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

Sunday 24th October 10am
This week’s theme is about LIBERATION.

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.

Tecoma Uniting Church AGM

Sunday 24th October 2021 : See the latest edition of Tecoma Times for details on registering to join the online meeting. Open to anyone who considered Tecoma Uniting Church as their “Spiritual Home”.

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

Just Update – Anti-Poverty week

Anti-Poverty Week will be held from the 17th to the 23rd in October 2021. We are reminding governments that there are 2 key things they can do to unlock poverty for individuals, families, and children: raise income support above the poverty line and invest in social housing.

Two campaigns you can participate in straight away are Raise the Rate for Good to fix our social security safety net, and Everybody’s Home to address affordable housing.

There are a range of resources to browse through from the official Anti-poverty Week website, National Council of ChurchesSalvation AmyBrotherhood of St Laurence, and TasCOSS

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


New Office & Facilities Manager

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.

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.


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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