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Faith and hope in the Lockyer Valley

TWO RETIRED ministers in the Lockyer Valley are tackling the Synod’s call to assist in sustaining communities which have faced the trauma of devastating floods. With support from the Synod’s Disaster Relief Funds, the congregations of Gatton and Laidley / Hatton Vale have commissioned Rev Geoff Pankhurst and Rev Bob Heathwood to exercise this important recovery ministry. Soon after the ...

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Sustaining the Stanley River Covenant

ON 1 June 2001 a Local Covenant was signed between the Anglican Parish of Kilcoy, the Lutheran Redeemer Church, Woodford, the Stanley River Catholic Parish and the Kilcoy Uniting Church Congregation. The Covenant committed the four churches to work together in love, to pray and care for one another and to live together in fellowship to the greater glory of ...

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Ambassador in Blue Care ranks

BLUE CARE Indigenous Co-ordinator in Far North Queensland, Donna Corrie, has been appointed as an Ambassador with the Australian Government’s Indigenous Education Ambassadors program. Ms Corrie, a Torres Strait Islander based in Cairns, said she was overwhelmed when she received the letter from the Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth, the Hon Peter Garrett MP, confirming her appointment. ...

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Mercy on the high seas

IMAGINE GIVING up a comfortable job as a nurse in a regional hospital to work for a charity, on a boat, for no pay. Bundaberg Uniting Church member, Ellen Venz, has done just that when, in June, she began a four month placement on Mercy Ships International Hospital flagship Africa Mercy. Ms Venz said she was excited to volunteer on ...

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Promoting prayer in Queensland

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. Focus Group B is working on promoting prayer and spirituality ...

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The art of belonging

BUDDING AND established young artists are invited to enter the 2012 Calendar Art Competition. Thirteen artworks will be chosen to create a calendar that showcases and celebrates the life of the Uniting Church across the whole of Queensland. Young people between the ages of five and 17 can submit their original paintings, drawings, photography, collage or digital design based on ...

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Foundation ready for mission

ROCHELLE NOLAN has begun work to re-position the Uniting Church Foundation (UCF) to establish new and fulfilling ways Uniting Church members can contribute to important mission activities and see the tangible impact of their involvement. As Foundation Manager, Ms Nolan is passionate about people being able to make a meaningful contribution. “It is about fundraising in the context of a ...

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Emmaus walk heads to Fiji

A SPECIAL Emmaus Walk took volunteers from throughout Queensland and New South Wales to Fiji in early May. Jasper Williams School in Lautoka, Fiji, played host to the Australian team as they assisted the local community in the organisation (including permits) of two Emmaus Walks. Bayside Uniting Church’s Elaine Rae took on the role of logistics and IT provider, battling ...

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Reuniting scholars

ON SATURDAY 21May over 100 former residents of the Methodist Training College (MTC) held a reunion at Grace College (University of Queensland) in Brisbane. People came from all over Australia and even Singapore to catch up with friends from over 40 years ago and give thanks to God for the amazing contribution the College has made to the life of ...

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Nambour revisits flying mission

NAMBOUR UNITING Church has relaunched its outback outreach Mission Possible. In 2009 the congregation combined with local community groups to send a convoy to central western Queensland to refurbish station runways. Approximately 30 volunteers, have signed up again this year, working for two weeks from 24 June to bring runways back up to Royal Flying Doctor standards. It is vital ...

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