OUR COMMUNITY NEWS FOR TODAY AND THE COMING WEEK
Shoebox gifts transform lives in Fiji
One of our Fijian Operation Christmas Child regional teams took shoeboxes to a community that is comprised of several religious backgrounds and native Fijian kids. As it turned out, the local church did not have a pastor, but Mary and Joanna were looking after the community. They visited each house in the community to invite the children and their families to a shoebox outreach event, and many children came from all backgrounds, irrespective of ethnicity and religion! At the event, all the children received a shoebox gift, and parents were moved and wanted to know why it was happening. After the distribution, Mary and Joanna had the opportunity to go back to reconnect with the community, and people willingly opened their homes to them. These ladies were able to share the Gospel and as a result of this, almost 70 children participated in The Greatest Journey, a 12-lesson discipleship program. These children and their families are now involved in church, and nine families were baptised at The Greatest Journey graduation ceremony too!
There was a 70-year-old Hindu man who saw all this going on, and his grandchildren also received shoeboxes. Prior to the graduation ceremony, he went to the church to sweep and clean it in preparation. The church families reached out to him and this man now hosts a Bible study in his home.
EVENTS AND NOTICES
The Fête – Saturday 21 October
Preparations for the annual fête are underway. The stalls this year will be: BBQ, Hot Potatoes, Devonshire Tea, Cakes and Jams, Books, Craft, Nearly New, Second-hand Jewellery, Lucky Dip, Chocolate Toss, Plants, Face Painting, Trash &Treasure, and Second Hand Craft Supplies.
Volunteers are always welcome on Friday afternoon and on Saturday to help clean up!
Donations can be dropped at the Church from 4.30pm next Friday 20th, and volunteers are needed to set up stalls.
Operation Christmas Child
Thank you everyone again for your contribution to Operation Christmas Child 2017. Margaret Gook reports that she has already delivered 203 boxes to Mitcham for processing and with at least another 57 here this morning, we have made a significant contribution once again. Thanks to your support, Samaritan’s Purse is able to provide spiritual and physical aid to hurting people in more than 130 countries across the globe.
From Operation Christmas Child’s headquarters in the United States, and affiliate offices in Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia, our mission is to meet the needs of our victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease and famine with the purpose of sharing God’s love through His Son, Jesus Christ.
OSLO (Occasional Sunday Lunch Out)
Next Sunday (22 Oct) we will be going to Club Laverton, Aviation Road, Laverton. They promote “experience the difference”, so let’s give it a go! Senior meals are available, and everyone is welcome. Contact Elaine or Lorna, so they can book the correct numbers, so please ring (or speak to them this morning) before Thursday!
Reconciliation Action Plan
Wyndham City Council has approved its first draft Reconciliation Action Plan to go on exhibition until 31st October. Feedback from the community is invited. Copies of the Draft RAP and Feedback forms are in Council libraries and community centres. I have been part of the committee that has produced the plan. You can also see the Plan on the website: https://www.wyndham.vic.gov.au/Reconciliation.
Please return your feedback any time up to 31st October. The sooner, the better! (From Mary Dixon)
9.30 am Family worship, led by Rev. Mike Lewis.
Following worship today
Please join us for morning tea in the foyer.
Activities this week
Monday: Playgroup, 9.30 am in the Foyer.
Wednesday: Bible Study (KYB) 9.30 am (At Joy Clancy’s).
Friday: Fête preparation! Volunteers, note!
Saturday: THE FÊTE! From 9 am.
Next Sunday — 22 October 2017
9.30 am Family worship, led by Rev. Robert Renton.
(Please note that minister Mike Lewis will be on long service leave from October 19 to November 19. Robert Renton will lead the next four services. For pastoral needs, please contact Robyn Tomkins.
Rosters for Next Week
Duty Elder: Phil Barnes
Morning Tea: Margaret Dent & Lorraine Sewell
Flowers: Bev Cox
Reader: Kevin Edgar
Greeting: Julie Rees
AV Desk: Noel Savory
Prayers: Ken Storey
Piano: Wendy Barnes
Bible Readings next week: Exodus 33:12–23; I Thessalonians 1:1–10; Matthew 22:15–22; Psalm 99.
Prayer Calendar this week :
Surf Coast parish (Aireys Inlet, Anglesea, Bellbrae, Torquay).
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Housekeeping & Help
A message from Alyssa Stiglich
To my friends at Uniting Church, thank you for the lovely card, I really appreciate it.
I have been very sick but I am feeling very well now. The doctors and nurses were all so lovely and caring to me. It’s so lovely being back home with Mum and Carly, and in my own bed. I can’t wait to get back to work but have to wait ‘til I see the surgeons again over the next two weeks.
Thank you also for all the love and support you give to me and my family.
Love always, Alyssa
If you have spare tip tickets, it would be very helpful if the church could use them—see Geoff Gook.
Last week you met Ian Gainey
Ian first participated in the Melbourne Marathon in 1978, and he has done the event more than 20 times, in his custom wheelchair. He has battled headwinds, rain and heat. Ian will not have his usual back-up person helping this year, so he depends on the tyres staying inflated. He says it's both physically and mentally demanding!
I'm aware that Ian regularly umpires in the local cricket association, and he is the official scorer for the Redan football team on winter weekends. (From Neil Tolliday)
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