Letter from the Moderator
Rev. Denise Liersch, Moderator, UCA Victoria/Tasmania
Synod, has written a letter to all congregations concerning the
bushfire devastation in Australia. A copy is on the notice board for
you to read. A quote from the letter:
Together we are bringing our prayers and support for
those who have died; for those who have lost loved ones, their homes
and livelihoods, animals and pets; for those who don’t know if loved
ones are safe or not; for those who don’t know if they have homes to
go back to or what the future holds for them.
encourages people to donate funds for bushfire relief through
Uniting, accessed via
Bushfire Relief – BPNH from Amanda
‘We are currently in the midst of assisting the fire
relief community with meals!
I wish to advise the church community that we have been donated a
cool room to assist with the huge amount of vegetable donations that
we have been given. It will be here for approximately a week. We
also have four little glass ovens that are left on the table closest
to the kitchen in room 1 that are being left out as they hot when
they are finished with and we are unable to put them away. These are
also being used every day.
If anyone from the church would like to either donate and fresh
vegetables, meat in packets or pantry items, or volunteer to assist
us, please contact me in the office as we have a roster system
going,’ Amanda, BPNH Co-ordinator
of Emmanuel congregation
Annual General Meeting of the Emmanuel Church will be held on
Sunday February 16, 2020, commencing at 10:30am after worship.
The AGM Report is now being prepared and reports from respective
coordinators of church activities are now being accepted. Reports to
be submitted to Harold Cover (firstname.lastname@example.org)
no later than Monday February 3 to allow time to complete editing
and publishing prior to the AGM.Nominations will be called for in
coming weeks for Member of Church Council, Treasurer, Uniting Church
Elder and Uniting Church representative to Presbytery. Please give
prayerful consideration to an invitation to be nominated.
February 16 AGM-Please
note the date of the Congregation Annual General Meeting has now
been set for Sunday February 16 so as to allow parishioners the
opportunity of attending the installation of The Venerable Clarence
Edgar Bester as the 11th Bishop of Wangaratta on Sunday, February
23 at 3pm at Holy Trinity Cathedral, Wangaratta. Clarence
commenced ordained ministry in South Africa in the Diocese of Cape
Town and was Archdeacon to the Ordinary and Rector of St Andrew’s
Strand for 12 years, before coming to the parish of Shepparton in
Wangaratta in 2015. He has international experience in the Diocese
of Europe in Strasbourg, Cologne, and Bonn.
Community Garden at Emmanuel
In recent weeks a team of dedicated people have been
working hard to resurrect the vegetable garden beds in our church
grounds. All the vegetable boxes have been now weeded and rebuilt.
Some summer plantings have commenced. An invitation is extended to
everyone who might have time to spare and who love gardening to come
along on Wednesday and give a hand.
The Mission of Emmanuel
Emmanuel Anglican and Uniting Church
is a joint congregation called to build each other up in the
wholeness of the faith as one worshipping and caring community in
West Wodonga. The congregation seeks to witness in the community and
the world, by word and deed, to the grace and liberating power of
Following Christ, we seek to:
share the Good News of the Kingdom of God
nurture believers in Christ within a life-giving
community of reconciliation
listen to each generation and culture so as to
live out the Gospel in fresh ways
respond in compassion to human need by loving
live justly, seek justice for all, and transform
unjust structures of society
care for creation and safeguard its integrity
pursue God’s mission in partnership
care for creation and safeguard its integrity
pursue God’s mission in partnership
The notes below may help us to reflect a bit
deeper on the first six points.
Share the Good News of Jesus Christ:
In our congregation, different denominations work closely together
in harmony, meeting the challenges.
Nurture believers in Christ within a life-giving community of
seek to grow in our faith while seeking to resolve issues with our
partners, and others around us.
Listen to each generation and culture so as to live out the Gospel
in fresh ways:
seek to broaden our outlook and our ability to welcome others of
different ages and backgrounds.
Respond in compassion to human need by loving service:
Our Meeting Place was built to provide a place where some needs of
our wider community could be met. We seek to build on the current
Live justly and seek justice for all:
We seek to advocate for justice within our partnerships and for the
powerless in our society.
to use energy, and our land wisely.
