Chopping firewood at the foot of the Grampians range in Victoria is a regular winter pastime for hardy members of St Peter’s Lutheran Church in Stawell, as a fundraiser for their 26-member congregation. Since 2014 woodcutting has become a major fundraiser for the fellowship.
Picture a bush picnic in breathtaking country at the foot of the Grampians mountain range in the Wimmera region of Victoria. But add to that the crunch of frost of midwinter early mornings and the challenge of chopping firewood before you can take a sip from the thermos and unwrap the sandwiches.
With COVID-19 having closed some state borders, Faye Schmidt applied to relocate from Melbourne to Adelaide to be near her daughter. This stressful ordeal highlighted for Faye what it means to live under God’s grace.
We want everyone in Victoria to know that we are praying for them as they struggle through Stage 4 lockdown. So we’ve launched a PRAY FOR VICTORIA social media campaign and are posting encouraging messages for Victorians on LCA Facebook.
A big challenge for African families settling into Shepparton, Victoria, is getting around, as public transport is limited. In response, the congregation at St Paul’s Lutheran Church decided to set up a learn-to-drive program for African people aged over 21.
For Susie Taylor, the LCA/NZ church plant at Pakenham’s Lakeside College in Melbourne’s outer south-eastern suburbs has been an answer to prayer – and a place where God is working miracles in people’s lives.