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“We’ve come a long way, baby …”

A popular commercial in the 1960s used these words to publicise the advancement of women’s rights. An article in Lutheran Women 40 years ago, stated that women’s quest for equal rights “has impacted every part of our existence from things as frivolous as fashion to areas as serious as laws”. Some interesting facts quoted included: “In 1925, a woman’s work week totalled between 42 and 49 hours. Today [1981], with women having entered the work force with men, her work week totals between 66 and 75 hours.” Among other things listed in the article …

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On the cover – June/July 2021

Getting ready – suitable clothing, comfortable shoes, food, road maps, making sure we have all we need for the journey. Getting ready for what we may encounter. Getting ready for when our Bridegroom comes to welcome us to his wedding feast. Getting ready. Do we have our lamps trimmed and burning and ready with extra oil to light the way, always prepared no matter what day or hour he arrives? Matthew 25:1–13 Anzac Bridge, Horsham, VicPhoto: Ayesha Sedgman

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Lessons from the vineyard

When I was asked to write an article about the vineyard, this text came to mind: I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:5 (NIV) I have been working in the vineyard for more than 40 years, together with my husband Wayne. In recent years, we have been joined by our son Corey and daughter-in-law Sarah and we now manage a joint operation. Every grape grower develops …

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To Whom do you Belong?

Being born into both “German/Polish and Lutheran heritage” I understand when (usually) at a church event outside one’s own congregation, you are asked, “And, what family do you belong to?” The person who may ask this is perhaps trying to connect me to a familiar surname or family member, perhaps in order to create conversation about something or someone in common that we possibly know. I realise this person could ask in interest, or to make one feel welcome in other people’s environments, so there is a sense of belonging. …

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A Blast from the Past

Spoon with original LWA badge When making plans for the future, we often look back into the past. It is interesting to see what happened many years ago; to see what challenges and joys lay before the people making those plans. We have the privilege of seeing the results of the prayers, hopes and plans of Lutheran women as noted in our much-loved magazine over the last 54 years. Although our world and technology have changed dramatically over more than half a century, the faithful devotion, aims and energy of …

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Life lessons through change

Sometimes the winds of change in our lives blow fairly strongly and sometimes it’s merely a soft breeze. For me, when it comes to my career, it’s been a constant and welcomed wind tunnel! The concept of “career” and “working” has always been a cornerstone of my values, because being of service in the roles I chose (or that chose me perhaps …), has driven me from career to career for all of my working life. This seems to generally amaze people who struggle to keep up with just how …

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The Time for Pulling Down and the Time for Building (Ecclesiastes 3:3b)

If nothing else, the recent pandemic has taught us to be adaptable.

At our congregation in Box Hill, Victoria, we’ve had added overlays which have further confronted members and friends and caused pain. Change and disruption to certainties we took for granted have been our close companions for some years now. We have closed our beloved house of worship and relocated our worship home and, sadly, we’ve also experienced congregational conflict on other issues.

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On the cover – April/May 2021

“Time waits for no man” marching on relentlessly; This very moment a part of time that will never happen again. Days and seasons— they and we move on – change. Days and seasons, each in its own time and beauty; God’s wondrous creation – growing, blossoming, fruiting and dying; Beginning and ending; God is always there – the creator of time. Endless time? no, endless God. Everything that happens in this world happens at the time God chooses. He has set the right time for everything. Ecclesiastes 3:1,11a. Photos: The …

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The time for saving and the time for throwing away (Ecclesiastes 3:6b)

Eighteen months ago, we travelled to Lake Toba in Sumatra, Indonesia. I had stayed in the same area in 1981 so was keen to revisit. Back then I fell in love with the people and the place and thought, “This is what heaven will be like”. The scenery is spectacular from the plains of Medan through the four-hour drive into the mountains and across the seemingly bottomless volcanic crater lake.   There are aspects of the place that remain the same as my first visit. We stayed in the same …

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The Time for Mending (Ecclesiastes 3:7)

Tanunda Lutheran Home Inc (TLH) is one of the larger Aged Care Facilities outside the metropolitan area in South Australia, situated in the picturesque town of Tanunda in the heart of the Barossa Valley. It offers a high standard of independent living accommodation in 98 units and, as of 25 January 2021, 108 in the Residential Care Facility including a dedicated dementia wing. Having lived in New South Wales for over 40 years, and only “retiring” in Tanunda in 2013, I had forgotten some of the many things that define …

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