Struggling with difficult situations - March 2020

Many people are Struggling

Difficult situations Ahead

‘All over the world people are struggling with difficult situations.

I’VE BEEN THERE – Read Luke 10:25-37 

Praise be to the Father of compassion who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 2 Cor 1:3-4 

Just before Christmas, a woman with whom I was falling in love informed me that she was dating someone else. 

I was crushed and shed many tears. At some point, however, I thought to seek out people also dealing with loss. Within a month, I was able to aid a woman whose father had died, another sister in Christ has lost a son to suicide, and also a couple whose oldest daughter was rebelling against God. 

I believe that many people miss one of the points in the Parable of the Good Samaritan. In my mind, it’s likely the priest and Levite who passed by the wounded traveller didn’t fully understand what that man was facing in that moment. 

But the Samaritan as part of a despised race, understood—likely from personal experience. 

The Samaritan truly identified with the wounded man’s trials; he was able to say, “I’ve been there.” 

When we are struggling with difficult situations, Jesus calls us to identify with people who are also suffering, who at that point are more our “neighbours” than others may be. 

Then we can comfort them with the comfort we have received from God. In exercising such compassion, we imitate Christ and thereby draw closer to God and closer to those around us. 

Prayer : Dear Father, in our hurt, give us courage to feel the hurts of others and a desire to share your comfort with them. In Jesus’ name …. Amen

Anonymous

Port Broughton UCAF

Fellowship Report

After reading 3 short stories before the meeting began proper (if you marry the right person, Dust if you must and Walking with Grandma) Sylvia H., opened in prayer and welcomed 13 members to our February meeting and we had 2 visitors, Ian from Kadina and Louise from Kangaroo Island. 

Our new fellowship song was sung and everyone agreed that this song was so appropriate for our fellowship. 4 members were not able to attend for health and holiday reasons and we wished them well. 

The business side of the afternoon finished at 2pm and Kaylene opened the social part of the afternoon with the Hymn, Morning has Broken and then introduced Janet Butler who gave us a very interesting talk on her life and how she came to be in Port Broughton. Janet says that her life has been wonderful and is blessed by having precious children, grand children and great grand children; however, I think they are blessed to have a wonderful Mother, Grandmother and Great grandmother. 

Praise God. Our first meeting of the year is always a segment on ‘getting to know you’ so thank you Janet for letting us in on some of your life. 

Following Janet’s talk Louise gave a report on the situation following the fires on Kangaroo Island and how difficult it is for those who have lost everything and businesses that are giving items away to help those who have nothing. Louise said how generous people had been and how quickly the fires spread and took everything in their path. One particular farm was raised to the ground in 7 minutes – everything gone. A collection for Kangaroo Island was taken during afternoon tea. 

Afternoon tea followed; during which time there was much happy chatter and no-one seemed to want to go home which was lovely. 

Our next meeting is on Tuesday 17th March at 1.30pm. Our theme is St. Patricks Day so you can wear something green. The team is Dulcie, Lee and Sharon. 

We welcome visitors anytime so come along and join us for an afternoon of fun and fellowship, not forgetting a wonderful afternoon tea. 

God bless you all, Sylvia H.

Know Your Bible

Know Your Bible

Friday 13th and 27th March 10am Rendezvous room Barunga Village 
Flowers for Sunday

Ministry Team Meeting

Thursday 12th March .7pm
World Day of Prayer

World day of Prayer

Friday 6th March 10am at Barunga Village Activity Room. Host country is Zimbabwe and the theme is “Rise! Take Your Mat and Walk
Fellowship Meeting - Photo by Carolyn V on Unsplash

Adult Fellowship

Tuesday 17th March 1.30pm 
40 days and 40 nights

Lent this Year

This article was found on the net and it may be of interest. Such a good idea as there are so many people going without and struggling in difficult times. Could also be applied to purchasing an item of food a day to be left at our food box in the Sunday school hall. If you knit or crochet, you may like to knit or crochet a square a day and then make up into a blanket or knee rug at the end of 40 days.
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.
Knit and Natter

Knit & Natter

Come along and join with us for an afternoon of knitting and chatting. Coffee, tea and biscuits supplied.
Tracey's Postie Party

Tracie's Postie Party

Tracy is holding a Postie party to raise funds for the Kangaroo Island bushfire appeal. Sunday 15th March at 2pm. Come along and get your winter wardrobe filled Tea, coffee and biscuits provided.
Hospital Visiting

Hospital Visiting

Following a recent meeting we now have a roster for hospital visiting which meets all the needs of those on the roster. There is always room for additional people to be added to the roster if you would like to join the team. Our visits to those in hospital are always met with a smile and is appreciated by the patients. Please contact Sandra Ireland if you would like your name added to the list. WOULD VOLUNTEERS PLEASE REMEMBER TO WEAR BADGES WHEN VISITING AT THE HOSPITAL 
Shoe Boxes

Shoe Boxes

It is time to think of our shoe boxes that will be collected in late October for delivery to those children who are less fortunate than ours. So many of you make wonderful items to go into the shoe boxes and I am happy to start collecting the contributions that can be left in the SS hall or op. shop anytime. Thank you 
Need Prayer

Need Prayer

Please ask any of the Ministry Team 

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