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FEBRUARY 2020

WORSHIP SERVICE SUNDAY FEBRUARY 2

10.00am  Rev Dr Des Parker

Visit by The Moderator, Rev Denise Liersch

Communion / Coin-a-Day / Food Basket

Choir practice at 9.00am

Tue

4

7.30am

Elders Gathering

 

Wed

5

8.00am

Pray for your Church

(at home)

    1.00pm Book Group Warragul Hub

 

 

7.00pm

Trains

The Shed

Thu

6

9.30am Craft Group 

Centre Room

WORSHIP SERVICE SUNDAY FEBRUARY 9

10.00am  Rev Dr Des Parker

Mon

10

5.30pm

Mens Group
 
starts with a BBQ

 

@ Henderson's

Tue

11

5.30am

Garden Group Chapel

Wed

12

8.00am

Pray for your Church

(at home)

    6.00pm Women On Wednesdays  The Downtowner

 

 

7.00pm

Trains

The Shed

Thu

13

9.30am Craft Group 

Centre Room

    9.30am Play Group 

Activities Room

Sat

15 10.00am Coffee @ Newmason  

WORSHIP SERVICE SUNDAY FEBRUARY 16

10.00am  Mr Geoff Leunig

Wed

19

8.00am

Pray for your Church

(at home)

   

1.30pm

Open Door

Centre Room

 

 

7.00pm

Trains

The Shed

Thu

20

9.30am Craft Group 

Centre Room

    9.30am Play Group 

Activities Room

WORSHIP SERVICE SUNDAY FEBRUARY 23

10.00am  Rev Eric Smith

PANCAKE DAY for the Share Appeal - after the service

Wed

26

8.00am

Pray for your Church

(at home)

 

 

7.00pm

Trains

The Shed

Thu

27

9.30am Craft Group 

Centre Room

 

 

9.30am

Play Group 

Activities Room

MARCH 2020

WORSHIP SERVICE SUNDAY MARCH 1  

10.00am  Rev Eric Smith

HARVEST FESTIVAL/Communion/Coin-a-Day/Food Basket

Mon

2

7.30pm

Mens Group

Centre Room

Wed

4

8.00am

Pray for your Church

(at home)

 

 

7.00pm

Trains

The Shed

Thu

5

9.30am Craft Group 

Centre Room

    9.30am Play Group 

Activities Room

WORSHIP SERVICE SUNDAY MARCH 8

10.00am  Elders Service

Wed

11

8.00am

Pray for your Church

(at home)

    6.00pm Women On Wednesdays  The Downtowner

 

 

7.00pm

Trains

The Shed

Thu

12

9.30am Craft Group 

Centre Room

    9.30am Play Group 

Activities Room

WORSHIP SERVICE SUNDAY MARCH 15

10.00am  Rev Dr Des Parker

         
 

Everyone is invited to enjoy

Coffee @ Newmason

25 Mason St Warragul

10.00am, Saturday 15 February

 

PANCAKE DAY

Following the Worship Service on Sunday 23 February

Enjoy freshly cooked pancakes,
and donate to the Share Appeal
to assist homeless people

 

All men invited to the next

Men's Group

Meeting in the Centre Room

7.30pm, Monday 2 March

 

All women welcome

To enjoy an evening of fellowship
with a very friendly group of women

Wednesday 11 March, 6pm

at The Downtowner,

55 Victoria St Warragul

 

 

 

 Sunday 2nd Feb Special Time of Worship   

 

We were fortunate to have Rev Denise Liersch visit us and take part in the Worship Service with Des Parker.  During the service, Denise told us of her role as Moderator, delivered the address and served communion to the congregation.

Rev Denise Liersch became the 11th woman to be appointed as Moderator of the Victorian /Tasmanian Synod in July 2019, when she succeeded Sharon Hollis.

Denise says "One thing about the Uniting Church that particularly appeals to me is the strong belief it has in its people."

 

 All Australians are on a Journey     

 

by Rev Eric Smith

       I invite you to share a journey.  Our journey as Christians is always in the context of worship– the worship of the one God who calls us forwards as servant people, in the assurance of the covenant promises through Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

       I do not expect we will all agree with everything along the way, but I do invite you to do as I need to do, to look afresh at disturbing challenges to our views of the past so that we may live well in the future.

On the Sunday before Australia Day, the Uniting Church Assembly invites congregations each year to look at the story of Australia, and particularly at the often fraught relationship of the 1st and 2nd peoples.

