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Christmas 2021 at Mark the Evangelist

Christmas 2015 Reflection ImageYou’re most welcome to join us at our Christmas celebrations this year!

Sunday December 19 (Advent 4, morning worship): a service of Advent carols and readings with Eucharist, 10am.

Christmas Eve (afternoon and evening): (we have no Christmas Eve services at Mark the Evangelist, but commend the Christmas Eve services at St Mary’s Anglican Church.

Christmas Day: Worship with Eucharist, 9.30am

Normal services will continue, 10am, on December 26 and throughout January. 

ALL SERVICES at MtE are presently being live-streamed from the designated start time, and are available later as a recording: details from streaming link on the Home Page

MtE Update – November 25 2021

  1. Attendance at gathered services is presently limited to those who demonstrate that they have had two COVID-19 vaccination shots, or that they are exempt from being vaccinated. Unable to It will be necessary to provide proof of your vaccination, either prior to the service or on the day at the door, but this only needs to be shown once for recording; please see here for more information. If you presently are unable to attend under these conditions the live-stream is still available from the home page, or please contact Craig or your elder.
  2. We will continue to wear masks in worship, except for those who need to remove them when leading the worship, and for morning tea. This policy will be reviewed at the next church council meeting.
  3. The theme of the next issue of Mark the Word is “Peace and goodwill: looking forwards with sharing and caring” What kind of Christmas are you planning for 2021?” We are also suggesting any stories about specially memorable or unusual Christmas in the  past. Contributions to Rosemary are sought by the 30th of November.
  4. News from the Justice and International Mission Cluster (Nov 21)
  5. Peace and diplomacy, and the part we play.

    On Sunday November 28, 2pm (Zoom), Dr John Langmore will present on the importance of international diplomacy in avoiding and minimising international conflict, and connect this work to our own commitments to peace-making at the local level.

    John is Chair of the Board of the Initiative for Peacebuilding at the University of Melbourne. He has previously worked in PNG, been an Australian Member of Parliament, a Divisional Director at the UN and has taught political studies at the University of Melbourne.

    The 1-hour Zoom session will commence at 2pm. About half the time will be committed to the presentation and half to discussion.

  6. The most recent Synod eNews (Nov 25)
  7. The most recent news from the UCA Assembly (Nov 24)
  8. This Sunday November 2 is the first Sunday of Advent. Our focus text will be Luke 21.23-36; see here for some backgound on this reading and others to be heard on Sunday

Advance Notice

  1. December 12: Congregational meeting (budget and focusses for 2022), following worship
  2. December 19 – Advent Cycle of Readings and Advent Carols, worship 10am.
  3. February 13: Futures workshop following worship

MtE Update – November 19 2021

  1. Attendance at gathered services is presently limited to those who demonstrate that they have had two COVID-19 vaccination shots, or that they are exempt from being vaccinated. Unable to It will be necessary to provide proof of your vaccination, either prior to the service or on the day at the door, but this only needs to be shown once for recording; please see here for more information. If you presently are unable to attend under these conditions the live-stream is still available from the home page, or please contact Craig or your elder.
  2. The new roster is about to be finalised; please confirm with Sue your availaliabity to be assigned roles again for the next quarter.
  3. The theme of the next issue of Mark the Word is “Peace and goodwill: looking forwards with sharing and caring” What kind of Christmas are you planning for 2021?” We are also suggesting any stories about specially memorable or unusual Christmas in the  past. Contributions to Rosemary are sought by the 30th of November.
  4. Peace and diplomacy, and the part we play.

    On Sunday November 28, 2pm (Zoom), Dr John Langmore will present on the importance of international diplomacy in avoiding and minimising international conflict, and connect this work to our own commitments to peace-making at the local level.

    John is Chair of the Board of the Initiative for Peacebuilding at the University of Melbourne. He has previously worked in PNG, been an Australian Member of Parliament, a Divisional Director at the UN and has taught political studies at the University of Melbourne.

    The 1-hour Zoom session will commence at 2pm. About half the time will be committed to the presentation and half to discussion.

  5. The most recent news from the UCA Assembly (Nov 17)
  6. This Sunday November 21 is “Christ the King”/”the Reign of Christ” – the final Sunday in the liturgical year. Our focus text will be John 18.33-19.5; see here for some backgound on this reading. If you’ve not seen the film, “The Truman Show”, that would also be good preparation for Sunday!

