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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

Please note: The Bulletin will not be published during January 2018.

The PDF file below contains the  Leura Uniting Church bulletin for the 10th December  2017.                                 Bulletin 10.12.17       If you click on it, it should open in your browser.
Alternatively, you may download the file.

Extracts from the Bulletin appear below.

Advent 2                     Mark 1:1-18                       10 December, ‘17

In last week’s Gospel reading from Mark 13: 24– 37 we considered the implications of simultaneously knowing there are signs signifying the arrival of the Son of Man and not knowing the precise timing. What might the instruction “keep awake” mean for us in the Season of Advent? There isn’t a literal timeline here. We speculated perhaps we need to constantly keep alive in our hearts the hope and the promise of Christ’s love for the world.

In Mark 1: 1 – 8 Mark tells the story of John the Baptist, the messenger who prepares the way for Christ – so eloquently proclaimed in Isaiah 40:3 – to be “the voice of one crying out in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.’” What does the word “wilderness” convey? In Greek the word is “eremos” which means “desert”. It evokes exile.

Desert and wilderness may be one and the same. Mark emphasises John came out of the wilderness : he lived on locusts and wild honey. In baptising those who came to him John behaved with humility – “the one who is more powerful than I is coming after me.” And while John baptised with water, “he will baptise you with the Holy Spirit.”

What does it mean ‘to prepare the way”? What does this call out of us? In this second week of Advent are we perhaps being called to light the candle of Christ’s compassion as companions for each other – “I will hold the Christ-light for you” – both for those we know and those whom we do not know ?

                                                                        Carolyn Craig-Emilsen

 

 

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 47826556

Tuesday
Open Table- 11am-1pm in Katoomba Hall. Contact: Andre Hacobian       0414 450 323

Wednesday
Primary Learning Support Centre – 3.15pm at Katoomba UC.
Contact: Kay Callow 4757 1423
KUCA Club (K-6)   3.30-5.15pm
during school term.
Contact Lorraine White 4784 2160

Thursday
Quiet Reflection – 1pm in Church. Contact: Rev Louise Mattay 4782 2931.
Leura Singers7.30-9pm. Contact: Jim Tulip 4758 8104
Primary Learning Support Centre 3.15pm – Kat UC Contact   Betty Allen 4757 3435

Friday
Ritz Nursing Home Service – 10.15am first Friday of month
Priority One – (Yrs7-12) (twice-a-month) Contact: Diana White 0404 040 748

Saturday

Leisure Learning – Sew & Chat – 10am-2pm in church hall (2nd Saturday of month). Bev Plaizier 4757 2580/Pat Slinn 4759 2668
Mel’s Pilgrimages: 8 April, 13 May, 9 Sept., 14 Oct., 11 Nov 8am revmel@bigpond.com
Retreats: 22 April, 15 July, 16 Sept. 18 Nov
Carolyn Craig-Emilsen 0413 993 368

What’s happening….

.                   November

Mon 20   Book Group 3pm
Wed 22  Christmas Countdown 3.45pm

.                  December

Sun 10   Commissioning of Elders
Mon 11   Church Council 7pm
Sun 24   Twilight Carols
Mon 25   Christmas Day Service 8am

.              January

Please note: The Bulletin will not be published during January 2018.

Tues 16     Church closed for floor polishing on  17,18, 19 Jan.
Sun 21       Safe Church Workshop
Sun 28       Bidwill Girls DVD after church

.             February

Sun 18    Taize 5pm

 

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’.
Taizé Service  renewal through common prayer, singing, silence and personal meditation.