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

School Holiday Program - April 15 -18 and Easter Sunday April 21

School Holiday Program - April 15 -18 and Easter Sunday April 21

Announcing an exciting School Holiday church program for Primary School  age kids running Monday April 15 to Thursday April 18 mornings .(9AM - 12 noon)

There will be games, stories and craft activities and morning tea each day.

All the children will be invited to present their craft work and activies during  Easter Sunday Service at 9.30AM April 21.

All families and friends are especially welcome and invited to attend! There will be a wonderful morning tea after the service, and we would love to meet and chat with you. Please come along.

The venue is St Luke's Anglican Church, Vermont.

 

More details about the program and registration to come soon!

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Essentials for Life Series Completed

Essentials for Life Series Completed

Over the past five weeks we have a special series for our sermons, called Essentials for Life

March 3 our Senior Pastor Rev Peter MacPherson led the service and preached the fourth sermon in our five part series, Essentials for Life.

The theme was A Life of Mission- taken from 2nd Corinthians 5: 11-21

The focus was on mission, reaching out to others with the love of God. The passage describes our role in this as being “ambassadors” for Christ. You will see in this edition of “In Touch” there are a number of ways for you to be involved in mission.

 The final sermon was on Sunday March 10 given by St Alfred's Senior Associate Minister Rev Mike McNamara on the topic Loving God

The series has looked at five key essentials for a Christian and for a church.

The five purposes can be expressed in a number of ways. They include fellowship (“Get Connected”), discipleship (“Solid Foundations”), service (“Invest Your Life”), out-reach (“A Life of Mission”) and worship (“Loving God” – the topic for this week).

If you commit yourself to these five essentials you will discover great joy because you will be doing the things God has made you to do. You will also discover that your life has meaning and purpose.

As a church, if we commit to these five essentials we will create a church that is balanced rather than have too narrow a focus on just one element. It’s important we help people develop deep Christian relationships, grow in Christlikeness, use their gifts, reach out to others and express their love of God.

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Anglicare Movie Luncheon- 28th February

Anglicare Movie Luncheon- 28th February

Our St Luke's Vermont  Anglicare's first Movie luncheon for 2019 was held on Feb 28

Film: Green Book

Location: Pinewood, Waverley -

It was a terrific time of fun and fellowship, and raising funds for the vital work of Anglicare.

Please join us for the next one - details later!

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Prayer & Fasting For Lent March 6 - April 14

Material for praying alone or with others is available in books and online: eg https://40daysofprayer.org.au (pray with others round the nation) or http://ccca.biola.edu/events/2019/mar/6/lent-project-2019-subscribe-here/.

 Fasting is a spiritual discipline, a giving-up of something to help you concentrate more on God. John Piper has some good ideas - https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/fasting-for-beginners.

 

 

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FINAL Service for our Associate Minister Rev Brian Westaway

FINAL Service for our Associate Minister Rev Brian Westaway

Last Sunday, Feb 24th, our service was led by Rev Brian Westaway, and the sermon given by our Senior Pastor, Rev Peter MacPherson.

Some 70 people attended a wonderful service, where we heard a great message from Peter about investing your skills and time for the furthering of God's work, and the great joy that brings.

We farewelled Brian and Judy Westaway after the service with a special morning tea. It was really a lunch - lots of food to share.

We  presented them with a gift and a large card, to thank them for their wonderful leadership, faithful Christian ministry and their friendship to us all.

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Sat February 23 Sports Quiz Night!

Sports Quiz Night

On Sat Feb 23 at 7:30pm at St Alfred’s (our partner church) we combined to host a Sports Quiz as part of ‘Explore’, the 2019 year of mission.

Some 240 people filled the auditorium, on tables of 8 people. The tables were named after famous sporting stadia from around the world.

Our very own St Luke's table was named after the 1988 Seoul Olympic Stadium.

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Men's Brunch

Men's Brunch

On Saturday February 16 2019 the men of St Luke's Vermont combinedwith the men of St Alfred's Blackburn North (our partner church) for a Brunch with special guest speaker Kane Lach.

