In his opening sermon Rev. Faupula left the congregation with some encouraging words:
“For every ending an opportunity for a new beginning presents itself”.
Local NSW MP Eleni Petinos spoke at the morning tea and gave thanks for Rev. Faupula’s dedicated ministry to Jannali Uniting Church.
“All of our ties to community have been stronger for having you here with us,” Ms Petinos said.
Rev. Faupula will soon take up a new placement at Canterbury Uniting Church, a growing Tongan congregation in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs.
He will be moving with his wife Namoe and their three adult children Haloti, Tilisi and Siotame.
Rev. Faupula has served in the NSW/ACT Synod as a Cross Cultural Consultant for the Board of Mission, Chairperson of the Georges River Presbytery and was on the Newington College Council Board.
The baton of ministry will be passed to Rev. Paul Bartlett who has worked in Assembly agencies Frontier Services and UnitingWorld while they await a new minister.