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Marsden Road Uniting Monthly Newssheet August 2020

July 31, 2020 - 1:04am

Marsden Road Uniting Church203 Marsden Road Carlingford

Monthly NewssheetAugust 2020


Our mission: to reflect Christ alive in the CommunityGreetings to you out there in your homes. As we worship in our homes in the homelands of the Wallumedegal people. We acknowledge their Elders, past and present.We hope that you will experience the presence of God in and through the Service, privately or as a Family joining with the people of God who continue to gather in Spirit although not physically.
August Services by Zoom, Web and Delivery
2     9.30am Wesley – God and Science - Sunday Service Virtual Holy                       Communion (Zoom)9     9.30am Wesley – Response to Slavery -Sunday Service (Zoom)16   9.30am Wesley’s Response to Politics – Sunday Service (Zoom)23   9.30am Wesley - On War and Peace Sunday Service (Zoom)30   9.30am Wesley – Scripture and Scripture Alone – Sunday Service                      (Zoom)
CHURCH SERVICESWorship which is found On-line and Delivered by Hand to people. How you can access these services, Newssheet and Rev John’ weekly Blog:
  1. Through Zoom on the Internet on Sunday at 9.30am
  2. On Marsden Road Uniting Website:
http://www.marsdenroadunitingchurch.org.au/
  1. On Marsden Road Facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/MRUCC082016/ 
  1. Receiving as a PDF Attachment by Email.
  2. Receiving as printed Documents in Mailbox.

Offerings
  • Please consider offering via EFT – Direct Credit can be done anonymously and scheduled to occur automatically at whatever frequency you choose - weekly, monthly etc. See details of Church Bank Account below.
  • By stewardship envelopes - set aside the money in them & bring to Church at the next service at MRUC
  • A/C Name: Marsden Road Uniting Church
BSB: 634 634              A/C: 100049856
Month of Wesley
Our mid-year study using “John Wesley for the 21stCentury will start next Wednesday 29th July. The studies will be held through Zoom. They will start 7.00pm and will run until August 26thinclusive.
·         An Email has been sent inviting attendance and once you reply you will be sent the Zoom address for the study. ·         Those without books will be sent copies of each Chapter.


Changes in Services and Newssheet

As face to face worship at Marsden Road looks likely to be some time in the future and maybe not before the New Year a few changes need to take place in the way we have been doing things. As there is not much news about events the Newssheet will come out once a month from August onwards. Any notices for the coming month, please send to Rev John at whitestarhaven@gmail.com.
The Rev John who is part-time has been leading and preparing all Sunday Worship since the beginning of the Pandemic along with attending many required Zoom meetings and other preparation work. Sadly, this has meant that his time for phone calls to congregation members has been limited over the last month or so. Rev John will change back to not leading or preparing the third and fifth Sundays worship when they occur each month.
The alternative for those Sundays will be to take the opportunity offered at any of the neighbouring Congregations. A separate letter has been sent out to all those with Email Addresses listing what is available. Please pass this on to all congregation members and Email Rev John if you did not receive that list.
Prayer Cycle.
The Prayer Cycle for August has been sent by Email to those we have Email addresses for. Please print and deliver for those without Internet/Email.
Church Council Meeting
The next meeting of the Marsden Road Uniting Council will be 7.30pm on the 11th of August 2020 via Zoom. Please send any reports to Ruth: Ruth Henderson (avalonbinda@bigpond.com)
Pastoral and Other Meetings
While there is no Vaccine or Treatment for the Covid-19, the Rev John is unable to be available for face to face pastoral needs and/or conversations. However, if you need or wish to have a pastoral chat with Rev John and prefer not to do this via the phone and do have Internet connection then you can contact him and arrange a Zoom meeting time. Rev John will send you a Zoom URL addre4ss and we can connect at an appointed time. Groups who wish to meet can also contact Rev John and plan for their meeting to be through Zoom.
CONTACTS
Minister of the WordRev John Candy 0411 267 639 or 98681658 or whitestarhaven@gmail.comChurch Council Chairperson:         Ruth Henderson 9875 2194Church Council Secretary:             Susan Halgren 9858 1409Elders’ Chairperson:                        Alan Craymer 9874 0531Elders’ Secretary:                            Elaine Forrest 9874 7231Congregation Meeting Chair:         Warwick Roden 9874 7584Property bookings/enquiries:         Warwick Roden 9874 7584Website: www.marsdenroadunitingchurch.org.auFacebook:https://www.facebook.com/MRUCC082016/Rev Johns’ Weekly Blog: http://whitestarhaven.blogspot.com/Weekly Blog on the Sunday Service:                        margaretssundayreflections.blogspot.com
Please send messages & items to share to Rev John by Tuesday night. Phone: 9868 1658 or email: whitestarhaven@gmail.com
EASTWOOD CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY AIDDid you notice the dip in the temperature during the week? Your help is very welcome in building stocks of canned, warming foods which will help those less fortunate than ourselves. Also remember that many lonely people depend on their four-footed or bird friends for company and those need feeding too.Those who would prefer to make a financial donation to Community Aid (amounts of $2.00 or more are tax deductible) can be made using their website https://ccas.org.au/ or the form sent out last week.


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Marsden Road Uniting Newsheet 26 July 2020

July 24, 2020 - 1:30am

Marsden Road Uniting Church203 Marsden Road Carlingford
Sunday 26th July 2020




Our mission: to reflect Christ alive in the CommunityGreetings to you out there in your homes. As we worship in our homes in the homelands of the Wallumedegal people. We acknowledge their Elders, past and present.We hope that you will experience the presence of God in and through the Service, privately or as a Family joining with the people of God who continue to gather in Spirit although not physically.
LECTIONARY BIBLE READINGSGenesis 29:15-28, Psalm 105:1-11, 45b, Romans 8:26-39, Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
PRAYER O God, the fount of wisdom, you have revealed to us in Christ the hidden treasure and the pearl of great price: grant us your Spirit's gift of discernment, that, in the midst of the things of this world, we may learn to value the priceless worth of your kingdom, and be ready to renounce all else for the sake of the precious gift you offer. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
CHURCH SERVICESWorship which is found On-line and Delivered by Hand to people. How you can access these services, Newssheet and Rev John’ weekly Blog:
  1. Through Zoom on the Internet on Sunday at 9.30am
  2. On Marsden Road Uniting Website:
http://www.marsdenroadunitingchurch.org.au/
  1. On Marsden Road Facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/MRUCC082016/ 
  1. Receiving as a PDF Attachment by Email.
  2. Receiving as printed Documents in Mailbox.

Offerings
  • Please consider offering via EFT – Direct Credit can be done anonymously and scheduled to occur automatically at whatever frequency you choose - weekly, monthly etc. See details of Church Bank Account below.
  • By stewardship envelopes - set aside the money in them & bring to Church at the next service at MRUC
  • A/C Name: Marsden Road Uniting Church
BSB: 634 634              A/C: 100049856
Month of Wesley
·         Our mid-year study using “John Wesley for the 21st Century will start next Wednesday 29th July. The studies will be held through Zoom. They will start 7.00pm and run until August 26thinclusive. ·         An Email has been sent inviting attendance and those who reply will be sent the Zoom address for the study. ·         Those who don’t have the books will be sent copies of each Chapter.·         Worship – the preaching and services will reflect the theme of each week’s study with worship starting on 2ndAugust 2020.·         As part of our month we will be sharing our favourite Wesley Hymns. Please Email Rev John your favourites or pass them on to your Elder for them to pass them onto Rev John.

