Posts from December 2018

Posts from December 2018

Refugee and Asylum Seeker Presentation – Wellbeing Action Team

At the invitation of the Vice Principal of Doncaster Secondary School Glenn Morris, Marion and I gave a presentation on the topic of Refugees and Asylum Seekers to the College’s Wellbeing Action Team Those in attendance were, Acting Principal, Vice Principal, a range of College Staff, parents and one student. The presentation included a 10 question Quiz, factual information relating to Refugees and Asylum Seekers and information about what MUC is doing in response to the issue and ways the…

Sammy Stamp Fund

It’s Christmas time again, time to send and receive cards with family and friends; time to save our stamps and place them in the boxes at Church. This year, up to and including 27/9/18, sales had reached $37,185.00 (same week last year $23,111.00). Who would imagine that used stamps could reap so much revenue! The following grants have been approved: (1) Frankston High Street Uniting Church to assist social enterprises for widows and single women in Punjab, India – $2,000;…

FRESH Production – The Macbeth Play

Against the flat, bleak landscape of a Scottish winter, men and women are cramped into bitterness by corruption and conflict. Together they explore the complex connection between the actions humans take to achieve power and the guilt and fragility of personal identity we encounter in trying to maintain it. The Macbeth Play is a postmodern performance prompted by the Shakespearian tragedy that invites audiences to find moments of recognition in the characters it presents. It is a vivid and troubled…

Discerment

‘Discernment’ is a funny word. The Oxford English dictionary offers the definition ‘the ability to judge well’.  We have just gathered for a congregational meeting where we have been asked to agree the budget, elect chairperson and secretary for the congregation, sign the safe church commitment, and hear about the next stages for the building work. All of this thinking and praying and decision making is discernment, or is it? When we engage in discernment, we wait upon God. That’s…

Ministers Note – December

A significant part of celebrating Christmas is the enacting of ritual.  All families have their own. The timing and process for the installation of the Christmas tree. The late night present wrap when the children have gone to bed. The allocation of an individual to distribute the presents (one at a time!) from the tree base to the recipient and the insistence that all must wait and watch while each present is unwrapped. Whose home you visit for lunch, then…

Retiring Offering Outcome for Doncaster Secondary College Staff Oxfam Trailwalkers Team

On the 30 September, across our worship services we collected a retiring offering to support the Doncaster Secondary College staff Oxfam Trailwalkers Team. In March 2019, a team of 8 Doncaster Secondary College Staff will walk 100km together in under 36 hours to raise money for Oxfam to help people living in poverty all over the world. We at MUC recognised this as an opportunity to encourage and affirm the efforts of the local community we are a part of…

Pop-Up-Kitchen Police Trailer – soft launch

The pop-up-kitchen trailer was used for the first time at Rotary’s Family Fun Day at Finns Reserve in Templestowe on Sun 18 November Given the nature of this event we were unable to launch the trailer in the way the committee had envisaged. We were unable to giveaway food due to other stall holders paying to be at the event and charging for food which left the pop-up-kitchen being used as the Rotary sausage sizzle at the event. Hence it…

Aboriginal Culture and Spirituality

Each of our worship centres has had, near its entrance, a plaque recognising the prior settlement  of the land by the Wurundjeri people. It is hard for us to understand what it would be like to have our land, our way of life and our means of survival, taken away from us. Not only that, but to have our religion, our culture and our ‘tribal’ knowledge deliberately stamped out by people of a different colour, religion and culture, who considered…

Spectrum update

I don’t know whether it is just me or if my fellow Spectrum friends feel just the same, but I can’t quite believe the pace at which 2018 is drawing to a close, or the fact that Spectrum is now completed for this year. Equally unbelievable is that the committee has already completed the program for 2019. Well done to Lilian and her amazing computer skills. After well over 50 years of operating we will no longer be meeting on…

MUC’s English Conversation class moves to Westfield Drive!

With the upcoming building works at Atkinson Street, the English Conversation class moved to Westfield Drive at the beginning of 4th term. The volunteer tutors and students have settled in well and are enjoying the extra space and comfort of the carpeted meeting room. The proximity of the large well-resourced kitchen is very useful for our morning tea breaks too. Word of mouth continues to bring along new students who enjoy the friendly and supportive atmosphere. We now have 16…
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