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Here you will find other news & events about the life and activities here at St Luke's and at our partner church in mission, St Alfred's Blackburn North.

Our Sunday Service is at 9.30AM. 

Every person can now attend, regardless of vaccination status. Masks are not required, but are strongly encouraged to be worn.

Sunday December 4, Born To Create a United People

This Sunday, December 4, is the second week of Advent, and we continue our new series called 'Born'

Our Senior Minister, Rev Peter MacPherson, will preach on the theme 'Born To Create a United People'

All are welcome!

Advent and Christmas Series
Our preaching series for the Advent and Christmas services is called “Born.” We will be using Philippians 2 as the basis of the series, reflecting on the amazing implications of the incarnation. A resource we recommend for personal or group study is The One True Gift by Tim Chester.

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Sunday December 4, Born To Create a United People

Sunday November 27 - Advent Begins

This Sunday, November 27 we commence a new series called 'Born' - our Advent series for 2022 as we prepare ourselves for Christmas.

Our Associate Minister, Rev Dr Mark Simon, will preach on the theme 'Born to set an example'  based on Phil 2:1-5

All are welcome!

If you cannot attend in person, we encourage you to watch the livestream from St Alfred's or listen to the audio recording.

 

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Sunday November 27 - Advent Begins

Sunday November 20 Testimonies and Thanksgiving

This Sunday we are having a special service when we thank God for the past year, and we hear from people who are thankful to God for His blessings.

We have our annual general meeting following the service.

All are welcome!

If you cannot attend in person, we encourage you to watch the livestream from St Alfred's or listen to the audio recording.

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Sunday November 20 Testimonies and Thanksgiving

Sunday November 6- On a Mission to Help People Become Mature Disciples

This week our Associate Minister Mark Simon will preach on the theme 'On a Mission to Help People Become Mature Disciples' taken from Matthew 28:16-20

All are welcome!

If you cannot attend in person, we encourage you to watch the livestream from St Alfred's or listen to the audio recording.

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Sunday November 6- On a Mission to Help People Become Mature Disciples

Sunday October 30

This Sunday Rev Dr Chris Mulherin from ISCAST will give his final talk in the series Creation and Humanity

ISCAST is a network of people, from students to distinguished academics, exploring the interface of science, technology, and Christian faith.

All are welcome!

If you cannot attend in person, we encourage you to watch the livestream from St Alfred's or listen to the audio recording.

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Sunday October 30

Sunday October 16

This Sunday we continue our sermon series called 'Creation and Humanity'

We welcome back Rev Dr Chris Mulherin from ISCAST will be preaching for his fourth presentation of five in series.

ISCAST is a network of people, from students to distinguished academics, exploring the interface of science, technology, and Christian faith.

All are welcome!

If you cannot attend in person, we encourage you to watch the livestream from St Alfred's or listen to the audio recording.

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Sunday October 16

Sunday October 2nd - Creation Care - Why Care?

This Sunday we continue our sermon series called 'Creation and Humanity'

We welcome back Rev Dr Chris Mulherin from ISCAST will be preaching.

ISCAST is a network of people, from students to distinguished academics, exploring the interface of science, technology, and Christian faith.

All are welcome!

If you cannot attend in person, we encourage you to watch the livestream from St Alfred's or listen to the audio recording.

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Sunday October 2nd - Creation Care - Why Care?

Sunday September 25 - Creation Ruined

This Sunday we continue our sermon series called 'Creation and Humanity'

Our Associate Minister Rev Dr Mark Simon will be preaching on the theme 'Creation Ruined' from the text Genesis 3:1-24.

All are welcome!

If you cannot attend in person, we encourage you to watch the livestream from St Alfred's or listen to the audio recording.

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Sunday September 25 - Creation Ruined

Sunday September 18

This Sunday we continue our sermon series called 'Creation and Humanity'

We welcome back Rev Dr Chris Mulherin from ISCAST will be preaching.

ISCAST is a network of people, from students to distinguished academics, exploring the interface of science, technology, and Christian faith.

All are welcome!

If you cannot attend in person, we encourage you to watch the livestream from St Alfred's or listen to the audio recording.

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Sunday September 18

Sunday September 4 - Creation and Humanity

This Sunday we continue our sermon series called 'Creation and Humanity'

Rev Dr Chris Mulherin from ISCAST will be preaching.

All are welcome!

If you cannot attend in person, we encourage you to watch the livestream from St Alfred's or listen to the audio recording.

