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.
Being a month of both reflection and action, one humble action is the sing this petition by Tearfund – The Call for all Creation, which asks “calls on governments and leaders across the world to build a more just, compassionate and sustainable society so that all people and all creation can flourish.”
For the month of September we will participating in the Seasons of Creation – a joining with people of faith all over the world to consider this incredible home we are gifted.
It is a month of prayer and reflection – but also action.
So join us on Sunday mornings through zoom, but also jump on board the various actions we suggest so that we may collectively raise our voices and help create a more harmonious future together as members of the earth.NB: You do not need to have downloaded Zoom to view the service, nor do you need to have your camera or microphone on.
Meeting ID: 829 2369 7058
Pass code: 109713
Another week, another week of lockdown. We are mindful of you all and hope you are travelling ok, being gentle with yourselves and reaching out when you can.
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
As many of you are aware, we advertised a few weeks ago for an office manager, as Sue Brown transitions into a newly created Hospitality role in the church.
Over the past week, the council has received applications and conducted interviews with some excellent candidates.
We are pleased to announce that Kelli Grattidge, who has been traveling with our community for the past 18 months, has accepted our invitation to take up this role. Kelli brings a wealth of experience in project management and administrative support for a range of government funded artistic and council projects, events and festivals.
Kelli’s start date will be finalised once we know when the present lockdown will end.
We would like to thank every applicant for expressing interest in this role and look forward to joining you in welcoming Kelli into the Office & Hospitality Manager position.
Peace for Afghanistan
For that reason it felt like a significant thing; to gather, to stand in solidarity with, to pray, to be informed and to raise funds for the people of Afghanistan.
It was beautifully created and curated by Jess Nabb with beautiful, soulful offerings from all of our local presenters. As a community we managed to raise around $2,000.
The money will all go to this significant cause – helping children and families on the ground.
We were reminded that this cause is ongoing and this fundraising page will continue to channel funds. Therefore, I’d encourage you to consider making ongoing or future donations and also to check back in and see how the funds are being dispersed.
Special First Nations Kids segment – Postponed due to current 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.
Some Lockdown Tips
We hope that you are all doing okay in lockdown. For those of you working from home it is important to take regular short breaks that can be as little as five minutes or less. These are effective energy management strategies such as stretching, walking up and down stairs, gazing out a window at nature or having a five minute mindful meditation. If you would like some tips on how to do some stretches please see the links below.
Try these Stretches at your Desk or Workstation for hips, neck, upper body, legs & back:
Stretches at your desk 1 – Hips: https://youtu.be/vAsNz_BRgv8
Stretches at your desk 2 – Neck: https://youtu.be/5gRe–kAYIw
Stretches at your desk 3 – Upper body: https://youtu.be/JwMH159dH3A
Stretches at your desk 4 – Legs and back: https://youtu.be/_5y4TwpqksY
Stretches at your desk 5 – Total body: https://youtu.be/kCj77HCcl00
For more well-being videos go to: https://eapassist.com.au/digital/wellness-videos/
Connecting with people is important for us all especially during lockdown, even if that means using some new technology, picking up the phone for a chat or going for a walk with a friend. You will both likely feel much better for it.
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.
Wilderness Magazine – Again & Again
The latest edition of our ‘Creative Art magazine’ is available for download. A huge thanks to Allison Howard for putting it all together for us once again. We hope that you are keeping well and can take the time in these strange times to enjoy all the artistic talents and reflections of our community.
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 email@example.com
Keep up to date with what is happening in and around the Tecoma Uniting Church and get our latest newsletter, The Tecoma Times here.