Emmanuel Holiday Club – Dig into Christmas is fast approaching and registrations are now open. Visit www.emmanueluca.org.au/events and follow the links to the registration page. All participants, helpers and leaders that plan to attend on the day must pre-register (even if you are only helping for a few hours) so that Jess can plan appropriately.
At the moment we can just cater for 60 kids but need a few more small group leaders, and part-day helpers to make the day run smoothly. If you think that you’d like to help in some way, but are unsure how, please chat to Jess – she’s sure to find a special spot for you.
The Christian Life and Witness Course is free and open to anyone ages 16 and over. It is a simple three hour course taught at local church locations in Brisbane. Completion of the Christian Life and Witness Course, and submission of an acceptable application, qualifies people to serve as Prayer Volunteers at the Franklin Graham Tour. There is a course available at Samford Valley Community Church 24th November 9am-12pm. If you are interested in attending a course but can’t make this one there are others available please contact our church office for more details or visit https://grahamtour.billygraham.org/christian-life-witness-course/clwc-brisbane/
Day Fellowship meets on Wednesday 7th November
BRING AND BUY SALE TODAY.
9.30 am Morning tea (Lulu and Val F)
10 am Short business meeting followed by a discussion to consider ideas about the format for calendar 2019.
Our last for the year is our Christmas breakup and the menu for the day will be available at our November gathering.
Phone queries to Carolyn on 33534551.
Our last get together for the year will commence at 10.30am on Tuesday 20th November at the Church. After a short program, we will car pool to The Artist Cafe at Mitchelton for lunch at 11.30am.
Please RSVP to Pam Kleinschmidt on 3355 3324 if you would like to join us.
As you may have heard we are having a Church Life and Witness Consultation from the 2nd November until the 11thNovember with Carolyn Kitto. In order to get the most out of this consultation we would like to invite you to attend a group or personal interview with the Carolyn.
If you could prayerfully consider attending an interview and please contact Helen in the office (during office hours) to arrange a time to meet with Carolyn. Thank you
Ian was talking last week about whether we can trust the bible. Here is a resource that you can use to delve deeper into this discussion.
Everyone at Emmanuel would have been aware of, or taken part in, our fast for 40 days as we prayed and spent time trying to discern the will of God on the same sex marriage ruling and what it means for us here at Emmanuel Uniting Church.
It is a Synod requirement that church council, as your elected representative, decide on whether same sex marriage unions would be allowed to take place at Emmanuel. Council discussed how we believe that it is God who calls a minister to a church, and we believe that Ian’s call here was to assist us to grow and develop. This includes reaching out into our community of unbelievers. We want to support his call here. You are already aware of Ian’s view regarding SSM, but it is not a singling out of one demographic group. Ian advised us that over the years he has occasionally refused to marry heterosexual couples when deemed inappropriate. Talk to Ian about this should you want further detail.
God created a diverse group of people and so we can expect diversity in how we interpret the bible too – and this has certainly come through as Ian and church council talked to you our church family members about your views. About 10% of the congregation came along to one or the other of the morning and evening discussions on this topic, to share their thoughts and questions. What we heard was that about 45% of the church was happy with the Assembly decision and about 55% were not – and this was reflected in the members of church council, and our staff too.
After discussion, we voted no to same sex marriages taking place at Emmanuel, with the proviso, that same sex couples who ask to be married here would be given a list of Uniting Churches who would provide this service for them.
Chair, Church Council