Week Beginning 15 September 2019

St Dunstan's Anglican Church Camberwell

  • Vicar Roberta will be on leave from 18 September until 13 October, returning to work on 14 October. Reverend Trevor Smith will be the Locum. For any pastoral matters, please contact John McKenzie 0405 120 133
  • Parish Council believes that anyone who works in the hall kitchen should obtain a Food Handling Certificate. This is simple to do, it just needs you 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/
  • There will be no morning prayer from 16 September to 16 October inclusive
  • Chant and Song Workshop @ St Paul’s Cathedral
    • 4.30pm Sunday 22 September 2019
    • followed by 6pm Evensong
    • The Cathedral Singers lead unaccompanied worship in song for all to join at St Paul’s Cathedral, corner Swanston and Flinders Streets, Melbourne
    • Free entry
  • St Dunstan’s Book Club. The first title in our new book club will be Grateful: The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks by Diana Butler Bass, author of Grounded. This is an easy yet challenging read and we will meet a number of times to discuss it.

‘If gratitude is good, why is it so hard to do? In Grateful, Diana Butler Bass untangles our conflicting understandings of gratitude and sets the table for a renewed practice of giving thanks.’

It is available from Fishpond, or Book Depository for about                $25.00. We will begin reading it together in late October.


Preparation for the Annual Parish Meeting (APM): The APM will be held at 11am on 17th November after a combined service at 9 AM. All groups are being asked to have their reports for the APM completed by 27th October. Bev Gruar had agreed to compile the reports into a single document but unfortunately she is currently in hospital and her ability to take this task on is not yet known. We are asking therefore, for a volunteer to work with Bev on this task if she is up to it, and if not, to take on this task and arrange assistance informally. Please let the vicar or John McKenzie know of your interest.

Parish breakfast on 6th October: Being the first Sunday in the month there will be one service at 9 AM preceded by a breakfast at 8 AM. We need a volunteer to arrange breakfast for that day as the usual people will be absent. Again could you let the vicar or John McKenzie know of your interest. It would be helpful for one or two persons to take on this role so as to assist those who usually do it, and they attend to numerous other parish tasks. With enough helpers at a maximum of 12 breakfasts a year, you would not be called upon very often. Please consider if you can help.  Planning ahead, assistance for the first Sunday in November would also be helpful, and the first Sunday in December is covered.

Parish donations to charity groups: Our parish as a matter of principle allocates the first 7.5% of free will offerings to external charity organisations. Amongst other things this is to model good stewardship, which is to allocate the first part of our income to God, rather than allocating what’s left after other expenditures. The organisations we donate to our Anglicare Victoria, the Brotherhood of St Laurence, Anglican Overseas Aid, Australian Board of Missions, Benetas and a refugee organisation. The allocation will amount to $4000.

Mission Action Plan (MAP): as has been reported before the MAP was released on St Dunstan’s day, 19thMay this year, and to assist in implementation of its many activities, a series of working groups has been formed. The members of these groups are parish councillors and other parishioners. PC plans to have PC meetings every second month to allow the working groups to meet in the other months.

This first round of working group meetings has been highly successful and we are off to a flying start. A big thank you to all who have participated. Additional members of these groups are most welcome, please talk to the Vicar for John McKenzie if you are able to assist here.

Budget: PC has signed off on the budget for the church year commencing 1st October 2019. The good news is that by utilising the Curtis Music Fund for music expenses the budget is essentially breakeven. This is predicated upon an increase in weekly offertory from all of us, continued efforts with social and fundraising events, and a realistic assessment of expenses. It would be appreciated if you could consider your giving, and if at all possible, give through a direct debit facility with your bank or with the Anglican Development Fund.V

      The scandal of Victoria’s housing crisis The biggest expense in most families’ budget is the cost of housing, whether rent or mortgage. Increasing numbers of people are under stress, and more people are falling through the cracks – the fastest-growing category of homeless people is women over 55. Problems with housing quickly intensify, producing poor outcomes in health, education and employment.

But a great deal can be achieved with political will. Solutions include government grants and land donations, tax incentives and requiring developers to set aside a proportion of their projects for affordable housing. Join Melbourne Anglican Archbishop Philip Freier in this year’s final Federation Square public conversation, with Melbourne Lord Mayor Sally Capp and Grattan Institute expert Brendan Coates, moderated by former ABC host John Cleary.

When: Wednesday 9 October at 7.30am (Morning, please note.)
Where: Deakin Edge, Federation Square
Admission is free.

A  Prayer by Archbishop Oscar Romero

It helps, now and then, to step back and take a long view. 

The kingdom is not only beyond our efforts, it is even beyond our vision.

We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction of the magnificent enterprise that is God’s work. 

Nothing we do is complete, which is a way of saying that the Kingdom always lies beyond us.

No statement says all that could be said.

No prayer fully expresses our faith.

No confession brings perfection.

No pastoral visit brings wholeness.

No program accomplishes the Church’s mission.

No set of goals and objectives includes everything.

This is what we are about.

We plant the seeds that one day will grow.

We water seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise.

We lay foundations that will need further development.

We provide yeast that produces far beyond our capabilities.

We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that.

This enables us to do something, and to do it very well.

It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way, an opportunity for the Lord’s grace to enter and do the rest.

We may never see the end results, but that is the difference between the master builder and the worker.

We are workers, not master builders; ministers, not messiahs.

We are prophets of a future not our own.

Oscar A. Romero, Archbishop of San Salvador, in El Salvador, was assassinated on March 24, 1980, while celebrating Mass in a small chapel in a cancer hospital where he lived. He had always been close to his people, preached a prophetic gospel, denouncing the injustice in his country and supporting the development of popular and mass organizations. He became the voice of the Salvadoran people when all other channels of expression had been crushed by the repression.

Archbishop Oscar A. Romero

(From Xaverian Mission Newsletter)