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Page Update 9 June 2021

Church Diary

JUNE 2021


10.00am  Rev Ian Brown


16 3.30pm Trains in The Shed


17 9.30am

Play Group

Activities Room

Craft Group



19 10.00am Coffee @ Newmason  


10.00am  Rev Eric Smith


23 3.30pm Trains in The Shed


24 9.30am

Play Group

Activities Room

Craft Group



10.00am  Rev Ian Brown


30 3.30pm Trains in The Shed

JULY 2021


1 9.30am

Craft Group



10.00am  Rev Ian Brown

Communion/Coin-a-Day/Food Basket


7 3.30pm Trains in The Shed
    7.30pm Elders Gathering


8 9.30am

Craft Group



13 7.30pm

Men's Group

@ the church


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Warragul Uniting Church
Men's Group
next meet

Tuesday 13 July, 7.30pm
at the church
(2nd Tues. in the month)

Open to all men in WUC (and friends) so whether you’ve been a regular member over the years or have never attended you are most welcome to join us.
We look forward to seeing you.


Craft Group is back!!

from 9.30am, Thursdays

in our warm & cosy Chapel



All women welcome
To enjoy a Lunch-time of fellowship
with a very friendly group of women

Wednesday 9 June, 12.30pm CANCELLED

Wednesday 14 July, 12.30pm

at The Downtowner,55 Victoria St Warragul


Everyone is invited to enjoy

Coffee @ Newmason

25 Mason St Warragul

10.00am, Saturday 19 June

Third Saturday every month


Trains in the Shed
Wednesdays at
3.30pm (new time)
Men invited to join in the mate-ship and in the interesting business of Model Railway development. 



I trust you are coping well enough with the onset of winter, the effects of another lockdown and all that goes with it.  I’ve had a few extra moments to think and the image of some formative experiences came back to me.  Don was a Uniting Church Elder where I had my first ministry placement, in the country, about 30 years ago.  Don was a caring, gentle older fellow who ran sheep and a bit of a tourist experience with shearing a little way out of town.  We had two small children with us and church folk were wonderful at inviting us to all sorts of things we didn’t do in the city.  Don invited us out to his farm and to see some shearing.

My experience of sheep was not vast, but I’d been to farms before.  Helping to move sheep is one of those things farmers seem to like to entertain kids with – or perhaps they entertain themselves with children’s antics with their animals?  Sheep, in my experience do what they want.  If you try to make them go one way, they go the other, if you push the flock, they split and regroup, doing their own thing.  If you have to handle a sheep, you find they are not weak.

Don spoke to his sheep and they came, he nudged one with his knee; it got into position.  Don took hold of a leg, swung his over the sheep, as the sheep was gently turned onto it’s back and the shearing began in one fluid motion, the wool was all off in under 5 minutes.   When you watch a person working with an obvious skill, it makes the difficult seem so easy.

“My sheep hear my voice, I know them, they follow me.”   God seems to have a thing about sheep.  Sheep are the most mentioned animal in the Bible.  ‘The Lord is my shepherd.’  ‘I am the Good Shepherd’, ‘Peter, feed my sheep.’ These are all very familiar, as is Jesus command that we love one another as I have loved you.  So it’s easy to see why the Christian church has always used the language of pastoral care when it comes to our ways of looking after each other.  It’s equally clear that we aren’t sheep and won’t always go with the rest of the flock.  We prefer to be treated as individuals and know that a ‘one size fits all’ approach to anything won’t work, especially with something as complex as our relationships.


The last set of Pastoral Care lists was a temporary one, to tide us over the vacancy and Covid period of not meeting.  Meeting again this year, the Elders recognised we could do better.  Responses were very encouraging from those we approached to help with this.  Since last month we have reviewed the lists and put a team of 28 together, dividing the list between us, trying to work with requests and existing relationships.   Each pastoral carer has a group of between 4 and 11, some as couples working together.  So, we will soon have a new pastoral system with readjusted lists and more people taking on some responsibility.  For some, not much will change, for others it will be a new beginning, sorting out what will work best for us; please give it your support.

We know that there is already a wonderful amount of caring relationships and networks of connection that exist in this community of faith.  They help to give expression to Christ’s call for us to ‘love one another as I have loved you.’ The new system is of course, not to cut across relationships or to stop others caring, just to make sure we leave no one out and help to increase our connectedness as a Christian community.  It’s a vital area in the life of the church.  We will have a recommitment service for us all to take part in on June 27th, in the 10 am service.  I hope you can be part of this too; support it with your prayers and your active involvement.

