A small but enthusiastic group met around the table on Thursday, 5th November. Margaret Morey was Facilitator, and we shared greetings over our lunch. Jenny Feldheim (nee Gilchrist) happened to call into the Office and saw us meeting in McGregor Hall, and so we were very pleased when she joined us. Jenny has sold her house at Tailem Bend and is moving to Tasmania to be closer to her family. We wish her well.
Margaret shared a short Devotion with us, and we then were brought up-to-date with any necessary business. We are sorry that Lillias Thomson after many years of efficiently and diligently carrying out the role of Treasurer, feels she is not able to continue. Thank you, Lillias, for a job well done. We will discuss with the Church Office to see if they can handle our money, and do the banking next year, as from 1st January. This year our small group has raised just over $1000, a wonderful effort! So we agreed to distribute a total of $950 - $200 each to National & World Mission Support, Frontier Services, and UCAF's Special Annual Appeal (this year for Outback Links), $100 Act for Peace, $100 to the Paschke Family, $50 to Shalom Christian College, $50 Australian Refugee Association and $50 to Uniting Care Adelaide East.
We were all interested to hear Lillias as she told us some of the highlights of her recent cruise, with her friend, around Australia, calling in at many ports, and sharing with us the many informative papers published daily by the ship, giving news and details of life aboard.
Our end of year gathering is on Thursday 3rd December commencing with a shared lunch at 12 noon. Details have been in the Church News Bulletin each recent Sunday, so we do hope that members of the congregation have kept the day free so they can join us – YOU know, of course, of the skill of the professional musicians who will entertain us – Jan Cockington, playing the piano, and Lyn Whellan playing the oboe. So come along and bring a friend for an enjoyable afternoon of good company, carol singing, stories and music.
Though small in numbers but great in spirit we will continue to meet in the New Year - unless it is forecast to be very hot the first meeting will be on Thursday 4th February. All welcome, Norah Norris offered to be Facilitator.
State Mission Fellowship
Lesley Williams, Convener of National & World Mission Support Committee, was leader for the meeting in McGregor Hall on Tuesday 27th October. As usual it was interesting, friendly, enjoyable and informative. Their usual monthly Newsletter gave news of Frontier Services, the Paschke Family in Vanuatu reporting about their recent activities, a Newsletter from Fiona Dixon Thompson writing about Mwandi, Max Howland giving details of the successful Mission Packing Day in June, and from Uniting World - "The Everything in Common Gift Catalogue" is now available.
The last State Mission Fellowship for the year was on Tuesday 24th November and was the annual "Thanksgiving Service" held in the church - followed as usual by lunch in McGregor Hall. The speaker was Rev Amel Manyon. Scots Fellowship group supports both National & World Mission and Frontier Services, and presented a cheque of $200 to each group.
The speaker for the October meeting was Rob Floyd, National Director of UnitingWorld. UnitingWorld was previously known as Uniting International Mission and UC Overseas Aid. He thanked National & World Mission SA for their help and encouragement in the life of overseas partners - the Uniting Church is called to be in partnership with 37 partner churches in the Pacific, Asia, and Africa. Rob said the U C believes it wants to see communities honour God, experience hope and well-being, and be free from poverty and injustice. With a power-point presentation he was able to give us all some idea of what has been done in the last year with nearly four and a half million dollars in grants, and 56 people volunteering to work with all the Partners. He gave us many details of the work in all the areas and concluded by saying that UnitingWorld is making a difference and the church is doing a great job in supporting programmes throughout the world.
Both Reports by Mary Thomas
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