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Our buildings have re-opened for COVID-safe public worship. Registrations essential. See 'News' or 'Events'.


SUNDAY 9 AUGUST

EPPING 9.30AM & 5PM

NEWCASTLE 9.30AM


Worship also continues online via YouTube live each Sunday at 9.30am. * click the LW play link above, or 'YOUTUBE' at the very top of this page *


NEWS & EVENTS ...

24 July, 2020

COVID-19 UPDATE JULY 2020

Dear LifeWay family,

UPDATE: July 24, 2020

Words can’t express how much we’ve missed gathering together over the past few months. And while it’s been wonderful to watch us come together to support one another and keep connected, we’re excited to announce that we can do some of that in person soon.

That’s right—our church leadership has decided to reopen our building for services on August 2nd, 2020

We have prayerfully considered the right time to reopen and asked God for the wisdom to do it safely. We’ll continue to lean on him and on each other as we remain patient and work together to follow social distancing guidelines upon reopening.

Our service at Epping will be at 9.30am as usual, but we are also introducing a new service at 5pm, while at Newcastle it will be at 9.30am. There will be a few things that will be different. Here are the quick facts:

- We will keep a safe distance from one another by placing each seat 1.5m apart. Please don’t move the chairs as we are mindful that some people come by themselves and we don’t want them to feel separated from the whole community.

- You will need to pre-register for services to give us time to prepare to accommodate everyone as spaces are limited, (80 Epping – 35 Newcastle) so make sure you register on the App or website, or call the office on Monday or Thursday between 9.30am-1.30pm. Those who normally worship at Epping, please consider coming to the 5pm service. All entry at Epping is to be via the front door. It is a NSW Government Health Order that we sign people in, so please come 15 minutes early so we can mark you off the list with your details. You will need to register via the form [HERE](https://lifeway.ccbchurch.com/goto/forms/14/responses/new).

- Please use sanitiser as you come in. We will have a station available at each centre.

- We encourage you to bring a mask and wear one inside the building. No one loves them, but we ask you to please wear one for the sake of other people feeling safe. Our Pastors and helpers will wear masks for distributing Holy Communion, which will be done in the seats for the time being. We are trying to source some masks to have onsite for those who forget to bring one.

- There will be no public singing unfortunately as per government recommendations. You are able to hum along, but just focus on the words and let the band sing over you!

- We will limit touch by not serving coffee or tea at Epping. At Newcastle, we will have coffee and tea but it will be done around tables in the back hall with appropriate social distancing.

- There will be no handing around of the offering plate but we encourage you to continue to give via direct deposit or the App/Website as you have been doing. Please click on the link[here](https://lifeway.net.au/give) for details. There will be a plate at the door for those who have been unable to give directly – just drop it in.

Choose the safest worship experience for you. If you’re high-risk, we encourage you to continue attending online and staying in touch with our community through our zoom chat after each service.

Please remember that reopening and staying open is a team effort.

Whether you join us online or in person, we love you and we look forward to seeing you soon,

Pastor Mark, Pastor Mat and Adam Brownett

on behalf of the Leadership Team

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COMING UP ...

9 August, 2020 @ 9:30 AM

Onsite worship at Epping - 9 August 2020, 9.30am

Onsite worship has resumed! If you would like to attend on 9th August, 9.30am at Epping you will need to register your details via the form [HERE](https://lifeway.ccbchurch.com/goto/forms/15/responses/new).

Places are limited, so please register early – we don’t want to turn anyone away. For Epping people, please consider coming to the 5pm service as an alternative. Please read the COVID-19 update in the news section for a full explanation or what is required at each centre.

Please Note the following:

- Please turn up 15 minutes early, to ensure we can sign everyone in. Doors will not be open until 9.15am where you will be signed off and directed to seats in the Church. Please enter through the front doors only.

- Please bring a mask if you have one – just to be mindful of others.

- There will be no singing allowed but you can hum along to the words on the screen.

- Epping: No tea and coffee will be served after Church at this time.

- Newcastle: Seated tea and coffee will be served after Church.

By registering, I declare that:

- I or those in my group have not returned from international or interstate travel in the last 14 days.

- To the best of my knowledge I/we have not been exposed to a person with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days.

- I am/We are not currently required to self-isolate for any other reason.

- I am/ We are well, and not displaying any symptoms of COVID-19.

- I/We will practise good hand hygiene and utilise the hand washing and sanitiser facilities made available for this purpose.

- I/We will maintain appropriate social distancing from others.

- I/We will follow all reasonable steps requested by LifeWay Lutheran Church to ensure the health and safety of all other personnel and visitors.

