Welcome

Wominjeka. Welcome. We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we meet, the Wurrundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respect to their Elders past, present and emerging. We also acknowledge our gratitude that we share this land, our sorrow for some of the costs of that sharing and our collective hope and belief that we can move to a place of equity, justice and partnership together. We are located in the foothills of the Dandenong Ranges in the village of Tecoma. We are a Christian Church devoted to serving our local community. You’re welcome to have a look around our website or come and visit us.

Sunday Service

For this Sunday November 28th November and our First Sunday of Advent, the theme is Homesick. It will be a chance as we begin our Advent journey, to consider the ways we feel far from home and the ways and times the world (or our world) is not as we’d have it be.

This Sunday marks the beginning of Advent. Our theme for the coming season is ‘Close to Home’.

When something hits close to home, it affects us deeply. During the Advent and Christmas season, we journey through scriptures and rituals that are tender, heavy with emotion, and vulnerable. We carry the memories and truths of this season close to our hearts. Close to Home acknowledges the “already but not yet” tension that our spiritual narrative points towards: that Spirit is with us and in us … and yet there is so much that falls short of all it could yet be.

This Advent, may we be comforted by the One who dwells intimately with us. May we expand safety and sanctuary for everyone wandering far from home. May we come home— wherever home is found—to live fully with joy, hope, and courage.

We encourage everyone over the age of 16 who will be attending, to ensure you have proof of full vaccination as we are required to have a Covid check-in marshal at the door to ensure vaccination status. This can be presented in either:

  • COVID-19 digital certificate presented on the Service Victoria App if you have setup vaccination status, or saved to a smartphone wallet. Here is a link to assist in doing this
  • Printed copy of COVID-19 digital certificate
  • Printed copy of immunisation history statement
  • Medical exemption together with a valid photo ID

Please contact the office if you are struggling with this.

For those not/not yet fully vaccinated, we hope you will still be able to join the service which will be live streamed (the link for which is below). We believe these measures will be in place until we reach 90% vaccination rates.

To access the service, use this Zoom link.
Meeting ID: 829 2369 7058
Pass code: 109713

NB: You do not need to have downloaded Zoom to view the service, nor do you need to have your camera or microphone on.

Services are also recorded and can be made available upon request.

Tuesday Check-in

We would also love to see as many people as can attend the Tuesday Check-In on Zoom (details below) as we know that reaching out and sharing our concerns and celebrations can help us all feel better at this time. Why not pick up the phone or make a Zoom call to friends and family during this lockdown to see how they are doing and ensure they feel connected. It is likely to be well appreciated.

Here is the Zoom link
Meeting ID: 850 6628 8972
Passcode: 631044

Congratulations!

 

 

Last Sunday Lisa Carey from Presbytery joined us to acknowledge Minister Matt Cutler’s official recognition as an ordained minister in the Uniting Church. Look out!

“…the real winners here are the UCA. A great minister of the Gospel with a huge heart for the broader community.”
Matt Harry

“Congratulations Matt! We are indeed a very fortunate community to have you in our midsts!” Di Kay

 

 

 

Tecoma Twilight Market

We are very excited to announce the release of the Tecoma Twilight Ethical Gift Buying Guide.
Hoping to combat the mindless mass consumerism that we all participate in – appreciating the damage we are inflicting on the planet and our fellow planet dwellers, we are offering an alternative; mindful, conscientious, ethical gift buying that invites each of us to consider the impact of our choices and moves us in the direction of the world we’d like to see.

Jess Nabb, with the support of the Tecoma Twilight team, has done an incredible job putting together the guide which features a whole range of ethical products and artists – all of which are:
•    Fair trade
•    Up-cycled goods
•    Sustainability or environmentally focused
•    Support social enterprises or are community empowerment driven
•    Are products from a local artist, maker or trader

You’ll therefore find products that support;

  • Vegan, plastic/waste free, organic lifestyle
  • Carbon neutral businesses
  • Empowerment of women, refugees advocacy
  • First Nations People’s
  • A localised local economy

So check it out at our website here and ensure that throughout this holiday season, you utilise the Gift Buying Guide to to assist in ethical shopping in the hope we can do our part to contribute to a better world.

Happy gift buying!

Wilderness Magazine contributions

We are currently seeking contributors for the next instalment of the Wilderness Magazine.   Flowing out of our Seasons of Creation month, the upcoming theme will be:

The Garden of Life

Whether it is about new beginnings, growth, changing seasons, new life – we’d welcome anything that this theme inspires.
So be it poems about growth, personal stories of childhood memories in relative’s gardens, or what being in nature does for you.
Being a garden theme, we’d also love to see gardening tips and and experiences of your own garden.

Furthermore, for this edition, we’d also love everyone to contribute. We are asking each household, to share a picture of their garden. We hope to create a community collage and a chance to look into each other’s back yards. It will be a nice way to break down those barriers of isolation that has been so prominent this past 6 months.

Please send your contributions to Kellie in the office at office@tecomauc.org.auor directly to Allison Howard at alli.howard123@gmail.com

Special First Nations Kids segment – Postponed due to recent lockdown

We continue to hope that Emmy Webbers a Gunai/Kurnai woman and local First People’s educator will be running the kids program. We’ll hear her read a book in the service before she runs some activities for the kids out in the hall. We just don’t know exactly when at this stage.

For those of you with families, we are hoping to know numbers of kids attending so could you please email Matt with a quick RSVP.

Emmy will also have a table set up in the foyer after the service selling some of her materials and wares. Check out her website: www.wurruckyambo.com

The Treasure Shop is looking for Volunteers!

The Tecoma Uniting Op Shop (Treasure Shop) in Upwey is looking for new volunteers for 3.5 hour shifts Monday-Friday and Saturdays 10-1. Please contact Lorraine on 0416 149 731 or Jenny on 0417 77 17 67  if you are interested. Please leave a message and we will ring you back.

 

Important News

Please remember to sign in using the QR Code provided whenever you are in the church building. If you are unsure how to do this please ask for help. We are no longer able to have hand written contact tracing logs.

 

Financial Contributions

If you would like to support the work of the church and it’s service to the surrounding community, you 
can do this through our Bendigo Bank account.
BSB: 633 000 & Account: 131789216    To contact us:  (03) 9754 2177 or email office@tecomauc.org.au

 

Keep up to date with what is happening in and around the Tecoma Uniting Church and get our latest newsletter, The Tecoma Times here.

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