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Volume 110, Number 7 October 2013 Published in Gippsland Diocese since 1904 __________________________________________________________________________________

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St Peters Leongatha Mothers Union turns 50, p.5

Anam Caras retreat at Raymond Island, p.11

Greetings from TGAs new editor, p.12

Prof. Gary Bouma cites Gippslands Bishop in TMA, p.21

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The Anam Cara Communiy held a School for Prayer at St Barnabas Abbey on Raymond Island in September. See Brian Turners article on page 11. Photo: Nick Nagy

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Bold new Diocesan plan


future, he said. Where churches turn inward and look only to themselves, they die. Where they turn outward and look to others with the offer of hope in Jesus Christ, they flourish. Bishop McIntyre said new initiatives were already taking place in parishes because parishes had been more intentional during the last five years in response to the previous diocesan strategy. I am inspired as I hear the stories of what is happening in parishes as new ministries emerge and more peoples lives are touched by the love of God, he said. The Bishop said he was very hopeful that the new diocesan strategic directions would lead to further innovation in Gippsland parishes. I am particularly concerned that we find new and creative ways to connect with people of all ages and backgrounds in a way that gives them real opportunity to respond in faith to Jesus Christ, he said. If we really believe the hope of the world is found by faith in Jesus Christ, why would we not want to offer that hope to others? Bishop McIntyre acknowledged that some Gippsland parishes had moved into decline. We should not be discouraged by current struggles in some of our congregations, but encouraged that God is still alive and active in the lives of people in our communities. We are only going to see this when we move beyond the walls of our churches and join God in the wider community, he said. Bishop McIntyre told The Gippsland Anglican he was encouraged when he saw people in parishes getting excited about possibilities for mission that emerged when they looked beyond themselves to the needs of their local communities. My favourite image of giving an account of the hope that is within us is the image of one beggar telling another beggar where food is to be found, he said. The reason to share our faith should never be to fill our churches. It should

ishop John McIntyre has launched strategic directions to halt decline in Gippsland parishes. He said he has confidence in the clergy and people of the Diocese to engage in ministry and mission under a new five-year strategy. But the Bishop warned that if the people of the Diocese were not prepared to risk change there might not be an Anglican diocese of Gippsland in another decade. If we do not take up the challenge in all of our parishes to engage in mission in the life of our communities we have little future as a church, let alone a robust

be to offer hope to all those whom we encounter in our everyday lives. In the end, it is God who will bring to church those people who have found hope by faith in Jesus Christ. Our job is simply to tell the story of Jesus Christ, which brings life and light to all. Bishop McIntyre suggested one way to share the story of Jesus Christ was simply to invite another person to church. Of course that means our churches need to be places where that story is told in a way that is accessible to those who come to them. That may mean changes to the way we do things in church, he said.

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New Diocesan Plan.................1 Bishops Letter.........................2 St Pauls, Korumburra.............3 St Georges, Wonthaggi..........3 Gippsland Grammar................4 Social Justice reflection...........4 MothersUnion.........................5 Interfaith dialogue....................6 Asylum seekers stories...........6 St Johns, Port Albert...............7 Thelmas music celebrated......7 Bishop Alexis visit...................8 News from Moe.......................8 Anglican Schools news...........9 Yarragon Youth Art.................10 Anam Cara at the Abbey.........11 Editors greetings...................12 Diocesan calendar.................12

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elcome to the new-look Gippsland Anglican showcasing the Diocese of Gippsland and including as an insert The Melbourne Anglican to keep us informed on national and international matters of concern to our church. The first edition of the new TGA coincides with the launch this month of Jesus Christ, Here and Now, For Gippsland 2013-2017, a brochure outlining future directions in ministry and mission for our diocese over the next five years. The vision for our future directions is Growing in Christ into fullness of human life and inviting others to go with us on the journey. It is a vision which picks up the words of Jesus, I have come that you might have life and have it in abundance, and echoed by the 2nd Century Church Father, Irenaeus, who said The glory of God is a human being fully alive. Our life as Christians is simply about glorifying God by living life in Christ in all its fullness right now, and by inviting others to join us in celebration of our God-given life in Christ. Our hope is for churches full of people from all walks of life and of all ages giving thanks to God for the gift of life and the gift of life renewed in Christ. In view of this aspiration to affirm fullness of life in

Christ for all and any, it is deeply troubling that we have just voted in a government that is pulling back $4.5 billion from foreign aid grants. The Australian Catholic bishops are right. In voicing their strong opposition to these cuts, they point out this is like the rich man of the Biblical story stealing crumbs from the begging bowl of the poor man at his gate. It is a massive indictment on our new government that they would propose such a measure. And it is a sign of cowardice that they left this announcement to the last moment of their campaign when it could neither be debated nor highlighted in the political discourse leading up to the election. To extend the bishops metaphor, it is an attempt to steal the poor mans crumbs under the cover of darkness. This is a massive denial of the humanity of thousands of impoverished people around the world, many of whom live literally at the gate of wealthy Australia. Some of these people, including children, face the very real prospect of death because we will no longer support what in some cases are life-saving aid programs. Australia already has a dismal record of coming anywhere near achieving the 0.7% of GDP target recommended by the United Nations for responsible foreign aid grants. Now it

