1.Church Council Membership: Kerrie Springett welcomed to her first meeting (co-opted until elections can be held at the next Congregation meeting.)
2. Chinese language worship: Worship leader Esther Shih has advised of her departure from EUC. An appropriate thank you to be arranged.
3.Caring: Lesley Bradbury has resigned as Co-ordinator of the Caring Umbrella Group and was thanked for her service leading the pastoral care team. Church Council is grateful that Lesley will continue as a member of Church Council.
4.School Religious Education: Church Council was informed by Peggy Looby that Special Religious Education could not continue at Eastwood Public School due to the lack of an adequately trained and accredited person and COVID19 difficulties. The importance of SRE was highlighted and it is considered a mission priority.
5. Worship: 8.00am - Continue using Zoom, aiming for once a month on-site.
9.30am – Hybrid online and onsite, with morning tea.
Sunday School - Continue face-to-face at 9.30am, with zoom option.
11.00am – New small group mostly Cantonese language, continue as a trial until the end of April.
2.00pm – Mostly mandarin language, in a transitional stage due to Esther leaving.
6.Property: Noted various property maintenance and technology issues to be addressed by the Property Committee.
7.Vision: Planning day, for all staff, church leaders and CC to be held 14 May. Ben Gilmore from UME will assist on the day.
Next Church Council meeting: Thursday 27th May 2022.
Next Congregation meeting to be held on 26 June to:
Adopt a budget for 2022/2023
Elect members for Church Council and representative to Presbytery
Receive annual reports for 2021
If you have any matters that you wish to raise with Church Council, please contact myself or any other members: Emma Jarvis (Council Chair), Janelle Dodd (Treasurer), Rev. Dr. Amelia Koh-Butler (Minister), Rev. Tennyson Chan (Minister), Lesley Bradbury (Caring), John Brunton (Vision), Sylvia Huang, Jermaine Yan (Chinese worship), Jason Masters (Congregation rep), Mark Leal, Kerrie Springett.
Linda Brunton Congregation Chair
Chaplain Rev John Dacey is seeking people to be Tertiary Student Mentors...
Watch the video on youtube.
Macquarie Uni - Tertiary Ministry Invitation
It's pretty hard to believe that I have been with you for 6 months. What happened to getting-to-know people over coffees and lunches? What happened to pastoral visits and bumping into people at events? What happened to congregational life? What happened to life?
Despite the bumpy COVID experience, I am glad to be on the journey with Eastwood Uniting. We have had the opportunity to do some lovely things (Easter was special) and have some nice surprises along the way. The testing and capacity-building of people to adapt to continuing to serve the wider community through online English classes and groups has been both a challenge and an extraordinary accomplishment.
Over the last six months we have been experiencing more than half of the time in the fallow season of lockdown. We have had to dig deep, mentally and spiritually. God's Spirit companions us, yet there are times when we have all felt the isolation and frustration associated with limited choices. It has been a struggle. The discipline of prayer and walking, masking and trying to sustain a rhythm of worship and connection has taken its toll on many. We need to continually work on encouraging one another to stay focused on self-care and care for the wellbeing of others.
Thank you for your faithfulness and encouragement.
Plant a sunflower seed and know that you are part of God's plan for growth and life!
- Rev Amelia
Beginning again and again
I started at Eastwood nearly four months ago. I began when people were starting to come back to the buildings. It felt good to see the energy and warmth of the communities. It has been good to meet new people. It has been exciting to see people with different interests.
This week we have had to close the doors again.
We have closed the Office to visitors and will try to do some work from home.
COVID makes us stop and start and stop and start.
I am staying at home as much as possible. I am happy to visit or make calls or help you get set up on computers or tablets.
These are skills we all need to learn for our future together. I am used to helping people who are not confident with digital devices. I trained as a Digital Mentor with Josh Wyatt of Signalbox. I am happy to spend some time mentoring anyone who might need some help getting started.
In the last few weeks I learnt how to make a website.
I made lots of mistakes. Perhaps you will be able to find some of them? Of maybe other people will help me to fix the mistakes before you find them?
Have a look around this website and see if you can find:
- a memory
- an idea
- a surprise
I would love to hear what you think!
- Rev Amelia