Tuggerah Lake South Uniting Church

Growing through Outreach to our Community as a Whole


Ourimbah:: Friday 26th January 11.00 a.m. "Pot Luck" lunch at Ourimbah.  Donation |$5 for the Christmas Hamper Fund.  Children free.  More news later

The Drop-In Centre is closed until Tuesday 16 January
The Drop-in Centre at The Entrance-Long Jetty opens each Tuesday 10am – 2pm with a sausage sizzle from 12pm until 1pm. Come along and enjoy a chat and a coffee or tea.  At no cost.
The Long Jetty Meeting Place Community Development Worker, Nicolle, will be available to discuss any lifestyle issues you are experiencing. Everyone is invited to join us.  Volunteering and enquiries: Contact Lyn  0422 070 723

Ourimbah:: Adult Fellowship will be in recess until 27th February 2018

Fellowship Meeting:: There will not be a Fellowship Meeting until Tuesday the 20 February 2018.

New Connections::  New Connections will not be held until Thursday the 18 January 2018.

The Men’s' Group next meeting will be on Tuesday 23rd January at about 8.30am.  We can always use some more hands. As usual there will be  fresh brewed coffee and time for a yarn.
Contact Bruce Pyke on 4333 4353

Tumbi Umbi Op-tique::  Every Wednesday 9am to 4pm. Op-tique will be closing for the Christmas break after 6th Dec till first  Wednesday  in February 2018. We thank everyone for their support. Grab a bargain then enjoy a cuppa and cake, or have lunch. We offer a friendly non-threatening atmosphere where people are able to come, mingle and enjoy each others company and in so doing we are reaching out into the community to help those in need. Donation of your unwanted goods most welcome (nil electrical goods or large furniture  Ros Bonnefin 0403965622 Lyn Nelson 0418232238                   

Long Jetty's sausage sizzle is moving to Tuesdays from 12 to 1pm and is now part of the Drop - In  Centre.  We welcome volunteers to help cook, serve, listen and chat.. Enjoy a sausage sandwich or two.

Please contact Alison  Roper on 0405876670 email address:alroper3@gmail.com

Wrap with Love:: We are now in recess and get back to work on Friday February 02. For more info, call Bruce Pyke on 4333 4353.

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The Wombat’s Trivia Column


Congratulations to Alison Roper for correctly answering the previous question.

The Orthodox Churches usually celebrate Easter on a different date from the Western Churches because the Orthodox Churches still use the old Julian Calendar. (They also have a different way of calculating the date.)
Occasionally the celebration takes place on the same date for both, and this year Easter Day was the 16th of April for all churches.          










        The date seven weeks after the feast of the Passover was observed by the Jews as a special festival for centuries before it acquired a Christian significance. The number seven held a religious significance in Hebrew theology, and features in Old Testament prophecies. As there are seven days in a week, seven weeks equals seven times seven days, thus becoming doubly holy in nature. This date, called “The Feast of Weeks”, was made the time for celebrating God’s giving of the Law through Moses, on Mount Sinai. This was also the time of year when the wheat crops were generally ready for harvesting to begin, and over the years this became a harvest festival as well.
       Following the spreading of Greek language and culture after the conquests of Alexander the Great, the Greek word “Pentecost”, meaning Fifty, came to be applied to the Feast of Weeks. We would say that the date was forty-nine days after the Passover, but the practice in both Jewish and Greek counting of dates was to include the first day of a period in the tally of days running up to the last day. Therefore seven weeks were called fifty days. (The Romans also counted days in this way, and the practice has carried through into modern France, where a week is called eight days, and a fortnight is “fifteen days”.)

       The Giving of the Law was so important in the religious history of the Jews that the Feast of Weeks, or Pentecost as it came to be known, drew Jews who had been dispersed to many other lands around the Mediterranean to make a pilgrimage to Jerusalem when they could, to join the celebration in the Temple of God’s gifts of the Law and the Harvest. That is why there were people from so many different countries present in Jerusalem when the tremendous event occurred which made that day become the Christian festival  which now we celebrate as the birthday of the Church. Not all the pilgrims were of Jewish race; during the previous century there had been a great outreach to other races, inviting them to be converted to Judaism. Those who were converted were called “proselytes”, and in Acts 2:9-11 we find beside the long list of nationalities represented in the crowd at Jerusalem that day, “Jews and proselytes” were included.
         In the New Testament book The Acts of the Apostles, written by Luke, we are told that Jesus spent forty days with his followers after his Resurrection, teaching them about the Kingdom of God, and told them to wait in Jerusalem for the promised gift of the Holy Spirit before they began to spread their message about him. Then he was taken up into heaven, returning to the heavenly glory he had shared with the Father from before creation. There were others with the eleven remaining disciples, about a hundred and twenty in all. Continuing in fellowship and prayer, they obeyed the command of Jesus to wait; and it was ten days before the promised gift came upon them. What a difference it made! Bursting out of their locked room, they proclaimed the risen Saviour to the crowds in the streets of Jerusalem, and the Holy Spirit made their words clear to the people of all races. Pentecost had become the birthday of the Church, and that is why we celebrate it today as a Christian festival.

Question: Among the crowd at Pentecost were Parthians; what were they renowned for in the ancient world?

Answers to Neville Threlfall, please.