Advance Notice

  1. December 12: Congregational meeting (budget and focusses for 2022), following worship
  2. December 19 – Advent Cycle of Readings and Advent Carols, worship 10am.
  3. February 13: Futures workshop following worship

MtE Update – November 11 2021

  1. Worship continues in the church this Sunday November 14. Attendance at gathered services will be limited to those who demonstrate that they have had two COVID-19 vaccination shots, or that they are exempt from being vaccinated. It will be necessary to provide proof of your vaccination, either prior to the service or on the day at the door, but this only needs to be shown once for recording; please see here for more information.
  2. AND, and new roster will be prepared in the next or two — please confirm with Sue your availaliabity to be assigned roles again for the next quarter.
  3. The theme of the next issue of Mark the Word is “Peace and goodwill: looking forwards with sharing and caring” What kind of Christmas are you planning for 2021?” We are also suggesting any stories about specially memorable or unusual Christmas in the  past. Contributions are soughtby the 30th of November.
  4. The most recent Synod eNews (Nov 11)
  5. The most recent news from the UCA Assembly (Nov 10)
  6. This Sunday November 12 the readings will come from lectionary, Daniel 12.1-3, Psalm 16 and Mark 13.1-8 (focus text); see here for some backround on some of these texts.

Advance Notice

  1. December 12: Congregational meeting (budget and focusses for 2022), following worship
  2. December 19: Advent Carols and Readings Service (10am)
  3. February 13: Futures workshop following worship

MtE Update – November 5 2021

  1. We will return to gathered worship in the church THIS Sunday November 7!!! Attendance at gathered services will be limited to those who demonstrate that they have had two COVID-19 vaccination shots, or that they are exempt from being vaccinated. It will be necessary to provide proof of your vaccination, either prior to the service or on the day at the door; please see here for more information. Masks continue to be required for attendance at worship.
  2. With the return to worship in the church this week, the worship roster (readers, morning tea, door stewardship, etc.) is re-activated.
  3. AND, a new roster will be prepared in the next or two — please confirm with Sue your availaliabity to be assigned roles again for the next quarter.
  4. The theme of the next issue of Mark the Word is “Peace and goodwill: looking forwards with sharing and caring” What kind of Christmas are you planning for 2021?” We are also suggesting any stories about specially memorable or unusual Christmas in the  past. Contributions are soughtby the 30th of November.
  5. The most recent news from the UCA Assembly (Nov 3)
  6. This Sunday November 7 the readings will come from lectionary, including Ruth 3.1-15, Psalm 146 and Mark 12.38-44.

MtE Update – October 29 2021

  1. Worship this October 31 will  be live-streamed VIA ZOOM at 10.00am. Please see the streaming link on the homepage for the Zoom link; the service will also be recorded for later viewing, although only those with liturgical roles (readings, prayers, etc.) will be ‘caught’ in the distributed recording. 
  2. We will return to gathered worship in the church on Sunday November 7!!! Attendance at gathered services will be limited to those who demonstrate that they have had two COVID-19 vaccination shots, or that they are exempt from being vaccinated. Please see here for more information.
  3. The most recent Synod eNews (Oct 28)
  4. The most recent news from the UCA Assembly (Oct 27)
  5. This Sunday October 31, our preacher will be Peter Blackwood. The readings will reflect the All Saints theme, All Saint being November 1: Hebrews 12:1-3, Psalm 24, John 11:32-44.

Returning to Worship at MtE

Attendance only for fully vaccinated people

We will be returning to gathered worship in the church on Sunday November 7, 2021

The church council of MtE recently considered the logistics of returning to gathered worship under the present health directives, and resolved that:

  • MtE gather for public worship as a fully vaccinated/exempt-only community;
  • MtE continue to provide online access to live and recorded services for at least the duration of these limited worship gatherings;
  • MtE return to gathered worship on Sunday 7 November; and
  • this policy be reviewed at the December Church Council meeting.

This is to say that if you have not had both COVID-19 vaccinations, you will not be able to attend Sunday morning public worship at MtE until vaccination ceases to be a factor impinging on social gatherings

The following summary of the rationale for the above resolution was also approved:

  • The Church Council has determined that, in view of the current health crisis, our public worship services would be open only to people fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and to those exempt from vaccination. While individuals are free not to be vaccinated, we believe vaccination to be the best response of Christians to the present health crisis. In vaccination, we express concern for each other as much as for ourselves. This policy is intended to reflect that conviction and will apply until such vaccination ceases to be relevant for public gatherings. We recognise that this means some might not be able to participate fully in congregational activities, and we will seek to offer ministry to these as we are able. If you are in this situation, please contact the minister for discussion.

Putting this into practice

This policy requires that, in order to attend gathered worship services at MtE for the time being, it is necessary to demonstrate that you have received your double COVID-19 vaccination or are exempt from vaccination. There are several ways of doing this:

  • Download a copy of your vaccination certificate from your MyGov account and email it Rod M or Craig T for recording;
  • Take a screenshot of your digital certificate in the Medicare app on your smartphone and email or text it to Rod or Craig;
  • Bring your phone and show it to the attendance recorder (usually Rod M or Peter B!) on the first Sunday you attend;
  • Phone Medicare and request that a copy of your certificate be posted to you, and bring it to church to show us.

More information about obtaining a vaccination certificate is available on this government page. If you’re still unsure of how to access one of these options, please check with Rod or Craig or a tech-savvy family member!

