St Luke’s Uniting Church Highton 174 Barrabool Road, Highton Ph. 5244 2997 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.hightonstlukes.unitingchurch.org au DECEMBER 6, 2015 This news sheet is available on the website each Saturday evening __________________________________________________________________ Minister: Rev. Tony Johnson (Joncevski) Phone 0421 331 894 Email: email@example.com
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Microsoft Word - Dec 6.docxSt Luke’s Uniting Church Highton 174
Barrabool Road, Highton
Ph. 5244 2997
Web: www.hightonstlukes.unitingchurch.org au
Minister: Rev. Tony Johnson (Joncevski) Phone 0421 331 894 Email:
DUTY ROSTER DECEMBER 13, 2015
CLEANING M. & E. BAUM USHERS D. & J. JACKSON
M. BAIRD, P. GILL
READER M. ROBERTSON CAR DRIVING C. MANKS
J. & V. ENGLAND
ORGAN M. JOHN
SHARING THE JOURNEY: Noel Patchett will lead this segment of
December. If you would like to promote an activity or share with
congregation, contact him on 5241 9782.
If you have a need that you would like the Prayer Link to
for, please fill in a request form found in the pew and place
into the gold box in the prayer corner or email Jean Williams
at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Beth on 5243 6874.
ST. LUKE’S WHEELS: During December, Christine Ash will take
‘first calls’. Her phone number is 5244-1473. Please ring
if you require transport to Medical or Pastoral appointments.
Please give 2 DAYS NOTICE
A variety of Christmas Cards have been ordered from Share, The
and the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Details of their availability
will be advised
shortly. If you would like more information, please speak with
EVERYTHING IN COMMON GIFT CARDS
Everything in Common Gift cards are available for purchase in the
morning tea. Varying prices. Buy that special gift for the person
SERVICES NEXT WEEK THURSDAY 2.00 pm Midweek Service SUNDAY: 9.30 am
Rev. T. Johnson
LECTIONARY READINGS: DECEMBER 13, 2015 Zephaniah 3:14-20; Isaiah
Philippians 4:4-7; Luke 3:7-18.
BUDGET: $1830 Y.T.D. $86386
THIS WEEK’S DIARY: Mon Dec 7 10.00am English Class 5.30 pm English
Class 7.00 pm Geelong Chorale Bella Mama 7.30 pm Mission Outreach
Ministry Team Tue Dec 8 9.30 am Men’s Shed 5.00 pm Weight Watchers
Wed 9 6.30 pm Welsh Ladies Choir Thurs 10 9.00 am Let’s Make Music
9.30 am Men’s Shed 4.00 pm Choir 4.30 pm Youth Choir Fri 11 9.30 am
Let’s Make Music Sat 12 2.00 pm Sudanese Ladies Night Sun 13 12.30
pm Youth Choir
Church Office Hours: Wed - 10am to 12pm, Thurs – 10am to 12pm, Fri
– 10am to 12pm
ADVENT BANNERS: Have you noticed a new set of banners going up on
wall of the church? They are a set of six Advent banners made by a
group of St.
Luke’s ladies in 2000/01.
We thank Phil Phelan for removing and storing the “Passion in
and erecting the six Advent banners in the coming weeks.
KINDER CHILDREN SINGING 2015.
On Wednesday 9th December at 9.30 am, members of the congregation
invited to visit with the children at St. Luke’s kinder to listen
to them singing their
little Christmas songs. If you are interested in sharing in this
concert please see
Pam for details
funerals, musical afternoons and fellowship events that take
place at St. Luke’s.
At present we require help, pre and post these randomly
occurring events, to set up and pack up tables and chairs.
If you think you might be available to help please contact Pam on
5243 9575 or
see on Sunday morning. For this Pastoral opportunity to continue we
THE CHORAL ADVENT 9.30 AM SERVICE ON SUNDAY 13TH DECEMBER
include the recent cantata Suddenly an Angel . . . written for and
sung by St.
Luke’s Choir. This choral work follows the story of Jesus’
Set to music by Malcolm John, it includes solos and choruses, as
well as well-
known songs and hymns sung by the congregation. Do bring a friend
Noel! Noel! is a Christmas Concert presented by Geelong’s acclaimed
Chamber Choir, directed by Rick Prakhoff on Friday 18th December
8.00 pm. This
takes place at The Basilica of St.Mary of the Angels, 136 Yarra
Street, Geelong. It
will include Haydn’s beautiful St.Nicholas Mass by Joseph Haydn,
with soloists, as
well as the Geelong Youth Choir (who practice here in St.Luke’s on
and a new work for choir & soloists by Malcolm John. Tickets at
the door $30 &
$25. School students are Free.
WORLD VISION CHILD SPONSORSHIP.
The open bowl appeal to support our World Vision child – Chalermpon
during November raised $274.70
A cheque for $576.00, being the invoiced amount for continuation of
sponsorship will be sent to World Vision this week.
Thank you to everyone who contributed to this appeal.
YOUR FINAL CHOICE’: Hastening your death when terminally ill –
to ask yourself.
