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Autumn 2017

INTERSECTION

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St Michael’s Contact

St Michael’s Uniting Church

EXECUTIVE MINISTER

Rev Ric Holland revric@stmichaels.org.au Office

Phone: 03 9654 5120 Email: office@stmichaels.org.au Web: stmichaels.org.au youtube.com/StMichaelsChurch instagram.com/stmichaelsmelb twitter.com/stmichaelsmelb facebook.com/stmichaelsmelbourne Mingary Counselling

Director: Dr Lynette Kramer Phone: 03 9654 5120 mingarycounselling.com.au Chair of Church Council

Richard Siegersma Treasurer

Ian Cox Secretary

Maree McDonald Deanery I: Household

Dean: Bill Morgan Deputy Dean: Allan McLaren Deanery II: Church Services

Dean: Graeme Adamson Deputy Dean: Albert Phillips Deanery III: Contact & Care

As autumn signals a change in the seasons so this Intersection newsletter is pointing to a new season at St Michael’s. With a new Executive Minister St Michael’s promises to continue to be a truly unique space in the heart of the city. Dedicated to exploring relevant, contemporary spirituality, we welcome people of all faiths and no faith. Our thought-provoking seminars and lectures by renowned international speakers and academics complement our open-minded Sunday Services.

Dean: Lyndell O’Brien The tranquillity of Mingary, The Quiet Place offers a peaceful escape Deputy Deans: Joy Arnot and Liz Green from the hectic demands of city life; and the world-class musicians who perform in the architectural splendour of our heritage listed church create Deanery IV: Programs an inspirational atmosphere for all people to enjoy. Dean: Lorraine Woolley Deputy Dean: Maree McDonald We hope you enjoy your visit to St Michael’s. 120 Collins St Melbourne 3000

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A Message from the Minister While this is the autumn edition of the ‘Intersection’, we at St Michael’s are by no means going into ‘sleep mode’ as we prepare for winter; quite the contrary, we are revving up for a whole new phase in our history. This year sees the 150th anniversary of the present St Michael’s Church building. We will be celebrating this momentous occasion in the second half of the year, giving thanks for our fabulous past and getting excited about our glorious future. We are first and foremost a ‘city’ church, committed to ensuring that we will respond to the pulse of the city. We are looking to ensure that St Michael’s will play an active role in city life. When St Michael’s Church was designed and built in the 1860s the interior of the church was created to be a setting in which all members of the congregation could both hear and see the preacher. The theatrical nature of the interior of St Michael’s creates the perfect place to perform and enjoy music, seminars and creative presentations. We are reaching out to a wide variety of city-based organisations and festivals; building connections with both secular and spiritual events that will invite the people of Melbourne to experience the beauty of St Michael’s in new and exciting ways. One of these exciting new programs continues St Michael’s dedication to fascinating conversations. Communication should be at the heart of every church, and to that end, we are hoping to establish ‘City Conversations’- a series of mid-week events where we have the opportunity to communicate with prominent thinking and speaker on issues facing Melbourne. Additionally, I am hoping that St Michael’s will continue to develop our tradition of ‘speaking out’. Let’s make our church the conscience of the city, addressing a range of social justice issues and hammering hard our ‘righteous role’. Our Sunday Church Services will continue to be central to all that we do, and I am looking forward to growing our congregation, making it more inclusive and welcoming. St Michael’s is ‘the thinking person’s church’ and a place where joy is celebrated to the full. Finally, I would like to thank the people of St Michael’s for the wonderful welcome that I have received. It is truly a pleasure to share the ministry with you all. Rev Ric Holland 120 Collins St Melbourne 3000

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Rev Ric Holland Encourages St Michael’s to Campaign for Marriage Equality

