Week beginning 1st September 2019

St Dunstan's Anglican Church Camberwell

  • Thank you to Bev Gruar for agreeing to collate and copy this year’s annual meeting report. If  you are responsible for writing a report, please have this to Bev no later than 27 October 2019. Please email in a word document so Bev can standardise the presentation. Bev’s email address is

 gruarbeverley@gmail.com. Bev will be recruiting some assistance closer to the time. Thank you for your support to get our report together.

  • Vicar Roberta will be taking some well earned holidays in the middle of September. Father Trevor Smith will be stepping in during that time.
  • We now have 2 volunteers undertaking the Food Handling Certificate. However, we need as many as possible to complete the free online module provided by the Department of Health and Human Services. This information will help us to better understand how to safely work with food for public consumption. Follow the link below and please let one of the wardens know when you have completed it so a record can be maintained.
http://dofoodsafely.health.vic.gov.au/
  • Keep an eye out for the survey about service times that will be sent out soon!Please think carefully about how we will shape our church going into the future.
  • Many of the MAP working groups have already met.  If you are a coordinator of a working group and haven’t yet organised a meeting, please do so as soon as possible. Progress reports to Parish Council before September 12th!
  • For those using the envelope system for their weekly contributions, Bev reminds us that there are new envelopes from September. Please take yours from the back table.
  • A BIG thank you to Gordon for assisting with getting the socks and jocks etc to the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre. Please keep up your generosity to  this marvellous organisation.
  • The new Eucharistic setting will start in October so keep an ear out!

A Fathers Day Prayer

We give thanks for fathers.

We give thanks for those fathers who have striven to balance the demands of work, marriage, and children with an honest awareness of both joy and sacrifice.

We give thanks for those fathers who, lacking a good model for a father, have worked to become good fathers.

We give thanks for those fathers who by their own account were not always there for their children, but who continue to offer those children, now grown, their love and support.

We pray for those fathers who have been wounded by the neglect and hostility of their children.

We give thanks for those fathers who, despite divorce, have remained in their children’s lives.

We give thanks for those fathers who have adopted children, and whose love and support has offered healing.

We give thanks for those fathers who, as stepfathers, freely choose the obligation of fatherhood and have earned their stepchildren’s love and respect.

We give thanks for those fathers who have lost children to death, and who, in spite of their grief, continue to hold those children in their hearts.

We give thanks for those men who have no children, but cherish the next generation as if they were their own.

We give thanks for those men who have ‘fathered’ us in their roles as mentors and guides.

We give thanks for those men who are about to become fathers; may they openly delight in their children.

And we give thanks for those fathers who have died, but who live on in our memory and whose love continues to nurture us.

We give thanks for fathers.

Amen

Adapted from a prayer by Kirk Loadman-Copeland