Updates from Uniting VicTas

(Dated  1st  October 2021)

Dear Friends,

I do hope this email finds you safe and well in these challenging times!

I am writing to you to let you know that a copy of the Uniting Vic.Tas Spring Congregation Connect has now been made available on our website for congregations to access. In this edition, you and members of your congregation can read about Rachael, who was supported through the Victorian Government’s From Homelessness to a Home initiative, hear the difference our Winter Blanket Appeals have made and learn about the opening of a new facility for older women at risk of homelessness.

Congregation Connect Spring 2021

Our Spring Supporter Newsletter, which features stories of hope in the face of crisis has also been made available online. On page 5, there are examples of just some of the ways our dedicated teams have kept our support going during these challenging times. You can also read about the difference your giving has made this past winter and discover new ways to get involved.

Supporter Newsletter Spring 2021

This year’s Coffee Cup Challenge officially launches today (1st October) however It is still not too late to get involved.  All funds raised from the Coffee Cup Challenge will support people experiencing crisis, vulnerability and disadvantage. For more information or to register your congregation to join the Coffee Cup Challenge, please visit our Coffee Cup Challenge page.

It might seem early to be talking about Christmas however I wanted to let you know that our Uniting Christmas cards are now available to order with 4 new additions to the range. Each design has been thoughtfully selected to reflect the joy and hope of Christmas and all proceeds will support people in crisis. As current restrictions have once again made it too difficult for many of you to complete orders for your members by consignment this year, I have attached a copy of the Christmas Card poster and a PDF order form you can pass on to your members. Please note we have made the order form fillable for anyone wanting to complete and email it back to us without printing. Alternatively, they can pre-fill the details prior to printing and mailing it back to us if they prefer this to manually writing their details.

Cards can be also be ordered by calling our Supporter Services on 1800 668 426 or visiting our Christmas Card site.

We are always seeking feedback on how we as your community services organisation is performing and are keen for your thoughts on how Uniting can work better as part of the Church to respond to Christ’s invitation to serve humanity by creating an inclusive, connected and just world. To help do this, we invite you to offer your reflections here and encourage you to share this link with your congregation members so they also have the opportunity to share their thoughts on how we are performing.

If you need to update your contact details or wish to amend the number of hard copies you are mailed in the future, please contact Ida or me on 1800 668 426.

Kind Regards,

Dale

Dale Barker-Harrington (he/him)  l  Church and Community Relations Coordinator

Uniting’s Winter Appeal is underway – donate online today!

Uniting VicTas is the welfare arm of the Uniting Church in Victoria and Tasmania.  They recently held their Annual Meeting online – check out the stories of the work being done over the past year by dedicated staff and volunteers – you might even see some familiar faces amongst the presenters.

You can support the ongoing work of Uniting by donating to the Winter Appeal – follow the link to do this online here:

Winter Appeal – Donate

Or you can pick up a donation envelope from our table in the foyer at church.

Thankyou from Act for Peace Christmas Bowl campaign 2020

St Luke’s received a thankyou letter and certificate of appreciation today for our donations to the Christmas Bowl in 2020.  The Christmas Bowl is part of our commitment as a church to ecumenical action – churches working together for good.

Thankyou to everyone from St Luke’s who contributed!

Christmas is coming – organise your cards now from the Leprosy Mission, Uniting and Uniting World

Not wanting to emulate the shops, however given the slower delivery rates of letters through Australia Post these days, those of you who still like to send Christmas cards may be interested in the charity cards we have available.

A thankyou from our visiting speakers last year

Leprosy Mission

Val Grills, our Leprosy Mission “champion”, is ordering cards through the mission to sell to our regular church supporters this year.  If you would like to place an order through the church, please send an email to the office and we will let you know what is available once Val’s order has arrived.  You can also support the Leprosy Mission through their online shop here:

Christmas

They have some beautiful and useful items available which would make great gifts for the people you’re missing.   Our friends at the Leprosy Mission have called to let us know that they are praying for us and to offer their support – some of you may remember the visit of Tim and Amar last year to share the good news of the work they are doing to help people with Leprosy overcome discrimination and have a good quality of life.

Uniting

Uniting Christmas cards are available in packs of 10 for $10 from the office on Tuesdays and Fridays.  Cards can be dropped off to you in the 3216 postcode.

Uniting World

Uniting World is working with our church partners in other countries to try to limit the impacts of COVID-19 as well as other work of poverty mitigation and peace building.  You can support their work through purchasing gift cards which represent things like health care or school packs, or goats and chickens!

If you’d like to place an order, you can check the online “Everything in Common” gift catalogue here:

https://everythingincommon.com.au/

and email the office to place your order and organise payment – or simply shop online!  We do have gift cards left over from last year here at the church.

 

Christ Church Winter Woolies and Wonders Market

From our friends at Christ Church in Geelong:

Don’t miss the Winter Woolies and Wonders Market

at Christ Church Hall, cnr Moorabool and McKillop Streets, Geelong…

on Saturday 27th June 2020 from 9.30am- 1.30pm….

including –

  • knitted and wearable items
  • cakes and slices
  • jams and preserves
  • plants and bargain bins!

… and lots more too!

….social distancing and all health restrictions will be met, and there’s lots of on site parking! …don’t miss this great opportunity to get that special present for that special someone.. or for yourself! …

…don’t miss the 2020 Woolies Market!

Community Appeals Underway at the moment

Friends, the office is receiving  quite a few end of financial year appeals for support from local community organisations as well as our Uniting Church agencies.  I thought I would post them here in case these are causes you would like to support.

Anam Cara House: https://www.givenow.com.au/anamcarahouse19

Barwon Health Foundation: https://barwonhealthfoundation.org.au/

Frontier Services Bush Chaplaincy:

The trusted friend who turns up at the gate

UnitingWorld: https://www.unitingworld.org.au/keeping-hope-alive/