OUR COMMUNITY NEWS FOR TODAY AND THE COMING WEEK
The Andrew Love Story
Geelong and Western District people have great respect for the Andrew Love Cancer Centre in University Hospital, since it was opened in 1992. Many patients are helped to return to health.
Heather Le Griffon
The Rev. Andrew Love was the first Presbyterian minister in Geelong, called to his task from Kilmarnock, Scotland, by a committee of Geelong region squatters. His story is told by author Heather Le Griffon in the new book, Love by Name, Love by Nature, launched at St Andrew’s Uniting Church Geelong, on Sunday 3 June.
An ancient minute book of the Kirk Session of St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church (from 1837) was discovered by the late Rev. Joe Fraser; he encouraged Heather to write of Andrew Love’s involvement in the community life of Geelong village in the 1840s, as one of the founders of the Geelong Hospital, (known then as the Geelong Infirmary and Benevolent Society).
Following a communion service led by the minister, the Rev. Ann Key, Stuart Pett, the chairman of the St Andrew’s congregation introduced Heather, and spoke of the First Letter of John, Chapter 3 verse 15 as encapsulating Andrew Love’s colourful life: “Let’s not just talk about love, but instead practice real love”.
Heather (notable for her story of the Buntingdale Wesleyan Mission to the aborigines at Birregurra (Campfires at the Cross), and her history of the Burnside Camp, Anglesea) has encountered ill health; she was assisted in the production of Love by Name, Love by Nature by John Angel, who announced the book launch.
Copies are available from John Angel email@example.com 52338280, for $20 plus postage $8.
EVENTS AND NOTICES
World Wide Knit in Public Day
TODAY — Sunday 10 June — 10am-5pm at Uniting Church, Queenscliff
Fabulous hand-made knitted scarves, rugs, hot water bottle covers & heat bags, beanies, sock & gloves for sale. Hearty Soups and luscious Devonshire teas available. Bring your knitting for the Knitting Circle or use our wool and needles.
Justice Task Group
Our next meeting is Monday 11 June (tomorrow night) @ 6.45 pm for letter writing on current justice issues, followed by the meeting @ 7:30 pm. See Mary or Blair Dixon for more information.
The meeting will be held at the Community Centre meeting room, Heathglen Village, 2 Glendale Court, Werribee.
Occasional Sunday Lunch Out (OSLO)
Advance notice for Sunday 24 June! We have booked for the Lara Hotel where we always get a good lunch for seniors and “non-seniors” are always welcome but they pay a little more!—and get a little more! So please contact Elaine or Lorna for booking numbers by Thursday 21 June.
UCA Assembly meets in Melbourne in July 8–14
Pray for this important gathering, as we discern and decide on a number of key issues—including the issue of same-sex marriage.
UCA Anniversary Service: 24 June, 10 am, HX
Come to our special UCA Anniversary Service at Hoppers Crossing Uniting Church, Derrimut Rd, at 10 am on 24 June. Guest preacher is the Rev. Dr Geoff Thompson, key theology teacher at Pilgrim Theological College. (NB: There will not be a separate worship service at Crossroads on 24 June.)
Housekeeping & Help
If you or someone you know is in need of pastoral care, please don’t hesitate to contact either our minister, Mike Lewis or Robyn Tomkins.
We’re keen to make sure that when people know that someone has gone into hospital or is otherwise ‘out of sorts’, that they are not forgotten. If we don’t know that someone has suffered some misfortune we are not likely to be able to visit or offer support in some way; so please let us know in such a circumstance.
Worship Plan for this week
9.30 am Family Worship and Holy Communion (Rev. Mike Lewis)
Following worship today
Please join us for morning tea in the foyer.
Activities this week
Monday: 7.30 pm Card Making at the Geilens’.
6.45 pm & 7.30 pm Justice Task Group at Heathglen Village, 2 Glendale Crt, Werribee (see separate notice, p. 2)
Wednesday: Know Your Bible, 9.30 am at Joy Clancy’s.
Church Council, 6 pm, Church Foyer
Thursday: 8 pm Bible Study at the Savorys'.
Friday: 1 pm Sew ‘n’ Sow at the Bradleys’
Next Sunday — 17 June Pentecost 4
9.30 am Worship (Rev. Mike Lewis)
Rosters for Next Week
Duty Elder: Salote Tupou
Greeting: Phil Barnes
Morning Tea: Sandra Savory & Lorraine Sewell
Reader: Ian Gainey
AV Desk: Paul Kirkman
Prayers: Rose Geilen
Piano: Jeremy Withers
Bible Readings next week: I Samuel 15:34–16:13; Psalm 20; 2 Corinthians 5:6–10, 14–17; Mark 4:26–34
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
Dr David P. King of Karen Lake Buttrey (USA) wrote on this topic. I’ve summarised it for you to consider. (Robert Renton)
Stewardship, generosity and abundance can be beautiful metaphors that often lead us avoid talking about money. Although it may be possible to fundraise within congregations while mentioning money as little as possible, the cost may be a domesticated [tame] theology of stewardship. Avoiding money-talk deprives faith traditions of some of their greatest assets in confronting issues of justice in our world where business practices, questions of privilege, and social ethics are completely wrapped up in economic issues. And if we don’t want to talk about money personally, it is rarely any easier to address these pressing issues more broadly in our society.
Back in the 1930s Reinhold Niebuhr questioned whether traditional stewardship language in the Church (fundraising for church activities) was understood as a deeply ethical issue. (He was largely ignored by the church of the time, and still is.)
In the 1980s Max Stackhouse in the USA pointed to the temptation to see stewardship as the menial task of raising the budget: “In our reactions against seeing stewardship only as fund-raising, we must not be tempted to ignore the reality of economics and money…. Stewardship is the Christian way of speaking of responsible economics.”
The issues of our day are leading us to consider the full scope of our theology and practise of stewardship. We face great challenges: an unprecedented refugee crisis in Syria, civil war in Yemen, mass starvation in South Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria, and, closer to home, growing disparity between wealth and poverty, debates over tax reform and minimum wages, the cost of health care, the NDIS, and health insurance. These issues are all related to economics and the choices we have with regard to our use of money.
Stewardship is more than giving to the church to support the church’s budget. It is at its heart an ethical concern that impacts on virtually all aspects of society.