We have four of these breakfast/brunches during the year, so please consider joining us in May for the next one!

Details to come later.
 

Kane Lach is a member of St Alfred's and he shared about his life, including how mentoring has played a key role in growing his Christian faith.

Kane is the Artistic Director for Candlelight Productions, a Melbourne based Theatre company,  and heads up the live events team for Mustard Schools. He studied a Bachelor of Performance and occasionally works as an actor. He lives in Mitcham with his wife Kirsti.

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New Sermon Series - Essentials for life.

New Sermon Series - Essentials for life.

Sunday February 10th we commenced a new five week series called "Essentials for Life".

You might describe these essentials with words like belonging, growing, serving, reaching out and loving. They could also be described with words like connectedness or membership, maturity, ministry, mission and worship.

 This series will lay an important foundation for the rest of the year. It will remind you of why we are church and what really matters. We strongly encourage you to attend or listen to the sermons of each of the five Sundays. We think you will find it refreshing, challenging and encouraging.

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Sunday February 10 2019 - Commissioning Service

Sunday February 10 2019 - Commissioning Service

Commissioning

Rev Brian Westaway commissioned Danni Armstrong  as Children’s Minister at St Luke's. Danni is a tertiary student and was the Children’s Ministry Trainee at St Alfred's in 2018. We welcomed Danni’s family and friends to St Luke's. Danni will be working three hours per week focusing on the Sunday morning children’s ministry. She will be working in conjunction with Tony Caillard and the other volunteers. Please pray for Danni as she begins this new role.

 

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Vermont Diamonds Day Trip February 8 2019

Vermont Diamonds Day Trip February 8 2019

The first Vermont Diamonds day trip for 2019 was Friday February 8. We went to the beautifully lush Blue Lotus Water Garden at Yarra Junction.

It was a wonderful days outing.

Other day outings are planned for May, July, September and November.

Please refer to the attached brochure for booking information!

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Associate Ministry Staff Changes at St Luke's

Associate Ministry Staff Changes at St Luke's

We announce both sad news and good news for St Luke's.

The sad news is that Rev Brian Westaway concludes his part-time ministry at St Luke's on Feb 24. Brian is retiring from ministry after many years as an Anglican Priest.

We as a church community will miss Brian and his wife Judy very much, but we are very grateful and thankful to God for the wonderful leadership they have provided.

The good news  is that the Rev Mark Simon will commence part-time leading at St Luke's on April 14 and working at St Alfred's in July. Mark will be a full-time associate minister, splitting his time between St Luke's and our partner church St Alfred's.

We welcome Mark and his family and very much look forward to his ministry and leadership amongst us.

 

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A Wonderful Week At Raymond Island!

A Wonderful Week At Raymond Island!

Fri Dec 28 2018 – Fri Jan 4 2019

About 30 adults and 7 children thoroughly enjoyed  our week away in the magnificent grounds on “The Abbey” Raymond Island, Gippsland Lakes. It wasa  great opportunity for relaxation and fellowship for all ages – everyone is always made welcome. The Abbey is set on several acres of open bushland where koalas, echidnas and kangaroos are frequent visitors and the birdlife chorus provides the island’s soundtrack.

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New Sermon Series - The Beginning of the Gospel

New Sermon Series - The Beginning of the Gospel

Following our lead-in to Christmas 2018 with our Surprise! series, we have begun a new series called The Beginning of theGospel, with the text from Mark.

All our sermons are available on our web site Sermons page and we encourage you to listen to the whole series.

