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Our Vision A Community Transforming Lives Our Values Grace, Inclusion, Dignity, Faith and Hope Uniting Church in Australia 20th March 2016 Parramatta Mission: Congregational [email protected] Westmead & Parramatta & Hospitality, Community and Mental Health Services across Greater Sydney and beyond O U R N E W S

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Faith and Hope
and beyond
LENT & EASTER PROGRAM - UPDATE Today will be our Palm Walk in Centenary Square, Lent Event Fundraising Stall, Congregation Meeting + Leaders election - and then on Holy Thursday, 24/3, there will be 'Tenebrae', inc. foot or hand washing and a light supper in the Fellowship Centre from 6.30pm. Further Easter services include Good Friday at 9.00am *combined service) and Easter Sunday at 9.30am. Enquiries: Manas & leaders. CONGREGATION MEETING At our meeting today, our new Leaders' team for 2016-17 will be elected. Many thanks to the current team who have been very working hard over the past 12 months: Manas Ghosh, Bruce Bennetts (Chairperson), Darlene McGrath (Secretary), Ken Morgan, William Mateo, Robyn and Malcolm Dunbar, Liz de Reland (Minute Secretary) and Samantha Vulawalu. Special thanks to Bruce, our 2015-16 Chairperson, for his conscientious and thoughtful leadership - and to 2015-16 Secretary, Darlene, for her dedicated management of our agendas and correspondence. During the Congregation Meeting, group leaders (or their designates) will share a brief report for the information of others - and written reports will be circulated, both in hard copy and via the website. Many thanks to Ian for chairing the meeting & to all contributors. LENT EVENT FUNDRAISING STALL Our Leigh Memorial congregation's fundraising goal of $250 is getting closer! If we reach this amount, a Zimbabwean Farmer and his or her family will be ale to start a small business - or a Sr-Lankan child with a disability to have access to better quality of education. Thank you to our lovely Sunday School kids for hand -making some unique, international craft items & yummy lolly bags to sell - and to all of our kids, teachers and congregation members who have contributed items for today's stall, inc. cakes and slices. Everyone's generosity throughout Lent Event has been greatly appreciated. LENTEN STUDIES Many thanks to Clive Pearson for the enriching Lenten studies which he has led for us over the past couple of Wednesday & Saturday mornings. Thanks Clive - those of us who attended now know a lot more about Luke! Further study programs, public lectures and other enrichment activities developed by Clive are set to follow. The next edition of the PM congregation's e-magazine E-tree will also be coming out soon! FAREWELL FRANK
The thoughts and prayers of the Leigh Memorial congregation are with Lynn and family following the passing of Frank Boorman last weekend. Frank, a long-serving and generous member of the Leigh Memorial congregation, had been in serious ill health for some time and receiving hospital care. The funeral service will take place at 10.30am on Monday 21 March at Leigh Memorial. Further information: Manas.
Today is a day when we can celebrate Palm Sunday- the beginning of Holy Week. This afternoon we say farewell to Trish Rooney in the afternoon. We know we will soon have the opportunity to welcome her again in a new role as the Chaplain at Westmead Hospital. So if you would like to stay after church and have a light lunch then please join us, and we offer a gold coin donation towards lunch.
We will be forming a group who will look at reviewing the role that is now vacant, which includes the chaplaincy at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead. We need to explore whether we do a simple replace for what Trish has been doing or whether there is a new way we can do things. This group will be doing the work in the next 3 months. Stay tuned.
It would be good to have someone from the congregation who would like to represent the congregation at the Presbytery meetings. These are 4 times a year, on either an evening or a weekend. We also need to find some people who would be interested in attending the Mission Zone meeting. These are during the day and Rev Christine is happy to drive.
On Monday 21 st
some of the congregational leaders will meet with leaders from Uniting Hospitality to explore some of the changes which will happen for us as we plan for the new Play Group and other activities in a new Activity Centre (demountable). There will be some changes in the church and the addition of a new children’s playground. This is exciting and we will pass on more information when we know it.
Save the date: Open Door carpet bowls will be on Wednesday 23 rd
March. All are welcome. We are looking forward to a fun afternoon. We look forward to people from the local Independent Living Villages of Mayflower coming for the morning Service for Maundy Thursday. If you would like to help with morning tea then please let Rev Christine know.
DEEPENING FAITH Bible study Mondays at 2.00pm
LIVING OUT OUR FAITH Time Out Café (TOC)- Tuesdays and Thursdays 11.00-1.30pm
Open Door- Wednesdays 1.00-3.30pm Tai Chi- Fridays 10.00-11.00am cost $10 each week.
Sydney Jo-Eun Church 14-12
Palm of Sunday
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Fijian Congregation
27-Mar Fiji Parish Sosi Toa Akisi Allison M.3 M.1
3-Apr Vulavou Anare Vocea M.2
A joyous occasion. Some pictures from Adriu Rogoimuri’s 90th Birthday.
Vei ka e so...