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Sunday September 4 - Creation and Humanity

Sunday August 28 - Creation and Humanity

This Sunday we commence a new sermon series called 'Creation and Humanity'

St Alfred's Senior Associate Minister  Mike McNamara will be preaching.

All are welcome!

If you cannot attend in person, we encourage you to watch the livestream from St Alfred's or listen to the audio recording.

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Sunday August 28 - Creation and Humanity

Sunday August 21 - Liberating Truth

This Sunday St Alfred's Senior Associate Minister  Mike McNamara will lead our Holy Communion service.

Our Associate Minister Mark Simon will preach on the theme 'Liberating Truth'

All are welcome!

If you cannot attend in person, we encourage you to watch the livestream from St Alfred's or listen to the audio recording.

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Sunday August 21 - Liberating Truth

Sunday August 14 - A Longing for Love

This Sunday St Alfred's Associate Minister  Rene Pfitzner will preach on the theme 'A Longing for Love'

All are welcome!

If you cannot attend in person, we encourage you to watch the livestream from St Alfred's or listen to the audio recording.

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Sunday August 14 - A Longing for Love

Sunday August 7 - A Deeper Beauty

This Sunday our Senior Minister Peter MacPherson leads our Communion service, and Associate Minister Mark Simon will preach on the theme 'A Deeper Beauty'

All are welcome!

If you cannot attend in person, we encourage you to watch the livestream from St Alfred's or listen to the audio recording.

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Sunday August 7 - A Deeper Beauty

Sunday July 31 2022 - The Forest Underground

We welcome Tony Rinaudo this Sunday

Tony has a truly inspiring story to tell about the regeneration of millions of hectares of land firstly in Niger, west Africa,  and then into many other countries across the globe.

In his 17 years in Niger, Tony, who grew up in Myrtleford in Victoria, discovered an embarrassingly simple and affordable method of regreening land by reviving damaged trees rather than planting new ones. It’s a technique that not only alleviates poverty and soaks up carbon, but also costs almost 36 times less than planting trees from scratch.

This is not some green fantasy. Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR) has, from small beginnings, already regreened more than 18 million hectares in 27 countries, reduced our carbon footprint and transformed millions of lives and livelihoods.

The Forest Underground offers tangible hope for climate change, as well as a deeply moving account of one man’s faith-journey. In a seemingly hopeless crisis, this is the good-news story that will move hearts and hands to care for the planet.

Tony has a wonderful faith in God, and his prayers were answered magnificently with the profoundly simple but effective Farmer Managed Natural Resources FMNR method

Come and hear about this ongoing green revolution that is providing food and income for many, and restoring land once left desolate.

Everyone is welcome!

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Sunday July 31 2022 - The Forest Underground

Sunday July 24 - True Spirituality

Last Sunday we commences a new sermon series called "Signposts to Life" at St Luke's.

Rev Mike McNamara from our partner church, St Alfred's will preach and our Associate Minister Rev Dr Mark Simon will lead.

All are welcome!

If you cannot attend in person, we encourage you to watch the livestream from St Alfred's or listen to the audio recording.

 

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Sunday July 24 - True Spirituality

Sunday July 17 - New Sermon Series - Signposts to Life

This Sunday we commence a new sermon series called "Signposts to Life" at St Luke's.

Our Senior Minister Rev Peter MacPherson will lead the service and our Associate Minister Rev Dr Mark Simon will preach.

All are welcome!

If you cannot attend in person, we encourage you to watch the livestream from St Alfred's or listen to the audio recording.

 

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Sunday July 17 - New Sermon Series - Signposts to Life

Sunday July 10 2022 - Safe With the Lord

This coming Sunday July 10 we welcome Revs Maree and Graeme Vines from our partner church St Alfred's in Blackburn North.

Graeme will lead our service and Maree will continue our Keep The Faith sermon series and preach from 2 Timothy 4:9-22

All are welcome!

If you cannot attend in person, we encourage you to watch the livestream from St Alfred's or listen to the audio recording.

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Sunday July 10 2022 - Safe With the Lord

Sunday July 3 2022

This coming Sunday July 3 we welcome Rev Mavis Payne from our partner church St Alfred's in Blackburn North.

Mavis will lead our Holy Communion service and will continue our Keep The Faith sermon series and preach from 2 Timothy 4:1-8

All are welcome!

If you cannot attend in person, we encourage you to watch the livestream from St Alfred's or listen to the audio recording.

