WEEKLY UPDATE 15 March 2020

This morning we welcome back Sr Miriam for her second Lenten Message in our series “Into the deep”. We welcome her along with Sr Naomi and Sr Narelle from the Holy Transfiguration Community.

This weekend Tim, Mary, Sally, Andrew, Alice, Valentina, Robyn, Miriam and Judith Cook are participating in WellSpring’s Autumn Retreat in Lysterfield. We pray for them all deep places of rest, encounter and renewal.

Community Kitchen resumes this Monday after the break for Labor Day last week.

There is a deacons meeting on Thursday night (19/3) so there will be a one-week break from our rhythm of Thursday night reflective services. Let David Wright, or any of the deacons, know if there is anything you would like to bring to their awareness.

Next Sunday (22/3)  following the service, there will be our quarterly church meeting. Amidst the usual reflections on church life, there will be some recommendations for new members, some follow-up on the semi-commercial kitchen proposal and some thoughts about consolidating our church’s vision, values and processes.

A fortnight later, on Sunday 5th April (Palm Sunday), following our service, we will hold a special church meeting to consider a nomination from the Pastoral Search Group.

Transport home for Les

As mentioned last Sunday, Les Whitehead’s eyesight is such that catching a tram to travel to and from church has become a hazardous undertaking. He’s happy to catch a cab to church, but it would be great if we could form a roster of people who can occasionally offer him a lift home to his Caulfield house. If this is a possibility for you, please see Digby or Andrew.

SKBBS Banking details Last Sunday Barry and Di reminded us of the financial support that SKBBS provides to the running of Community Kitchen. All donations are tax deductible and receipts will be sent out at the end of the financial year.   Don’t forget to include your name as a reference. If you would like  to make a donation here are the banking details.

Bendigo Bank SKBBS General Account

BSB: 633 000

ACC: 164 552 424

We thought it might be helpful to offer a few thoughts about our own church’s response to the Coronavirus threat. We have been watching reports from medical officers and received briefings from the Baptist Union for Victoria. Here are a few thoughts at this stage:

  • At present, the Government’s focus on containment seems to be sufficient. There is minimal evidence of any community spread. If you find yourself with a sore throat, running nose, cough or fever, you only need to be checked if you have recently returned from overseas or have been in contact with someone who has returned from overseas and been unwell.
  • Like any virus, the best thing you can do is to maintain good hygiene: wash your hands thoroughly often and dry them well. Try not to touch your nose, eyes and mouth, the usual points of entry into the body for a droplet infection. If you do cough or sneeze – and we all do – try to use a handkerchief, tissue, or into your sleeve.
  • There is no indication that there is any benefit in a well person wearing a face mask.
  • Continue healthy habits: exercise, drink water, get plenty of sleep.
  • We are not yet needing to eliminate handshakes or hugs, but it’s also OK to give permission for alternate greetings: fist bumps or hand waves and smiles are quite acceptable.
  • As a general principle, if you are unwell, it’s probably wise not to come to church events and risk passing on your illness to other people.

Some of us may have already heard of the City of Port Phillip Interfaith Network. This is a group of people who meet every six weeks or so at the St Kilda Town Hall in order to discuss issues about which we all care deeply and to consider ways of working together. Remarkably the meetings are chaired by a City of Port Phillip Councillor, Tim Baxter, and secretarial assistance is also provided by the City of Port Phillip as an indication of their support for the idea of the various religions represented in our region meeting together to learn a bit more about each other and to work together for common causes. This network includes members from the local Anglican, Uniting and Catholic Churches. There are representatives from the Buddhist community, the Jewish community, the Moslem community, Hindu and Harie Krishnas.

Unfortunately it has been a while since we have been able to find a representative from our church. There is much shared passion within the group. The social, economic and environmental issues which concern its members are very similar to those of many or our members at SKEB. Climate change has recently been on their agenda and a letter was recently sent to the prime minister urging a more humane treatment of our off shore refugees. The Interfaith Network assisted with the organisation of the recent Morning of Mourning on Jan 26th. 

