Posts from March 2020 (Page 3)

Posts from March 2020 (Page 3)

History of the grumpies

The Grumpies began about ten Years ago when we learned that Frank always had coffee at Michel’s Patisserie at the Pines every Tuesday afternoon. A few of us thought it un-neighbourly for him to be on his own so we made point of joining him. We have done so on most Tuesday afternoons ever since. At first our numbers were small but over the years others joined to the extent that we now draw from a group of about seventeen…

The serenity Prayer

by Reinhold Niebuhr (short version) God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.

COVID 19 Pastoral Care information

Can we please remind you of the following contact points for support. For spiritual and pastoral support: Rev Claire 0410 827 597 Megan 0417 558 376 Scott 0403 756 724 For practical support: Moses Lee 98462012 / 0415665413 Contact our email: care_network@manninghamuc.org if you cannot reach anyone via phone. Remember you are not alone. If you need information on symptoms etc., follow this link to the Department of Health website: https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert

UPDATED MUC COVID 19 – Practices & Protocols #2 (19 March 2020)

Dear members and friends of Manningham Uniting Church, Following the latest advice, we are suspending all of our worship services until further notice, starting from this Sunday 22 March. This is so that we can keep everyone safe and, as much as we can, slow down the spread of the COVID19 in the community. This week, a small team has been working to identify ways we could still offer worship to you in case this happened. On the church website,…

Maintaining a Safe & Caring Community (COVID 19)

A small team of leaders has been working hard to keep up to date with the current official advice about the virus COVID-19. You will understand that the situation is changing quickly and so we are putting in place some safe practices and protocols to ensure that no-one is isolated or lonely or feeling anxious on their own. Prayer: With this in mind, let’s begin with a prayer to remind us that we are a community of faith believing in…

Prayer for a Pandemic

When I wrote this prayer a few days ago, I had no idea it would resonate with so many people. I am humbled and awed by the number of you who have shared it and written to express your shared hope and prayers during this truly difficult time. Source from: http://krugthethinker.com/2020/03/prayer-for-a-pandemic/

World Day of Prayer Services

Once again the annual services at 10.00am (St Peter’s and Paul’s) and at 8.00pm (St. Kevin’s) were both inspirational, spiritually rewarding and well attended by members of MUC. Both the West and East committees would like to thank you for your continued loyalty. Due to Pauline Smit’s effort both services were enriched by black Zimbabwean ladies who participated in the services wearing national dress. At the evening service a white Zimbabwean lady who just happened to be on our committee…

Lent Reflection (week 4)

Reading This Sunday’s reading is Mark 12:28-44 and includes a story where a scribe genuinely listens to Jesus and wants to learn more about his thinking. (See bible reading here) Our symbol is bread Jesus is described as the bread of life and reminds us of the feeding miracle with loaves and fish, manna in the desert, and communion services.  Sitting and sharing a meal together is a sign of friendship because, as we talk and as we eat, we…

A review of In My Blood It Runs

Following Emma’s advice we saw the film In My Blood It Runs as part of the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival at the Cinema Nova.  It was serendipitous that there was a review of the film by Jake Wilson in the previous week in The Age that helped us understand something more of a most complex film. The main figure is Dujuan, a young Arrernte boy from Central Australia. Dujuan speaks four languages, one of them English, and is…

Easter Services Explained

Palm Sunday? Palm Sunday traditionally begins Holy Week with the entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem – this is when we become green in the church as we decorate the worship space with palm branches. It’s also the date of the Palm Sunday march showing support for people seeking refuge and asylum. There is always a group from our church which marches with our Manningham banner so join us, more details from the social justice group – info@manninghamuc.org At the Sophia…

Drop off day – EWaste & Chemicals

The Manningham Council is organising a free waste drop off day on Saturday 14 March as was held last year. If you have items such as computers, printers, cables, small electronic toys, paint, household batteries, polystyrene blocks or flattened cardboard, you can drop them off at the depot in Blackburn Road.   Last year, for those who could not get to the drop off depot, some MUC members brought their e-waste to Westfield Drive and this was transported to depot in…

Lent Reflection (week 3)

Reading This week’s reading is Mark 12:1-17 and includes Jesus talking about paying taxes to Caesar. (See bible reading here) Our symbol is open hands Open hands symbolise our approach to God – open hands to receive what God gives us and then keeping our hands open and sharing with others, not holding on to it tightly with clasped hands.  Tax in Jesus’ time was different from now.  At that time, it was a flat rate poll tax charged to…

Magic or mystery?

When I’m preparing for worship, I use all sorts of resources. Obviously, I begin by reading the text for that week and I sit with it for a while. Once I have a bit of a grip on what I feel it’s saying, I’ll go to my books, favourite websites, podcasts and pick the brains of clergy friends too. And I’ll sit with it again and see what it’s saying to me now after all that. There’s no magic to…

Spectrum Update

Spectrum’s first meeting for the year was a great success as all but three members gathered in the lounge room at the home of Mary and Peter on the 11 February to have a good chat catching up on Christmas and holiday news. We also had the chance to open the vocal cords with a good old fashioned singalong with Trish directing and Lauris, as always, expertly tinkling the ivories. It was great to see how much car sharing had…

Lent Reflection (week 2)

Reading This Sunday’s reading is Mark 10:32-52 and includes the healing of the blind man Bartimaeus. (see here for bible reading) Our symbol is water Water can represent baptism, the life-giving water God provided the Hebrew people in the desert, and Jesus washing the disciples’ feet.  Water can wash us clean, like a second chance.  Bartimaeus is able to restart his life after he is healed.   For pondering: What does water mean to you?  What memories emerge for you? Is…