Brian Westaway preached on Sun Dec 30 2018 on the topic Good News, taken from Mark 1: 1-15

Brian preached on Sun Jan 6 2019 on the topic News Spreads, taken from Mark 1: 16-28

Peter MacPherson preached on Sun Jan 13 2019 on the topic Preaching and Healing taken from Mark 1: 29-45

Brian preached on Sun Jan 20 2019 on the topic Healing and Forgiveness taken from Mark 2: 1-12

 Sunday January 27 Rev Brian Westaway continued our sermon series with a sermon entitled "New Wineskins" taken from Mark 2: 13-22

Sunday February 3 Rev Brian Westaway concluded our sermon series with a sermon entitled "Sabbath" taken from Mark 2: 23-3:6

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We Enjoyed Wonderful Children and Family Service on Christmas Eve

We Enjoyed Wonderful Children and Family Service on Christmas Eve

Our 6PM Service was a wonderful celebration of the joy of remembering the birth of Jesus some 2000 years ago in Bethlehem.

80 people including about 20 children enjoyed the navity play, narrated by Rev Brian Westaway, starring the children!

A mixture of songs, the lighting of the Advent candle,

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Christmas At St Luke's 2018

Christmas At St Luke's 2018

We look forward with anticipation to celebrating as a community the birth of our Saviour Jesus!

We have a special Surprise! sermon series for the four Sundays leading to Christmas Day

We have a special Christmas Eve Children and Families celebration at 6PM (Monday Dec 24)

and a Christmas Day Service at 9.30AM

Everyone is invited!

For Unto Us A Child is Born
Scripture: Isaiah 9:6-7
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to establish it, and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from henceforth even for ever.

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Fourth Advent Service Sunday Dec 23

Fourth Advent Service Sunday Dec 23

Our Associate Minister Rev Brian Westaway led us through our Fourth Advent 2018 Service.

We welcomed Rev Mike McNamara, Senior Associate Minister at our partner church, St Alfred's in Blackburn North who will gave the sermon entitled

"Surprise! Everything Changes" based on Matthew 11: 1-11

Our First Advent service was Dec 2, led by Bishop Paul Barker, and you can read about that here and can listen to his sermon here.

Our Second Advent service was Dec 9, led by Brian Westaway, and you can read about that here and can listen to his sermon here.

Our Third Advent service was Dec 16, led by Brian Westaway, and you can read about that here and can listen to his sermon here.

During each Sunday of the Advent season, we focus on one of the four virtues Jesus brings us: Hope, Love, Joy and Peace.

This week the focus was on Peace

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An Advent Reflection - Healthy and Privileged: Seeing Greater Joy

An Advent Reflection - Healthy and Privileged: Seeing Greater Joy

The maternal mortality rate in Australia is extremely low by international standards and reflects the high quality of medical care available to most Australians. The situation would have been very different in Bethlehem 2000 years ago, as it is in many developing countries today.

Day 15 - Sunday, December 16
Mary: The Mother of Christ

Scripture: Luke 1:30-33
And the angel said unto her, “Fear not, Mary: for you have found favor with God. And behold, you shall conceive  and bring forth a son, and shall call his name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Most High: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: and he shall reign over the house of Jacob forever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.”

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Third Advent Service Sunday Dec 16

Third Advent Service Sunday Dec 16

Our Associate Minister Rev Brian Westaway led us through our Third Advent 2018 Service with a sermon entitled

"Surprise! I'll Be Back" based on Luke 21: 25 - 38

We started with a humerous 34 second spoof by Arnie spoofing his famous "I'll be back" line from the Terminator film series.

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An Advent Reflection - God is Rich in Mercy and Grace

An Advent Reflection - God is Rich in Mercy and Grace

An Advent Reflection - God is Rich in Mercy and Grace Scripture: Ephesians 2:4-9, Psalm 86:15
The glory of Advent is summed up in the first word in our passage today: but. We were dead in sin, but God intervened. We followed the ways of this world, but God stepped in. We were disobedient and deserved wrath, but God sent His Son.


 

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Second Advent Sunday Dec 9 Surprise! The Cost of Christmas

Second Advent Sunday Dec 9  Surprise! The Cost of Christmas

Our Associate Minister Rev Brian Westaway led us through our Second Advent 2018 Service with a sermon entitled

"Surprise! The Cost of Christmas" based on 1 Peter 4: 12-19

 which focuses on the apparent contradiction of Christian life whereby glory is accompanied by suffering under the theme ‘Surprise! The Cost of Christmas.’

