Emergency: Prayer for the people of Tonga

last week Tropical Cyclone Gita devastated communities across Tonga.

Prayer request from Act for Peace –  the international aid agency of the National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA). 

Please feel free to share this email and the following prayer points with your congregation.

We pray for:

  • Our brothers and sisters in Tonga and those across the Pacific whose lives have been devastated by Cyclone Gita.
  • The tens of thousands of people who have lost homes, livestock and crops. That they will find protection, and have access to clean water, food and shelter.
  • Act for Peace and the Tonga National Council of Churches as they provide emergency assistance to those in need.
  • Our Pacific neighbours as they begin the process of rebuilding their lives over the next few months.
  • All who have been affected. We ask that they know God’s peace, love and hope as they grieve and start the process of rebuilding their lives.

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Community Pantry for Eden

On 17 January 2018, the Eden newspaper, “Magnet” , ran the following story:

Ever heard of the community pantry movement?  The exciting thing is that one’s coming to Eden.

A community pantry is planned for St Georges Uniting Church Hall, Chandos St, Eden. The aim is to have construction completed and ready for operation mid-2018. The pantry will provide a limited range of basic grocery items for free or at minimal cost.

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Alpine Op Shop Wins Award

Accepting our Community Service Award from our local State Government member John Barilaro. So honoured and humbled…..

Posted by The OP SHOP Jindabyne on Sunday, 19 November 2017

The news of the Award arrived at Presbytery Office just as the latest issue of the magazine, Perspective, was going to print. Fortunately  there was enough room on page 2 to squeeze in a last minute ‘stop press’ report. Now we have included below some photos from Presbytery’s Co-Chair, John Williams, who visited Alpine last weekend and says,  “I enjoyed a lovely visit to folk at Alpine and saw some good work and fellowship. Opshop is impressive as is the Wednesday lunch program. Real connection to community.”  [Alpine’s OpShop Facebook page – see picture above – has more.]

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Mission Shaped Ministry taster workshop

One day workshop ‘taste test’

Canberra workshop 2 December 10am-3.30pm at St Columba’s Uniting Church Braddon ACT

Uniting Mission & Education are running Saturday one-day workshops to  begin an exploration of ‘mission shaped ministry’ or ‘being church’ in ways that will support the mission context we find ourselves in today. Mission Shaped Ministry introduction days will explore these ideas through teaching, story, and reflection and ask how we may all — individually and collectively — understand and equip ourselves to discover and participate in the mission of Jesus Christ where we live and work, for the sake of the world.

Canberra Region Presbytery will hold one of these workshops in Canberra, on 2 December at St Columba’s Uniting Church 10 Fawkner St Braddon. Please RSVP office@cruc.org.au by 26 November or contact Geoff Wellington  geoff@cruc.org.au 6248 9311 M 0400 831 445 for more details.

Who should attend?
This day is ideal for individuals or groups who are interested in learning about and participating in mission, and also for leadership teams with responsibility for fostering discipleship and shaping church engagement with the community.

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UnitingWorld – Canberra Region Presbytery Ambassadors

Did you know that UnitingWorld now has two ambassadors in the Canberra Region Presbytery? Margaret and Elizabeth are happy to come and talk with your congregation or fellowship group about the work of UnitingWorld.

UnitingWorld is the arm of the Uniting Church providing relief, development and church connection with partner churches in Asia and the Pacific, focussing on education, health, economic and social empowerment (especially of women). To arrange a visit by Elizabeth or Margaret call UnitingWorld on (02) 8267 4267.  For general info about UnitingWorld see the website www.unitingworld.org.au