is being reduced even further to 0.37% of GDP! What is more outrageous is that other policy recommendations of the new government are designed to enhance the wealth of those in our country who are already wealthy and privileged. This hardly bears witness to the Christian virtues of compassion and justice for all, values we claim undergird the institutions of our country. It is certainly a far cry from celebrating the lives of those who look to us for assistance for the very basics of life, on which often their survival depends. It is an outright denial of their God-given humanity. It is clear to me we cannot expect to be growing churches that celebrate our humanity in Christ while we deny the humanity of others by failing to respond to their need and ignoring their ongoing despair. It is beyond thinking that we would expect blessing from God while we damn others to impoverished lives, and sometimes to death. The ancient prophets were clear that it is not so much good religious practice but justice and mercy that God looks for in those who claim allegiance with God. We certainly look forward with hope to new blessing from God through our renewed commitment to celebrating our life in Christ and being fully alive to the glory of God. Never forget,

however, that this is a false hope apart from being true to God and true to Gods concerns. Only in affirming the God-given life of all and any are we ourselves fully alive. Only in seeking justice for all and acting inmercy can we hope to know the fullness of life offered as a gracious gift to us in Jesus Christ. What that means right now is that our aspirations for life and growth in our churches through planning for the future will only fully bear fruit as we do all we can to affirm and enhance the lives of those most disadvantaged in life.

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parish over the following 20 years. On Sunday the normal communion service was held n 29th June, 2013 where the feeling of celebration St. Pauls church, continued as some of the past Korumburra celebrated priests stayed on with us for its 120th Anniversary.The the morning service. celebrations began with a It was wonderful to look Eucharist which was attended back and celebrate the past 120 by Bishop John McIntrye and years and remember those his wife Jan, the Rural Dean who had built up and attended Geoff Pittaway, Mr. Russell this lovely little church in Broadbent MLA, many of the Korumburra in Gods name. past parish priests and present But we also look very much to Some of the volunteers who made the project possible. parishioners. the future continuing to show Photo: Graeme Peters The service was Gods love to the community t was all fun and games at St followed by a dinner in the hall here in Korumburra. Georges Anglican Church children on Monday night. attended by 130 people. This Wonthaggi last Monday night Community groups time together gave everyone as many gathered for the official that have supported this project opening of the Childrens were also invited to the opening Playground. Because of the and we were thrilled to have growing number of families representatives from the main involved in activities at the church contributors, Anglicare Victoria and especially because of the large and the McNeilly Estate, sharing number of children attending the with us. Support to finish the weekly community meal, it was project was also received from agreed that a safe play area was the Rotary Club of Wonthaggi, necessary. A project was then the Lions Club of Wonthaggi, launched late last year to make this and from volunteers from the dream a reality. community. The community meal Bishop John McIntyre which runs every Monday dedicated the playground and then night (except on school had the privilege of inaugurating holidays) attracts around 100 it with a dramatic descent down people each week including the slide. Most stayed on then 30-40 children. They were to share in the Community Meal delighted to be finally allowed where the Bishop also joined to play on the playground with local blues artist Greg Jones which volunteers from the and entertained us on guitar. The Left to Right: Rev. John Grace, Bishop John McIntyre, Rev. Jenny Ramage, Rev. Keith South, church have been working playground will be a great asset for hard to finish since April. It families in the community for Rev. Lyle Hughes, Father Fred Morey (was given the honour of cutting the cake) and Rev. was a lot of work but it all paid years to come so thanks to all Scott Lawrey. Photo: David Perryman off to see the response of the who have made it possible.

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an opportunity to catch up and talk with the guests and past clergy, many of whom had travelled a long way (one couple from the NSW central coast) to attend the service and dinner. An enjoyable meal was served and during the courses we were entertained by Phil Beggs, a parishioner at St. Pauls and a member of the group beggs2differ. At the end of the meal Bishop John joined Phil in entertaining us on guitar and then sang solo much to the enjoyment of everyone present. Many photos were on display in the hall of the Centenary Service in 1993 and activities and services in the

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tudents and staff at Gippsland Grammars Garnsey Campus have donated 1100kg of food to the St Pauls Cathedral Pantry Appeal. The food drive, co-ordinated by staff member Mr Steve Anderson and his Year 9 class, operates over several weeks and encourages everyone to assist those in the community in need of support. Each Mentor Group undertakes community service each year and the Cathedral

Students donate to Cathedral Pantry by Meredith Lynch _______


Pantry Shield recognises the group who makes the most valuable contribution to this Appeal. This year, the shield went to students in Mr John Gaulkes Year 12 Mentor Group. Deputy Principal and Head of Garnsey Campus, Ms Jan Henry, said, It is important that students value the contribution that they are able to make to our community and a great deal of satisfaction comes from being a part of this Appeal. All students at the Garnsey Campus have again

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done a wonderful job in making a difference in our community. The goods were donated at the final assembly of Term 3 and accepted on behalf of the Anglican Cathedral by Reverend Rich Lanham, Assistant Minister at St Pauls Cathedral. Reverend Lanham thanked the students and staff for their generosity and assured them that their contribution will be very much appreciated.

Mr John Gaulke and his Year 12 students inspect the trailer loaded with food for the Cathedral Pantry Appeal. Photo: Meredith Lynch

hen a humanitarian crisis such as that in Syria occurs, the world community needs to take some action, but how? We are horrified by reports that 100,000 Syrians have been killed by their own government. Our TVs beamed images of agonising civilian deaths from that terrible chemical attack and we feel powerless to stop this injustice. Some voices in the world community support a strategic military attack, but we have all seen the dreadful consequences of so called collateral damage where again innocent civilians are maimed or killed by military actions. So what is a suitable response? Do Christians have anything useful to add to the debate? Two principles from the Bible offer some guidance which I believe is helpful. You might find these useful for small group discussions. The first is that Jesus calls us to be peacemakers, which means that we active

