We hope each of you are keeping well and safe during these trying times.
We are reaching out to the Uniting Church Congregations to offer respite for any congregation member that may benefit from a rest; two weeks or more can be offered at a cost of $52.25p/d when a My Aged Care approval is in place. A list of our residences are attached with photos on page 2.
We understand the apprehension around residential aged care at present, so we have included the link to our website that provides transparent and up to date information on any COVID related cases throughout our facilities at any given time, with all historic data from March 2020 onwards being available to view:
This video service has been created through the shared leadership of the Western Heights and St Luke’s Uniting Church Congregations.
And this video is the last in a series of videos delving into the themes of Tom Wright’s book, “God and the Pandemic: A Christian reflection on the coronavirus and its aftermath.”
Bruce Waldron, supply minister for the Western Heights Congregation, will be helping us to put together some of the key Biblical insights that we have highlighted over the last five weeks with a particular focus on how following the way of Jesus gives particular shape to the response we offer in a world impacted by the coronavirus.
A fitting song to carry the message about being part of the healing on this week comes from the Watoto Children’s Choir – We will Go:
And if you like the dance there is even a tutorial on how to do it here:
And if you’re looking for a little more worship this week, you might like to pop over to the Presbytery Focus Service this week led by Rev. Jeanne Beale:
Welcome to the Spring edition of Congregation Connect.
In this edition, you can read about our recent submission to the Victorian Government’s Inquiry into Homelessness, a property sharing opportunity between Uniting Vic.Tas and Shepparton Uniting Church and the fantastic national response to our making masks initiative.
It also talks about the Coffee Cup Challenge which officially launched on 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.
I have also attached a copy of our Spring Supporter Newsletter, which features stories of hope in the face of crisis. 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.
Uniting Christmas cards are now available to order with 4 new additions to the range. Each design has been thoughtfully selected by members of the Uniting Church to reflect the joy and hope of Christmas and all proceeds will support people in crisis.
As current restrictions have 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 for you to 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 for 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.
If you need paper copies of the newsletters, poster or order form to distribute to your members, please call us on 1800 668 426 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each week in our prayer time and sharing time, we share the concerns and joys on our hearts at that time. A group of people at St Luke’s have a special call to the ministry of prayer and these are the ways they are upholding the congregation and our community to God in prayer this week. You might like to join these prayers too in a quiet moment.
Praise and Thanksgiving.
Praise God for each new day and the dramatic changes we see in nature during Spring time, when the birds are nesting, the gardens are lovely, the weather reveals its diversity and beauty.
A vision of God’s renewal of creation.
2) As we recognise Mental Health week, we say thank you for those people who work in this area, may they be strong as they support those who are struggling at this challenging time.
3) Praise and thanks for all people who care for and support our elderly, single parents, homeless, unemployed, business owners who are losing hope, those who have lost a loved one and the sick, that they will be granted patience and a caring heart for all they serve.
4) Thanksgiving for the return to school of students and teachers, that the joy of reunion will be a blessing and encouragement for all. Pray for the energy required to readjust to school life five days a week.
5) Give thanks for celebrations of new life, special birthdays and positive COVID 19 results in the state.
1) Pray for all students doing VCE as they return to school for these two weeks. Give them the time and clarity to review work done at home and to ask those questions that they may now have. Pray that they will be virus free before and during exam time.
2) Continue to prayer for all of those we know of who are unwell, having treatment or are recovering from operations or lost a loved one. May they know God’s peace and strength for the journey ahead.
3) Pray for families who are caring from a distance at the moment. Those in lockdown in Melbourne who have families living interstate or in other cities in Victoria. Pray for single parents who don’t have family support and those for whom English is a second language.
4) Prayer for peace in the world. For those citizens living in war-torn countries. That as they approach winter and the suffering that brings, they will find relief from the stress and worry they endure. Pray especially for the children and older people who have no escape.
5) Pray that talks involving many Middle Middle-East countries will bring stability and peace to the area, and for those where the virus has surged again
6) Pray for the USA during their up-coming elections. Guide people toward a peaceful response post-election.
7) Pray for the upcoming Church Council meeting and elections. That those approached will pray-fully consider serving God in this capacity.
Check out our video! 🙂 #aussiemusic The Neon Effect play their arrangement of the Dark Room Fiddler, a march by Kate BurkeMichelle Burton – harp // Catie Martin cello // Jessica Foot fiddlewww.theneoneffect.com.auDirector – Jonathan Burton www.jburtonfilm.comCinematographer – Tim MortonSound Production – Mischa Hermanhttps://youtu.be/y3geCBaBaJs
Sounds an exciting story exciting doesn’t it? There is also a Baptism in this bible story which makes it special.
Ask about your Baptismal day, or think about some Baptisms you have seen- what happened? You might have something from that day – a candle maybe or a photo or even the outfit you wore that you can share with the rest of our Messy church family.
Contact the office for the Zoom link if you haven’t already received it in the email.
We miss you, we hope you’re well and safe, and we look forward to seeing you again on October 23rd.
Love from St Luke’s Messy Church Team- Paul, Shaghek, Barbara, Jean, Judy and Robyn
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.
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:
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 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 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:
In this video we are again delving into some of the themes of Tom Wright’s book, “God and the Pandemic: A Christian reflection on the coronavirus and its aftermath.”
And the theme for this video gets right to the heart of things from a Christian perspective … the place of the man from Nazareth …Jesus … and in particular what we learn through him about God and suffering, God and the Pandemic.
For music today, an encouragement to keep hope from Audrey Assad with a beautiful lyric video of “How can I keep from Singing?”
This week is anti-poverty week – and here’s a message from Bronwyn Pike, COE of Uniting VicTas:
And reminder of the beautiful prayer from this week’s service:
Holy God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, you bless us in so many ways.
We praise for you the beauty of creation … for the wonder of spring … for bud and flower … for the song of the Magpie. But most of all, we praise you that you come to us in the person of Jesus, the crucified and risen One.
Compassionate God, we are lost for words when we consider the cross of Christ … the extent of your love made clear on Calvary … we give thanks that through the cross we know you share in the worst that this life can bring.
We celebrate and pray for the witness of Your church throughout the world, in all its colour, diversity and difference.
We hold before you those who have been wounded by life … all who suffer because of hardships, illness, injury, unkindness or abuse. We pray for all who work in caring professions: for the services which seek to sooth and heal the sicknesses of body, mind or spirit.
In these difficult times when we can hardly bring ourselves to watch the news, we pray for our country and the world … particularly remembering before you places of conflict, confusion, oppression, poverty, hunger and thirst. Help us to be some way a part of the answer to this prayer.
We give thanks for and remember the people who have encouraged us in your way … particularly holding before you those who now share in that great cloud of witnesses .. . the saints in light.
And we offer this prayer in the name of Christ, Amen.