Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Almost a flood in Geelong

With all the heavy rains each day in Geelong there's a possibility of flooding in parts of Geelong with several road already closed. At Fyansford the river is really running now at Buckley's Falls.  And down near Lorne there have been land-slips onto the Great Ocean Road, and towns such as Birregurra are flooded.

Friday, September 09, 2016

Congratulations Neil

7 September 2016 | Tennis Victoria A long-standing member of tennis in Geelong, Neil Lamond has received a Tennis Victoria Highly Commended Tennis Service Award for his ongoing involvement with a number of different tennis associations.
The award aims to recognise volunteers for their outstanding and exemplary service to the sport, with only a select number presented each year.
Neil’s involvement in tennis began in 1965, when he joined the Geelong District Churches Tennis Association Senior Competition Committee, where he remains today. He has spent a number of years in many different roles, including President, Vice-President, Treasurer and Secretary.
Neil was a prominent figure in the re-forming of the Geelong East Uniting Tennis Club in 1977, with the club naming a pavilion in his honour in 2010. Unfortunately, the land the club occupied was sold, however Neil was a driving force in finding a new site for the club in Breakwater.
In 1990, Neil became the Senior Competition Recorder of the Geelong District Churches Tennis Association, where he implemented an elaborate computer program that is still used today in all three of their competitions. He remains in this position today.
Neil retired from playing tennis in 2012 due to injury, but remains as the Senior Secretary at Geelong East. Neil’s outstanding contribution to tennis in Geelong for over a half-century is why he is a worthy recipient of a Highly Commended Tennis Service Award.
We would also like to congratulate Nigel Wilson, Bernie Morris and Des Bath, who each received a Tennis Service Award. All three have devoted a huge amount of time and effort to tennis in the region for the Geelong District Churches Tennis Association.

Friday, September 02, 2016

A time to be planting

A piece of writing from Ecclesiastes is popular at weddings, funerals, and special occasions and I wonder why because it is rather dispiriting, the positives and negatives of life. Perhaps we do need both to understand that life does have contrasts. A time to be planting.... and the reckoning when the bouganvillea is dying. How different and how sad.  ;Yesterday my son started demolishing the almost dead bouganvillea in front of our house, one part had even rooted into the rooftop. Very prickly and tangled, but it was time.

New International Version
A Time for Everything
1There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
2a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
4a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
6a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8a time to love and a time to hate,

a time for war and a time for peace.

An art exhibition opening

This evening we went to the Hub (Karingal) in East Geelong for the launch of an art exhibition by Lindy Banner, an artist from Jan Juc, with her lovely acrylic and collage works, some framed, some on large canvases, and all related to flowers. The prices were mainly about $650 but I didn't see any red stickers for sold early in the evening, maybe later. Here are some photos I took.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Gardening at East Geelong Church

Volunteer gardeners tidied up the flower beds at the East Geelong Uniting Church the other day.  Plans are afoot to really create a nicer environment for our local church by more garden ideas.  One possibility is to work with horticultural course students. As there's no fencing one problem is that vandals might pull up new plantings. Wouldn't it be good if neighbours could plant vegetables near the roads in our suburb to share. Members of our church do share goods from their back gardens  - yesterday we were given broccoli and spinach - excellent for my iron needs for good health.  Here's a picture of the helpers at the recent working bee. After their efforts they enjoyed a rich chocolate cake, thanks to Rob.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Whittington Strings in Geelong

The Whittington Strings is a project initiated by our East church to assist a group of boys and girls to learn to play the violin, cello and double bass. Whittington Primary School is in a suburb where there is a lot of disadvantage and it's a super project to upskill children and give them confidence. Two boys have even joined a community strings group. Today our church council members visited the school and saw the music practice session and then two lads played for us in the staff room where we had our Council meeting and lunch. Great. I took a few photos including a couple of large paintings in the corridor.

Monday, August 01, 2016

St Giles for sale again and again

Former church for sale in 74 Gheringhap Street, Geelong. Photo: Supplied

No longer a church really, St Giles in Geelong is up for sale again. These days it's offices for beauty therapy. One time it was a nightclub. Many churches these days are converted into homes, restaurants, offices. One was just sold out at the lovely little village of Ceres just out of Geelong. The former St Giles Church dates back to 1861 and was designed by noted architect Nathaniel Billing as part of a competition, according to theHeritage Council Victoria. Today it  is a contemporary three-level conversion that houses a beauty therapy business.

