Author, Margaret Reeson, shown here with Uniting Church President Stuart McMillan.
75th Anniversary of sinking of Montevideo Maru
Book sale to benefit UnitingWorld
The 75th anniversary of Australia’s worst maritime disaster will be remembered this Saturday with a service at the War Memorial (1pm), 1 July 2017. The Montevideo Maru, carrying more than 1000 prisoners of the Japanese forces, mostly Australian, was sunk on 1 July 1942 by an Allied submarine. Among the prisoners were ten Methodist missionaries who had been captured by the Japanese in Rabaul, Papua New Guinea and were being transferred to Hainan, off southern China. The boat was torpedoed off Luzon, near the Philippines by the USS Sturgeon, unaware that it was carrying Allied prisoners. All prisoners on board died.
Well-known author Margaret Reeson (also a former Methodist missionary who worked in the PNG Highlands in the 60s and 70s) has written two books relating to this incident. She is offering these for sale. 75% of sales proceeds will go to UnitingWorld to support our overseas partner churches.
The Yarralumla Midwinter Show is one of Canberra’s favourite art and craft events featuring local artisans. A staple on the Canberra calendar, the show has been delighting visitors for over 35 years with a large array of art and craft, food and entertainment.
The event showcases the work of local craft workers and artists and the funds raised support vital community programs. Recipients last year included Sids for Kids, Companion House, Canberra Refugee Support, Paperworks inc, Kairos Outside and Caring for Kiriwina.
The opening times for the show are:
• Fri 23 June 10.00 am to 8.00 pm
• Sat 24 June 10.00 am to 5.00 pm
• Sun 25 June 12.00 noon to 5.00 pm
The venue for the show is the Yarralumla Uniting Church Centre on Denman St in Yarralumla.
From NSW/ACT Synod’s Weekly Insights – view here
The Moderator, Rev. Myung Hwa Park encourages us to pray and support the disaster affected areas, specifically the communities and individuals who have been affected by the flooding.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the communities of northern NSW and south-east Queensland. We also pray for those who are tirelessly assisting in recovery and emergency relief efforts,” says Rev. Park.
What you can do
- Pray for the protection and safety of those communities and individuals involved in the floods
- Pray for volunteers and emergency services personnel who are involved in assisting those in distress
- Pray for Disaster Chaplains offering assistance to stressed and grieving individuals
Donate to the Moderator’s Appeal
Please note that as from 12 April the Moderator’s Appeal portal is temporarily down. The Assembly’s National Disaster Relief Fund mentioned below remains open https://assembly.uca.org.au/national-disaster-relief-fund/ Donations of $2 and over are tax-deductible.
Donate to the Moderator’s Appeal by visiting our donation page and selecting “Moderator’s Appeal” in the “I am donating to” section (temporarily down – please go to Assembly’s National Disaster Relief Fund instead).
From Fusion Canberra
Homelessness is a complex and little understood issue. Did you know that 94% of those who are homeless aren’t living on the streets? While it is good to know that these 94% aren’t on the streets, it means that the issue remains very much hidden.
Sleep in Your Car is all about shining a light on the issue of hidden youth homelessness. So where are these people living? They are in cars, caravans, accommodation services, friends couches, overcrowded dwellings and spare rooms.
Often people are homeless through no fault of their own… domestic violence, financial hardship, mental health conditions and many more reasons. We also know that if you are homeless during adolescence you are much more likely to be homeless later in life.
This is also why Fusion Australia are holding the event during national Homelessness Prevention Week 3-9th August (www.homelessnessaustralia.org.au) to work alongside other great organisations and events working to ‘step up to end homelessness’.
What can you do to help?