Can violence bring peace? A social justice reflection by Sue Jacka _____

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ly search out ways of avoiding more conflict. (Luke 6:27-36; Matt 5, Micah 4:3 are good passages for discussion) Its encouraging that chemical weapons are promised to be turned over; negotiation and even sanctions are always preferable to bombs. If this promise fails, there are many more possibilities than urging Obama to take action. Pope Francis led a prayer vigil which thousands attended the night before Russia supported US Secretary of State John Kerrys throw-away line about Syria surrendering chemical weapons. I call that an answer to prayer! Let us never belittle the role of prayer in world events, instead pray more fervently. The second is that our first and deepest response must always be with the most vulnerable people. Two million Syrians have fled their country (thats 10% of the population). Another third of Syrians are internally displaced. It is hard to imagine a country where nearly half the people have escaped the violence. I believe we need to encourage our government and the international community to give generously- and to make personal donations to a Syria crisis appeal. We often pray that we share with justice the resources of the earth. Now is the time to participate inthe answer to that prayer. Generosity may well build bridges to stability rather than exacerbate tensions. Now, when many in the community think that churches have become irrelevant, it is timely to add a Biblical voice to the conversation.

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St Peters Mothers Union Celebrates 50 Years


worldwide MU project, and the MU Retreat Fund, a Gippsland project which enables families to have a break at the Abbey of St Barnabas on Raymond Island. MU Branch Secretary Heather Scott gave some history of the branch, and read the account of the 25th birthday celebrations in 1988. MU Midday Prayers were led by Heather Scott, and Janet Wallis said grace before soup, sandwiches and fruit were served. Elvie Olden, a foundation member of the Leongatha MU Branch, and still an active MU member at Inverloch/ Wonthaggi branch, then spoke briefly on her recollections of the branch. The 50th birthday cake, made by Heather Scott, was then cut by Elvie and Marjorie Prosser, the longest-standing current member of St Peters MU. Heather Scott presented Elvie and Marjorie with plants, thanking them for their many years of service. All present were able to choose a fridge magnet with a bible verse on it, made by the Leongatha members, as a memento of the occasion. Karin McKenzie introduced the guest speaker, Canon Libbie Crossman, the National President of MU Australia. Libbie spoke on the theme of Bringing our Gifts to Vision 20/20 , and encouraged listeners to think carefully about what needed to be retained, and what needed to change, to enable MU members to work effecively towards our aim of strengthening and supporting marriage and
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n Wednesday 22 August, 53 MU members and friends gathered at St Peters, Leongatha, for a day of celebration to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of St Peters Mothers Union Branch. MU members came from Wonthaggi/Inverloch, Warragul, Drouin, East Gippsland, Newborough, Moe and Morwell Branches, along with women from Traralgon and Corner Inlet Parishes, Meeniyan/Dumbalk fellowship group, Leongatha parishioners and from the Catholic Womens League, Uniting Church and Presbyterian Church. Donations were also received from a number of people unable to attend. After morning tea, the day began with Holy Eucharist celebrated by St Peters Rector the Rev. Janet Wallis, and MU Gippsland Chaplain, the Rev. Thelma Langshaw. MU Branch President Jean Fletcher led the intercessions. The ladies then gathered in the hall where MU Gippsland President Karin McKenzie presented some information about the two projects being supported by the days donations: Literacy in Ethiopia, a

family life. Libbies speech was challenging and invigorating, and those present appreciated her finding time to come from Brisbane to visit Gippsland Diocese. Karin thanked Libbie and presented her with a small gift. Those present then enjoyed fellowship over afternoon tea. Karin McKenzie

thanked all those who had assisted on the day, especially St Peters Ladies Guild members Marion Dewar and Coral Johnston who worked in the kitchen so that St Peters MU members could enjoy their birthday. A total of $577 was received and divided between the two projects.

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our Muslim neighbours? In what areas do we agree and where are the differences? These were the issues discussed at a meeting of 43 people at St Marys in Trafalgar on August 23rd. The audience was a mix of Christians from other churches, Anglicans from nearby towns and members of the wider community who have no particular church allegiance. The evening came about as I came to know Arfa Khan a member of our mainly music group. We both want our children and possible grandchildren to grow up in a peaceful society where we can understand our multicultural neighbours and respect each other. The evening had two presentations- firstly Arfa used a PowerPoint presentation to explain the basics of Islam, then I shared a few essentials of Christianity. After this there was time for questions from the floor which Arfa, her hus-

TGA ____________________________________________ Asylum seekers stories invite Interfaith dialogue invites discussion compassion and understanding by Sue Jacka _____ by Carolyn Raymond ________ ow are we to live with band Asad and friend Somea they are happy to learn about
answered. In the course of discussions, there were times of unexpected agreement, while there were certain points of difference. Rather than debating theology, we simply accepted that these were differences. Sometimes I added a comment from a Christian perspective as it was evident that this was needed. Both faiths share a belief in one God (although we learnt that Muslims are confused about the Trinity) and both are founded on the promises made to Abraham. Many of our heroes of the faith are seen as prophets by Muslims, including Noah, Abraham and Moses. Interestingly, our Biblical women leaders such as Miriam, Rachel or Deborah and the New Testament leaders like Lydia or Priscilla are not known at all by Muslims. Jesus is seen as a prophet, the messiah, by Muslims, but not as Gods son. As such, Jesus and hold Mary in great respect. With regard to moral behaviours, Muslims in Australia often are bewildered by the same issues that upset Christians. We both believe that we will be held to account for our lives, but the Christian understanding of grace is unfamiliar to Muslims. There was some interest in follow-up sessions, so we will organise another event. Neither Arfa nor I am particularly trained to lead interfaith discussions and I do not believe we need to be at a local level. With the growing religious diversity, it would be good to see other parishes hosting similar events. By entering into discussions with people of other faiths, we are not losing our distinctive Christian faith. It is not about changing beliefs but about gaining understanding of others.

