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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 1 Hansard (12 February) . .

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Professor Raupach passed away peacefully after a brief illness, aged 64, surrounded by his family at his home in Canberra. I would like to acknowledge his significant and important contribution and offer my condolences to his family and friends.

Life Unlimited Church

MR COE (Ginninderra) (6.15): I rise tonight to speak about work of the Life Unlimited Church, or LifeUC. LifeUC was formerly known as the Canberra Assembly of God. The church commenced in 1964 with six people and built a multi-function hall and office in Cook in 1974. A new congregation was planted in the Tuggeranong valley in 1986 and a sanctuary was built in 1994. By 2001 the church had grown and moved to its centre campus located in the former Charnwood High School. As the church continued to grow, a new campus was established at CSIRO in 2006. The Civic campus is now located in New Acton, at the Palace Electric Cinema.

As well as holding several services each weekend, LifeUC is involved in a number of community programs. HandUp is a food-care service for people who are struggling financially. People are welcome to visit HandUp as often as they need to seek assistance with food supplies. The Re-Runs op shop provides pre-loved clothing, magazines, books, shoes, toys and household items at a minimal cost.

In partnership with a range of organisations, Life College provides courses and study pathways for local church members. The church also provides life groups, Sunday morning activities for children, youth groups, a creative arts program, leadership and team training events and connect groups. Church members are involved in mission work in the Pan-Asia region, which includes Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam. The church supports them financially, in prayer and through visiting where possible.

LifeUC is also involved in Christians Against Poverty, a national debt counselling charity which offers hope and a solution to anyone in debt, through its unique in-depth service.

In October last year I was pleased to attend the celebration of 50 years of LifeUC. The church has grown significantly in these 50 years and it has become a valued part of the community in the ACT. I would like to place on the record my thanks to all the people, most of them volunteers, who give of their time to serve in the church and their wider community. I particularly thank the church's senior pastors, Sean and Lynda Stanton. I congratulate LifeUC on their 50 years of service to the community. For more information about the church I recommend that members visit www.lifeuc.com.au.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

The Assembly adjourned at 6.17 pm until Tuesday, 17 February 2015, at 10 am.


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