During his first month at St Michael’s, Rev Ric Holland announced his intention to encourage St Michael’s to be “a loud voice in the field of social justice, including, mental health and marriage equality.” As many of you may know, Rev Ric was the Chief Executive Officer of the Melbourne City Mission, one of Melbourne’s largest and oldest not-for-profit organisations. His experience in fighting for social justice Rev Ric stated that “Marriage equality is important as it is simply natural justice for all people to be treated equally. Our Uniting Church in Australia should be standing up for this human right loud and clear. I believe that we should stand up for this issue; by talking to our friends and family and colleagues, raising the issue with people in authority, writing letters to members of parliament for we are one church who can and will fight for this.” The discrimination experienced by the LGBTI population increases the risk of developing mental health issues and encourages community division. “It is the church’s task to stand up for people who are marginalised; to be constructive rather than destructive 120 Collins St Melbourne 3000

and to break down barriers rather than build walls,” says Rev Ric. Rev Ric has a strong history of working with inner city communities and was a founding member of the Scottish Minorities Group in Glasgow, which became the Scottish Homosexual Rights Group in 1978. “It is time for the church to be a ‘be a light for the world’” says Rev Ric. “Same-sex couples want to marry for all the same reasons as everyone else; to publicly celebrate their love and commitment to one another.” Rev Ric’s open-mindedness and acceptance of all peoples is consistent with the values and ethics of what St Michael’s has embodied for over 170 years. The St Michael’s community and the people of Melbourne can look forward to a strengthening commitment to provide an inspirational and welcoming space in the heart of the city for all Melbournians, thanks to Rev Ric’s guidance and encouragement.

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On behalf of the gay community, thank you

Comments from the Community

Paul Svensen visited St Michael’s while on a recent trip to Melbourne and wrote to us to let us know what Rev Ric Holland’s message of marriage equality means to him. “Looking for a gay-friendly church to visit when my husband and I were in Melbourne recently, I was delighted to read the text of Rev Ric Holland’s sermon on 19th February, and knew instantly that I would be welcomed at St Michael’s. It was encouraging to me to find a church that is not only tolerant of LGBTI people, but one whose leader is also committed to reconciliation between the Christian and gay communities. There’s a vast, largely unreached mission field out there! As a gay man who loves the Lord Jesus with all his being, I am really saddened when I see other Christians slam the door in the face of gay people. It’s no wonder that gays generally are dismissive of Christianity, when its so-called ‘ambassadors’ are proponents of war, rather than of love and peace. (Ric’s message on Make Love Not War was right on the money!) After all, what did Jesus say about homosexuality? Absolutely nothing! Jesus did, however, say heaps about love, forgiveness and grace: His love for us was so great that He died for us; by acknowledging that – and asking Jesus into our heart – we can receive complete forgiveness for our sins, past, present and future; and there’s nothing we can do to earn our way to Heaven: It is purely through God’s grace – or ‘unmerited favour’ – that we can know we will get there! There are almost certainly gay people in your sphere of influence. Can I encourage you to extend an olive branch to them? Be a powerful ambassador for the Lord! On behalf of the gay community, thank you.” Paul Svensen 120 Collins St Melbourne 3000

We have received many comments from St Michael’s people as well as from people outside the congregation in response to Rev Ric Holland’s statements on marriage equality and social justice. If you would like to let us know your thoughts and views on a topic that is being discussed at St Michael’s please feel free to email communications@stmichaels. org.au, or comment on our Facebook and blog posts. Here are some of the comments we have received supporting Rev Ric’s statements on marriage equality and social justice: “Love is wonderful! Love between consenting adults is a beautiful thing.” - Nettie Grey “Yes, I totally agree on marriage equality no matter what your sexual orientation or gender. Love is love! Thank you St Michael’s Uniting Church and Rev Ric Holland. Good luck with the narrow-minded government as it stands, I will always hope they become more enlightened.” - Kim Walker “Thank you for your support and your willingness and bravery in thinking through the issues. It means a lot.” - Brian Coogan

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Melbourne City Churches in Action Responds to the Homeless in Melbourne CBD Moving people on may help to make our streets a little tidier but it will do nothing to solve the debilitating problems associated with homelessness. In fact, these new powers are already creating an environment of fear and are adding to the traumas that our City’s most vulnerable are experiencing. This works against developing long-term, sustainable pathways out of homelessness.

