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Beenleigh party helps renovate Rarongo

Beenleigh Working Party member Mrs Rhonda Middleton believed that even they arrived, there was the sense that they were involved with something greater than renovation of some buildings at Rarongo Theological College. The group continued working on the two buildings that a work party from Pittsworth had began. This involved walls, floors, roofs plumbing and electrical work, then the painting ...

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Presbytery caring for its own

Inspired by intense feeling at the March presbytery meeting, many North Queenslanders have responded to the needs of Australia’s northern most congregation on Thursday Island. The most eastern congregation, Magnetic Island, donated over $1000 towards materials. Bruce and Rosemary Chamberlain (members of the Bowen Congregation) volunteered to help paint the church. The presbytery provided airfares. More volunteers will follow to ...

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Blue nurse tops community

Queensland Blue Care clinical nurse consultant Kay Josephs has won the inaugural Australian Council of Community Nursing Services Community Nurse of the Year award. Ms Josephs won the award for her outstanding work in the continence field. “Because talking about incontinence is such a ‘taboo’ topic, many Australians needlessly suffer in silence from this problem,” she said. “I see being ...

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Sign of the Times September

This month’s pick for ‘Sign of the Times’ is Windsor Uniting Church which is clearly pitching for family outreach. To enter your ‘Sign of the Times” send your picture to journey@uccentre.ucaqld.com.au

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Congregations invited to a partnership this Christmas

Gifts of time and love are the best Christmas presents is the theme of a bold new mission strategy for Christmas 2005. The Communication Services Unit will be partnering with congregations to produce high-quality, low-cost resources for Christmas outreach in their local community.  Synod Mission Consultant Rev Dr Graham Beattie says Christmas is an ideal opportunity to invite people to ...

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New recruit joins an old order

Emma-Kate Moore recently joined the Youth and Children’s Ministry Unit as a candidate for the Order of St Stephen, which begun in the 1950s as a way of allowing people to serve sacrificially in ministry. Director of the Youth and Children’s Ministry Unit Michael Jeffrey says the Order is a perfect vehicle for Emma-Kate to give a year in active ...

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Forest Lake College keeps growing

Moderator of the Queensland Synod Rev Allan Kuchler unveiled a shield representing the Uniting Church during Forest Lake College’s twelfth birthday celebrations. The College was a landmark development both for the Forest Lake community and the Uniting and Anglican Churches, the first time the two churches had formed a partnership to operate a school. A set of shields, each rep-resenting ...

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YACMU has secrets to share

Strange things are afoot in the life of the Uniting Church in Queensland in youth and children’s ministry. YACMU Director Michael Jeffrey reports hearing positive stories about ministry in many areas. “Day camps in the last school holidays were as large as they have ever been and youth workers are feeling good about their ministry and excited about the growth ...

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Anglicans invest in Uranium, Uniting Church says “NO”!

Bloomberg.com reports that Glebe Asset Management, the Anglican Church’s investment fund has decided to remove its ban on buying uranium mining shares. Director David Andrews said that they had accepting uranium partly because of concern that the increasing use of oil and coal is contributing to pollution and global warming. Peter Thompson, marketing consultant for UCA Funds Management, said that ...

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2005 Australian Christian Book of the Year Awards

Hinduism , Buddhism , Judaism , Christianity and Islam are compared, in the winning title for the Australian Christian Book Awards. “A spectator’s guide to world religions: an introduction to the big five” by John Dickson (Blue Bottle Books) is the 2005 Australian Christian Book of the Year. Presenting a clear, accessible, and unbiased presentation of the major faiths, the ...

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