Wednesday, 27 January 2021

Marsden Road Uniting Newsletter February 2021

     Marsden Road Uniting Church  

   203 Marsden Road Carlingford

                                 Monthly Newssheet February 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.

February 2021 Services by Zoom 

7     9.30am Epiphany 4 Service Holy Communion (Zoom)

13   Chinese New Year 

14   9.30am Epiphany 5 Sunday Service (Zoom or face to face 

       – subject to latest Covid-19 Regulations)

17   7.30pm Ash Wednesday – Epping Uniting Church

21   9.30am Lent 1 Sunday Service (Zoom or face to face)

24   7pm MRUC Lent Study Through the Eyes of Love

28   9.30am Lent 2 Sunday Service (Zoom or face to face)

       Congregation 2020 Annual General Meeting – face to face 

        to be Confirmed.


Worship for January will be found On-line via Phone and delivered by hand to people. See Newssheet and Website to access these services. Worship in February will change

  1. Through Live Zoom on the Internet on

Sunday at 9.30am. Email for details

  1. Receiving as printed Documents in Mailbox.
  2. Proposed beginning of Face to Face from February 14 2021



·         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  


Face-to-Face Worship at Marsden Road Church 


We still hope to start Face to Face worship 14th of February 2021. This will be subject to the Covid-19 conditions at that time. If there are changes in the meantime, either due to another outbreak of Covid-19 or the further relaxing of Regulations we will inform you as soon as we get details.


Marsden Road Prayer Cycle


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


Lent Study Groups

We have selected Through the Eyes of Love - Five Studies written by Ian Price as our Lenten study.

Due to a kind donation most of the cost of Study Guides has been covered and therefore will only be $10 each.

If Face to Face Night Group- Wednesday’s 7.30pm - 9.00pm – 24 February, and 03, 10, 7, 24 March 2021, Venue: Rev John and Wendy’s home. The morning group will be taking place if circumstances allow it.




Date: Sunday 28th February 2021 in the hall, following the 9.30am morning Church Service. Hopefully we will still be able to do this Face-to Face.

Reports: from Minister, Church Council, Elders, and the Treasurer to be with Congregational Chair or Secretary before the 14th of February 2021.

The Sub-committee Reports from Property, Nurture Group, Education and Social o be with the Church Council by January 30th, 2021 to be included with the Church Council report to the congregation.


Elections to Take Place at the Congregational AGM.

Election of Congregation Meeting Office Bearers:

Chairperson, Deputy, Secretary, Deputy, Treasurer, Deputy

Election of Church Council and Office Bearers

Chairperson, Deputy, Secretary, Deputy, Council Members:

Nominations to Congregational Chair or Secretary before 14th of February 2021.


Election of Elders

We have vacancies for two Elders. We will need Nominations to be with Warwick or Susan by 21st February 2021. 

Please give serving in this position some thought and prayer.


Nominations for Sub-Committees of Church Council

Nominations are required for those to serve on the Property, Social and Education, Nurture and Sunday Kids.

Nominations to Church Council Chair or Secretary before the 5th of February 2021.

Membership of Sub-Committees will be appointed and ratified at the Meeting of the Church Council on February 09, 2021.

Considering Solar Panels

 – an online talk for Uniting Church members


When:   Tuesday February 23rd 7.30pm-8.45pm

Where:            Via Zoom


You’ll hear about:

Ø  The rapid adoption of roof top solar across Australia

Ø  Information on how solar panels work.

Ø  Understanding your energy consumption and how to maximise the benefit of solar.

Ø  Choosing a solar retailer

Ø  What to look for in quotes and contracts

Ø  The installation process.

Plus, there will be plenty of time for questions.


The talk is aimed at individual church members and households but may also be of interest to congregations thinking about installing solar panels on their church buildings.


You need to register for this event using the Eventbrite link below. The Zoom link will then be sent to your email address.


This information evening is offered as part of the Synod Climate Action Strategy, initiated by the 2019 Synod meeting in keeping with our church’s responsibility to care for creation.


For more information about the evening or the Synod Climate Action Strategy please contact Jon O’Brien in the Uniting Advocacy team at 0477 725 528


Congregation Picnic Morning Tea/Lunch 

New Year Marsden Rd Pop Up Picnic
"Anyone For A Picnic Morning Tea? " (Socially Distanced).

To Celebrate The Joy Of Living In Australia and Being Part Of A Caring Christian Community

Date:  Friday, 5th February 2021

Time:  10.00 - 11.30am (before it gets too hot).  Come for as long as you like.

Place:  Mobbs Lane Park, Mobbs Lane (bottom of hill). On left hand side coming from Marsden Rd. 
Excellent shaded location. appreciated on our two previous picnics.  Parking.  No public toilet.

Bring:  folding chair, sunhat, a small morning tea munchie for yourself or to share, drink (thermos tea or coffee), cold drink, extra glass (if a few other bottles of cold drinks appear!)

Invite:  anyone associated with our congregation and other friends.

Wet Weather:  Other arrangements will be considered.

Relax, catch up and enjoy! Jan, on behalf of a bunch of Marsden Movers

Lent Event 

Lent Event is Uniting World's annual fundraising event, bringing people together to learn about our overseas partners and commit to end poverty. Pledge to live simply for the 40 days of Lent (17 Feb - 29 Mar 2021) and help our global neighbours be free from poverty and injustice.

Lent Event is your opportunity to change lives. 

The 40-day season of Lent is an opportunity to disrupt our everyday routines by living more simply, taking up a spiritual discipline or being more intentional about our lives and habits. 'Fasting’ is a common discipline for Lent, going without something for 40 days. But more powerful than fasting from chocolate or Netflix etc, is choosing to fast from indifference to others and to the challenges facing our world: poverty, conflict, inequality, violence, a changing climate...


Lent Event is 40 days of living more simply, learning from our global neighbours and choosing to make a difference in our own lives and the lives of others. Take up a Lent Event challenge in 2020 and be part of a movement to end poverty and injustice in our world. 

This is your call to be personally changed by God’s work in the world. As you learn about and raise funds for Uniting World's church partners, you're building peace, beating poverty and creating hope.

Since 2009, Lent Event has raised over 3 million dollars for people living in the Pacific, Asia and Africa through long-term partnerships with the Uniting Church in Australia. 10.30am

Thanks so much for being with us. With your help, we can't wait to see this work continue to thrive and expand!

Our Lent Event Coordinator is Stephen Halgren


The World Day of Prayer.


Time: 10.30am

Date: 5th March 2021

Place: All Saints Anglican Church, 295 Malton Road,

          North Epping

Service: Compiled by the People of Vanuatu

Theme: Build on a Strong Foundation

Lunch after Service: Please bring your own sandwich lunch. Tea, Coffee, Slices and fruit will be provided.


Marsden Road plays a part each year and if you are able to join Rev John and take part please let him know.


The World Day of Prayer is a global ecumenical movement led by Christian women who welcome you to join in prayer and action for peace and justice. It is run under the motto “Informed Prayer and Prayerful Action,” and is celebrated annually in over 170 countries on the first Friday in March. The movement aims to bring together people of various races, cultures and traditions in a yearly common Day of Prayer, as well as in closer fellowship, understanding and action throughout the year.


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