Pastor Stephen Rielke and his children, Goy, Tew and Nyabey. Photo: Carolyn Raymond

The Reverend Sue Jacka (left) with Arfa Khan.

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here is concern throughout the church about the policies of both major parties towards asylum seekers who seek to come to Australia by boat. There is concern that these people are being punished yet they are the victims of persecution and dislocation. The desire to control the people smugglers has resulted in both major parties punishing those who are asking us for help and a place to live in security and peace. To increase our understanding of the tragic lives many of the asylum seekers have experienced, the Rev. Heather Martin showed us a book of stories which has been written by the children who attend the language school at Liddiard Road in Traralgon. This is a book of personal stories which tell of these childrens experiences in war-torn Sudan, their lives in the refugee camps and their move to Australia. The book is called Donkeys Dont Fly. Heather

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read out some of the stories at both our services, at 8 oclock and 10 oclock. At the 10 oclock service, she started by asking if anyone in the congregation knew any of the authors of these stories. Nyabey, Tew and Goy Rielke said that yes, their cousin had written one of these stories. The story told the reader of life in the Sudan when there was war all around them. The writer Nyakim Ruach tells of her nice uncle who helped all the family. He defended his people and their land. He was killed in the war and they all missed him so much. We can never forget my nice uncle and we send his family money so they can buy food and clothes. The story finishes I am very happy that my parents brought me to Australia. Now we can grow up safe. This book made us all in the congregation more aware just now much these refugees have suffered. We appreciated again that we have families from many different countries as members of our church family. We pray again for wisdom and compassion for our new government as they tackle this politically sensitive issue. Many people in the congregation have ordered copies of this book, as result of Heather reading us these stories. We have read the stories ourselves and read them to our grandchildren.

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luncheon was held two manual pipe organ and n Sunday 21st July, Sea Clonmel. Salvage was relatively which there is little escape. to celebrate the long of course it was located in Sunday International easy because the Clonmel had Those who go to sea know that and passionate mu- the old church, where Best Day of Prayer for Sea- been wrecked on the Port Al- each time they set out they farers was marked at St Johns, bert Bar. Some of the church must face whatever nature sical contribution of Thelma and Less and Harris Scarf Port Albert. Over 25 people prayer kneelers have a fishy throws at them. Edebohls, 92, to the diocese are now located. This organ gathered at the church to mark theme and one even depicts The reading for Sea of Gippsland on Friday 13th was moved to St Lukes Moe this special day of prayer for The S.S. Clonmel. The church Sunday from Luke is a dra- September at the Traralgon when the new St James was the Mission to Seafarers. On of St John is named after one matic example of how quickWinery restaurant. 42 friends built along with a new two Sea Sunday, Christians support of Jesus disciples. John was a ly the sea can change from and pray for those who work fisherman, one of the sons of friend to foe. The disciples had from across the years attend- manual pipe organ. Thelma has played for at sea to bring us the goods we Zebedee who left fishing to fol- been resting in the boat to be ed to honour Thelma. She has need for daily life. low Jesus. awoken by a tremendous gale. played at Trafalgar, Moe and countless weddings and funerPiracy, shipwreck, abandon- There are still a number They were in real danger; huge currently plays for the early als, and many special services. ment, long working hours and of fishermen going out from Port waves were crashing in on their service at Traralgon, a position She was pleased when she took separation from loved ones are Albert each day and there are the vessel and threatening to cap- she has held for about 60 years. up the role of main organist at just a few of the problems that various yachties and fishermen size it. These men had real faith Thelma started playing organ Traralgon that she did not need merchant seafarers face. who enjoy the freedom and thrill in the power of Jesus to save at St Marys Trafalgar at the age to play at out-centres there The Mission to Sea- of the sea. them. Christians today still of 14. Thelma remembers that that would have been difficult farers was established in 1856 The sea is a harsh en- have faith in the power of God in Bristol UK by an Anglican vironment in which to work. to guide their lives. Perhaps the one Thursday night after prac- with a growing family. For 25 years Thelma Priest, The Reverend John One minute it can be calm and lighthouses that guide seafarers tice, her elderly father the then organist said, The jobs yours was the Royal School of Church Ashley. Since then, the Mis- the next there is a wall of water are a symbol of the Light that sion to Seafarers has cared for coming towards the boat from guides and helps us every day. Thelma. She was then a school Music representative and would student at Warragul High work with Moe parish choir to well over 2 million people from around the globe. Annually, and fitted her music around arrange music for special events. over 30,000 seafarers visit Misher studies. Each Sunday she Speeches were given by sion centres in Victoria alone. would play at the morning ser- the Ven. Clem Watts, Fr Fred Around the world, vice, then head off with various Morrey and Bishop John thankThe Mission to Seafarers prorectors to the out-centres of ing her for her contribution to vides help and support to the Childers, Narracan or Thorp- the worship life of the diocese. 1.3 million men and women dale in the afternoon. Her in- On her behalf, daughter-inwho face danger every day strument would be the harmo- lat Glenda Edebohls thanked to keep our global economy nium so she must have been everyone for their kind words afloat. The staff and volunteers at the mission work in 250 very fit too! and expressed her appreciation. ports caring for seafarers of all After her marriage The luncheon was arranks, nationalities and beliefs. to Vernon in 1943, Thelma ranged by Bev Cunningham Chaplains, staff and volunteers moved to Traralgon where she from Traralgon parish who had offer practical, emotional and was the back-up organist, and a persistent dream that we spiritual support to these seatook on the role of choir mas- should honour Thelma in this farers. ter. Along the way, Thelma had way. It was a lovely gesture to Here in Victoria, there six children but only missed acknowledge Thelmas long are four drop-in centres they a couple of weeks with each and heartfelt contribution. are called Flying Angel Clubs. They are found in Melbourne, new baby. Traralgon had a Portland, Geelong and Hastings. They offer a safe and secure place where seafarers can relax away from the busy-ness of their work environment and where they can contact their families by telephone or the internet. The mission is also a place where seafarers can receive counselling and support. Along this part of the coast there have been more than 20 ship wrecks. Many people know first hand about the treacherousness of the Port Albert Bar. The Clonmel was wrecked on the bar in 1841, the reason Port Albert became established. St Johns Anglican Church has many stories to tell. The memorial stone to Fredrick Robinson and his son Harold in St Johns is a stark reminder of the dangers of the sea. It says Lost at Sea off Port Albert. The altar rail is from the poop deck of the paddle steamer Clonmel. The chairs in the sanctuary are also from the _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ October 2013 The Gippsland Anglican Page 7

