2021 Thanksgiving Offering

2021 Thanksgiving Offering

Turramurra Uniting Church 2021 Thanksgiving Offering is a way of giving where you can make a huge difference in the life of our congregation and share some of your blessings with others.  Church Council in consultation with Phil and different groups have come up with a short list of projects both within and beyond our congregation that are currently not resourced by our Church Budget.  The idea of a Thanksgiving Offering is to see if we can fund these projects through a special one-off Thanksgiving Offering.  This giving is above and beyond our regular giving to the church - we do not want members to alter their regular giving to give to Thanksgiving Offering.   We encourage you to read through the projects below and prayerfully consider whether you may be able to support one or more of them financially.

For more information on any of these projects - email our minister Phil at phil.swain@turramurrauniting.org.au

Looking Around - Projects that will bless our Church Community

Project #1. Resourcing the Reopening of Groups

Target:   $2000

Mission Objective: Many of our children, youth, family and other groups are hoping to return in person before the end of the year but we are aware that it will take some time to rebuild numbers.  As many of these groups rely on fees or donations to pay for resources (such as food, craft etc) we imagine that they might need some financial help in the rebuilding process.  Support the rebuilding process by financially supporting a Friday night worth of afternoon teas (BUGZ), dinners (Turrazone) and Suppers (SquareOne).  Or help replenish the resource and games cupboard that many of the groups use.  We would love the leaders to focus on reconnecting and rebuilding their groups rather than worrying how they are going to pay for their ministries.  


Project #1

#1. Resourcing the reopening of groups

$2,195 of $2,000 raised
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Donation Total: $40.00

Project #2. Easy Fold Tables

Target:   $2900  (4 tables costing $725 each)

Mission Objective: These easy to move, easy to fold Collaborative Nesting Pirouette tables are just perfect for our senior members to use for their groups. Made by Sebel, these tables are on wheels that can be locked when it place and fold up and nest together when not needed. They are 2.1mx75cm and can easily fit 8 people around them. These are the same style of tables we have just bought for our playgroup ministry. No more lugging around and trying to set up plastic trestle tables, these are the perfect way we can care and support our senior ministry.

Project #2

#2. Easy Fold Tables

$2,900 of $2,900 raised
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Donation Total: $50.00

Looking Beyond - Projects that will bless others

Project #3. Blessing our Missionaries

Target:   $4800 

Mission Objective: Over the past 2 years we have been able to continue our regular giving towards our missionaries but due to not being able to run our missionary BBQ or other events, we have not been able to bless our missionaries above our regular giving. This Thanksgiving Offering will be split amongst our missionary families (Bickertons and Blairs) as well as the Nimbong School project in North India.

Project #3

#3. Blessing our Missionaries

$5,320 of $4,800 raised
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Donation Total: $20.00

Project #4 - Donating to Charites and Communities groups

If we look beyond our church, there are many groups and people in our community who are doing it tough and we would love to encourage people to share a blessing with them.

The Dish

Since 2003, The Dish has been feeding the vulnerable of Hornsby with a hot meal together with friendship and compassion and during this pandemic, the need is greater than ever.  The Dish has asked us to consider a special donation towards their important work.

Donation information can be found here.

Fusion Hornsby

Fusion is a Christian youth and community organisation helping socially-at-risk young people.  Due to lockdown, Fusion Hornsby’s main income source – its opshop – has been limited.  This Thanksgiving Offering will be directed towards FUSION especially to help them through this difficult time.

If you wish to make a tax-deductible donation, please donate directly to FUSION at their website by clicking here

Frontier Services

We have been supporting Frontier Services through our Flea Market, but due to lockdown we have not been able to do that for 2 years.  Frontier Services brings compassion, comfort and care to people in the Outback by ensuring our Bush Chaplains can be there for them. Any gift – large or small – will make a tremendous difference to the lives of people out bush.

If you wish to make a tax-deductible donation, please donate directly to FRONTIER SERVICES at their website by clicking here

Parramatta Mission

Meals Plus is open for breakfast and lunch from Monday to Friday. Services include: emergency food assistance, laundry and shower facilities, financial counselling, legal advice by visiting solicitors, housing advocacy, Centrelink outreach service and referral to accommodation services.  Making a donation to Parramatta Mission, whether it be big or small, will assist in the transformation of lives in our community.

If you wish to make a tax-deductible donation, please donate directly to PARRAMATTA MISSION (Meals Plus) at their website by clicking here

Looking Forward

Project #5. Church Coffee Machine

Target:   $4000

Mission Objective: For the past 3 years, there has been a lot of energy to add a high quality coffee machine for the church kitchen. There is a small group of people exploring the best type of machine for the church, but we are expecting it to cost between $3000 and $5000 dollars. We have been unsure if we can include this cost as part of the church budget which is why we have placed it in this years Thanksgiving Offering. If you are energised by this idea, we would be grateful for your donation.

Project #5

#5. Church Coffee Machine

$2,300 of $4,000 raised
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Donation Total: $100.00

Bonus Project. Fiber Network Switch

Target:   $1700

Mission Objective: During the current lockdown we have been able to install the long awaited network and wifi mesh across the church complex and as a bonus have future proofed access to the mesh with network connections in many of the complex rooms. However, this has meant that we have exceeded the size of our network switch. While this is not a critical issue (more of an inconvenience) Matt is keen to finish the job properly with one last network device – the Ubiquiti UniFi 48 port Managed Gigabit Layer2 and Layer3 switch with auto-sensing 802.3at PoE+ and 802.3bt PoE. The cost of the router is $1699. Bless Matt and everyone who will use this mesh both now and into the future by helping Matt finish the job.


Bonus Project

Bonus: Fiber Network Switch

$1,700 of $1,700 raised
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Donation Total: $100.00