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​The following is an unformatted copy of the Annual Report for 2018

Uniting Church in Australia
DEEPDENE CONGREGATION
Following… Walking… Seeking…
ANNUAL REPORT 2018
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CONGREGATION DIRECTORY
Minister Rev (Sung Dae) Jacob Yang
Youth & Young Adults Worker Tim Womersley
Organist Stuart Shearman
Church Council
Co-Chairs Joan Cooper & Bae Yi Kim
Treasurer Joan Taylor
Assistant Treasurer Nigel Tsai
Secretary Anthony Cooper
Congregation Chair Ros Lowe
Congregation Secretary Anthony Cooper
Elders / Leaders John Cooper, Margery Heard, Lindsay Herbert,
Myung-Sook Maurovic, Nigel Tsai, Jae Eun Jane Yun
Councillors Bae Yi Kim, Joan Cooper, Joan Taylor, Anthony Cooper, Alison Head,
Barbara Herbert, Jong Min Kim, Sun Nie Lyew, Fenny Tsai, Sue Yang
Committee Conveners
Executive Joan Cooper
Pastoral Care Joan Cooper
Property & Safety Lindsay Herbert
Social Concerns Anthony Cooper
Worship & Education Rev Jacob Yang
Public Relations vacant
Presbytery Representatives : Rev Jacob Yang, Lindsay Herbert, Joan Cooper
West Boroondara Joint Church Council Representatives :
Anthony Cooper, Bae Yi Kim, Joan Taylor, Duk Gyu (‘DG’) Kim
Congregation Organisations, Outreach and Associations
Sunday School : Joan Cooper, Anthony Cooper, Chae Won Kim, Jae Eun Jane Yun
Prayer Meeting : Rev Jacob Yang
Choir and Music : Sun Nie Lyew, Stuart Shearman
Korean Women’s Missionary Group :
University of the Third Age (U3A) Deepdene :
Friendship Circle : Sadie Stevens
Korean Language Playgroup : So Young Youn
Walks on the Level : David Scott
English Conversation for Overseas Students (ECOS) : Barbara & Lindsay Herbert
Dinner Out Together : Rosemary Lade
Deepdene Scottish Country Dancers Inc :
Deepdene Uniting Cricket Club : Michael Leeds (President) & Rhonda Menz (Liaison)
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CONTENTS
Our cover: painting by Myung-Sook Maurovic, image by Sue Yang
Congregation Directory 1
Minister’s Report 3-4
Church Council Report 5
Financial Report 6
Youth and Young Adults’ Worker Report 8
Involvement in the Wider Church
Presbytery Representation 9
West Boroondara Regional Network Representation 9
Church Council Committees
Property and Safety 10
Pastoral Care 10
Social Concerns 10
Congregation Organisations, Outreach and Associations
Sunday School 11
Prayer Meeting
Music at Deepdene 12
Korean Women’s Missionary Group 13
University of the Third Age (U3A) Deepdene 14
Friendship Circle 15
Korean Language Playgroup 15
English Conversation for Overseas Students (ECOS) 16
Walks on the Level 16
Deepdene Scottish Country Dancers Inc 16
Dinner Out Together 17
Knitter Knatter at Trinity Manor 17
Deepdene Uniting Cricket Club 17
Congregation Financial Reports
Statement of Income and Expenditure 2018 (columns 1-3) 18
Budget for 2019 (column 4) 18
Notes on Financial Statements 19
Special Purpose and Trust Funds statement 20
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Minister’s Report
Firstly, I would like to say many thanks to all the leaders and the members of the
congregation. We have served each other with loving hearts and tried our best to be faithful
servants of the kingdom of God for the past year.
I would like to extend my gratitude to the Assembly of the Uniting Church and the VicTas
Synod for their efforts this year. They have done their best to lead our community and adapt
in our rapidly changing society. The Boroondara West Region are also continuously trying to
improve and find new ways to serve the region more effectively. The region has been
working very hard throughout the year. Although the progress seems slow, I ask you to keep
the region in your prayers so that we may continue to do God’s work in our community.
In 2018, we sadly farewelled Mary Wheeler and Joy Guerin. These two amazing members
served the church community for a long time. Their contributions to Deepdene and their
legacy will long be remembered.
