Uniting Care Christmas Appeal
As the stable was bare the tree is bare as will Christmas Day be for many children and adults in the Victor Harbor Area. Uniting Care and Target are conducting the Christmas Appeal. Synod has approved Adare Church’s participation in arranging for unwrapped presents to be placed below the Christmas tree at Target. Please if you can place a present below the tree, and encourage friends to do the same. Thank you. Christine and Wayne Abbott.
Uniting Care Christmas Appeal
CHANGING LIVES THROUGH THE GREATEST JOURNEY
Here is the story of 14-year-old Sophea who joined The Greatest Journey class after he received a shoebox. He never had a gift before. When he opened the box, he saw the blessing and said, “Mum and Dad, I got books, shoes, rulers, pens, and crayons. I can continue my studies in school!”
He did not hesitate to attend The Greatest Journey discipleship program. Now, he’s like a new person.
“I saw a new world and realised I was called by God to serve and to serve my friends,” Sophea told me.
Sophea has become a Sunday School teacher assistant. He’s growing in his relationship with God and encouraging friends to attend The Greatest Journey.
I am thankful that Operation Christmas Child has helped our country. Cambodia suffered a long time—almost 31 years. We passed through a civil war, when 2.5 million people were killed.
We also suffered a long time under the Khmer Rouge. These events lowered morale and made access to education difficult.
Many people are poor in Cambodia, and it’s especially hard to break the poverty cycle.
Please pray for Cambodia. I hope and believe that Operation Christmas Child is the best opportunity for a better generation, and an opportunity to transform our society and our country.
Christmas in Cambodia
Pastoral statement: Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey
Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus.
The week ahead will be challenging for our community and our church, as the results of the Government’s voluntary postal survey on same gender marriage will be released.
We are in challenging times facing a range of disturbing issues all of which go to our common humanity – our inherent worth to God and to each other. This affects how we speak and act and, as disciples of Jesus, we are called to reflect upon what the gospel asks of us.
This week we have been meeting together in Sydney and sharing our heart for the Church, the whole people of God.
Every human being is of equal value to God. From the creation story, to the birth of Jesus and our own baptism, we assert that every person is created in God’s image, and our worth is without question. Our humanity is made whole in Jesus Christ.
Whatever the result of the postal survey, many people in our community will feel hurt, some deeply. Our families and friends who are LGBTIQ have found the whole survey incredibly difficult, and indeed unsafe. Many of our families and friends in the broader community have also found this time disconcerting.
There has been a great deal of anger, fear and hurt, for which we grieve.
The question for us is how we will act as the church now, and in the weeks and months ahead. We must care for each other, acknowledging that most of our congregations will host a diversity of opinions, as does our community. We cannot use our roles in the church to tell people what to think, to criticise, or to abuse, others.
Ministers and those in specified ministry have particular responsibilities to demonstrate leadership that all with whom they engage, whether directly or through various social or other media platforms, hear and experience the witness of the gospel to the God given dignity of all people.
We are the Uniting Church, a wonderfully diverse community of faith, which is founded in the grace of God’s act in Jesus Christ.
We are responsible to, and for, each other. We need to pray for wisdom, courage and discernment. In this difficult season, we will look towards Christ and encourage others to do the same.
“God has given to all people in the Church the Holy Spirit as a pledge and foretaste of that coming reconciliation and renewal which is the end in view for the whole creation. The Church’s call is to serve that end: to be a fellowship of reconciliation.” (Paragraph 3 Basis of Union).
Friends, when we allow the Spirit to shape us then our witness and love, counters the hostility of the world and testifies to the reality of the risen crucified One.
If you need support please make contact with your Presbytery or Synod.
Be assured that we are praying for our whole church, and for the community in which we live.
Grace and peace,
Stuart McMillan, President
Rev. Sharon Hollis, Moderator, Synod of Victoria and Tasmania
Rev. Simon Hansford, Moderator, Synod of NSW and the ACT
Rev. David Baker, Moderator, Synod of Queensland
Rev. Sue Ellis, Moderator, Synod of South Australia
Rev. Thresi Mauboy, Moderator, Northern Synod
Rev. Steve Francis, Moderator, Synod of Western Australia
Postal Survey results (see ABS website)
National Church Life Survey:
In 2016 the Adare Uniting Church participated in a National Survey relating to Church life.
The Church Life Profile can be viewed anytime online by people .
· Go to 2016ncls.org.au/profile-number
· Copy and enter Adare Church Profile Number - ZHXQDZ
Look for the bold print View Our Summary Profile - available now and click on it (For the moment you can skip the two steps above and click on the link).
You are encouraged to look closely at the outcomes and talk freely about them.
How should we use these results?
National Church Life Survey
Ryan, Juanita and family, members of Adare Uniting Church, are currently working with Youth with a Mission (YWAM). To see their latest newsletter and to hear of their exploits and prayer needs, click HERE.
The family have prepared a one minute video (August 2017) to share with the Adare Uniting Church Congregation. Click HERE to view it.
The Carter Family in the Ukraine
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