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Sunday Afternoon Pastorate

18 February - 25 March
4.30 - 6.30pm in the hall

A new all-age Sunday Afternoon Pastorate will run for 6 Sundays during the Lenten Period, starting on 18 February and wrapping up on 25 March (Palm Sunday). Please join us in the TUC hall from 4.30 - 6.30pm for a range of creative, fun and interactive activities to help prepare us during the time of Lent for the coming of Easter. While this Pastorate will be particularly engaging for families with middle-primary to high-school aged children, people of all ages are warmly invited to join the group. Each Sunday will end with a shared dinner, so please bring along a plate of food to share if you can. For more information, please be in touch with Scott Guyatt: scott@guyatt.net

church life

Morning Tea Under the Umbrellas

When: Wednesday 21 February
Time: 10.00am
Morning Tea Under the Umbrellas (MTUU) meets on the third Wednesday of every month. Please join us on 21 February for a delicious home-made morning tea, and to hear from Matt Smith.

Senior Youth Group

When: Fortnightly Saturdays
Time: 6.00 – 8.30pm
Next Gathering: 24 February
Our Senior Youth Group (grades 9 – 12) meet on Saturday nights during the school term for games, bible study and prayer. Our next gathering on 24 February when we’ll go iceskating! Please get in touch with Clare for more information: c_hankamer@hotmail.com

Pancake Party

When: Saturday 24 February
Time: 5.30 – 8.30pm
Children from the Lions group (grades 3 – 5) and Junior Youth (grades 6 – 8) are invited to the Pancake Party at 5.30pm in the church house on Saturday 24 February. This will be a great night for the children to get to know each other outside of the Sunday Children’s Ministry and also lots of fun! We’ll have loads of games, watch a movie and, of course, eat plenty of pancakes. To ensure we make good on our promise of “plenty of pancakes”, please let Clare know if you’ll be attending: c_hankamer@hotmail.com

Service Times

Sunday Morning Worship: 9am every Sunday
Everyone is warmly invited to join us at 9am on Sundays for a relaxed and joyful worship service. Stick around for morning tea afterwards so we can have a chat. Please note our Sunday Twilight (6pm) Service is currently on a break during the holidays.

Free English Conversation Classes

When: Mondays
Time: 9.30 – 11.30am
Next Class: 26 February
Our free English Conversation Classes run every Monday during the school term from 9.30 – 11.30am in the hall.  The classes are very relaxed, and are a great way for people to practise speaking English while getting to know each other. Please get in touch with Barry for more information: bazza172@yahoo.com

Tuesday Pastorate

When: Fortnightly Tuesdays
Time: 7.00 – 9.00pm
Next Gathering: 27 February

Pastorate meet every second Tuesday night during the school term from 7.00 – 9.00pm. It’s
 is a great way to get to know God while also building friendships with each other. We’d love to see you there!

Worship & Welcome Volunteers

Help us fill the March – May Roster!
Are you available to volunteer for one of the following roles? Greeting at the door, taking up the offering, running the data projector, serving morning tea, counting the offering, doing the bible reading, playing an instrument/singing with the Worship Team. If you’d like to join in, please contact Louise and let her know which roles appeal to you, and what dates suit you: info@toowongunitingchurch.org.au

Playgroup

When: Thursdays & Fridays
Time: 9.30 – 11.00am
Next Playgroups: 22 & 23 February
Playgroup runs every Thursday and Friday during the school term from 9.30 – 11.00am in the hall. Please get in touch with Clare for more information: c_hankamer@hotmail.com

Connect Brunch

Date: Sunday 11 March
Time: 10.30am
The Connect Brunch is our way of welcoming you to TUC. It’s a great way to meet members of the TUC congregation and find out more about the church’s activities. If you’re new to TUC  we would love you to join us at our next Connect Brunch on 11 March. We’ll meet together in the church house after Morning Worship at approximately 10.30am. Please get in touch with Lauren for more information, or  to RSVP: lauren@toowongunitingchurch.org.au

Pantry Donations

A sincere thank you to all who donate so generously to the TUC pantry. Recently, the pantry has been able to support a number of people from the community. We are currently in need of the following items: microwave meals/instant meals, canned tuna (different flavours), long life milk. If you’re able to add an extra item to your weekly shop, that would be much appreciated. Pantry donations may be left in the marked box in the church foyer.

