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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.

Thursday December 5 Advent Service and Lunch

Thursday December 5 Advent Service and Lunch

About 50 people celebrated the start of Advent where we look forward to the birth of Jesus at Christmas - people brought gifts to distribute via Anglicare to needy families this Christmas, and raised money via donations for this important work.

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Christmas Services

Christmas Services

Please join with us at St Luke's or St Alfred's for Christmas. Also please come to our special kid's and family services! See the previous article for details!

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Special Christmas Children and Families Services!

Special Christmas Children and Families Services!

We are combining with our partner church St Alfred's in Blackburn North to host a wonderful service entitled "What's that got to do with Christmas?" at Sunday December 22nd at 5PM at St Luke's and on Christmas Eve 5PM at St Alfred's.

Come with your family and be amused, entralled and inspired about the wonder that is the Christmas story, performed by a talented team of entertainers.

1 empty Christmas tree + 2 excitable children + 11 mysterious visitors = one very big story.

“What’s That Got To Do With Christmas” uses fun and drama to explore what was really going on in Bethlehem all those years ago as performers come down the chimney to spread the word about Christmas.

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Saturday November 23rd - Men's Brunch

Saturday November 23rd - Men's Brunch

Insights of faith from the different chapters of life.

The men of St Luke's joined with the men of our partner church, St Alfred's in Blackburn North for the final Men's Brunch for 2019.

It was a wonderful time of fellowship and learning after a delicious brunch!

Please look forward to next year's program of events!

Location: St Alfred's Anglican Church, 107 Springfield Rd Blackburn North

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Explore Christmas

Explore Christmas

Welcome to Church! This morning we begin a new  series called "Explore Christmas ". This series will focus on the true meaning of Christmas.

Our Associate Minister Rev Mark Simon will lead the service and our Senior minister Rev Peter MacPherson will preach from the passages Luke 1:1-4 and John 20:24-31 with the theme of Is Christmas Believable?

Everyone is welcome! We have refreshments after the service, and we would love to spend time with you.

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Thursday October 24 Garden Party

Thursday October 24 Garden Party

On a stunningly beautiful Melbourne Spring day, forty people enjoyed the wonderful private gardens at "The Croft" in Balnarring on the Mornington Peninsula.

The day was a fund-raiser for Anglicare Victoria

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Sunday October 20th St Luke's Day

Sunday October 20th St Luke's Day

We had a wonderful morning to celebrate St Luke's Day!

Our Associate minister Rev Mark Simon (both pictured) led the service and our Senior Minister Rev Peter MacPherson preached from the passage Philippians 3:10-21 with the theme of Transformed In Christ.

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Sunday September 15th New Sermon Series - The Christian Life

Sunday September 15th New Sermon Series - The Christian Life

Together with our partner church St Alfred's at Blackburn North we began a new eight week sermon series called The Christian Life  based from Paul's letter to the Philippians.

We will consider what it means to be a Christian and what changes occur in life when you become a Christian. You are encouraged to use the "Discipleship Explored" resource which goes through Philippians

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Saturday September 14th Men's Brunch

Saturday September 14th Men's Brunch

On Saturday September 14th about 50 men of all ages met over a wonderful breakfast at St Alfred's Anglican church, our partner church,and then heard an inspiring and challenging discussion on the Lobbe family's story of living with mental illness.

It is an amazing story of resilience and at times was raw with emotion but ultimately a great story of family, friendship and community support

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Sunday September 8 Explore Sunday

Sunday September 8 Explore Sunday

Sunday was a special day for us and our partner church St Alfred's in Blackburn North, the culmination of our year of combined Explore events . At all three Sunday services at St Alfred's special guest Andrew Grills preached on the theme "Who Do you trust""

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Men's BBQ Grill Sat September 7 5pm-7pm

Men's BBQ Grill Sat September 7 5pm-7pm

As part of the Explore series  at our partner church St Alfred's, we  joined with the men of St Alfred's for a Men's BBQ Grill! 

