What’s been happening (Page 11)

What’s been happening (Page 11)

Frankincense and Myrrh

About 15 men gathered to hear David Beavis and Don Gaff speak about the trade in frankincense and the history of agriculture in the arid lands of southern Arabia, the horn of Africa and the Negev. Frankincense and myrrh were harvested as resins from trees and used widely.  Up to 3000 tons a year may have been traded. They were used as perfume and in burial rites, or embalming. They were so expensive that middlemen handling them were often strip-searched at…

Looking for the Spirit …

It’s easy to think that people have no room in their lives for anything spiritual, just as there was no room in the inn for Mary and Joseph. But I believe the irrepressible spirit won’t be beaten, and can be found in unexpected places Two recent instances come to mind. After my husband was admitted to hospital for an overnight stay, I needed to get home. So I decided to try out public transport. On the first leg of my…

What is Café Church

Café Church takes place in a local café against the background of Saturday morning netball, family gatherings, catch-ups among friends and quiet coffee for couples. The morning begins with The Agape Meal. Blessing of the Meal – We begin our morning worship by sharing together Jesus’ meal of remembering to sustain our souls. We gather to share in God’s love. The Communion – Sharing that food and drink which sustains the life of God in us. Sharing bread and water.…

Building Bridges – the journey

Symbolism of a Bridge What can they mean and how can we use the symbols as discussion starters for different groups? A bridge can be seen as a barrier that people are afraid to cross or may be the only (possible) way to reach a destination or a solution. A bridge can symbolise progress, connection, stability or maybe the only way to overcome an obstacle. A bridge can represent a transition – a crossing over – taking that journey from…

On Being ‘On Duty’ at MUC in January

I have learnt so much about MUC this January. I know who escapes to the beach in the summer, Moses has a great fan in his office, the lack of school traffic makes a HUGE difference on the roads, and there is a beautiful blue tongue lizard who likes to sun himself by the hub front door.  Whilst the wonderful volunteers have been away, I have learnt how to fill the copier with paper, use the laminator, answer the phone…

A Move towards Reconciliation

At MUC’s Service of Mourning for First Peoples. Heather from our Family@10 service shared this personal story My great-great grandfather, Reverend Freidrich Hagenauer, was born in Bavaria in 1829 and came to Australia to undertake missionary work with Aboriginal people. This resulted in very bad treatment of many of our First Peoples. There was a complete lack of any appreciation of their culture, social structure, spirituality, language or relationship with the environment. I have had great regret about this for…

Day of Mourning Service in Westerfolds Park

Sunday 20th January 2019 was declared a Day of Mourning by the Assembly of UCA and all congregations were encouraged to hold worship services that reflected on the effects of colonization on Australia’s First Peoples and our identity as a nation. The Day allowed us to stand together in remembering the truth of our history, and honouring the culture of Australia’s First Peoples. Manningham UC decided to hold its service as a combined service at Westerfolds Park on Sunday 27th…

Ministry to Seniors – The Year Ahead

The Ageing Community Short-Medium Term: To enhance the skills, resources (people and facilities) and structure within MUC to be able to understand and build upon the current church responses and to develop new initiatives in supporting people who are ageing within MUC and the wider community, to achieve our 10 year vision. The Ageing community ministry is supported by a focused ‘Think Tank’ group of six people who work with the Aged Ministry Coordinator. With other interested volunteers this year…

Christmas at Westcare

With the room and tables beautifully decorated, the members arrived at 11am where Rae served our morning tea. Lots of joyous chatter filled the room until 11.30am when we commenced our Christmas Service. Honouring Joy’s suggestion, our Service was compiled around each member’s chosen Christmas carol. With Lauris playing the piano, most carols commenced with an explanation of why they were chosen then sung with great gusto. Interspersed with some biblical verses to set the scene and prayers for others,…

Aboriginal Spirituality

Thirty two people from Manningham Uniting Church were privileged to hear Dr Jim Poulter, Secretary of Reconciliation Manningham, speak to us recently about Aboriginal spirituality. I, for one, am really pleased that Jim dispelled an Australian history myth, that Indigenous people had no God, did not worship any deity in any way and were therefore ripe for conversion to Christianity by missionaries. As mentioned before, Christianity is about 1,700 years old, Judaism is around 3,000 years old, give or take…

Christingle Christmas Eve Service

For a second year, we shared the Christmas Eve service with the Methodist Church which meets to worship at Atkinson Street on a Sunday afternoon. We shared prayers, readings, carols and friendship centred around the birth of Jesus – MUC members sang and spoke in English and the Methodist church shared in their first language. This year, we celebrated in a packed church with a Christingle service which is a service of light. The Christingle is a way of celebrating…

Who is Jesus in the 21st Century?

Whatever name, title or description we give Jesus – Whatever name, title or description we give Jesus – and there are many – this much is certain: He is without question the most influential person in human history. Not alone by his words, but by his life and being, Jesus ushered in a giant leap in human consciousness – from egoism to altruism, from obsession with self to concern for the other. We know that this made Christianity attractive amid…

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;…

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…