BUNDOORA PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

Love during Covid-19

Loving one another

This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.  If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?  Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. (1 John 3:16-18)

Covid-19 provides us with an opportunity to love one another as Christ has loved us.  One of the ways that the world will see our discipleship of our Lord Jesus is by how we love another in practical and timely ways.  This will be especially true when we know that people are self-isolating because of various causes of illness including Covid-19.  This is also true in the way we give people opportunities to serve us in a time of need. 

 

The Deacons of the church will facilitate the way that we love one another during this time by matching people offering help to those who need help.  Please fill in the following forms to help the Deacons.

If you are not needing or offering help, you can also love us by letting us know how you're going.  The Covid-19 situation will go for some time yet and will mean that we have less contact with others.  if you fill out the form below, it will help us to stay in contact with you.  

Loving your neighbour

You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.  Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:14-16)

Jesus commanded us to love our neighbours as we love ourselves.  Covid-19 provides us with a unique opportunity to love our neighbours in a way that shines the light of God in a way that others might see our good deeds and come to know and glorify our heavenly Father.

 

One way that you could do this is to download this, print it out and deliver it to your neighbours' letterbox that you live near – especially those you know who are less connected or who live on their own – eg. new migrants, international students, elderly.

Food Donations for International Students

Food Donations for La Trobe International Students.

LaTrobe University is looking for external help to assist them in providing non-perishable food items to international students in need.

 

Many international students have been unable to return home during this pandemic and have also lost part-time and casual work.  As a result, many of these students are struggling to cope financially. 

 

Many of us have been students ourselves and may be able to relate to the pressures some are going through at this time.  If you are able to donate any items of food from the list provided it would be much appreciated. 

 

You can drop off your items outside the church door Tuesday fortnightly (beginning the 28th July) between 4pm and 7.30pm.  Someone will be at church during this time to bring them into the building.  All food received will be taken by La Trobe staff the following day.

 

Thank you and please be in prayer for these international students in their time of need.

 

“And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” 

(Hebrews 13:16)

Suggested Items

  • Pasta  - any type.
  • Canned sauces – e.g. Bolognese.
  • Noodles (all types) – just add water types are best.
  • Rice & beans  - any type.
  • Any canned or dried items (Soups, dried noodles, etc).
  • Protein or fruit bars.
  • Crackers, Biscuits.
  • Canned vegies.
  • Canned Soups all types.
  • Pudding - all types.
  • Dry cereal or granola, breakfast bars.
  • Peanut butter, jams, condiments.
  • Snacks - all types.
  • Dried fruit & nuts.
  • Canned fish, tuna.
  • Breakfast cereals.