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9 August, 2020 @ 9:30 AM

Onsite worship at Newcastle - 9 August 2020, 9.30am

Onsite worship has resumed! If you would like to attend on 9th August, 9.30am at Newcastle you will need to register your details via the form [HERE](https://lifeway.ccbchurch.com/goto/forms/15/responses/new).

Places are limited, so please register early – we don’t want to turn anyone away. For Epping people, please consider coming to the 5pm service as an alternative. Please read the COVID-19 update in the news section for a full explanation or what is required at each centre.

Please Note the following:

- Please turn up 15 minutes early, to ensure we can sign everyone in. Doors will not be open until 9.15am where you will be signed off and directed to seats in the Church. Please enter through the front doors only.

- Please bring a mask if you have one – just to be mindful of others.

- There will be no singing allowed but you can hum along to the words on the screen.

- Epping: No tea and coffee will be served after Church at this time.

- Newcastle: Seated tea and coffee will be served after Church.

By registering, I declare that:

- I or those in my group have not returned from international or interstate travel in the last 14 days.

- To the best of my knowledge I/we have not been exposed to a person with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days.

- I am/We are not currently required to self-isolate for any other reason.

- I am/ We are well, and not displaying any symptoms of COVID-19.

- I/We will practise good hand hygiene and utilise the hand washing and sanitiser facilities made available for this purpose.

- I/We will maintain appropriate social distancing from others.

- I/We will follow all reasonable steps requested by LifeWay Lutheran Church to ensure the health and safety of all other personnel and visitors.

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9 August, 2020 @ 5:00 PM

Onsite worship at Epping - 9 August 2020, 5pm

Onsite worship has resumed! If you would like to attend on 9th August, 5pm at Epping you will need to register your details via the form [HERE](https://lifeway.ccbchurch.com/goto/forms/15/responses/new).

Places are limited, so please register early – we don’t want to turn anyone away. For Epping people, please consider coming to the 5pm service as an alternative. Please read the COVID-19 update in the news section for a full explanation or what is required at each centre.

Please Note the following:

- Please turn up 15 minutes early, to ensure we can sign everyone in. Doors will not be open until 9.15am where you will be signed off and directed to seats in the Church. Please enter through the front doors only.

- Please bring a mask if you have one – just to be mindful of others.

- There will be no singing allowed but you can hum along to the words on the screen.

- Epping: No tea and coffee will be served after Church at this time.

- Newcastle: Seated tea and coffee will be served after Church.

By registering, I declare that:

- I or those in my group have not returned from international or interstate travel in the last 14 days.

- To the best of my knowledge I/we have not been exposed to a person with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days.

- I am/We are not currently required to self-isolate for any other reason.

- I am/ We are well, and not displaying any symptoms of COVID-19.

- I/We will practise good hand hygiene and utilise the hand washing and sanitiser facilities made available for this purpose.

- I/We will maintain appropriate social distancing from others.

- I/We will follow all reasonable steps requested by LifeWay Lutheran Church to ensure the health and safety of all other personnel and visitors.

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15 August, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

LifeWay Bushwalkers - August

Hey bushwalkers!

The next walk is planned for Saturday 15th August - the Bouddi Coastal Walk near Woy Woy, about half way between Newcastle and Epping. This is a perfect opportunity for anyone from Newcastle to join in! It's about 3hrs (9km) and fairly typical of a coastal walk - a couple of beach crossings and up and over a few headlands (see attached), two of them quite steep. There are LOTS of stairs, and with the heavy rain last weekend and a fairly high clay content in the sandy soil, there was a lot of mud! Hopefully it will dry out a bit before the 15th.

The north to south direction is the better walk in my opinion, so I ask anyone wishing to car pool to meet at the Putty Beach picnic area (near the toilet block) at 12:30pm. If you're travelling from Sydney, allow an hour from the start of the freeway as the traffic on Woy Woy Rd can be quite slow. Leave half of the cars at Putty Beach ($6 parking in National Park), then drive the 15mins to MacMasters Beach. The walk will start from the MacMasters Beach Surf Life Saving Club at 1pm sharp.

For anyone wanting an extra challenge, I will be walking both directions again, departing Putty Beach at 9:30am. There's a picnic area behind the Surf Life Saving Club where we can have lunch and be ready to meet the others for the walk back at 1pm. There is a cafe, but the service could be slow, so I'd recommend bringing your lunch. You can still buy a coffee or a cold drink if you like. Let me know if this is of interest to anyone.

Cheers,

John.

If you'd like to join the walkers, or would like some more information, contact John: [email protected]

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Today's verse & thought to ponder ...

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HEBREWS 12:24

Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe.

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