9:30am All Age Worship with Communion & BBQ
Rev. Jonathan Barker

Bible Readings
Isaiah 40:1-8; Psalm 85:1-2,8-13
Mark 1:1-8

Greetings to the Gungahlin Uniting community

This coming Sunday is the Second Sunday of Advent and our theme is JOY. In the introduction to “God with Us – Reflections for Advent – 2017” it says “JOY is not the frothy delight of escapism, but the serene joy of those who can sail over the seas of turbulent times with tranquillity.” Jesus’ humble birth occurred in turbulent times, but the event prompted angels to burst into song. May we be moved to sing joyously about the alternative way of God coming among us to heal a broken world.

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Inviting you to think about our own church community the wider church, the world!

    • This week we pray for the children and families who are involved in our church and for the leaders of Playgroup, Oasis, Billabong, Boy’s and Girl’s Brigades. We give thanks for their part and the encouragement they bring.
    • This week we pray for Bateman’s Bay and Moruya congregation. Give thanks that the search for a new minister is in the final stages, and for the work of those who have given over this period.
    • This week we pray for Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam- for those who grieve either because of civil war and genocide, or because of floods and other natural disasters.

Combined Christmas Carols “Christmas on the Valley”

  • Saturday 16th December starting at 5pm – activities for all the family – carols from 7pm
  • Outside on the Salvation Army premises

Christmas Eve (Sunday 24th) – “Lessons and Carols” service at 9.30pm
Christmas Day (Monday 25th) – An all-age celebration of the birth of Jesus at 9.30am

Note that Billabong and Oasis are now in recess until the new school year begins

The Everything in Common Gift stall supports projects run by the overseas partners of Uniting Church, through Uniting World. Uniting World is the international partnerships agency of Uniting Church in Australia and connects with churches in Africa, Asia and the Pacific. Uniting World believes ‘every person matters and that together we’re called to build lives that are whole and hopeful, free of injustice and poverty.’

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An invitation has been extended to our community from the Canberra Muslim Community to attend a Peace Symposium being held Sunday 10th at the Greenhills Conference Centre, starting 2.30pm.

For further information speak with Jonathan, who will be in attendance, or see the purple flyer on the noticeboard in the Foyer.

This year’s combined Christmas Carols with Salvation Army, Cornerstone and Every Nation churches will be held outdoors at the Salvation Army with a focus on outreach to the community.

5pm for a combined mini-fete with free children’s activities, stalls and BBQ.
7pm – Carols

HELP NEEDED We are still looking for some people to manage our GUC car park area – to prioritise for people with mobility issues. If you feel you can help out in this way please see Jonathan..