Pick up a copy of the latest update from Uniting World for supporters from the holders outside the office or from a friendly usher this Sunday. It is great to read the stories of support from churches like St Luke’s is making a real positive difference to our fellow faith communities in other countries. It’s also great to hear about how other congregations are creatively fundraising for Uniting World and building meaningful relationships with our partner churches overseas.
Australians received 20 million UNWANTED gifts last year for Christmas. The gifts in the Everything in Common catalogue represent gifts that people really want and need very much.
$10 can provide chickens for a family to breed and sell at market, using the profits for school or medicine
$25 can help kids in Timor-Leste get the nutrition they need so they can grow up strong and healthy
$50 can get families like Kadek’s (see catalogue cover) a goat – and with it, time in school or even university
Last year, with your help, our partners worked with 202,305 people to bring light and hope – well beyond the Christmas Season. See Jean and her team after church every Sunday in Advent to purchase your gifts directly from the stall, or head to the website: https://everythingincommon.com.au/
Act for Peace, the international aid agency of the National Council of Churches in Australia, have sent their Summer 2019 newsletter, featuring encouraging stories of the communities we are helping through the Christmas Bowl and other donor activities.
2 copies of the newsletter are pinned to the office noticeboard, along with a letter from CEO Janet Cousins – feel free to read and pass them around the congregation.