Return to Face to Face Worship

To fulfil Government requirements, we need to fulfil the relevant checklists for activities on Church premises and be able to fulfil and develop a COVID-19 Safety Plan. The Government Health Regulations and our Synod agrees, that before we can use the premises, either ourselves or any Hirer, then the group or we must have a risk management Safety plan in place.
For all users of any party of the Premises, Church Council must agree to their Safety Plan and ensure that it meets all Health Regulation requirements. It is essential that Safety Plans are in place before any face to face meetings or any worship or use of the premises can take place.
For Marsden Road these means that a Safety Plan must be in place and meet Synod and Government requirements before anyone can enter the premises at all.  It will be some time before we can worship face to face again. Your Church Council continues to monitor the situation and work on its Safety Plan ready to commence face to face worship when it is deemed safe. 
We have been reminded that failure to comply with regulations brings heavy penalties. We can see the consequences of failure to be vigilant and safe by what has been occurring in Victoria and parts of Sydney.
Changes in Services and Newssheet
As face to face worship at Marsden Road looks likely to be some time in the future and maybe not before the New Year a few changes need to take place in the way we have been doing things. As there is not much news about events the Newssheet will come out once a month from August onwards.
The Rev John who is part-time has been leading and preparing all Sunday Worship since the beginning of the Pandemic along with attending many required Zoom meetings and other preparation work. Sadly, this has meant that his time for phone calls to congregation members has been limited over the last month or so. Rev John will change back to not leading or preparing the third and fifth Sundays worship when they occur each month.
The alternative for those Sundays will be to take the opportunity offered at any of the neighbouring Congregations. A separate letter will come out to all those with Email Addresses listing what is available. Please pass this on to all congregation members.



CONTACTS
Minister of the WordRev John Candy 0411 267 639 or 98681658 or whitestarhaven@gmail.comChurch Council Chairperson:         Ruth Henderson 9875 2194Church Council Secretary:             Susan Halgren 9858 1409Elders’ Chairperson:                        Alan Craymer 9874 0531Elders’ Secretary:                            Elaine Forrest 9874 7231Congregation Meeting Chair:         Warwick Roden 9874 7584Property bookings/enquiries:         Warwick Roden 9874 7584Website: www.marsdenroadunitingchurch.org.auFacebook:https://www.facebook.com/MRUCC082016/Rev Johns’ Weekly Blog: http://whitestarhaven.blogspot.com/Weekly Blog on the Sunday Service:                        margaretssundayreflections.blogspot.com
Please send messages & items to share to Rev John by Tuesday night. Phone: 9868 1658 or email: whitestarhaven@gmail.com
EASTWOOD CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY AIDDid you notice the dip in the temperature during the week? Your help is very welcome in building stocks of canned, warming foods which will help those less fortunate than ourselves. Also remember that many lonely people depend on their four-footed or bird friends for company and those need feeding too.Those who would prefer to make a financial donation to Community Aid (amounts of $2.00 or more are tax deductible) can be made using their website https://ccas.org.au/ or the form sent out last week.



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Marsden Road Uniting Newssheet 19 July 2020

July 16, 2020 - 11:41pm


Marsden Road Uniting Church203 Marsden Road Carlingford
Sunday 19th July 2020



Our mission: to reflect Christ alive in the CommunityGreetings to you out there in your homes. As we worship in our homes in the homelands of the Wallumedegal people. We acknowledge their Elders, past and present.We hope that you will experience the presence of God in and through the Service, privately or as a Family joining with the people of God who continue to gather in Spirit although not physically.
LECTIONARY BIBLE READINGSGenesis 28:10-19a Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24, Romans 8:12-25, Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43
PRAYER Saving God, in Jesus Christ you opened for us a new and living way into your presence: give us pure hearts and constant wills to worship you in spirit and in truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
CHURCH SERVICESWorship which is found On-line and Delivered by Hand to people. How you can access these services, Newssheet and Rev John’ weekly Blog:
  1. Through Zoom on the Internet on Sunday at 9.30am
  2. On Marsden Road Uniting Website:
http://www.marsdenroadunitingchurch.org.au/
  1. On Marsden Road Facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/MRUCC082016/ 
  1. Receiving as a PDF Attachment by Email.
  2. Receiving as printed Documents in Mailbox.

Offerings
  • Please consider offering via EFT – Direct Credit can be done anonymously and scheduled to occur automatically at whatever frequency you choose - weekly, monthly etc. See details of Church Bank Account below.
  • By stewardship envelopes - set aside the money in them & bring to Church at the next service at MRUC
  • A/C Name: Marsden Road Uniting Church
BSB: 634 634              A/C: 100049856

Month of Wesley
·         For our mid-year study this year we will be “John Wesley for the 21st Century. The studies will be held through Zoom. They will start 7.00pm July 29th and run until August 26thinclusive. ·         An Email has been sent inviting attendance and those who reply by the 24th of July will be sent the Zoom address for the study. ·         Those who don’t have the books will be sent copies of each Chapter.·         Worship – the preaching and services will reflect the theme of each week’s study starting on 2nd August 2020.As part of our month we will be sharing our favourite Wesley Hymns. Please Email Rev John your favourites or pass them on to your Elder for them to pass them onto Rev John. 



Reflection Pentecost 7
In the parables of the mustard seed and the leaven, Jesus may be telling his hearers that their idea of infection or danger is different from his. At one level, he engages the more-than-human and talks about respect for the complexity of eco-systems. At another, he is talking about societal inclusion: the people that many consider unclean or sinful or evil possessed are not to be displaced from God’s field or God’s table. On the contrary, they may be the very ones who season the life of the whole. Life is messy after all and God is in the mess. It is worth noting that the leaven parable offers one of the few occasions in the gospel where God is imaged as female. While we know that God is neither male nor female, most of us have been conditioned to use only male images for God. The parable of the woman kneading dough validates the potential of female experience to reflect the life and activity of God in our world.

CONTACTS

Minister of the WordRev John Candy 0411 267 639 or 98681658 or whitestarhaven@gmail.comChurch Council Chairperson:         Ruth Henderson 9875 2194Church Council Secretary:             Susan Halgren 9858 1409Elders’ Chairperson:                        Alan Craymer 9874 0531Elders’ Secretary:                            Elaine Forrest 9874 7231Congregation Meeting Chair:         Warwick Roden 9874 7584Property bookings/enquiries:         Warwick Roden 9874 7584Website: www.marsdenroadunitingchurch.org.auFacebook:https://www.facebook.com/MRUCC082016/Rev Johns’ Weekly Blog: http://whitestarhaven.blogspot.com/Weekly Blog on the Sunday Service:                        margaretssundayreflections.blogspot.com
Please send messages & items to share to Rev John by Tuesday night. Phone: 9868 1658 or email: whitestarhaven@gmail.com
EASTWOOD CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY AIDDid you notice the dip in the temperature during the week? Your help is very welcome in building stocks of canned, warming foods which will help those less fortunate than ourselves. Also remember that many lonely people depend on their four-footed or bird friends for company and those need feeding too.Those who would prefer to make a financial donation to Community Aid (amounts of $2.00 or more are tax deductible) can be made using their website https://ccas.org.au/ or the form sent out last week.



