Victoria has come out of the five day ‘circuit breaker’ lockdown. It’s fair to say we have already spent months in the ‘desert’ away from the world and given up a lot. At the beginning of Lent, let’s be gentle with ourselves. Instead of focusing on what we could ‘give up for Lent,’ let’s consider what we can ‘take up for Lent’ that will enhance personal, social and environmental well-being.
Giving up chocolate won’t change the world. Time spent in contemplation on what really matters just might. Small steps taken by ordinary people (taking time to nurture friendships, joining with others to clean up a park or beach, creating a safe neighbourhood by encouraging community events) can make a big difference. I’m thankful that at St Michael’s we participate in a community where we connect with one another, and reflect on meaning and mystery. For some that community is Online, and for those who would like to gather in church on Sunday, the doors will be open again!
Peace and blessings Margaret
Tap and Pay - the new way to give
Give safely using the Tap and Pay donation points located at the entrance on the corner of Collins and Russell Sts and in the St Michael's Walk Colonnade. To give, simply tap your credit or debit card, smartphone or wearable on the 'tap and go' device where indicated. Donations are set at $10. If you wish to give more, you can do so by tapping as many times as you like.
There is a ‘Giving’ button with instructions for online giving. A downloadable donation form is also available. Cheques may be mailed to St Michael’s Office. For regular or one-off offerings make an online deposit here: St Michaels Uniting Church. BSB: 083004 A/C: 515113338
Offerings to support the ministry and shared life of St Michael’s are received with gratitude.
Vale - Bernice Creek
We have learned this week that Bernice Creek passed away on 11 February 2021 at the age of 101. Bernice and her late husband, Norman, became Members of St Michael’s in 1986 and were very active for many years, attending church services and being volunteer Tour Guides for the Week Day Tour Program. They made many friends at St Michael’s and enjoyed social times together. Some of Bernice’s friends have continued to keep in touch with her up until recent times.
Bernice enjoyed living at Hansworth Aged Care in Mulgrave and was well until her passing on 11 February. We have sent a card of condolence and our good memories of Bernice, to her family.
It's time to care about aged care
Uniting Church members can support the campaign that calls for the transformation of Australia’s aged care system. Find out more here