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you know who this is? I failed in business at the age of 22. At 23 I
ran for parliament and lost. At the age of 24 I failed in a new business,
however I was elected to parliament at 25. My long-term girlfriend died
when I was 26 and I had a nervous breakdown at 27.
are people who have beaten the odds, who have overcome difficulties and
setbacks, to make a difference in our world. Some of them have been
knocked down and put down for years, but every time, they stood up, and had
another go - despite seemingly huge obstacles and often profound difficulties.
is not high on our list of important cultural values - which is unfortunate, as
many parts of life require us to persist - especially when times are difficult,
or we get knockbacks, or when life is challenging. A friendship will not
last if we are not willing to persevere when we disagree strongly about
something, and if we want to become better at a particular sport, or musical
instrument - then perseverance and practice are required.
is characterized by determination, will power, and grit. It’s a positive
and desirable characteristic in a person - and one that will allow us to achieve
much in life. Sometimes however, we can get so frustrated, or annoyed, by
the processes of our culture, or our life situation - that we either give up, or
scream out in exasperation. Unfortunately, all our frustrated cries, and
exasperated yelling, won’t really make any difference to a particular
situation - although it might make us feel a bit better for a while.
does make a difference, is if our pleas and the prayers of our hearts are
channelled into actions that make a positive change to our world? For
instance, if people tried to fob Jesus off with half-baked answers - rather than
letting them get away with it, he would keep asking ‘that’ question - you
know, the one you don’t want to answer - the question that seems to cut right
to the core of our being, and lay the truth out, for us to see.
never lets us get away with just saying what we think he wants to hear.
The vaguest hint, that our answer might be a pious platitude, or an automatic
response, or trying to smooth things over and deflect the spotlight, and he’s
back in our face - looking right through us, challenging our thinking, and
examining the depths of our soul.
and setbacks are the means to refine an idea, to improve a process, or to polish
a thought - something to be embraced and grappled with, rather that used as an
excuse to spit the dummy and give up. Jesus used the process of challenge
and overcoming obstacles as a means of teaching and refining the ministry skills
and perseverance in his followers.
So add perseverance to your list of character traits, and know that God is right there with each of us - experiencing our joy and our frustrations, feeling our delight and our distress - all the time, weaving something worthwhile and profound out of our pleas, our frustrations, and our prayers.
Peace, Rev. Bruce Wood..
Our new street entry is a pleasure to use. It's twice the width of the old entry, with sweeping curves, gentle incline and new kerbing profile, which gives a smoother and easier transition to and from the road. Larger vehicles - hearses, buses and trucks will also find it much easier to enter and exit our chuch property!
15 January 2018—Summer and light misty rain!
Formwork and Reinforcing mesh in place—ready for Shire inspection.
Wednesday 17 January 2018—Concrete pour.
Sunday 21 January 2018—Barriers removed and new entry is 'ready for church'.
COMPARE—Before and After
(modified Engineer's drawing)
I’d like to extend a huge thank you to our church family for all of the support and kindness that we received during our very trying times at the end of the year and over the Christmas period. I know that we haven’t managed to thank all of you personally, but your hugs, calls and “just being there” made the load easier to bear.
Christmas Club was held on 7th & 14th December and attracted fourteen young people. Again a big thank you to those who came to help on the days with craft and games, who organised the food, cut out “angel” parts and helped to dress the children for the nativity – this seems to be their favourite part! Also a big thank you to Robyn and Hannes Schaeffer who did an amazing job of teaching the Christmas story in a refreshing and whimsical way. A great time was had by all.
We again took part in the annual Uniting Church/Target Christmas appeal and were able to distribute over $1,000 in vouchers to needy families and well over $2,500 worth of toys and gifts. We do this by adding the vouchers and gifts that we receive to the combined churches effort that is coordinated by St Vincent de Paul. Members of this congregation assisted in packing and distributing the hampers – so again thank you for your generosity and assistance.
The surveying of the garden is due to be completed by the end of February and this will allow finally for the planning of the earthworks so that permanent garden beds can be established. Potatoes are currently being harvested and are available for congregational members – Play Group mums appreciated receiving potatoes last week. See Tony Carson if you would like some! A planting and harvesting schedule will be placed on the noticeboard in the near future.
Play Group has commenced for the year with nine children from five families attending in the first week. Di Carson is leading the group with assistance from the parents/carers – if anyone is interested in becoming a helper an application form is available from the church office.
Contact Nick Peck if you would like to become involved in advocacy on social justice issues. Nick has placed a folder on the table of letters sent and received to various politicians/government departments regarding current social justice issues. Nick would welcome your input and assistance!
along with other members of this congregation are part of a working group
headed up by
Discussions are currently underway to bring our Vanuatan workers back to Warragul. As a result of our visit to Vanuatu in November four projects have been identified that are worthy of support – all are in the early development stage to see what can be achieved, but the proposed projects involve assistance to the children’s ward at Port Vila hospital; building a cyclone proof community centre; providing desks and books etc to a school; and establishing/supporting a scholarship scheme to train primary school teachers for village schools.
On Monday 5 February, Royce Nuttall (one of our members) shared his story of growing up as part of a large family in Bendigo; his life long career in the PMG [Post Master General] (starting off as a telegram messenger during the war) and his passion for cricket, football and squash.
20 of us were fortunate to hear Royce's insights into life in central
Victoria and surrounding districts as he travelled to Post Offices from
Ouyen to Warragul.
A great way to start the 2018 men's group meetings!
from our Treasurer, Graham
Have you considered making your offering by direct debit from your bank account or other financial institution? A number of members of the congregation have opted for this arrangement, which has a number of benefits, namely:
- reduces the number of envelopes to be opened and counted each week;
- eliminates the need for cash transactions;
- allows for regular giving even if a member is absent from a service;
- provides the church with regular income.
The direct debit is completely confidential, with the Church receiving a total monthly credit to the Church’s UCA Cash Management Fund, with no detail provided of individual contributors. In addition, contributors can alter or cancel the amount of their giving at any time. Both application and amendment forms are available from the Church Office, and when completed should be forwarded directly to the UCA Melbourne office as per the form, by the contributor, to ensure confidentiality.
Some members who contribute directly may like to place a card indicating their direct offering into the offering plate each Sunday, and cards for this purpose are available from the table in the Foyer.
you would like any additional information or forms,
This WDP Service will be held at our Church on Friday 2nd March at 10.00am.
Come and find out more about Suriname (the smallest country in South America) and pray for the people of that country.
Read more about World Day of Prayer, and Alice Pomstra - Elmont
Irishmen were sitting in a pub watching the Tour de France on TV.