June 14th saw some 35 people gather in the church hall to "Eat Like a Refugee". The Education and Social Committee had received a box of rations from Act for Peace that corresponded to the food a refugee on the Thai-Burma border would receive for a meal.
For the past 16 years or more, Pat Dunk has been organizing two lamington drives at Marsden Road Uniting Church has each year.
The preparation for each effort starts two months in advance, with the distribution of order forms at both Marsden Road and Eastwood Uniting Churches as well as letterbox drop in the surrounding suburbs.
"Operation Christmas Child" is a project run by The Samaritan's Purse, in an effort to provide material help and joy to children in places where disadvantage is the norm rather than the exception. For the last six years the congregation of Marsden Road UC and their families and friends, under the leadership of Pat Dunk, have rallied to provide a gift for a child in South East Asia or the Pacific Islands.
Each person starts their collection with an empty shoe-box or a box of a similar size, and covers the top and the bottom in Christmas gift paper.
Orders are now open, and may be ordered by ringing Pat Dunk on 9874 6376. Your order may be collected from the church (203 Marsden Road, Carlingford) any time between 3 and 5 pm on Saturday, November 15th. Please bring your money when you collect them!
The sponsored charity for second lamington drive for 2014 has yet to be decided.
Pancake Day, held on February 23rd, was an opportunity for the members of the Education and Social Committee to play host to the congregation. This they did in style, baking up a great variety of delicious pancakes, which were devoured with great enthusiasm. It was also a chance for the 50 people gathered to enjoy the company of others, adding to the spirit of community, which is so strong at MRUC.
Sunday Kids and Sunday Minis are in session again, catering for children in two age groups. Minis is for the under-8s, while Kids is for those 8 plus. These age groups are flexible, to accommodate children who feel more comfortable with others they know personally. A program of stimulating and fun activities is devised each week by the teachers to provide a time of painless learning by the young people.