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 An Audio Loop
is installed
in the church
for people
with a 'T switch'
on their
hearing aids

Due to COVID-19 (Regional Victoria Restrictions)

Church Building CLOSED for Worship Services & Meetings

Check our Keeping In Touch  page for latest information & Worship resources

 'Archived News' further down page 

 Rev Ian Brown - New Minister for Warragul     

GOOD NEWS!  We will have a minister in placement from November.

See  News First - Special Edition   and other updates on  Keeping In Touch  page.

 

 Easter  2020     

Easter Messages by young talent
displayed on our street notice board

 

 

  COVID-19 Information 3 April 2020   

 

  Sign on Our Church Door   

 

 


  Below — 'Archived News'  

 

  Easter Biscuit Bake    

 POSTPONED until September 
 
due to COVID-19  

Easter?  Yes!  It is coming fast.  We’d love you to join us this year in baking some biscuits!  All 8,600 prisoners in Victoria will receive a pack of 10 home-baked biscuits from the Christian community via Prison Fellowship. 

Our area needs 9,500 biscuits from the Fulham Area by Sunday 29th March.

Anzacs, Choc Chip, firm shortbread, etc are all eagerly sought.

Of course, Nothing containing nuts (or peanut butter) please.

For further information, speak to Merrilyn or Heather in the church office (5644 3384).

https://prisonfellowship.org.au/programs/victorian-biscuit-bake/

 

 Pancake Day     

 

 

Thank you to Di and Tony for once again organizing Pancake Day at our church on Sunday 23 February.  Freshly cooked pancakes with a variety of toppings were available for a donation.  Funds raised allowed us to forward $308.25 to Uniting Vic. Tas. in support of this annual event.  

 

 

  Church Picnic    

 

Thank you to Sally and Peter for hosting our church picnic on a beautiful day, in a beautiful setting with great food and fellowship ...

And then invited us to feed their menagerie of animals — well, certainly their donkeys!  

 

 

  Think Again ?     

 

Dorothy was confused. Huge storms and tornados, weird dreams that seemed real, people very different from her family and friends, landscapes so foreign from what she knew. Bewildering! She felt so out of place. But she was prepared to meet new people, share their dreams and disappointments, take advice and followed the ‘yellow brick road’ of adventure. 

This adventure brought her joy, worry, friendship, danger with people who wanted to harm her, and an understanding of herself and others…especially the Tin man, the Lion and the Scarecrow. Even the play acting and bravado of the Wizard was shown for what it was…big noting and sham.

 

All of these people were on a journey of self discovery and personal growth…facing up to fears that were real and fears that were imagined. A very interesting mixture of people who felt that they were of little value and worth to themselves and others and yet discovered that they did have extraordinary abilities, personalities, determination and a positive, ‘can do’ attitude to life. They changed from being obsessed with putting themselves down, to being positive, outgoing, finding ways of helping others and just great fun.

Sometimes this journey was very difficult and they just wanted to give it all up…it’s too hard! Other times they learned to trust one another and themselves. So growth and understanding of themselves and others began to happen. This brought great happiness, joy, at times hilarity and a determination to continue the journey of discovery. Theirs was an adventure where they were discovering who they were as people, how they fitted in and related to their world, what was important and what was not, what was the meaning of life, just to name a few.

And this is partly what the time of LENT (40 days before Easter) is all about. A time to think about our journey in life, what is important to us and if that is really of importance. Or do we just convince ourselves that it is important…bit like the Wizard of Oz who tried to pretend that he was in control but was just play acting to convince himself and others. How we relate to and care for others, and how we accept care from others.

In the big scheme of things, what is life all about? How do we relate or not relate to God? What do we think about God? What do we understand about Easter, the arrest, trial, death and resurrection of Jesus?  For some people this is of little importance, for others it is the greatest way that God’s love has been shown for everyone. Just as Dorothy learned that love is richer when shared, we are called to share God’s love with others and to work for justice.

Our journey is quite different from Dorothy’s but we are bombarded with so many things that we too can feel overwhelmed and bewildered.  Covid 19 (Coronavirus) domestic violence, mental health, growing gap between the rich and the poor, homelessness in our community, vastly increased need for food relief. Contrast this with the wonderful work of the CWA, volunteer and professional firefighters, support, encouragement and pastoral care by the churches and others, generosity of gifts from the community and overseas, people continuing to work for the welfare of refugees and the homeless, and people like you and me who have the opportunity to encourage others.

Have you heard from my ‘friend’ Nicole? She is the person who calls you constantly about the NBN! She rings me so often, and pretends to be a ‘friend’! And then there are the insistent ads for ‘insurance’, and how easy it is to get a loan for almost everything. Traps everywhere…attempting to convince people that they are uncaring or lacking if they do not have ‘this’ or ‘that’. I wonder how people ‘living’ on the New Start Allowance of about $280 per week feel about advertisements such as these? They can make people feel inadequate like the Tin man, the Lion and the Scarecrow felt. LENT and Easter are times that remind us that a deep sense or feeling of self-worth and satisfaction comes from within us and grows as we relate to and care for others. Many would say that this feeling is God given. This feeling is enhanced when it is within and guided by a meaningful and growing relationship with God.

May this time of LENT and Easter be a time of reflection, challenge and growth for all of us and our journey with God.

