The Color* of Water – by James McBride – Book Review

This is the story of “Ruth”, the name she called herself, being born Ruchel Dwajra Zylska, an Orthodox Jew. She always thought she was different and lived this out all her life. Her family lived in a mixed-race community and owned a general store where Ruth worked. She was closely watched by her parents and to get some “away” time, she and her sister would sneak out at night and meet boys. When she discovered she was pregnant, her mother sent her to New York where her aunt arranged the …

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Worship anew – in every situation

The year 2020 has been challenging for everyone. In the midst of a great deal of stress and uncertainty, COVID restrictions meant that we had to stop gathering for weekly church services. This central expression of Christian community was suddenly cancelled. This could have been a disaster for the church, but God is good, and his faithful people have continued to find ways to share the Gospel and minister to each other despite the challenges. Our hearts go out to those who have lost loved ones or who have struggled …

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A year like no other

Curfews! Virtual house arrest! Families not able to visit each other even when they live in the same town! Schools closed! Churches closed! Most businesses shut down! I would never have expected to see these things happening in my lifetime, but we in Victoria have had to bear these restrictions for most of the year. The first lock-down from February to May was bearable, and we gradually got used to shopping once a week, speaking to neighbors from a distance and using the telephone and Zoom to keep in touch …

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LWWA Fellowship Day 2020

  Over 60 ladies and a few men joined us at Rockingham/Mandurah Lutheran Church on Saturday 31 October 2020 for a Reformation style theme We are Women Serving Christ. Marj and Judith, from Esperance, were once again available with their Christian bookshop with lots of cards, Bibles, devotion books, Christmas nativity scenes, DVDs, and many more interesting items for sale. Everything was COVID SAFE with the usual hand sanitiser and Holy Communion wafers in patty pans and individual cups for the wine. Each lady took their own lunch. This was …

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Darling Downs Zone 

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Zone Rally and Fellowship day 2020 was postponed till 2021, hoping, God willing, that next year will see a relaxing of restrictions. LWQ Retreat: 8–10 March 2019 held at James Bourne Centre, Highfields, was hosted by Brisbane South and Gold Coast with the theme: Bee-Coming More for Christ. It was a buzzing weekend with a beekeeper as the guest speaker, showing the intricate workings of the hives and selling the honey. Darling Downs Fellowship Day held at Good Shepherd, Toowoomba, chose the theme A Very Special …

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The Bible - the word of God

Bible Study – March 2021

ALL THINGS BEING NEW – Daily Renewal You are new in Christ! Yay! Set apart by God! Hooray! Now what? New as we are, we still live in the fallen flesh. We, the children of God, sin. So, who are the baptised in Christ? Are we just the new person? Are we an odd mix of the old and the new? We live in a broken world, and the old self (it’s still there) is continuously …

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Devotion – March 2021

Hand Me Downs Our family was one of girls. My mum was one of two girls, and each of them had two daughters also. This meant lots of laughs and mischief when we all got together, but it also meant we could share clothes. I am the eldest, so the “good” dresses that were purchased for me at Christmas time, and for special occasions, inevitably found their way to my younger sister’s, and cousins’, closets. …

LWA mid-term council meeting report

Lutheran Women of Australia (LWA) Mid-Term Council Meeting 27,28 October 2020 This not being a ‘typical’ year initiated a different way of hosting this mid-term meeting of representatives from across Australia. We met via Zoom, commencing at 12 noon EST to facilitate a respectable time for all to participate, noting a three-hour difference between western and eastern states. Led by our Spiritual Advisors, Pastor Ernie Kiss and Pastor Chris Raatz, our meeting sessions were covered …

Witta Ladies, Nambour

I am a member of a little historic church at Witta, Qld, 10 kms from Maleny on the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. I join with the Glasshouse Mountains Fellowship. As we could not worship during the lockdown, and our chapel is on a main road, I decided to be a witness outside of our chapel. So, on Palm Sunday, the entry was flanked with palms. On Good Friday we draped a wooden cross in black and red. Early Sunday morning, a few of our women went out with flowers to decorate the cross and declare …

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Support for our future Pastors and families

Australian Lutheran College (ALC), Pastoral Ministry Students Assistance Fund The year 2020 has been challenging for us all. My position as Coordinator between the Lutheran Women of Australia (LWA) and the pastoral students, and their wives, has been no exception. In the past, I have contacted ALC and arranged a time with the principal, Pastor James Winderlich, to meet the students, introduce myself and explain the gifting of the Pastoral Ministry Students Assistance Fund. At the same time, I have handed out an encouragement letter from the LWA President at the …

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