1. Welcome and Opening:Rev. Sally Boothey opened the meeting with a prayer at 8.05pm
  2. Present:Rev Sally Boothey, John Stammers, Judy James, Bev Leaf, Mary Muntz, Robyn Pendlebury, Carol Lugg, Merle Cobbledick, Keith Schier, Ron Cobbledick, Margaret Mitchell, Win Knight, Lou Hamon, Wendy Watson.
  3. Apologies: Rob Elliott, Bev Patrick.4.       Confirmation of Minutes:          MOTION: “That the Minutes of the Parish Council held 21st November 2013 be confirmed as a true and correct record.”Moved: Merle Cobbledick.                  Seconded: Judy James.                               Carried. 5.        Business Arising from previous minutes: 5.1   Holy Trinity smart meter yet to be installed.5.2   Strawberry Festival. Raging success in every aspect, clearing $7000.00

    6.       Correspondence:


    6.1.    Bishop: Death of Mrs Thea Grace.

    6.2.    Bishop: Deacon Grace Sharon Appeal.

    6.3.    Bishop: Death Elaine Thomas wife of sixth Bishop.

    6.4.    Bishop: Diocesan Ministry Conference.

    6.5.    Bishop: Archbishop of Sudan Sudan.

    6.6     Registrar: Ministry Fund, Assessment & Insurance.

    6.7    Registrar: Induction of Thomas Leslie as PIC of Yea Parish.

    6.8    VCC: Bush fire response.

    6.9.   Broughton Publishing: Epray renewal.

    6.10. ABM Resources response form

    6.11. Grassroots, BCA, L”Arche, CBM, BS, Anglicord, Sunday Journal, Anglicare, Nungalinya, ABM response, SU Outreach.


     6.12.   Broughton Publishing: Cancellation of Epray subscription.

    6.13.   Bishop: re Bishop’s Announcement being read and copies on notice boards.

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

    Moved: Keith Shier.                   Seconded: Margaret Mitchell.                                Carried.


    7.         Rectors Report:

    Written Report tabled and discussed.


 Thank you to all the Parish Council members for your support and work throughout the year. I know that some current members will not seek re-election to Council and when we re-convene after the Annual General Meetings, the membership will have changed a little. I give my sincere thanks to those, now taking a well-deserved break, who have served this parish so well as Council members.

The time leading up to Christmas was, as always , very busy. We ceased the activity and came together in God for a while, to uphold Nancy Hicks and to farewell her husband Merv at his funeral on 20 December. We continued to remember those for whom Christmas brings memories of some personal sadness, as well as joy .

Our thoughts this evening are with Rob and Glenda Elliott and their family as they mourn the death of Rob’s father, Roy.

Christmas is well past now, but I wish to formally thank all those who put in the extra yards, in hot weather, to prepare the churches with Christmas cribs and trees. Thank you, too, to Rob Elliott, Nola Smith and the St George’s choir for providing special Christmas music. The Nine Lessons and Carols was very well received and attended and the Christmas Day and Christmas Eve services were well catered for musically, and had that special Christmas atmosphere.

From a personal perspective, it was wonderful to be able to spend half of Christmas Day at the traditional family celebration with Mum, my two sisters and brother and their families in Melbourne and it was a real joy to be the ‘host home’ for the other Christmas party, where all of our children and grandchildren gather together. Our Brisbane daughter and family came down and were able to stay for a week. For Denis and I, Christmas based in Numurkah enabled a wonderf ul feast of family gathering and catch-ups which was not possible when we were interstate.

The past few weeks have been fairly low key, partly because most comittees are in recess (no meetings) and people have been on holiday, but also because the weather has been hot and energy-sapping. Services and home communions have continued as have Pioneers Lodge and Karinya services. Banawah and Barwo recommence soon.

Some planning has occured for the coming year. I have met with Rev’d Jean Mayers of the UCA and arranged to have combined services with the UCA at Numurkah and Nathalia on Sunday 16 March. The St George’s congregation preferred a 9.00am

timeslot and that gave an opportunity for the Holy Trinity congregation to also participate at 11.00am. It is good, I think , to worship together occasionally. The Palm Sunday and Good Friday services in Nathalia are also ecumenical.