It appears that the City of Port Phillip may be hosting next year’s state-wide interfaith conference. This possibility will be the main focus of the next meeting of the Port Phillip Interfaith Network. The main presenter at the following network meeting will be  CEO of The Victorian Pride Centre – home to a range of LGBTIQ focused organisations and businesses. The new Pride Centre in Fitzroy is almost completed and is being eagerly awaited by the LGBTIQ community.  Involvement in the interfaith network is, I believe, really important if we are to be truly engaged with our community. Churches of our tradition do have a long history of operating very separately from the rest of their communities – let’s not become one of those churches in a bubble! If you are interested in participating in this group please let Digby or Andrew know. 

 BIBLE READING for this week

John 4:5-52 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+4%3A5-42&version=NIV

WEEKLY UPDATE 23rd February 2020

 This Sunday Digby will lead a panel discussion on faith and work. Thank you to those on the panel for your time and reflections and thank you to all who make our time together so rich and diverse.

There is a new roster out for March and April, copies available in the foyer.

Ash Wednesday service 26th Feb at 8pm

Our theme for Lent this year is ‘Into the Depths’. Sr Miriam from the Holy transfiguration community has agreed to share our preaching series during Lent and we will share communion each week as well. You may like to download this App to enhance your Lenten journey this year.

DEEP CALLS TO DEEP (EASTER APP) Launch into the Deep with an App from ABM’s Reconciliation Coordinator, Celia Kemp. Deep Calls to Deep is a 46 day journey into the mystery of the cross that begins in Holy Week and ends on Ascension Day. Readings, quotes and reflections for every day make this a feast of theological reflection and fuel for prayer, especially for those who already find themselves in stormy seas.

Download link for iPhone and iPad: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/deep-calls-to-deep-easter/id1212703153

Download link for Android devices: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.abm.easter.deepcallstodeep

During Lent we will have a reflective service at 8pm on Thursday March 5, 12, 26, April 2 & 9th.

A commercial kitchen?

 We’d like to invite you to a Congregational Conversation on 1st March following our service of worship. To prepare for this, there are two things we’d love you to do:

  • Come to Community Kitchen on Monday, especially if you’ve not been for a while, so you have a picture of this ministry of our church
  • Engage in prayerful preparation using the conversation guide that is attached to the Weekly Update and available in the foyer.

This Congregational conversation is not a debate but a chance to talk and share what has come to us during our prayerful preparation.

 BIBLE READING

Jeremiah 29:4-8 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Jeremiah+29%3A4-8&version=NIV

 ROSTERS

DateFeb 23Mar 1  Lent 1 Cong conversationMar 8 Lent 2 Church MeetingMar 15 Lent 3Mar 22 Lent 4Mar 29 Lent 5
WelcomingSamMary & TimSally & RossHelenHilde & PhilDi
Hospitality GrpHilde Grp6Judi Grp1Margie Grp2Felicity Grp3David Grp5Hilde Grp6
Worship LeaderAndrewAndrewFelicityDigbyAndrewSally
SpeakerDigby & PanelSr Miriam & AndrewAndrewSr MiriamChris TurnerSr Miriam
MusicJudithHelenJennyDigbyJudithJenny
AudioMartyRobynPhilAdelieRobynPhil
Young Theos Bri Bri Bri

We are a community of people drawn together by the love and grace of God

exemplified for us in the life of Jesus.

We welcome everyone.

This includes people of all cultures, races, religions,

mental and physical capabilities,  sexual orientation and gender identity.

We are committed to peace with justice, and the integrity  of all creation.

WEEKLY UPDATE 16th February 2020

A big heartfelt thank you to Ross and all the volunteers who assisted in making Jennifer’s funeral such a special time for friends and family. And then on Wed we had our first MOTH for the year and we were all blessed and enriched hearing the stories of some of the folk who attend.

Thank you to David Tacey and Digby for sharing some of the moments and stages that have shaped David’s life and faith. If you would like to hear more from David you can hear him at WellSpring’s  Blessing Day Saturday 22 February, 10am to 3pm No cost  Whet your appetite for our 2020 program and bless our plans for the year ahead. Guest Speaker: David Tacey. This will be the first session of the Whitley College ‘Australian Spirituality’ unit, examining the ways in which spiritual yearning manifests itself in contemporary Australian culture. and all are invited (whether enrolled or not).