This year we also celebrated new beginnings. Ha-Yeul (Ryan) Park, Ye-won (Annabelle) Kim
& Eun-seo (Elise) Lee were baptised. Let us keep supporting and praying for these children
so that they may become faithful servants of God and leaders of our community.
In our congregation, Hesper Lee & Kye-sun Noh were married this year. They have both
served the choir for many years and are valued members of our church. This was a joyous
celebration for everyone involved.
As usual many special groups actively gathered including ‘U3A,’ ‘Friendship Circle,’ ‘Walks
on the Level,’ ‘Dinner Out Together,’ ‘Korean Women’s Missionary Group,’ ‘Korean
Playgroup,’ and ‘English Conversation for Overseas Students.’
We were visited this year by a group of people from the Ulsan Presbyterian Church in Busan,
all of whom were young adults. They were interested in our history and misson.
This year we also had three concerts organised by our organist, Stuart Shearman. Another
event that occurred was the ‘Evening Prayer Meeting’ during Holy Week. We also held the
annual ‘Paton Seminar’ where ex-missionary Jeong-hyun Han was invited to speak about her
experiences in China.
I went to Korea for one month as it had been one year since the death of my father. During
my stay, I visited many churches and lectured on the history of Australian missionaries to
Korea, especially Deepdene’s involvement. Although it was tiring travelling to many
churches, it was nevertheless rewarding to share the wonderful works of our past church
members.
In November 2018, the Presbytery extended my term at Deepdene for up to two additional
years. I feel extremely proud and very privileged to be the minister of this church. Finally,
thank you to all members of the congregation for your support and hard work to maintain
and develop our church. We are truly a blessed church of God.
Rev. Jacob Yang, Minister of the Word
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먼저 일년동안 수고한 교회의 리더들, 그리고 모든 교인들에게 감사를 드립니다. 지난 한
해를 우리는 한 마음으로 교회를 섬기고, 하나님의 나라에 충성하고자 최선을 다했습니다.
우리 교회 뿐만 아니라, 연합교회의 총회, 시노드도 변화하는 세계에 어떻게 최선을
다하여 하나님의 뜻을 수행할 것인가 깊은 고민을 하는 것으로 알고 있습니다. 이런
차원에서 총회나 시노드도 구조를 바꾸며 효과적인 사역을 할려고 노력을 하는 것으로
알고 있습니다.
총회 뿐만 아니라, 우리 교회가 있는 보룬다라 서부 지역에도 이런 변화의 바람이 불고
있는 것을 우리가 잘 알고 있습니다. 지난 한 해 동안 모여 많은 이야기를 나누었지만,
우리는 아직 분명한 방향을 설정하지 못하고 있습니다. 내년도에는 무언가의 나은 결과를
얻으며, 새로운 출발을 향하여 걸음을 내딪도록 함께 기도해야 할 것입니다.
2018년도에 두 분이 하늘 나라로 갔습니다. 메리 휠러와 조이 게린입니다. 이분들은
헌신적으로 교회를 섬기고 지역 사회를 섬긴 분들입니다. 귀중한 두 분을 잃었지만,
이분들이 우리를 위해 하늘나라에서도 기도를 하고 있을 것입니다.
올해에 우리는 세명의 어린이에게 세례를 베풀었습니다. 박하율, 김예원, 이은서입니다.
이들이 교회에서 훌륭한 하나님의 일군으로 자라나고, 사회에 주님의 빛을 비추는 훌륭한
사람들이 되도록 함께 기도하며 키워야 할 것입니다.
오래간만에 교회에서 교인 결혼식이 있었습니다. 성가대에서 봉사하는 헤스퍼 리와
노계선의 결혼이 있어 온 교인이 함께 축하하는 기쁨도 우리가 가질 수가 있었습니다.
올해에도 여러 그룹들이 함께 모여 교제를 나누며, 교회의 생활을 풍성하게 하였습니다.
새이디 스비븐스의 집에서 매월 모이는 친교모임, 매월 행하는 걷기모임, 노인대학,
플레이그룹, ECOS(English Conversation for Overseas Students), 교회 오르간 주자인
스투어트가 주관하는 세번의 음악회, 고난주간 기도회, 그리고 페이톤 세미나에서 한정현
선교사의 중국 선교 이야기도 좋은 시간이었습니다.
