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Esk community in shock

After consistent rain for some months, and five inches that morning, the town of Esk, north of Wivenhoe Dam in the Brisbane Valley, was inundated with water at around 2pm on Monday 10 January. Sandy and Redbank creeks broke their banks, ripping up trees as they converged and tore through the railway bridge, sweeping vehicles into the street before flooding ...

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Rural churches muster faith

The Mary Burnett Presbytery will host the Rural Muster in Nanango from 13-15 May. Rural Muster is a three-day gathering of Uniting Church ministers and lay people from country Queensland and smaller urban congregations to seek God’s direction for ministry in their communities. Previous Rural Musters have been held in Mundubbera, Roma and Oakey. Organisers encouraged people from all over ...

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Town of Esk in shock after flood

After consistent rain for some months, and five inches that morning, the town of Esk, north of Wivenhoe Dam in the Brisbane Valley, was inundated with water at around 2pm on Monday 10 January. Sandy and Redbank Creeks broke their banks ripping up trees as they converged and tore through the railway bridge, sweeping vehicles into the street before flooding ...

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Maryborough celebrates 130 years

ON FRIDAY 8 October the congregation of St. Stephen’s Uniting Church in Maryborough re-enacted the laying of the foundation stone of the church. 130 years ago on that date the stone for the new Presbyterian Church was laid. The church was officially opened on 20 November 1881 and cost around £4400. It remains a conspicuous landmark in Maryborough with its ...

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Aitkenvale celebrates 125 years

AITKENVALE UNITING Church celebrated 125 years of church community in Aitkenvale, Townsville, on 23 and 24 October. There was much remembering about good times with memories sparked by photos and memorabilia. On Sunday over 170 worshippers attended a service in the morning, which was followed by a family picnic. Minister Rev Mark Dewar led the congregation in giving thanks for ...

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Montville brings gifts

MONTVILLE UNITING Church’s annual Christmas display will this year focus on the work of Act for Peace and the Christmas Bowl with a thought provoking exhibition. Through posters, banners, DVDs and stories about real people facing real challenges, The Gifts of Life exhibit will emphasise those gifts that make a difference in their lives: shelter, security, clean water, food, seeds, ...

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Revamped Indooroopilly church opens doors

SATURDAY 4 December was the opening of the redevelopment of the Indooroopilly Uniting Church. The conclusion of the redevelopment brings to fruition ten years of planning and twelve months of construction. Opened by the Moderator Rev Bruce Johnson the contemporary glass-fronted structure makes a dramatic connection between the earlier Methodist Church of 1917 and the church built in 1976 for ...

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Geebung celebrates 50 years

GEEBUNG UNITING Church will celebrate 50 years on 20 February with a service and lunch. Now part of the Kairos Uniting Church cluster in northern Brisbane, an old farm house was the setting for the first worship service in February 1961. Established as a Presbyterian Church, the farm house was the worship centre until May 1963, when the first permanent ...

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Breaking the communal fast

WHEN MARYBOROUGH Uniting Church member MarionTappenden felt a calling to help homeless people she wasn’t sure what to do next. “I had a vision four or five years ago of working with the homeless and it wasn’t until earlier this year that I finally found somewhere to take it,” she said. Hearing that her congregation was looking for new mission ...

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Walkers make tracks for Bible translation

DAVID CARNELL, Andrew Carnell, and Andrew Sav arrived home in Stanthorpe on 11 November after walking 2000 kilometres to raise awareness that there are still 2000 languages into which the Bible has not been translated. The trio left Cairns on 24 August and arrived in Stanthorpe on Remembrance Day. Mr Sav said he was not sure if he would make ...

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