Thursday, 23 July 2020

Marsden Road Uniting Newsheet 26 July 2020


Marsden Road Uniting Church
203 Marsden Road Carlingford

Sunday 26th July 2020





Our mission: to reflect Christ alive in the Community
Greetings to you out there in your homes. As we worship in our homes in the homelands of the Wallumedegal people. We acknowledge their Elders, past and present.
We hope that you will experience the presence of God in and through the Service, privately or as a Family joining with the people of God who continue to gather in Spirit although not physically.

Genesis 29:15-28, Psalm 105:1-11, 45b, Romans 8:26-39, Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52

PRAYER
O God, the fount of wisdom, you have revealed to us in Christ the hidden treasure and the pearl of great price: grant us your Spirit's gift of discernment, that, in the midst of the things of this world, we may learn to value the priceless worth of your kingdom, and be ready to renounce all else for the sake of the precious gift you offer. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

CHURCH SERVICES
Worship which is found On-line and Delivered by Hand to people. How you can access these services, Newssheet and Rev John’ weekly Blog:

  1. Through Zoom on the Internet on Sunday at 9.30am
  2. On Marsden Road Uniting Website:
  1. On Marsden Road Facebook Page:
  1. Receiving as a PDF Attachment by Email.
  2. Receiving as printed Documents in Mailbox.

Offerings
  • Please consider offering via EFT – Direct Credit can be done anonymously and scheduled to occur automatically at whatever frequency you choose - weekly, monthly etc. See details of Church Bank Account below.
  • By stewardship envelopes - set aside the money in them & bring to Church at the next service at MRUC
  • A/C Name: Marsden Road Uniting Church
BSB: 634 634              A/C: 100049856

Month of Wesley

·         Our mid-year study using “John Wesley for the 21st Century will start next Wednesday 29th July. The studies will be held through Zoom. They will start 7.00pm and run until August 26th inclusive.
·         An Email has been sent inviting attendance and those who reply will be sent the Zoom address for the study.
·         Those who don’t have the books will be sent copies of each Chapter.
·         Worship – the preaching and services will reflect the theme of each week’s study with worship starting on 2nd August 2020.
·         As part of our month we will be sharing our favourite Wesley Hymns. Please Email Rev John your favourites or pass them on to your Elder for them to pass them onto Rev John.


Return to Face to Face Worship


To fulfil Government requirements, we need to fulfil the relevant checklists for activities on Church premises and be able to fulfil and develop a COVID-19 Safety Plan. The Government Health Regulations and our Synod agrees, that before we can use the premises, either ourselves or any Hirer, then the group or we must have a risk management Safety plan in place.

For all users of any party of the Premises, Church Council must agree to their Safety Plan and ensure that it meets all Health Regulation requirements. It is essential that Safety Plans are in place before any face to face meetings or any worship or use of the premises can take place.

For Marsden Road these means that a Safety Plan must be in place and meet Synod and Government requirements before anyone can enter the premises at all.  It will be some time before we can worship face to face again. Your Church Council continues to monitor the situation and work on its Safety Plan ready to commence face to face worship when it is deemed safe. 

We have been reminded that failure to comply with regulations brings heavy penalties. We can see the consequences of failure to be vigilant and safe by what has been occurring in Victoria and parts of Sydney.

Changes in Services and Newssheet

As face to face worship at Marsden Road looks likely to be some time in the future and maybe not before the New Year a few changes need to take place in the way we have been doing things. As there is not much news about events the Newssheet will come out once a month from August onwards.

The Rev John who is part-time has been leading and preparing all Sunday Worship since the beginning of the Pandemic along with attending many required Zoom meetings and other preparation work. Sadly, this has meant that his time for phone calls to congregation members has been limited over the last month or so. Rev John will change back to not leading or preparing the third and fifth Sundays worship when they occur each month.

The alternative for those Sundays will be to take the opportunity offered at any of the neighbouring Congregations. A separate letter will come out to all those with Email Addresses listing what is available. Please pass this on to all congregation members.




CONTACTS

Minister of the Word
Rev John Candy 0411 267 639 or 98681658 or whitestarhaven@gmail.com
Church Council Chairperson:         Ruth Henderson 9875 2194
Church Council Secretary:             Susan Halgren 9858 1409
Elders’ Chairperson:                        Alan Craymer 9874 0531
Elders’ Secretary:                            Elaine Forrest 9874 7231
Congregation Meeting Chair:         Warwick Roden 9874 7584
Property bookings/enquiries:         Warwick Roden 9874 7584
Website: www.marsdenroadunitingchurch.org.au
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MRUCC082016/
Rev Johns’ Weekly Blog: http://whitestarhaven.blogspot.com/
Weekly Blog on the Sunday Service:
                        margaretssundayreflections.blogspot.com

Please send messages & items to share to Rev John by Tuesday night. Phone: 9868 1658 or email: whitestarhaven@gmail.com

EASTWOOD CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY AID
Did you notice the dip in the temperature during the week? Your help is very welcome in building stocks of canned, warming foods which will help those less fortunate than ourselves. Also remember that many lonely people depend on their four-footed or bird friends for company and those need feeding too.
Those who would prefer to make a financial donation to Community Aid (amounts of $2.00 or more are tax deductible) can be made using their website https://ccas.org.au/ or the form sent out last week.




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