News from Uniting

Here’s the latest from Dale Harrington at Uniting:

Dear Friends,

I am pleased to send you the 2022/2023 Summer edition of Congregation Connect.

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

  • The impact of our Food For Families program
  • Findings from Uniting’s recent report on the rising costs of living
  • How to get involved in our Coffee Cup Challenge.

Meanwhile, Pancake Day – or Shrove Tuesday – is just around the corner on 21 February 2023.

This is traditionally the last day to eat all the ‘luxury’ foods in our pantries before Lent. These include flour, eggs and dairy products, which just so happen to be the key ingredients of delicious pancakes!

Many congregations are already starting to think about Pancake Day 2023.

So, I would like to invite your congregation and its members to participate. Any funds raised from any events you hold go towards programs or services that support people when they need it most.

There are three ways you can register:

  • Complete the online registration form here
  • Complete and return the attached registration form by return email or post
  • Call us on1800 668 426to register by phone.

And of course, please pass this on to the person in charge of Pancake Day or your Church Council to arrange registration if it is not you.

If you need to update your contact details or wish to amend the number of copies you receive in the future to better suit the needs of your congregation, please get in touch.

Yours sincerely and warm wishes for Christmas,

Dale

Uniting Congregation Connect – Summer 2022

Pancake Day 2023

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)

 

 

 

Synod update, Reconciliation, Being a Multicultural Church, Gospel of Mark presentation

New Synod Meeting Planning Committee

Expressions of interest are now open for people interested in helping shape future Synod meetings. Synod 2022 adopted a proposal to create a new committee appointed by the Standing Committee, with its membership to include up to eight people incorporating a diversity of Church members and minority voices. Its purpose is to plan and arrange the theme, venue, community life and timetable for future meetings of the Synod, giving priority to broad engagement with the membership of the Church, through the implementation of interactive, engaging and creative strategies and processes.

read more

Tributes Service

This year’s Tributes Service will be held at Wesley Church (Lonsdale St Melbourne) on Saturday, July 23 from 2.30pm. Traditionally held during Synod meetings, the service honours ministers who, since the previous Synod meeting, have been ordained, retired or received from other denominations, or celebrated 50, 60, 65 and 70 years since ordination or commissioning. The service will also be livestreamed.

Watch here

Synod 2022 wrap

UC members gathered in Melbourne recently for three days of discussion, deep engagement and discernment as part of Synod 2022. All three days and the Opening Worship service, which featured the installation of Moderator David Fotheringham, can be found on the Synod 2022 YouTube channel, while daily updates were posted to the Crosslight website.

Share Grants

Applications for 2022 Share Grants are now open. Since 1980, the Share Grants program has provided financial assistance to enhance the quality and scope of UnitingCare and Uniting Church services to the community in Victoria and Tasmania. With the program now part of Uniting Vic.Tas, this year’s grants are once again available for parish missions, congregations and others in the community.

St Luke’s has some great activities which could qualify for these grants

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Gospel lecture

The role of the Gospel of Matthew in engaging with community-led issues, such as violence, land and food security, and unemployment in South Africa will be the focus of an August 4 lecture by Professor Gerald West. The lecture will be held in person at the Centre for Theology and Ministry and also streamed live.

Read more

Faith and diversity

Recent Census data has provided a snapshot of modern Australia, including the fact that for the first time, first and second generation migrants make up more than half of our population, at 51.5 per cent. National Assembly Consultant Rev Dr Apwee Ting explores what this means in terms of faith and diversity.

Get Involved

First Peoples webinar

The role of history and truth-telling in working towards a more just and self-determined future for First Peoples is the subject of a webinar on July 21 organised by the Uniting Church National History Society. First Nations leaders and historians will be part of the Zoom event exploring the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

Find out more

 

News from Presbytery

The Westerly No.33  

This edition we explore the theme of ‘Seeking Refugee’ with Rev. Geoff Barker’s story of retreat time in a French abbey, JIM Article Refugee week, Rev. Fi Bottcher (Deacon) encourages us to all practice self-love. Rev. Mat Harry (Deacon) speaks about the statistics around young adults who are taking refuge in their faith. If you missed your June 5th Edition of the westerly back editions are available at Newsletters – Presbytery of Port Phillip West (ucappw.org.au) .

The Westerly No.33 23rd June 2022 Seeking Refuge

Uniting Congregation Connect Winter 2022 and Uniting Heritage Newsletter

From Dale at Uniting:

“We are pleased to send you the Winter 2022 Congregation Connect.  In this edition,  you can read about:

  • our participation in this year’s Palm Sunday rally, alongside the Synod of Victoria and Tasmania
  • one of our valued volunteers, Suzanne
  • how you can support people in crisis this winter

We have also included copies of our latest Uniting Heritage newsletter.  The Uniting Heritage Service supports and their families who were adopted, spent time with foster care providers, in children’s or family group homes,  and in orphanages.

If this out-of home care was provided by former Presbyteryian, Methodist or Uniting Churches, we help people piece together memories and better understand their past. ”

Pick up your copies from the St Luke’s foyer this Sunday.

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

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

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!