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2011 Baby Needs Appeal
Saturday, 14 May 2011 10:53

Throughout May and June we are focussing on Wesley Mission's 2011 Baby Needs Appeal which supports families with tiny children living in great hardship during this particularly cold season. Donations of baby clothing, disposable nappies, baby wipes, baby bottles and baby toiletries are urgently requested. Although much needed, for health regulation reasons soft toys, baby food and formula cannot be accepted. However donations of money will allow food items to be purchased by Wesley Mission. Please drop any donated goods into the boxes provided in the hall foyer at the Centre. Donations of money should be taken to the Centre office. Thank you as always for your generosity.

Surprised by Resurrection
Saturday, 23 April 2011 20:43

The three major celebrations of Christian faith plumb the depths and potentiality of birth, death and what the Gospel writers call resurrection.

Christian creeds revolve around these three experiences, two of which are simply human experiences and the third is is the arena of unbelief, for no one has experienced resurrection.

You may have had the experience of giving birth, or being present at a birth. †You may have sat with a family member, or a friend through the portals of death. In very different ways these are profound moments of life, times of grace.

But resurrection? There is nothing in human experience which enables us to make sense of this experience which Christians believe was the experience of Jesus the Christ.

It is non-sense. It is impossible. It doesnít fit human experience one iota. The gospel witnesses donít try and make it fit. Jesusí resurrection is a new creation, an impossible possibility.

The Easter story is not about a ghost. It is not evidence that human beings survive death, or have immortal souls. The Easter gospel is that in their darkest hours women and men †experienced the impossible, the battered body of the crucified Jesus was not destroyed, but transformed.

I am agnostic about whether this was a bodily or a spiritual experience. People spend books debating these matters, and each marshals powerful arguments. Living in a society with a strong bent towards materialism makes believing in the Resurrection even harder. We like to be in synch with what we think others believe.

However, this story is not about an individual. Itís not a con job designed to trick the world.

This story is about us - our birth, our living, our dying and whatever lies behind that reality.

The United Church of Canada has a contemporary creed which invites us to say Ďin life, in death, in life beyond death we are not alone. God is with us.

It is St Paul who calls Jesus the second Adam. Drawing on the myth in Genesis in Adam all people are born to die. The victory of resurrection is that in the second Adam death is defeated. This is a gift for the whole world, what the Bible calls the new creation.

Can we prove it? No. Can we live it? Yes. The Resurrection story is continued in the book of Acts, and is continued in the world wherever communities choose to live in the paradoxical belief that Love always trumps death.

Alleluia. Christ is risen!

Kindergarten Open Day
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 17:08

Glen Iris Road Uniting Church Kindergarten is holding an Open Day on Saturday 28th May from 10 am to 12 noon at the rear of 200 Glen Iris Road, Glen Iris. To access the kindergarten enter from Gladstone Street or walk through the Centre carpark from Glen Iris Road. All welcome. For further details phone 9885 5798.

Holy Week Services
Friday, 08 April 2011 14:12

You are very welcome to join us at our Holy Week Services. We worship at:
10 a.m. on Palm Sunday (April 17th);
7.30 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in the former Wesleyan Chapel;
6.30 p.m.on Maundy Thursday to share a meal together as we remember the Last Supper;
9.30 a.m. on Good Friday;
and at 10 a.m on Easter Sunday to celebrate the risen Christ.

Lent - a season of self-denial
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 14:55

Self-denial is an oxymoron in a consumer society in which 'what I want, I want now, if not sooner'!!

Every major religion in the world encourages periods of fasting or self-denial.

Jews have up to six days, especially Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) of total fasting during the year. Muslims observe Ramadan, a month of fasting from dawn to dusk. Christians have Lent - a forty day season which observes the period Jesus wrestled with temptations in the desert.

Itís interesting that in the past few years FebFast has been widely supported by secular society, with its particular emphasis on not drinking alcohol for a month.

Wednesday, 02 March 2011 11:13

The Mental Health Awareness Seminar has been postponed until a later, yet to be confirmed, date.
Both pianos have now been adopted. We are very pleased and trust they will bring joy to their new owners.

Do you need a piano?
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 23:08

The Glen Iris Road Uniting Church has two pianos in reasonable condition which are surplus to requirements. We are happy to give these away in exchange for a donation to our Victorian Flood Appeal. If you are interested, please contact us by email, phone or come into the Centre to see if one or the other would suit your needs.