Grace & Peace,   Ian



 News from Church Council    


“What did he say?” “I didn’t quite catch that.”  “It’s not worth coming if I can’t hear” are some of the things often said about the acoustics in the church.

While we can’t make up for individual loss of hearing, we’ve been finding that there are some things we can do to help us hear better in the church.  We can’t see what sound waves do, but their physics is understood.  Sound bounces off hard surfaces and, as we have a lot of them, it bounces around, makes echoes and fuzzes the clarity.

There’s a whole industry to test and to treat sound problems.  Church Council has been investigating and will soon have a recommendation to put to the congregation.

And then there’s the visuals.  We’ve found that, while the data projector hanging from the ceiling still works, the brightness diminishes with time.  It’s lost 40% since being installed and that makes a big difference.  New ones have a laser light source that don’t dull the same way, so a replacement is being investigated for that too.

Hearing and seeing are important for us in worship.  There will be costs, of course and we will all have the opportunity to help with that.

We are expecting a Congregational Meeting to be called for Sunday 27th June, so we can discuss and make some decisions on these things.  Please watch your Church Notices for details.



 A New Home for our Wollemi Pine    


Thanks to the hard work of Jack, John and Stan for relocating the tree from behind the Chapel, where it may have become problematic to our building as it grew larger.

It is now a focal point near the Labyrinth.


 The Lord's Prayer — a modern translation    

NZ prayer book


Eternal Spirit Earth-Maker, Pain-bearer, Life-giver,

source of all that is and that shall be,

Father and Mother of us all.  Loving God, in whom is heaven.

The hallowing of your name echoes through the universe!

The way of your justice be followed by the peoples of the earth!


Your heavenly will be done by all created beings!

Your commonwealth of peace and freedom

sustain our hope and come on earth.

With the bread we need for today, feed us.

In the hurts we absorb from one another, forgive us.

In times of temptation and test, spare us.

From the grip of all that is evil, free us.

For you reign in the glory of the power that is love,

now and forever. Amen.

(Ian used this version of ‘The Lord’s Prayer’
in Prayers for the People, on Pentecost Sunday—May 23rd)


 Congratulations on their 50th Wedding Anniversaries    


Ron and Jenny have just celebrated 50 years of marriage with a luncheon with family, and later with friends for afternoon tea at home.

They went to Magnetic Island for their honeymoon.



Allan and Lorraine celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a family gathering recently (once Covid restrictions allowed.) 

They were married by Rev Bruce (Allan’s father).



 Holiday spots visited in between lockdowns by some of our members    


Goroke Silo Art visited by John and Olwyne recently, when they enjoyed travelling the Silo Art Trail

Sunny Broadbeach enjoyed by Alan and Faye


June Crosslight link to CROSSLIGHT page,
which includes the CROSSLIGHT flipbook

Using the flipbook . . .

1. Hover your mouse pointer over the Fullscreen icon at bottom right of screen; word "Fullscreen" will appear, then left click.

  Crosslight - Fullscreen icon

2. There is a Zoom in/out slider (bottom right of screen) - you can make print larger and easy to read.

3. Click arrow/s (mid-way down page edge) to 'turn' page

4. Hit your ESC key to return to Crosslight Home page.




  Enjoy a Lighter Moment during these trying times!     

     Two very different versions of the 23rd Psalm
from a 'Box of Delights' by John and Mark Stribbe


The 23rd Channel

The TV is my shepherd, I shall not want

It makes me lie down on the sofa.

It leads me away from the scriptures.

It destroys my soul.

It leads me in the path of sex and violence,
for the sponsor's sake.

Yea, I will walk in the shadow of my Christian responsibilities.

There will be no interruption,
for the TV is with me.

It prepares a commercial before me in the presence of worldliness;

it anoints my head with humanism,
my coveting runneth over.

Surely laziness and ignorance shall follow me
all the days of my life:

And I shall dwell in the house forever,
watching TV forever.




The Lord is my pacesetter, I need not rush.

He makes me stop and rest for quiet intervals.

He provides me with images of stillness,
which restore my serenity.

He leads me in the ways of efficiency through
calmness of mind.

His guidance is peace.

Even though I have a great deal to accomplish each day, I will not fret.

For His presence is here, His timelessness,
His importance, will keep me in balance.

He prepares refreshment and renewal in the
midst of activity,

by anointing my head with oils of tranquillity.

My cup of joyous energy overflows.

Such harmony and effectiveness shall be
the fruit of my hours,

for I shall walk in the peace of the Lord
and dwell in His company forever.