletter for 2021! We hope you have been able to take some time to rest and relax during January and are ready for a new year.

Please join with us in praying that this year will be one of fresh starts and new possibilities. We are already looking forward to some events that will be happening throughout February, as you'll read below.

First up, here are a few things to note for the coming week: 
 
We will be holding our first Repair Cafe tomorrow (Saturday 30th January) from 9:30am-1:30pm. Information about the day, including items that can be repaired, is in the email we sent yesterday. We hope to see you there! 
From Sunday 7th Feb 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

In Luke 12:13-15 there is a question to Jesus:
 
Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me.” But he said to him, “Friend, who set me to be a judge or arbitrator over you?” And he said to them, “Take care! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions.”

Be on Guard against all kinds of greed! 

As we head into this new year, I have been looking forward to a gradual return to normal - or whatever normal will be in a post COVID-19 world.

There will not be a day where we will say everything is over, but soon vaccines will be rolling out in our community and our vulnerable will be more protected. Then gradually over the next 1-2 years a new normal will hopefully settle in. I do not expect this to be fast, but my hope and prayer is that this will come.

I have been listening to the news over the last couple of days and there are starting to be arguments among countries about who is getting the vaccine first. As always, it seems that those who have more power and money will be first. One of the concerns globally is that the people with power and money are not the most vulnerable. The world needs to be careful that we are not greedy, not squabbling over who gets it first, but instead thinking about who needs it first.

May our faith guide our personal and our corporate decision making. May we “be on guard against all kinds of greed”.

Blessings,
Richard

This week we praise God and pray for...

  • Teachers and students as they return to school/tafe/uni
  • Easing of Covid restrictions
  • Richard, Elders, staff & church council as they plan the year ahead.
  • Repair Café
Some additional points are listed on our prayer boards at church:

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

A note from George and Joyce Whyte...

George and Joyce Whyte celebrate 20 pleasant years of attending Terrigal Uniting Church. It was the Sunday 9.45am service near Australia Day 2001.
 
We were joyously welcomed by Bill and Shirley Daniels who made us feel at home.
 
Joyce asked George what he thought of the service and his reply ‘a problem with the length of the service’. The service ran for about 80 minutes but he wished it had gone longer.
 
Thank you to the ministry team, musicians and singers and a great team of helpers at each service. Morning teas were great time of sharing.
 
A special thanks to the Pastoral care team.
 
Thank you Church family! Watching at home.
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 31st January
Luke 6:1-16
Sunday 7th February
Luke 7:1-17

Catch up on last Sunday's Services:

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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