 Next Sunday 23rd Feb Digby will lead a panel discussion on faith and work.

Thank you to all who make our time together so rich and diverse.

Deacons meet next Thursday 20th Feb at 7.30pm

Community Kitchen Management meets Tuesday 18th Feb at 7.30pm at Ross and Sally’s.

We are a community of people drawn together by the love and grace of God

exemplified for us in the life of Jesus.

We welcome everyone.

This includes people of all cultures, races, religions,

mental and physical capabilities,  sexual orientation and gender identity.

We are committed to peace with justice, and the integrity  of all creation.

WEEKLY UPDATE 9th February 2020

This Sunday, we welcome David Tacey to our morning service. David will be talking with Digby about his life, faith and books!

Funeral service for Jennifer Anderson, Tuesday 11th Feb at 2pm. Jennifer was a regular attendee at CK and was well known around St Kilda. If you would like to help with catering for afternoon tea please talk to Ross or Sally

MOTH is back again for 2020, this Wednesday 12 Feb at 6pm for BBQ tea and music, 6.30 -7.30 reflective space.   All welcome

WELLSPRING INFO & DATES Blessing Day Saturday 22 February, 10am to 3pm No cost  Whet your appetite for our 2020 program and bless our plans for the year ahead. Guest Speaker: David Tacey. This will be the first session of the Whitley College ‘Australian Spirituality’ unit, examining the ways in which spiritual yearning manifests itself in contemporary Australian culture. and all are invited (whether enrolled or not).

Sunday 9th Feb is the St Kilda Festival. This event has many road closures and may make getting to church a bit tricky for some coming from the west side of St Kilda Rd.

A commercial kitchen?

Some will recall that our church meeting last November discussed the idea of installing a commercial kitchen to assist with the logistics of Community Kitchen. While we have consistently affirmed the ministry of Community Kitchen and MOTH, we have also recognised that a commercial kitchen would require some changes to our building. Pondering this raised for us some important questions about future objectives and what we understand God is saying to us through this ministry. We thought this invited us to spend some time in further reflection and discussion.

We’d like to invite you to a Congregational Conversation on 1st March following our service of worship. To prepare for this, there are two things we’d love you to do:

  • Come to Community Kitchen (any Monday in February) and/or Matters of the Heart (Wednesday 12th February) at 6pm, especially if you’ve not been for a while, so you have a picture of this ministry of our church
  • Engage in prayerful preparation using the conversation guide that is attached to the Weekly Update.

One of the many gifts of our community is the willingness to respectfully discuss and discern these things together. We are very grateful.

 BIBLE READING

Proverbs 8:1-21 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Proverbs+8%3A1-21&version=NIV

ROSTERS

DateFeb 9Feb 16Feb 23
WelcomingHilde & PhilThelma & BronwenSam
Hospitality GrpFelicity Grp3David Grp4Hilde Grp6
Worship LeaderFelicityDavid W Andrew
SpeakerDavid TaceyStephenDigby & Panel
MusicJennyHelenJudith
AudioRobynAdelieMarty
Young Theos  Bri 

We are a community of people drawn together by the love and grace of God

exemplified for us in the life of Jesus.

We welcome everyone.

This includes people of all cultures, races, religions,

mental and physical capabilities,  sexual orientation and gender identity.

We are committed to peace with justice, and the integrity  of all creation.

WEEKLY UPDATE 26th February 2020

New email and website upgrade                                                                                                                                                             

Over January we have been working on updating the website and our domain name. We now have a new email address, admin@stkildabaptist.org.au  Keep an eye on the website for news and you can check the calendar, under ‘About us’ tab, for events as well.

The Mayor and Councillors of the City of Port Phillip would like to invite you to

We-Akon Dilinja (Mourning Reflection)

Sunday 26 January, 6 am to 7 am

Alfred Square, St Kilda

Please note: In extreme weather the event will be held at St Kilda Town Hall

New Beginnings bio As part of our preparation for New Beginnings Sunday (2nd February) we are inviting everyone to fill in a bio (personal profile). There are a couple of examples on display and some spare forms in the foyer.

