Welcome and Opening:

  1. Rev. Sally Boothey opened the meeting with a prayer at 8.02pm
  2. Present: Rev Sally Boothey, Judy James, Bev Leaf, Rob Elliott, Mary Muntz, Robyn Pendlebury, Carol Lugg, Merle Cobbledick, Ron Cobbledick, Lou Hamon.
  3. Apologies: Wendy Watson, Bev Patrick, John Stammers, Keith Schier.4.      Confirmation of Minutes:

    MOTION: “That the Minutes of the Parish Council held 20th March 2014 be confirmed as a true and correct record.”

         Moved: Robyn Pendlebury.        Seconded: Rob Elliott.                                Carried.

    5.       Business Arising from previous minutes:

    5.1 Holy Trinity smart meter installed.

    5.2   Enquiry through Darwin Diocese about needs of Ngukur Mission. Response received.

    Assessment to be undertaken and suggested projects will be communicated to us.

    Discussion on Trust Funds listed in minutes being utilized at St George’s for re-gilding of Eucharist vessels, and possible replacement of rider mower.

    6.       Correspondence:


    6.1.   Bishop: Appointment Rev’d Ken Goodger Dean of Cathedral.

    6.2.   Registrar: Audit confirmation request.

    6.3.   Registrar: Celtic Weekend St Matthews Albury 21-22 June.

    6.4.   Brotherhood of St Laurence: Supplier details.

    6.5.   Aust. Charities and Not-for-Profit Commission (ACNC): Annual statement.

    6.6   Registrar: Taize 13-14 May.

    6.7   Access Ministries/CBM/Bible League/Mission to Seafarers/Anglicare/ACT.

    6.8 Peter Cox & Sons: Change of postal address.

    6.9.   Diocese of Darwin: Assistance to Ngukurr Mission.

    6.10. Lions Club of Shepparton: Circus Quirkus.


    6.9. Diocese: Annual Returns.

    610. Letters of thanks: Heather Stammers, Margaret Mitchell, Win Knight.

    6.11. ACNC: Annual statement (online)

    6.12. Brotherhood of St Laurence: Supplier Details.

    6.13. Diocese of Darwin: re needs of Ngukurr Mission.

    MOTION: “That the correspondence inwards be accepted and outwards adopted”.

    Moved: Carol Lugg.                   Seconded: Bev Leaf.                                  Carried.


    1.          Rectors Report:

    Written Report tabled and discussed.

    My report begins with my sincere thanks.

    To the Wardens and members of Parish Council. Without your dedication, work, ideas, cheerful goodwill and genuine desire for unity of purpose in this parish, God’s kingdom would not be proclaimed in our centres.

    Thank you, too, to those who play a vital part in each worship service – the musicians, vestry teams, readers, intercessors, welcomers and, at St George’s, those who arrange the screen visuals.

    Also, to those who clean, maintain the gardens and ensure that the ‘day to day’ care of the buildings and inevitable administration happens in a timely and professional manner.

    Treasurer Wendy, Secretary Lou and ‘Office Assistants’ Rob and Heather work hard to keep the wheels of the Parish turning and their contribution cannot be overestimated.


    The importance of the work and goodwill of congregation members and of the dedication of office bearers and musicians was emphasised for me in the past few weeks – which have been very full and rich! Everyone taking their part and people pitching in to give extra help when needed means that, it LOOKS as though things happen effortlessly, and the things the Rector forgets are covered by others.

    Palm crosses were on the agenda last month – they really took off! There was also the insurance inspection of all parish buildings, the Men’s Breakfast at St George’s, ongoing preparation for the Deb Ball and the usual services at the local Aged Care facilities. The guilds were, of course, independently busy.

    We had our Harvest Festival, Mothering Sunday, a baptism at St George’s, and all of the services of Easter, beginning with Palm Sunday. In addition, there was the Lady Day service at the cathedral – at which the parish was well represented and I was commissioned as Chaplain – and in Easter week, the

    Chrism Mass, also at the cathedral.

    Without the combined efforts of many parishioners, the parish events could not have been as successful as they were. Thank you.

    This year’s Easter services were well attended and the Good Friday evening service at All Saints was a good thing and appreciated by the congregation. The Lenten reflections at 5.30 on Mondays attracted no participants bar myself, but I benefitted from a time of quiet prayer each week. In general, I am pleased with the Easter Service formats now, and will endeavour to have ‘generic’ booklets produced to be used at Easter services for the next 2-3 years. The Ecumenical Dawn Service seems to be working well also, with the leaders of the Catholic, Uniting, Churches of Christ and Numurkah Christian Church, as well as Anglican, participating. There were about 30 in attendance and the feedback was positive.

    Good Friday and next Sunday are services where the Holy Trinity congregation combines for worship with the Nathalia Uniting Church.

    Tomorrow is Anzac Day and it is good that the Christian Church has been invited to participate in the service, certainly at Numurkah and perhaps at Nathalia too?

