Warm food and warm clothes are everyone’s priority at this time of the year. Uniting Barwon has been busy distributing food and clothing to people feeling the cold and having to manage their winter bills whilst feeding their families.
You can help families by donating the following items:
Soup, pasta sauces, long life milk, noodles, cooking oil, tinned vegetables, tuna and rice for the preparation of nutritious meals.
Warm clothing such as children’s track pants (sizes 8 to 12), girls leggings and men’s track pants (M,L & XL).
Material aid such as cutlery and saucepans are in demand for clients moving into what is often their first home.
ALL DONATIONS MOST WELCOME AND CAN BE MADE VIA THE TRUSTY ST LUKES SHOPPING TROLLEY IN OUR FOYER. GOODS ARE THEN TAKEN TO UNITING.
You can also add your financial support by donating to Uniting’s Winter Appeal here.
The bread tags you are putting into the Recycling Bay in our foyer are being made into seedling trays. The proceeds are used to provide wheelchairs for the needy in South Africa. “ Bread Tags for Wheelchairs” has been running in South Africa since 2006. At present about 500kg of bread tags are collected per month in South Africa, funding 2-3 wheelchairs.
The plastic bottle tops from milk and fruit juice can be recycled also. We will drop them off at Encompass Community Services. They are then taken to Envision Hands who create bespoke aids out of the bottle caps with 3D printers, which are then donated to children in need.
The AEC has informed us that they will not be using St. Luke’s Hall as a polling place for the Federal Election on the 18th of May. If you know people who regularly vote here, you might want to give them a “heads up”!
Sadly this will leave a hole in our fundraising for 2019, so if anyone has some brilliant ideas for another fundraiser, our ministry teams would love to hear from you!
For the Joy of Singing the Classics is a concert series hosted by The Geelong Chorale, when choral singers get together to sing through a choir work on a Sunday afternoon with a guest conductor and accompanist. The program is intended to give us an opportunity to sing through music that we might not otherwise get to perform. There are no auditions and there is no concert; we just have the joy of singing together for the afternoon.
Chorale provides the music and afternoon tea, and the venue is St Luke’s Uniting Church, Barrabool Road, Highton. It costs $15 per singer and $5 per listener.
On the 7th of April, Tom Healey will lead us through Orff’s Carmina Burana
We welcome singers and listeners, but anyone wanting to come MUST REGISTER with Anne Pilgrim on 0412 524 316 or firstname.lastname@example.org so we have enough music and afternoon tea!
St Luke’s member Claire, a supporter of the leprosy mission, wanted to share this conference with the Congregation.
Be inspired by real and raw stories of healing from brokenness to incredible freedom, where their biggest mess, became their biggest message.
At Brave Enough’s Beautifully Broken Conference our speakers will be sharing powerful messages interwoven with vulnerable parts of their own story, because people are inspired by our victories but they connect with our weaknesses. These incredible messages are filled with hope, strength and direction, empowering others to be Brave Enough to face their challenges and emerge stronger; to help the next person up and write a positive new chapter in their story.
The Leprosy Mission’s Lisa Sturzenegger will also share stories of people affected by leprosy who have overcome adversity to find new hope in their lives.
Lisa travelled to Nepal in 2017 on a Trek to Defeat Leprosy. She visited The Leprosy Mission Anandaban Hospital and met the people you are bringing hope and healing to.
Our environment is no place to leave rubbish and debris lying around, so we’re teaming up again to clean up the Barrabool Rd Stormwater Basins. Please register and join us at the Clean Up Australia website, then spread the word to come along and work off those unwanted pancake calories from the pancake feast following the church service on Sunday March 3; Clean Up Australia Day.
Be visible in our local community; help us to be seen cleaning and taking care of our locality. Our efforts are making a difference; the quantity and types of rubbish needing to be removed from our local area is gradually reducing each year.
We’d love your help on the day if you would like to sign up to be a volunteer at our Clean Up site.