Funeral Service for Ron McTaggart
Aged 89 years. Passed away suddenly surrounded by his loving family.
1.00pm 4th May Colbinabbin Recreation Reserve
The funeral service for Ron McTaggart will be held at the Recreation Reserve in Colbinabbin on Tuesday 4th May at 1.00pm.
A graveside service will follow at the Colbinabbin Cemetery followed by refreshments at the Memorial Hall.
For those unable to attend in person the service will be streamed from https://www.williamfarmer.com.au/tribute-centre/
Ron was a much loved member of our church. We extend our sincere condolences to all his family and friends.
This community will long remember Ron as a doer, a constant presence at the heart of the Colbinabbin community and our church – a man whose positions on committees and organisations that have built and sustained this community defy understanding in terms of their breadth of interest and length of service.
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There are no outcasts – CWA Service 10.00am
Rushworth is hosting the CWA Sunday service this year, but the Conference has asked that the service be held at the Shiraz Republic, 507 Hamblin Rd, Cornella. While I feel a little conflict of interest, this was the CWA’s initiative.
They have organised a bus from Mooroopna, running via Tatura, Rushworth and Colbinabbin. The service will start at 10.00am (just when we were getting used to 9.30am). If the weather is fine the service will be held outside, otherwise we will move inside. The forecast is for 19 degrees by 10.00am but also a very light shower, so we’ll see how we go.
The set readings for the day are “Jesus the True Vine” from John 15: 1-8 and the story of the conversion and baptism of the Ethiopian Eunuch from Acts 8:26-40.
The vine and the branches will be very appropriate, given the setting next to the vineyard. This is a rich metaphor which speaks to our personal spiritual life and to the life of the church.
The story of the Ethiopian Eunuch is part of Luke’s telling of the geographical expansion of the early church, but also the way the gospel extends to those who have previously been explicitly excluded from the community of faith. “No eunuch is to enter the congregation of God.” says Deuteronomy 23:1. Yet in this story much is made of both the man’s nationality and sexuality.
One of Luke’s great concerns is that obstacles of age (Lk 18:16), religious tradition, old or new (Lk 9:49-50; 11:52), race or ethnic origin (Acts 10:47; 11:17), or sexuality must not keep people from hearing and applying to themselves the gospel and experiencing God’s grace.
Here, then, is the significance of the story in Acts 8. The first non-Jew to be converted to the faith was a sexual outcast. So-called normative heterosexuals follow the sexual outcast to Jesus.
This is the good news for all who are outcasts, whether they be the eunuch of old or the marginalized LGBTQ person of today.
Join us this Sunday as we reflect on breadth and length of God’s love.
Covid-19 restrictions have eased considerably and as long as we take a few precautions we should be able to have morning tea after the services and enjoy some face-to-face fellowship.
There are four exciting ways to join us in worship each Sunday.
Face to Face at one of our four congregations at Colbinabbin, Murchison, Rushworth and Tatura
Every congregation is open for services which will be streamed each week into all four of our church buildings. Each week one congregation will host the service with people in other congregations participating in leading the readings, sharing news and fellowship via the magic of Zoom.
You are welcome to join us in person or from your lounge room via Zoom.
It may not be “in-person”, but it is personal and live. Via Zoom we can all talk to each other, see each other, worship together, pray for each other, and have Church as we normally do but do it all via interactive video conferencing. From time to time we also celebrate Holy Communion together.
The live services will start at 9.30am with the “room” open for you to log-in to from 9.00am. Log-in, chat to others, be the church!
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Many faces… Many places… Many forms
Our congregations throughout the district are caring communities to which all people can belong.
Some of our congregations may be a tiny community of a dozen people, but they are warm vibrant and alive.
They have many faces. There are older people and young, families and single people, people of one culture or many.
While our congregations can be different, each aims to embrace all people… to unite them with each other and with God. This is expressed in part by our having an open table for Holy Communion, to which all baptised people are invited, welcoming children for baptism and being willing to marry those who are divorced.
We are by no means perfect, but we know that God loves us as we are and as we grow. Our congregations are communities in which people seek to follow Jesus, learn about God, share their faith, care for each other, serve the local community, and seek to live faithfully and with real joy. This is the kind of engaging church to which we belong.
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