Church leaders re-elected
The 2018 year is well underway and church activities have begun in earnest.
At a recent Church Council meeting, chairman John Williamson was re-elected, as were the secretary Kerry Chisholm and the treasurer Jenny Shaw.
The Property Elder is David Collett, and the worship committee convener is Hilary Kite.
Women of the Bible
Ladies Bible Study is planned to commence on Friday, May 18 in the church at 11am (10.45 for a cup of tea first).
No obligation to speak
Come and enjoy fellowship as we learn together
For more information contact Judy Caldwell
0400 403 179
Manse leased again
The manse, which has been vacant for a number of months, has been leased to the Bucketts Way Neighbourhood Group, which will enable BWNG to provide much needed community support as part of the church's outreach programme.
A water leak was identified in the bathroom of the manse that required the existing tenant to move out to allow rectification work.
Your input required
The Elders have begun an investigation into the best use of the church hall and the limitation and impact that the existing toilets' configuration has on the kitchen and hall.
Your input in finding the best solution would be welcomed so please speak to any of the Elders if you have any suggestions.
Minutes on display
A copy of the all Church Council meeting minutes will be pinned to the notice board in future. Meanwhile all minutes are available by email by request from the secretary Kerry Chisholm.
Lent Event Reflection
As we focus this Lent on the Pacific, we hear about Tuvalu, along with Kiribati, the Marshall Islands and other tiny nation states who are constantly wrung out by violent storms and king tides that are bigger, more frequent and flood more homes.
Seasons of wet and dry are less predictable. Fresh water is harder to come by. It’s becoming more and more difficult to grow local food and catch local fish because of rising levels of salt in the earth and increasing water temperatures.
Overpopulation is a problem and so is sewage and sanitation. Most young people know they’ll have to live somewhere else to find good jobs and a future.
In the midst of all this change, almost 90% of Pacific Islanders hold to the Christian faith and the Church is critical to helping people cope and adapt.
Some are resistant to what is happening right in front of them, preferring to cling to the hope that God will magically intervene to save them.
Others are determined advocates, calling to one another and to us to be better caretakers of the earth.
We are partners with churches in Tuvalu and Kiribati supporting them as they grapple with faith in a changing climate.
DO YOU WANT TO FAST THIS LENT?
In the words of Pope Francis:
· Fast from hurting words and say kind words.
· Fast from sadness and be filled with gratitude.
· Fast from anger and be filled with patience.
· Fast from pessimism and be filed with hope.
· Fast from worries and trust in God.
· Fast from complaints & contemplate simplicity.
Lent Event Prayer
Generous God, We give thanks that in Jesus, you became one of us
Felt the earth beneath your feet and sun on your back
Knew the satisfaction of completing a job with your own hands
And the warmth of another person’s smile.
We give thanks that in a world longing for light,
You invite us to be part of all that you are
And all that you imagined for this earth –
Part of the growing of food and the sharing of it so that everyone has enough
Part of the shepherding of little lives and the joy of watching people grow
Part of the healing of wounds and the drying of tears
Part of righting what is wrong, filling gaps, showing up
Knowing when to listen and when to speak.
We ask today that you would give us eyes to see ourselves and others as you do
Full of potential and pain, hardship and happiness.
Give us the courage and conviction to use what we have
Bravely, boldly, without holding back
Knowing that this one life,
Gifted to us,
Is a gift to others.
Donations for Neighbourhood Centre
Thanks to everyone for your generous donations of gifts and food for the Neighbourhood Centre Christmas appeal. The Elders have decided to place a basket in the church in 2018 to receive donations for the Neighbourhood Centre throughout the year. We will be collecting non-perishable food, cleaning products (but NOT toiletries.) They will be taken to the Neighbourhood Centre on a regular basis to assist local people in need.
Church Council minutes
A copy of the church council minutes will be pinned to the notice board each month.
They are also available for emailing. Just see secretary Kerry Chisholm.
YOY Group's annual meeting
The annual meeting of our church’s YOY group was held on February 17 with 22 present and seven apologies.
President Elaine Murray, secretary Christine Bolton and treasurer Colleen McKay reported on a successful year of activities..
Membership fees will remain at $3.
In the election of officers, President Elaine Murray and treasurer Colleen McKay were re-elected and new secretary is Elaine Maslen.
Activities for the year will be: March, Gloucester Show; April, picnic in the national park arranged by John and Anne Williamson; the May activity is a rock and roll dance demonstrated by Bob Tebbet.
June is a pictorial look at India by Jill and Terry Carson; July is a barbecue at the Hazells; a games afternoon is planned for August at the Charles’.
September is the Sue Thomas special car trial; October is a pot luck dinner and memories with Elaine Maslen; and November is a trivia night with Kerry and Bruce Chisholm.
Many thanks for your giving
Many thanks for your financial commitment to God through the offerings to your church.
For those who may be interested in electronic giving the bank details of our church are below. You may organise your payment for weekly, fortnightly or monthly giving.
Name: Gloucester Uniting Church
Reference: Your name or “offerings.”