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GWUC Headlines for week ending May 14
ChurchCouncil met last Monday. Provisional minutes are available to the congregation at CouncilMinutes20220516. A highlight was the decision to support DanielSihombing in the next step along the way to ordination.
GWUC Headlines for week ending May 14
The May issue of Newsbeat is now available, with news and stories from around the Presbytery.
GWUC Headlines for week ending May 7
The Book sale raised over $7300. Unsold books, about 8,000 of them, went to 123Read2Me.
Church Council agreed to put up a poster, from ARRC, supporting action on climate change. Check it out on our north (Kingsway side) wall. Responses include:
- I'm sure it resonates to the wider community and especially to young people who are so concerned about the future of the planet. Believing in the incarnation, that Jesus came to reconcile all people and the whole of creation, then to speak up for real climate action must surely be an essential part of our mission.
- I am very pleased to see the banner up and think we should continue to support the dissemination of facts rather than the lies being perpetuated. Like Desmond Tutu who stood against apartheid and was not afraid to speak out let us not be afraid to speak about this emergency.
GWUC Headlines for week ending Apr 24
- Multiple service times resume this week.
- Check in requirements for morning tea and other food service have now been discontinued.
Some revised artwork for the new position in the foyer has been prepared.
Church Council met this week and provisional minutes are available at CouncilMinutes20220421
The Australian Religious Response to Climate Change group will be holding a vigil at our local members office on May 6. See https://www.arrcc.org.au/chisolm_vigil_6_may and again on May 20, see https://www.arrcc.org.au/chisolm_vigil
GWUC Headlines for week ending Apr 17
Presbytery are looking for members and volunteers for this year's Synod meeting. Please see SynodMembersVolunteers2022
A number of courses are available through Synod.
Regular services resume next Sunday. See RosterPreaching.
GWUC Headlines for week ending Apr 3
Crosslight is available.
The April edition of the Presbytery newsletter Newsbeat is available.
GWUC Headlines for week ending Mar 26
Church Council met this week, and provisional minutes are available at CouncilMinutes20220321
A number of Synod courses are available.
GWUC Headlines for week ending Mar 19
- Monash Interfaith Gathering have invited us to a virtual screening of "Shereen" on 21st March at 7:30pm to support their work of promoting Understanding, Respect and Harmony throughout the community.
- ONCE YOU'RE ON THE REGISTRATION SCREEN:
- Click ‘Get Access Now’.
- Register your details / log in and complete checkout.
Return to https://www.fanforcetv.com/programs/shereen-monash on Monday 21st March at 7:30pm to access the film and discussion.
FAQs are available here if you run into any issues.
GWUC Headlines for week ending Mar 6
The March issue of Newsbeat is available.
GWUC Headlines for week ending Feb 26
National Church Life Surveys are due. See below.
Church Council met this week and provisional minutes are now available. Login required.
GWUC Headlines for week ending Feb 19
A petition to synchronise closing hours for gambling venues is available. In Victoria, all gaming venues must only operate for a maximum of 20 hours a day with a four-hour break. However each venue can individually decide what hours their poker machine rooms are closed. In Monash, access to a gaming venue is available 24 hurs a day.
GWUC Headlines for week ending Feb 12
The report of last Sundays meeting, with links to all the material provided, is now available.
The February issue of Crosslight is now available.
- The National Church Life Survey is underway.
- After multiple delays, Glen Waverley is now running the National Church Life Survey.
- This is designed to enable the whole congregation to provide input into church planning, and will be especially valuable this year as we move towards calling another Minister of the Word. However, its usefulness depends critically on how representative it is, that is, getting as many members as possible to take part.
- This is a voluntary, anonymous and confidential survey.
- Most people complete it in 15 to 20 minutes.
- Choose one response to each question unless it states otherwise.
- Not all surveys are exactly alike. There are many issues being covered.
Further details are available from NCLS.
- The options for taking part are:
- Paper copies available at 10am services on Feb 13th and 20th. The preference is for forms to be filled in and left on the day, but return to the church office is acceptable.
- Contact the office asking Joanne to send you a paper survey by post.
A parent information sheet is available for families with 8 to 14 year olds.
GWUC Headlines for week ending Feb 5
The February edition of Newsbeat is now available, including two stories from Glen Waverley.
Members are invited to financially support the UnitingWorld appeal, which is helping the Free Wesleyan Church of Tonga to support people affected by the volcanic eruption and tsunami. Funds donated through Unitingworld make it possible to quickly get food and clothes and other essentials to people in need, particularly those who have been evacuated from their islands. UnitingWorld has set up a website where donations can be made to support the emergency relief efforts that are underway. https://donate.unitingworld.org.au/tonga.
GWUC Headlines for week ending Jan 29
Some workshops on welcoming are available from Synod, starting Feb 2.
The World Council of Churches and others have launched a "zactax" toolkit to campaign for tax justice.