Mental Health Awareness Seminar
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 12:12

Glen Iris Road Uniting Church is hosting a seminar on Sunday March 6th to inform people about mental health issues in our community and how to identify those who need help. It will run from 1 to 3 pm. Further details will be available here in late February.

2011 at the Centre
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 11:33

A very warm and enthusiastic welcome to what we at Glen Iris Road Uniting Church hope will be a wonderful year of partnerships with those who run or attend programs, the Glen Iris Primary School community, and the new and returning Glen Iris Road Uniting Kindergarten families, who all share our Centre and its facilities. Please do not hesitate to call at the Centre office for a chat or to ask if there is something we can do to help you. If you wish to learn about classes and activities you might like to join, please† have a close look at the website to find out what goes on in the Centre. Or if you are comtemplating learning more about the Christian faith you are most welcome to attend our Sunday church services or call in for a chat with our minister, Rev. David Carter.

Welcome to a New Year
Friday, 31 December 2010 15:32

What resolutions have you made? Any at all?

Resolutions are all the go for a few days, or weeks during January. Like the pages of a new book, or the beginning of a new job, many of us begin with great intentions of doing something in life differently.

But, all too often, the drag of how we have always done things, or a lack of willpower to really change means that with a while all is back to normal.

Itís not that we cannot change, but the issue is, do we really want to - exercise more, eat less, serve as a volunteer, set new goals.

During the first service of this year I suggest four resolutions we could work on together. They are nothing new - what resolutions ever are?

The first is sharing hospitality and friendship in the way we become church together.

The second is making time for spiritual growth & exploration with others

The third is participating in common worship as an essential rhythm of life.

The fourth is contributing to the life and witness of this community.

These are not the only possible resolutions for church health, but they are doors which allow the Spirit to breathe our vision: building an active, welcoming and creative church in the present, for the future.

May God bless, guide and disturb you during 2011.

A Big Thankyou
Wednesday, 15 December 2010 14:57

Thank you very much to the children of Glen Iris Primary School, Solway Primary School and Glen Iris Road Uniting Kindergarten who, at their Christmas services, generously donated toys and food items for the work of Camcare Ashburton. The Glen Iris Road Uniting Church congregation also contributed toys and a cheque for $1,000 making, in total, four car loads of goods. Camcare Ashburton were thrilled to receive these.

Unwrapping Christmas
Thursday, 02 December 2010 21:00

Can you remember finding wrapped presents hidden in parents' bedrooms? The anticipation was great. Christmas is a busy time - preparation, shopping, cards and invitations.
It's easy to crowd Christ out of Christmas! So this is an invitation to join with a community and unwrap Christmas.
The birth of Jesus was in hard times. There was no room at the inn, and much more important things were happening. Yet some heard angels singing, saw a star in the sky and unwrapped Christmas. It was God's revolution of love, goodwill and peace.
You are invited to unwrap Christmas with us.
Sunday 19th December 10 a.m. Family service for all ages
Friday 24th December Christmas Eve 11 p.m. Candle lit service
Saturday 25th December Christmas Day service 9.30 a.m.

Empty Christmas Tree for Camcare
Thursday, 02 December 2010 20:56

The Glen Iris Road Uniting Church community packed twenty Christmas hampers for Moreland Hall. Thanks to everyone who contributed. For the first two weeks of December we will be supporting Camcare Ashburton to provide Christmas presents to the children of families in the local area who need help. Items especially appreciated are: gift vouchers from the big stores, balls and sports equipment, trendy T-shirts or underwear, inexpensive but trendy sunglasses, summer blockbuster DVDs (rated 'M' or below), or jumbo containers of sweets (available in supermarkets at this time of year). Please do not bring soft toys. Alternatively, gifts of money so that Camcare staff can make targeted purchases are also very acceptable. Please leave contributions with Centre Management during the week or bring to Church on December 12th to place under the Empty Christmas Tree.

'Good God, What a mess! Evil in a world created by a good God'
Monday, 08 November 2010 13:51

On Sunday November 14th 2010, 3 pm, at Glen Iris Road Uniting Church the Progressive Christian Network of Victoria invites Rev Dr Lorraine Parkinson to explore how progressive understandings of God and Christian scripture can create space for living in a world that, according to human ego, is imperfect.

Share 2010 Christmas Card Range
Friday, 22 October 2010 14:47

Are you thinking about purchasing Christmas cards yet? In the Centre there are sample cards and order forms for the Share Christmas card range. Share is the fundraising arm of the Uniting Church in Australia, Synod of Victoria and Tasmania. Share is integral to the ministry of the church, and raises funds to address urgent human need and enhance the quality and scope of support services to disadvantaged or vulnerable Victorians and Tasmanians. By puchasing these cards, or making a donation, you are helping Share to provide financial assistance through grants to UnitingCare agencies and other community programs providing child and family support, youth and disability services, alcohol and drug rehabilitation, supported accommodation projects, aged care services and emergency relief centres.