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Anglicare Advent Candle Service & Lunch 6th Dec

Anglicare Advent Candle Service & Lunch 6th Dec

50 people enjoyed a special celebration service to mark Advent, followed by a time of fellowship together over lunch.

The service was also a fundraiser for Anglicare, with a $17 donation requested.

The service was begun by Rev Brian Westaway, who gave a welcome and then a short homily on the time of Advent, where we look forward to celebrating the birth of Jesus.

Ladies from the leadership group gave short prayers and readings from scripture, interspersed with carol singing.

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First Advent Service With Bishop Paul Barker Dec 2 2018

First Advent Service With Bishop Paul Barker Dec 2 2018

We enjoyed a wonderful of worship and fellowship on Sunday Dec 2 - the first Sunday of Advent 2018 when Bishop Paul Barker, our Regional Bishop preached, and spend fellowship time with us.

Advent is the lead up period before Christmas, and we start a sermon series called Surprise! I'm Coming - Bishop Paul preached on the theme from Matthew 3:1-12.

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Sunday Nov 25 - Brian Westaway

Sunday, November 25, Brian Westaway - Psalm 8

Brian  helped us reflect on Psalm 8 this morning. Psalm 8 is a hymn of praise addressed directly to God. The God we praise is the majestic and glorious creator of the universe. It’s astounding that this majestic creator should also create humans and put them in charge of his creation. It reminds us of Genesis 1 & 2 that God looks at all he has created, including humans, and see it as “very good.” We are very special to God. As we praise God, however, “we do so in penitence and hope, remembering that ‘the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God’ (Rom 8:19).” (James L. Mays Psalms p.70)

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Vermont Diamonds Trip to Dromana Friday Nov 23

Vermont Diamonds Trip to Dromana Friday Nov 23

Despite the inclement weather our Vermont Diamonds group had a terrific day of fun and fellowship together.

We went to beautiful Dromana and the summit of Arthur’s Seat via the new all-weather Eagle chair lift – fully accessible for all people.

 

Time for lunch together after.

Please join us in 2019 when our day trips resume!

 

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Final Men's Breakfast for 2018 Was Inspiring

Final Men's Breakfast for 2018 Was Inspiring

We had a wonderful breakfast together Saturday November 24 at St Alfred's Anglican church - our partner church.

We then listened and a time of question and answer with our special guest speaker, John Steward.

Over his life as a missionary and community builder, John has learnt a lot about forgiving, peace-building and reconciliation. He has much to say that can help Aussie men.

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100th Armistice Day Prayer and Reflection

100th Armistice Day Prayer and Reflection

From Peter MacPherson, our Senior Minister

This Sunday marks the centenary of the end of World War 1.  The Armistice was signed at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 thus bringing hostilities to an end. Historians estimate that 15-20 million people had died because of the war. The scale of death is beyond comprehension.

We rightly pause to mark this centenary in 2018. It’s a moment to give thanks but also a moment to reflect. Sadly the last 100 years suggest that humans continue to find it impossible to live at peace with one another.

You might find it helpful to pray the following prayer:

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Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child involves us as a Church in filling “shoe-boxes” with gifts that can be forwarded to Samaritan’s Purse to children in need in the developing world - Sunday 28 October was the date to return the filled boxes.

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Special Guest Preacher Sunday October 28 2018

Special Guest Preacher Sunday October 28 2018

On Sunday October 28 our guest preacher was David Spitteler from The Asylum Seekers Centre. This issue has been in the news again recently so with great interest we enjoyed hearing from David - and inspired by him.

David  preached on the topic  -Sight for the Blind -taken from  Mark 10:46-52

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St Luke’s Day Was A Great Celebration Sunday 21 October, 2018!

St Luke’s Day Was A Great Celebration Sunday 21 October, 2018!