On Thursday, 6 April, Rev Ric Holland, along with members from the Melbourne City Mission, the Council to Homeless Persons, Sacred Heart Mission and Melbourne City Churches in Action [MCCIA] spoke at a media conference outside the Melbourne Town Hall opposing the proposed anti-homeless laws in the City of Melbourne. Rev Ric, on behalf of MCCIA, of which St Michael’s is a member, presented the City of Melbourne with a letter outlining the deep concern over the changes to the definition of camping in a public space. The letter went on to say, “Melbourne’s past reputation in relation to homelessness and the use of public space has been good. The Homelessness Protocol developed by the City, was written up as a great move forward for a major city getting serious about inclusiveness. Melbourne truly was a ‘Place for People’, for all people, no matter who they were. This was correctly seen as a human rights issue. But Melbourne will lose that reputation if these changes go ahead and people experiencing homelessness are moved on. 120 Collins St Melbourne 3000

We also respectfully suggest that the current By-Laws adequately address most of the issues related to public amenity that will reportedly be addressed by these changes, for example, prohibitions on open alcohol in the CBD, and public urination, as well as access for people experiencing disabilities and mobility issues, littering, and public nuisance. Consequently, the proposed changes are not necessary. In the light of these concerns we call for: - A stay on this change coming into effect for 12 months - A meeting of Stakeholders to: • Discuss the deeper issues that need to be addressed in the area of homelessness in general and in particular rough sleeping in the City. • Discuss measures that will be taken during that 12 months that will address issues in a non-threatening environment. • This will include but not be limited to such ideas that have already been suggested such as lockers and drop in centres in the City. The MCCIA commits itself to actively and thoughtfully being involved in this process.”

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January Services

St David’s Day Gymanfa Ganu

Dean of Church Services Graeme Adamson reflects on the four guest Preachers who inspired us during January. “On behalf of the Ministers, Elders, members and friends of the Melbourne Welsh Church, I would like to sincerely thank Rev Ric Holland and all at St Michael’s for allowing us to use the outstanding facilities of your beautiful church for our recent St David’s Day Gymanfa Ganu. Close to 700 enjoyed the service of praise through music and song – a wonderful afternoon was enjoyed by all. We extend our special thanks to those from St Michael’s who took care of us for the afternoon and showed such patience when the service ran so far over time. We also thank Jackson Raine for his work on the day to ensure all sounded as it should and for the recording of the event. Naturally, we can’t thank Rhys Boak enough. He is a true treasure and we will email him individually to extend our thanks. Thank you all very much, diolch yn fawr’.” Regards, Christine Boomsma on behalf of the Melbourne Welsh Church

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Rev Ron Rosinsky preached on the first and second Sundays exploring Differentiation and Trust. Rev Rosinsky is well known to many of the congregation and was warmly received. On the third Sunday, we welcomed Rev Paul Stephens; chair of our Joint Nominating Committee; to St Michael's pulpit for the first time. Rev Stephens’ address was entitled What are you looking for? and he also used the occasion to advise the Congregation where the process of finding our new Minister was and how it sat within the Uniting Church Regulations. Breaking down barriers was the theme adopted by Rev Ric Holland on the fourth Sunday for his return to the St Michael's pulpit. Rev Holland’s service was inspiring and certainly got the congregation talking afterwards with his use of a CD recording Rivers of Babylon by Boney M to reinforce the Old Testament reading of the day. January was brought to a close by Rev Peter Burnham with his service titled Learning to live with the rhythms of life. Rev Burnham acknowledged Australia Day and was thought-provoking with his choice of Bible reading and his address. Five different Sunday themes; however, underlying all of them was the message to embrace change, not be afraid of it. The month could perhaps be summarised as ‘build bridges, not walls’.

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St Michael’s Gallery Exhibition Openings We have had the pleasure of celebrating four creative exhibitions during the first few months of 2017. Our first exhibition for the year, Bella Flora, featured two Melbourne artists, Kate Hudson and Celia Moriarty, who explored native flora in all its glory. Followed by Reflections, which showcased artwork by our very own Promotions and Gallery Manager, Erin Cookson. Sunshine Coast artist Wendy Hickin’s solo exhibition, Ten Thousand Miles, graced the walls of the gallery in March. The first quarter of the year was wrapped up with the colourful group exhibition Under the Sea featuring Rebecca Coulter, Gina Fishman and Katie Westle’s stunning paintings depicting different views of life in our oceans.