Return to Face to Face Worship
To fulfil Government requirements, we need to fulfil the relevant checklists for our activities in the Church and be able to fulfil and develop a COVID-19 Safety Plan. The Government Health Regulations and our Synod agrees, that before we can use the premises, either ourselves or any Hirer then the group or we must have a risk management Safety plan in place.
For any Hirer, the Church Council must agree to their Safety Plan and ensure that it meets all Health Regulation requirements. This the same procedure is used for any business or group that is gathering or opening and it is essential that it is in place before any face to face can take place.
For Marsden Road these means that a Safety Plan must be in place and meet the Synod and Government standards before anyone can enter the premises again.  It will be some time before we can worship face to face again. Your Church Council continues to monitor the situation and work out its future safety plan ready to commence face to face worship when it is deemed safe.  We have been reminded that failure to comply with regulations brings heavy penalties and we can see what happens when our vigilance disappears by what has happened in Victoria.
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Marsden Road Uniting Newsheet 05 July 2020

July 3, 2020 - 6:02am


Marsden Road Uniting Church203 Marsden Road Carlingford
Sunday 05th July 2020


Our mission: to reflect Christ alive in the CommunityGreetings to you out there in your homes. As we worship in our homes in the homelands of the Wallumedegal people. We acknowledge their Elders, past and present.We hope that you will experience the presence of God in and through the Service, privately or as a Family joining with the people of God who continue to gather in Spirit although not physically.
LECTIONARY BIBLE READINGSGenesis 24: 34-67, Psalm 45:10-17, Romans 7:14-25, Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30.
PRAYER Almighty God, your Son Jesus Christ has taught us that what wedo for the least of his brothers and sisters we do also for him: give us the will to serve others as he was the servant of all, who gave up his life and died for us; yet lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God now and for ever. Amen.   
CHURCH SERVICESWorship which is found On-line and Delivered by Hand to people. How you can access these services, Newssheet and Rev John’ weekly Blog:
  1. Through Zoom on the Internet on Sunday at 9.30am
  2. On Marsden Road Uniting Website:
http://www.marsdenroadunitingchurch.org.au/
  1. On Marsden Road Facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/MRUCC082016/ 
  1. Receiving as a PDF Attachment by Email.
  2. Receiving as printed Documents in Mailbox.

Offerings
  • Please consider offering via EFT – Direct Credit can be done anonymously and scheduled to occur automatically at whatever frequency you choose - weekly, monthly etc. See details of Church Bank Account below.
  • By stewardship envelopes - set aside the money in them & bring to Church at the next service at MRUC
  • A/C Name: Marsden Road Uniting Church
BSB: 634 634              A/C: 100049856
Pentecost 5 Reflection
Knowing God personallyJesus makes a claim which no one would have dared to make - he is the perfect revelation of God because he has been with the God as our parent before all creation and time existed. He and God are united in an inseparable bond of love and unity. That is why Jesus can truly reveal the fullness of God's mind and heart and purpose for our lives.
One of the greatest truths of God's revelation and our Christian faith is that we can know the one true and living God. Our knowledge of God is not simply limited to knowing some things about God and his true nature - we can know God our parent and Creator personally because God desires to be closely united with each one of us in a bond of love through his Son, Jesus Christ. The Lord Jesus makes it possible for each one of us to have a personal direct relationship and experiential knowledge of God as our loving and gracious parent.Month of Wesley
From the end of July until the end of August we will be focusing on the teachings and contribution of the Wesley Family to our faith.
·         For our mid-year study this year we will complete a study of the last five chapters of the book by John O Gooch of the United Methodist Church USA. The Book is titled; “John Wesley for the 21stCentury. The studies will be held through Zoom. Day and time yet to be finalised – more details to come.·         Worship – the preaching and services will reflect the theme of each week’s study starting on 2nd August 2020.·         As part of our month we will be sharing our favourite Wesley Hymns. Please Email Rev John your favourites or pass them on to your Elder for them to pass them onto Rev John.

CONTACTS
Minister of the WordRev John Candy 0411 267 639 or 98681658.or whitestarhaven@gmail.comChurch Council Chairperson:         Ruth Henderson 9875 2194Church Council Secretary:             Susan Halgren 9858 1409Elders’ Chairperson:                        Alan Craymer 9874 0531Elders’ Secretary:                            Elaine Forrest 9874 7231Congregation Meeting Chair:         Warwick Roden 9874 7584Property bookings/enquiries:         Warwick Roden 9874 7584Website: www.marsdenroadunitingchurch.org.auFacebook:https://www.facebook.com/MRUCC082016/Rev Johns’ Weekly Blog: http://whitestarhaven.blogspot.com/Weekly Blog on the Sunday Service:                        margaretssundayreflections.blogspot.com
Please send messages & items to share to Rev John by Tuesday night. Phone: 9868 1658 or email: whitestarhaven@gmail.com
EASTWOOD CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY AID
Did you notice the dip in the temperature during the week? Your help is very welcome in building stocks of canned, warming foods which will help those less fortunate than ourselves. Also remember that many lonely people depend on their four-footed or bird friends for company and those need feeding too.Those who would prefer to make a financial donation to Community Aid (amounts of $2.00 or more are tax deductible) can be made using their website https://ccas.org.au/ or the form sent out last week.
Return to Face to Face Worship
In order to fulfil Government requirements, we need to fulfil the relevant checklists for our activities in the Church and be able to fulfil and develop a COVID-19 Safety Plan. The Government has said a risk management plan for any gathering is essential and for Marsden Road these mean it will be some time before we can worship face to face again. Your Church Council continues to monitor the situation and work out its future safety plan. We have been reminded that failure to comply with regulations brings heavy penalties. These regulations include no-one being able to be on the premises withhout a safety paln in place otherwise we will be liable for fines.
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Marsden Road Uniting Newssheet 28 June 2020

June 26, 2020 - 12:33am


Marsden Road Uniting Church203 Marsden Road CarlingfordSunday 28th June 2020




Our mission: to reflect Christ alive in the CommunityGreetings to you out there in your homes. As we worship in our homes in the homelands of the Wallumedegal people. We acknowledge their Elders, past and present.We hope that you will experience the presence of God in and through the Service, privately or as a Family joining with the people of God who continue to gather in Spirit although not physically.
LECTIONARY BIBLE READINGSGenesis 22:1-14, Psalm 13, Romans 6:12-23, Matthew 10:40-42
PRAYER O God, your Son has taught us that those who give a cup of water in his name will not lose their reward: open our hearts to the needs of your children, and in all things make us obedient to your will, so that in faith we may receive your gracious gift, eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
CHURCH SERVICESWorship which is found On-line and Delivered by Hand to people. How you can access these services, Newssheet and Rev John’ weekly Blog:
  1. Through Zoom on the Internet on Sunday at 9.30am
  2. On Marsden Road Uniting Website:
http://www.marsdenroadunitingchurch.org.au/
  1. On Marsden Road Facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/MRUCC082016/ 
  1. Receiving as a PDF Attachment by Email.
  2. Receiving as printed Documents in Mailbox.

