Community Outreach Mission Network
July Newsletter 2018
Food for Thought
Reflection for COMN Newsletter July 2018
by Rev Rebecca Purling
Recently our Moderator, Rev Sue Ellis, has hosted a number of ‘Listening Forums’ on the topic of same sex marriage and the Uniting Church. The Doctrine Working Group have prepared a comprehensive report which will be presented to the upcoming Assembly meeting in July. The report acknowledges the diversity of views within the UCA and includes recommendations for a way forward.
Our Network (along with all Networks) was asked to host a Listening Forum, an opportunity for the Moderator to hear voices from across the breadth of the church, she wanted to hear the feelings, concerns and hopes of people in the UCA. I found the forum we hosted to be respectful and helpful, it was an emotional afternoon for some. We heard a diversity of opinions and experiences, opinions and experiences that reflect those found across Australian society.
The topic of same sex marriage in the church is a divisive and challenging one, we find ourselves once again living in interesting times. This is not new, we know that the early church had disagreements, that factions formed and that there were diverse expressions of theology, leadership and worship. Any student of history will know these disagreements, conflicts and schisms have consistently been part of the church’s story, from its beginnings and into our own time.
At the recent Presbytery meeting Jesus teaching about the vine and the branches from John 15 was used as a focus for reflection and learning. In his discourse Jesus said to his disciples ‘I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing.’ During Presbytery we reflected on the many branches of the vine, all connected to the vine, the different factions and theological positions held dear to people in the UCA; different traditions within the Christian church, Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant, Pentecostal, are all part of the vine.
We remembered that there are many branches connected to the vine, that those branches receive nutrients to grow and flourish. Further the different branches need to be connected to Jesus the vine so that they will be cared for by God the gardener who prunes and nurtures as necessary in order that the branches will bear the fruits of the kingdom in our world. The church is made up of many branches, the branches that bear fruit are deeply connected to the vine for correction and nurture.
Our next COMN Gathering will be at
Ascot Community Uniting Church
24 Fifth Ave, Ascot Park SA 5043
Tue 31st July 2018
Starting at 6.15pm with a shared meal
Theme UCA Assembly
How we can all move forward as one
no matter which way the decisions goes.
The time has come to say “thank you and good bye”
There is a sense of sadness within the COMN, but also at the same time a sense of excitement for another one of our Ministers who are embarking upon a “New Chapter” in his life.
Rev Peter Moss is journeying into the new chapter of retirement after being at Seacliff UC since 2005 which followed on from his placement at Henley/Fulham.
Peter has been a very active member of the COMN being a past member of the COMN Executive team and also on the COMN Grant Approval team and attending as many COMN Gatherings and Minister’s Retreats as he was able to.
We have been very blessed during these time hearing many wonderful words of wisdom and Spiritual guidance from Peter as decisions needed to be made.
Peter, we wish you all the best for your retirement and pray that God will continue to bless your Ministry in whichever form it takes.
Thank you for your wisdom and support you have given over the past years and we wish you and Lyn, all the best for the new journey ahead.
Peter’s final service will be on Sunday 29th July beginning at 9.30am
at Seacliff Uniting Church is 7 Wheatland Street, Seacliff.
The Corner Garage Sale
at The Corner Uniting Church
corner Oaklands & Diagonal Roads, Warradale
7 July 2018 9:00am – 1:00pm
The Corner Uniting Church is holding a garage sale! Bring family and friends to grab a bargain!
Stalls including: toys, books, clothes, bric-a-brac, furniture, plants, shoes, cakes, jewellery, handbags and lots more! Plus FREE kids activities.
The Corner’s cafe will be open for tea, coffee and scones. A sausage sizzle and cold drinks will be available.
Donations of clean goods gratefully accepted and can be left at The Corner’s op shop during the week (Tues – Fri, 9.30am – 3pm). Unfortunately no electrical items can be accepted.
For more information
Phone 8350 5400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The 4th COMN Gathering for 2018
At Broadview Uniting Church
Corner Galway Ave and, Collingrove Ave, Broadview SA 5083
on Tuesday 30th October starting at 6.15pm with a shared meal.
COMN Grants for 2018
Community Outreach Mission Network (COMN) Outreach Grants are provided to assist member congregations in their community outreach. Funded from the members’ contributions to the Network, these grants are a once off grant of up to $1,000 for a community outreach initiative and they are provided for:
- a new outreach initiative; or
- expanding a current outreach; or
- raising the profile of a congregation in their local community.
Member congregations receiving these grants are expected to share the progress and results of their grant funded community outreach initiatives with the rest of the Network at one of our gatherings.
For a member congregation’s application to be considered by the COMN Grants Committee, a member congregation will need to have paid all of their Network contributions for the 12 months preceding their application and the congregation’s application will need to show how their new initiative:
- is a response to a perceived community need;
- will be promoted in their community;
- is to be funded;
- will be evaluated; and
- aligns with their mission goals.
It would be only in unusual circumstances that a member congregation would receive more than one COMN grant in the same year.
Applications are to authorised by two of the congregation’s leadership team and e-mailed to the COMN Pastoral and Administrative Officer:
Brian Dunstan COMN Pastoral and Administrative Officer email@example.com
if you are unable to email send it via mail 143 Woolnough Road Largs Bay 5016
Any queries call Brian on 041 399 4837
The closing dates to apply for a Grant are as follow;
Round 2 Friday 27th July
If you are looking for our COMN Newsletters on the COMN webpage
click on the Resources button,
select Newsletter on the drop-down list,
then click on the Newsletter you are wanting to read.
Please share this information and the events
with your congregation.
You never know who may be interested in attending something which is happening??
If you have any articles for the August COMN Newsletter,
please have them sent into Brian by Monday 30th July
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org Mobile- 0413 994837