The Batemans Bay Uniting Church was a hive of activity on Sunday 25th March as all the church members buzzed around preparing for the afternoon concert. The church was converted to a concert hall in no time, while the kitchen produced mountains of food to feed the five thousand. The church had decided to hold a Variety Concert with all proceeds going to charity. An impressive $1890 was raised.
Little Annabelle Potts, only four but suffering from a cancer that is incurable in Australia was the recipient of funds to assist with treatment in Mexico, and the drought-stricken farmers of Western Queensland also got funding.
Tathra fires had not happened as the planning was done but a quick decision to have a retiring offering for Tathra raised $570.
“We also had the thrill of the Deep River Choir at our last concert.”
It is just a year since our minister retired. We had plenty of warning of her retirement and started looking for her replacement immediately. So far we have had no success. During her time here we benefited greatly from her calm and orderly manner. She left us in a good place to manage on our own if we had to.
At the beginning of this year funding was cut to UnitingCare Pivot Point Outreach Centre by the Federal Government. Pivot Point had been operating in Batemans Bay for almost three decades and was a lifeline for those in the shire in desperate need. Pleas to our local member and the Minister were heard, but no action resulted.
One could imagine that these blows would leave us feeling disheartened and helpless, but that has not been the case.
Thirty four Â‚Cloud of Witness banners, created by adult fellowship groups across Australia, will be coming to the Canberra Region Presbytery during December. The banners have been Â‚on tourÂ‚ in NSW since September, including a display during Synod. They will be on view at Yarralumla Uniting Church Centre on 10 December, from 9am to 5pm, and 11 December, 12 noon to 5pm. Kippax UC will host the banners on Friday 16 December (8.30am-3pm), Saturday 17 December by prior appointment, phone 6254 1733 (office hours), Sunday 18 December 8am-1pm, and Monday 19 December 8.30am to 3pm. They also are expected to be shown at Batemans Bay.