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!

Sunday 17th May – Online Worship: Easter 6

Greetings friends!

Today’s worship will be premiering on YouTube at 9:30am, followed by our first Zoom gathering.  Details have been emailed and will also be posted in the Facebook Group.

The beautiful celtic flute playing in the prayers was by a group called Senor Cabrales, and here’s a little more of them:

For singing today why not join with the Notre Dame University Folk Choir?  They’re joyous!

Verse 1

Longing for light, we wait in darkness.
Longing for truth, we turn to you.
Make us your own, your holy people,
light for the world to see.

Refrain
Christ, be our light! Shine in our hearts.
Shine through the darkness.
Christ, be our light!
Shine in your church gathered today.

Verse 2

Longing for peace, our world is troubled.
Longing for hope, many despair.
Your word alone has pow’r to save us.
Make us your living voice.

Refrain

Verse 3

Longing for food, many are hungry.
Longing for water, many still thirst.
Make us your bread, broken for others,
shared until all are fed.

Refrain

Verse 4

Longing for shelter, many are homeless.
Longing for warmth, many are cold.
Make us your building, sheltering others,
walls made of living stone.

Refrain

Verse 5

Many the gifts, many the people,
many the hearts that yearn to belong.
Let us be servants to one another,
making your kingdom come.

Refrain

© Bernadette Farrell 1993.

Uniting have made their newsletters available online and you can find them here:

Supporter newsletter

Congregation Connect 

Be sure to read them and if you are able please continue to donate to Uniting as their services will be more in demand than ever in these coming months.

The Uniting Church Synod has put together a list of Frequently Asked Questions about the COVID 19 restrictions and what congregations are able to do.  You can find this information here.

Church Council are meeting online this Tuesday to review the changes in restrictions and see how they will impact St. Luke’s.  The Annual Meeting of the Congregation remains deferred, however we hope to have the Annual Report for 2019 out to you sometime this coming week.

Please continue to pray and care for one another and for our wider community.

Looking forward to seeing you all on Zoom today at 10.  The details have been emailed and are also available in the Facebook Group.

Grace and Peace to you!

Robyn

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.

Op Shop Volunteers Urgently needed

 

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.