NEWSLETTER

A New Beginning - Feb 2021

A New Beginning

Time to Make A Difference

Luke 3 v. 1-19

(Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him (v4))

Once more we begin a new year.

The year that lies ahead is in many ways a new beginning. 

Each year preparations are made by governments, organisations,  families and individuals to celebrate, say goodbye to the old and welcome in the New Year with all its opportunities and challenges.

And all usually with the aim of making a difference.

The theme I’d like us to consider is how we can make a spiritual difference this year, what preparations can we make to influence the world and those around us?

Consider the words in the passage

John the Baptist’s mission was ‘to prepare the way’.

Was there ever a greater time in history that people needed to prepare a way for the Lord than we do now?

In a world obsessed with physical wellbeing, exercise, hydration and mindfulness, has the need for spiritual health and spiritual wellbeing ever been greater?

We have the same calling as John the Baptist in our fast-paced world of global change.   Never before has the world been so interconnected, but it is also in flux and chaos, searching for new moorings, feeling after a new order.

But without God no new order will be found.

What this world needs more than anything is a people who will prepare the way.

Men and women like john the Baptist, who prepared himself first and then went out and prepared others to know God.   No more important questions can be asked by each Christian, as we begin this new year, than these:

Am I spiritually fit for what lies ahead?

Am I willing to be part of preparing the way and making the paths straight.

Prayer

Dear God, at the beginning of a new year help me to make a difference.

Give me the strength and courage to prepare the way for You and Your Kingdom.

Prepare me first so that I am ready to fulfil your purposes in the days that lie ahead.

In Jesus’ name, Amen

Port Broughton UCAF

Fellowship Report

Hi! Everyone and welcome to a new year in 2021. A year that I hope will bring a slowdown of the Covid19 Virus, this can only happen if we all do the right thing, by self distancing, sanitising and registering.

So please help each other.

At 1-30pm Sylvia Harvey welcomed 10 members, with a new one coming a little later, to our Planning Day.  Sylvia H, opened with prayer.

A number of good ideas for our programme were brought to the table.

Just a brief of our programme: – Getting to know one of our members. A guest speaker telling of his experience staying at Government House as guest of the Governor, Hieu Van Le. Several interesting outings. Craft workshop for the Samaritan Purse.

Talks from some of the members. The AGM on 16 November and Carol singing on 14th December 2021.

Our next meeting is on Tuesday 16th February and we would love to see you there. New members and visitors are always welcome.

Blessings to you all, Raelene

Know Your Bible

Know Your Bible

2nd and 4th Fridays at 10am
In the Sunday School room
Flowers for Sunday

Ministry Team Meeting

Thursday 12th March .7pm
Vanuatu World day of Prayer

World day of Prayer 2021

Host country is Vanuatu and the theme is "Build on a Strong Foundation". World Day of Prayer will be held on Friday 5 March 2021, that Port Broughton Uniting Church. 10am. Fellowship Sunday will be held 26th September, 2021, guest preacher still to be arranged.
harvest

Harvest Festival

Our harvest festival is on Sunday 21st February. Non perishable items for distribution can be left in the Church on Saturday 20th February from 5pm to 6pm or on Sunday morning at the 9.30am service. Please give generously at this time. Many families are suffering due to COVID and all items are given to the needy.
Fellowship Meeting - Photo by Carolyn V on Unsplash

Adult Fellowship

Tuesday 17th March 1.30pm 
Hospital Visiting

Hospital Visiting

Cancelled until further notice.
Knit and Natter

Knit & Natter

Wednesday 3rd Feb, 2-4pm at RSL Knit and Natter will be held on Wednesday 3rd February at the RSL Hall from 2-4pm. Please remember to bring your finished items for Dulcie. Tea and coffee will be supplied under COVID requirements. Looking forward to seeing you all. Dulcie
sickness

The Sick

Please remember in your prayers the following who are recovering from surgery, Or generally unwell: Sylvia Skinner, Vicki Schmitt, Garry Jeeves, and anyone else who is sick. We wish you all a speedy recovery.

Volunteers

We are looking for volunteers to assist with the smooth running of our Church Services. If you are interested in welcoming at the door, Bible reading, Leading or morning tea. Please contact any member of the Ministry Team—thank you.
tithing and giving

Tithing & Giving

The Ministry Team would encourage you all to continue with your regular giving of monetary gifts to the Church for the work of God. There are different ways for you to do this. Our preference would be for you to use Electronic Funds Transfer if you are able to do so, by paying into the Port Broughton Uniting Church bank account BSB: 065 503   Acc No:10205710   reference: offering; or by cheque (post to Sandra Ireland) or use your envelopes or just put it aside. If you have any questions or would like it picked up please contact Sandra Ireland. Thank you
Evening Home Group

Home Group

Prayer and Bible Study — Thursday 19th March 7pm— Ray & Sylvia Skinner. We start at 7pm with 1 hour of study in Psalm 27 v 4-14, leading into a time of prayer — all welcome. Please contact us for further details.
Sally Stamp

Sally Stamp

Please continue to collect your stamps for 'Sally Stamp' and place in the box in the foyer. We are still collecting ring pulls from cans and bread tags but at the moment we no longer require plastic tops—thank you.
Need Prayer

Need Prayer

Please ask any of the Ministry Team 

Need Help?