It will help us if you are able to send us confirmation of vaccination prior to your first attendance back at church, but on the day is also fine.

While it will continue to be necessary to record your attendance at church via the QR code each week (as before the most recent lockdown), your vaccination status needs only to be demonstrated once. Our record of your vaccination will include that you have been vaccinated and the date of your second vaccination, and will only be held for as long as we might need to demonstrate to health authorities that the gathered congregation is fully vaccinated.

MtE Update – October 23 2021

    1. Worship this October 24 will  be live-streamed VIA ZOOM at 10.00am. Please see the streaming link on the homepage for the Zoom link; the service will also be recorded for later viewing, although only those with liturgical roles (readings, prayers, etc.) will be ‘caught’ in the distributed recording. It is not necessary to have a web-camera to view the live-streamed service; connect via Zoom and you’ll see what is to be seen, but just won’t be seen yourself!
    2. Our Melbourne Uniting Churches’ Justice Coalition is hosting an online event on asylum seeker issues on THIS SUNDAY Octotber 24: details.
    3. For those interested who enquired about the version of the organ the Saint-Saens organ movement featureed in the most recent MtW, was performed by Zuglo Philharmonic (Budapest) with Hamori Máté.
    4. If you’ve not checked out what’s happening in Hotham Mission, have a look!
    5. The most recent Presbytery News (October 18)
    6. The most recent Synod eNews (Special post-virus edition, Oct 21)
    7. The most recent news from the UCA Assembly (October 20)
    8. This Sunday October 24, and perhaps for the remainder of the year, we will return to set Sunday readings in the lectionary. This Sunday we our focus text will be Mark 10.46-53. See here for some commentary on the gospel text.

MtE Update – October 15 2021

  1. Worship this October 17 will  be live-streamed VIA ZOOM at 10.00am. Please see the streaming link on the homepage for the Zoom link; the service will also be recorded for later viewing, although only those with liturgical roles (readings, prayers, etc.) will be ‘caught’ in the distributed recording. PLEASE NOTE that it is not necessary to have a web-camera to view the live-streamed service; connect via Zoom and you’ll see what is to be seen, but just won’t be seen yourself!
  2. Our Melbourne Uniting Churches’ Justice Coalition is hosting an online event on asylum seeker issues on Oct 24: details.
  3. Wesley UC (Lonsdale St) is running a new online film group
  4. A pastoral letter from the VicTas Moderator (re: vaccination and the ministries of congregations; Oct 8)
  5. News from the Justice and International Mission Cluster (Oct 14)
  6. The most recent Synod eNews (Oct 12 [vaccinations and church]) and general news (Oct 14)
  7. The most recent news from the UCA Assembly (Oct 13)
  8. This Sunday October 17, and perhaps for the remainder of the year, we will return to set Sunday readings in the lectionary. This Sunday we our focus text will be Mark 10.35-45. See here for some commentary on the gospel text.

Melbourne UCA Justice Coalition

‘The Melbourne UCA Justice Coalition’ needs a better name but, for the moment, this labels an informal coalition of members from several Uniting Churches in or around the Melbourne CBD. Coalition participants presently include members of the Carlton, North Melbourne, Richmond, Wesley (Lonsdale St) and St Michaels (Collins St) congregations At the moment we don’t have our own web presence, so this is a ‘borrowed’ post on the Mark the Evangelist site while we wait to see how the coalition develops.

The purpose of the coalition is for participants to think together about ‘live’ justice and peace issues in our congregations and wider society, in order to learn more about them and to begin to act to make a difference. We’re just beginning to find our feet in this intention!

Meetings of the coalition are presently held online via Zoom. If you are interested in being part of these conversations, contact Craig (MtE minister) to be added to the email group for notification of meetings and events.

Two projects are presently in place: (1) attention to issues around asylum-seeking in Australia; and (2) promoting peace through diplomacy.

An online event around the first project – ‘Shining a light on asylum in Australia’ – was held in October 2021.

An online gathering on peace will take place on November 28, 2021:

Peace and diplomacy, and the part we play.

On Sunday November 28, 2pm (Zoom), Dr John Langmore will present on the importance of international diplomacy in avoiding and minimising international conflict, and connect this work to our own commitments to peace-making at the local level.

John is Chair of the Board of the Initiative for Peacebuilding at the University of Melbourne. He has previously worked in PNG, been an Australian Member of Parliament, a Divisional Director at the UN and has taught political studies at the University of Melbourne.

The 1-hour Zoom session will commence at 2pm. About half the time will be committed to the presentation and half to discussion.

Zoom connection details are

Topic: Peace and Diplomacy, and the part we play
Time: Nov 28, 2021 02:00 PM Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81681587630?pwd=TWtzT1RibjJ1NFQvUGhPOVZPaEMxdz09
Meeting ID: 816 8158 7630
Passcode: 742877

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