Offerings
  • Please consider offering via EFT – Direct Credit can be done anonymously and scheduled to occur automatically at whatever frequency you choose - weekly, monthly etc. See details of Church Bank Account below.
  • By stewardship envelopes - set aside the money in them & bring to Church at the next service at MRUC
  • A/C Name: Marsden Road Uniting Church
BSB: 634 634              A/C: 100049856
Pentecost 4 Reflection by Elizabeth Raine
It is clear in Matthew 10:40-42 sees his community as a church that is “sent”, a church that goes out into the wider community to proclaim the good news. Through programs like Mission Shaped Ministry with its growing Fresh Expressions of church, we are beginning to understand that mission is not just a program offered by the church (though these are important); rather it is the defining reason for what actually makes us the church. What it means to be sent for your congregation?  While we are not all sent to be wandering missionaries in the way Matthew describes, that doesn’t mean we should placidly sit and wait in our churches for people to come through our doors. Jesus later commands that all who are baptised are sent into the world, both to tell and embody the good news of Jesus through their words and deeds.  Instead of expecting people to come on through our church doors, what would happen if we took seriously our calling to take the gospel to them? What would it look like if we truly believed that we are the face of Christ to every person we encounter in our neighbourhoods? What would be the result if we saw every encounter as an opportunity to love our neighbour?
Returning to Worship
Presbytery and Synod leaders have been working together to support the church through COVID-19. They have reconfirmed a commitment to prioritise the health and well-being of all people.  This means all decisions are weighed against the potential harm that could come from second wave infection. Even though restrictions are easing, it does not make returning to face to face worship automatically safe or wise. A lot of careful planning and thought needs to accompany every group that wishes to meet. For example, who will record the name and contact details of every person, who steps on to church property? For us to meet in person, who will disinfect every surface touched and clean all areas in use. In many cases the usual people would be our members. However, for MRUC most are in the high-risk and vulnerable category requiring specific COVID-19 risk management. High Risk & Vulnerable people are those:·         People aged 70 years and over·         People aged 65 years and over with chronic medical conditions·         People with a compromised immune system·         Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples 50 years and older with one or more chronic medical conditionsThe current advice is not to gather for worship if we are High Risk or Vulnerable. The Government has said a risk management plan is essential. Failure to comply brings heavy penalties. The initial fine is $11,000.00 and/or six months imprisonment, with possible further fines of $5,500.00 for each day the offence continues.Your Church Council is working through all these issues with the help of Synod and Presbytery. Although those who Hire our premises may be able to fulfil the requirements of the regulations soon our MRUC may take longer than them to be able to meet.
CONTACTS
Minister of the WordRev John Candy 0411 267 639 or 98681658.or whitestarhaven@gmail.comChurch Council Chairperson:         Ruth Henderson 9875 2194Church Council Secretary:             Susan Halgren 9858 1409Elders’ Chairperson:                        Alan Craymer 9874 0531Elders’ Secretary:                            Elaine Forrest 9874 7231Congregation Meeting Chair:         Warwick Roden 9874 7584Property bookings/enquiries:         Warwick Roden 9874 7584Website: www.marsdenroadunitingchurch.org.auFacebook:https://www.facebook.com/MRUCC082016/Rev Johns’ Weekly Blog: http://whitestarhaven.blogspot.com/Weekly Blog on the Sunday Service:                        margaretssundayreflections.blogspot.com
Please send messages & items to share to Rev John by Tuesday night. Phone: 9868 1658 or email: whitestarhaven@gmail.com
EASTWOOD CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY AIDDid you notice the dip in the temperature during the week? Your help is very welcome in building stocks of canned, warming foods which will help those less fortunate than ourselves. Also remember that many lonely people depend on their four-footed or bird friends for company and those need feeding too.Those who would prefer to make a financial donation to Community Aid (amounts of $2.00 or more are tax deductible) can be made using their website https://ccas.org.au/ or the form attached to this week’s Email of Services
Leave Break
Rev John will be unavailable and on leave from the afternoon 28 June 2020 until Saturday 4 July 2020


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Marsden Road Uniting Newssheet 21 June 2020

June 18, 2020 - 10:55pm

Marsden Road Uniting Church203 Marsden Road Carlingford
Sunday 21st June 2020


Our mission: to reflect Christ alive in the CommunityGreetings to you out there in your homes. As we worship in our homes in the homelands of the Wallumedegal people. We acknowledge their Elders, past and present.
We hope that you will experience the presence of God in and through the Service, privately or as a Family joining with the people of God who continue to gather in Spirit although not physically.

LECTIONARY BIBLE READINGSGenesis 21:8-21, Psalm 86: 1-10,16-17, Romans 6:1b-11, Matthew 10:24-39
PRAYER God of the universe, we worship you as Lord. God, ever close to us, we rejoice to call you Father and Mother. From this world's uncertainty we look to your covenant. Keep us one in your peace, secure in your love, through Jesus Christ our saviour AMEN
CHURCH SERVICESWorship which is found On-line and Delivered by Hand to people. How you can access these services, Newssheet and Rev John’ weekly Blog:
  1. Through Zoom on the Internet on Sunday at 9.30am
  2. On Marsden Road Uniting Website:
http://www.marsdenroadunitingchurch.org.au/
  1. On Marsden Road Facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/MRUCC082016/ 
  1. Receiving as a PDF Attachment by Email.
  2. Receiving as printed Documents in Mailbox.

Offerings
  • Please consider offering via EFT – Direct Credit can be done anonymously and scheduled to occur automatically at whatever frequency you choose - weekly, monthly etc. See details of Church Bank Account below.
  • By stewardship envelopes - set aside the money in them & bring to Church at the next service at MRUC
  • A/C Name: Marsden Road Uniting Church
BSB: 634 634              A/C: 100049856


Pentecost 3 Reflection
Being a disciple in Matthew is definitely a difficult and costly experience. Like Jesus, they can expect to be rejected and badly treated, even killed, for following his way. The picture painted here of the sufferings of the disciples reflects the events of Jesus’ arrest and trial later in the Gospel. Though the body can be killed, Jesus points out, the soul cannot, and like Jesus, if they persist in adhering to their faith their reward will be resurrection to the kingdom of God. What are we to make of this, in our relatively comfortable Western churches? Do we trust God enough to risk stepping out in faith, knowing that failure, people rejecting and even scorning us may be the result?  Do we have enough faith in God and God’s care for our lives and souls to trust that as we are worth more than sparrows and are beloved by God, God will guide us?   We are challenged here to spread the kingdom of God and the teachings of Jesus, to work for the justice, righteous and equity that characterises the kingdom of heaven and to not fear the consequences of faithfully carrying this out. Today, more than ever, proclaiming the gospel is an imperative, not an optional extra. 



CONTACTS
Minister of the WordRev John Candy 0411 267 639 or 98681658.or whitestarhaven@gmail.comChurch Council Chairperson:         Ruth Henderson 9875 2194Church Council Secretary:             Susan Halgren 9858 1409Elders’ Chairperson:                        Alan Craymer 9874 0531Elders’ Secretary:                            Elaine Forrest 9874 7231Congregation Meeting Chair:         Warwick Roden 9874 7584Property bookings/enquiries:         Warwick Roden 9874 7584Website: www.marsdenroadunitingchurch.org.auFacebook:https://www.facebook.com/MRUCC082016/Rev Johns’ Weekly Blog: http://whitestarhaven.blogspot.com/Weekly Blog on the Sunday Service:                        margaretssundayreflections.blogspot.com
Please send messages & items to share to Rev John by Tuesday night. Phone: 9868 1658 or email: whitestarhaven@gmail.com
EASTWOOD CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY AIDDid you notice the dip in the temperature during the week? Your help is very welcome in building stocks of canned, warming foods which will help those less fortunate than ourselves. Also remember that many lonely people depend on their four-footed or bird friends for company and those need feeding too.

Return to Face to Face WorshipIn order to fulfil Government requirements, we need to fulfil the relevant checklists for our activities in the Church and be able to fulfil and develop a COVID-19 Safety Plan. The Government has said a risk management plan for any gathering is essential and for Marsden Road these mean it will be some time before we can worship face to face again. Your Church Council continues to monitor the situation and plan. We have been reminded that failure to comply with regulations brings heavy penalties.


