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Thursday, 1 March 2012

Newsletter reflection for Sunday 4th March 2012


Good morning,

Sometimes it seems a bit overwhelming.

This world is full of needs. Last week our guest Pastor David Livingstone Zijjan told us about the desperate need for care for orphans in Uganda.  (Anyone wanting more information, or to donate money can do so at dignityafrica.org . I understand the Church Council will look at ways we, as a whole congregation, can support this amazing work.)  Throughout Lent, the Lent Event material will take us through many of the needs experienced by churches and organisations partnering with Uniting World.

We are called to love our neighbours as ourselves.  It’s hard when there are just so many needs – and what we have to give seems so little by comparison.

In Genesis, we are made stewards of all of God’s creation – yet the needs of our environment, and the results of years of neglect seem just too much – and no-one seems to have effective solutions to the many problems we see.

What do we do when it’s all so much?

I’m reminded of the story of the little girl who found hundreds of starfish washed up on the beach. She began throwing them back, one at a time.  Her mother said, “Why are you doing that, you can’t help them all?”  The girl threw a starfish into the water and said, “But I helped that one.”

We can’t fix everything.  But every little bit we can do to show God’s love to this world and its people, is very precious, and very, very important.

Grace and peace
Iris

Lindy re-wore her wedding dress to give a talk on
Wedding Fashions and Traditions
at Community Care on Tuesday.


Dates to note

9 March. All annual reports to Julie Hultgren in preparation for AGM.
11 March. Holy Communion.  Baptism of Emily and Thomas Bartlett, children of Erica Davis and Gavin Bartlett.
17 March. 7am to 10.30am. Working bee for cleaning/maintenance of church, hall and grounds.
25 March.  11am AGM.
 5 April. 7.30am. Maundy Thursday service.
6 April. 7.30am. Good Friday service.
16 May. 7pm. Church Council.
16 June. 7am to 10.30am. Working bee for cleaning/maintenance of church, hall and grounds.
15 September. 7am to 10.30am. Working bee for cleaning/maintenance of church, hall and grounds.
17 November. 7am to 10.30am. Working bee for cleaning/maintenance of church, hall and grounds.


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