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Wednesday October 29th


St Thomas' Burwood,

44 Station St Burwood

Guest Speaker: Bishop Alexis Bilindabagabo,
Bishop of Gahini, Rwanda

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Phil our Chair launched our Vision at the Victoria Annual Dinner.

Goals for 2010:

As well as continuing to partern with Ridley in the raising up and equipping of future clergy:

1. Appoint a part-time Director of Mentoring

2. Survey the training needs of Parishes in Melbounre and set up training events in every region of the Diocese

3. Host an evangelical assembly with papers presented on issues of evangelical identity, mission and practice

4. Host EFAC Synod breakfasts at Diocesan Synods in country Victoria and Tasmania

In order to fulfill these goals for next year and beyond, we have come up with a three year strategy. A brochure outlining this can be seen here.

We hope that you will support us in this vital ministry.

At the EFAC AGM on the 3rd of March- Archdeacon Richard Condie was elected as the new President as EFAC Vic and Rev Philip Meulman was elected as the new Chair. Our thanks to Paul Perini and Gavin Ward for their leadership over the past year. There were some new members elected to the Committee also- see below for a full list of the Committee.


President: Richard Condie

Chair: Phil Meulman

Secretary: John Clements

Treasurer: Tony Hickson

Committee: Helen Johnston, Deb Sugars, Clem Watts, Greg Harris, Chris Appleby, Ian Hyholm, Paul Arnott


Wednesday, 8 Apr 2009

It’s not hard to imagine the grief and devastation of that first Good Friday just under two thousand years ago, the time when Jesus, God’s Son, who had brought compassion, inspiration, healing and hope to crowds across Galilee and down to Jerusalem, was put to death on a cross. For His family and friends on that bleak hillside, it was seemingly the end not only of His life but of all that He had promised.

But hope did not die. On that early Sunday morning the women returned to Jesus’ tomb, only to find the stone that sealed it had been rolled away. Death was not the end. Jesus rose to new life. That first Easter sets the pattern for the resurrection life that is possible for any of us who live as followers of Jesus Christ.

Easter is about hope. Hope in God for all who enter into a relationship with Him.“The peace of the Lord be with you” is the phrase Christians say to each other during worship. Even in the darkest of times, the peace of God is accessible to all who would believe.

Through relationship with Him, and in the power of the Holy Spirit, we can be a people of hope – even in the midst of the pain of illness or personal loss, or anxieties about what is happening in the world around us, such as climate change and the global financial crisis.

I am also deeply mindful of the terrible losses suffered in the recent bushfires in Victoria. But even in such tragic circumstances, the love and hope of Christ was powerfully present in the selfless giving of the fire fighters and voluntary helpers.

Whatever your situation, whatever joys there are in your life or problems which are causing you to be troubled or grieving, may you know God’s love and peace this Easter time and the hope of life eternal through the risen Christ.

Taken from Anglican Media Melbourne