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Sunday July 3 2022

Sunday June 26 2022 - Keep Going

This Sunday our Associate Minister Rev Dr Mark Simon will continue our Keep The Faith sermon series and preach from 2 Timothy 3:10-17

All are welcome!

If you cannot attend in person, we encourage you to watch the livestream from St Alfred's or listen to the audio recording.

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Sunday June 26 2022 - Keep Going

Sunday June 19 2022

This Sunday our Senior Minister Rev Peter MacPherson will lead our Holy Communion service.

Associate Minister Rev Dr Mark Simon will continue our Keep The Faith sermon series and preach from 2 Timothy 3:1-9

All are welcome!

If you cannot attend in person, we encourage you to watch the livestream from St Alfred's or listen to the audio recording.

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Sunday June 19 2022

Sunday June 12 2022

This Sunday June 12 we welcome Liz Bolton, Assistant Minister at our partner church St Alfred's in Blackburn North.

We have a special service this week with the theme "Christian call to mission" taken from Acts 8

All are welcome!

If you cannot attend in person, we encourage you to watch the livestream from St Alfred's or listen to the audio recording.

Sunday June 12 2022

Sunday May 29 - We Welcome Lauren Weatherlake

This Sunday May 29 we welcome Lauren Weatherlake, Assistant Minister at our partner church St Alfred's in Blackburn North.

Mark Simon will lead the service and Lauren will continue our sermon series from 2 Timothy "Keep the Faith"

All are welcome!

If you cannot attend in person, we encourage you to watch the livestream from St Alfred's or listen to the audio recording.

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Sunday May 29 - We Welcome Lauren Weatherlake

Sunday May 22 - Be Strong In Christ

We are grateful to live in a democracy and have the privilege to vote.

This Sunday Mark Simon  will continue our new sermon series called "Keep the faith" - based on Paul's second letter to Timothy.

All are welcome!

If you cannot attend in person, we encourage you to watch the livestream from St Alfred's or listen to the audio recording.

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Sunday May 22 - Be Strong In Christ

Sunday May 15, We Welcome Rene Pfitzner

This Sunday Rene Pfitzner from our partner church St Alfred's will continue our new sermon series called "Keep the faith" - based on Paul's second letter to Timothy.

Our Mark Simon will lead our Communion service.

After Rene has preached, he will drive to St Alfred's and preach at their 10AM service.

All are welcome!

If you cannot attend in person, we encourage you to watch the livestream from St Alfred's or listen to the audio recording.

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Sunday May 15, We Welcome Rene Pfitzner

Sunday May 8, Mother's Day

This Sunday (May 8) is Mother's Day in Australia.

Here's a prayer which you could use as a prompt for your own prayers.
 

Loving God, thank you for mums and children and for all the joy of family life.

We thank you too for grandmothers, for women who are mother or aunty figures, for women who enrich the lives of those they encounter in diverse ways.

Be with those who are grieving the loss of their mother; be near to those who are sad because they are far apart from those they love.
Let your love be present in every home, and help your church to have eyes to see and ears to hear the needs of all who come.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen

Sunday May 8, Mother's Day

Keep The Faith - New Sermon Series

This Sunday, May 8, we commence a new series called "Keep The Faith", based on Paul's second letter to Timothy.

We invite everyone to come if they can!

Our partner church St Alfred's has recently begun livestreaming their 10AM services so if you cannot attend, please take part from home

Keep The Faith - New Sermon Series

ANZAC Day Weekend April 2022

Ahead of ANZAC Day on Monday April 25 we reflect on the costly courage and sacrifice by our armed forces and the families left behind since the 1915 landings at Gallipoli.

God of love and liberty,
we bring our thanks today for the peace and security we enjoy.
We remember those who in time of war faithfully served their country.
We pray for their families, and for ourselves whose freedom was won at such a cost.
Make us people zealous for peace, and hasten the day when nation shall not lift up sword against nation neither learn war any more.
This we pray in the name of the one who gave is life for the sake of the world:
Jesus Christ, our Redeemer. Amen.

At our Sunday service  this Sunday April 24, we will remember and give thanks for our freedom, and to particularly pray for the people of Ukraine.

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ANZAC Day Weekend April 2022

St Alfred's Livestreaming Has Started!

If you cannot attend our Sunday services in person, you can now watch our partner church St Alfred's 10AM service live!

The service is also recorded, and you will be able to watch the recording at any time

https://www.stalfreds.org/stalfreds-online/

The audio recording of our sermons will continue and is available on our https://www.stlukesvermont.org.au/sermons

 

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St Alfred's Livestreaming Has Started!