저는 올해에도 휴가로 약 한달간 한국을 방문하였습니다. 아버지의 일주기 추도행사를
하였고, 올해에는 주일마다 다른 교회를 방문하여 우리교회가 행한 한국선교의 역할을
전하며, 설교를 하였습니다. 멀리있는 교회를 방문하느라 피곤하였지만, 우리 교회가 행한
일들을 나누고 싶었기에 제게는 아주 의미있는 시간이었습니다.
2017년도에는 부산의 교회가 우리 교회를 방문하였는데, 올해에도 울산 대영교회
청년부원들이 약 30여명 우리교회를 방문하였습니다. 이들은 선교 유적지를 방문하기
위하여 호주에 왔었는데, 저는 우리 교회가 공헌한 면들을 이들에게 강의하였습니다.
다시 한 번 한해동안 최선을 다하여 수고한 교회의회의 임원들, 교회 의원들, 성가대원들,
그리고 모든 교인들에게 감사를 드립니다. 2018년 11월 노회에서 보룬다라 서부지역의
교회 연합문제가 있기에저의 임기를 2년 연장하였습니다. 저는 제가 딥딘교회의 목사로
일하는 것을 늘 자랑으로 여깁니다. 2018년도에도 딥딘교회의 목사로 여러분들과 함께
있었던 것이 감사합니다. 우리는 하나님의 축복받은 공동체입니다. 감사합니다.
양성대 목사
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Church Council Report
Council has been ably led by Joan Cooper and Bae-Yi Kim as Co-Chairs, and whenever
possible we have run meetings in both English and Korean.
In February we acknowledged the ongoing trauma caused by sexual and other abuse within
the wider church. We reflected on the deeply moving Synod liturgy. We continue actions
to ensure a culture of safety for our children and vulnerable people.
In September at our International Dinner, we were glad to acknowledge twenty-seven years’
service from Rhonda Menz, Administration Assistant. Joan Taylor described Rhonda’s many
qualities including reliability, grace under pressure and high-level organisational skills.
Since Rhonda has finished working, we are noticing all the tasks that she completed for us!
We wish her a well-earned and enjoyable retirement. Our people’s musical talents
entertained us at the Dinner. We heard the children play violin, Jim Provan’s flute, and our
Youth/Young Adult group performed Deaf Sign Language to a Christian song. Our thanks
to the Korean Women’s Missionary Group for organisation, as well as to everyone who helps
cater for lunch every Sunday.
In November we were very pleased to mark the tenth anniversary of the merger between the
former South Hawthorn and Deepdene congregations. In that decade we have lived out our
commitment to being an intercultural church, growing together by serving and worshipping
one God in two languages (occasionally, more).
Financial concerns have been important, and we are always indebted to Joan Taylor
(Honorary Treasurer) and Nigel Tsai (Assistant Treasurer) for their many hours of unseen
work. We are grateful to the Property and Safety Committee including Lindsay and
Barbara Herbert, Jason Kim, Kevin Kang and others who work voluntarily to keep the
building and grounds serviceable, and our spending reasonable.
Through special appeals, we were able to complete the organ to its full specification. We
thank Stuart Shearman, Eric Stokes and Bill Martin for sparking this vision, and all the
donors. We celebrated the 150th anniversary of the organ with a concert played by
Christopher Trikilis. Three successful afternoon concerts were coordinated by our Organist
Stuart Shearman, and we are grateful for his work. Again, the mid-year concert was full of
young performers from Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School and Kingswood College, in
memory of Rev Bert Stevens.
Councillors are thankful for the work of Rev Jacob Yang, Joan Taylor, Bae Yi Kim, Anthony
Cooper and Duk Gyu ‘DG’ Kim representing Deepdene at the West Boroondara Region
meetings. A regional mission study by Cheryl Lawrie is under consideration.
We also thank Rev Jacob Yang, Joan Cooper, Lindsay Herbert and Ros Lowe for representing
us at Presbytery meetings. The main business for Deepdene has been the future of the
ministry position. We thank Rev Liz McMillan for meeting with us and Rev Jacob Yang late
in 2018. We were thankful that Presbytery granted an extension of placement for up to two
years. We trust this will strengthen co-operation in our Region. Planning for 2019 will need
to include updating our Mission Profile so that we are ready to explore future directions.