    Fortnightly studies have been held at Joan Harding’s home and in the next few weeks, I will see if there’s interest in resuming the ‘Living the Questions’ at St George’s each Wednesday fortnight.

    Also on the radar now is the calendar for Spring. Will the St George’s fete be held this year? If so, on the 1st or 8th November. Do we have dates for the High Tea? Will the Strawberry Festival be on 28 November?

    On a personal level, the month has been busy with the preparations for our oldest son’s wedding on 10 May. I have arranged for Rev’d Helen Malcolm to take the services in the parish on 11 May. Other good personal things this month were the visit for Lady Day by two friends from Adelaide and our grandchildren staying on the week prior to Easter.

    Both Denis and I also have birthdays this month. We have been looking for somewhere suitable for Den’s machines and we are in the process of buying a house in Fuzzard’s Rd, which has an ideal shed! At this stage, we will continue to let the house and use only one of the sheds for personal use.

    Thank you again for all that happens in the parish to ensure that both worship and social/fundraising activities are done well, and in a way that invites others to feel welcome amongst caring friends.

    Rev’d Sally.

    St George’s Fete preferred date November 8th, Saturday following Melbourne Cup. A meeting to be called to form a committee and set date.

    Strawberry Festival 28th November.

    St George’s High Tea mid-October in conjunction with Foodbowl Festival

    MOTION: that the Rector’s report be accepted.

    Moved: Rev Sally Boothey             Seconded: Lou Hamon                               Carried

    Financial Report:

    Cheque Account                                           $ 9724.97

    Investment. Account                          $ 16134.34

    St George’s ladies Guild                              $ 1262.41

    Holy Trinity Ladies Guild                              $   1659.79

    Holy Trinity Mother’s Union                           $     334.05

    Holy Trinity Strawberry Festival       $   1498.45

    Holy Trinity Diocese Wang.            $     243.82

    Betty Daniel Scholarship Term Deposit     $   8724.43

    Offertory                                                        $   7316.15

    Accounts payable                                   $   1575.33

    MOTION: “That the financial report be received and accounts passed for payment”

    Moved: Judy James.                       Seconded: Carol Lugg.                               Carried.

    MOTION: “That a letter of thanks be written to Robyn & Colin Pendlebury and Ian Patrick for the very successful Lamb Drive.

    Mpved: Lou Hamon.                        Seconded: Rob Elliott.                                Carried.

    9.      GST Business:

                9.1.      Catering:

    9.2.   Hall Hire: Orana Day Care. 12th April P. Cox Funeral.

    9.3.      Funerals:

    9.4       Fundraising: Palm Cross Sales, Lamb sales.

    MOTION: “That the activities listed above be Input Taxed”.

                         Moved: Lou Hamon.                       Seconded: Merle Cobbledick.                   Carried.

    Warden’s Reports:

     St. George’s: 10.1. Cobwebs to be cleared.

    10.2. Eucharist vessels to be re-gilded.

    10.3. Carpets in Parish Centre need cleaning.

    Holy Trinity: 10.4. Smart meter installed.

                            10.5 CFA inspection of fire extinguishers with replacement in vestry.

    10.6. Test & Tag undertaken

    10.7. Visitors on Palm Sunday impressed with welcome & friendship.

              11.       Other Reports:

                           11.1 Holy Trinity Ladies Guild

                          Bank balance $ 1659.79

    Donation to Parish of $500 to offset reprint of Recipe Books.

    Coffee Morning 28th April.

    Street stalls 16th May and 17th October.

    Visiting Barwo on 15th September.

    Discussed purchase of a new refrigerator.

                           11.2 Mothers’ Union.

                          Quiet Day at Wakiti 29th April.

    11.3. St George’s Ladies Guild.

                          Morning Coffee later in year.


    MOTION: “That the Reports be received”

    Moved: Ron Cobbledick.                Seconded: Mary Muntz.                              Carried.                  

              12.     General Business:

                           12.1. Palm Crosses: 19 orders for 2.257 crosses. Postage $ 185.75. Profit $ 1262. (3 to pay)

    12.2 Anzac Day. Carol Lugg to lay wreath. Rev’s Sally leading the Lord’s Prayer.

    12.3. Debutante Ball: Assistance required Thursday 8th from 4 pm to set up, and Friday after the ball to clean up. Nathalia awaiting request for assistance with catering.

    12.4. Lamb sale: $ 4,480.83 banked. Letters of thanks to be sent.

    12.5. 70th Wedding Anniversary of Frank & Beth Jackson on 3rd June. Card to be sent from Parish, and Frank & Beth to be blessed by Rev’s Sally during the Sunday service following.

    12.6. Parish Roll to be updated.

         Next Meeting: Thursday 15th May. Numurkah.


    Meeting closed with the grace at 9.12 pm.

    Minutes confirmed…………………………………………….     Date………………………………….


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