7. Pursue God’s mission in partnership:
We were founded in partnership with Anglican and Uniting Church
parishes, and seek to develop these and other partnerships as God
Direct Offering is a service that makes it easy for
Uniting Church members to make regular contributions directly to
their congregation by means of Direct Debit. It’s safe (you don’t
need to carry cash) and it's flexible — you can increase, decrease
or even cancel your pledge at any time.
A Direct Offering facility means you can still give
even when you’re away and lets you avoid having to play catch-up
upon your return.
•Eliminates the need for cash transactions;
•Allows for regular contributions even if church
members can't regularly attend worship;
•Giving can coincide with donor’s income — weekly,
fortnightly, monthly, quarterly, half-yearly or annually;
•Provides the congregation with regular income and
•Income is credited directly into the recipient’s
interest-bearing account in UCA Cash Management Fund.
To make application
speak with our congregation Treasurer LouAnne Stabb or apply online
for an application form at:
Emergency Relief Support
Many years ago members of the Emmanuel Church
congregation commenced providing non-perishable food items to be
presented during worship with our offerings. These items were then
delivered to UnitingCare Wodonga for distribution through the
Emergency Relief Centre. All members of the congregation are welcome
to continue this support to Uniting Wodonga as it is now known. Your
weekly contribution of whatever you can offer will be greatly
Food Basket at
When you do your weekly grocery
shopping, please keep in mind the Food Basket at Emmanuel each
Sunday. These gifts go to Uniting Wodonga for distribution to help local community folk as needed.
Safe Church Policy
You are probably aware
that Emmanuel Church Council is implementing the Safe Church Policy.
All who hold a leadership role of any sort at Emmanuel, including
Elders, Wardens, Congregation office-bearers and people on the
worship roster, must hold a current Working With Children Check.
This applies also to Community Shop and ground maintenance
volunteers. If you are included in the list above and are yet to get
a WWCC, see the information sheet for further details.
Emmanuel name tags
If you would like an Emmanuel name tag, please get in
touch with LouAnne, Harold or Ted in the next couple of weeks.
have been instances recently of doors left unlocked after Sunday
worship. We ask that church members continue to close and lock
windows and doors, but also that the last person leaving the
building at any time check doors and windows and activate the
Emmanuel Tuesday Prayer Group
Everyone is welcome to come along to this group whenever they can.
If you are unable to get here please consider pausing wherever you
are, at the scheduled time, to pray for the Emmanuel congregation.
Prayer Requests at
If you wish to make a prayer
request at Emmanuel on a Sunday morning please make sure it is in
the Prayer Book (at the entrance to the church) prior to the
commencement of worship. The book will be taken to the front of the
church by the welcoming Elder/Warden.
food items –
at Emmanuel each
reminded of the need for these donations, which get passed on to
Wodonga UnitingCare. Every small donation helps those who are in
need in our community.
Opportunities for Prayer requests at Emmanuel
Emmanuel folk are reminded that there are a number of ways in which
they can request prayer or praise for themselves or others:
Please remember, if you
are asking prayer for others, that you need to obtain their
agreement beforehand. All requests will be kept in confidentiality
among the group in which they are offered.
Birds, One Stone Cafe
at St John’s
Anglican Church, Wodonga.
serving hot drinks and food : morning & afternoon teas and lunch.
Tuesdays: 9:30am to 1:00pm.
Market Saturdays: 9am to 2:00pm.
all profits go to various charities including Our
Table to Yours
.... everyone welcome
The Emmanuel Elders & Wardens
offer their sincere thanks to all the members of the congregation
who, week by week, so willingly help out in the kitchen with morning
tea when the rostered duty teams are under-staffed. Our fellowship
each Sunday over morning tea is appreciated by all of us. And a big
thank you also to all the folk who have continued over the years to
offer their services month by month on a duty team. Such dedication!
Wodonga City Tip
If you have any vouchers that you will not
be using, the Emmanuel Church Grounds and Maintenance Group will
gladly receive them and put them to invaluably use. Please speak
with Harold, Rod or David.