Australians received 20 million UNWANTED gifts last year for Christmas. The gifts in the Everything in Common catalogue represent gifts that people really want and need very much.
- $10 can provide chickens for a family to breed and sell at market, using the profits for school or medicine
- $25 can help kids in Timor-Leste get the nutrition they need so they can grow up strong and healthy
- $50 can get families like Kadek’s (see catalogue cover) a goat – and with it, time in school or even university
Last year, with your help, our partners worked with 202,305 people to bring light and hope – well beyond the Christmas Season. See Jean and her team after church every Sunday in Advent to purchase your gifts directly from the stall, or head to the website: https://everythingincommon.com.au/
Here’s the update for this week. October is looking very busy for St. Luke’s, so be sure to check these dates and pop them into your calendar!
Weekly Update 22nd September 2019
Prayers for Climate Action
UCA President Dr Deidre Palmer has urged all people of the Uniting Church to show support for the global climate strike on 20 September as Pacific nation leaders declared a climate crisis this week.
Leaders at the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) Leaders’ Summit meeting in Fiji expressed their deep concern for the lack of “comprehension, ambition or commitment” shown by developed nations to the grave consequences of climate change facing the people of the Pacific.
In a statement called the Nadi Bay Declaration, Pacific leaders called for immediate action on a ‘climate crisis’, joining the global movement declaring a global climate emergency.
Read more here
Those of you with Facebook access may recognise our St Luke’s Congregation Chairperson in some of these photographs of the Geelong Climate Strike on Friday the 20th of September:
Patrick Callow Photos
Mental Health Month in October
See what the UCA community is up to in Kew, making a place of belonging for people with mental illness:
Stay tuned for information about our Mental Health first aid training in October at St Luke’s!
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.
Are you keen to volunteer in the Porter Ave Op Shop 2 hours (or more) a month?
Uniting Barwon URGENTLY needs motivated reliable volunteers from 10am till 12pm Saturdays!
Uniting Barwon (formerly UnitingCare Geelong) is an emergency relief agency providing assistance to individuals and families in our local community who need practical support during times of financial and personal struggle.
If you—or someone you know—would enjoy being part of a can-do volunteer team, please contact Elizabeth Hopkin on 4210 1113 or email Elizabeth.Hopkin@vt.uniting.org
Support vulnerable people in the community and help make a difference.
*Volunteer appointments are subject to satisfactory criminal history checks, reference checks and Working with Children Check prior to commencement.
Easter Message 2019
Weekly Update 28th April
Weekly update 28th April 2019
You’ve heard the stories, now it’s time to take action to support the people of Timor Leste! To donate online directly to Uniting World’s Lent Event appeal for 2019, click here.
Issue 1 of the Uniting World Update is now available from the display holders outside the office.
St Luke’s is one of many congregations with money invested with Uniting Church Funds Management . UCA Funds Management have announced that they are changing their name to U Ethical with the intention of attracting a wider investment base of people interested in ethical investing
Read more here
Uniting Church President Dr Deidre Palmer has recorded a Survival Day video message with young Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Congress leader Sean Weetra on Ngarrindjeri country in South Australia.
The observance of a Day of Mourning was endorsed by the Fifteenth Assembly at the request of our sisters and brothers in the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UAICC). In the spirit of our Covenant relationship with the UAICC, we have declared the Sunday before Australia Day as a Day of Mourning.
Remembering our history is an important part of our journey toward reconciliation as First and Second Peoples. The service reminds us of the dispossession and violence against First Peoples, and laments that as a Church and as Second Peoples we were and remain complicit. We acknowledged this in our Church when we apologised to the Stolen Generations in 1997. We acknowledged this by revising the Preamble to our Constitution, which was approved by the Ninth Assembly in 2009. We acknowledged this in affirming First Peoples as the sovereign peoples of this land. Our declaration of a Day of Mourning allows us to stand together in remembering the truth of our history, and honouring the culture of Australia’s First Peoples, their families and the next generations.
2019 President’s Survival Day Message from Uniting Church in Australia on Vimeo.