Easter Services at St Luke's

We were delighted to have about 90 to 100 people join us on Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

Good Friday April 15  9.30AM      Witness His Death

Easter Sunday April 17 9.30AM    Witness His Resurrection

We looked at Matthew's Gospel account of the death, burial, and the resurrection of Jesus on the 3rd day.

 

You can view the recorded livestream of our partner church St Alfred's

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Easter Services at St Luke's

Sunday March 27 Welcome To Liz Bolton

We welcome Liz Bolton, Youth Minister at our partner church St Alfred's to our service.

Liz will be our guest preacher, continuing the sermon series from the Old Testament book of Joshua

Everyone is welcome!

As always the audio will be available for later listening or download, and you can also see our Partner church St Alfred's online You-tube service.

Sunday March 27 Welcome To Liz Bolton

Sunday March 13 - We Welcome Mike McNamara

We look forward to welcoming Senior Associate Minister Mike McNamara from our partner church who will continue our sermon series called "The Promised Land - The Book of Joshua"

All are welcome!

As always the audio will be available for later listening or download, and you can also see our Partner church St Alfred's online You-tube service.

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Sunday March 13 - We Welcome Mike McNamara

Sunday Feb 20 - We Welcome Rev Rene Pfitzner

This Sunday we welcome Rev Rene Pfitzner, the new Associate Minister of our partner church, St Alfred's in Blackburn North.

Mark Simon will lead our Holy Communion service, and Rene will preach.

We have commenced a new sermon series from the Old Testament book of Joshua called "The Promised Land"

Everyone is welcome!

Sunday Feb 20 - We Welcome Rev Rene Pfitzner

Sunday January 16th 2022 - Andy Little (MAF) To Preach

We look forward to welcoming Andy Little (MAF) who will preach from Psalm 100.

Andy and his wife Mif are members at our partner church St Alfred's in Blackburn North.

Andy has worked as a Pilot for MAF in Arnhem Land and in PNG before moving to Mareeba, North Queensland where he is  helping to train student pilots.

All welcome!

Sunday January 16th 2022 - Andy Little (MAF) To Preach

Sundays in January 2022 - God Our Rock - A Series from Psalms

Welcome to church in January 2022!

We are holding our regular 9.30AM public worship services, welcoming everyone!

Our theme is "God - Our Rock" and we will be looking at different Psalms

As the covid19 pandemic continues, we acknowledge that God is our Rock.

Sundays in January 2022 - God Our Rock - A Series from Psalms

Sunday November 28 - Peace and Hope

This Sunday we begin  Advent. 

Advent is a vital season in the church calendar when Christians focus on the coming birth of Jesus. Properly understood, Advent is about preparing ourselves in heart and mind to understand the significance of Jesus coming into the world.

Hope, love, joy and peace are the traditional themes of this season.

The first week we focus on Peace and Hope.

Our Associate Minister Rev Mark Simon will preach.

We continue to produce our weekly pre-recorded on-line service, and worship at home printed notes.

May you find time to reflect on the deeper meaning of Christmas this year.

Video Service

https://www.stlukesvermont.org.au/worship-at-home

Audio Sermons:

https://www.stlukesvermont.org.au/sermons

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Sunday November 28 - Peace and Hope

Promoting The Gospel - Sun November 21

Great news! We resumed public worship services  on  Sunday November 7, in accordance with the current covid19 restrictions.

We continue with our on-line recorded services.

This week our Senior Minister Rev Peter MacPherson preaches on the theme Promoting the Gospel

"How To Grow in Faith"

Video Service

https://www.stlukesvermont.org.au/worship-at-home

Audio Sermons:

https://www.stlukesvermont.org.au/sermons

Promoting The Gospel - Sun November 21

Sunday October 3 On-Line Service - Living In Challenging Times

We continue to record the video services at our partner church, St Alfred's. You can watch or listen each week.

We conclude our series from the Old Testament book of Esther with the apt series title, “Living in Challenging Times.”

Rev Dr David Williams, preaches from Esther 9-10

https://www.stlukesvermont.org.au/worship-at-home

https://www.stlukesvermont.org.au/sermons

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Sunday October 3 On-Line Service - Living In Challenging Times

Covid19 Update - September 19 News

The Victorian State Government has continued the lockdown for Melbourne, for a further 6 weeks, and the plan to come out of lockdown will be cautious and gradual.

