We acknowledge the original custodians, the Wadawurrung people of the Kulin alliance, of the land on which our buildings of worship stand and on which we gather.
& THE COMING WEEK
With changes to the COVID19 restrictions, in-person services will recommence this Sunday. There is a limit of 50 people who can attend in-person services and BOOKINGs are essential. Please contact the church office to book a seat and consider if you can access the online service and free up a seat for those who cant. Online services will be provided via our private Facebook group.
The 16th national UCA Assembly – part 1
I suppose it is very cheeky of me to say Part 1, but that is what it was.
After a lot of reading of documents and reports for two Sundays before the online component of this Assembly we met in slightly less formal Zoom meetings to get to know some of those who were attending. With a few expected and understandable mix-ups, the delegates were able to introduce themselves to a few others who were attending and hear the personal presentation of some of the reports in advance.
Then came the big day! A new experience for me using the Eventbrite software interface caused some slight concern when I found I had no sound, but this was soon rectified by the very helpful tech people who responded with a lot of patience with myself and others throughout the weekend.
We were able to vote in a very straightforward way with the results known almost immediately.
There was an emphasis throughout the Assembly to the diversity within the UCA and the dedication to the covenant with the United Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UAICC). There were bible readings and reflections in a variety of English and Indigenous languages provided by Nungalinya College.
Deidre Palmer gave a beautiful speech as the outgoing president. And the worship service that contained the commissioning of Sharon Hollis as president was very moving.
Business was attended to efficiently and expediently as there was no room for chatting with fellow delegates! The level of interaction was minimal as we were expected to all have done our homework in the pre-reading.
The Cato lecture, which was taken by Professor Anthony Reddie, was entitled “Celebrating both oneness and difference” and it was both entertaining and challenging.
Reddie encouraged people to see that those who only see difference or only see oneness are blinded by their own assumptions of others without allowing for the fluid nature of humanity. Prof. Reddie spoke that as people we are not only one thing or another, but are an intersection of all levels of our lives and our faith is subject to the same. How do we affirm our difference and our unity? This is an ongoing tension as we meet in the common ground of Christ.
On the Sunday we were invited to celebrate with the incoming president-elect the Rev. Charissa Suli. She is the youngest ever president-elect and the first person of colour. She is a second generation Tongan woman from Sydney. She spoke passionately about Christ’s hospitality and her love of the UCA.
All too soon it was over, and we were asked as delegates to write a prayer for the Assembly in hiatus.
Here is my prayer.
Triune God, you who are always, have always, and will always love: Bless our church and its people with the love that forgives, heals and sustains, as shown in the life of your son the Christ. Amen.
I’m looking forward to part 2 in Queensland, in person, in 2022!
(Report from Annetia Goldsmith, who is a delegate)
Free three-wheel walker
Lindsay D has a three-wheel walker that is no longer needed to give away. Please contact Lindsay directly.
Write a letter to the Prime Minister?
All over Australia, people of faith are writing their individual letters to Prime Minister Scott Morrison asking for serious climate action — hundreds of us. Will you join us?
Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC) is organising for Australians of faith to write handwritten personal letters to our Prime Minister asking him to improve what Australia is doing to reduce climate change. This is one way we can look after God’s creation, to use Annetia’s words, “to be stewards of God’s creation”.
They need to be written by the end of August, collected and mailed to ARRCC in Sydney who will then arrange for them to be presented to the PM.
Simple, brief letters are best—from people of all ages—they can even be drawings—and help is available with tips and key points for the letters available from the office or see Sandra S, Rob B or Annetia G for more information or see this webpage: https://www.arrcc.org.au/letters?utm_campaign=day_of_action_launch_call&utm_medium=email&utm_source=arrcc
Bunnings Barbeque — help needed
Geoff G has been able to secure a fundraising BBQ at Bunnings Hopper’s Crossing store on Friday 20 August to raise funds for our Kid’s Hope program. Kid’s Hope Aust is a program that connects a local church with a local Primary School where the church provides volunteers to go into the school and spend one hour per week with a child who needs some extra care and support through a one to one mentoring relationship. If you would like to help Geoff in any way on the day or get involved in Kids Hope please contact Sandra S or Geoff. Everyone welcome.
Prayer time online
Every Tuesday at 5.30pm the Rev. Annetia Goldsmith is inviting you to prayer time online via Zoom (Meeting ID is 892 8799 9241). “Come along and join me in prayer for the day that has been and the week to come.” (Until September 28 – 9 meetings to come.)
Volunteers are always needed
Volunteers are always needed to keep the in-person services going. Covid requirements for cleaning, QR log-ins, morning tea need volunteers now! Contact Rose G.
What’s On This Week
- Monday: 9.30amPlaygroup
- Wednesday: 10.30am Church Council Executive; 1pm UCAF
- Thursday: 10am Church gardening; 8pm Home Group @ Savorys
- Friday: 6pm African Youth
Worship Plan for this coming week
8 August 2021
Exodus 16:2–4, 9–15; Ephesians 4:1–6; John 6:24–35; Psalm 51:1–12
Rosters for 1st (& 8th)
- Greetings: Simon R (Margaret B)
- Flowers: Lorna H (Luciana A)
- Music: Asanka P (Gina L)
- Audio-visual: Lauren D (Paul K)
- Prayers of the People: Liz B (Neil T)
- Reader: Betty P (Noel S)
- Sign-in: Bev L (Bev L)
- Cleaning:Scott C & Lauren D (Judith O’K, Dorothy R)
- Morning Tea: Judith O’K & Dorothy R (Alpie B, Rengata T, Jan S)
- CRUNCH: Sandra S & Lauren D (?)
Housekeeping & Help
Pastoral care will be maintained during these difficult days but it is subject to the rules regarding access to hospitals and aged care homes.
Please contact Rev. Annetia Goldsmith for any pastoral care needs.
CHURCH OFFICE INFORMATION
The office is open on weekdays 9.30am–12noon.
Telephone 03 9741 1084. Postal address is PO Box 2156 Werribee 3030.