Anthony Cooper, Council Secretary
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Financial Report for year ending 31 December 2018
2018 was a year of responsible financial management. We maintained a good level of
income, close to budget, and we contained most items of expenditure within our budget.
However, there were some serious issues that affected our overall results.
Income
Income from systematic giving and other offerings were below budget and lower than in
previous years, reflecting slightly reduced membership and attendance at worship.
Property income from hall hire and property income from residential rent, both exceeded
budgeted income considerably.
Donations and fund raising for specific purposes continued to be strong. The main focus in
2018 was on the upgrade of the church’s pipe organ – a task that had been postponed for
many years. With major donations from three members and smaller contributions from a
wider group, we were able to complete the upgrade in time for a special Organ Recital in
September 2018. Special fund-raising activities for external mission activities continued: for
a mission in North Korea, Uniting World, Samaritan’s Purse, and ‘Uniting’ Share and Lenten
appeals.
In 2018 we received approximately $117,500 in interest from an Interest Only Mission Fund
(IOMF) that is held by the Uniting Church Synod. Following instruction from the auditor,
the Interest from the IOMF is shown in two parts in our financial statements. That part
which covers costs that are missional (salary of youth worker $50,253, youth expenses $441,
Sunday school materials $1085 and contributions to external missional activities $4,000 =
$55779) appears in the Operating Account, whilst the residual ($61,742) is shown as a nonoperational
income.
Expenditure
Most of our expenditure items were close to budget, with two notable exceptions.
Maintenance: We have postponed major maintenance over recent years because of
our involvement in regional discussions with the other Uniting Churches within the
Boroondara West area. During 2018, however, we decided that some maintenance items had
become absolutely essential to avoid greater expenses in the future. As a result, our
maintenance expenses in 2018 considerably exceeded the budgeted amount.
Salaries: Salaries of the Minister, the Youth Worker, the Organist and the Office
Administrator are managed by the Central Payroll unit within the Synod (Vic/Tas). In 2018
we became aware of some errors in payments to both the Youth Worker and the Office
Administrator. (See notes attached to financial statements, for more detailed explanation).
Following lengthy discussions with Synod, salaries owing to these two people were adjusted.
Surplus
Notwithstanding the allocation of $55,779 of the IOMF to our operating account, we
incurred a substantial operating deficit in 2018 of approximately $26,000. However, the
items relating to salaries which contributed significantly to this deficit were unusual items
and will not occur again.
Our overall result for the year, including all of the IOMF, was a surplus of $35,651.
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Comments on 2018 financial performance
Members of the congregation continue to be strong contributors through their freewill
offerings although a declining trend has been noticed now over a number of years. This is
cause for some concern.
Our properties are used very responsibly, with almost full occupancy, every day of the week.
Some of our tenants are commercial and pay appropriate commercial rates; some are
community groups who pay lower rates; some are tenants who we regard as part of our
church’s mission and who contribute sufficient to pay for the utilities costs of their tenancy.
We currently own two manses. One of them is occupied by our current Minister and his
wife, the other is leased commercially, now on a month by month basis. As we would not
anticipate a time in the future where two manses are required, we should be considering the
sale of one of those manses. When we sell a manse, the fund held at the Synod as Property
Sale Proceeds will increase, but the rental we currently receive will cease. This will almost
certainly mean a reduction in our income.
When, in 2016, the Synod agreed to us receiving interest from the IOMF it was specifically
stated to be for two years and with the condition that the interest was used for missional
purposes. The two years have expired and we have begun discussions with Synod personnel,
assisted by Presbytery, to negotiate the way ahead. We will be presenting a strong case for
the continuation of the receipt of this interest in recognition of our special circumstances.
When the Office Administrator retired in September 2018 the Church Council decided not
to make an appointment to the position. This was in part to contain our expenditure but
also because part of the regional discussions related to the rationalization of personnel
across the churches involved. This matter has not been further advanced at this stage but
we are continuing to manage the administration of the church with members of the Church
Council undertaking the various tasks. The Office Administrator has very kindly agreed to
continue in her role as Property Manager, on a volunteer basis.
The Special Purpose Funds statements shows that we have two major funds, (Disability
Access and Additional Worship Space), totaling approximately $24,000 which have not been
used in 2018. During 2019, some decisions will need to be made in relation to these funds.
