Farewell to Rev. Bob Thomas

It was a sad farewell to the Rev. Bob Thomas on 24 July, as after 40 months, being our interim Minister, Bob is taking up an appointment with Torquay, Bellbrae and Airey’s Inlet Uniting Churches. Bob will be greatly missed for his friendly personality and thought provoking sermons.

Bob contemplates the “sparkling” birthday cake – the day coinciding with Rev Bob’s birthday.

Church secretary, Dianne Sapwell, thanks Rev Bob for his time with us, wishes him Happy Birthday and presents the flowers as a gift for his wife, Anita,  as he cuts his cake.

We celebrate National Tree Day in advance

With Rev. Bob Thomas’s “farewell”, and his love of trees, we celebrate National Tree Week one week earlier.

Rev.  Bob Thomas thanks Sandra Nowland-Foreman, coordinator for “Gardens for Wildlife”, for her presentation on indigenous vegetation in this region, particularly Point Addis and Edwards Point.

Dianne Sapwell, Ocean Grove Uniting Church Secretary, presents an arrangement to thank Sandra for her participation in the church service, having given her presentation on behalf of “Gardens for Wildlife”.

 

Raising funds to aid Asylum Seekers

Members of the JIM group at Ocean Grove UC , Lyn Mulligan, Robin Munro and Joan Calcutt, selling Azaadi chutney and Kasaundi . Money raised goes towards funding lawyers who are helping asylum seekers obtain permanent visas. It is part of the mission of the JIM group to support Queenscliff RAR.

Rev. Bob Moves On

Recently the Presbytery Pastoral Relations Committee has decided that, after over three years in ‘supply’ ministry, Rev. Bob Thomas must finish his ministry at Ocean Grove/Barwon Heads.

Although Rev. Bob has been happy to serve as long as was necessary to acquire a new minister, the time between ministers has become excessive.  Supply ministry typically is measured in months, not years, and so it has been decided that, after 40 months (a biblically symbol number), Bob’s last service was on the 24th of July.

An Unexpected Blessing

Ministry is a blessing to me in general, but occasionally,  albeit relatively rarely, I have felt especially blessed.  Last Sunday was one such occasion.  I received an email from the van der Poll family, members of the Leopold congregation who occasionally join our worship on Zoom, which was amazingly relevant to the worship service I was about to lead. With their permission I share it with you:

“Sometimes I just want it to stop. The talk of Covid, brutality, disasters…(click on this link to read more)

Refugee Sunday

This Sunday, June 20th, was Refugee Sunday and also the observance of the 44th anniversary of the birth of the Uniting Church.  To celebrate the occasion the Barwon Heads congregation met with the Ocean Grove congregation at 10:30am to hear Jim Molineux from the Synod’s Justice and International Mission cluster.

left to right: Tim Molineux from JIM, Fahim (imam and ex-refugee), Rev. Bob Thomas

An open, virtual door to the world