We as the current church community at St Luke's Vermont, together with about 12 past members celebrated together St Luke's Day - the 111th at Vermont, from our beginning in 1907 to the present

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Andrew Livingstone -Special Guest Preacher Sunday October 7 2018

Andrew Livingstone -Special Guest Preacher Sunday October 7 2018

Andrew Livingstone -Special Guest Preacher Sunday October 7 2018

We enjoyed having our special guest Preacher, Rev Andrew Livingstone, from CMS preaching on the topic: "Walking In God's Way: our response to a pain/pleasure culture" from the Bible passage Genesis 18:17-20

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Final Sermon from the Book of Ecclesiastes

Final Sermon from the Book of Ecclesiastes

Our Associate Minister, Rev Brian Westaway drew together the threads as we conclude our series in the Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes. We looked at the apparent meaninglessness of life in the absence of an appreciation of God as Creator and sustainer.

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Oscar's Begins!

Oscar's Begins!

Oscar's is a new group at St Luke's and St Alfred's and it stands for "Over Sixties Chat and Refreshments". It is a relaxed gathering and  you are most welcome and indeed encouraged to join us!

We met for the first time on FRI OCTOBER 5, 10:30am - 12 noon in the foyer of St Alfred's church, 107 Springfield Rd Blackburn North.

 

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Special Guest Preacher Sunday September 23

Special Guest Preacher Sunday September 23

We enjoyed having the Little family on Sunday September 23. Andrew Little preached, and Andrew and his wife Myfanwy were interviewed about their work with MAF by Brian Westaway.

Andrew, Myfanwy and family are serving with MAF (Mission Aviation Fellowship) as the Chief Flight Instructor  in Mareeba, Far North Queensland.

The Little family are members of St Alfred's Anglican church.

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Vermont Diamonds ScienceWorks Visit

Vermont Diamonds ScienceWorks Visit

Fri Sept 21 – ScienceWorks  - It was a day of fellowship, friendship, fun and learning at Scienceworks – with a special exhibit “Above and Beyond” about air travel from the beginning to the future. Sponsored by Boeing, it has been put together with NASA and the Smithsonian.

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We Had a Wonderful Anglicare Luncheon!

We Had a Wonderful Anglicare Luncheon!

Thursday 13 September - about 35 people enjoyed morning tea/coffee and yummy treats followed by a delicious basket lunch - whilst being amazed, informed, and most of all inspired by our special guests from Anglicare - Social Worker, Jane and the therapy dog, Zues.

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Ladies Dinner Tues 18 September

Ladies Dinner Tues 18 September

Our ladies of St Alfred's and St Luke's churches enjoyed dinner together. 6.30pm, Tues 18 September at Ganesh's Indian Restaurant in Blackburn

 

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We Enjoyed A Wonderful Men's Breakfast!

We Enjoyed A Wonderful Men's Breakfast!

Saturday the 1st of September at 7:30am at St Alfred's Anglican Church - our Partner Church

About 40 men enjoyed a wonderful breakfast over great fellowship and then was challenged, entertained and most of all inspired by listening to our speaker, Revd Dr Wei-Han Kuan - the State Director of the Church Missionary Society – Victoria. 

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Our Vicar Peter MacPherson’s Travel News from Haiti!

Our Vicar Peter MacPherson’s Travel News from Haiti!

From Peter MacPherson

Greetings from Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti.

I am travelling as a guest of Compassion under the leadership of Tim Hanna, the National Director of Compassion Australia. Our group is quite small –comprising two ministry couples from Perth, one pastor from Brisbane, and me.

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Anglicare Winter Luncheon!

Anglicare Winter Luncheon Brochure

Forty people enjoyed great conversation, a wonderful 2 course meal and were royally entertained by the poetry and story-telling of special guest artist, Annie Wisham.

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Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child involves us as a Church in filling “shoe-boxes” with gifts that can be forwarded to Samaritan’s Purse to children in need in the developing world.

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St Luke’s Working Bee Sat July 7

St Luke’s Working Bee Sat July 7

Thanks to everyone who came along! Despite the wet and cold weather we had an enthusiastic group of people come and share the load.

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