Sea Sunday at St Johns, Port Albert by Glenda Amos ______

Thelmas music celebrated


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TGA ____________________________________________ by Christine Law ______ Rich Lanhams Ordination Bishop Alexis visits St Pauls
Congratulations to the Rev. Richard Lanham
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t Pauls Anglican Grammar School has been very fortunate to be able to host Bishop Alexis Bilindabagabo from The Anglican Diocese of Gahini, Rwanda during his visit to Victoria as a keynote speaker at the Anglican Schools Conference which was held in Melbourne in early August. Bishop Alexis, a survivor of the 1994 Genocide

in Rwanda, pours his energies, talents and leadership into programs of recovery and development. They include orphan support and education, reconciliation of former enemies, support of widows, creation of books for the illiterate and promotion of an area wide literacy program, and ongoing education for all the priests of his diocese. His resilience and dedication are an inspiration

to the many lives, both young and old, that he has touched. Also visiting with Bishop Alexis is Mr Luke Karemangingo, Headmaster of Gahini High School who spent a week at the School meeting staff and students, strengthening the bonds that were formed when our staff and students were able to meet him and tour his school during their visit to Rwanda in December last year.

Students from St Pauls with the Bishop of Gahini, the Right Rev. Alexis Bilindabagabo, and Mr Luke Karemangingo, headmaster at Gahini High School. Photo: Christine Law

The Rev. Richard Lanham, with the Bishop of Gippsland, the Right Rev. John McIntyre, outside St Pauls Cathedral, Sale. Photo: Christine Morris CAs Youth Worker in parishioners, along with BCA Sale, Richard Lanham, folk and the Revd Michael was ordained deacon at Birch who brought greetings St Pauls Cathedral in Sale, Sat- from folk in Gilgandra. Miurday 22nd June. chael had been the Rector in He was ordained the parish of Gilgandra whilst by the Right Reverend Rich and Julie were BCA John McIntyre, Bishop of Field Staff there for six years Gippsland, who had encour- prior to Rich responding to aged Rich into ministry when Gods call in Sale. he was rector at the inner Rich continues his Sydney suburb of Redfern in ministry as the Assistant the 1990s. Minister, St Pauls Cathedral, Rich was well sup- Sale, Victoria and Youth Deported and encouraged by velopment Officer, Anglican family members, friends and Diocese of Gippsland.

Col, Pal & Brad Semmens


~ Servicing Gippsland ~ Member of AFDA ~ Maffra Sale Heyyield

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oe s Angels Treasures Opportunity Shop will be celebrating two years at its new premises in Fowler Street. Shop Volunteers and the supporting team from the parish hope to have a celebratory occasion to mark the event at OGs Caf at Gippsland Heritage Park. There is always room for improvement in marketing techniques and growth of our roster Team, however the decision for the relocation has been justified by improved donations and sales. Children and Youth of the parish continue to be nurtured and challenged through Sunday school , the Thursday programs for girls , (both primary and secondary groups), the Wednesday Boys Anglican Ministry (BAMM) and our Friday morning Kidsplus+ Parish Playgroup. Over forty young people participate in at least one of these groups. Highlights last term included our Ten Pin Bowling Evenings, and the Family Kidsplus+ Skating evening at Stadium 34, Moe. The latter evening attracted participants from Traralgon parish. The secondary GFS

A flurry of activity in Moe by Mary Nicholls ______


girls cooked up a feast for a formal meal. This was quite a feat in the modest kitchen at St Lukes, but lasagne, fried rice, pineapple upside down cake, banana cream tarts, strawberry sponge kisses, milk shakes all made it to the table with ample time for our 15 diners to enjoy . Twelve parishioners were delighted to attend Traralgon Parishs Thank You celebration for Thelma Edebohls. This was co-ordinated by Traralgon Parish, thanking Thelma for her distinguished and faithful service, as organist and chorister over nearly eighty years. Thelma has contributed generously in her support in occasional choirs and RSCM work in Moe Parish and many others throughout the years. (See a tribute to Thelma, page 7.) Moe Guild recently hosted a Spring Garden Party, at the home of a local Garden Club member, Margo Evans, gardening quizzes, door prizes, and afternoon tea made for a fun occasion through which to fundraise. On Wednesday 25th September, a Parade with Clich Fashions will

also be presented at the local Albert Street School Multi-Purpose room, alongside a high afternoon tea. This annual event is always well patronised, all are welcome. Our prayers continue for our Rector The Reverend Bruce Charles, currently on sick leave. We do miss him. Our appreciation is extended to our Associate priests John Goodman, Fred Morrey, John Morgan and our visiting relief clergy, including The Rev. Keith Edwards and The Rev. Canon Graeme MacRobb, who have both so easily joined into our local parish life.