2019 Budget
The Church Council has approved the attached budget. We propose a budget in which,
assuming the continuing availability of interest from the IOMF for missional activities (to
the extent of $52,200), we break even on our operation. We have assumed:
• that our income from freewill offerings and property rental will be slightly less than
in 2018 – allowing, in particular, for a small decline in freewill offerings
• that we will continue to employ a Minister of the Word on a full-time basis, a Youth
Worker on a part-time (0.4) basis and that we will not employ an Office
Administrator
• that we will maintain our level of giving through the Mission and Service Fund
• that we will continue our special activities to raise funds for external missional
purposes
• that we will require a higher level of maintenance spending in 2019 than budgeted
for in 2018 (but less than actual 2018 expenditure)
• that utilities costs and rates will increase, in 2019, by 7.8% and 15% respectively.
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Because major changes are expected to occur within the next two or three years that will
impact on the church’s financial position, no attempt has been made to provide a budget
beyond 2019.
Audit Report
The financial records and reports of the Deepdene Uniting Church for 2018 have been
audited by Accru Melbourne, the Church’s honorary auditors. Their report states:
“We have audited the accompanying financial report of the Deepdene Uniting Church,
for the year ended 31 December 2018.
In our opinion, the accompanying financial report presents fairly the financial
position of Deepdene Uniting Church as at 31 December 2018 and its financial
performance for the year then ended.”
The detailed Audit Report is available for inspection.
As Treasurer I move that:
• the audited Financial Reports for 2018 as presented, be approved.
• a letter of appreciation be sent to the auditor.
Joan Taylor, Honorary Treasurer
Youth and Young Adults
The youth and young adults’ group have had a fruitful year which included participation in
worship, serving, mission fundraising, Bible studies and discussion and a camp. The year
began with our discussions focusing on God’s will for our lives. We later looked at purpose
and used Rick Warren’s book Purpose Driven Life as a resource. We invited a few of the
mature members of our congregation to talk to the group, to share their faith journeys and
impart wisdom. A highlight of the year was the Easter camp in Molesworth. Camping under
the stars and sitting around the campfire was such a wonderful way to enjoy God’s creation
and share with each other. Another highlight of the year was the group’s fundraising for the
North Korean bread mission. Asking the congregation to donate goods, we were able to sell
them at the Salvation Army Fete in Doncaster East. The total amount raised was over $400!
The group deeply cares for each other, help each other, pray for each other and really want
to grow in faith and love God. I look forward to another fruitful year ahead with these
wonderful young people!
Youth/young adult highlights 2018
Serving
• Youth led morning tea 3rd Sunday of the month
• Helped with Sunday school
• Participated in the Boroondara Community Outreach BBQ
• Baked scones for International dinner
• Playground working bee
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Worship
• Performed a Deaf-signing song at the International dinner and led new music in
worship services
• Participated in youth concert organised by Stuart Shearman
Social
• Movie night at church
• Outings to Latitude, roller skating, movies and the city
• Combined activity and BBQ with Hanbit church young adults
Tim Womersley, Youth and Young Adults’ Worker
Editor’s Note: Tim’s work is supported by Deepdene Church Council (especially Rev Jacob Yang and
Ros Lowe) and funded through an Interest-Only Mission Fund, with oversight from Presbytery and
Synod. We are thankful to all those who support this ongoing missional work.
Presbytery Members’ Report
The congregation was represented at all ordinary meetings except one. The amended
format of meetings with its greater reliance on work done in committees is appreciated by
all members. Among the congregations who are represented at meetings there is a spirit of
enthusiasm for the work and mission of the UCA.
The major item affecting the Deepdene congregation was the extension of the settled
ministry of Rev Jacob Yang. Presbytery agreed, after hearing support from congregation
members Ros Lowe and Bae Yi Kim, to extending this ministry for up to two more years. It
is clearly expected that the congregation will work toward calling a new settled minister
before the two-year period is elapsed. (This would have to be accommodated within the
structure of the Boroondara West Regional network.)
Lindsay Herbert
West Boroondara Regional Network Representation
Rev Jacob Yang, Joan Taylor, Bae Yi Kim, Anthony Cooper and Duk Gyu ‘DG’ Kim
represented Deepdene on the West Boroondara Regional Uniting Church Network.