The congregation enjoying the exhibition Reflections

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Wendy Hickin’s beautiful portraits in the gallery

Bella Flora was the first exhibition opening for 2017

Under the Sea showcasing all three artists work

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Part of one of Rebecca Coulter’s beautiful paintings

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Healthy Ageing Seminars

Connecting with The Cairnmillar Institute Community Programs For the over 45 years, St Michael’s and The Cairnmillar Institute have collaborated on a variety of projects. Julijana Chochovski, whom many will know from our Healthy Ageing S.A.G.E. seminars heads The Cairnmillar Institute’s Community Programs team supporting initiatives that deliver health, wellbeing and education. Both S.A.G.E. and The Big Tent Project continue to be presented and supported by St Michael’s this year.

Julijana Chochovski, of The Cairnmillar Institute, continues the good work of Dr Francis Macnab with monthly Healthy Ageing Seminars held at St Michael’s Hall. During each seminar, we offer helpful psychological tips and tools for coping with difficulties commonly associated with ageing. The supportive and friendly atmosphere of the sessions allows participants the opportunity to discuss a variety of concerns that may arise in later years. The next scheduled seminars will take place on: 11am, Friday 26 May Adapting to Change 11am, Friday 24 June Adopting a ‘Can Do’ Attitude 11am, Friday 28 July Achieving Happiness Cost: $20 includes tea, coffee and sandwiches Visit www.stmichaels.org.au or call 9654 5120 to reserve your seats. 120 Collins St Melbourne 3000

S.A.G.E. Healthy Ageing Seminars For almost three decades, these monthly seminars have provided support for older adults; offering friendly, learning experiences. Providing psychological tools to help cope with difficulties commonly associated with ageing. Julijana also successfully delivers regular education programs in caring for older adult’s mental wellbeing throughout Victorian Aged Care Facilities, and now in 2017 throughout Australia. The Big Tent Project St Michael’s and The Cairnmillar Institute continue to provide encouragement, support, and psychological skills training to support the children’s mental wellbeing through The Big Tent Project. Providing supervised psychological training sessions to Pre-School Field Officers (PSFOs). PSFO’s role in the community is crucial in helping Pre-School aged Children that have been identified as having behavioural or emotional problems. The Big Tent Project recognises the importance of supporting early childhood mental wellbeing that the program over the years has expanded to include Maternal Health Nurses and Allied Health Practitioners.

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Palm Sunday Service We celebrated Palm Sunday on Sunday, 9 April. Those who attended the service brought branches and greenery placing them on the chancel to represent the palm branches the crowd scattered in front of Jesus as he rode into Jerusalem. The beautiful greenery displayed the St Michael’s communities dedication to our service by including this personal touch. We were delighted to have guest artist Jessica Foot (Oboe) perform during the service which included music composed by Ralph Vaughan Williams and G.F. Handel.

Way of the Cross and Good Friday Service On Good Friday, 14 April, thousands of people took to the streets of Melbourne to participate in the ecumenical devotion known as the Way of the Cross. This gathering of all city churches, regardless of denomination, created an atmosphere of community as we commemorated the journey from the Last Supper to the crucifixion. This year marks the first year St Michael’s Uniting Church not only participated in the Way of the Cross walk but our new Executive Minister Rev Ric Holland, oversaw the devotions as the President of the Melbourne City Churches in Action. Before the procession reached St Michael’s, the church was open for quiet reflection and organ music from Bach, Langlais, Peeters was performed by Rhys Boak. Including J.S. Bach’s masterwork for Good Friday, the chorale prelude O man, thy grievous sin bemoan. Our Service of remembrance consisted of a series of ‘lessons’ accompanied by the gradual extinguishing of candles. After each ‘lesson’, a candle was snuffed out; symbolising the deepening shadow and darkness which came upon the one who was called ‘light of the world’. During the readings, we heard the story of the last hours of Jesus’ life – the questioning, the fear, the anxiety, the insensitivity and eventual desertion of his friends; and the hostility, anger, and rejection by the authorities. Inviting members of the congregation to think on our own fallibility and frailty mirrored – for have we not also been insensitive, anxious, fearful, and rejecting, on our own life journey? The St Michael’s Singers sang a selection of music during the service including Edward Elgar’s motet Ave Verum and Jesu dulcis memoria from the Renaissance master, Tomas Luis De Victoria.