Blessings, Des Parker

 

  Harvest Thanksgiving Service  March 1    

 

Harvest this year included garden produce and also a celebration of gifts and talents from within our congregation.  Some examples of items created and displayed (on table above) and below by (clockwise) Graeme, Chris, Glenda, Heather.

 

 

  OPEN DOOR  Painting with Threads     

On March 18, Open Door is thrilled to be having Maggie Roberts visit us. Some of you will know Maggie, as she regularly comes to our Craft Group on Thursday mornings.  She stitches some beautiful, fine cross stitch pictures.  She will be bringing some of these to show us.  Maggie will tell us about the processes involved in creating these pieces and also bring other pieces of craft work she has done.

This will be followed by afternoon tea.

We are sure you will be delighted by these beautiful embroideries.  All are welcome.

If you need a lift, please speak to Jenny or Joy.

Open Door at 1.30pm in the Centre Room, on Wednesday March 18

 

  Thursday Craft Group    

 

The Thursday Craft Group have donated toiletries and craft supplies (wool, needles, materials, cottons, scissors and books) along with a cheque for $500 to be given to Frontier Services Fire Relief Appeal.

 

 

  April Bus Trip     

 

 POSTPONED  due to COVID-19  

Join us on the next Bus Trip on Friday April 24th.
Meet at the church @ 8.45 for a 9am departure.

We are heading to the Royal Botanic Gardens in CRANBOURNE.  They have grown and developed since our last visit and autumn is a great time of year to visit.

We have booked (with a guide) one of the garden trains (11am) for us to use (21 seats); and if we need more we can book seats on the following service.

LUNCH will be a real treat.  We are invited to visit Chris and Barb’s new and ‘forever’ house in Cranbourne.  Barb is planning on ‘cooking up a storm’ for us.

COST $40 (based on a minimum of 40 participants)

A list to enter you name will be outside the church office from March 8th.

‘Walkers’ are welcome and they fit well under the bus.

This will be a fun day, only as energetic as you choose to make it.
Please bring friends or family if they are interested.  All welcome.

https://www.rbg.vic.gov.au/visit-cranbourne

 

Church Diary

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  Rev Dr Des Parker & Elders

2.00pm  Cooinda Service

Tue

10

5.30pm

Garden Meeting

Chapel

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

Wed

18

8.00am

Pray for your Church

(at home)

 

 

1.30pm

Open Door

Centre Room

 

 

7.00pm

Trains

The Shed

Thu

19

9.30am

Craft Group 

Centre Room

 

 

9.30am

Play Group 

Activities Room

Sat

21

10.00am

Coffee @ Newmason 

25 Mason St Wgl

WORSHIP SERVICE SUNDAY MARCH 22

Cancelled due to COVID-19

  Due to COVID-19 Groups/Meetings CANCELLED until further notice   

Wed

25

8.00am

Pray for your Church

(at home)

 

 

7.00pm

Trains

The Shed

Thu

26

9.30am

Craft Group 

Centre Room

 

 

9.30am

Play Group 

Activities Room

WORSHIP SERVICE SUNDAY MARCH 29  

Cancelled due to COVID-19

Tue

31

7.30pm

Church Council

Chapel

APRIL 2020

Wed

1

8.00am

Pray for your Church

(at home)

 

 

7.00pm

Trains

The Shed

Thu

2

9.30am

Craft Group 

Centre Room

WORSHIP SERVICE SUNDAY APRIL 5

Cancelled due to COVID-19

Mon

6

7.30pm

Men's Group

Centre Room

Tue

7

7.30pm

Elders Gathering

Chapel

Wed

8

8.00am

Pray for your Church

(at home)

    12.30pm Women On Wednesdays  The Downtowner

 

 

7.00pm

Trains

The Shed

Thu

9

9.30am Craft Group 

Centre Room

WORSHIP SERVICES SUNDAY APRIL 12

Cancelled due to COVID-19

         
 

 

All men invited to the next

Men's Group

Meeting in the Centre Room

7.30pm, Monday 6 April

 CANCELLED due to COVID-19 

 

 

All women welcome

 CANCELLED due to COVID-19 

To enjoy a lunchtime of fellowship
with a very friendly group of women

Wednesday 8 April, 12.30pm

Wednesday 13 May, 12.30pm

at The Downtowner,

55 Victoria St Warragul

Please Note: Changing from 6pm to 12.30pm
as Daylight Saving has concluded by 8 April

 

 

Everyone is invited to enjoy

Coffee @ Newmason

 CANCELLED due to COVID-19 

25 Mason St Warragul

10.00am, Saturday 18 April

 

 

April Bus Trip

Friday April 24

 POSTPONED  due to COVID-19  

 

 

 

 

 

 With COVID-19 — Just Be Carefull    

 

'Just be careful because people are going crazy from being in lock down.

Actually I've just been talking about this with the microwave and toaster while drinking coffee and all us agreed that things are getting bad.

I didn't mention anything to the washing machine as she puts a different spin on everything.  

Certainly, not to the fridge as he is acting cold and distant.

In the end the iron calmed me down as she said everything will be fine, no situation is too pressing.

The vacuum was very unsympathetic... told me to just suck it up, but the fan was more optimistic and hoped it would all soon blow over.

The toilet looked a bit flushed when I asked its opinion, it said nothing but the door knob told me to get a grip.

The front door said I was unhinged and so the curtains told me to .... yes you guessed it ... pull myself together'.