15th September 2019

Luke 15:1-3

Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him. And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, “This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them.” So he told them this parable:
Sinners and tax collectors draw near to Jesus triggering the suspicion and disgust of those who thought of themselves as good and upright. It's a feature of the work of Jesus and of the first believers that they are focused on attending to the discarded and disregarded. What follows are three stories about lost things... A lost sheep; a lost coin; and a lost son. These, in turn are followed by stories of calling to account... The rich man with his corrupt manager and the rich man and the poor man named Lazarus. (Luke 16:) Do you think that the Jesus, and the author of Luke had something in mind here? Indeed this continues in Chapter 17 of Luke which discusses the need for repentance and continual forgiveness.
Jesus is calling for a new way of responding to God. One that is founded on mercy for the lost and welcoming the sinner.

World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel, 15-22 Sept

During this week, which includes the International Day of Prayer for Peace on 21 September, church organisations, congregations, and people of faith are encouraged to bear a common witness by participating in worship services, educational events, and acts of support in favour of peace and justice for Israelis and Palestinians. For more information please visit

AN INVITATION to Mwandi Supporters and Friends

Come and hear Jenny Corston, a Mwandi Volunteer, speak of her experiences to raise our awareness of happenings there and the centre’s needs.
At: Scots Uniting Church cnr North Tce and Pulteney St
Date: Friday 20th September at: 12.45 pm for a 1pm start. The afternoon will finish at 2.45pm
* Please bring a plate of food to share
RSPV by Monday 16th September by ringing Ian Penny 0410657588 or Sandra Pugsley 0400881942
*(If you can’t come please ring and indicate when would be best for you and we will see if another session is possible.)
Please read more information (from Sandra Pugsley, Jenny Corston and Ian Penny) on the Invitation letter which has been pinned up on the Mission News Noticeboard.


When: Saturday 21st September from 8am
Where: At the Woodside Institute
Volunteers needed to bake goodies for the September market.
Please speak to Julie Turner.
This month’s funds will support Operation Christmas Child.

Christian Reading

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Future News Items

Just a reminder that if you have any future announcements, please email them to by COB on Wednesday.

Ministry In Action - Roster

Sunday 15th September

Offering & Counters -
C Kemp, G Adcock
Lock-up - TBA
Cleaning - P Crispe
Display - TBA
Greeters & Collection -
B & G Adcock
Flowers - M Bull
Morning Tea - K Johnson
Sound & Vision -
R Windle
Camera - TBA
Communion - S Harris
Sunday 22nd September

Offering & Counters -
D Pearson, A Ballard
Lock-up - A Ballard
Cleaning - M Houston
Display - TBA
Greeters & Collection -
S & G Adcock
Flowers - G Adcock
Morning Tea -
C Kemp, M Simpson
Sound & Vision -
R Windle
Camera - TBA

Sunday 29th September

Offering & Counters -
N Rimmer, S Harris
Lock-up - K Bassell
Cleaning - B Crispe
Display - TBA
Greeters & Collection -
J Gordon
Flowers - J Scott
Morning Tea -
S & B Pugsley
Sound & Vision -
R Windle
Camera - F Bowen

Bible Readings

Sep 15 Pent 14 [24] Jer 4:11-12, 22-28 Ps 14 1 Tim 1:12-17 Lk 15:1-10
Sep 22 Pent 15 [25] Jer 8:18 - 9:1 Ps 79:1-9 1 Tim 2:1-7 Lk 16:1-13
Sep 29 Pent 16 [26] Jer 32:1-3a, 6-15 Ps 91:1-6, 14-16 1 Tim 6:6-19 Lk 16:19-31

OAS Brekkie Club Term 3 Roster

Friday September 13
Andy & Donna
Peter & Bev
Friday September 20
Barry & Natalie
Friday September 27
Ron & Cherie
Andy & Donna

What's coming up!

Women's Night Fellowship - Tuesday October 1st at 7:30pm

Craft with Irene Bowen at the Church followed by supper. Contact Irene - 0408 422 201


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