Glad Tidings Newsletter 9 Part 3


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Glad Tidings Newsletter 9 Part 3

  1. 1. GLAD TIDINGS No. 9 PART C John cooking the Featured in Part C: mu-mu • Port Kembla’s islander mu- mu greeting fest • Port of Eden’s blessing at its annual whale festival • Bishop Garry moves to Ballarat Diocese • Townsville’s new seafarers’ centre looking brilliant • Changes at Gladstone MTSPort Kembla’s Islander ‘Mu-mu’ greeting feastPort Kembla’s John Kewa called on all roast’.his native PNG highlander skills to It was wonderful to see participating inprepare a special feast welcoming the the balmy evening celebrations manyrecent visit of MTS secretary general volunteers and strong supporters of theTom Heffer to the centre. mission including Port Kembla’s CEOIn the backyard of the mission, John Dom Figliomeni and local Federalexpertly prepared and presided over a member Stephen Jones. A sumptuoustraditional Pacific Islander ‘Mu-mu’ and rousing night was had by all. It wasinvolving- the digging of a pit, adding unanimously agreed by all present-banana leaves lining, placing heated bring on the next feast John!rocks, adding vegetables then porkand chicken for a two hour ‘earthPort of Eden’s blessing at its annual whale festivalJohn Kewa’s Kembla MTS team hasbeen visiting Eden port for ship visitingpurposes since the death of the RevdJim Pether until we can establish apermanent base. It will be necessaryfor us to relocate from our present Edenmission premises. As part of Eden’ssummer celebrations the town had arousing Whale Festival and John Kewawas delighted to join an ecumenicalgroup of locals that conducted aliturgy of blessing of the waters ofTwofold Bay, of all seafarers and themigratory whales that visit there.
  2. 2. Bishop Garry moves to Ballarat Diocese Chair of the Australian Council Bishop Garry Weatherill has moved from the Diocese of Willochra in SA to become the tenth bishop of Ballarat, Victoria. Garry will stay on as chair of the Council and serve as Liaison bishop for the West. Bishop Paul White from Melbourne becomes Liaison bishop for the East. MTS representatives Ann Robinson & Graham Miller at Bishop Garry’s enthronement Townsville’s new seafarers’ centre looking brilliant Townsville’s MTS manager Graham Miller has highly praised Townsville Port’s new extensions and the Port’s generosity in relocating our seafarers’ centre into the smartly renovated building alongside berth 9. The freshness, extra space, modern facilities and state of the art communications has been a big hit with visiting seafarers and provided a real boon for Graham’s hardworking staff and loyal volunteers. The image below shows Bishop Bill Ray accompanied by Townsville Port’s CEO Ross Dunning leading, in the presence of some 80 guests, the rededication ceremony of the seafarers’ centre- marking a new chapter in its 84 year old history at the Port of Townsville Bishop Bill Ray and Ross Dunning open the mission extensions Changes at Gladstone MTS Bishop Godfrey Fryar has announced environments and extensive experience that Honorio Hincapie is to replace in pastoral ministry, counselling and Gladstone ‘s MTS chaplain Trevor Phillips psychology Honorio is ideally suited to who has recently left our seafarers’ look after the many seafarers visiting MTS centre. Honorio has been volunteering Gladstone. Port Kembla’s loss is with our mission at Port Kembla. With a Gladstone’s great gain. Good luck background working in multicultural Honorio and make sure you pack your Honorio with Reverend Tom sun screen (and mosquito repellent). HefferPage 2 GLAD TIDINGS No. 9 part C 2012