Category Archives: UCA News and Other Upcoming Events

MtE Update – June 11 2021

  1. Worship this Sunday June 13 will be a pre-recorded service (no gathered congregation). While some congregations will gather, the decision to pre-record was taken to simplify preparation in view of the uncertainty prior to the government announcement of the relaxation of C19 constraints. Check-in for the service from 10am via the MtE website homepage or direct from our YouTube channel from 10am on Sunday. At this stage, worship for June 20 can be expected to be back in the church.
  2. News from the Justice and International Mission Cluster (June 10)
  3. The Hotham Mission End of Financial Year Appeal has now been launched. If you can support HM in this way, this is possible via the HM website.
  4. From June 20 the focus texts for Sunday worship will be taken from Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. For more details, see this dedicated post
  5. The most recent Synod eNews (June 10)
  6. This coming Sunday June 13 worship will be led by Robert Gribben and Peter Blackwood; some textual and podcast commentary on the readings are here.

Old News

  1. Please consider supporting the Friends of Vellore fundraiser to support the hospital’s COVID-19 response in India; donation details are here.

Advance Dates

  1. Our congregational meeting to consider further our congregation’s future accommodation has been shifted to Sunday July 18, commencing after worship and continuing to mid-afternoon; more details to come!!

MtE Update – June 6 2021

  1. Worship this Sunday June 6 will be a live-streamed service without a gathered congregation [that is, we cannot gather as a congregation at the church this week!]. You can access this from the green ‘Live Stream Sunday Service’ image-link at the top of our home page, or direct from our YouTube channel from 10am on Sunday.
  2. For those interested in exploring Taize’s style of worship, Northcote UCA is conducting a monthly service: info.  
  3. An online event which may interest some: Imagining a better world
  4. The following was mentioned in a recent congregational conversation and may be of interest to some members ‘You might have seen the Morrison Government wants to hand $50 million in public money over to gas corporations to frack the Northern Territory. But Traditional Owners have been saying no for over a decade, and have written a letter to Parliament demanding they put an end to fracking once and for all. [There’s a online petition you can contribute to:] http://getup.to/pKrqVhB7ehn9jux
  5. This coming Sunday June 6 our guest preacher is Rob Gallacher; some textual and podcast commentary on the readings are here.

Old News

  1. Please consider supporting the Friends of Vellore fundraiser to support the hospital’s COVID-19 response in India; donation details are here.

Advance Dates

  1. Our congregational meeting to consider further our congregation’s future accommodation has been shifted to Sunday July 18, commencing after worship and continuing to mid-afternoon; more details to come!!

MtE Update – May 28 2021

  1. Worship this Sunday May 30 will be a pre-recorded service available from our YouTube channel around 10am. We’ve had some website issues lately so go to the YouTube channel directly if the website is not operating.
  2. The planned ecumenical Service of Christian Unity for this Sunday May 30 is postponed on account of the C-19 restrictions presently in place — to be held sometime soon!
  3. For those interested in exploring Taize’s style of worship, Northcote UCA is conducting a monthly service: info.  
  4. The most recent Synod eNews (May 27)
  5. The most recent Presbytery News is here (May 26)
  6. This coming Sunday May 30 is Trinity Sunday; some textual and podcast commentary on the readings are here.

Old News

  1. Please consider supporting the Friends of Vellore fundraiser to support the hospital’s COVID-19 response in India; donation details are here.

Advance Dates

  1. Our congregational meeting to consider further our congregation’s future accommodation has been shifted to Sunday July 18, commencing after worship and continuing to mid-afternoon; more details to come!!

MtE Update – May 21 2021

  1. There will be an ecumenical Service of Christian Unity on Sunday May 30, 6pm at St Mary’s Anglican Church, 430 Queensberry Street, North Melbourne, incorporating at least the congregations of St Mary’s, Mark the Evangelist and the West Melbourne Baptist Church. You are most welcome – encouraged! – to attend!
  2. News from the Justice and International Mission Cluster (May 18)
  3. Please consider supporting the Friends of Vellore fundraiser to support the hospital’s COVID-19 response in India; donation details are here.
  4. This coming Sunday May 23 is Pentecost; some commentary on the readings are here.

Advance Dates

  1. Earlier advice of a congregational meeting on June 27 is now awaiting confirmation — the date may need to be delayed a few weeks. This meeting will be to consider further our congregational, and will commence after worship and continue to mid-afternoon; more details to come!!

MtE Update – May 13 2021

  1. The most recent Synod eNews (May 13)
  2. Please consider supporting the Friends of Vellore fundraiser to support the hospital’s COVID-19 response in India; donation details are here.
  3. This coming Sunday May 16 we will pick up the celebration of Ascension (today, May 13); the readings are here.

