When the current COVID -19 health emergency has passed we will resume our social activities. We invite you to join us at:
LADIES MEET & CHAT – Come and share conversation and a catch-up over lunch. Our group meets bi-monthly at 12 noon on the first and third Friday of each month. Check back here to find confirmation of the next luncheon date which will likely be at "The Joy Parade" Salisbury Rd Blackburn (near Laburnum station). For further information please contact Cherril Randles.
MEN OF NUNAWADING (MON) - A firm tradition for locals! The MON group meets regularly at the Mitcham Hotel, 556 Maroondah Highway Mitcham. Enjoy some spirited conversation in good company. Check back here to find confirmation of the next meeting.
CRAFT GROUP - The Craft Group meet regularly each Monday during the school term, from 10am to 12 midday in the Fellowship Room at BNNUC. Check back here to find confirmation of the next meeting.
REFLECT AND REFRESH - contemplative and reflective worship is currently suspended for 2020.
MESSY CHURCH - relaxed family worship for all ages is currently suspended for 2020.
ANNUAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING - Our ACM previously scheduled for March has been postponed until further notice. Reports are available. If you would like a copy please contact Anne Smith.
We welcome George Manuofetoa to the Church Council.
Church Council is keeping in contact by email and phone. If you have any concerns please contact one of your Church Council members.
Sharon Collins, John Cradick, Tom Creedon, Brian Head (Treasurer and Co-Chair), Elaine Hewson (Co-Chair), George Manuofetoa, Jeff Randles (Co-Chair and Chair of Congregation), Anne Smith (Secretary and Co-Chair), Rey Sumaru, Barbara Wandoch.
*Have you noticed? Our offering Plates have been re-polished, re-lacquered and are looking very special. Warmest thanks to Niel Brain for doing this.
*More thanks: Thank you to Van of the Grace Community Church who has donated the new stainless steel electric kettle. It replaces the worn out old plastic one, and we are very appreciative of her generosity.
*Christmas Bowl - A letter has been received from Act for Peace thanking us for the contribution of $1481.20 to the Christmas Bowl.
*Justice for Refugees - Thank you for signing the petition from the Australian Refugee Action Network to the Federal Parliament asking the House to:
- Provide permanent protection to refugees who have sought protection in Australia,
- Evacuate all offshore camps and bring all of the people detained there to safety in Australia,
- End indefinite detention,
- Ensure that determination processes are thorough, fair and timely,
- Cease the demonising of refugees, and lead a constructive and respectful dialogue, and
- Legislate to protect the rights of refugees and people who seek asylum in Australia.
The petition was forwarded to our local Federal member Michael Sukkar by Jeff Randles.
* Thank you for signing the Petition to Federal Parliament concerning donations to churches - There is concern that proposed legislation regarding donations to churches will be regulated like donations to political parties.
Members of churches are likely to have to provide statutory declarations to prove they are Australian citizens or residents before they will be able to donate to pay for the stipend of their priest or minister.
The House should remove any sections from the Bill that restrict or hamper churches, charities and other civil society organisations from being able to accept donations, even where such bodies publicly express views on social issues. The petition is on a table in the foyer. Contact Jeff Randles for further information.
Rosters for Sundays - will recommence when churches are again allowed to conduct services.
WHEN YOU CAN NOT BE PRESENT: In all cases please......
1) arrange a swap within the roster and
2) notify Sharon Collins.
FROM THE WIDER CHURCH
*Calling All Creatives: Comments on the theme for Assembly – “Abundant Grace, Liberating Hope” – are invited. Details with information on possible meeting with other creatives are on the noticeboard in the Fellowship Room. All who would like to contribute are welcome.
*Exploring the Vision - A new series of Bible studies that explore the rich meaning, imagery and purpose of the Synod's Vision is now available. The six studies are the work of a diverse range of authors within the Synod and beyond.
The booklets can be downloaded from this website: If you need assistance accessing these resources, please email us at email@example.com.
*New Synod committees commence - Synod has implemented new governance arrangements to better inform and equip decision-making.
The newly formed Mission and Ministry Committee and the Property and Operations Committee have already met twice this year, plus there has been an orientation session for three new subcommittees – Finance, Audit and Risk Management.
*Synod Meeting 2020: The next Synod meeting will be held at Box Hill Town Hall, from 13-18 November 2020.
*Donation laws petition - The federal government has introduced legislation that will treat donations to churches and community groups as though they were donations to political parties. This will have serious repercussions on how donations can be collected and used to fund church activities and advocacy.
Synod has developed a petition for congregations that asks for churches and community organisations not to be treated as political parties. Read further information on this website: https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/justactorgau/pages/32/attachments/original/1519094573/Letter_writing_action_political_donations_bill.pdf?1519094573. To obtain a copy of the petition contact Mark Zirnsak on E: firstname.lastname@example.org or P: 9251 5265.
*Keeping Children Safe - The Uniting Church has zero tolerance for child abuse and we want to do all that we can to care, protect and ensure the safety of children. The Church is committed to implementing recommendations from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and to comply with new legislative requirements.
There is a range of resources available to support our commitment to make children safe. They can be found on this website -