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.
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”.
Church Secretary, Dianne Sapwell, hand writes a letter for Refugee Day, imploring the government to fast track permanent visas.
We were pleased to welcome our guest speakers Cecily and Laurie Mason from Aireys Inlet RAR. They are the network writers for Asylum Seekers and Refugees. After the service a letter writing session was held. We implore government to fast track permanent visas. Cecily reminded us that letters hold more weight than emails.
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.
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.
Upon arriving at church on Good Friday, parishioners were offered a sign by a tree that had recently had a bough lopped off:
Another, more intentional, Holy Week gift was a Good Friday symbol for the communion table by Ian Hanson:
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