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Vicar's Musings for Michaelmas

30 September, 2018

This week was our monthly Parish Council meeting, and as usual my Musings today are a summary of the Vicar's report, by way of communication with the wider congregation.

WORSHIP: This past month we have been blessed by a number of significant worship services: New Guinea Martyrs Day with the launch of parishioner Jean Henderson's biography; the visit of Archbishop Allan Migi and Fr John Deane from the ABM; and a Schubert High Mass with strings. My thanks to our clergy, musicians, serving team and all parishioners for your various contributions.

WAYSIDE CROSS AND CORNER PLAZA DEVELOPMENT: After three years of planning and fundraising our works finally commenced this month. Other than the obligatory burst water pipe, all has been running smoothly. To date we have raised more than $230k, with further funds promised and fundraising events planned ahead of the scheduled completion date of February 2019.

RMIT: Our Lay Minister, Alae Taule'alo, and the RMIT Chaplaincy Team have made good progress in this first year of our parish outreach to the University. The Chaplaincy Pride Week event was a big success this month, as was Fr Rod Bower's visit.

BOOK FAIR: Bookroom Manager Carol O'Connor's summary of this year's fair was "the best yet". A record total of $5,800 was raised and a veritable army of volunteers pitched in over the two weeks of set-up, sales, and packing away. Thanks to everyone involved.

KLINGNER SCHOLARS: Yesterday we held a con-celebrated Mass, followed by a luncheon, for our growing Klingner alumni who are now ordained and serving in numerous parishes around Victoria. Thanks to Lynda Crossley for organising this. The 2019 Kingner Scholarship application forms have been widely circulated and we look forward to building new relationships with others training for ministry next year.

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION: The ISS Spring Symposium was a great success with engaging talks from our panel: Fr Rod Bower, Dr Robyn Whitaker, and Dr Stephen Duckett. This year for the first time we hosted the ISCAST Allan Day Memorial Lecture, with Dr Denis Alexander; and EFM and Mystics Anonymous groups continue.

ROSTERS AND COMMITTEES: Parishioner Elizabeth Pemberton has retired from coordinating the readers' and intercessors' rosters after years of service; thank you Elizabeth! Our thanks also to Sue Wuttke for her leadership of the Hospitality Committee; at our next meeting of the Committee we will be electing a new Chair.

FAREWELL: Sadly Fr Andrew & the Rev'd Louise Lang are moving to South Australia. Our thanks for their various contributions to the Parish and Lazarus Centre.

The Rev'd Dr Hugh Kempster

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