Christmas Hampers for Moreland Hall
Wednesday, 20 October 2010 13:36

During November Glen Iris Road Uniting Church will be collecting food and other items to fill Christmas hampers for the clients of Moreland Hall. This is a not-for-profit agency of UnitingCare which works with people living with alcohol and other drug associated problems. If you would like to assist us, please call the Centre office on 9885 8219 or check out the information on the hall foyer notice board. Tinned foods for a Christmas meal such as ham, corn, beetroot, baby potatoes, Christmas pudding or Christmas cake, cartons of custard, napkins, bon bons, fancy biscuits, soft drink or fruit juice will be most appreciated. Breakfast foods and foods for simple meals can also be included.

Hanover Welfare Services
Wednesday, 20 October 2010 08:05

Hanover Welfare Services is a leading Melbourne based agency which provides services to people experiencing homelessness or housing crisis, helping them to live independently in the community. Hanover believes that homelessness is not merely lack of shelter but is also the loss of the normal supports of home such as personal security, familiarity, and an environment in which self-confidence and personal skills can flourish. Through the Retiring Offering for October the Glen Iris Road Uniting Church raised $660.70 towards the work of Hanover Welfare† Services.

Connections UnitingCare
Saturday, 25 September 2010 02:08

Connections UnitingCare is this year celebrating 80 years of providing care and support and 10 years as Connections. Come in to the Glen Iris Road Uniting Church & Community Centre and see the exhibition in words and pictures on display which illustrates the 80 year journey of the people and organisations that have created Connections as it is today.

Thursday, 16 September 2010 19:59

ReelTime is a film discussion group run at the Centre on the third Friday of each month from 10 am to 12.30 pm. After viewing a film a short discussion follows. Bring your own lunch or just have coffee and biscuits during discussion time. If you would like to attend for the first time, ring the Centre Office on 9885 8219 for further details or to register your interest.

A Colloquium on Compassion
Saturday, 11 September 2010 00:54

A Colloquium on Compassion: Sunday 10 October 2010, 3pm at Glen Iris Road Uniting Church, Glen Iris. Inspired by the call of author Karen Armstrong to join her Charter for Compassion, the Progressive Christian Network of Victoria invites members and friends to discuss the "tough job" of compassion that is everyone's job in a post-modern world. This is an invitation to journey beyond compassion as superficial niceness, and to discover the crucial role of all people of faith to engage themselves in life's tough problems. Former Prison Chaplain and Human Rights Policy Advocate Peter Norden will join others to consider how an emerging Christian understanding can lead to deeper action.

Pakistan Flood Relief
Friday, 03 September 2010 23:20

The Pakistan Flood Relief Appeal Special Retiring Offering last Sunday (August 29th) raised $1,425. Tbis will be forwarded via SHARE to 'Act for Peace', the international aid agency of the National Council of Churches to provide, via its partners in Pakistan, emergency assistance such as food packages, shelter, drinking water, hygiene kits and mosquito nets for flood affected families. Thank you to all those who gave for your generosity.

Election Result
Saturday, 28 August 2010 15:25

At the Glen Iris Road Uniting Church polling station last Saturday the result of the Cake Stall, to raise money for Dr. Catherine Hamblinís Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital, was a very sweet $1,170 and for Camcareís good work in the local community, the BBQ earned† a sizzling $805. Well done cooks and consumers!

A Social History
Monday, 02 August 2010 23:26

If you haven't discovered it yet, and have an affection for the 1865 Wesleyan Chapel which now forms part of the Community Centre, have a look at our companion website called 'Glen Iris - A Social History'. The development of this website was supported in part by a Local History grant from the Department for Victorian Communities, State Government Victoria. On it you can learn about the people who built the chapel, the part it played in the earliest days of Glen Iris, and the uses to which it was put over the decades after 1932 when it ceased to be a place of worship.

Welcome to Our New Website
Monday, 02 August 2010 23:25

The Glen Iris Road Uniting Church Council welcomes you to our new website. Whether you are a member of our congregation, the parent (or a prospective parent) of a preschooler at the Glen Iris Road Uniting Church Kindergarten, a member of the local community browsing on the internet to see whatís on in the area, or youíve arrived at the site by chance, we hope youíll find something of interest.

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