Posts from October 2019

Posts from October 2019

Spring together recap

WOW! We certainly did all spring together at the beautiful Merricks UC site. The weather was springy as well! From yoga to canoeing, inter generational activities and quiet reflective time it was all happening. The proximity to Melbourne makes it attractive, as those who only had a day could still be part of the programs. Over the weekend, I was constantly thinking how lucky I was to belong to a community that is inclusive, fun and friendly. The vibe in…

Environment Victoria says climate change now manifest

This story looks at current environmental degradation and puts into question the survival of the planet, our only home. For over 30 years the world’s leading climate scientists have warned us that climate change is man-made, and that as it progresses, adverse weather patterns will develop and become more intense, last longer and be more disruptive. Such events are now happening all around the world. Jane Stabb, Community Organising Manager of Environment Victoria, a lobby group, does not want her…

History Snapshot – Caledonian Fair 1910

Originally published in the Reporter (Box Hill, Vic: 1889-1918) Friday 23 September 1910 on page 2. Copy courtesy of National Library of Australia. A Caldedonian fair was held on Friday and Saturday in the mechanics’ institute at Templestowe for the purpose of raising funds for the erection of a vestry at the Templestowe Presbyterian church, and to generally renovate the building. The fair was opened on Friday afternoon by Mrs. Robert Harper, who, notwithstanding the torrents of rain, motored out…

WHO IS OUR DRIVER?

Catching a bus or train earlier than was necessary was a habit of my English grandfather William. His habit caused amusement in the family as it meant he often caught a bus or train before the one he needed to. I’m glad we followed his custom when the tram we caught en route to a train station ground to a halt mid-journey. A truck involved in an accident was blocking the way. In order to determine how long we would…

Musical Memories 19 September Recap

Over 30 old-time music lovers gathered at Westfield Dive for our second sing-a-long of the year. We were grateful to again have the brilliant Dianna as pianist.  Bill, our compere, added interest with background information on the musical items. Janet and her friend Margaret also sang individual items and led the community singing. Of special note was Janet’s singing of Braham’s Lullaby in German and Margaret’s amusing rendition of the English vaudeville song “Waiting at the Church”. We completed Book…

Building Bridges through Story – a reflection

Arriving at the Ajani Centre, I was immediately confronted by a row of florescent vested people sitting at tables, happily directing me to other people with lists eager to register me.  A green band was placed around my wrist, I was sold a lunch ticket and handed a Bendigo Bank bag with lots of goodies.    Looking at the program, I noticed the first activity was a Welcome to Country with a Smoking Ceremony led by our aboriginal friend. We were invited to share in the ceremony by washing ourselves clean in the smoke created by green…

Building Bridges Through Story – Snippets

Building bridges was a fantastic opportunity to hear the voices of a range of people in our community.One take home message was that we all need to think about the things we say and do in our lives that may be unknowingly marginalising or hurting others around us.For example,by welcoming “ladies and gentlemen” to an event this may make 99% of people there feel welcome; but to that one person there that doesn’t see themselves as fitting either category, that…

USING CHURCH PROPERTY TO BUILD MISSION WORK

As published originally in Crosslight, October 2019. Article written by David Southwell. When Doncaster East Uniting Church decided to ask some tough questions about its future it could little dream the answers would lead to a new $8 million community and worship centre.In 2012, the circumstances facing Doncaster East (which later became Anderson Creek Road Uniting Church) would be familiar to many congregations.Former church council secretary Robert Bairstow said with few young people attending, the ageing congregation in the increasingly…

What can be our response as Christians in creating a ‘dementia friendly’ Church community?

The theme of the 2019 Dementia Action Week, which ran from 16 to 22 September was: Dementia doesn’t discriminate. Do you?  The CEO of Dementia Australia Maree McCabe says “Assumptions might be made about a person’s capacity to contribute to conversations, decision-making, whether they can still drive, cook or even continue to work. Friends and family might stop calling or inviting a person living with dementia to social occasions – not out of deliberate neglect but possibly out of not…

Farewell upper hall

In anticipation of the hand over of the Upper Hall to the builders tomorrow, the last event was held there today.From next week Young Explorers and morning tea will be relocating to another part of the Templestowe site.

Who could connect…

Manningham Uniting Church (MUC) is committed to building existing community relationships, to further learning from and supporting the church and local communities, and to promoting places and interactions of welcome, safety and collaboration. The major MUC priorities, also reflected in the broader Manningham community are:  Children, Youth and Families, and  The Ageing Community These are built through worship, learning and spirituality and all other church and broader community connections There is strong MUC focus on social justice broadly e.g. family…

Frontier Services ‘GREAT OUTBACK BARBEQUE’

On Sunday 29 September, over 30 folk from MUC gathered at Chris and Tricia’s place to support a Great Outback BBQ to help Australian farmers doing it tough. It was a beautiful day for the event and those attending had a wonderful time of fellowship as they enjoyed barbequed sausages, slices and an array of beverages.  The event is promoted by Frontier Services, an agency of the Uniting Church specifically focussed on assisting those in regional and remote areas of…

Minister’s Message – October

This month, I have conducted a funeral, a baptism and a wedding and I have only done so because I am an ordained Minister of the Word. This vocation allows me access into the most intimate parts of people’s lives through pastoral conversations and listening to their stories. It is an honour that I don’t take for granted. Recently, I was in conversation with a retired minister who had originally been part of a Methodist circuit. I had never met…

E-waste Drop – recap

Over the weeks leading up to the E-Waste Drop Off Day on Saturday 21 Sep 2019, two piles of e-waste were gradually building up in size at the Westfield Drive Hub.   And on that day itself, two truck-loads were sent to the Manningham Council Depot at 620 Blackburn Road Cnr Warrandyte Road, Doncaster East.   Well done, MUC, for saving the earth from being polluted by this e-waste when thrown into the rubbish bins! And special thanks to Tony…

So what are we are reading each week? Some background and a quiz! (yes, there’s a prize)

So what are we are reading each week?  Some background and a quiz!  (yes, there’s a prize) September saw the start of the Narrative Lectionary at Manningham, a new order of Scripture readings for our Sunday services on a 4 year cycle. If this is all new to you, please refer to the read this post. I found myself pondering the importance of names in this first group of readings:the Garden of Eden and man naming all the animals after…

It’s Mangoes Fundraiser time!

If you love mangoes, here’s your chance to again indulge in fresh juicy Kensington Pride mangoes like many of you have done over the last few years.  They make a wonderful Christmas gift.  Trays are picked and packed during the premium harvest and will be delivered in late November to early December depending upon harvest at a cost per tray of only $27 – 7kg  (the same price as last year) –  14-20 mangoes depending on size.   All profits to…

Statement in relation to reporting in The Australian

Today, the Australian newspaper reported a story which contained false information. Please read the UCA Assembly’s response and talk to Rev Claire if you are unclear about anything contained. The Uniting Church in Australia Assembly (National body) have released a statement following: The Australian newspaper has published an article today on the Uniting Church’s decision on same-gender marriage.  Regrettably, the story includes a number of allegations in relation to a congregation in Queensland which are untrue. At the 15th Assembly in July…