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Rev Ric leading the prayers

John Futcher carried the cross from St Michael’s to Scots’ Church

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Easter Sunday Service The Storm is Over - A New Day Begins Our Easter Sunday Service was full of celebration with over 700 people attending. Visitors from as far afield as The United Kingdom joined voices with the St Michael’s Brass Ensemble and grand organ to sing some of the great Easter Hymns. Rev Ric Holland presided over the Service, bringing a smile to the faces of the congregation with his passionate address.

Rev Ric addressing the congregation

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Rev Ric addressing the congregation

Celebratory music filled the church during the Service

The St Michael’s Brass Ensemble lead by Rhys Boak

Rev Ric welcoming everyone to St Michael’s

Holy communion was offered to all who attended

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Greeting the Minister After each Sunday Service, the congregation are invited to greet Executive Minister Rev Ric Holland in the colonnade, and our Easter Sunday was no exception. Visitors and members of the church alike took a moment to thank Rev Ric for his inspirational Easter Service. We captured a few memorial moments as the congregation took a moment to wish Rev Ric a Happy Easter.

Rev Ric with John Foster

Rev Ric with Celia Nicholson

Rev Ric with Carol and David Anders

Rev Ric with Bill Clipstone

Rev Ric greeting Lillian and Don who visited from Scoresby Uniting Church

Rev Ric with Judith and Robert Pickup

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Thank you from Melbourne City Churches in Action

Easter 2017 A Time of Rest and Thinking

Secretary, Melbourne City Churches in Action, Stefanie Pearce wrote to thank St Michael’s for our participation in the Way of the Cross walk. “Thank you for all you did in supporting the Way of the Cross 2017 and helping with the church service brochures.

We were delighted to receive a letter from Margaret and Robert Ledley reflecting on what Easter means to them. Below is an expect from that letter.

I am immensely grateful for the work of the committee in so many ways - everyone pulling together and making a sacrificial contribution of time and energy, and together we managed to put on a major event that is something very special and precious for our beloved city and its people of faith.

“This time of year is when we can think of each other; when we can reflect on memories of past years, very precious times we have had with family and friends. We can smile and be very pleased to have lived to enjoy the love and kindness that all have given us.

We had the largest-ever number of participants, according to the Victoria Police estimate of 5,000 walkers. There was positive media coverage in electronic and print media. Many people have spoken to me of how moving and beautiful the walk was for them as a personal spiritual experience, some who have participated many times before and others for whom it was the first time. It was wonderful to have St Michael’s at Station nine which seemed to work well, so realising for the first time the way the walk was originally envisaged. Grace and peace.” Stefanie Pearce

My Easter time has for many years been on Easter Sunday, full of joy. It was a special time as is now, but as a child of seven years I was really exciting. The Easter eggs in those days were a very special treat, being before the Second World War it was really something as one had very little money and had to save for a long time beforehand. We both hope for those who are not well, a healing time for them. With lots of trouble in the world, one needs to think of others and think of all we have to be thankful for: health, food, family and friends and trying to live each day doing good things for others. Peace be with you all.” Margaret and Robert Ledley

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Global Concerns Lifestart Foundation

Visitors Information Celebrating Ten Years

The wonderful work of the dedicated Global Concerns team have been supporting the Lifestart Foundation’s education scholarship for many years. They recently received a letter from the student they sponsor, Tran Thi Minh Nguyet, thanking Global Concerns and St Michael’s for our ongoing support. Below is an extract from her letter.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of The Visitor and Information Table at St Michael’s. This dedicated group of volunteers welcomes those who visit St Michael’s Hall after every Sunday Service. Currently, there are 12 invaluable people who manage the table, offering information about the current programs, Mingary, The Quiet Place, books, music and events at St Michael’s.