Kenneth Ralph is well known to us, having previously been a
Placement here at St Luke’s. Kenneth is a well-respected therapist
and trained in
philosophy at Otago, in religion at Princeton USA and in
Kenneth’s book ‘Your Final Choice’ is about death control when
terminally ill. It
is an invitation to have a decisive say in how the drama of our
last days is played
out. When afflicted with a painful and terminal illness do we have
to live as long
as we can or is there an alternative: Live only for as long as we
The book describes the options available to us when death is near.
presents eight pastoral/ethical questions that can help us decide
the manner or even the timing of our death.
Kenneth’s book is available for sale at $23.00 and can be purchased
Anderson at our trading table.
St. Luke’s offers many opportunities for members of the
Congregation to be part of a small group. A list of these
groups, along with their contact people can be found on the
notice board outside the Vestry on the West Wall.
Also available is an Information Booklet which, along with
additional information about each of these groups contains details
of our Mission
& Vision statements, Bedrock Convictions and Core Values, plus
details of office
opening hours, web page address and Church Council and Ministry
If you would like a copy of this booklet please see Des or contact
Pam on 5243
9575. Limited copies are available on the desk outside the vestry
under the small
group listing board.
CHRISTMAS MID-WEEK WORSHIP.
We invite you to join us in the Fellowship Room on December
for our final mid-week service for 2015.
Those attending are invited to bring along a small gift or an item
non-perishable food for distribution through Uniting Care.
The service commences at 2 pm and is followed by afternoon
Our services take place on the 2nd Thursday of the month (except in
are open to everyone who enjoys the more traditional style of
Family and friends are welcome to share in this Christmas
For details contact Pam on 5243 9575.
DUTY ROSTERS: The number of people currently available for roster
duty has been reduced and it is necessary for “repeat performances”
to be carried out. The pamphlet listing out the duties which are
necessary to have our facility operating efficiently is on the
table in the foyer. To have rosters done for the New Year it would
be appreciated if we could get more new volunteers to lighten the
load on those already volunteering. The completed forms can be left
in the offering plate.
CLIMATE ACTION MARCH
FRIDAY 27TH NOV 2015
The atmosphere was electric. People jumping up and down to the drum
talking excitedly to those near them, exchanging stories of who
they were and
where they were from.
We were at the front of the march amongst an eclectic mix of
Buddhists and other religions. Many people remarking on how great
it was that
we had come ALL the way from Geelong!!
We held the St Luke’s banner high as we marched with thousands of
people; all concerned with the changes in the climate and urging
leaders at the Paris Summit, (Nov 30 – Dec 11,) to put into action,
required to keep below 2 degrees rise in the temperature of our
Some of the noteworthy slogans on the banners were:-
It was very encouraging to see so many people coming together for
the sake of
wanting to save the earth from overheating, destroying plants,
animals and us
through overconsumption and corporate greed. If the world’s
more than 2 degrees, more low lying countries will be flooded.
People will lose
more of their food crops and their homes. Coastal cities will be
parts of Melbourne.
We must keep the temperature of our world under a 2 degrees rise.
Let us look
deep into our hearts – are we looking out for each other, are we
Jean Daw and Claire Ziegler (in Melbourne, getting ready for the
Uniting Church in Australia Commission for Mission Justice and
Micah Challenge and those who support Helping to Make Poverty
History, will be glad to read that progress has been made in order
eradicate world poverty. The following extract comes from JUSTACT
UCA Mission Unit – Nov Edition:
ENDING EXTREME POVERTY …The World Bank has estimated the number
people living in extreme Poverty (below $2.60 a day), will drop to
below 10% of
the world population in 2015. This builds on the work Governments
over the last 25 years in tackling poverty through actions like
to education, clean water, immunisation, and midwives to assist
women to give
birth safely. Most of these actions have been funded by developing
governments raising their own tax revenue. In 1990 1.9 billion
people lived in
extreme poverty. In 2012, this had dropped to 902 million people
and now in
2015 it is down to 702 million. These targeted government actions
poverty is a problem that can be solved, what is needed is the
political will to
make it happen. Take a prayerful moment, or longer, today to
‘Helping to Make Poverty History.’ The Justice and International
Mission (JIM) Unit exists to provide resources and to engage and
educate others about issues of social justice
(Rae Anderson – for St Luke’s Micah Challenge)
TREKKIE/PRAYER GATHERINGS RECESS.
Friday Trekkies, New Generation Trekkies and the Prayer Gatherings
will be in
recess until February 2016.
Weekly prayer requests can still be submitted by email to Jean
Williams or via
the cards in the pews.
For more details contact Tony on 0421 331 894.
BLUE CHRISTMAS SERVICE
Pastoral Connections invite you to share in a service of
remembrance and hope
for those who are hurting. The reflection will be held at St.
Luke’s on Wednesday
16th December at 7 pm.
This service is open to the family and friends of those who have
close to them, missed sharing a special anniversary or birthday,
had a separation
or divorce in the family, or perhaps having recently lost a
The service will be held in the Fellowship Room and will be
followed by supper.
For more details contact Pam on 5243 9575.