The discernment process, Spring into Action, was prompted by the need to seriously consider our financial situation and address the recurring deficit which risks erosion of relatively low financial assets.
This ill-wind has prompted an energised uptake of church community concern and engagement in the questions about future action. This is heartening as a reminder of the place that Morialta has played in the lives of the worshipping community.
CONSULTATION 1, (click for report) held on 14 August, was a happy community event, with a response and participation of fifty plus members of the congregation, including a few who have joined us since the beginning of the year. Others joined through the live-streaming and use of sms and email.
Table groups recorded their many thoughts and ideas to enable Morialta’s continuing pathway and engagement in Mission. There was a strong message for continuing the life and Mission of Morialta, and for a legacy to be faithfully maintained and developed for the future.
A Report on the day appears in the September edition of our magazine, Beyond 2020 Vision
Rev Bob Hutchinson’s Messages in Worship, have anticipated the next phase in Morialta’s discernment process and he has challenged us to name our “core business”, and to profess who we are.
Bob has highlighted the New Testament principle of Giving – of talents, skills, giving and service – and reminded us that we are mere stewards of all we have. As this phase in the process is unfolding we are challenged to consider how we will invest in God’s Mission.
The brochures connecting this focus on Stewardship and Service is available here STEWARDSHIP Brochure Final 11_9
STEWARDSHIP Brochure Response 11_9
and we look forward to responses in the next two weeks.
In the meantime the Working Group for Spring into Action is continuing to sift and analyse the responses and related messaging from Consultation 1, and to prepare for reporting to Church Council in advance of taking reports and recommendations to the Congregation early in October.
How can you join in?
- the streamed services available on Youtube in late Agust and listen to the messages from Rev Bob Hutchinson;
(168) Morialta Uniting Church – Worship 14 August 2022 Sunday – YouTube
(168) Morialta Uniting Church – Worship 21 August 2022 Sunday – YouTube
(168) Morialta Uniting Church – Worship 28 August 2022 Sunday – YouTube
- records, reports, and response papers contained on the web-site from late July, August, and now September –
CONSULTATION 1 – Report | Morialta Uniting Church (morialtauca.org.au)
View the Service on Sunday 11 September when Bruce Ind, Chairperson of Council and the Congregation, will speak, connecting the focus on Stewardship & Service with the process, Spring into Action.
(168) Morialta Uniting Church – Worship 11 September 2022 Sunday – YouTube
Enter into discernment – pray, think and consider…..and then complete and return the response paper, either in your envelope or electronically to our Morialta Office – firstname.lastname@example.org
Respond as you are able! Remembering that this discernment process and phase for giving and serving needs everyone to engage.