Uniting Food for Families

As the ripples of COVID-19 restrictions continue to be felt in our community, Uniting’s Emergency Assistance pantries are experiencing higher demand.  Now that we no longer gather each Sunday in person, the number of food donations to Uniting from St. Luke’s is dropping.

But!  You can still help!

The church office is open between 10am and 12 noon on Tuesdays and Fridays to receive donations in our trolley – these are take to Uniting by Jean Daw who is a regular volunteer there.

Jean has advised that the following items are currently needed:

  • Tinned Peas and Carrots
  • Laundry liquid or powder
  • Toothpaste
  • Rice
  • Cooking oil – 500ml sized bottle

The regular list of items for you to add to your shopping includes:

  • Pasta, rice and noodles
  • Flour, polenta and couscous
  • Tinned tomatoes, pasta sauces
  • Beans, chickpeas and lentils
  • Tinned tuna, salmon and ham
  • Soups, curries and vegetables
  • Baby food, nappies and formula
  • Spreads – e.g. jam, Vegemite
  • Long life milk and cheese
  • Tea, coffee, Milo and sugar
  • Stir fry sauces and soy sauce
  • Coconut milk and coconut cream
  • Breakfast cereal and muesli bars
  • Toothpaste and toothbrushes
  • Shampoo, conditioner and soap

Please remember to:

  • Give undamaged, packaged items
  • Check the expiry date
  • Make sure food is sealed
  • Make sure the label is visible
  • Get friends and family involved
  • Share on social media
  • Check drop off locations

Your donation of a few items from your weekly shopping makes a huge impact on our ability to help people in need – thanks for your support!

St Luke’s Environment Action Group Bushfire Appeal

The St Luke’s Environment Group are growing seedlings of herbs, veggies and flowers for the bushfire victims to start their gardens and add a bit of colour.  Jean Daw is going to Bairnsdale end March for starters, with a load for the victims in that area. All pots to be at St Luke’s 11am Sat 21st March to be loaded in her car.  We may have more going to other areas as well.

If you are interested in helping, please see one of the Environment Group – Claire, Michelle, Jean, Jenny, Ian A, Ian L, Phil. 

Photo by Jill Wellington on Pixabay

Prayer Shawls For Bushfire Areas

Pastoral Connections have been seeking contacts who could take and make available to those in the fire-ravaged areas some of our hand-knitted and crocheted shawls, with a card assuring those suffering that we are praying for them. We have had a wonderful response, with the following distribution numbers and areas:

  • 6 shawls and 4 knee rugs went to Orbost on 11th January.
  • 7 shawls and 3 knee rugs went to a chaplain in Merimbula for delivery to Bombala on the 19th January.
  • 5 shawls went to Bright for distribution by the UCA minister.

We still have some available to give to those in fire areas. Please contact Beth on 52436874 if you know of someone who could be comforted by the gift, or who can take into the areas for distribution.

Prayer Shawls ready for delivery

2019 Pillow appeal

Pillow Pledges introduced in 2017 has proved very successful and we are forever grateful to those who have supported us in the past.  We are asking once again for donations.

As we live out St Luke’s Mission outreaching to Refugee, Asylum Seekers and other people in need, we provide new pillows, and under strict health regulations on pillows we can only provide ‘new’ pillows when needed. April and November are the months when we ask for your support when running these Appeals.

Will you pledge one (1) or two (2) pillows during our November Pillow Appeal? $10 Buys 1 Pillow     $20 = 2 Pillows, etc.

Rae Anderson for Mission Outreach Ministry Team.

Uniting Winter Appeal

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.

Winter Warmers

Over each week of winter we are collecting non perishable foodstuffs for people in need. If you can, please drop off items at the church on Sunday morning.

Week 1 (5th August)Long life milk including soy. Porridge including sachets, cereal - not WeetBix
Week 2 (12th August)Spreads, coffee, oil (preferably olive)
Week 3 (19th August)Cans of vegetables & meat, pasta meals, jars of pasta sauce
Week 4 (26th August)Insulated bags, small cans tuna or chicken (ring pull), plastic utensils eg. bowls/plates/cutlery

All items are donated to Uniting Geelong (http://www.ucg.unitingcare.org.au/)

Lenten Offering 2017

Community Garden Facilitators

The Gift of time spent in the company of God

The gift of Self-reflection

The gift of reaching out to our neighbours

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.

Dignity for GIrls

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