As groups resume for the new year, we are reminded of the legal requirements for checkin and mask wearing
TheHub have decided to resume in second term 2022.
GWUC Headlines for week ending Jan 15
- The Gold FISH group have decided to postpone the Book Sale from March 5 to a date to be determined, due to the increased prevalence of Covid-19.
- In view of the continuing large number of COVID19 cases in the community, Church Council has decided to hold a single 10am live streamed service throughout February. A special meeting of the congregation for Council to outline plans for our future ministry team was planned for February 6. This will now be held following the 10am service, and live streamed for those not in attendance. This will be an information giving meeting, and no decisions are planned. It is hoped that the regular meeting of the congregation scheduled for March 6 will be possible in person.
GWUC Headlines for week ending Dec 25
UPDATE. Masks will be mandatory indoors in Victoria from 11:59pm tonight (23 Dec) for people aged eight and over as the state ramps up its response to the COVID-19 Omicron variant. The rule applies to all indoor settings except private homes.
- If you have COVID-19 symptoms or if you have been advised to get tested by a contact, workplace or school, get a COVID-19 test and isolate until you get a negative result.
- We strongly recommend wearing a mask if you can’t physically distance, are indoors in public areas, or if you are with people who may be vulnerable to COVID-19.
Remember to check in everywhere every time using the Services Victoria app.
GWUC Headlines for week ending Dec 11
We have been notified by the family that a person who attended Beryl Boundy's funeral on Wednesday December first has subsequently developed symptoms and tested positive for Covid-19. It is considered unlikely that the person was infectious on Wednesday. We have also received sms notification from the Health Department of a positive case at the church sometime Tuesday or Wednesday last week, but it is not clear that this was the same person.
All those who attended the church on those days are advised to be especially vigilant for symptoms, and of course, to get tested as soon as any symptoms appear.
Church Council met this week, and provisional minutes are now available.
A Visioning document considered at the meeting is available.
- Council decided to resume multiple services in February for a three month trial.
GWUC Headlines for week ending Dec 4
Church Council meets this Monday night to consider our vision as a congregation. Documents are available at FleshingOutTheVision2021.
As part of the vision Council is considering a proposal to set up a KingswayWelfareFund, and would be very pleased to hear from members who would be interested in helping with this.
GWUC Headlines for week ending Nov 20
Relaxed restriction mean that there is no cap on attendances this Sunday for the fully vaccinated. Some help on showing vaccination status is available at CovidVaccinationCertificate.
GWUC Headlines for week ending Nov 13
The recording of DiPaterson's investiture is now available.
Church Council meets next Monday. Matters for their attention can be sent to <councilsec AT gwuc DOT org DOT au>
GWUC Headlines for week ending Oct 30
The church office will again be occupied from Monday 8 November. Details here
GWUC Headlines for week ending Oct 23
The Uniting Church has joined churches from across the region in calling on the Australian Government to play its part in global action addressing climate change.
GWUC Headlines for week ending Oct 16
The Service Victoria app (Check in app) has now been updated to show vaccination certificates. Some help on getting and displaying your vaccination status is availble at CovidVaccinationCertificate. Comments, suggestions and calls for help are all welcome. The roadmap currently indicates that we will all need to show this or some other copy when the state opens up after reaching 80% of eligible people vaccinated, expected early next month.
The moderator has sent a pastoral letter about opening after restrictions lift.
GWUC Headlines for week ending Oct 9
The October newsletter of the Victorian Council of Churches is now available.
Glen Waverley features in Towards Zero Episode 2, released by the Uniting Church National Assembly.
GWUC Headlines for week ending Sep 25
Presbytery Minister wrote: Vaccination Passports? The Victoria roadmap provides for different levels of capacity depending on whether or not everybody present has been vaccinated. This will be a challenge for many congregations, as the Victorian government has indicated that there will be a limit of 20 people gathering together where we don't know that everyone present has been fully vaccinated. I am confident that we'll have resources from both the Government and from the Synod that will help us navigate this challenge.
Church Council met this week and provsional minutes are available at CouncilMinutes20210920.
GWUC Headlines for week ending Sep 18
Church Council meets Monday Sep 20 on Zoom. Anything for their consideration should be sent to <councilsec AT gwuc DOT org DOT au> as soon as possible please.
The Uniting Church National Assembly have just released these resources for congregations on taking action on climate change
GWUC Headlines for week ending Sep 11
GWUC Headlines for week ending Sep 4
Extended lockdowns mean a a single 10am live streamed service with no congregation for the forseeable future, certainly through September.
We were awarded a Five Leaves Eco Award at the recent (virtual) Presbytery meeting. An article and video of the presentation is available.
We are preparing an outside display celebrating Spring, and are inviting our church community and neighbourhood to Spread the Warmth of Spring… but we need your help! Here is a SunFlower to print out and colour in. (You could even write a nice message on it!)
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