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Marsden Road Uniting Newssheet 14 June 2020

June 12, 2020 - 1:12am

Marsden Road Uniting Church203 Marsden Road CarlingfordSunday 14 June 2020



Our mission: to reflect Christ alive in the CommunityGreetings to you out there in your homes. As we worship in our homes in the homelands of the Wallumedegal people. We acknowledge their Elders, past and present.We hope that you will experience the presence of God in and through the Service, privately or as a Family joining with the people of God who continue to gather in Spirit although not physically.
LECTIONARY BIBLE READINGSGenesis 18:1-15, Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19, Romans 5:1-8,Matthew 9:35-10:8, (9-23)
PRAYER O God, your Son has taught us that those who give a cup of water in his name will not lose their reward: open our hearts to the needs of your children, and in all things make us obedient to your will, so that in faith we may receive your gracious gift, eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
CHURCH SERVICESWorship which is found On-line and Delivered by Hand to people. How you can access these services, Newssheet and Rev John’ weekly Blog:
  1. Through Zoom on the Internet on Sunday at 9.30am
  2. On Marsden Road Uniting Website:
http://www.marsdenroadunitingchurch.org.au/
  1. On Marsden Road Facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/MRUCC082016/ 
  1. Receiving as a PDF Attachment by Email.
  2. Receiving as printed Documents in Mailbox.

Offerings
  • Please consider offering via EFT – Direct Credit can be done anonymously and scheduled to occur automatically at whatever frequency you choose - weekly, monthly etc. See details of Church Bank Account below.
  • By stewardship envelopes - set aside the money in them & bring to Church at the next service at MRUC
  • A/C Name: Marsden Road Uniting Church
BSB: 634 634              A/C: 100049856



A Reflection for Pentecost 2
Jesus has just described himself as ‘Lord of the harvest’. He then summons his disciples, and prepares to send them out on mission, as the labourers to help with the harvest.  But who are they called to serve? Matthew has a stern prohibition at the beginning of the disciples’ mission. How are we to understand it? The context strongly suggests that only Israel is envisaged as the mission field, because Israel was the people for whom the Messiah of the Jewish Scriptures had been promised. In this Gospel, Jesus, the shepherd, is sent to turn the ‘lost sheep’ of Israel from following unrighteous and lawless leaders who will lead them astray.  These are challenging words for us as gentile Christians, as Matthew’s Jesus here envisages an exclusively Jewish mission field. But then we find in chapter 25:31-42 that just and righteous Gentiles are also welcome in the kingdom, through acts of kindness and justice. May be this is a timely reminder that there is more than one pathway to God, and Christians cannot claim they have exclusive rights to this road. 

Thankyou from Margaret.
Margaret wishes to thank all the Marsden Road people for their support, kindness and prayers for her and David as she has gone through another major operation and is again slowly beginning to recover.
CONTACTS
Minister of the WordRev John Candy 0411 267 639 or 98681658.or whitestarhaven@gmail.comChurch Council Chairperson:         Ruth Henderson 9875 2194Church Council Secretary:             Susan Halgren 9858 1409Elders’ Chairperson:                        Alan Craymer 9874 0531Elders’ Secretary:                            Elaine Forrest 9874 7231Congregation Meeting Chair:         Warwick Roden 9874 7584Property bookings/enquiries:         Warwick Roden 9874 7584Website: www.marsdenroadunitingchurch.org.auFacebook:https://www.facebook.com/MRUCC082016/Rev Johns’ Weekly Blog: http://whitestarhaven.blogspot.com/Weekly Blog on the Sunday Service:                        margaretssundayreflections.blogspot.com 
Please send messages & items to share to Rev John by Tuesday night. Phone: 9868 1658 or email: whitestarhaven@gmail.com 
EASTWOOD CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY AIDDid you notice the dip in the temperature during the week? Your help is very welcome in building stocks of canned, warming foods which will help those less fortunate than ourselves. Also remember that many lonely people depend on their four-footed or bird friends for company and those need feeding too.


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Marsden Road Uniting Newssheet 07 June 2020

June 4, 2020 - 11:22pm
Marsden Road Uniting Church203 Marsden Road Carlingford
Sunday 07th June 2020


Our mission: to reflect Christ alive in the Community
Greetings to you out there in your homes. As we worship in our homes in the homelands of the Wallumedegal people. We acknowledge their Elders, past and present.We hope that you will experience the presence of God in and through the Service, privately or as a Family joining with the people of God who continue to gather in Spirit although not physically.
LECTIONARY BIBLE READINGSGenesis 1:1 – 2:4a, Psalm 8, 2 Corinthians 13:11-13 Matthew 28:16-20
PRAYER O blessed Trinity, in whom we know the Maker of all things, seen and unseen, the Saviour of all, both near and far: by your Spirit enable us so to worship your divine majesty, that with all the company of heaven we may magnify your glorious name, saying, Holy, holy, holy. Glory to you, O Lord most high. Amen.
CHURCH SERVICESWorship which is found On-line and Delivered by Hand to people. How you can access these services, Newssheet and Rev John’ weekly Blog:
  1. Through Zoom on the Internet on Sunday at 9.30am
  2. On Marsden Road Uniting Website:
http://www.marsdenroadunitingchurch.org.au/
  1. On Marsden Road Facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/MRUCC082016/ 
  1. Receiving as a PDF Attachment by Email.
  2. Receiving as printed Documents in Mailbox.

Offerings
  • Please consider offering via EFT – Direct Credit can be done anonymously and scheduled to occur automatically at whatever frequency you choose - weekly, monthly etc. See details of Church Bank Account below.
  • By stewardship envelopes - set aside the money in them & bring to Church at the next service at MRUC
  • A/C Name: Marsden Road Uniting Church
BSB: 634 634              A/C: 100049856
Wanted – Coat hangers
Do you have any single wooden coat hangers (see picture) or know a source where one can get them? We have been asked for these coat hangers for people who are covering and padding them as part of their stay at home handicrafts.
If you have any of the type of coat hanger that allows one to cover and pad them as in the picture or know where to get them the please contact Terry and Kay – phone: 9871 6685.

   Reflection on PentecostAfter all of this teaching; all of this following; after ALL of Easter, now what? God is not done with us yet.This is such a well-known and well-loved passage. We can draw on the parallels and contrasts between Peter’s speech and Joel chapter 2. We can sing for joy recalling the birth of the Church. We can take heart and be reminded at the cross-cultural nature and calling of the Church.Above all else it should remind us of the incredibly wild and subversive nature of our God, who is creatively calling us back to life and faith again and again. Pentecost should always point us outwards, to see that God is at work around us, and often using those outside the centres of power and tradition.Rev. Andrew Johnson



CONTACTSMinister of the WordRev John Candy 0411 267 639 or 98681658.or whitestarhaven@gmail.comChurch Council Chairperson:         Ruth Henderson 9875 2194Church Council Secretary:             Susan Halgren 9858 1409Elders’ Chairperson:                        Alan Craymer 9874 0531Elders’ Secretary:                            Elaine Forrest 9874 7231Congregation Meeting Chair:         Warwick Roden 9874 7584Property bookings/enquiries:         Warwick Roden 9874 7584Website: www.marsdenroadunitingchurch.org.auFacebook:https://www.facebook.com/MRUCC082016/Rev Johns’ Weekly Blog: http://whitestarhaven.blogspot.com/ Weekly Blog on the Sunday Service:                        margaretssundayreflections.blogspot.com
Please send messages & items to share to Rev John by Tuesday night. Phone: 9868 1658 or email: whitestarhaven@gmail.com 
EASTWOOD CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY AIDDid you notice the dip in the temperature during the week? Your help is very welcome in building stocks of canned, warming foods which will help those less fortunate than ourselves. Also remember that many lonely people depend on their four-footed or bird friends for company and those need feeding too.



