Please Note: Some of the Services and Activities have associated web pages. They are listed after the timetable and brief description below.
Leura Weekly Bulletin
The PDF file below contains the Leura Uniting Church bulletin for the 18th February 2018. Bulletin 18.2.18 If you click on it, it should open in your browser.
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Extracts from the Bulletin appear below.
Lent 1 Mark 1:9-15 18 February, ‘18
Lent and the Marks of Easter.
Lent begins with Ash Wednesday and continues through to Easter. A time to reflect on our need for forgiveness, for prayer, reflection and fasting or resting and service. The horrendous bushfires of Ash Wednesday (1983) give an additional meaning for many Australians.
Two brief stories. I conducted an Ash Wednesday Service in the Chapel at Wesley Gardens. We used the palm leaves from Palm Sunday the year before for the ashes. In a simple but moving service we included marking our foreheads with the sign of the cross. I left work to attend a 6.00 pm. committee meeting in Pitt St. UC. I parked my car and walked to the church. A young woman approached from the opposite direction dressed in business clothes. As we came closer I observed a black cross on her forehead. She noticed mine. We nodded in acknowledgement of the public expression of our faith. I was touched by the silent expression of faith of this young woman in the midst of a busy city.
I recall vividly the fires of 1994; the devastation of the Royal National Park. It was like a lunar landscape. All plant life destroyed. Silence. Animals and birds had either escaped or were incinerated. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust. The uniqueness of the Australian bush proclaims new life lies deep in the veins of the trees and native plants. Green shoots will come. From the darkness of destruction new life emerges. Australia has its own theological motif of resurrection.
Let us reflect this year on the marks of our faith that are silent but distinct. Let us also reflect that the devastating experiences of life hold within them the source of a new resurrected life.
Activities of Leura Uniting Church
Morning Worship – 9.30am
Taize Services 3rd Sun. 5pm
Contact Carolyn 0413 993 368 Monday
Playtime – 10am-12noon during school term. Contact: Denise Cameron 47826556Tuesday
Open Table- 11am-1pm in Katoomba Hall. Contact: Andre Hacobian 0414 450 323
Quiet Reflection – 1pm in Church. Contact: Rev Louise Mattay 4782 2931.
Leura Singers – 7.30-9pm. Contact: Jim Tulip 4758 8104
Primary Learning Support Centre 3.15pm – Kat UC Contact Betty Allen 4757 3435
Leisure Learning – Sew & Chat – 10am-2pm in church hall (2nd Saturday of month). Bev Plaizier 4757 2580/Pat Slinn 4759 2668
Mon 12 Church Council 7pm
Wed 14 Elders Meeting 2pm
Wed 14 Ash Wednesday Service 7.30pm
Sun 18 Taize 5pm
Mon 19 Launch of G. Hughes’ book 12pm
Tue 20 Film viewing 7pm
Sat 24 Gingerbread House 2 – 4pm
Tue 27 Film discussion 7pm
Fri 4 World Day of prayer 10am
Sat 10 Mt. Solitary Pilgrimage 8am
Mon 12 Church Council 7pm
Fri 30 Good Friday
Attention ALL Leura Uniting Church Members!
Things are changing, and have changed!!
LEADERSHIP AND ADMINISTRATIVE STRUCTURE
At the September 24 Congregational Meeting, the Congregation voted in favour of restructuring our Church Leadership Team. This means that our present Church Council will be ‘disbanded’ and on October 29, we will be voting for a new leadership team of 12, who will be Elders, forming the new Church Council. The Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer will be elected from within the new Church Council, after the Council has been formed. Six areas in leadership and administration have been identified, with two Elders responsible for reporting back to Church Council for their area:
WORSHIP Worship leaders, Worship Group, special & regular Services, Taizé, Thursday Services
PASTORAL CARE Pastoral Elders, Congregation visitation, fellowship activities for congregational community building, cell groups, pastoral friends’ group
WIDER MISSION Junction 142, Learning Support Centre, Open Table, Ritz Nursing Home Services, Evangelism, Bidwill, craft/sewing groups, new projects, development of spirituality at J142
CHILDREN & YOUTH Messy Church, Playtime, SRE, P1, children in church
CHRISTIAN EDUCATION spirituality and development, Bible Studies, Retreats, Christian education workshops, interfaith
FINANCE & PROPERTY Administration, reporting to congregation and others as required, auditing, care and maintenance of property
PLEASE NOTE: Our present Elders, who have previously looked after the pastoral care of the congregation, will be known as Pastoral Elders and will be part of the second identified area of ‘Pastoral Care’. These Pastoral Elders may be also nominated as Elders of the Church Council.
Following are links to dedicated pages for some of the Services and Activities
Day Retreats An opportunity for renewal and refreshment of faith.
Open Table a sharing place to assist all members of the Mountains community.
Pilgrimages we seek God, and spiritual refreshment, walking in the bush.
Quiet Reflection a guided meditation and reflection on the readings for the week.
Reflection and Expression Retreats are about creative movement, dance, improvisation and music. They are inspired by being ‘enlivened by the Spirit’. In recess
Taizé Service renewal through common prayer, singing, silence and personal meditation.