Weekly Electronic Notices
Week beginning 21 March 2021-No 100
- Holy Week Services
Maundy Thursday 7.30pm
Good Friday 9.30am
Easter Sunday 6am and 9.30am with breakfast in between services.
- We are looking for readers to dramatically enact the Passion readings for Palm Sunday and Good Friday. We will probably need 5 readers on each day. If you would like to be involved, please contact Ray firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Stations of The Cross ecumenical service will take place on Good Friday at Highfield Park at 12 noon. We need a couple volunteers for readings. If you would like to be involved please contact Ray (as above) or Rosemary on email@example.com
- Our next working bee will take place next Saturday 27 March. Please lend a hand as we get our church spick and span for Easter. Breakfast will be served at 8am followed by a 9am start.
- Please put the May Day Fair on the 1st of May in your diaries. We have a lot of books and trash and treasure items to sell. All hands on deck required for set up on the Friday afternoon prior and for the actual day. A sign up sheet will be available in the coming weeks.
- The administration of the Estate of Robert G Miller is progressing well. It has been a time consuming task especially for the Executor who has been most diligent and has put in a lot of work. At this stage Robert’s House in Coolangatta Road after some repairs, painting and re-carpeting etc is expected to go to auction in late May.
- Ray and Glenys will be away for most of this week on a small caravan break. John Mckenzie will be taking Morning Prayer on Thursday.
- Please note that there will be no Thursday service on 8 April.
- Bishop Alison Taylor will take Sunday Eucharist on 11 April.
Tea Towel Fundraiser
As part of our Mission Action Plan activities, the Welcoming Group is proposing a tea towel fundraiser. The black and white design is based on a sketch of St Dunstan’s by Bendigo artist, Belinda John (Cath Goss’ mum!)
The tea towels cost $15 each. If you would like to put in an order, please let Cath Goss know via email on firstname.lastname@example.org by the end of March. We will then order them in bulk and payment is on collection once they arrive.
- Please continue to pray for our Incumbency Committee as they undertake the important work of finding a new vicar for our parish. You may wish to use the following prayer:
give to this parish a faithful pastor
who will faithfully speak your word
and minister your sacraments;
an encourager who will equip your people for ministry
and enable us to fulfil our calling.
Give to those who will chose, wisdom,
discernment and patience,
and to us give warm and generous hearts,
for Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen.
- A small group of St Dunstan’s parishioners have been saying Morning Prayer together via Zoom, at 9.15 am on Tuesdays and Thursdays since April 2020. We share the leading, reading and intercessory roles. Week by week we pray for each member of the Parish. If you would like to join us please contact Trevor Blake by email at email@example.com or on 0401 716 264.
- Please continue to pray for each other from our Parish Prayer List.
- The Diocesan Child Safe Policy is available on our website https://stdunstans.org.au/index.php/child-safe-policy/
- Important Numbers:
Child Safe Officer: Ms Maxine Farrar 0408 311 390
Child Protection: 1300 360 391
Kooyoora: 1800 135 246
- As part of our child safety priorities, we are required to make available the Kooyoora Mission Statement in our newsletter.
Kooyoora Ltd is an independent not for profit company that provides professional standards and other services to charities, including charities that are Anglican dioceses, entities, colleges and schools, to enable them more effectively to fulfil their charitable objectives. Their Vision is as follows:
“Our Vision is to enable and manage–
a fair and independent process for complaint handling and screening for par ticipating organisations tailored to their circumstances that –
respects both complainants and respondents
upholds the standards and integrity of the organization, and
promotes the safety of children and adults with whom the organization en gages.
schemes for participating institutions to provide redress through an
independent survivor focused, trauma informed, pastoral and therapeutic process.”
For more information, please visit https://www.kooyoora.org.au/
- Don’t forget to follow our Facebook page St Dunstans Anglican Church Group .https://www.facebook.com/groups/482613181793174/and bookmark our websitewww.stdunstans.org.au. We will be live streaming Sunday services at 9.30am on Facebook and soon after, the Vicar’s message will also be uploaded onto our website.
ANGLICAN COMMUNITY NEWS
11-17 March 2021
Christians joined tens of thousands of campaigners taking part in 40 “Women’s March 4 Justice” events around Australia on Monday, “demanding justice for gendered violence in workplaces, including Parliament”.
The Anglican Communion delegation to the United Nations 65th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW65), which included the Diocese of Melbourne’s very own Robyn Boosey, say that churches are “important partners of governments and international organisations in reaching all sections of society, achieving gender justice, and addressing the Covid-19 pandemic”.
The disproportionately high number of female clerics in non-stipendiary (unpaid) ministry in the Church of England compared with male clerics, most of whom are in stipendiary (paid) posts, raises questions about how women priests are perceived and valued, the campaigning group Women and the Church (WATCH) has said.
The renewal of prayer and the religious life is explored in the third of three books on the Archbishop of Canterbury’s ministry priorities. The series has been produced by the Theological Education in the Anglican Communion department of the Anglican Communion Office to help bishops prepare for the next Lambeth Conference in 2022.
The Victorian announcement places more pressure on the Commonwealth Government to implement the Uluru Statement. After all, the call for truth and justice is made by all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, not just those in Victoria.
Sri Lanka has announced plans to ban the wearing of burqas and said it would close more than 1,000 Islamic schools known as madrassas, citing national security. The decision is the latest move affecting the Indian Ocean island nation’s minority Muslims.
Israeli archaeologists have announced the discovery of dozens of new Dead Sea Scroll fragments bearing a biblical text found in a desert cave. It is believed they were hidden during a Jewish revolt against Rome nearly 1,900 years ago. The fragments of parchment bear lines of Greek text from the books of Zechariah and Nahum and have been radiocarbon dated to the 2nd century AD, according to the Israel Antiquities Authority.
There’s a reason that such a tiny percentage of victims report sexual assault to police, and it’s related to the fact that so few of these reports that so few of these reports result in prosecution and even fewer in a conviction, writes Dr Cristy Clark, a senior lecturer with the Faculty of Business, Government and Law at the University of Canberra. There’s also a reason that recent ‘tough on crime’ laws have resulted in a dramatic increase in the number of women and girls being incarcerated, and it’s related to the fact that 33 per cent of them are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander. These statistics are not an aberration — they are a direct result of our current system.
The evangelist rose from preaching on street corners in Argentina to ministering to millions around the world, then focused his ministry on liberal corners of the US.
Evangelicalism in America has come to be defined by its anti-intellectualism. The style of the most popular and influential pastors tend to correlate with shallowness: charisma trumps expertise; scientific authority is often viewed with suspicion. So it is of little surprise that American evangelicals have become vulnerable to demagoguery and misinformation.