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Marsden Road Uniting Newssheet 31 May 2020

May 29, 2020 - 1:09am


Marsden Road Uniting Church203 Marsden Road Carlingford


Sunday 31st  May 2020Our mission: to reflect Christ alive in the CommunityGreetings to you out there in your homes. As we worship in our homes in the homelands of the Wallumedegal people. We acknowledge their Elders, past and present.We hope that you will experience the presence of God in and through the Service, privately or as a Family joining with the people of God who continue to gather in Spirit although not physically.
LECTIONARY BIBLE READINGSActs 2:1-21, Psalm 104:24-35b, 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13,John 20:19-23
PRAYER Almighty God, at the feast of Pentecost you sent your Holy Spirit to the disciples, filling them with joy and boldness to preach the gospel; send us out in the power of the same spirit to witness to your redeeming love and draw all people to you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit one God now and for ever. Amen.
CHURCH SERVICESWorship which is found On-line and Delivered by Hand to people. How you can access these services, Newssheet and Rev John’ weekly Blog:
  1. Through Zoom on the Internet on Sunday at 9.30am
  2. On Marsden Road Uniting Website:
http://www.marsdenroadunitingchurch.org.au/
  1. On Marsden Road Facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/MRUCC082016/ 
  1. Receiving as a PDF Attachment by Email.
  2. Receiving as printed Documents in Mailbox.

Offerings
  • Please consider offering via EFT – Direct Credit can be done anonymously and scheduled to occur automatically at whatever frequency you choose - weekly, monthly etc. See details of Church Bank Account below.
  • By stewardship envelopes - set aside the money in them & bring to Church at the next service at MRUC
  • A/C Name: Marsden Road Uniting Church
BSB: 634 634              A/C: 100049856

Donation to “So They Can.” Last week on 22nd of May the Education and SocialCommittee donated $850 to “So They Can,” to help them in their efforts to educate, support and keep the community safe. Some of funds will be used for Education packs, masks, and water stations. Part of the donation will be used for simple screens for the birthing rooms to provide privacy for the mothers during delivery. This would encourage larger numbers to come to the clinic for delivery. Which would provide a better health outcome for the baby and the mother. Currently lack of privacy, challenges many cultural norms, & keeps women away. This gift to so they can tie up with the beautiful jumpers knitted by the congregation which is so loved by the mums






Litany of the Holy Spirit – (also set to music)the first three verses of the Litany by Robert Herrick (1591-1674)
In the hour of my distress,When temptations me oppress,And when I my sins confess,Sweet Spirit, comfort me!
When I lie within my bed,Sick in heart and sick in head,And with doubts discomforted,Sweet Spirit, comfort me!
When the house doth sigh and weep,And the world is drowned in sleep,Yet mine eyes the watch do keep,Sweet Spirit, comfort me!





CONTACTSMinister of the WordRev John Candy 0411 267 639 or 98681658.or whitestarhaven@gmail.comChurch Council Chairperson:         Ruth Henderson 9875 2194Church Council Secretary:             Susan Halgren 9858 1409Elders’ Chairperson:                        Alan Craymer 9874 0531Elders’ Secretary:                            Elaine Forrest 9874 7231Congregation Meeting Chair:         Warwick Roden 9874 7584Property bookings/enquiries:         Warwick Roden 9874 7584Website: www.marsdenroadunitingchurch.org.auFacebook:https://www.facebook.com/MRUCC082016/Rev Johns’ Weekly Blog: http://whitestarhaven.blogspot.com/Weekly Blog on the Sunday Service:                        margaretssundayreflections.blogspot.com
Please send messages & items to share to Rev John by Tuesday night. Phone: 9868 1658 or email: whitestarhaven@gmail.com
EASTWOOD CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY AIDDid you notice the dip in the temperature during the week? Your help is very welcome in building stocks of canned, warming foods which will help those less fortunate than ourselves. Also remember that many lonely people depend on their four-footed or bird friends for company and those need feeding too.



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Marsden Road Uniting Newssheet 24 May 2020

May 22, 2020 - 12:48am
Marsden Road Uniting Church203 Marsden Road CarlingfordSunday 24th May 2020



Our mission: to reflect Christ alive in the CommunityGreetings to you out there in your homes. As we worship in our homes in the homelands of the Wallumedegal people. We acknowledge their Elders, past and present.We hope that you will experience the presence of God in and through the Service, privately or as a Family joining with the people of God who continue to gather in Spirit although not physically.
LECTIONARY BIBLE READINGS Acts 1:1-11 Ps 47 or Psalm 93 Ephesians 1:15-23 Luke 24:44-53
PRAYER God of majesty, you led the Messiah through suffering into risen life, and took him into the glory of heaven: clothe us with the power promised from on high, and send us forth to the ends of the earth as heralds of repentance and witnesses of Jesus Christ, the firstborn from the dead, who lives with you now and always in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever. Amen.
CHURCH SERVICESWorship which is found On-line and Delivered by Hand to people. How you can access these services, Newssheet and Rev John’ weekly Blog:
  1. Through Zoom on the Internet on Sunday at 9.30am
  2. On Marsden Road Uniting Website:
http://www.marsdenroadunitingchurch.org.au/
  1. On Marsden Road Facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/MRUCC082016/ 
  1. Receiving as a PDF Attachment by Email.
  2. Receiving as printed Documents in Mailbox.

Offerings
  • Please consider offering via EFT – Direct Credit can be done anonymously and scheduled to occur automatically at whatever frequency you choose - weekly, monthly etc. See details of Church Bank Account below.
  • By stewardship envelopes - set aside the money in them & bring to Church at the next service at MRUC
  • A/C Name: Marsden Road Uniting Church
BSB: 634 634              A/C: 100049856


Q: At what time of day was Adam created?
A: A little before Eve.
Q: Why didn't they play cards on the Ark?
A: Because Noah was standing on the deck

Q. Why didn't Noah go fishing?
A. He only had two worms.

Q. Did Eve ever have a date with Adam?
A. No, just an apple.

Q: Who was the greatest female financier in the Bible?
A: Pharaoh's daughter. She went down to the bank of the Nile and drew out a little prophet.Marsden MissiveOur next Marsden Missive is due out for 01 June 2020. If you have any news or information to go in the Missive, then please contact Rev. John. The Missive gives us news and information for the coming three months.
Notes from Synod on Church UseChurches should not yet be holding any services of worship in the buildings where Sunday worship regularly occurs. This is in accord with the latest Information Update provided strongly recommending no gatherings in person on church property. Online worship services and the distribution (by email or Australia Post) of worship resources should continue for the foreseeable future.
CONTACTs
Minister of the WordRev John Candy 0411 267 639 or 98681658.or whitestarhaven@gmail.comChurch Council Chairperson:         Ruth Henderson 9875 2194Church Council Secretary:             Susan Halgren 9858 1409Elders’ Chairperson:                        Alan Craymer 9874 0531Elders’ Secretary:                            Elaine Forrest 9874 7231Congregation Meeting Chair:         Warwick Roden 9874 7584Property bookings/enquiries:         Warwick Roden 9874 7584Website: www.marsdenroadunitingchurch.org.au Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/MRUCC082016/ Rev Johns’ Weekly Blog: http://whitestarhaven.blogspot.com/ Weekly Blog on the Sunday Service:                        margaretssundayreflections.blogspot.com
Please send messages & items to share to Rev John by Tuesday night. Phone: 9868 1658 or email: whitestarhaven@gmail.com 

EASTWOOD CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY AIDDid you notice the dip in the temperature during the week? Your help is very welcome in building stocks of canned, warming foods which will help those less fortunate than ourselves. Also remember that many lonely people depend on their four-footed or bird friends for company and those need feeding too.

