Perspective – Spring edition

perspective_nov14coverWhere we’ve trod and the way ahead: Annual Reports 2013-14

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Ivan Roberts, Presbytery Chairperson: New & strengthening relationships Canberra Region Presbytery is a diverse community of people and churches seeking to express the Gospel both within our congregations and in response to the equally diverse wider community…….

Geoff Wellington, Presbytery Minister (Mission and Education): Who is Jesus for us today? As I write this report, Canberra has just experienced lightning, thunder, hail, wind, sunshine and rain all in one day. In this part of the world such natural weather cycles in the season of spring are commonplace. But it does remind me of the year that has been……

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Canberra Cavalry and the Home Team Advantage

What is the “home team advantage” for your church in its community?

Canberra Cavalry logo

Canberra Cavalry is our local team in the Australian Baseball League (ABL). Yet, who has heard of the team, where they play (Narrabundah Baseball Park, off Goyder Street), who the players and coaching staff are, when they play, that the games can be watched online, and so on.

So, again…

What is the “home team advantage” for your church in its community?
To make the point plain:
Does the community know that your church is there, or do they look past it?
Does the community know what you do?
Does the community feel connected to your church, in any way?
Does your community know anyone who attends or does anything at your church?

For the record, the Canberra Cavalry was the championship-winning team for the 2013 season, winning the Claxton Shield, and as Aussie champions went on to win the Asia Series championship. The Manager-Coach is Michael Collins, a Canberra-born player who has played in a Major League Baseball franchise in the USA.
The team is a mix of local and international players.

Fielders L-R: Christian Lopes 11, Scott Hillier 6, Alex Hudack 4 in the “away” grey uniform.

Pitcher Tim Atherton in the white “home” uniform.

Celebrating the Asia Series victory:

Advent – The coming of Jesus Christ

Advent is the part of the church calendar that starts the church year. It is the period before Christmas, when the church expects the coming of Jesus Christ. (In Latin, ‘coming’ is ‘adventus‘.) It is celebrated across four Sundays. In 2014 the four Advent Sundays are November 30, December 7, December 14, and December 21.

The usual liturgical color in Western Christianity for Advent is either purple or blue.

Advent wreath

The keeping of an advent wreath is also a common practice in homes or churches. The readings for the first Sunday in Advent relate to the old testament patriarchs who were Christ’s ancestors, so some call the first advent candle that of hope. The readings for the second Sunday concern Christ’s birth in a manger and other prophesies, so the candle may be called of Bethlehem, the way or of the prophets. The third Sunday, Gaudete Sunday after the first word of the introit (Philippians 4:4), is celebrated with rose-colored vestments similar to Laetare Sunday at the middle point of Lent. The readings for the fourth Sunday relate to the annunciation of Christ’s birth, so the candle may be known as the Angel’s candle. Where an advent wreath includes a fifth candle, it is known as the Christ candle and lit during the Christmas Eve service.

Kokonut Pacific – open day, Sat. 22 Nov 14

Come to help Kokonut Pacific celebrate 20 years of passionate commitment to social justice and health, for people in the coconut growing areas of the Pacific.

Dan and Richard Etherington

Saturday 22 November 2014, 2.30-5pm
Presentation at 3pm
Afternoon tea at 4pm
34 Silva Avenue, Queanbeyan
RSVP to or 6297 0268

Dan Etherington of Kippax Uniting has built a business assisting coconut producers to develop their ‘cottage’ business in their home places. Dan’s company, Kokonut Pacific, manufactures hand-operated coconut oil machinery that uses a traditional extraction technique and sells it to rural communities in developing countries. Dan and his team of four employees have also had to take an unusually far-reaching approach to marketing. While some villages produce oil for local use, others need to sell it further afield. Kokonut Pacific has helped them with product development and sales of certified organic virgin coconut oil, coconut oil soap and coconut oil biodiesel fuel.

The shop will be open; cash only, please.