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@Morling - July 12, 2021
 
As you read this email you might be aware of all that is uncertain and unpredictable at the moment - in your own life and family, in Australia's response to COVID, in the real need for change and justice we see around the world, in preparing for Semester 2. During these times, what can we do to lean on the faithful stability of our God and create strong connections with others? How can we re-orient our attention, and our prayers, to who God is and the ways that He is working in the world and in our lives? 

The following article was written by Esther Martinez and published on the Food for the Hungry website. Food for the Hungry is an Christian organisation based in the US working in the areas of relief and development advocating for the poor and the marginalised. You might find these four ways to pray in the midst of uncertain times helpful. What other ways have you found beneficial?

It seems like every time we check our newsfeeds or turn on the TV, we are overwhelmed with constant updates about different crises around the globe. We even feel the impact of some of these crises in our own homes and cities.

As a result, it’s common to feel anxiety and uncertainty during these challenging times. In these moments, it serves us well to remember that God is an almighty fortress of hope and protection. He invites us to take refuge in Him through prayer when we are feeling fearful and alone. ...  Here are four ways you can approach God during your time of prayer.

1. Reflect on Scripture Sometimes the best way to turn to God is to listen and reflect on His words. May these Bible verses encourage you and fill you with God’s peace, love, and protection. Here are some of our favorite verses to pray out loud during times of uncertainty.

  • Psalm 46:1, 2 Timothy 1:7, Philippians 4:6-7, 1 Peter 5:6-7, Romans 15:13
2. Pray with Others Praying together in faith is a powerful force. Not only does it give each person a deep feeling of belonging, but collectively, more prayers are prayed for! Everyone has a unique way of praying to the Lord. We can learn from each other through our different voices when we pray together. It is also an important reminder to keep our hearts open to the needs of others as we care for the wellbeing of our brothers and sisters in Christ at home and around the world.

Together, we are strengthened and blessed through our intentional time with God.

3. Ask Others for Specific Prayer Sometimes asking for help can be hard to do. We live in a society that celebrates the achievement of doing things on your own or isolating when things become too hard. It’s helpful to remember that asking others for prayers is an opportunity to thank God for blessing us with loved ones we can lean on in times of adversity.

By asking a family member, friend, or church member for a specific prayer, we are reminded that we are not alone. And it helps us grow closer together as a body of believers in Christ. [At Morling - you can always invite us to pray with you by sharing your prayer need here.]

4. Join Us in Prayer As different crises are occurring at this very moment, we invite you to pray with us on behalf of all those who need God’s loving protection around the world:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Lord, we thank you that you are the God of refuge. You are mighty, powerful, righteous, and true. Today, we come to you in prayer asking for your love, protection, and provision. We know you are the one true source of hope.

Please be a place of refuge and a constant presence of love and support for all those experiencing fear, anxiety, and loneliness. Please care for the physical needs of those who are struggling to provide for their families. Bring peace and healing to those who have lost loved ones or are dealing with life-threatening illnesses.

Please help us come to you for hope and guidance during times of uncertainty. It’s through your grace that we can continue to serve one another in your name no matter the circumstance. We ask for your peace in place of our anxiety.

We pray these things in your heavenly name.

Amen.

