★ Don’t forget it’s the first Sunday of September next week! That means a combined 9am service and Father’s Day brekky at 8am.
★ There will be a survey sent out next week about service times. Please think carefully about how we will shape our church going into the future.
★ Our next Open Church is on Sunday Sept 1st at 4pm. It’s Wattle Day! How appropriate we’re in Wattle Valley Road. Please join us and wear something yellow. It’s the first day of Spring and we’re looking at creation. It will be great, especially if you’re with us.
★ A reminder about the MAP working groups. If you are a coordinator of a working group, please convene a meeting/s with your group members to work through your plans, and be prepared with a progress report to Parish Council before their September meeting.
★ 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.
★ Socks, jocks etc need to get to the Asylum Seekers Re- source Centre (179 Lonsdale St, Dandenong) if anyone is able to assist with this. Thanks to our very generous parish- ioners we have much to donate to this marvellous organisation.Please see Roberta or Max.
★ We will be introducing a new Eucharistic setting shortly so keep an ear out!
★ Remember the olives last week? Rev. Roberta has them curing now.
St Dunstan’s Morning Prayer. New times 9.10am Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. In the Lady Chapel. All welcome!
The September issue of The Melbourne Anglican (TMA) is now available. Please pick your free copy from the back table. In this issue: ·
Delivering the Brotherhood of St Laurence’s Gerard Tucker Oration at Christ Church South Yarra in August, Kasy Chambers, Anglicare Australia’s Executive Director, has urged the Brotherhood to use its power and influence to develop “democracy with a small ‘d’” – inclusive and empowered local commu-nities
· Several Melbourne Anglicans who took part in a pilgrim- age to the Northern Territory in July led by Bishop Genieve Blackwell reflect on their experience
· Melbourne Anglican group the New Cranmer Society warns of “breaking point” over Wangaratta Bishop John Parkes’ plans for a service of blessing for married same-sex couples
· Interviews with Dr Jude Long, the newly appointed vice- principal at Melbourne’s Eastern College and former principal of Nungalinya College, and English New Testament scholar and author Dr Paula Gooder, both of whom spoke at the Evangelical Women in Academia conference at Ridley College in early August
· We report on a new TEAR campaign which is encouraging Australians to join the global fight against single-use plastics, after a report found plastic waste mismanagement was killing up to a million people every year
· Australian Anglican historian Stuart Piggin and American historian Robert D. Linder have been awarded this year’s Aus- tralian Christian Book of the Year for their book The Fountain of Public Prosperity: Evangelical Christians in Australian History 1740-1914, which was reviewed in AugustTMA by Archdeacon Emeritus Alan Nichols AM
· We have a number of articles that look, from a range of perspectives, at the growing impact of technology in our lives – including on family life – and how we might engage thoughtfully with the digital sphere so that creativity and connection can flourish, and we can find the rest and quiet space we need
· A number of local Anglicans respond to a report released earlier this year about how Messy Church is thriving in the UK. The report’s positive findings also ring true in the Melbourne diocese, says Children and Families Ministry Facilitator Dorothy Hughes
· The Revd Canon Prof Dorothy Lee from Trinity College writes in our regular theology column that the women of Jesus’ ministry, and those who worked alongside Paul, need to be re- discovered, as through them, women today can see how they are set free in Christ to become their true selves as daughters of God and sisters of Christ
· Melbourne Anglican parishioner Nigel Jackson pays trib- ute to one of his Heroes of the Faith, writer, theologian and broadcaster Martin Palmer, an explorer of the significance of the sacred in Britain and in China.
We hope you enjoy this edition.