Global Concerns supports a variety of charities. You can support their great work by purchasing treats, handmade and second-hand items from their tables in the Hall after Sunday Service.

For many new and regular visitors to St Michael’s The Visitor and Information Table is the perfect meeting place to discover news and start conversations with the people of St Michael’s community. The team provide a welcoming, friendly environment for all attending coffee and conversation following the Service. They have played a vital role in assisting St Michael’s with many book launches including Dr Angela Mackenzie’s book Everybody Stay Calm, Dr Kenneth Ralph’s Your Final Choice, Professor Brian Smith’s The Confessions of Dudley Sims, and recently Dr Debra Campbell’s Lovelands. We at St Michael’s would like to thank Convenor Jeanette Noy and her team of volunteers for their wonderful ten years of support. Next time you visit St Michael’s on Sunday, drop by The Visitor and Information Table and let them know how much we all appreciate the wonderful work they do.

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Vale Ruth Harris Ruth and her husband, Geoff, joined St Michael’s in 2008. They were inaugural members of the St Michael’s Walking Group which enjoyed friendship and exercise while walking once a month in various areas in and around Melbourne.

Claire Harvey-Kelly In the 1950s Claire began a career in dress design and manufacture in Flinders Lane, before opening her own business ‘Claire Lines’ on 188 Collins Street, not far from the then Independent Church. The noticeboard outside the church planted the seed of interest and thus began her sixty-year association with the church, now being St Michael’s Uniting Church. Claire held her membership close to her heart and frequently invited guests to share all that St Michael’s offered. Claire died on 14 January 2017, just six weeks before what would have been her 96th birthday. Norma Fowler Norma and her husband, Trevor, became members at St Michael’s in 1973. They were a dedicated and impressive team who largely oversaw the building of St Michael’s Halls and the furnishing and organisation of them. For many years Norma was the leader of Pastoral Care and developed a wonderful system of providing support to many Contact People in the various geographical regions of Melbourne. Norma died on 23 January 2017 at the age of 97. Her funeral was conducted by Rev Ron Rosinsky, who she kept a very supportive eye on when he came to St Michael’s as a young minister.

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Ruth became one of the first members of our St Michael’s Bayside Book Group. She enjoyed reading and provided some deep insights during our discussion times, as well as providing a lovely venue and hospitality for the group on several occasions. Ruth died on 18 February 2017. Mary Buchanan-Thomas Mary became a member of St Michael’s in 1991 and was very active for many years. Unfortunately, ill health over the last few years prevented her ongoing participation. Mary was a teacher and Assistant Principal in a primary school and for many years used to write on the board in the staff room, on a Monday morning, quotes from Dr Macnab’s Orders of Service, so his wisdom could be shared. Mary died on 5 March 2017. Eric Ford Eric became a member of St Michael’s in 1986. He was a man who had a great zest for life. He loved people, always had a ready smile and a positive comment to make whenever meeting with someone. He was an educator who rose to be a Principal and then School Inspector in record time. He loved language and the Arts. Eric died on 6 March 2017. His graveside ceremony took place in Shepparton, where he spent his childhood. The ceremony was conducted by Rev Ron Rosinsky, whom Eric mentored when he came to Melbourne after graduating as a Minister in America.

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The Ordination of Rev Dr Julie Hall

A Message from the Household Deanery

Rev Lauleti Tu’inauvai and Rev Dr Julie Hall The Ordination of Rev Dr Julie Maree Hall as Minister of the Word was conducted by the Presbytery of Yarra Yarra on Sunday, 26 March, at St Michael’s Uniting Church. Members of the Presbytery were warmly welcomed to St Michael’s by Executive Minister Rev Ric Holland. The Service of Ordination Presbytery Chairperson Rev Preaching of the Word by The Bible readings were read Patricia Cameron-Hill.

was conducted by the Lauleti Tu’inauvai and Rev Dr Jenny Byrnes. by Marilyn Cobain and