We are blessed to have the technology to connect on-line and continue church in this way.

We look forward to when we will meet in person, but until then, on-line it is! We invite you to listen to the audio sermons or watch the videos.

Victorian lockdown continues - on-line services only

On Monday August 16, the State Government extended the lockdown for another two weeks, with a further extension likely.

Therefore our services will remain on-line only. We continue to record the video services hosted on our web site, worship at home notes, and post the sermons as audio files.

https://www.stlukesvermont.org.au/worship-at-home

https://www.stlukesvermont.org.au/sermons

On Sunday Aug 22 we will begin a new series in from the Old Testament book of Esther with the apt series title, “Living in Challenging Times.” Why study Esther, you might ask? Here are some thoughts...

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Victorian lockdown continues - on-line services only

AUGUST 11 - Services remain SUSPENDED due to continuing Covid19 lockdown

Melbourne remains in covid19 lockdown - so we cannot hold public worship services Sunday Aug 15.

However, we will have our on-line video services and worship at home resources

We conclude our sermon series from Acts on the early church, entitled Jesus Is Lord, this week the theme is Peter Escapes, taken from Acts 12:1-24

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AUGUST 11 - Services remain SUSPENDED due to continuing Covid19 lockdown

9.30am Sunday Service resumes onsite from 1 August

With the easing of public health restrictions, St Luke's is resuming our 9.30am service.

This Sunday we continue our series on the Early Church, with Senior Minister Peter MacPherson preaching from Acts 11 where the Apostle Peter explains his vision.

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9.30am Sunday Service resumes onsite from 1 August

ANZAC Day 2021

This Sunday April 25 we mark ANZAC Day during our 9.30AM service.

We pray that we, and all the people of Australia and New Zealand, gratefully remembering those who fought for our freedom, their courage and their sacrifice, may have grace to live in a spirit of justice, of generosity, and of peace.

Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.   

(from Charles Sherlock, ‘Australian Anglicans Remember’ p.51).

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ANZAC Day 2021

A Great Celebration after Dedication of our New Facilities!

At long last, the day has come when we gathered together in worship and our new facilities were officially opened by our Regional Bishop Paul Barker.

After the ribbon cutting, prayers were offered to our God to give thanks for the new facilities.

We will soon have some more photos to share of this occasion.

The attached photo is from today's service (April 11 2021) with Bishop Paul Barker preaching.

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A Great Celebration after Dedication of our New Facilities!

Easter Services at St Luke's

9.30am Good Friday (Reflective service)

9.30am Easter Sunday (Communion service)

We enjoyed being able to meet and worship together in person this year after the long covid19 shutdown in Victoria last year. We are grateful to God and praise Him for our freedom to meet together.

Some 90 people attended our Good Friday and Easter Sunday services.

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Easter Services at St Luke's

Church Working Bee Sat March 20

After the church park has been a building site for many months we are now restoring and replanting garden beds.

Saturday March 20 was a beautiful warm sunny Melbourne day, and with the kind help of our partner church St Alfred's we had a team of forty hard-working people to restore old garden beds and to create new garden beds, and general maintenance work on the property.

We were served a wonderful morning tea by equally hard-working people in our kitchen, and it was served in the proper covid19 safety approved manner.

 

 

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Church Working Bee Sat March 20

Car Park Now Finished

We are delighted to report that the car park is now open and being used for parking for church services and by the ballet school parents.

Traffic management on site is much safer by having clearly marked one way direction arrows.

Enter from Canterbury Rd, and exit onto Mitcham Rd.

We have two large spaces for disabled access.

We invite you to come along to our Sunday 9.30AM services!

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Car Park Now Finished

Moving Forward Building Project

St. Luke’s is undergoing a property makeover to provide better community facilities. Construction work is about to start on what is being called the Moving Forward project to enhance people’s experience of coming to St. Luke’s.  

The car park is being expanded and paved. New indoor toilets are being built providing disabled amenities. As well there will be easier access to the building for wheelchairs and those with disabilities. It’s hoped the works will be completed before the end of the year.

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Moving Forward Building Project

Moving Forward Building Project

Improving our facilities for the Vermont community.

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Moving Forward Building Project

Prayer And Scripture for This troubled time

Prayer

Lord Jesus Christ, healer and friend, come and care for all of us through the danger anduncertainty of the coronavirus epidemic. To people who are sick, bring healing. To people who are displaced, isolated, or cut off from family, friends or work, bring comfort andcompanionship.

 

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