Welcome

Tecoma Twilight Market: Sunday 15th November

It’s on again, well sort of… It is 2020 after all.

See here for details… Tecoma Twilight market.

 

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.

We are moving more of our interactions to remote and online. It is best to contact us via phone or email as our premises is not currently open for gatherings. Please note that the church is closed to any meetings or gatherings, including for those hiring the facilities, until further notice.

Please contact us on (03) 9754 2177 or email office@tecomauc.org.au

An interactive online worship service is held every Sunday morning at 10am through the church’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/tecomauc and can be viewed even without a Facebook account. We also have a “Chat & Cuppa” gathering via Zoom on a Tuesday morning between 11am – 12:30pm. check out the latest “Tecoma Times” or email us for details.

Wilderness Magazine


The latest edition of “The Wilderness” magazine is now available, titled Resilience.
I have had a hard time tying to define resilience, it is a very personal word, and is an intense descriptor – “How resilient are you?” “My, that person is strong, they are resilient.” It is a word used attached to a fighter, someone of strength, of will, of passion or dare I say defiance?

But is that all? What is resilience, really?

Resilience is a notion of behaviour that a person or a group experiences, and fluidly moves through to reach a common goal. Compromises arise as knowledge of uncharted territory come to light even the entire “goal” can change. Resilience is the acceptance of failure and a wealth of love to move pass this.

Resilience is not one muscle bound person fighting for a cause. Resilience is a collection of experiences, it is the knowledge of surviving. It is looking at the steps you have in front of you not the entire mountain. Resilience is something that dwells in our stomachs, hearts and minds, it is the knowledge of achievement set in a quiet foundation of persistence and love.

We are also calling for contributions before 25th September for the next edition of Wilderness with the theme “Hope”. Please send contributions to Alison – alli.howard123@gmail.com by September 25th.

 

Some resources to help people navigate this period of social distancing.

Suggested resources for accompanying you through quarantine:

  • Richard Rohr’s daily devotions. Subscribe at www.cac.org to have a daily email delivered toyour inbox.
  • The Uniting Church website www.victas.uca.org.au offers a range of resources and suggestions.
  • OnBeing have created a ‘Care Package for uncertain times’ with podcasts, poetry, meditations and reflections. It can be found though their website www.onbeing.org which is also a terrific podcast itself.
  • Poetry Unbound is a podcast in which poet Pádraig Ó Tuama takes you through a single poem each episode. Short and unhurried; contemplative and energising.
  • Meditative stories podcast combines the emotional pull of immersive storytelling with gentle “mindfulness prompts” throughout to prompt listeners to settle more deeply in story details, and connect with their own observations. (web-based at http://podcast.meditativestory.com or via your podcast app)
  • Pray-as-you-go offers guided daily prayer (web-based at www.pray-as-you-go.org or via your podcast app)
  • John Tansey is running online guided mindfulness meditations daily at 11am through Zoom. Check the flyer or email John at tojtansey@gmail.com for the details.We’d also love your suggestions of books, websites and podcasts that might help resource your heart, mind and spirit during this time and beyond!

 

Coronavirus – A Book for Children

Having difficulties explaining “Corona Virus” to children. Maybe this book can help. Just click the image at right.

 

CHAOS Chat Line

The Community Houses Association of the Outer eastern Suburbs (CHAOS Inc) is a network of 30 Neighbourhood and community houses and centres across Melbourne’s outer eastern suburbs.

Current COVID-19 restrictions require people to stay home and self isolate, meaning many people, especially those unable to use or without access to technology, may be cut off from their normal social support networks and feel very lonely and isolated.

In response to this we have created a toll free line where people can simply ring and have a chat. It is not therapeutic or for crisis, just a friendly person on the other end of the phone. The service will operate Monday – Friday 10am – 1pm and Monday – Thursday 5pm – 9pm.

 

Social Distance

Maintaining a healthy social distance does not mean that we need to have a communal or spiritual distance, just a physical separation. Thus Tecoma Uniting Church is now operating ‘virtually’  via Facebook Live. Gathering together in one place will have to be put aside for now but join us via Facebook each Sunday morning at our usual time. We are also looking at other online options, so keep an eye out here for updates as we progress through the Covid19 lockdown.

Staying connected also means being able to continue with our offerings that keep the church operating. You can do this either through our U Ethical account by downloading this form with Congregation Account Number: 108373002 and Account Name of  “Tecoma Parish Uniting Church UEthical Enhanced Cash Portfolio”, and returning it to the Office….

or our Bendigo Bank account.
BSB: 633 000
Account: 131789216

  The “Church” is not the building, it is the people and we can stay connected in the Wilderness.

A link to some helpful information in response last Summer’s Bushfire Crisis

Our address is:
1566 Burwood Hwy
Tecoma VIC 3160
Melway reference 75 D9

Please contact us on (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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