Dr Peter Kingsbury was part of the Laying on of Hands as Rev Dr Hall was ordained a minister of the Word in the Church of God. Rev Dr Hall’s Statement of Faith and Call response was spoken from the heart and was very moving. Those who attended stated that it was a very moving experience to see a long standing member of St Michael’s ordained in such a respectful ceremony. A significant moment is the history of St Michael’s as she is the first member to be ordained in our Uniting Church. Rev Dr Julie Hall commenced her ministry at the Bentleigh Uniting Church on Sunday 2 April. We wish her well as she enters an exciting new chapter in her life. Members of Presbytery and all those who came to support Rev Dr Hall adjourned to St Michael’s Hall to enjoy the social occasion and a delicious afternoon tea prepared and served by Heather Martin. 120 Collins St Melbourne 3000

Dean of Household, Bill Morgan, is responsible for overseeing the maintenance of our historic Church building and facilities. Working together with our great office staff, maintenance team and various contractors. We offer our sincerest thanks to the Office and Maintenance personnel for their great dedication to their individual roles. Recently, due to an issue with the irrigation system, both the irrigation and the gardens have been restructured. St Michael’s Archives, an important record and information facility is being kept up to date by Liz Green and our office staff. Mal Cobain has also provided valuable assistance in bringing the hard copy material up to date. Roger Hersey’s skills have been very welcome in assisting with producing a written procedure and policy document along with digitising procedures. We sincerely thank each of them for their dedication to these activities. St Michael’s Library has, for the last thirteen years, been managed by Susan Fleming. We’d like to thank her for her wonderful support. Susan would be very grateful to have one or two assistants. For those interested please speak with Susan. Dean: Bill Morgan Deputy Dean: Allan McLaren

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Inspirational music At St Michael’s Free Lunchtime Recitals

Carry the Processional Staff

The Processional Staff has become The People’s Staff and is carried each Sunday by a person who is wishing to remember an occasion or person in their lives. Carrying the Staff is a great way of participating in the Sunday Service. Those wishing to volunteer to carry the staff are encouraged to put their name down at the Enquiries Table in the Hall any Sunday.

Donate Flowers

The St Michael’s grand organ is the centrepiece of the interior of the church. A beautiful instrument with a long history of bringing inspirational music to not only our Sunday Services but countless music events. Every Thursday, at 1pm, the St Michael’s carillon is sounded and the grand organ comes to life for a free 30-minute recital. St Michael’s organist Rhys Boak and visiting artists, bring the joy and beauty of live music to the many who attend these performances. Please check your order of service each week to see who will be performing the following Thursday. We update our Facebook page, with program details of each recital as soon as they become available. www.facebook.com/stmichaelsmelbourne 120 Collins St Melbourne 3000

Each week there is a beautiful display of flowers in the church donated by people like you. If you would like to donate the flowers for a Sunday Service in celebration or remembrance of a special person or moment please contact the office on 9654 5120.

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Thank you for Decorating our Church

Dr Debra Campbell Book Launch

Dean of Church Services Graeme Adamson thanks Margaret Smith and Joy Berryman for their many years of service to St Michael’s. Another long association with St Michael's has come to an end. For more years than they care to remember, Margaret and Joy have been responsible for the magnificent Christmas trees and many of the joyful Easter decorations in the Church. The ladies have decided to stand aside and make way for others. Margaret and Joy believe they have exhausted their ideas and therefore it is time to sit back and ‘smell the roses’. Our sincere thanks go to Margaret and Joy for their exceptional work.

CDs and DVDs Do you have a favourite service you would like to have a record of? Perhaps you or a loved one would like to catch up on a service you have missed. Recordings of our Sunday Addresses can be ordered in the hall after service, online, or by contacting the office. Recordings of individual services are available for purchase or alternatively you can purchase a whole month of services.

On Sunday, 12 March, Rev Ric shared a conversation during the Service with psychologist and author Dr Debra Campbell on her book Lovelands. Dr Campbell discussed ‘embracing your demons; being the hero of your own life, through courage, self-awareness and love’ in the book, released in March this year. The book was a work in progress for Dr Campbell for over 15 years and is described as a partly a memoir and partly a self-help book for anyone wanting ‘to understand more about emotional health and freedom’. After the Service, Dr Campbell signed copies of her book in the St Michael’s Hall. Many members of the congregation were delighted that she launched her book at St Michael’s where she worked closely with previous Executive Minister Dr Francis Macnab for many years.

