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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 17th June  2018.
Bulletin 17.6.18   If you click on it, it should open in your browser.

Alternatively, you may download the file.

Extracts from the Bulletin appear below.

.                        June

Sun 17   Taize 5pm
Mon 18    Church Council 7pm
Sun 24    Baptism

.                        July

Sat   7     Retreat

.                    September

Thur 27-30        Women’s Conference,  Brisbane

 

Pentecost 4                Mark 4:26-34                         17 June, ‘18
Parable of the Mustard Seed (Mark 4: 26 – 34)

This well-known parable reminds us that, just as a tiny mustard seed (1 kg of seed contains about 220,000 individual seeds) can become a huge tree, providing rest and shelter for birds, so small beginnings in God’s kingdom can yield tremendous outcomes. These outcomes are not the only benefits to derive from mustard trees. Mustard seeds contain a high level of anti-oxidants, can detoxify our livers and blood, can help lower cholesterol, are high in fibre and bone-building vitamin K, and can provide skin and eye health protection.

Leura Uniting Church has already planted many ‘mustard seeds’, resulting in many rich benefits for worshippers and members of the community. These ‘mustard seeds’ include retreats, pilgrimages, the Learning Centre, Open Table, playgroup, and Taize services to name but a few. These ventures have resulted in wonderful dividends for participants.

However, the next few years pose new and exciting challenges for Leura Uniting Church. These arise from such factors as an ageing congregation, limited finances, the forces of secularisation and an image of religion tainted by findings of the sexual abuse inquiry.

What we must do now to address the emerging new challenges is to find new ‘mustard seeds’ to plant (beginning with the appointment of a new ministerial agent), new ventures that will yield magnificent outcomes for God’s kingdom.

                                                                        Perce Marland

 

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
Sunday

Morning Worship – 9.30am
Taize Services 3rd Sun. 5pm
Contact Carolyn 0413 993 368

Monday

Playtime – 10am-12noon during school term. Contact:Denise Cameron 4782 6556

Tuesday

Open Table– 11am-1pm in Katoomba Hall. Contact: Bron Dawes     0421 181 288

Wednesday

Primary Learning Support Centre 3.15pm at Katoomba Uniting Church.
Contact: Betty Allen 47573435

Thursday

Quiet Reflection 1pm in Church
Contact: Louise Mattay 4782 2931

Thursday

Leura Singers 7.15-9pm.

Primary Learning Support Centre  3.15pm Katoomba Uniting Church   Contact Betty Allen 4757 3435

Saturday

Leisure Learning – Sew & Chat – 10am-2pm in church hall (2nd Saturday of month)
Bev Plaizier 4757 2580/Pat Slinn 4759 2668

Drawing and Painting Group 1.30 pm – 4 pm     (2nd Saturday of month) Bev Plaizier 4757 2580  bevplaizier@bigpond.au

Mt Solitary Pilgrimages: 2nd Saturdays
10 March, 14April ,12 May, 8 Sept, 13 Oct,10 Nov
Contact: revmel@bigpond.com

 Retreats: Saturdays 7 April, 7 July, 1 Sept,
3 November. Contact: Carolyn 0413993368

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.

 

 

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.