Thursday, 26 November 2020

Marsden Road Uniting December Newsletter

             Marsden Road Uniting Church

                     203 Marsden Road Carlingford

 Monthly Newssheet December 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.

 December Services by Zoom, Web and Delivery and Events

 2     10.00am SCCP Presbytery Standing Committee Meeting

       7pm Second Last MRUC Advent Study

3     10.00am SCCP Presbytery Life and Witness Executive Meeting

6      9.30am Advent 2 Service Virtual Holy Communion (Zoom)

9      7pm Last MRUC Advent Study

11    12.30pm Congregation Picnic Lunch – Venue to be Park on Mobbs Lane         

13    9.30am Advent 3 Sunday Service (Zoom)

17    10.00am SCCP Presbytery Life and Witness Executive Meeting

20    9.30am Advent 4 Sunday Service (Zoom)

24   Christmas Eve - 7.00pm Christmas Eve Service (Zoom)

25   Christmas Day - 8.30am Christmas Day Service (Zoom or in the Park – to be confirmed)

27   9.30am Christmas 1 Sunday Service (Zoom)


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

  1. Through Live Zoom on the Internet on Sunday at 9.30am
  2. On Marsden Road Uniting Website:
  3. Receiving as printed Documents in Mailbox.
  4. Facebook:  


  • Please consider offering via EFT – Direct Credit 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  

We have not been able to hold our Stewardship programme this year due to Covid-19. Please give prayerful consideration to your giving. New Stewardship Envelopes are available from Elaine Forrest.



Most Meetings and Worship will Continue Virtually by Zoom, or other Methods until the Covid-19 Pandemic is Controlled, and it is safe for us to meet again.


Marsden Road Prayer Cycle 

 The December Prayer Cycle has been sent to those for whom we have Email addresses. If you deliver services to those without Internet/Computer, please print these in Landscape and print on both sides flipping on short edge. It folds in three as a pamphlet


Christmas Bowl Appeal in Covid Pandemic


On Christmas Day 1949, an Australian Reverend named Frank Byatt placed an empty bowl of remembrance on the table before him. Frank urged his guests to reflect on their good fortunes and encouraged them to do something selfless for people around the world. This Christmas, we invite you to place a bowl on your table as a sign of remembrance.  If anyone would like to give to this appeal then please contact Rev John or our Treasurer for details in regard to giving.

Giving envelopes 

·         As we did in prior years, we will have the envelopes with cash/cheque deposits banked.  

·         Those wishing to give by EFT to our church account, the Treasurer will organise the bulk transfer to Christmas Bowl and a receipt to be issued directly by Act for Peace. 


Christmas Services.

December 24  7.00pm – Christmas Eve - Zoom - Family Worship

December 25, 8.30am - Christmas Day – Zoom or in the Park – to be confirmed - Christmas Day – Emmanuel – God with Us


Congregation Picnic Lunch 

There will be another Congregation Picnic on Friday December 11th, 2020 at 12.30pm at Mobb’s Lane Park. All welcome – bring your own lunch, your sweet and friendly self and chair. 

A Reminder on Zoom Etiquette 

NB: Please mute during actual service unless you are reading or leading, and especially mute during hymns 

For phone participants MUTE/UNMUTE - To do this enter *6 - this works as a toggle switch. 


Minister of the Word

Rev John Candy 0411 267 639 or 98681658 or 

Church Council Chairperson:         Ruth Henderson 9875 2194

Church Council Secretary:             Susan Halgren 9858 1409

Congregation Meeting Chair:         Warwick Roden 9874 7584

Property bookings/enquiries:         Warwick Roden 9874 7584



Weekly Blog on the Sunday Service:            

At the moment please send all notices to Rev John by at least a week before the end of the month. 

Christians Together for Climate 

Local Christians are being asked to stand with a community of Christians in Bennelong Electorate who seek creation and climate justice through the 2050LOVE campaign. 2050LOVE is a non-partisan movement of Christians in the Bennelong electorate who support creation and climate justice. They aim to petition all sides of politics to establish a bold and credible national climate plan to make the transformational shifts required to meaningfully reach and even step up Australia’s 2016 Paris Agreement commitments.

Contact: Eric McCoy - 0491 754 983  

Parramatta Mission Christmas

Parramatta Mission are at the forefront of supporting individuals, families and communities who are disadvantaged, vulnerable & doing it tough. During this difficult time of Covid-19 the Mission continues to assist those in need. 

For Christmas, Meals Plus is operating Christmas Festival Hampers and Pampering for the two weeks before Christmas. This is instead of the Annual Christmas luncheon which is unable to be held due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. On the Mission’s website you can choose to donate a gift from one of the many available, to a value of your choosing to give to those in need. For further details please visit

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