MtE Update – January 23 2019

  1. The first update for 2019!
  2. The latest Presbytery update (Jan 3) is here.
  3. The most recent update from the Synod Justice Unit
  4. An update from the Assembly on the recent decision about same-sex marriage.
  5. For those interested in doing some preparation to hearing the readings for this coming Sunday January 27, see the commentary links here.

Other things potentially of interest

Richmond Uniting, together with the local Richmond Anglican and Catholic churches, runs a Food Centre: Richmond Churches Food Centre. The Food Centre provides food security to hundreds of households each week and also provides a welcoming and safe space for a cup of tea and a chat – this is particularly important for many isolated people, including people experiencing homelessness. It is a pretty awesome, grassroots initiative that is almost completely run by volunteers.

At present we need some new volunteers as some of our current volunteers are moving into new employment or retiring, and I thought that there might be some people in your parish (not too far away) who may be looking for away to contribute to the greater good.
So, I was wondering if you could think about whether there may be someone you know in your parish.
The Food Centre is open to the public on Mondays and Fridays. In particular we need a new ‘tea person’. This role is from 9.30am til 12.30pm on Mondays or on Fridays (someone would not be expected to do both days). The tea person is the welcoming face of the Food Centre. We are also keen for people who can volunteer between 7am and 9am for unloading food trucks and sorting food, on either Mondays or Fridays. And of course, people can volunteer for the whole day (7am-2pm) on a Monday or a Friday. All volunteers at the Food Centre need a current Working with Children Card.
If you would like to get more of a sense about the Food Centre, go to our webpage (below) and scroll down the front page and you will find a short 5 minute film about the Food Centre.
Thanks for taking the time to think about it. If you do have someone in mind, feel welcome to pass on my email address to them.
Rev Dr Sally Douglas

Minister: Richmond Uniting Church 
304-314 Church Street, Richmond

Postal Address: 26 Waltham Place, Richmond, 3121
Email: Phone: 03 9427 1282