International Missions Task Group

TUC is calling all interested people to form an International Missions Task Group to seek out ideas on how we can best support and engage with meaningful, life-transforming international Christian missions. The aim of the Task Group will be to discuss and discern how we might better partner with and promote global missions at TUC. If you have an interest in international missions/outreach and would like to join the Task Group, please get in touch with Steve: tucglobalmissions@gmail.com

Church Council

When: Sunday 18 March
The church council’s next meeting is on Sunday 18 March. If you have any ideas or suggestions you’d like to raise, please be in touch with a member of church council so these can be addressed at the meeting: Wayne Middleton (Chair), Dianne Hubbard (Secretary), Clare Hankamer, Garry Jennings, Stephen Longbottom, Lauren Murray, Karen Nivala, Sue O’Brien, Matt Smith, Will Stewart and David Vicig.

Toowong Stitching & Friendship Group

When: 1st 3rd  & 5th Tuesdays
Time: 9.30am
The group will next meet on Tuesday 20 Feb.
The Toowong Stitching and Friendship Group meet during the school term on the 1st,  3rd and 5th Tuesdays of every month. Come along for a chance to learn some craft and sewing skills, and to chat over morning tea.

Gardening Services

Is your yard in need of some maintenance? Give Joseph and Daniel a call for all your gardening needs: 0432 038 870

external events

Next Gen Arise: Worship Gathering

When: Sunday 25 February
Time: 7.00 – 10.00pm
Where: Sunnybank Uniting Church
This year, Next Gen Arise are focusing on the theme of “Agape: For people to see God, know God and love one another”. Everyone is invited to their first worship gathering on 25 February. Come along for great cross-cultural worship and praise and to hear a sermon from Pastor Noah Kim. Click here for more information.

Trinity Commencement Evening

When: 26 February
Time: 6.00 – 8.00pm
Register here

Come along to Trinity College’s commencement evening on Monday 26 February to hear Dr Justine Toh speak about why apologetics is a little (or maybe a lot) like falling in love. Justine will argue that it’s entirely reasonable for Christians to have rational reasons for why they believe what they believe, but that the insistence on making a rational case for faith obscures the equally (if not more) powerful role of the affections in shaping belief. Her talk may appeal to younger Christians trying to figure out why they believe, people who would like to develop their own approach to sharing their faith, and those people who can never leave alone the question of whether it remains reasonable to believe.

World Day of Prayer

When: Friday 2 March, 10.30am
Where: St Lucia Uniting Church
All are invited to join us at St Lucia Uniting Church (corner of Swann Rd and Hawken Dr) for the World Day of Prayer. This is an international, ecumenical, prayer movement initiated and carried out by Christian women in more than 180 countries and over 1000 languages. The 2018 service has been written by Christian women of Suriname.

Easter Madness

When: Friday 6 – Monday 9 April
Where: Sunshine Coast Recreation Centre at Currimundi
Register: here
Easter Madness is a great opportunity for high school students to spend time together and grow in their relationship with God. The theme for this year’s Easter Madness is “I Am / We Are”, which will focus on getting to know Jesus. 

Elevation Training

When: 17 March
Time: 8.45am – 4.30pm
Where: Good News Lutheran School

Elevation is an amazing training experience that will inspire and equip you for ministry with children, youth and families. It’s a chance to learn some new skills, discover some great resources and be inspired by experienced trainers.

Indooroopilly UC Seminars

Special Lenten Studies
Wednesdays 7.30 – 9.00pm

Indooroopilly Uniting Church’s Tuesday Seminar Series has moved to Wednesdays during the time of Lent. These five nights will be a great way to become immersed in the drama of Easter and prepare for its celebration.
21 Feb at Indooroopilly Uniting Church.
28 Feb
at Holy Family Catholic Church, Ward St, Indooroopilly.
7 March at St Peters Lutheran College Chapel, Indooroopillyy.
14 March at  St Andrews Anglican Church 89 Fairley St, Indooroopilly.
21 March at St Peters Lutheran College Chapel, Indooroopilly

just for fun

Joke for the Week

How do you organise a space party?
You planet.

Verse for the Week

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
(John 1:1-5)

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