Bishop John has asked me to take on the role of Chaplain to the Mother ‘s Union, taking over from Rev’d John Webster , who has moved from the diocese, and I was pleased to accept. It will be good to work with Diocesan President, Mary Muntz, as I discover what this ministry entails.

The Pastoral Friendship network will be introduced as soon as possible. The suggested match-ups will be distributed on Sunday and people can contact me, in confidence , if they have any concerns or problems. These are drafts and I will distribute the final network to those involved, with relevant phone numbers, at the end of February.

Two other events on a personal note:-

Firstly, I have purchased a new car, a VW Golf 7, to replace my 2005 VW Golf, which has done in excess of 300,000 km. This was made possible by the annual car allowance and a 5 year loan through the Diocese.

Secondly, Denis now has permanent part-time work as a Lab Tech at Numurkah Secondary College. He is working Mondays and Tuesdays . He will also be available for relief teaching on the other days.

An interesting year ahead!                                                                 Rev’d Sally

MOTION: “That the Rector’s Report be received”

  1.           Moved: Rev Sally Boothey               Seconded: Mary Muntz                               Carried

8.                     Financial Report:

Cheque Account                                              $    4967.85

Investment. Account                                      $  22808.14

St George’s ladies Guild                                $      235.15

Holy Trinity Ladies Guild                            $    3331.25

Holy Trinity Mother’s Union                      $      334.05

Holy Trinity Strawberry Festival               $    1498.45

Holy Trinity Diocese Wang.                       $      181.87

Betty Daniel Scholarship Term Deposit   $    8724.43

Offertory                                                         $    5336.25

Accounts Payable                                         $    1478.24

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

Moved: Wendy Watson.                  Seconded: Carol Lugg.                               Carried.



Proposed budget presented and discussed.

MOTION: “That the proposed budget be accepted”

Moved Wendy Watson.                   Seconded: Win Knight.                               Carried.

9.       GST Business:

9.1.      Catering: Funerals: E. Cadman 27 Nov., M. Hicks 20 Dec., N. Spencer 31 Dec., G. Jenkins 14 Jan.

9.2.     Hall Hire: Funerals: E. Cadman 27 Nov., M. Hicks 20 Dec. Orana Day Care.

9.3.      Funerals:  D. Stone 17 December, M Hicks 20 December.

9.4       Fundraising: Strawberry Festival 29 November.

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

                         Moved: Lou Hamon.                       Seconded: John Stammers.                       Carried.

10.       Warden’s Reports:

      St. George’s: 10.1. Garden tap has been relocated.

10.2. Denis Boothey fixing covering plates to gaps left with removal of heaters in Parish Centre.

Holy Trinity:  10.3. Strawberry Festival a marvelous day.

10.4. Drippers repaired.

             11.    Other Reports:

                      11.1 Holy Trinity Ladies Guild

                                  No meeting since December.

                                  Carpet cleaned in hall.

Food Business inspection with satisfactory report.

Function on 28th April with Rag Denn. Raffle tickets to be sold.

11.2 Mothers’ Union

First Diocesan meeting next Monday.

Induction of Revd. Sally in February/March.

11.3. St George’s Ladies Guild.

                                  Food Business inspection.

Meeting next Thursday.


MOTION: “That the Reports be received”

Moved: Carol Lugg.             Seconded: Ron Cobbledick.                        Carried.

                12.      General Business:

                                   12.1. Palm Crosses.

MOTION: “That Palm Crosses be offered for sale by the Parish, with postage and packaging to rise to $10. Cost of palm crosses to remain the same as last year.

Moved: Judith James.                     Seconded: Carol Lugg.                               Carried


12.2. Shortened services on days of extreme heat has been requested.

12.3. Harvest Festival March 23rd.

Mothering Sunday March 30th.

Lady Day March 25th.

     Next Meeting: Parish AGM Sunday 23rd FEBRUARY ST GEORGES NUMURKAH.

   PARISH COUNCIL Thursday 20th March St Georges Numurkah.


Meeting closed with the grace at 9.05 pm.

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

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