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9:45am Livestream
COVID Update- July 22nd
Friends, Stay at Home orders remain until July 30th. Therefore, church gatherings remain the same as they have been, and will continue this way at least until 1st August (to avoid last minute 'flip-flops'), even if restrictions ease a day earlier:
  • No in-person congregations will gather during this lockdown.
  • Full Livestream service on Sunday morning at 9:45am. 
  • 8am, 9:45am & 11:30am are invited join a congregational Zoom meeting at 11am, a great chance to chat & pray (no longer than 30min).
  • 5pm & 7pm congregations are invited to join a Zoom meeting at 6pm, where we will continue our sermon series in 1 Chronicles. 
Please note that under Public Health Orders, you are not permitted to come to the St Michael's buildings incl. office, unless you have been requested to attend as an 'essential worker', for example, to assist in production of the livestream, or have been invited for a specific pastoral care meeting that cannot take place in the home. But staff are very glad to receive your messages, emails, or calls, when available to answer. 
Sunday 25 July
9:45am Livestream:
Romans 16
6pm Zoom:
1 Chronicles 2:1-17

Zoom Links for Sunday

*Please use your real name on the Zoom screen so we know who you are!
St Michael's 8am Congregational Zoom Meeting
Time: July 25, 2021, 11:00 AM
Meeting ID: 810 1634 7450
Passcode: 458231

St Michael's 9:45am Congregational Zoom meeting
Time: Jul 25, 2021 11:00 AM
Meeting ID: 865 2264 3137
Passcode: 865947

St Michael's 11:30am Congregational Zoom Meeting
Time: July 25, 2021 11:00AM
Meeting ID: 852 4452 1679
Passcode: 471732

St Michael's Combined Evening Zoom
Time: Jul 25, 2021 6:00PM
Meeting ID: 881 1558 2419
Passcode: 694389
Mission & Parish Council Update
July 2021

Mission Update – WCCEB

In August, Mission of the Month giving is directed to the Wollongong Combined Churches Education Board (WCCEB). So if you direct electronic giving to the church account as  ‘Mission’ then in August it passes onto the WCCEB. This ‘Scripture Board’ employs part-time SRE (‘Special Religious Education’) teachers in the following schools on our area:

  • Keira High School – James Ulrich
  • Wollongong High School Performing Arts – Heather Sitepu
  • Smiths Hills High School – Samar Mikhael
  • Illawarra Sport High School, Berkeley – Heather Sitepu
  • Figtree High School – Naomi Lowth

It’s obviously been a disrupted start to Term 3, with different schools working out different access options for our school teachers.  Pray for them and for our voluntary primary school SRE teachers who are awaiting the return of physical classes. Pray that SRE teachers can work productively with school leadership for COVID-safe classes. Pray that students will be keen to pick up with Scripture classes once again, with positive attitudes leading even more kids to opt-in. Pray for our teachers to be helpful and sensitive when ministering to students with anxiety or other mental health challenges.  And pray that the Holy Spirit will work through God’s word as they teach.

Give thanks for Andy Stevenson’s long-term chairmanship of WCCEB. And praise God that he can continue in this role, as he leaves the church staff but remains a member here.

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News & Notices

St Micks Youth

Juniors and Seniors, join us this week as we meet on Zoom. Click here for the Zoom links. 

Seniors | Thursday 7-9pm | Years 9-12
Meeting ID: 818 8254 1069 | Passcode: 254475
Juniors | Friday 7-8:30pm | Years 6-8: 

Meeting ID: 843 5478 5326 | Passcode: 073171

Girls' Night In!

Women's dinner: postponed 🙁
Connecting with other women: not postponed! 🙂
Join us, make a mug cake, hear from a couple of women, and connect with others from your congregation.
Find out more information (including mug cake recipes & the Zoom link) here.

Pastoral Care Course

Anglicare are hosting their Introductory Pastoral Care Course via Zoom over 5 Mondays, from August 9th- September 6th. Time is short for registrations, so act quickly! You can do so through Anglicare directly:

Youthworks Home Discipleship Resources

Sandy's Three of the Week

How to receive Criticism with Grace

"When we strike back in retaliation instead of defusing a situation with a gentle answer, we risk conditioning ourselves to reject all criticism, even the kind that is in fact fair." – Scott Sauls, thinking even of totally unfair criticism!

Intimacy in a Time of Pandemic
Rev Dani Treweek writes: "Being permitted the luxury of going for a walk in the depths of winter, with one other person who happens to live within 10km ... all while dodging oncoming pedestrians, does not satisfactorily resolve the relational isolation of living alone in lockdown."

Unstopping Gospel Joy
Our new link missionary to France, Karina Brabham, writes: "I’ve certainly been struggling with the uncertainty of what the next day or week might hold. Yet my biggest battle has been with joy...”
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