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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Warracknabeal Guild

We had a lovely start to the year 2020 with our Guild meeting held at Warracknabeal. Lorna Mills turned 100 on 31 January and, as our tradition when anyone has a big 0 birthday, we make a cake and celebrate with them. Lorna is an active member of our Guild, lives in a nice unit and loves caring for her garden. She plays cards on Monday, goes to Planned Activities Group at the hospital three days a week, and church on Sundays. We also celebrated our very efficient Secretary, Bev …

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Ballarat Ladies Fellowship

Ballarat Ladies Fellowship got off to a flying start for 2020 with a large group meeting at our President, Doreen Huebner’s, lovely property at Smythesdale. There was much chatter and sharing after the Christmas break and, of course, ladies enjoyed strolling around the gorgeous garden. It was good to start, again, the Bible Studies from Lutheran Women with Pastor Adrian. We have decided to have most of our meetings this year in ladies’ homes (cool in summer and cosy in winter). In the photo we have Pastor Adrian in the rear and then left …

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LWV and Tas President’s Report

53rd Convention at St Philips, Tarneit. Green and purple balloons greeted everyone on 4 May 2019 for the LWV and Tas Convention. These colours were repeated at the round tables, decorated with quizzes, prayer cards and jugs of water flavoured with cucumber, lemon, and mint. The 97 attendees enjoyed the friendly, cafe-like ambience under the theme of Walking in Wisdom Proverbs 2:6a. Pastor Mark Winter led the opening worship, emphasising how God is a loving God whom we can trust, explaining that trust is different from knowledge. Later, Pastor Adrian …

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CEFC – Blessed to be a blessing

Imagine opening the door of a Relief Centre and asking strangers for help. It would be very confronting. I keep this scenario in the forefront of my mind all the time when working in Horsham’s Christian Emergency Food Centre (CEFC). Life often seems to happen on a tightrope, just a little over-balancing one way or the other and we can fall in a heap. Often the fall is not too far and just a hand up can get us back on our feet, and other times the recovery process can …

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LWV Retreats 2019

Theme: Who is in the Kingdom of God? We are! It seems that Vic/Tas does things a little differently from other States! In addition to the State Convention and the various Zone Rallies, for over 50 years now, the LWV has hosted multiple retreats around the state every year. Of our six retreats, Vic/Tas hold four one-day retreats rotating through our Metro, Western, Wimmera, Northern and Gippsland Zones. These are bookended by two weekend retreats at our Lutheran campsites at Tandara in Halls Gap and Araluen in Anglesea. Every two …

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The executive committee of Lutheran Women of Victoria

LWV Convention 4th May 2019

What a blessing to be able to give this report of our 53rdConvention. Above: LWV Executive L to R Pastor Adrian Kramer, Julie Hedt, Jenny Gellert, Val Tischler, Bishop Lester Priebbenow, Kerry Nolte, Anne Hill and Judy Wiebusch It was a great day with nearly 100 members of LWV gathered at St Philip’s Lutheran Church, Tarneit for the convention. Attendees sat at tables arranged in an attractive Cafe style. There were prayer pockets on each table and decorative jugs of water, everything conducive to good social networking and easy notetaking. …

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End of Year Breakup Fun with Warrnambool Ladies Guild

With a room full of laughter and happy faces, the Guild ladies and the Men’s fellowship of Trinity Lutheran Church, Warrnambool, held a combined annual breakup function on December 7th – a dinner and Dutch Auction. Pre-dinner drinks and nibbles preceded barbecued sausages and hamburgers with yummy salads. Dessert was the ever-popular fruit salad and ice cream. A decorated Christmas tree stood against the wall with brightly wrapped gifts that everyone had brought, piled around its base in readiness for the auction. Tables were set and decorated with candles and …

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