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Marsden Road Uniting Newssheeet 17 May 2020

May 15, 2020 - 12:39am

Marsden Road Uniting Church203 Marsden Road CarlingfordSunday 17th May 2020
Our mission: to reflect Christ alive in the Community

Greetings to you out there in your homes. As we worship in our homes in the homelands of the Wallumedegal people. We acknowledge their Elders, past and present.We hope that you will experience the presence of God in and through the Service, privately or as a Family joining with the people of God who continue to gather in Spirit although not physically.

 LECTIONARY BIBLE READINGSActs 17:22-31 Psalm 66:8-20 1 Peter 3:13-22 John 14:15-21PRAYER O God, you have prepared for those who love you joys beyond our understanding: pour into our hearts such love for you, that, loving you above all else, we may obtain your promises that exceed all we can desire; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
CHURCH SERVICESWorship which is found On-line and Delivered by Hand to people. How you can access these services, Newssheet and Rev John’ weekly Blog:
  1. Through Zoom on the Internet on Sunday at 9.30am
  2. On Marsden Road Uniting Website:
http://www.marsdenroadunitingchurch.org.au/
  1. On Marsden Road Facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/MRUCC082016/ 
  1. Receiving as a PDF Attachment by Email.
  2. Receiving as printed Documents in Mailbox.

Offerings
  • Please consider offering via EFT – Direct Credit can be done anonymously and scheduled to occur automatically at whatever frequency you choose - weekly, monthly etc. See details of Church Bank Account below.
  • By stewardship envelopes - set aside the money in them & bring to Church at the next service at MRUC
  • A/C Name: Marsden Road Uniting Church
BSB: 634 634              A/C: 100049856


The Congregation at work.
I ran out of toilet paper and had to start using old newspapers. Times are rough.

In the foyer of a church, a young boy was looking at a plaque with the names of men and women who had died in various wars. He asked the pastor, “Who are these people?” The pastor said, “Those are members from our church who died in service.” The boy asked, “The early service or the second service?” 
Marsden MissiveOur next Marsden Missive is due out for 01 June 2020. If you have any news or information to go in the Missive, then please contact Rev. John. The Missive gives us news and information for the coming three months.
Limited Effect of Easing of RestrictionsAlthough restrictions due to Covid-19 are being eased Synod has issued us the following instruction:  with the safety and well-being of our community in mind, the consensus decision of Synod was that we should not be meeting in person for services of worship or face to face meeting in our churches. It is anticipated that the effects of COVID-19 will continue to impact our lives for the foreseeable future. Our commitment to supporting the safety and well-being of people must remain our priority. Reopening our buildings and resuming gatherings prematurely, even with the practice of social distancing, could unfairly force the choice between personal health and the desire to re-join the beloved congregation. Until we hear from Synod further, our worship at Marsden Road will continue by Zoom and the other forms outlined in Church Services.
CONTACTSMinister of the WordRev John Candy 0411 267 639 or 98681658.or whitestarhaven@gmail.comChurch Council Chairperson:         Ruth Henderson 9875 2194Church Council Secretary:             Susan Halgren 9858 1409Elders’ Chairperson:                        Alan Craymer 9874 0531Elders’ Secretary:                            Elaine Forrest 9874 7231Congregation Meeting Chair:         Warwick Roden 9874 7584Property bookings/enquiries:         Warwick Roden 9874 7584Website: www.marsdenroadunitingchurch.org.auFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/MRUCC082016/Rev Johns’ Weekly Blog: http://whitestarhaven.blogspot.com/Weekly Blog on the Sunday Service:                        margaretssundayreflections.blogspot.com
Please send messages & items to share to Rev John by Tuesday night. Phone: 9868 1658 or email: whitestarhaven@gmail.com
EASTWOOD CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY AIDDid you notice the dip in the temperature during the week? Your help is very welcome in building stocks of canned, warming foods which will help those less fortunate than ourselves. Also remember that many lonely people depend on their four-footed or bird friends for company and those need feeding too.


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Marsden Road Uniting Newssheet 10 May 2020

May 7, 2020 - 11:50pm

                          Marsden Road Uniting Church

203 Marsden Road Carlingford

                            Sunday 10th May 2020

  Our mission: to reflect Christ alive in the CommunityGreetings to you out there in your homes. As we worship in our homes in the homelands of the Wallumedegal people. We acknowledge their Elders, past and present.We hope that you will experience the presence of God in and through the Service, privately or as a Family joining with the people of God who continue to gather in Spirit although not physically.

LECTIONARY BIBLE READINGS Acts 7:55-60; Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16; 1 Peter 2:2-10; John 14:1-14PRAYER Ever living God, whose Son Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life: give us grace to love one another, to follow in the way of his commandments, and to share his risen life; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
CHURCH SERVICESWorship which is found On-line and Delivered by Hand to people. How you can access these services, Newssheet and Rev John’ weekly Blog:
  1. Through Zoom on the Internet on Sunday at 9.30am
  2. On Marsden Road Uniting Website:
http://www.marsdenroadunitingchurch.org.au/
  1. On Marsden Road Facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/MRUCC082016/ 
  1. Receiving as a PDF Attachment by Email.
  2. Receiving as printed Documents in Mailbox.

Offerings
  • Please consider offering via EFT – Direct Credit can be done anonymously and scheduled to occur automatically at whatever frequency you choose - weekly, monthly etc. See details of Church Bank Account below.
  • By stewardship envelopes - set aside the money in them & bring to Church at the next service at MRUC
  • A/C Name: Marsden Road Uniting Church
BSB: 634 634              A/C: 100049856


  CHURCH COUNCILwill meet on May 12th via Zoom at 7.30pm. Please have your group’s reports into Ruth or Susan before the meeting. The Zoom for the meeting will open at 7pm.


PRAYER CALENDAROur Prayer Calendar for May is available. We all want to support others in prayer but sometimes don't know how to do that. This calendar guides our daily thinking as we lift up others in their need. It has been sent by Email and some will receive it in their letter boxes. If you still need one, please contact your Elder.
Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than going to a garage makes you an automobile.
 The Bible tells us to love our neighbours, and also to love our enemies; probably because they are generally the same people. ~ G. K. Chesterton
CONTACTSMinister of the WordRev John Candy 0411 267 639 or 98681658.or whitestarhaven@gmail.com  Church Council Chairperson:         Ruth Henderson 9875 2194Church Council Secretary:             Susan Halgren 9858 1409Elders’ Chairperson:                        Alan Craymer 9874 0531Elders’ Secretary:                            Elaine Forrest 9874 7231Congregation Meeting Chair:         Warwick Roden 9874 7584Property bookings/enquiries:         Warwick Roden 9874 7584Website: www.marsdenroadunitingchurch.org.au Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/MRUCC082016/  Rev Johns’ Weekly Blog: http://whitestarhaven.blogspot.com/ Weekly Blog on the Sunday Service:                        margaretssundayreflections.blogspot.com
Please send messages & items to share to Rev John by Tuesday night. Phone: 9868 1658 or email: whitestarhaven@gmail.com 
EASTWOOD CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY AIDDid you notice the dip in the temperature during the week? Your help is very welcome in building stocks of canned, warming foods which will help those less fortunate than ourselves. Also remember that many lonely people depend on their four-footed or bird friends for company and those need feeding too.






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Marsden Road Uniting Newsletter 03 May 2020

May 1, 2020 - 12:25am

Marsden Road Uniting Church
203 Marsden Road CarlingfordSunday 03rd May 2020Our mission: to reflect Christ alive in the CommunityGreetings to you out there in your homes. As we worship in our homes in the homelands of the Wallumedegal people. We acknowledge their Elders, past and present.We hope that you will experience the presence of God in and through the Service, privately or as a Family joining with the people of God who continue to gather in Spirit although not physically.


