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Room in hall for soaked youth

Nearly 70 young people from the Uniting Church congregations of Glebe Road, Oxley, Centenary, Karana Downs, Forest Lake and Indooroopilly were camped at Easterfest this year and all were caught up in the chaos of the Saturday night flooding. Indooroopilly youth minister, Rev Josie Nottle, was responsible for 40 young people when the plans for the weekend changed due to ...

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Two schools, one mission

THE CHAIRMAN of Moreton Bay College, Mr Geoff Diehm QC, has announced an amalgamation of the governance structures for Moreton Bay College (MBC) and Moreton Bay Boys’ College (MBBC) from 1 July, 2011. The first steps in the amalgamation will be to reorganise the current Board structure. While there will still be a separate Board for each school, they will ...

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Inservice grows new leaders

FOR FIVE days in late March a group of people involved in lay ministry in the Uniting Church, some new Pastors among them, gathered at Alexandra Park Conference Centre on the Sunshine Coast for Christian formation, training and education. Pilgrim Learning Community lecturer, Karyl Davison, said there was a lot of learning, forming new friendships and fun. “With keynote speaker, ...

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Community service awarded

DAYBORO UNITING Church community minister, Dr Paul Inglis, was presented with the Pine Rivers Combined Services Community Service Award at the annual gathering of the districts services clubs at Murrumba Downs, north of Brisbane, on 6 April. He accepted it “on behalf of the many people who pulled together after a fire and flood in Dayboro”. After studying theology, the ...

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Church member motors on

LONGREACH UNITING Church member Stan Emslie thinks his Aunt, Lil Keene, may be the oldest Uniting Church member in Queensland still driving herself to church. Mrs Keene celebrated her 97th birthday on 25 March and she attends worship nearly every week. Born Lily Stinson, she has lived in Central Queensland all her life. Together with her husband George Campbell, she ...

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Couples Club turns 50

A GROUP of current and former members of Albert Street church may have set a record for the longest running fellowship. In today’s parlance of Small Groups, the Albert Street Couples Club has been a stand out success for 50 years, with 50 members celebrating the occasion with a lunch at Wheller Gardens in Chermside in March. As in the ...

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College opens new auditorium

UNITY COLLEGE, Caloundra, celebrated the official opening of the third stage of construction of the Building Education Revolution Project on 8 April. Access to $3 million under the recent Federal school building initiative allowed the College to implement plans resulting in a new, state of the art auditorium. The new building is already booked as a venue for basketball games ...

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47 years of camping

THE MARY Burnett Presbytery Adult Fellowship Camp was celebrated again in March. Starting 46 years ago with a Presbyterian group at Torquay, the camp was moved to Luther Heights, Coolum, and continued to provide a space for women of the Presbytery to meet and share in fellowship, fun, friendship, studies, concerts, and worship. Camp Committee secretary Eva Donaldson said the ...

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Celebrating 100 years

ON SUNDAY 5 June Queensland’s oldest living Uniting Church minister, Rev Ellis Bramley, will celebrate his 100th birthday with a special services at the Chermside- Kedron Community Church in Brisbane. Mr Bramley commenced his ministry as a Home Missionary in Chinchilla in 1932. After his Ordination at Albert Street Methodist Church in 1938 he served in Clermont, Longreach and then ...

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From Tassie to Tully with love

OTHER CONGREGATIONS sent money to help the people of Tully after Cyclone Yasi. The communities linked by Frontier Services’ Midlands Patrol in Tasmania sent Rev Meg Evans. Ms Evans candidated from Edmonton and served for some years in Far North Queensland, so she was on the phone to friends immediately after the cyclone wrecked Tully and the surrounding area. They ...

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