Some of my ancestors were amongst the earliest 19th century settlers in Moorabbin and near San Remo-Wonthaggi, traditional areas of the Bunurong people.  I have no idea of the contacts between the lands’ indigenous inhabitants and these newcomers, all I know is that my great grandparents carved farms out of these lands.

Today we live in a country partly ravaged by bushfire, fires that overwhelm the landscape and tear at the heart and soul of country, the spirit country of our First Peoples and the beloved land in which we have the honour and privilege to dwell.  All Australians are on a journey. We hold many views about the relationships between white and indigenous Australians.  As Christians our views are formed from our beliefs, based on the Scriptural teachings.  On the Sunday before Australia Day we had these three Bible readings:

Psalm 40 is one of numerous Psalms that are a lament, an honest declaring to God of our grief, our frustration and our difficulties.  Such truth-telling is a necessary precursor of revived relationships.

Isaiah 49 is one of the servant songs: God inviting people in the darkest of times to know that they are not on the journey alone and that they are not simply to know comfort and personal hope, but that they are to serve as a light to the nations – they (we) have a purpose beyond our own immediate circumstances.

In the last part of the Gospel of John 1 one of Jesus’ first actions as he commenced his public ministry was to draw people to him, call them to follow him through hill and dale as he went about the countryside teaching, healing, opening people’s vision to God’s grace.  Andrew and John, then Peter, Philip, Nathaniel were all confronted by a man who spoke truth, who had such a clear vision that it seemed as if he knew them already – what they were searching for, what they yearned.  If it was true then, it is true now.  We too are called by Jesus with our yearnings, as we search for the way ahead.  Jesus teaches in 2020, Jesus heals in 2020, Jesus opens visions of the future in 2020, as a servant amongst servants.  As the crucified and risen one of the church community, that exists also to serve the world in which we live.  

The Assembly and the Congress are offering a banner to congregations.  It is no point just putting it up in the church building because someone thinks it is a good idea.  It needs to be done only if the congregation feels it expresses something of what we believe, something of the yearnings we are committed to achieving, God being our helper.

Let me take you through it:

The banner has been designed jointly by representatives of the Assembly and the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (the indigenous arm of the UCA).  It is an agreed and negotiated form of words, to be used consistently across the whole church, except for the names of the local First Peoples.

At the top are the emblems of the Uniting Aboriginal Islander Christian Congress
& UCA drawn together and belonging together in the cross.

 The words are in English, but the painting is indigenous – another form of partnership.

Words and painting recognise that God was active amongst the indigenous nations of the great southern continent before European people came, and that the Gospel gives an ever reviving spirituality for all Australian people.

The Covenant amongst First Peoples and Second Peoples draws out the action of the Spirit of God in creation, and celebrates the sacred gifts of God through the Dreaming, in Jesus Christ and through the future relationship we share.

The timeline is a reminder that this is a journey, a journey which still has much distance to travel.  The church has achieved much as a partnership of First and Second Peoples, but we are still not in the Promised Land.

The Australian nation has much more to do and our banner symbolises our commitment to continuing the journey.

We ought not be concerned about any legal implications of the word ‘sovereign’.  In this context it is not referring to the monarch, but to the concept of national identity.  Until a Treaty is negotiated, the prior residents have entitlement.

We pray together - constantly.

The reconciliation group of our congregation welcomes your comments and conversation.

As we celebrate so much that is good about Australia, maybe we can grasp the goal of the lament to honestly tell the truth of the past.  Maybe we can more fulsomely respect the indigenous people of the land and their culture, showing we have a purpose as a nation that we actually can make a difference.  And doing it because we are gifted by God, as servants of the Living God, in the Great South Land of the Holy Spirit.

The banner has been designed jointly by representatives of the Assembly and the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (the indigenous arm of the UCA).  It is an agreed and negotiated form of words, to be used consistently across the whole church, except for the names of the local First Peoples.

At the top are the emblems of the Uniting Aboriginal Islander Christian Congress  & UCA drawn together and belonging together in the cross.

 The words are in English, but the painting is indigenous – another form of partnership.

Words and painting recognise that God was active amongst the indigenous nations of the great southern continent before European people came, and that the Gospel gives an ever reviving spirituality for all Australian people.

The Covenant amongst First Peoples and Second Peoples draws out the action of the Spirit of God in creation, and celebrates the sacred gifts of God through the Dreaming, in Jesus Christ and through the future relationship we share.

