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 16th September 2018.
Bulletin 16.9.18 If you click on it, it should open in your browser.
Alternatively, you may download the file.
Extracts from the Bulletin appear below.
Fri 21 UN Peace Event
Thur 27-30 Women’s Conference, Brisbane
Sat 6 Garden Fair
Sat 13 Pilgrimage Mt Solitary
Pentecost 17 Mark 8:27-38 16 September, 2018
Concerning Proverbs 1:20-33 Mark 8:11-26
Our society today is preoccupied and sated with devices that give us knowledge. We are seeing and becoming aware of the limits knowledge has on its own. False news, biased reporting, the bias or lack of research of the information given. Sadly lacking are devices and sources that give us wisdom. Where do we find wisdom? Dictionary (Merriam Webster) have these definitions about wisdom:
- Knowledge that is gained by having many experiences in life.
- The natural ability to understand things that most other people cannot understand.
- Knowledge of what is proper or reasonable: good sense or judgement.
Wisdom is shaped by our beliefs, values and ethics and this determines the wisdom of our choices The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1:7 NIV
I have been gaining knowledge about how to care for and maintain a beehive. I am finding bees drowning in our bird baths. How do we prevent that happening?
People are self diagnosing and treating themselves by the internet.
Jesus gave a sign to the crowd of 4,000 and then the 5,000. It was not the miracle of the loaves and fish. What was the sign? We sometimes need wisdom to recognise the signs.
Our information analysis and knowledge indicate that Leura church can maintain a 50% ministry person . The wisdom that is needed is to choose someone who God wants to be here to grow the ministry to the region.
Note: Schedules of some Leura Activities for 2018
are at the bottom of the page.
Service Times and other Activities
Our regular service is on Sundays at 9.30 am. The first Sunday of every month is a Contemporary Service, the third is a Communion Service. We also have a children’s group, a youth group, a Taize service, a reflective service and various community support activities. Details of services may be found by following the Services and Activities link.
Following are links to dedicated pages for some of the Services and Activities
Messy Church a project on a new way to worship (see flyer at bottom of this page)
Youth and Children Activities A description of activities for young people (see flyer at bottom of this page)
Day Retreats An opportunity for renewal and refreshment of faith.
Open Hearth 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.
Activities of Leura Uniting Church
Morning Worship – 9.30am
Playtime – 10am-12noon during school term. Contact:Denise Cameron 4782 6556
Open Table– 11am-1pm in Katoomba Hall. Contact: Bron Dawes 0421 181 288
Primary Learning Support Centre 3.15pm at Katoomba Uniting Church.
Quiet Reflection 1pm in Church
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.