LECTIONARY BIBLE READINGS Acts 2:42-47, Psalm 23, 1 Peter 2:19-25, John 10:1-10.
PRAYER God of all power, you called from death our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep: send us as shepherds to rescue the lost, to heal the injured, and to feed one another with understanding; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.                                                             CHURCH SERVICES          Worship which is found On-line and Delivered by Hand to people. How you can access these services, Newssheet and Rev John’ weekly Blog:
  1. Through Zoom on the Internet on Sunday at 9.30am
  2. On Marsden Road Uniting Website: http://www.marsdenroadunitingchurch.org.au/
  1. On Marsden Road Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/MRUCC082016/ 
  1. Receiving as a PDF Attachment by Email.
  2. Receiving as printed Documents in Mailbox.

Offerings
  • Please consider offering via EFT – Direct Credit can be done anonymously and scheduled to occur automatically at whatever frequency you choose - weekly, monthly etc. See details of Church Bank Account below.
  • By stewardship envelopes - set aside the money in them & bring to Church at the next service at MRUC
  • A/C Name: Marsden Road Uniting Church
BSB: 634 634              A/C: 100049856

"As a lifelong hypochondriac, watching everyone freak out over coronavirus makes me feel so seen."



Lent Event 2020.The total from our congregation was $895. A big thank you to all who contributed from our congregation.
 CCA is seeking more people who aren’t on the Government self-isolation list to
assist ion delivering meals on wheel. Any volunteer must be under 70 and have no health issues. Phone 9858 3222. CCA Eastwood are still seeking foodstuffs for their clients as the need is continuing to grow. Please ring your Elder for assistance in getting it to CCA or direct.
Living It Out
Jesus says he has come to give you life to the full, while others will try to lessen your life. In order to do this Jesus acts as a gate. Sometimes providing us with safety as if we are in a sheep pen, and at other times Jesus leads the sheep (people) out. They hear his voice and follow him.
Here's an exercise you might like to try take a piece of paper and make a list of when you can look/listen out for Jesus’ voice. It could be anywhere. Perhaps it will be when you are with people like your friends, parents or family and work or school colleagues.  Perhaps it will be a time like in the morning when you get up, during the day as you go about your daily tasks or when you reflect on the day in the evening.

CONTACTSMinister of the WordRev John Candy 0411 267 639 or 98681658.or whitestarhaven@gmail.comChurch Council Chairperson:         Ruth Henderson 9875 2194Church Council Secretary:             Susan Halgren 9858 1409Elders’ Chairperson:                        Alan Craymer 9874 0531Elders’ Secretary:                            Elaine Forrest 9874 7231Congregation Meeting Chair:         Warwick Roden 9874 7584Property bookings/enquiries:         Warwick Roden 9874 7584Website: www.marsdenroadunitingchurch.org.auFacebook:https://www.facebook.com/MRUCC082016/Rev Johns’ Weekly Blog: http://whitestarhaven.blogspot.com/Weekly Blog on the Sunday Service:                        margaretssundayreflections.blogspot.com
Please send messages & items to share to Rev John by Tuesday night. Phone: 9868 1658 or email: whitestarhaven@gmail.com
You know what they’re saying about 2020. It went viral faster than anyone thought it would.
 What’s the difference between COVID-19 and Romeo and Juliet? One’s the coronavirus and the other is a Verona crisis.
Minister Working from Home

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Marsden Road Uniting Newssheet 26 April 2020

April 23, 2020 - 11:42pm



  
       Marsden Road Uniting Church
        203 Marsden Road Carlingford

  Sunday 26th April 2020

Our mission: to reflect Christ alive in the CommunityGreetings to you out there in your homes. As we worship in our homes in the homelands of the Wallumedegal people. We acknowledge their Elders, past and present.We hope that you will experience the presence of God in and through the Service, privately or as a Family joining with the people of God who continue to gather in Spirit although not physically.
LECTIONARY BIBLE READINGS Acts 2:14a, 36-41; Psalm 116:1-4,12-19;1 Peter 1:17-23; Luke 24:13-35.PRAYER O God, your Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread: open the eyes of our faith, that we may see him in his redeeming work; who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.                                                             CHURCH SERVICES          Worship which is found On-line and Delivered by Hand to people. How you can access these services, Newssheet and Rev John’ weekly Blog:
  1. Through Zoom on the Internet on Sunday at 9.30am
  2. On Marsden Road Uniting Website:
http://www.marsdenroadunitingchurch.org.au/
  1. On Marsden Road Facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/MRUCC082016/ 
  1. Receiving as a PDF Attachment by Email.
  2. Receiving as printed Documents in Mailbox.

Offerings
  • Please consider offering via EFT – Direct Credit can be done anonymously and scheduled to occur automatically at whatever frequency you choose - weekly, monthly etc. See details of Church Bank Account below.
  • By stewardship envelopes - set aside the money in them & bring to Church at the next service at MRUC
  • A/C Name: Marsden Road Uniting Church
BSB: 634 634              A/C: 100049856
What types of jokes are allowed during quarantine? Inside jokes!

Lent Event 2020.The total from our congregation was $895. A big thank you to all who contributed from our congregation.
 CCA is seeking more people who aren’t on the Government self-isolation list to assist ion delivering meals on wheel. Any volunteer must be under 70 and have no health issues. Phone 9858 3222. CCA Eastwood are still seeking foodstuffs for their clients as the need is continuing to grow. Please ring your Elder for assistance in getting it to CCA or direct.
Facing Fears about Health
To gain a wise perspective, we have to face our fears. Fears can be healthy or exaggerated—and sometimes paralysing. It takes wisdom to admit that there are dangers around us that need to be properly, and fearfully, respected, and it takes wisdom to see through the exaggerations and fearmongering of those who use the pains of others for their benefit.We must seek wisdom and make the very best decisions we can as we all endeavour to act generously and selflessly, in ways consistent with all that we believe as followers of Christ, on behalf of others.All of us know there are basic health practices we must seriously follow, not only for ourselves but on behalf of others. People who are not in high-risk groups should not only set a good example for others but be willing to share the burdens that others feel. Apparently healthy people, those with no symptoms and no awareness of having the disease, can nonetheless carry it to others. We owe it to one another to pay attention to each other, to advise one another, to check on one another, and serve one another. It’s what we believe and confess as Christians, and these days test us to live out our faith. One of our great privileges every day is praying for each other and all the world.
CONTACTSMinister of the WordRev John Candy 0411 267 639 or 98681658.or whitestarhaven@gmail.comChurch Council Chairperson:         Ruth Henderson 9875 2194Church Council Secretary:             Susan Halgren 9858 1409Elders’ Chairperson:                        Alan Craymer 9874 0531Elders’ Secretary:                            Elaine Forrest 9874 7231Congregation Meeting Chair:         Warwick Roden 9874 7584Property bookings/enquiries:         Warwick Roden 9874 7584Website: www.marsdenroadunitingchurch.org.auFacebook:https://www.facebook.com/MRUCC082016/Rev Johns’ Weekly Blog: http://whitestarhaven.blogspot.com/Weekly Blog on the Sunday Service:                        margaretssundayreflections.blogspot.com
Please send messages & items to share to Rev John by Tuesday night. Phone: 9868 1658 or email: whitestarhaven@gmail.com
“Many of us spend most of our time indoors, in temperatures we can control artificially, obtaining our food neatly packaged from supermarket shelves and our water at the turn of a tap. We don’t experience our daily dependence on the well-being of the earth. The fruiting of berries and grains in due season, the springing up of water in wells and streams.” Sarah Bachelard in Eremos April, 2020 We do have, at the back of our minds, a vague sense of being connected to the earth and all its passengers, but it is at a distance and so our felt need to protect the planet is not so urgent.
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