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NEUTRAL BAY NEWS – December 2018

Our next  Cinema Meet will be showing The Post, on Saturday 3 November 2018, at 7pm, contact Darren: 0432 179 734

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Our next Draught Discussion evening is 7 pm on the first Monday – November 5th.

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Every 3rd Sunday we invite a guest musician to join our service as part of our music program

Congratulations to Claire Wright, our former Pastor and Music Director at Neutral Bay Uniting Church. On Saturday 12 March Claire was approved as a candidate for ordination in the Uniting Church. We are so proud of you! Claire is pictured below, centre.
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Come and meet our minister, Rev. Darren Liepold, who has come from Canada to join us.  Darren has a weekly blog at:

MAPLES photo 29 Feb 16Congratulations to Gabrielle Huber on the release of her new song, ‘I have Heart’, which was filmed in our church. You can hear Gabrielle’s latest song here.

We are continuing our guest musical item on the third Sunday of each month as part of our music program.
If you would like to be part of it as a singer or musician, please contact us.

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Congratulations to our gardeners. Our community garden, led by Bobby Babin, won Best Children’s Garden and Highly Commended in the Edible Community Garden category in the North Sydney Garden Competition Awards.

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(l. to r.) Unknown Guest, Murray (Competition Judge), Darren Liepold, Elizabeth Pfanner, Jilly Gibson, Bobby Babin, Kim Hebd
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(l. To r.) Darren Liepold, Audrey Bradshaw, Elizabeth Pfanner, Randal Shaw, Bobby Babin, Costa Georgiadis, Kim Hebden, Rachael Wallace, Lynne Parrott

Thank you to all our gardeners! If you would like to join the garden, Contact Bobby Babin to have your contact details added to the Community Garden email list.
bobby at
Mob 0415 499 400
Community Garden – green thumbs and brown thumbs all welcome!
Take a visual tour of the transformation of the first three years of our beautiful garden at: We’ve Got a Good Thing Growing! (3_9_15).
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Refugee Sunday, 30 August 2015
Below is our Kids Focus activity on Refugee Sunday. Bobby’s  challenge to Marie and Roslyn was to paint the outline of a person who is a refugee and to use colours expressing how that person could be feeling. At the end of the service they invited a member of the congregation to come up and reflect on their situation while Marie described the conditions of a refugee. The artwork was so striking that we put it on the front door of the church.
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Sign outdoors & 3Useful sources of information on refugees and asylum seekers in Australia: the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre  and the Refugee Council of Australia.  Some policy statements by Christian churches include Catholic and Uniting Church in AustraliaCampaigns supported by the Refugee Taskforce of the National Council of Churches in Australia. Download a statement by the Mosman/Neutral Bay Inter-Church Council (Refugee Statement 2015).

Sign outdoors Our Indonesian congregation hosted big celebrations on 22 August for the 70th anniversary of Indonesia’s independence. It was a multinational, multifaith event with singing, dancing, a fashion parade and a huge feast followed by more dancing. Happy birthday, Indonesia!Group shot national costumes cropped.jpg
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Do you play the pipe organ or do you know someone who does? If you are interested in practising your skills on our heritage-restored pipe organ, either as a performance or a practice session, please contact us. Our gorgeous organ benefits from being played regularly so that it sounds as good as it looks!
Contact Fiona Joyce mob 0400 281 678

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If you have recently moved to the area and you would like to find out more about us, please phone us or call in.

Congratulations to Rev. Charissa Suli, who was ordained as a Minister of the Word at St David’s Uniting Church, Dee Why. We wish her all the best in her first placement as an ordained minister at Dapto Uniting Church.
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Charissa has been active with the Uniting Church of Australia in campaigning for the humane treatment of asylum seekers:

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A young filmmaker who wishes to be known as Scorpio used our church when he filmed a clip about ‘what it means to be Australian’. We love the result and we endorse his message.

My interpretation of SBS’s “Join In” invitation celebrating Australian diversity and multiculturalism.

I’d like to thank the Neutral Bay Uniting Church in offering their premises to be a part of my clip about Australian multiculturalism. I meet and work with people from various cultures and backgrounds every day. My clip depicts diversity in the way they eat, pray, dress and in everything they do. Our differences make us unique. I’m inviting all Australians with their uniqueness and diversity to JOIN IN, be a team and be an incredible country. Thank you, Fiona Joyce, for your love towards my team and myself. We need caring people like her to support us. Scorpio (Filmmaker)

Congratulations to Jim Coyle, our regular Sunday services musician. Jim is a composer who has returned from a visit to the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra to record some of his compositions, funded by the Australia Council for the Arts. You can hear some of Jim’s compositions at:

And here’s an account of his experiences in Hobart: