The Lenten Offering is an annual event in the life of congregations within the Synod of Victoria and Tasmania. It is conducted during Lent and Easter at a time of reflection, renewal and recommitment.
In response to God’s love for all people and the giving of his son to the world, an opportunity is provided for people of the church to make a sacrificial offering to support important mission projects.
THE 2017 LENTEN OFFERING WILL SUPPORT THE FOLLOWING PROJECTS:
Dignity for girls, International: To provide sanitary supplies to girls growing up in developing countries and to provide sewing machines and overlockers, fabric and other materials needed to produce the sanitary hygiene kits.
Ministry Training, National: To provide ministry candidates with additional training about the formation of the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UAICC) and recent developments in biblical and theological studies as they prepare to become a Minister of the Word or deacon in the UAICC.
Live church streaming, Victoria: To help Hamilton Uniting Church purchase the necessary equipment to live stream their weekly church services to ageing congregations members in local hospitals, aged care facilities and homes.
Growing Together, Tasmania: To help cover the costs of employing a part-time gardener for a community garden in Tasmania where people grow friendships and develop community connection and improve the nutrition of local school children and families.
By giving a special Lenten Offering you will be helping meet the real needs of people in our local and global communities and sharing the love of god.
To support the Lenten Offering pick up an appeal brochure at church, send a cheque or postal order to Share, PO Box 24154, Melbourne, Victoria, 3001 or free call 1800 668 426.
To donate online, follow this link: http://secure.donman.net.au/client/ShareAppeal/Donate.aspx
What if you knew that by Just Walking Across The Room and saying hello to another person, you could make a huge impact on their life? It is nothing difficult …… just a matter of taking a genuine interest in another human being.
On Sunday 19 March after church, another famous Roast Lamb luncheon will be served. No need to book, just come and Walk Across The Room to strengthen friendships as you share a meal together.
During the past few years, we have invited and welcomed many ‘newcomer’ families to Australia to worship at St Luke’s. Several of these were Refugee/Asylum Seeker families. Through Men’s Shed & Mission Outreach, we meet Newcomers at their point of need (provision of furniture, household items, paper work queries, food, etc.).
By increasing the level of social interaction between our Church Community and with Newcomers, by sharing food, we get to know them better and they get to know us better leading to a greater sense in Newcomers of belonging in the life of St Luke’s.
The Uniting Church Centre for Theology and Mission in Victoria has just released its calendar of events and opportunities for learning and education for ministry for the first 6 months of 2017.
There are many interesting and inspiring practical training opportunities for ministry leaders and in-depth theological exploration for people wanting to deepen their understanding of faith and how to live today.
Pop the 26th of March in your diaries and start planning your picnic!
Join members of the St. Luke’s Congregation for a relaxing lunch and afternoon at the Barwon Valley Fun Park on Barrabool Road, opposite Riverview Coffee House, now called Cafe R n R.
This area has easy access to Barwon Valley Fun Park, walking tracks, open areas
for ball games, riding bikes, and of course, and is close to the Coffee House for excellent
hamburgers, coffee, cake, etc. This is a great way to spend a relaxing few hours getting to know some of our newer members or catching up with each other.
Wet weather venue: Back at St. Luke’sWhen: Sunday 26th March 2017, 12-2pm
Taste sustainably and organically grown, local food, soak up lots of information about Geelong’s flora and fauna, view the beautiful film “Melbourne Down Under”, let the kid’s make “wild animals”, find out about our endangered Great Barrier Reef, have a go at “Cluckar” and much, much more
Come along and participate in our Antique Appraisal Day. Bring something to have valued or just come and enjoy the show! Lots of things happening alongside the appraisals so grab a bargain at the Garage Sale, a sausage or a Devonshire tea to ward off the tummy rumbles, hunt through the Book Stall for something that appeals or treat your sweet tooth with something from the Cake Stall. We’re looking forward to a great day – see you there!