Wanted
* old style altar * exterior church bell * large sanctuary chair Please contact: Father James Gow (03) 5341 5544

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Inspirational speaker on relationships and respect


Barker most students will discover the message that: no one should be put down and everyone is equal and that violence is never acceptable in any form. and if they do experience any trouble during their early teenage years to talk to, and listen to, their parents, teachers and perhaps even the police. After the talk students were asked to consider the following questions. How did you feel after Anjs talk? What message did you take away from this talk? Some of their responses are below: Year 9/10 Boys Inspired, sad, moved. If anyone is dealing with any of these problems call the police or a help line of some sort. I felt that this is an issue that is not talked about enough, as I didnt know it was such a common thing. Sorrow, emotional, inspired. Dont be afraid, trust your gut, listen to those around you i.e. Parents, friends. Year 9/10 Girls I felt really upset that this can happen to people. It made me realise that its ok to speak up and tell people whats going on. It has been educational in that I know what to do if it does happen to me or if
by Christine Law ______

by Meredith Lynch _______

ecently the Year 9 and 10 students from St Pauls Anglican Grammar School were extremely fortunate to hear the inspirational words of Anj Barker, who at the age of sixteen was a subject of relationship violence that left her unable to speak, walk or function normally. After her slow rehabilitation which took her seven years to talk, Anj shares her story and in doing so demonstrates the real, positive and valuable contribution a young person with disability can make to our community. She has done countless talks to secondary school students discussing the unfortunate experiences in her life from a failed relationship and the importance of knowing how to show respect within every relationship. Shes made a DVD raising awareness on relationship violence; she has even spoken at UN level. Anjs work was acknowledged when she received the Victorian Young Australian of the Year Award in 2011. While the students were somewhat confronted with what they heard they gained a valuable message about what can happen when respect towards others does not happen. According to Anj

I see things like this happens to friends. Also to speak to friends and go with your gut feeling. Very sad but opened my eyes to the fact it does happen. Very inspirational and touching story. If something is wrong, talk to someone and get help. Also not to stay with someone that doesnt treat you with respect and listen to your parents and friends I felt devastated about what Anj has gone through, but at the same time I felt inspired as to how she has rebuilt her life and achieved so much. The message I took away was to listen to parents and friends if they have doubts about someone youre in a relationship with. I also learnt that if you believe in yourself, anything is possible. Inspiration How she got better and didnt give up. If someone is hurting you get out. Never give up cause Anj is the image of strength and the will power to get better. Sad, unhappy that someone has been treated like that and will suffer for the rest of their lives because of it, very emotional, she has a very nice supportive family. Listen to friends and family and dont ever put yourself in a situation like that. Never give up.

Former Principals of Gippsland Grammar: Charles Sligo, Jim Beard and Campbell Bairstow, with current Deputy Principal and Head of Garnsey Campus, Jan Henry. Photo: Meredith Lynch ippsland Grammar cel- bers of the School community ebrated the 20th anni- both past and present. versary of the Chapel of Members of the 1993 St Anne at Garnsey Campus on School Foundation were in attendSunday 1 September. The Chapel ance and special guest was former was consecrated as a chapel and per- Clerk of Works, Stan Doak, who forming arts centre by the late Bish- made a speech and read his 1993 op Sheumack in September 1993. poem about the chapel and how A Eucharist Service, con- it came to be. Amongst the ducted by School Chaplain, Rev- guests were former Principals erend Jon Taylor and The Right of the School, Charles Sligo, Reverend John McIntyre, Bishop Jim Beard and Campbell Bairof Gippsland, was held for mem- stow.

Exciting Opportunities for Ministry at The Abbey


Volunteer Ministry Assistant (s) /Abbey Community Member (s) Building on the successful internship period last year, we have decided to offer a similar opportunity again this year. If you are looking to take some time out and want to do something worthwhile, if you enjoy the natural environment and want to make a difference then becoming an Abbey Volunteer Assistant might be for you. The individual or couple would live on site in a shared house with the Abbey Priest and during that time become part of the staff ministry team at The Abbey. We are looking for help with welcoming and supporting guests, administration, site maintenance, environmental work, fundraising, and project applications. If you would like to explore this opportunity further, please contact the Abbey Priest, Edie Ashley on (03) 51560511. Administration Officer (part time) Sue Gibson who is well known and well loved at The Abbey has decided its time to retire. The position of Administration Officer at The Abbey has now been advertised in the local papers. For those interested in applying, please talk with the Registrar, Brian Norris (03) 5144 2044 but be quick applications close 9th October 2013!

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Vale, Dr Colin Thornby


6th April 1969 - 1st July 2013
the broken world we live in. Colin was created, loved and called by God as a man who was gay. Colin died from cancer aged 44 years, sadly unable to fulfil his vocation to the priesthood. He did, however, live a life of service to God in his ministry to many people, both within the church and on the margins of the church and society. Colin was recognised and licensed as a Spiritual Director and companioned many people in their spiritual journeys. He was a Benedictine oblate, a contemplative and a man of discipline and deep prayer. Colin was a member
by Jane Macqueen _______

olin John Thornby was a South Gippsland boy growing up in Dumbalk North and finding himself drawn to the church in Leongatha in his late teens. He says of that time, I suspect I was responding to Gods call. Id describe myself as a person with a God-sized hole inside. I cant make sense of the world without God, and without a relationship with God. The church encouraged Colin in what he believed was his vocation to the priesthood. He studied theology at Ridley College and then at Trinity College. But Colins vocation was going to be difficult to live out in

Youth Art Exhibition at Yarragon by Sue Jacka _____

of Bishop in Council and a lay reader in the parish of Korumburra. He freely gave of his wisdom, consultancy knowledge and IT skills. He set up the Diocesan website and many parish websites. Colin was the joint Soul Carer of the Anam Cara Community, Gippsland. This was a ministry in which he was able to exercise his gifts of spiritual leadership and wisdom and be the shepherd and teacher that he was called to be. Colin leaves behind a rich legacy that will live on in the hearts and lives of those who knew him. He was soul friend and brother. A parents Richard and Jenny a spiritual father to many. A partner and son. He is sur- and his brothers David and vived by his partner Peter, his Scott.

