Uniting World’s Annual appeal is on now and Update 2 for 2022 is available in the foyer

 

If you are looking for some good news to encourage you, be sure to pick up a copy of the latest update from Uniting world.  You are invited to donate to the annual appeal which demonstrates how one action from you can ripple out to the Partner churches and organisations of Uniting World and help them to build up communities who are struggling in oppressive circumstances.

To donate online, click here

Save the Date – Pentecost Sunday Worship at Wesley Uniting Church 10am

The Uniting Churches of Geelong will be joining together in the one place on Pentecost Sunday, 5th June 2022 at 10am.

This means that there will be NO SUNDAY SERVICE AT ST LUKES ON SUNDAY 5th of June.

Instead we encourage everyone from St Luke’s to come to Wesley Uniting Church, 100 Yarra Street Geelong on that day.

We are also invited to join in with a combined choir and band, which will be rehearsing on the next two Tuesday nights, the 24th and 31st of May at 7:00pm at Wesley Uniting Church.  To take part, please register with Helen at Wesley UC on 5229 8866.

As plans unfold, there may be a need for helpers on the day, so if you are planning to come and able to assist, I would love to hear from you.  Likely tasks would be catering, ushering and such.  I will keep you posted as I find out more.  We will be sharing news of the Pentecost Service at Sunday mornings, and through our website and social media, however if you are in touch with friends who don’t connect there, could you please help to spread the word so that no-one is left at the front door wondering where everyone is?

May we be blessed with the fire and warmth of the Holy Spirit as we gather as one big Uniting Church community in Geelong!

Spotlight on Community Partners: The Geelong Chorale

The Geelong Chorale have been rehearsing at St Luke’s for many years now on a Monday evening.  Here’s an update from them as they return to rehearsing and performing again:

The Geelong Chorale are pleased to announce that we are in rehearsal again and will present a feast of singing in three major concerts this year.
Our first concert will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Ralph Vaughan Williams, the quintessential English composer of the 20th century. For this concert we will be joined by four soloists to present a selection of some of his finest choral music: grand anthems, partsongs, folksongs, and movements from the Mass in G minor.
Having been delayed in making any overseas journey for the past two years, we are delighted that we can finally present “Around the World in Eighty Minutes”: a veritable whistle-stop tour of many countries via the world’s treasury of folksongs. Sunday 10th July at 2:30pm in All Saints Church, Noble Street.
In October we will combine with Music at the Basilica’s Windfire Choir to present the monumental ‘St John Passion” by J.S. Bach. This moving work has rarely, if ever, been performed in Geelong. First-class soloists and orchestra will accompany the combined choir, all conducted by Joseph Hie.
Allister Cox OAM, Conductor.

Autumn edition of Uniting’s Supporter Newsletter and Congregation Connect update is out now

From Dale at Uniting:

Dear Friends,

I do hope my email finds you well and you have all had a safe and happy Easter.

I am writing to you to let you know that a copy of the Uniting Vic.Tas Autumn Congregation Connect has now been made available on our website for congregations to access. I have also attached a PDF copy for your convenience.

In this edition, you and members of your congregation can read about:

  • An update on the Marrageil Baggarrook accommodation facility for older women experiencing or at risk of homelessness
  • Ballarat Lifeline’s 50th anniversary celebrations
  • How the Carer Gateway service is supporting people to manage their wellbeing.

I have also attached a copy of our  Autumn Supporter Newsletter. In this you can learn about:

  • The work of our Heritage Service team in supporting people to better understand their past
  • How your generosity at Christmas helped people to build a brighter future
  • Peter, who has left a lasting legacy through a gift in his Will.

This newsletter is also available online in a new interactive format where you can easily zoom in on the content as well as learn more information about stories of particular interest to you with a simple click.

Kind Regards,

Dale

Easter Services 2022

Easter Services 2022

Join us in Holy Week to reflect on the journey of Jesus through persecution, crucifixion and resurrection, and consider where God is in the midst of uncertainty, displacement, war and disease.  How does God’s transforming Grace help a community to understand what is happening, to help one another through strife, and to heal trauma?