We heard from Andrew Grills during the evening. Andrew has spent most of his life as an officer in the Australian Army. Graduating with the Sword of Honour from the Australian Defence Force Academy, he served in Infantry and Intelligence, including several visits to the Middle East, operations in East Timor with the commandos and a postgraduate degree in International Relations from Oxford University. Andrew later became an Army Chaplain at the Australian Recruit Training Centre at Kapooka, before leaving the full time Army in 2013 to plant a new church in Geelong with City on a Hill. The church began with 8 adults and in God's grace has now grown to a community of more than 400 people and is in the process of planting a new church of its own. Andrew has been married to his beautiful wife Danna for 20 years and has five young children. He loves the ocean, travelling, playing with his kids (including attending their innumerable sporting matches) and reading military history. 

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Life Explored Series Completed

Life Explored Series Completed

On July 21 we started a special new 7 week series called Life Explored  and we concluded the series September 1.  You can catch up with the videos and listen to the sermons/teaching sessions. Click read more for the links.

Life Explored is an informal and relaxed seven week course. Its for anyone who wants to find contentment and happiness in life. Its run by ordinary Christian people local to you and is completely free. You don't need to know anything about the Bible, and you won't be asked to pray or sing. You can ask any question you like, or you can just sit and listen. Whoever you are, whatever you're thinking Life Explored is a place for you to discover the greatest gift in the Universe.

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Ladies Brunch Sat August 31

Ladies Brunch Sat August 31

As part of the 'Explore' series our partner church St Alfred's is running, we  joined St Alfred's ladies for a wonderful Women's Brunch!

We heard about Edwina’s work with CBM, an international Christian development organisation devoted to improving the lives of people with disabilities in the poorest places on earth. Edwina wants to share with us some stories and what ordinary people can do when motivated by faith, love and justice.

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August 16-18 Men's Camp

August 16-18 Men's Camp

A group of 50 men from St Luke's and St Alfred's enjoyed a wonderful time of fellowship, seminars and leisure at El Kanah Guest House in Marysville.

Another 14 men joined for the Saturday program.

The theme of the camp was The Healthy Life

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Life Explored

Life Explored

On July 21 we started a special new 7 week series called Life Explored. 

Life Explored is an informal and relaxed seven week course. Its for anyone who wants to find contentment and happiness in life. Its run by ordinary Christian people local to you and is completely free. You don't need to know anything about the Bible, and you won't be asked to pray or sing. You can ask any question you like, or you can just sit and listen. Whoever you are, whatever you're thinking Life Explored is a place for you to discover the greatest gift in the Universe.

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Sermon on the Mount Concluded July 14

Sermon on the Mount Concluded July 14

We concluded the sermon series on the Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 5-7. These chapters are often thought of as containing the essence of Jesus’ teaching. People who are not Christians will sometimes refer to Jesus as a great teacher, thinking about his emphasis on mercy, love, peace and turning the other cheek. But how many have actually read the Sermon on the Mount and heard the call to “the narrow road that leads to life” (Mt 7:14)? What does he mean about building your house on rock? Or storing up treasures in heaven? These are challenging chapters indeed.

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Beetles Game Afternoon! Thurs July 11

Beetles Game Afternoon! Thurs July 11

On a cold and wet day, about 30 adults and children had a wonderful afternoon of fun with a yummy afternoon tea to follow.

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Saturday June 22 Bush Dance!

Saturday June 22 Bush Dance!

Saturday June 22 at 7pm, St Alfred’s hosted  a ‘Bush Dance’ as part of our ‘Explore’ series of events. It was a fantastic evening of dancing and social get together over a sumptious supper! It was a sell-out - 250 people had a great time.

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Anglicare Lunch June 6

Anglicare Lunch June 6

About 35 people enjoyed a terrific fund-raising lunch together after listening to John Waddell give a fascinating and inspiring talk.

Now retired after eleven years as a Prison Chaplain John is Anglicare’s Volunteer Chaplaincy Co-ordinator.
 

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Men's Brunch Saturday May 25

Men's Brunch Saturday May 25

Sixty five men, ranging from 15yo to 90yo met over a delicious brunch and then listened to an energised and inspired Max Meyers talk about "lessons from Life"

We met at our partner church St Alfred's in Blackburn North.

Stay tuned for details about a weekend Men's camp in August at Marysville.

The next Men's brunch will be 14th September.

See the attached file for upcoming dates!

You can listen to the talk here:  https://www.stalfreds.org/sermons/mens-brunch-with-max-meyers/

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Saturday May 18 - Andy Vance in Concert

Saturday May 18 - Andy Vance in Concert

We had a wonderful evening with Australian Christian Jazz musician, Andy Vance, performing to a totally sold-out packed St Alfred's Anglican church (our partner church), complete with coffee and desserts.