  • Get ready for Semester 2 - starts NEXT WEEK. Make sure you have enrolled! If you have any questions, book a time to chat to a Course Advisor or Course Administrator. Having a clear plan ahead will help you and also bless us as we prepare. 
  • Continue to watch out for updates regarding lockdowns and restrictions in your state and territory. We will keep you updated about how this affects our Sydney and Perth-Vose campus.
    • Perth-Vose Campus: is open - please continue to check WA restrictions here. Some staff may choose to work from home but they are still available via email and phone.
    • Sydney Campus: essential services still available (reception, library reserves), most staff working from home but available via email and phone, all COVIDsafe precautions, signing in, masks compulsory and distancing restrictions in place when/if essential to be on campus. Please ensure that you keep yourself updated with the NSW government COVID19 information via the link here.
      • In the event that we can't start the semester face-to-face on our Sydney campus, please rest assured that we've done this before! For most of semester 1 last year we were fully livestreamed, and had some great zoom classes with stimulating group discussion and creative online activities.
  • Need help and not sure who to ask? Let us help you! Use the Student Help Desk email form to ask for help or support.
  • Complete an Online Indigenous Cultural Awareness Training module mentioned in last week's @Morling. If you complete a Module you can download a certificate. Send this through to Gayle Kent and we will give you a Moodle badge to acknowledge this. 
  • Can't find @Morling in your email? We are now putting a link to @Morling on Moodle - you can find today's email and an archive here.
  • Pray for those completing units during Winter School and for future students considering studying in Semester 2.
  • Pray for students who completed studies in Semester 1: that God will lead them in their next steps.
  • Pray for the nations of the world! This week's nation: Iran
Moodle has been updated! 
Please note that Moodle has been updated! Please familiarize yourself with the Moodle layout as you prepare for the coming study period. If you need assistance with your login and support in using Moodle, please contact the Morling Online team via online@morling.edu.au.
If you have access to your Moodle unit you will see the list of resources that you will need this Semester. If the resource isn't on Perlego, why not use this voucher from Koorong? You can also check on other websites using booko.com.au
Heather and Noel Vose Library (Perth) - still open
Monday – Friday 8.30am – 4.30pm // Saturday & Sunday - Closed//

Gilbert Wright Library (Sydney) - closed at the moment but with arrangements for reserve item pickup
During the Greater Sydney stay-at-home orders, the Library will be closed. You can still reserve items and the Library staff will communicate with you via email to arrange contactless pickup. You can still return items via the external return chute.


Library HelpDesk
If you have questions, want to request document scanning since you can't get to campus, or have other needs, please complete a Library HelpDesk ticket so staff in Sydney and/or Perth can help you. 
Sydney campus – calling all singers!
In Semester 2, Morling is excited to be forming a Morling Choir on the Sydney campus! While we might have to wait a few weeks to get started (because of the COVID lockdown), we would love you to register your interest now, whether you’re a student or on staff. Just visit the Moodle choir page or email choir@morling.edu.au for more information.
Please drive carefully on our campuses!
We know that many of you aren't coming to campus at the moment - but we wanted to remind you to drive carefully when you do! On the Sydney campus this is especially important because we have a number of families with young children living in Morling Village. When you are next on site you will notice we have added some pedestrian safety measures, including a new crossing and convex mirror to help pedestrians and drivers around the basement exit of the MALC building. 
Frederick Buechner Creative Writing Competition
The Frederick Buechner Center is sponsoring a creative writing prize for Morling students. The Perth and Sydney campus winners will each receive $600. You are invited to submit a piece of creative writing on any topic in any genre by 31 August 2021. For further details, please click here.
Ezra Centre
Affordable counselling can be accessed by seeing our Intern Counsellor ($15 per hour) who works under direct supervision. We also have qualified Clinical Counsellors who work out of Ezra, their fees range between $80 - $120. Appointments can be made face to face or online.
Please call The Ezra Centre on 8197 1746 or email admin@ezra.org.au to make an appointment.
ENCORE will be back in Semester 2 - who could you invite?

SEMESTER 2, BLOCK A : July 30 - August 20
1 & 2 Thessalonians: BLESSED INTERRUPTIONS with Matt Holt


Encore is an initiative of Morling College, held on Friday mornings at our Sydney campus and livestreamed. It is designed for people who are retired or no longer working full-time to continue learning about God with like-minded people. There are no academic requirements or assessments! You can find out more and register here.  We are also offering GROUP REGISTRATIONS for church groups that would like to livestream from their own community on a Friday morning. 
 
OPPORTUNITIES AND EVENTS
Transforming Vocation Conference Postponed
See last week's @Morling or the Transforming Vocation website for more details.
ReachOut Missions Conference @ Katoomba Sept 11-12

ReachOut missions conference is on over the weekend of Sept 11-12 at Katoomba. There will be great speakers to hear and many mission agencies to visit. If you'd like to be part of a team attending the conference and promoting the college, please contact Graeme Dunkley.

Find out more about ReachOut here.

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