Payment is required with the order: $10 per DVD ($7 Pensioners) for one address. $25 per DVD for the addresses of one month. $8.50 per CD ($5.50 Pensioners) for two consecutive addresses.

120 Collins St Melbourne 3000

(03) 9654 5120 office@stmichaels.org.au www.stmichaels.org.au


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Regional Morning Teas

A Morning Tea for all people who live in St Michael’s East and North East Regions will be held on Sunday, 7 May in the Waratah Room following the Sunday Service. For the next few Sundays, the Regional Map will be on display on the back wall of the Hall, so you can locate in which of St Michael’s Regions you live. The Morning Tea will give you the opportunity to meet and greet with Rev Ric Holland and other people who live in your general area. If you could bring a plate of food to share that would be much appreciated. If you have any queries, please see Regional Leaders Catherine Jones, East Region or Anita Sawatzky, North East Region. The Regional Morning Tea for North West and South Regions will be held on Sunday, 4 June 2017 following the Sunday Service. If you have any questions, please see Susan Fleming North West Regional Leader or Lyndell O’Brien - South Regional Leader. 120 Collins St Melbourne 3000

Our Pillars of St Michael’s

The Smeeth Family John Arthur Lewis Hart Rev Bonnie Bradley Marie McVeigh Abe and Gwen Grutzner Hannah Bedford-Lee Judy and Ian McNally Marilyn and Norm Cobain and Family Catharine McKean Marlene Drysdale Donald, Sonia, Alex and Emily Marshall Laurence Frederick L’Estrange Kay and Klaus Wiegel Sylvia Rhodes Patsy Stubbs Gladys Barker Paul and Sandra Fowler Heather and Ron Martin and Family Max Nelson (Deacon and Elder of St Michael’s) Isabel Marguerite Garrett Desmond Thomas Garrett Judy Bruce

If you would like to become a Pillar of St Michael’s call the office on 9654 5120 or download an application form from our website: www.stmichaels.org.au.

(03) 9654 5120 office@stmichaels.org.au www.stmichaels.org.au


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Coming up at St Michael’s

Healing Our Planet Earth (H.O.P.E.) 11.45am, Sun 14 May Explore environmentally friendly living. Presented by Sally Clarke and Cheryl Power.

Guided Meditation 12pm, Sun 28 May Take some time to relax with a guided meditate in the Wellbeing Studio at meditation practitioner Sian Ellett.

Strokes and Squiggles 11am, Sun 28 May Exhibition opening of USSR born, Melbourne based, artist Mariya Rovenko. A series of incredibly detailed studies.

Healthy Ageing Seminar 11am, Fri 26 May Julie Chochovski presents a non-denominational seminar. Tickets: $20

Professor Joseph Camilleri Lectures 6pm, Tuesday 9 and 16 May

In these two lectures, Professor Joseph Camilleri will address the twin questions of the moment: How is the world to engage with Trump’s America, and how will the Eagle engage with the Bear and the Dragon, as we navigate our increasingly uncertain future? French Conversation 11.45am, Sun 4 June A fun and informal French conversation workshop to practice your conversation skills. 120 Collins St Melbourne 3000

These lectures aim to make sense of a world in profound transition, where forces – old and new, creative and destructive – are busily contending to shape the human future. Tickets: $20 per lecture or $35 for both Bookings: www.stmichaels.org.au (03) 9654 5120 office@stmichaels.org.au www.stmichaels.org.au


Mingary Counselling Service Confidential, low-cost counselling If you are seeking relief from painful or stressful experiences, assistance with major life changes or help reducing anxiety, fear and uncertainty, call Mingary Counselling services to make an appointment today. Or visit The Quiet Place (pictured above): a peaceful, nondenominational sanctuary for people of all religions and cultures. Open 9am to 5pm weekdays and 8am to 1pm Sundays; enter from the Russell Street side of St Michael’s.

St Michael’s Place, 120 Collins Street, Melbourne www.mingarycounselling.com.au | (03) 9654 5120


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