Vale, Norma Margaret Mapleson


17th October 1926 - 25th August 2013

Some fine examples from Yarragons Youth Art Exhibition. the Tuesday after-school art group. This group of young people meets each week during school term at St Marks Anglican Church which is happy to provide an opportunity to develop creativity. It started in April 2011 with a Youth Foundations grant

Photos: Ross Jacka from our local Bendigo Bank. This provided the initial set up materials and the $2 week fees have allowed the purchase of new materials. Most participants are 10-15 years old and they need to be able to focus on their artwork for the entire hour and a half. It is a great way of connecting with a different group of young people, some of whom have had no experience of church before. Local teacher Chris Emmerson is not part of the congregation, but is happy to pass on his skills to a new generation of art lovers. His ability to teach light and shading has led to significant development of the young artists work and we are all very grateful for his voluntary contribution

he young artists at Yarragon have been making some excellent art. An exhibition of their work on October 10th provided an opportunity for family members and friends to see what they have been creating over the last few months at

t was with great sadness that residents of the Neerim South district heard of the death of Norma, a faithful Christian who gave tireless and cheerful service to the Co-operating churches of Neerim South and her community. Norma belonged to many community groups including C.W.A., the Neerim District Hospital ladies guild, she was a life member and steward of the Neerim District Horticultural Society, she did voluntary work in the church Op Shop and was secretary of the Ladies Guild of the Co-operating churches of Neerim South until her death. Over the years she has supported the school and sporting interests of her family. A quiet achiever she always displayed boundless energy which she invested in the activities of the area which she loved and had lived in all her life.

Her reputation as a cook and hostess is legendary in the district. A cookery book of her tried and tested favourite recipes was produced posthumously by one of her granddaughters and sold out on the day of its release. A second edition is being arranged and is awaited with anticipation. Her fine example and admirable human qualities of grace, dignity, humility, love, generosity, community service and family commitment are her legacy. Her motto: Live simply Love generously Care deeply Speak kindly

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ine people from across the diocese met with Retreat leaders, Jane Macqueen, Kate Campbell, Anne and Brian Turner from the Anam Cara Community, to participate in the School For Prayer Retreat weekend on 13th 15th September. The weekend began after tea on Friday with a talk given by Brian Turner on Liturgy and the Prayer Book. Brian encouraged participants to read the preface of the APBA and the Notes that followed each Service. He said quoting from the APBA Preface that the APBA contained the words for liturgy, but only the words. Words provide a framework to encourage worship, but the important thing is the spirit in which

School for Prayer at the Abbey by Brian Turner ______


the words are used. No prayer book can determine that. All the worship occasions of the Retreat were from the APBA. These occasions were indeed times of nourishment. A veritable smorgasbord of experiences of prayer was provided over the weekend. These included: Celtic prayer, Walking meditation, Work and prayer, Centering prayer, Prayer in music and Ignation meditation. The work and prayer session led by Brian and Kate saw work beginning on the decks for Illawarra, some weeding, stunning photographs, poetry writing and craft work. Throughout the weekend there were many special moments. The corporate silence experienced in the two

twenty minute periods of Centering Prayer was deep and the mystery and blessing of growing community was experienced. All felt the deep connection between music and prayer as Nick Nagy shared some of his spiritual journey. Nick had chosen the contemplative music of John Michael Talbot to illustrate his own story. As he played his guitar and sang the retreatants were able to connect with their own journeys of prayer. All enjoyed the comfort of the Numby Numby Motel rooms, the food from volunteer cooks David and Debbie Chambers and the spectacular scenery of The Abbey. Anam Cara Community Elder Anne Turner com-

missioned Nick Nagy and the Retreat on Sunday mornVal Lawrence as new Servant ing. leaders of the Community in the final worship occasion of Photos: Barbara Logan

Kidsplus+ Gippsland looks forward to 2014 camp at ABeckett Park


gippskids@people.net.au or contact GFS Kidsplus+ Chairman Lauren Kitwood 0413754062. Cost is expected to be no more than $100, payment plans can be accommodated. Gippsland Kidsplus+ Network is always appreciative of donations towards sponsorship of children or youth in current financial difficulties, if this is a ministry readers think they may be able to support. Such donations could be forwarded through Treasurer Mrs Annette Lade, P.O. Box 574 Traralgon 3844.

tart planning now to attend this weekend camp at ABeckett Park Raymond Island 14th to 16th March. The Diocesan Kidsplus+ Network would be delighted to hear from childrens or youth leaders interested in joining the team . Ideally we would hope that parish representatives could bring participants from their local areas to make it a truly diocesan occasion for our young people. A great way to introduce the diversity yet unity of our Anglican Fellowship. Enquiries please email