The night was part of our ‘Explore 2019’

Please join us for future events later in the year!

The next event is a Bush Dance on June 22. Click https://www.stalfreds.org/events/  for more information.

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Vermont Diamonds Extended Trip

Vermont Diamonds Extended Trip

Sun 5th – Fri 10th MAY 2019

We had a terrific time on our extended trip.

The Great Alpine Road to North East Victoria! It was a wonderfully scenic tour of spectacular Victoria.

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New Sermon Series-Sermon on the Mount

New Sermon Series-Sermon on the Mount

Our new sermon series on the Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 5-7. These chapters are often thought of as containing the essence of Jesus’ teaching. People who are not Christians will sometimes refer to Jesus as a great teacher, thinking about his emphasis on mercy, love, peace and turning the other cheek. But how many have actually read the Sermon on the Mount and heard the call to “the narrow road that leads to life” (Mt 7:14)? What does he mean about building your house on rock? Or storing up treasures in heaven? These are challenging chapters indeed. This will be a great series for anyone thinking about Christianity.

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Evening with Ken Fish - Saturday April 27

Evening with Ken Fish - Saturday April 27

Evening with Ken Fish, Healing Evangelist with Kingdom Fire Ministries USA

Ken preaches all around the world and is a frequent visitor to Australia and to St Alfred's, in particular

Our partner church, St Alfred's Anglican Church, Blackburn North, hosted this special event.

There was an open invitation to hear Ken speak and to take part in a time of worship, teaching and ministry.

Ken has a background in Vineyard Church and leads conferences on Healing, Inner Healing, Deliverance, Healing Sexual Brokenness, Prophecy, Signs and Wonders and Hearing God’s voice. He is passionate about Healing and Evanglism.

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School Holiday Program - I Spy Club was a Wonderful Time!

School Holiday Program - I Spy Club was a Wonderful Time!

We have just finished running our first Easter holiday program called I Spy, for Primary School age children, running Monday April 15 to Thursday April 18.

It was completely free and we had 20 - 25 children per day enjoying a high energy mix of games, arts and crafts, aerobics, songs, morning tea, Veggie Tales videos, Bible stories and lots of fun and silliness!

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Explore Easter - Sunday April 21 - Easter Sunday!

Explore Easter - Sunday April 21 - Easter Sunday!

Welcome to St Luke's this morning. Easter Sunday  is a special day in that we celebrate the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!

Our Associate Minister, Rev Mark Simon led the service and preached on Why Does The Resurrection Matter? taken from Mark 16 : 1-8

We were treated to a laughter and fun filled I Spy Children's holiday program presentation during the service! Click read more to get an exciting presentation!

 

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Good Friday April 19 - Explore Easter with Bishop Paul Barker

Good Friday April 19 - Explore Easter with Bishop Paul Barker

Easter is a special time for the Christian churches!

 For Good Friday  we especially welcomed Bishop Paul Barker to our service, who preached on the topic Why the Cross Matters - taken from Mark 15: 1-47

 

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Passover Meal Monday April 15

Passover Meal Monday April 15

About 200 people attended a wonderful Passover Meal at our partner church, St Alfred's on Monday night.

So, why is it a good thing for Christians to celebrate a Passover meal? Don’t you need to be Jewish to celebrate Passover? What is Passover anyway?

As Christians, we believe the Old and New Testaments to be complementary, forming the complete word of God. Passover is a wonderful example of this, and the Apostle Paul encouraged Christians celebrate the festival (1 Corinthians 5:8).

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Rev Mark Simon Commissioned!

Rev Mark Simon Commissioned!

The Rev Mark Simon was commissioned as Associate Minister for St Luke's Anglican Church, Vermont on Sunday April 14 2019 by our Senior Minister Rev Peter MacPherson.

Today was a special service in the life of our church, and in the partnership with St Alfred's.

Mark is pictured on the right.

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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.

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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 the first of the series on Sun Dec 30 2018 on the topic Good News, taken from Mark 1: 1-15

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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Children and Family Service on Christmas Eve

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 gave the sermon entitled

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

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 - 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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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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I Spy Photo Gallery

These photos are from our I Spy holiday program run during April 15 - 18