The timeline is a reminder that this is a journey, a journey which still has much distance to travel.  The church has achieved much as a partnership of First and Second Peoples, but we are still not in the Promised Land.  The Australian nation has much more to do and our banner symbolises our commitment to continuing the journey.

We ought not be concerned about any legal implications of the word ‘sovereign’.  In this context it is not referring to the monarch, but to the concept of national identity.  Until a Treaty is negotiated, the prior residents have entitlement.

We pray together - constantly.

The reconciliation group of our congregation welcomes your comments and conversation.

As we celebrate so much that is good about Australia, maybe we can grasp the goal of the lament to honestly tell the truth of the past.  Maybe we can more fulsomely respect the indigenous people of the land and their culture, showing we have a purpose as a nation that we actually can make a difference.  And doing it because we are gifted by God, as servants of the Living God, in the Great South Land of the Holy Spirit.

TIDBIT:  To Europeans several centuries ago the continent unknown to them in the Southern Hemisphere was called on maps “The Great South Land of the Holy Spirit” – that’s us in Australia.   Soon they also had an island in the Pacific called “Espiritu Santo” – today it is a northern island in the place our friends from Vanuatu call home.

Footnote: re The Covenanting Painting — The Wagalak sisters are creation sisters, who carry their power in their dilly bags. When they walk, they use the contents of their dilly bags to create the landscape.

 

  Advent Worship Service    

During our Advent 4 Service, Sunday 22 December, Rev Eric Smith and David Morison presented their version in dialogue form of the Advent story from Luke chapters 1 & 2.

 

 UNITING Bushfire Appeal    

 

On Sunday 26 January, there was a retiring Offering for this appeal.  The wonderful response raised over $1,000.  The Offering Bowl is still available in the foyer for those who would like to contribute.

The funds raised will go to trauma and grief counselling, children's programs, financial aid, and other support services, as we move from crisis to recovery.

 

  Golden Anniversary    

From Mary and David Morison

Thank you for helping us celebrate our Golden Wedding Anniversary, and for sharing (on 12th January) a very special Sunday Worship Service and morning tea with us, and our family. 

 

 

  During January     

Three Wednesday mornings in January 2020 — Cuppa and Chat was most enjoyable and well attended!  A chance to sit back and relax!  

A garden event on the 3rd Jan. saw some tidying up of our grounds.

Thanks to Tilly Leunig, the workers enjoyed a delicious pizza tea.

   

 

 Sharing Enjoyment    

 

Did you receive an interesting book, for Christmas, have time over the holidays to catch up with some other good reading or perhaps visit the cinema?

These are the enjoyments we love to share at The Book Group so we are looking forward to our meetings on the first Wednesday afternoon of every month throughout 2020 and you are very welcome to come along too.

We are continuing to meet at the Warragul Hub (corner of June Crt and North Rd) where we also enjoy a selection of their refreshments as we chat.

The next book group meeting will be on Wednesday 4th March at 1.00pm at the Warragul Hub.  If you would like more information talk to Nick or Lesley.

 

  Armchair Tour of the Holy Land     

 

If you were inspired by Geoff Leunig’s account of his tour of the Holy Land you might like to join a group who will travel there via a video program by Ray Vander Loan an experienced historian and teacher.  Explore the places, people and events recorded in the Bible and discover through their intriguing cultural context its significance to Christians today.  This ‘tour’ commences on 12 February at 10am, for a total of five weeks.

If interested please contact Lesley.

  

  Christmas Bowl     

 

Over many years we have shared gifts with the Christmas Bowl through the National Council of Churches in Australia.  In this fire-filled summer the NCCA has received messages and prayers of support from some of the partner organisations to whom our gifts have been sent.  A tremendous sign of the solidarity of Christian people across the world.  This year from our congregation we have forwarded $2550.95 for the Christmas Bowl.

 

School Zone

 

During this new school year you are invited to pray for the children, teachers and all the school community as you are passing.

Take a School Zone card as a reminder.  Pray also for the students and teachers from our congregation. 

 


 I Don't Believe It !!!    

 

At tonight's evening service, the preacher's topic is "What is hell?"
You're welcome to come early and hear our choristers practice.

 

Our church ladies have cast off clothing items of every kind.
They may be seen in the back hall next Friday evening.

 

Ms Charlene Moses sang for us "I will never pass this way again"
which gave immense pleasure to the congregation.