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  • Our Vision A Community Transforming Lives

    Our Values, Grace, Inclusion, Dignity, Faith and Hope.

    Parramatta Mission acknowledges that all of our work and our 36 sites are on the land of traditional owners.

    We pay respect to the traditional custodians of the land on which we gather, and acknowledge Elders past and present,

    and emerging leaders.

    Congregational life @ Westmead & Parramatta, Hospitality, Community and Mental Health

    Services across Greater Sydney, Central Coast, Hunter and Mid-North Coast

    OUR NEWS 11th November 2018

  • Leigh Congregation REMEMBRANCE DAY 2018: CENTENARY OF THE ARMISTICE This Remembrance Day, we gratefully acknowledge the sacrifice of over 100 of our members who served in the First World War and the 4 brave young men of the Leigh Memorial congregation who died serving our country so far away from home: Clive Wooster, James Tamsett, J. Morris Hunt and Stephen Booth. We also remember those who served in subsequent conflicts, those still serving, and the families of the fallen. We further acknowledge the devotion of women in our congregations – notably in the sphere of family support, nursing, community aid and fundraising. On this day, 100 years after the Armistice, we continue to pray for the embrace of God’s peace in our world and a cessation of hostilities, and for Christ’s love and compassion to infuse the decisions of world leaders and the conduct of nations and communities. Lest We Forget. A commemoration will take place during morning worship. Many thanks to Lucy for her organ voluntary.

    SYMPATHIES Our congregation expresses its deepest sympathies to Nita, on the passing of her much-loved father in Calcutta – and to Rev. Manas, Naomi, Solon and their family and friends who are grieving at this time. The family have travelled to India for the funeral. Please relay pastoral and other congregation matters or concerns to the Pastoral Team or the Leaders’ team in Manas’ absence. Thank you. ‘SONGS FOR SUMMER’ WITH AMELIA The second of our inspiring Music Workshops will take place next Saturday, 17 November – 10.00am-12noon in the Coffee Shop or Church. Please see Clive or Amelia with any queries. MEETINGS – END OF YEAR Please note the following meeting dates: Leaders’ team (11 Nov), Worship Committee (18 Nov) & Future Directions (6 Dec). For most committees, these are their final meetings for 2018. Please consult with conveners for further information, including venues/times. LEIGH MEMORIAL ROLL/ MEMBERSHIP Please direct all enquiries to David or Ian. *********************************************************************************** An ecumenical /interfaith visit has been organised on Saturday 24th November 4-6 pm to visit St Paul's Coptic orthodox church 29 Bolton street at Guildford. Please let Moses know if you are coming. Moses'number is 0430113180. It's important for catering purpose. *********************************************************************************

  • You are cordially invited to our Fourth Annual


    “A Celebration of Peace, Unity & Goodwill”

    Hosted by the Leigh Memorial Congregation

    of Parramatta Mission on

    Saturday 1 December 2018 (6.30pm - 9.00pm) at the Fellowship Centre, 119 Macquarie Street, Parramatta.

    The occasional address will be given by

    His Grace Bishop Haigazoun Najarian The Primate of the Diocese of the Armenian Church

    of Australia and New Zealand.

    Attending will be representatives of various civic, religious, community and commercial groups from Parramatta &

    throughout the Sydney Metropolitan area, plus congregation members & staff of

    Parramatta Mission.

    The evening will include a vegetarian meal and an uplifting program of reflection and seasonal celebration.

    For catering purpose please RSVP to Coral, [email protected] by 20 November 2018, phone: 9891-2277.

    ADVANCE NOTICE: COLLECTIONS FOR THE ‘GIVING TREE’ This year’s ‘Giving Tree’ will take place over 3 Sundays (25 November and 2 & 9 December). Good quality, safe & practical gifts for children, teenagers, men and women are welcome. Please see Liz.

    SAVE THE DATE!... PEACE DINNER Our annual Peace Dinner will be held at 6.30pm on Saturday 1 December in the Fellowship Hall. The evening will include an occasional address by His Grace, Haigazoun Najarian, Bishop of the Armenian Church of Australia & New Zealand. RSVPs for catering: Coral, 9891-2277 by 20/11/18. Enquiries: Leaders team.

    SPOW: NEXT MEETING The SPOW (Single People of Worth) Christmas get-together will be held on Sunday 2 December (regular time and venue). Enquiries: Margaret.