Young family buys slice of history as former Ceres church sells at auction
TESSA HAYWARD, Geelong Advertiser
August 1, 2016 10:17am
A YOUNG Rippleside family has secured its own piece of history in Ceres after buying the disused Uniting Church for $500,000.
With plans to renovate the interior and convert it to a residence in which they will live, the new owners outbid two other interested parties at the auction on Saturday to secure the 1230sq m property. The new owner, who wants to remain anonymous, said he had always liked the heritage built properties and had seen some church conversions that came up well.
“I am going to have a talk to an architect and see what we can do,” he said.
The church, constructed of Barrabool freestone, is heritage listed so the facade cannot be altered but the interior has more flexibility.
Originally the Ceres Wesleyan Methodist Church, it was built in 1855 and the accompanying Sunday school dates back to 1864.
The Sunday school was included in the sale, however, selling agent Brett Walker, of Barry Plant Highton, said if the buyer did not want it the neighbouring town hall would move it on to its property.
The last service at the Ceres Uniting Church, located at 2a (17) McCann St, was in December. The Uniting Church decided to sell after the congregation fell to as few as three.
A Barrabool Hills Uniting Church parishioner, Nola Noble, said it was sad to see the church sell. “It is an end of an era, we don’t like to see churches closing,” Ms Noble said.
Mr Walker said it was a rare opportunity to buy a church. “It is a unique opportunity to purchase a piece of history,” he said.

Located in the heart of Ceres, the church is a part of an identifiable group of buildings surrounded by properties.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Choosing music for church

I've been asked to look at song choices for August so I wrote this for our local congregation in East Geelong.
Some suggestions for Music in August 2016
Preamble - We have a congregation of about seventy which includes many older people, some families and about 16 under twenty. Our resources include an organ, piano and drums and under-used are players of guitar, trumpet, stringed instruments, banjo-mandolin etc. Texts are placed on the data projection but TIS books are in the pews. To choose music for congregational singing the following resources are mostly used: Together in Song, All Together series from Adelaide, some newer songs and chants, and songs from favourite composers such as Bell, Murray, Mann. The pattern has been to have an introit, opening hymn, a hymn/song related to the lectionery gospel reading, two other hymns, and a song to go out. On the first Sunday of the month we include a communion hymn such as Tis 239 Jesus the Lord said, or Tis 526 Lord Jesus Christ, and a sung ‘Holy holy’ which is TIS 761. Sometimes a soloist sings during Communion e.g. Take this bread.
Some suggestions:
Introit This is the day that the Lord has made Alleluia Tis 185 (to learn)
Alleluia alleluia give thanks to the risen Lord Tis 390 Here in this place (Gathering) Tis 474 (not all verses)
Opening hymn: God is love Tis 153 Christ is the world’s light Tis 246
We have a gospel to proclaim Tis 245 Lord the light of your love Tis 675
Sometimes a song especially for children
e.g. TIS 175; Did you ever see a kookaburra laugh
TIS 579 The blind man sat by the road and he cried.
Hymn/Song related to gospel reading e.g. August 7 Tis 122 What shall I do my God to love
August 14th Comfort comfort Tis 647 August 21st TiS 737 Lord Jesus Christ lover of all (Bell)
August 28th TiS 686 / ATE 292 Lord Jesus we belong to you (Robin Mann)
Third Hymn 218 in All together everybody - Spirit, spirit o gentleness
Tis 598 Dear Father Lord of humankind Tis 87 You are before me Lord
Tis 689 Lord hear my praying
Fourth hymn Dreams and visions ATE No 249 For you deep stillness; No 22 NCYC 1999
Tis 588 In heavenly love abiding Pass it on
Song to go out: TiS Shalom Sent by the Lord am I - All Together book
Now unto him who is able to keep May the road rise up to meet you All Together book
All over the world the spirit is moving You shall go out with joy Tis 755.

Isa, one little guinea pig died this week.

When I brought the guinea pigs inside tonight because of the cold wind I noticed that Darren was looking very poorly, and he just lay down and an hour or two later he died. The other guinea pig is whistling a bit and restless and tried to help but tomorrow we'll bury the poor little guinea pig in the garden. Here's an old photo of him in a cardboard house. (And later - on Tuesday) Fuzzie stayed up all night sitting on the black jumper wrapped little guinea pig that died. This morning after 9 a.m. Andrew dug up hole in the front garden for a burial, and we planted succulents. Then Fuzzie went back to his pen with soft toys which didn't really make up for the loss of Darren. Isa, a sad day.
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