24/3 Lotu ena Bogi ni Lotulevu (Maundy Thursday) @ 6.30pm. Eda sure-
ti meda tiko vakalewelevu
25/3 Lotu Cokovata kei na Valagi ena mataka ni Siga ni Mate @ 9am
Luke 19:28-40 28 And after Jesus had said these things, he went ahead up to Jerusalem 29 and as he came to Bethpage and Bethany, to the mountain called Olives, he sent two of his disciples 30 saying, “Go into the village opposite in which, on entering, you will find a young colt having been tied, on which, no person has ever sat, untie it and bring it 31 and if anyone should question you, ‘why do you untie it?’ you shall say this: ‘The Master has need of it.’” 32 And those who were sent, having gone, found it just as he told them. 33 And while loosening the colt, its owners said to them, “Why do you untie the colt?” 34 and they said, “The Master has need of it”. 35 And they led it to Jesus, and having thrown their outer coats over it, and they set Jesus upon it. 36 And as he went, they spread out their coats underneath on the road. 37 And when he drew near to the steep descent of the Mount of Olives, all the company of disciples, rejoicing, began to praise God with much noise about all the deeds which they had seen showing power, 38 saying, “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord. Peace in heaven and glory in the highest.” 39 And some of the Pharisees from the crowd said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples”. 40 And answering, he said, “I say to you, if they should be silent, even the stones would cry out.” (Translation by Keith Hamilton)
Reflection Jesus arrives in Jerusalem, riding on a young colt. This narrative has given rise to Palm Sunday, though Luke’s telling does not include Palms. In a week when there have been more terror attacks and car bombs across the world that have killed and maimed, the news that 10,000 children have been killed in Syria during the civil war and others forced into child solders, or starved to death, murder on the streets in Melbourne, people accosting visitors for money in Parramatta, the call to peace, seems at once naive, desirable and yet unattainable. On one reading, it did not end well for Jesus; after all, after riding into the world centre of religion on a humble animal, confronting the powers who controlled the opinions such as local civic, government and religious leaders, Jesus was not thanked but crucified. Yet the message of peace was not silenced. It continues to bust out like flowers that bloom, and is as hardened to the task as stones. The reference to stones is interesting. Stones were used to put religious people to death, as compared to the use of a cross for a political death. If the disciples were stoned for so-called blaspheming, the very stones would cry out for peace, and recognise in Jesus the one who can bring peace. Peace between humanity and peace between creation and God. I am reminded of Luke’s resurrection story. Yes Jesus, the one who preached with words and actions the way of peace and reconciliation is put to death, but notice how Luke (24:1) starts his Easter Day “But on the first day of the week, at the crack of dawn . . .” Easter Day begins with a ‘but’ that changes everything. The tomb was empty. The Easter proclamation is that Jesus was raised from the dead. Destruction, anarchy, division, violence, even death, do not have the last word. Ghandi said that tyrants may seem to be invincible for a time, but they always fall, always. The message of peace and reconciliation continues to burst forth. Even the land which can erupt in earthquakes and volcanoes can’t help but provide peaceful scenes that preach tranquillity and point to the one who created. No higher work can we do than work for peace. Not false peace, not cheap peace, but peace that with integrity and honesty that with justice and mercy builds reconciliation. Blessings, Keith Hamilton
Pastoral message for this week….. Holy Thursday - 6.30pm Good Friday – 9.00am
Easter Sunday – 9.30am & 11.15am PEACE SHALOM SALAM
Foster your faith this week as you read: Acts 10:34-43 Ps 118:1-2
1 Cor 15:19-26 Jn 20:1-18
Parramatta Mission projects supported in the Uniting Church
Please pray for:
Ministry with hospital patients living with a mental illness.
Hospital chaplaincy with patients, staff & families.
e-Tree is a new online magazine for the congregations within the Parramatta Mission, Uniting Church in Australia. The first edition of e-Tree, produced by Clive Pearson is now available on the Parramatta Mission website. Our desire is to keep you aware of what is happening in the life of our congregations and the wider church. e-Tree will be published four times per year and will be available via the website or email subscription. Please follow this link for all e-tree news http://www.parramattamission.org.au/etree
Our Congregations are committed to praying for our Congregations, Staff and the People we walk with in their journey of recovery: For the worship, witness and service of: Ingleburn UC
Pray for Ingleburn as they move from survival to growth, and into new ways of being a congregation in mission to the local community.
UC congregations of the Cumberland Zone: Dundas/Ermington,
Northmead, North Rocks, Carlingford, West Epping, Centenary, Wentworthville, Holroyd, Greystanes, Grantham Heights, Parramatta Mission, Auburn.
PM Leigh Fijian: : For the families and friends affected by Cyclone Winston,
Wendy Morris as she seeks Volunteer Placement in Fiji, Dale Nawalevu, Kula Diqoliwasa, Niko Balavu, Bera Family. For the congregation, continuing the process of calling a new minister.
PM Leigh Memorial: Lynn Boorman, family and friends following Frank’s death last week; Ken and Nell, Willamena. PM Westmead: Robyne, Deidre and husband, Rajes (Sandra), Phyllis, Billie,

PM UnitingHospitality; UnitingHope; UnitingRecovery; Pray for grace for
all, healing and wholeness, wisdom, patience, diligence and fulfilment in work.
People of Fiji following the devastation and loss of life caused by the
Mon to Fri 9.00am - 2.00pm Open Church @ Leigh Memorial
Tuesday 1.10pm Holy Communion @ Leigh
Sunday 9.30am Leigh Memorial Congregation @ Leigh
9.45am Westmead Congregation @ Westmead
7.00pm Praise, Prayer, Cake & Coffee @ Leigh
Senior Minister/Group CEO Rev Keith Hamilton 0417 487 446 Leigh Memorial Congregation Rev Dr Manas Ghosh 0429 892 548 Leigh Memorial Church 119 Macquarie St Parramatta
Leigh Fijian Congregation: 9891 2277
Westmead Congregation Rev Christine Bayliss Kelly 0409 925 607
Westmead Church 175 Hawkesbury Road Westmead: 98919354 Westmead Mission Worker Pastor Trish Rooney : Mobile 0478 301 698 Church Office: 9891 2277 Email : [email protected]