Dates in Summer

January 29         The deacons meet at 7:30 at the church. If you have something you would like the deacons to consider, please talk to one of them, David, Sally, Lou, Iris or Tim.   

February 2         The Pastoral Search Committee meets at David’s place at 2pm. The PSC is at the point of considering names and values your support and prayers during this process

February 3         Community Kitchen recommences 6pm

February 12       MOTH 6pm

 February 13       St Kilda Baptist Benevolent Society committee meets at 7:30pm

 It is with sadness that we let you know that Jennifer Anderson passed away on the 18th of January 2020. Jen was well known to all at CK and Moth. A memorial/funeral service will be held at St Kilda Baptist. Details provided once a date is confirmed.

ST KILDA FESTIVALS There are 2 festivals coming up in February. Sunday 2nd Feb is the Midsumma Pride March along Fitzroy St. Sunday 9th Feb is the St Kilda Festival. Both these events have road closures and may make getting to church a bit tricky for some.

Welcome back for 2020

We are gathering again at 10am at St Kilda after our summer brunches and look forward to welcoming you to our community.

Worship in the rest of summer

19/1    We welcome Gregg Morris as our preacher this week. Gregg has been a long time friend of Andrew and Stephen. As St Kilda gears up for another year of compassionate service in our community and to one another, we wanted to invite Gregg to help to do two things. The first is to help us remember “why” we do what we do. Many would say that we do what we do because we are called to live lives of love. Gregg will share a practical definition of love he recently came upon. Love defined as “an unconditional determination to understand”.

The second thing Gregg will do is to share a practical framework that will help us as we live out this call to love. The framework is called “The Circle of Courage”,  a model of human development that  integrates child development practices of tribal peoples and the findings of modern youth development research. 

26/1 Australia Day/Invasion Day/Survival Day – Digby and friends will lead our reflection.

2/2 New Beginnings Sunday – we will recognise and commission everyone who is embarking on new adventures in 2020. To give this a visual presence, please talk to Bill about completing a New Beginnings bio.

9/2 We are so blessed to have David Tacey as part of our church community. Digby will interview him on his journey of life and faith.

16/2 David Wright and Stephen Said are looking after this one for us.

23/2 Digby leads a panel on work/life/faith balance – how we negotiate the creative tensions in our lives.

Christmas Services

Tues 24th Dec Christmas Eve reflective service 8pm

Wed 25th Dec Christmas Day Making room for Jesus 9.30am. Our Christmas Day offering will be donated to TEAR.

Summer brunches As is our usual pattern, on the first 3 Sundays after Christmas, our church will not be worshipping at Pakington Street. Instead we will gather for brunch – 10.30am start – in the homes of some of our community. Each brunch will include a time of communal reflection. Hosts provide their home in which to gather and tea and coffee; people are invited to bring some food to share with them.

December 29th we will gather at Janet Costello and Howard Poynton’s,

January 5th we’ve been invited to John and Claire-Anne Willis’s farm

January 12th Ali and Matthew Lloyd will host us

Please contact Andrew Woff 0409 789 984 or Sally Wall 0402 402 348 for more details

Awakening the spirit

Awakening the spirit is the title of a forthcoming exhibition of local Aboriginal painting. All are welcome to attend the launch, which will be held

at our church on Thursday, November 21st, 6-8 pm

We trust that church members and friends will support this exhibition of wonderful paintings. The artists are currently participants at the local Aboriginal drug and alcohol recovery centres based in St Kilda – Galiamble and Winja Ulupna. This is an annual event that offers the participants in these programs the opportunity to exhibit and sell their paintings. The art programs at Galiamble have been running for many years thanks to the energetic involvement of volunteer, Viv Parry. Your support of this event will be greatly appreciated. The paintings will be available for sale on the night at affordable prices (under $150) – cash sales only with all proceeds going to the artists. Sold paintings can be taken at the end of the night.