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St Andrew’s Bendigo

St Andrew’s Bendigo

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St Andrew’s Axedale

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St Andrew’s Ministries

St Andrew’s Bendigo

UCA 40th Anniversary Celebration

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Creative Living
    November 20, 2017 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
    Meeting Room

     

  • Men's Fellowship
    November 20, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    Merl's Room

     

  • Uniting Threads
    November 22, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
    Small Hall

     

  • Meditation Group
    November 24, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
    Chapel

     

  • Messy Church
    November 24, 2017 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
    St Andrew's Hall

     

  • Worship Service
    November 26, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
    St Andrew's Bendigo

     

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Welcome to St Andrew’s Uniting Church Bendigo-Axedale

A message from our minister Rev Di Esbensen …

What I have learned while sharing our home with a dog … That play is a great
investment of time and energy, and it gives so much more than it takes away. And
likewise a nap after vigorous play is an excellent idea. That sometimes when I am a
bit melancholy, the silent, sensitive company of a dog is reassuring and
encouraging. That suddenly I can be inspired to cook up some goodies that she will
enjoy. That we are aware of not leaving her home alone for too long; not because
she will do anything wrong but because we know she enjoys our company and will
be so very happy to see us return. That she needs times of solitude, stillness and
exploration of her space. That there are times when she seems sad and I can’t
work out what troubles her, but I can be patient and caring. That the naughtiness
that we were warned about hasn’t been a reality. That Maree, Jess and Millie are
missing her very much – and we will miss her terribly when she goes home.

Why is this important? Because if I can learn these insights from a wonderful and
beautiful dog, I can learn to be aware of and learn more from people too – those I
know well and others I will meet.

We are all called to be caring, compassionate people. Sometimes things can take
us away from the deep insights that everyday life have available to us. Recently our
houseguest, the beautiful golden retriever Sunny, has taught us and reminded us of
so very much that is important, in the ways we respond to opportunities to create
connections and relationships with others.

As the year is drawing to an end, as we wait the result of the survey, as Advent is
approaching, as we prepare to celebrate Christmas, we will meet people (and
perhaps dogs) who will give us insights into some of the things that make life rich,
full, challenging, inspiring and meaningful. May we just enjoy these moments and
encounters when they happen for what they are – blessings.


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