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Sharing love this Easter

THE Queensland Synod’s Uniting Communications is again partnering with congregations to produce high-quality, low-cost resources for Easter outreach in local communities. Easter is love is the theme of the 2012 Easter postcard campaign. The back of the card will say “Share it!” and have a space for congregations to put their Easter service and event times. Communications Manager Mardi Lumsden ...

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Atherton lives out parable of the talents

ATHERTON UNITING Church congregation, in North Queensland, recently challenged its members to use their various talents to raise funds for the work of God on the Atherton Tablelands. Participating members were each offered $30 with which to work, and many have taken up the challenge to grow this over the next two months. Age has been no barrier, from a ...

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U.C.I.S Customer Service Christmas closure

THIS YEAR U.C.I.S will be observing the Synod Office closure days between Christmas and New Year. Therefore it will not be open during the Christmas New Year period – this includes any Netconnect access. The last day of operation will be Friday 23 December and the U.C.I.S Customer Service office will reopen as usual on Tuesday 3 January. We hope ...

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Bonds of faith in Cleveland

HISTORY WAS made in the Star of the Sea Catholic Church in October when parish priest, Father Frank O’Dea invited Cleveland Uniting Church minister, Rev Peter Elliot, to assist in the Saturday evening Mass. Father O’Dea has worked in ecumenical harmony with Mr Elliot for over 10 years and sought an opportunity to say farewell to Mr Elliot as he ...

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Townsville Central lifts lid on fundraising

TOWNSVILLE CENTRAL City Mission is putting the fun back into fundraising and helping brighten the life of a very special young woman by taking part in Pauls recently re-launched Collect-A-Cap program. The Townsville church was recently alerted to the story of a young amputee from Papua New Guinea (PNG) named Jenny. Jenny, who lives in a remote mountainous area of ...

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Stepping stones to reconciliation

TEAR AND Scripture Union have joined forces to create the Disciples Without Borders camp to be held from 12 to 16 December on Stradbroke Island. Social justice advocates and camp directors, Lauren Ash and Christel Palmer, said the camp is about meeting Indigenous people, hearing their stories and learning about issues in the community that relate to them. This is ...

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Art celebrates belonging

THIRTEEN ARTWORKS by young people aged between five and 17 years old have been chosen to feature in the 2012 Synod calendar. Throughout 2012, the calendar aims to encourage the whole of the Uniting Church in Queensland to reflect on what it means to belong as part of the Together on the way, enriching community panel of expert judges was ...

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Expo inspires community connections

ON SATURDAY 27 August Indooroopilly Uniting Church hosted the second Bremer Brisbane Presbytery Ministry Expo, a capability-building initiative. With a common theme of developing community connections, there were around 27 displays and stalls from congregations in the Presbytery as well as the Synod and the Assembly alongside those from ecumenical and para-church organisations and agencies, such as World Vision. Speakers ...

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Young adults stretch their faith

UNITING CHURCH young adults aged 18 to 30, grappled with life’s big questions during a weekend of exploring faith, life and theology for young adults in September. The camp, entitled Consume: Sex, Money, Power … God?, was held in Maleny on 9-11 September. Organised through Trinity Theological College, it is a Moderator’s Initiative. Part of the ongoing Stretching Faith events, ...

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Enriching community together

AS THE Together on the way, enriching community journey continues Church members from all over Queensland are reflecting on the future of the Church in their own context. In the light of the Church’s 2020 Call and Vision, five areas of priority for the next two years have been identified. Priority Direction E looks at “Engaging in opportunities for intentional, ...

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