Posts by Manningham UC (Page 19)

Posts by Manningham UC (Page 19)

Minister Note – May 2019

This month my family begins renovating the house that is to shortly become our home. It is already our house (well the bank’s house – we just mow the lawns!) but it will be a few weeks before it comes our home. It will become our home not when we have received the keys (which we now have), not when we have finished the building and painting work to add our personal touches (which we have not!), but rather when…

Crazy Whist Night – Round up

Following are some photos from the MUC Crazy Whist Night on 4 May 2019. Special thanks to members of the Community Building Team and the F.O.C.U.S. Group, and especially to Graham, for organising the night which was attended by 42 enthusiastic players. Prize winners were: Most points: DorothySecond most points: RayEqual lowest points: Merryn and Peter

Walking in the Shadows

There were quite a few services and events planned for Easter this year. One of them was a community walk on the Saturday between Good Friday and Easter Day. Around 30 people from MUC and Doncaster Church of Christ gathered at the viewing platform behind MC2 in anticipation. We were in the shadow of the Doncaster Library and near the new council buildings. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I knew that Lucas was excited about what he’d planned with Jim, Beverley and Ellen…

Interview with a Refugee – JUSTACT

It is better where refugees are not seen as simply a source of information, but rather as a partner for the change. – Pacifique Ndayisaba In late January this year, MUC received an urgent request from the Uniting Church Justice and International Mission (JIM) Unit to financially assist a Burundian refugee to travel from his home in rural Victoria to Adelaide to attend the ‘Refugee Alternatives conference’ https://refugeealternatives.org.au/ which was run on the 19th and 20th of February. This conference…

Palm Sunday walk for justice for refugees

On Palm Sunday a keen group from Manningham Uniting Church joined thousands of others from churches, community groups and political parties across Victoria to protest against the Australian government’s treatment of refugees and to call on them to close Manus Island and Nauru.  Meeting in front of the State Library, the gathering heard inspiring speeches from refugee and prize-winning author Behrooz Boochani, broadcast from Manus, Nyadol Nyuon, African refugee, lawyer and community advocate, author Richard Flanagan and lawyer activist David Manne. All spoke passionately and persuasively regarding the need for…

How Best to do Mission?

I was drawn to the February article by Helen, who asked the question “What is Mission”? In the article Helen suggested that as cultures vary, so do their needs. In not understanding the culture and need we may in some cases be creating bigger problems for a community.    In 2013 Joan and I and our two girls travelled back to Zambia to the birth place of Tanya and Fiona.  It was in Kitwe a large town of 150,00 people, the site of a very large copper mine. I was working at Kalulushi Farm College,…

Manningham Connecting Communities Pop-up Kitchen Trailer

Through Emma Hanna, our Missional Community Development Worker, MUC has played a significant part in the development of the Manningham Council’s fabulous new ‘Pop-up Kitchen Trailer’. The trailer is available for use for groups and individuals within Manningham to foster community cohesion. While MUC is planning to use it at the opening of Stage 1 of our new building, scheduled for later in the year, and perhaps for other community events, we are hoping members of our congregation will also…

The Never-ending Adventure

Propped up on the bookcase in our bedroom is a picture. It’s not a picture made in the conventional way but it is crafted from finely cut bamboo. The bamboo is either straw-coloured, red, green or black, the colours the craftsman needed to create the picture. The end result of the craft person’s labours is a bird. And the bird is a crane. While one of its long legs rests on a branch the other is lifted up. The crane’s…

Persian New Year Feast a Memorable Night

Sadegh and Fouzieh’s ‘Persian New Year Feast’ last Saturday evening (30/3/2019) at Westfield Drive was a memorable night of delicious Iranian food, music and dance, enjoyed by 120 guests.  There was a talented saxophone player and then later in the night a lovely Persian dancer who entertained us. A highlight for me was seeing some of the children join in the dance with the dancer while guests clapped along with the music. Sadegh, Fouzieh and their team worked extremely hard,…

Urgent: More help needed for English Conversation Class!

The English Conversation Class has commenced again this year with a significant increase in numbers each week. Last year we regularly had at least 10-15 students each week but this year it is closer to 30 students. We do very little advertising but the word seems to have got around! While it is wonderful to see so many attending the classes it does place pressure on the small number of helpers. Can you help? The class meets each Friday morning…

A Visit from ‘The Porridge Pot Lady’

On Saturday 2 March we welcomed Robyn Casey, Founder of Mphatso Children’s Foundation, back to Manningham with an Afternoon Tea to raise funds for her work in Malawi. (The ‘Porridge Pot Lady’ was adopted by the Green Sage Ladies group who collect small change each week and give to the Porridge Pot … 5 cents provides a bowl of porridge for the nursery school children.) Robyn had some very interesting photographs to show and talk about, many depicting the appalling…

Neighbour Day

Neighbour Day was on Sunday 31 March, however every day should, and can, be Neighbour Day. Neighbour Day was founded in Melbourne in 2003 after the remains of an elderly woman were found inside her suburban home … she had been dead for two years, forgotten by her neighbours, friends and family. As a result Andrew Heslop founded Neighbour Day and made it his mission to connect neighbours so it wouldn’t happen again. This year Neighbour Day focuses on combating…

Messy Church comes to Family@10

On Sunday 24 March the members of Family @10 had a new and exciting experience when we undertook Messy Church. Various stations were set up throughout the church, foyer and downstairs where we could explore the theme of Food in the Bible. Each station had a Bible reading, an activity to explore, a section that drew out some focus points of the reading for reflection, plus a section called ‘Going Deeper’ for anyone wanting to contemplate either individually or in…

Your Stamps at work – 2018 RECAP

Thanks to ongoing support of church and community groups, individuals and businesses around VicTas and Australia, Sammy Stamp had another good sales result, whilst helping 18 causes. Up to and including 5/12/18, sales reached $48,788.  Sales since 1977 total $953,334; with interest $988,745. Thanks to helpers from our pool of about 30 volunteers who trim, sort and sell stamps, etc to raise funds to support many worthy causes. Here are the grants approved during 2018: Total $55,100 (last year $50,310).…

What is Café Church like?

We enjoy going to café church together, and enjoy our worship there, although we have very different personalities and so appreciate different aspects of church in a real café. Church in a café means for us real coffee, but much more. Although it can be a bit noisy at times, the management at the Living Room always reserve a large table for us up the back, and the staff know us and are most welcoming. Along the way as Café…

Spotlight on Manus Island and Nauru

Behrouz Boochani, a Kurdish-Iranian journalist and asylum seeker on Manus Island, recently won the top prize in the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for his book “No Friend but the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison”. In an interview after accepting the award, he described being sent to Manus Island as being ‘exiled’. This word conjures up images of banishment and being cast out; being stuck somewhere with no-where to go. He continues to live on Manus Island along with other refugees…

March Combined Service

On March 17, 2019 a Manningham Uniting Church had a combined service (all worshipping service worshipped together). Andi Jones from Lentara was the guest speaker providing an insight into the work of Lentara Andi Jones was very enthusiastic about telling us about the work that Lentara is involved with and we were very impressed. In Lentara’s Asylum Seeker Project, staff members case manage about 60 people who are seeking asylum, in 5 or 6 different accommodations scattered across Melbourne. Clients…

Updated – building plans

The building and landscape of the new church and community facility has been taking shape with some alterations to the plans uploaded previously. Please find now the updated plans for the Manningham Uniting Church building project.