All services held at St Luke’s Uniting Church, 174 Barrabool Rd Highton

Good Friday

Photograph of a crown of thorns on a purple background, referencing the passion of Christ

Friday 15th April 2022 at 9:30am

A short reflective service.

Easter Sunday

Sunday 17th April at 9:30am

Celebrate the resurrection of Hope!

Both services will also be live streamed via YouTube.

April Crosslight is here

Pick up your copy of the April Crosslight magazine from the foyer this Sunday – including a feature article about Queenscliff Uniting’s Sacred Edge festival.


Vox Angelica Concert Friday 29th April 2022

Vox Angelica Chamber Choir

VOX ANGELICA GEELONG CHAMBER CHOIR

Directed by Tom Healey

7.30pm Friday 29th April, 2022

St Paul’s Anglican Church, LaTrobe Tce, Geelong

$25/$20/Under 18 free, at the door

or https://www.trybooking.com/BYDGB

Meltingly beautiful music sung by this outstanding Geelong choir, including works by Monteverdi, Faure, Lauridsen, Elgar and Moses Hogan

Act for Peace Ukraine Emergency Appeal

“Dear St Luke’s Congregation,

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has created a humanitarian crisis unlike anything seen in Europe since World War II – and throughout the history of the Christmas Bowl.

According to the UN refugee agency, in just over a week more than 1.5 million refugees have already fled their homes in Ukraine to neighbouring countries. And millions more people could become refugees, forced from their homes and their loved ones if the fighting continues.

As you may know, we’ve launched an emergency appeal to support the people affected by the conflict in Ukraine and I hope that you will find time during this busy season to take part. This is a situation we must respond to together.

I have written to thousands of churches across Australia. I am asking you and the members of your church to join us as we respond to Christ’s call to love our neighbour.

Your congregation has been faithful and generous supporters of the Christmas Bowl and Act for Peace’s work over many years.

I pray that you are moved by the Spirit and heed God’s call to help displaced families forced from their homes by this horrific conflict.

Our ACT Alliance partners in neighbouring Hungary have already sent truckloads of relief to support families forced from their homes by the war.

The shipments include 28 tonnes of canned food, flour, sugar, oil, rice, pasta, biscuits, long-life milk, tea and hygiene products which will be distributed at the Beregszasz and Uzhhorod reception centres in Western Ukraine. But much, much more is needed.

While I know it’s an incredibly busy time for churches with Lenten preparations taking place, this senseless violence in Ukraine is causing an urgent need.

I was reflecting on this week’s Psalm, Psalm 91, and the words of the Psalmist really struck me, especially those in verse five.

“You will not fear the terror of the night, or the arrow that flies by day.”

Those words took on new meaning as I heard the reports from our ecumenical partners telling us of families hiding, and mothers comforting terrified children as they shelter from the missiles of invading forces. It is my prayer that these resilient people stay safe and are able to take refuge in the Lord.”

Read more:

Letter: Emergency Appeal for Ukraine

This Sunday, please pick up an envelope and use it to donate to the emergency appeal for Ukraine.  Or you can donate online here:

Ukraine Crisis

 

Messy Church Nature Walk Tuesday 12th April

Photo by gryffyn m on Unsplash

You’re invited to an intergenerational Nature Walk with Messy Church friends!

As we soak in the beautiful natural surrounds of the Barwon River, we’ll explore what it means to walk with Jesus toward Jerusalem as Holy Week and Easter approach.  This walk is for people of all ages, children, parents and grandparents are welcome!

Meeting Point:

Buckley Falls Lower Carpark, accessed from Buckley Falls Road in Highton.

Wear: Comfortable shoes for walking and clothing that can be easily adjusted to suit the weather.  (Be ready for rain!)

Bring: Hat, waterbottle, insect repellant, sunscreen, snacks

After a short gathering time, we’ll head off to explore the wilder parts of the Barwon River, coming together for afternoon tea and an Outdoor Messy Celebration, finishing by 5pm

Let us know you’re coming by Monday the 7th of April—

Contact Robyn 0427571453 or email

info@stlukesuca.org.au