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ello all, and welcome back to The Gippsland Anglican. Please let me take this opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Alex, and I have recently been appointed editor to TGA. My background, however, is not in newspapers; rather, in primary education, working with children diagnosed with disabilities and impairments. I live in Loch Sport, where I am an active member of the St Marks congregation, and I help to organise the Sunday Bulletin each week for the Sale Parish. I am also involved with the Education for Ministry (EfM) group at St Pauls Cathedral, Sale. The first difference you will have noticed with TGA is the insertion of The Melbourne Anglican. This has been a project sought by the editorial committees of both papers, as it enables you, the parishioners of this Diocese, to have access to the greater resources available to TMA, as well as increasing TMAs geographical reach. Because The Melbourne Anglican has regular ell known South African cricketer and selector, Peter Pollock was a feared fast bowler, 1966 Wisden Cricketer of the Year, and South African selector; as well as a journalist, author, poet and business executive. People thought he had it all He said his greatest achievement in cricket came alongside his brother, Graeme, when they were both playing in a test match against England at Trent Bridge in 1965. Peter took ten wickets in the match with innings figures of five for 53 and five for 34, while his brother Graeme, batting, made 125 and 59. South Africa won the match, and with it the three-test series. Having achieved considerable success as a cricketer Peter had his own company and all the trappings of a successful businessman. Id

TGA ____________________________________________ Diocesan calendar Greetings from TGAs new editor by Alex Griffiths ______ October
features concerning wider social issues, as well as book and film reviews, to guard against duplication, The Gippsland Anglican will do what it has always done well; that is, to concentrate on local issues and events. Naturally, we will continue to keep abreast of events in our sister Diocese of Gahini, Rwanda. And this is where you, TGA s readers and contributors come in. For this issue and the next one or two, nearly all my efforts will be devoted to the technical aspects of production and simply getting up to speed with the issues of editing a newspaper. The Gippsland Anglican is therefore very dependent currently on material provided by our Parish contributors and from you, our readership. So I urge you to feel free to contribute both text and photos concerning issues and events which you feel would interest other readers. The editorial committee is keen to start a gained the world but lost God in the process. I was born into a Christian family but it wasnt until one day in 1982, while I was watching my TV, that my life changed forever, he said. It was then I suddenly understood just who Jesus Christ is. Within six years I Letters to the Editor page, wherein people can express their views in 250 words or less. It is hoped to generate discussion on issues of concern to people of Christian faith here in Gippsland. It will also provide a forum to comment on issues which extend beyond our Diocese. If you have an idea for the paper, please feel free to discuss it with me. My contact details are editor@ gippsanglican.org.au or ph: 0407 614 661. I would like to acknowledge and thank Jeanette Severs for her untiring stewardship of The Gippsland Anglican during her time as editor, and wish her the very best in her future endeavours. I also wish to thank all the contributors to this issue, without whom, this paper would not exist. These are exciting times for The Gippsland Anglican, and I hope to have the opportunity of meeting many of you in this role as editor. Happy reading and God bless. 30th September - 3rd October Clergy Retreat at Pallotti College, Millgrove. 1st - 3rd Mothers Union Family Camp. 5th Anam Cara Community, School for Prayer Day at Bishopscourt, Sale, 9.30am-3.30pm. 7th Start of School Term 4. 18th - 20th Praying with Fire Retreat at ABeckett Park, led by Susanna Pain 5156 6580bor info@ theabbey.org.au 19th St Pauls Parish Fair, Sale. 26th Basic Training Program for Volunteer Pastoral Care Visitors, Workshop 5, St Pauls Cathedral, Sale, 10.00am-12.00pm. RSVP. 5144 2020.

November

1st Gippsland Grammar School Concert, St Pauls Cathedral, Sale. 2nd Anam Cara Community Quiet Day, Julian of Norwich, Warragul, 9.30am - 3.30pm. 3rd Sale Parish and Cathedral Annual General Meeting. 4th Bass-Philip Island Parish Pre-Chrstmas Fair. 5th Melbourne Cup Luncheon, St Pauls Cathedral, Sale. 9th Mothers Union Gippsland Quiet Day, St Johns Bairnsdale, led by Rev. Tony Wicking. 10th Defence Sunday; St Marks Loch Sport Annual General Meeting. 11th Remebrance Day. 16th Ordination, St Pauls Cathedral, Sale (to be confirmed). 17th St Albans, Kilmany. Annual General Meeting. 26th Mothers Union Executive Meeting, Morwell, 9.30am.

Peter Pollock visits Gippsland

December

had gotten rid everything. Instead of the Mercedes I drove a battered old Toyota Skyline, and had stood down as CEO of a multi-million Rand company in order to share the word of God. On Wednesday 9th October, meet Peter and talk cricket at the Primary School Performing Arts Centre, 47-87 McDonald St, Morwell, 5:00pm 6:30pm, no cost. At 7:30pm, Peter will speak about his life in cricket and beyond, and his personal journey of faith, followed by supper, cost $12. Peter Pollocks visit is proudly sponsored by the Central Gippsland Chapter of the Full Gospel Businessmens Fellowship International.

6th Gippsland Grammar School Concert, St Pauls Cathedral, Sale. 7th Anam Cara Community Quiet Day, The Coming of the Lord, Mirboo North, 9.30am - 3.30pm. 20th End of School Term 4. 22nd Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols, St Pauls Cathedral, Sale, 8.00pm. 24th Christmas Eve. 25th Christmas Day. 26th Boxing Day. 28th Dec. - 11th Jan. Summer in Seaspray, Sale Parish Family Outreach.

January
1st 11th. 4th 26th 28th

New Years Day. Summer in Seaspray through to Bass - Philip Island Parish Fair. Australia Day. Start of School Term 1.

If you have Parish, Community or Group events you would like mentioned in the Diocesan Calendar, please email editor@gippsanglican.org.au or call Alex 0407 614 661. Thank you.

Press release and photo courtesy Full Gospel Businessmens Fellowship International.

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