Uniting Barwon Emergency Food Relief – Please add these to your shopping list

Friends, our people who volunteer at the Emergency Relief Rooms at Grovedale and Corio-Norlane have sent a request to please add these items to your donation shopping list:

 

  • Small jars of Vegemite
  • Small bottles of cooking oil – Vegetable or Olive Oil
  • Small jars of coffee
  • 1 Litre full cream long life milk
  • Large tins of Tuna
  • Tinned Fruit
  • Flour – Self Raising and Plain

Donations can be left in the trolley at St Luke’s or taken directly to

Grovedale:

The Albert Renshaw Building, 272 Torquay Rd Grovedale

(Mon/Wed/Fri 9:30am – 12noon)

Norlane:

10 Wendover Avenue Norlane

(Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri 9:30am -12noon)

 

 

 

Seeking expressions of interest in a playgroup at St Luke’s Highton

Are you a parent or carer of a pre-school aged child or children living in Highton or nearby suburbs?

St Luke’s is considering running a regular playgroup session for local families with very young children who are looking to make community connections and spend time with others who are also caring for young children.

The playgroups would also be an opportunity for newly arrived refugee and asylum seeker families to “meet the locals” and make friendships and connections in their new homeland.

Sessions would include unstructured play, circle time with singing and movement activities and morning tea, hosted by a qualified early childhood educator and supported by volunteers.

St Luke’s is committed to being a safe space for people to come together in community, and while we are a Christian community, we hope to include and embrace ALL people who seek community and friendship in the place where we live.

If this is something that would interest you or someone you know, please complete our expression of interest form, and stay tuned for more information.

Register your interest today

 

Spotlight on Community Partners – The Geelong Chorale

The Geelong Chorale recommenced rehearsals at St Luke’s every Monday evening in 2022 and are excited to present their upcoming concert:

Having been delayed in making this overseas journey for the past two years, we are delighted that we can finally present “Around the World in Eighty Minutes”. Although restrictions have generally eased, overseas travel still remains a challenge. So come on an overseas journey with us, no need to check in or stand at the luggage carousel, as we take you on an epic journey via the world’s treasury of folk songs.

Link for tickets

Tickets are also available at the door and cash or card payments can be accepted.

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

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

Emergency Appeals – Ukraine, East Coast Floods, Tongan Tsunami

Friends, we are in challenging times!

If you are wondering how to help and would like to work through trusted church agencies, here are some links:

Act for Peace Ukraine Emergency Appeal

Our ACT Alliance partners in neighbouring Hungary have already sent truckloads of relief to support families forced to flee their homes due to the war. The shipments include 28 tons of canned food, flour, sugar, oil, rice, pasta, biscuits, long-life milk, tea and hygiene products which will be distributed at the Beregszász and Uzhhorod reception centres in Western Ukraine.

Ukraine Crisis

Uniting Church East Coast Flooding Emergency Appeal :

The Disaster Recovery Chaplaincy Network (DRCN), a ministry of the Uniting Church Synod of NSW and ACT, at present has deployed 35 chaplains across 19 evacuation centres that are accessible by road, with many more centres inaccessible due to flood waters.

Some Uniting Church communities opened their doors to people left stranded or needing to evacuate.

Rev Hollis is inviting to the wider Uniting Church community to make a donation to support those affected by contributing to the Assembly’s National Disaster Relief Fund.

https://uniting.church/east-coast-flooding-emergency-appeal/

UnitingWorld Tsonga Tsuami Disaster Appeal

On Saturday 15 January, a tsunami was triggered by the eruption of underwater volcano Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha’apai, just 65km from the capital city Nuku’alofa on Tonga’s most populated island.

Communications have now been restored and we have been in touch with our partners, the Free Wesleyan Church of Tonga (FWCT). They have been assisting evacuations from low-lying islands that were hit hard. In Nuku’alofa, FWCT personnel have been assisting affected communities with relief supplies and trauma counselling. They have appointed a disaster response Coordinator and are scalling up their response with help from international partners including UnitingWorld and the Pacific Conference of Churches.

https://donate.unitingworld.org.au/tonga

Frontier Services needs a champion at St Lukes! Can you help?

Our latest update and appeal letter from Frontier services arrived last week – perhaps some of you received a letter too.  Our bush chaplains in rural and remote areas play an important role in encouraging and supporting communities that are experiencing great hardship caused by natural disasters, especially after the initial attention that such disasters often receive.

Unlike the media, our chaplains stay focused on the people who are recovering for the long haul.

Frontier Services also runs work parties connecting volunteers to communities in the bush.

Perhaps you are originally from a rural area yourself?

You might be just the right person to share the stories from Frontier Services with the congregation and wider community, helping to raise much needed funds and connect city and rural places with each other.

If so, please contact Robyn at the office!