Other things of interest

  1. New Testament STUDY GROUPS have begun — Wednesday evenings and Friday afternoons. This is a great course on the New Testament from a contemporary scholarly perspective, using online video (lectures), complemented by printed transcripts. Details of the discussion groups and how to register can be found here (registration helps!). Join with members from 5 or 6 other congregations for great conversation and learning together — late starters most welcome!

Advance Dates

ADVANCE notice of a congregational meeting June 27 to consider further our buildings and futures project

MtE Update – May 6 2021

  1. New Testament STUDY GROUPS have begun — Wednesday evenings and Friday afternoons. This is a great course on the New Testament from a contemporary scholarly perspective, using online video (lectures), complemented by printed transcripts. Details of the discussion groups and how to register can be found here (registration helps!). Join with members from 5 or 6 other congregations for great conversation and learning together — late starters most welcome!
  2. News from the Justice and International Mission Cluster (May 3)
  3. The most recent Synod eNews (April 29)
  4. The most recent Presbytery News is here (April 28)
  5. This coming Sunday May 9 we continue to focus on the Sunday selections from Acts, this week from Acts 10n. Some comment on the readings for this week can be found here.

MtE Update – April 22 2021

  1. New Testament STUDY GROUPS have begun — Wednesdays April 21 and Fridays April 23. This is a great course on the New Testament from a contemporary scholarly perspective, using online video (lectures), complemented by printed transcripts. Details of the discussion groups and how to register can be found here (registration helps!). Join with members from 5 or 6 other congregations for great conversation and learning together — late starters most welcome!
  2. REMINDER — it is now mandatory that attendance at MtE services is registered electronically; you can make this easier for the door steward by having the ‘Service Victoria’ app installed on your smartphone and scanning yourself in. If you can’t do this, we’ll have a system in place to add you to the attendance list!
  3. News from the Justice and International Mission Cluster (April 20)
  4. Check out what’s happening at Hotham Mission
  5. Please note the change of time for Audrey Larsen’s funeral – now to be at 10.30am on Monday April 26.
  6. This coming Sunday April 25 we continue to focus on the Sunday selections from Acts. Some comment on the readings for this week can be found here.

Old News

  1. Religion in the University – a one-day symposium at Newman College, Parkville; details

MtE Update – April 16 2021

  1. Please note that it will be mandatory from April 23 that attendance at MtE services is registered electronically; you can make this easier for the door steward by having the ‘Service Victoria’ app installed on your smartphone and scanning yourself in. If you can’t do this, we’ll have a system in place to add you to the attendance list!
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  1. New Testament STUDY GROUPS commence next week, Wednesday April 21 (7.45pm) and Friday April 23 (1.30pm). This is a great course on the New Testament from a contemporary scholarly perspective, using online video (lectures), complemented by printed transcripts. Details of the discussion groups and how to register can be found here (registration helps!). Join with members from 5 or 6 other congregations for great conversation and learning together!
  2. The next meeting of the newly-forming UCA CBD Justice Action Coalition will be next Tuesday April 20 at 7.30pm via Zoom — contact Craig if you’ve not already received the meeting link (different from last time!)
  3. The MtE AGM will be conducted following worship this Sunday April 18.
  4. The most recent Synod eNews (April 15)
  5. This Sunday April 18 we continue to focus on the Sunday selections from Acts. Some comment on the readings for this week can be found here.

Old News

  1. Religion in the University – a one-day symposium at Newman College, Parkville; details

MtE Update – April 9 2021

  1. STUDY GROUPS — Commencing Wednesday April 21 and Friday April 23. This is a great course on the New Testament from a contemporary scholarly perspective, using online video (lectures), complemented by printed transcripts. Details of the discussion groups and how to register can be found here. Join with members from 5 or 6 other congregations for great conversation and learning together!
  2. Religion in the University – a one-day symposium at Newman College, Parkville; details.
  3. This coming Sunday April 11 we move into the Easter-season readings. For this present Easter season, we will be looking mainly at the Sunday selections from Acts. Some comment on the readings for this week can be found here.

Advance Dates

  1. AGM — April 18, following worship

MtE Update – April 1 2021

  1. Our Holy Week and Easter services details are here, including TONIGHT night, Friday morning, Saturday morning and Easter Day. Please note that only the Good Friday and Easter Day services will be live-streamed. Our focus texts on Good Friday will be Mark 15 and Job 23; on Sunday (Easter) the texts will be Job 38 and Mark 16.1-8. Maundy Thursday will feature a reading of St John’s Passion, and Saturday’s service will be a sequence of readings, psalms and hymns.
  2. The most recent Synod eNews (April 1)

Old News

  1. The next study series will be a survey of the New Testament, commencing online after the Easter school holidays, Wednesday night and Friday afternoons. This is a great course using online video (lectures), complemented by printed transcripts. Details of the NT studies can be found here. We are also looking at the possibility of running an online series again on the Old Testament if there is interest

Advance Dates

  1. AGM — April 18, following worship; papers available from April 4.
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