  • WESTMEAD Congregation WORSHIP Welcome back to Rev. Christine Bayliss Kelly after four weeks away. You have been greatly missed even though everyone has been so glad for you to have a well earned break away from your very busy schedule at Westmead. REMEMBERANCE DAY Today marks the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice which ended the first world war in (1914-1918). At 11a.m. along with people throughout the country, We Will Remember Them. ANGEL TREE Next Sunday, 18th November, will be the last day for donating to Angel Tree. $230 has been raised to date. Our goal is to raise $300 plus, to fund 10 gifts for 10 children, being Christmas gifts for children in families where a parent is an inmate in a correctional centre. The gifts and a hamper for the family will be delivered in time for Christmas. If you would like to support this important ministry, there are collection boxes near the back of the church and on the front desk. Please speak with Karen for further information. PLAY GROUPS Playgroup will be on two days from this week, Monday and Wednesday. Thank you for all who have helped out over this last month. NUTRITIOUS NOVEMBER. During November, Westmead Congregation will serve nutritious and tasty food for morning tea or afternoon tea, as we are ever mindful that there are many people among us who have health problems which require special thought about what they eat. We are sharing this responsibility by being mindful of the food we serve. Last Sunday was the first serving, and appeared to be most popular with all who came. Suggestions to serve are fruit, low GI foods, cheese and crackers, dips, popcorn, gluten free biscuits. If you would like to contribute something for morning tea you could follow these suggestions, or you may have more ideas. Your contribution will greatly assist congregation funds. ELECTION OF LEADERS In a couple of weeks’ time names will be put forward for the election of leaders for the coming year. Perhaps there is some way that you may be able to assist in the many tasks we are called to in the work of this congregation, or you may think of someone else in the congregation who you may nominate for these roles. Please pray for God’s guidance as we prepare for elections. CONGREGATION LEADERS MEETING Tuesday 13th November, 2018 at 2.30p.m. leaders will meet for monthly meeting.

  • DEEPENING FAITH and RELATIONSHIPS with others Worship Bible Study- Mondays 2.00-3.30pm Fellowship- Tuesday 6th November MAKING A DIFFERENCE Time Out Café (TOC)- Tues/Thurs 11.00-1.30pm Play Group – Mondays 9.15-10.45am (returning on Wednesdays from 14

    th Nov)

    Open Door -Wednesdays 1.00-3.30pm Tai Chi- Fridays 10.00-11.00am

    Can you help? Please speak with Rev Christine or Lorna

  • FIJIAN Congregation Veisiko: Kerei me tomani tiko na veisiko vakamatamasumasu ena vei yasa ni koro duidui eda tiko kina vakabibi vei ira na tiko voli vakagade se sega tu ni lotu. Tu vakarau o Talatala Clive me veisiko veikeda kece na lewe ni vavakoso lotu e Parramatta. Ke dua e gadreva na veiqaravi/veisiko Vakaitalatala (Pastoral Care/ Visit) tukutuku mai vei Vakatawa se Chairman. Matamasumasu: Sota ena dui gauna lokuci; tu vakarau o Talatala Clive me veisiko kina veimatamasumasu yadua ke tiko na gagadre - qai veitaratara mai kei Vakatawa se Chairman. Sunday School: Ena kena gauna - mataka ni Siga Tabu, gauna ni Lotu Vuli Sere: Bogi ni Vakaraubuka ena 8.00pm, kerei meda yaco totolo mai ena mataka ni Siga Tabu (10.30am) me vaqavinaka tale kina na sere. Youth: Sota ena bogi ni Siga Vakaraubuka ena Coffee Shop Open Day UTC: Vinaka vakalevu vei kemuni na Lewe ni Youth tiko rawa ena open day ena yakavi ni Siga Vakaraubuka sa oti.

    Date Vunau Vunau Vunau Tuvakarau Tali Comm

    Lesi Vakarau Veiliutaki Vunau Stewards

    18-Nov Campbelltown S.Tuiloma A.Vocea M2 M1


    25-Nov Fiji Parish A.Vocea V.Kamotu M3 M2

    05-Dec Rev C.Pearson M1 S.Tuiloma

    Vulavou H/Comm S.Toa

  • Hi everyone, I have some feedback from a receiver of one of our dental vouchers below. This may offer some confidence in referring young people to this clinic for dental treatment in the future! Many of you will know that we have recently been working closely with Dr Zena from the Riverstone Family Dental Clinic who generously donated $1000 towards dental support for young people – which has almost entirely been used (we have just one voucher remaining to the value of $200). Steve Kisely published a 2016 article in the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry: “The poor physical health faced by people with mental illness has been the subject of growing attention, but the