Deepdene has been allowed to take up to four people to these meetings, to allow equal
representation for the Korean-speaking and English-speaking members. We appreciate the
other churches’ understanding of this issue. Meetings began straight away after a
commissioning service in February at Kew (Highbury Grove), and then moved around each
of the sites in the new Network. There was a large degree of goodwill, shown by the active
participation in the Retreat Day and the generous hosting by several groups.
The Joint Church Council has been a fantastic way to strengthen relationships between the
churches. We have learned more about the programmes offered by each local group.
Advertising and attending events and the lunches together in October were highlights of
this work.
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It is fair to say that the work of accepting, making and embracing change has proved more
difficult than we hoped. It is clear that many groups are passionately committed to their
local Christian community. Some people believe the effort should be placed in certain areas,
and others take a very different view. There continues to be uncertainty about the future of
the UCA in this area. There are significant people and property challenges to be addressed
by this group in 2019.
At the time of writing a mission study supported by Presbytery of Yarra Yarra and written by
Cheryl Lawrie is under consideration. We thank Ken Marshman (East Kew UC) for chairing
the JCC with good humour, organization and diplomacy.
Anthony Cooper, JCC Representative
Church Council Committees
Property and Safety Committee
Property maintenance had been delayed for budget reasons, but in 2018 we were able to
replace the barge boards and repair the window frames in the Alston Halls. For the main
church building, workers repaired the roof and replaced copper downpipes that had been
stolen. Brickwork mortar around the toilets under the Main Hall has been repaired by
volunteers, with more of this work identified in the Alston Halls later in the year. We also
had the flats' laundry (958a Burke Rd) renovated and removed three skips of accumulated
rubbish from under the flats and around the church. There has been discussion about
better disabled access especially to toilets, and the redevelopment of the ‘WJD’ shed as an
all-ability toilet was considered. The property year ended with the collapse of the retaining
wall on the tennis court, which will need a professional solution.
Anthony Cooper, Lindsay Herbert, Barbara Herbert
Pastoral Care
The committee met to raise awareness of members recently moved into care, those who
have been in hospital and those who have been recently bereaved. The church community
continues to provide practical and spiritual support to all these people. We acknowledge
our Minister Rev Jacob Yang’s ongoing work of visiting the sick and grieving.
We made requests for drivers to bring people to church on Sundays. The community also
celebrated with members who had significant birthdays, or recently bought their own
homes or moved house.
Social Concerns Committee
This group met every two months approximately, although other commitments and very
limited numbers have constrained what we are able to achieve. Our practical activities
continued our support of the ‘Operation Christmas Child’ boxes for Samaritan’s Purse. In
September 2017 Anthony Cooper was pleased to deliver 23 boxes for the project to Mitcham.
Grateful thanks to all who brought items to be sent overseas for children in need: many of
you have been so generous that we again have a head start for next year’s boxes! Thanks to
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the children and some adults, we were able to deliver several decorated boxes in 2018, e.g.
tigers and leopards. Thanks to our local shoe shops and members for donating unwanted
boxes. It is good to be able to reuse them.
Joan Cooper continued to organise many members – including the children - to make
greeting cards again this year. These are sold to raise funds for overseas development.
Some of this money went to water projects through Uniting World. This has raised enough
money to fund five wells, and then there was a change to the way UW used this water
money. This made it more difficult to understand where the money was going for the
younger children.
Later in the year, Joan Cooper suggested The Plaster House in Arusha, Tanzania (Africa) as a
charity to support for a short term. This house was established by an Australian woman. It
provides clean and safe places for children and young people to rest and rehabilitate when
they need operations. With this support the wounds stay clean so healing process takes the
shortest time possible. This is important because in this part of Africa there is too much
fluoride in the water and this causes bone deformities needing surgery.
Selected campaigns from Justice and International Mission Unit have been brought to
members’ attention for their individual action. As always new helpers are welcome.
Anthony Cooper, Convener
Sunday School
Deepdene’s Sunday School has been quite stable over 2018, with about ten children
attending most weeks (although we often have fewer). We were disappointed to miss Asher
due to family reasons. We welcomed Edwin Lee and Hayul Ryan Park. These two boys are
not yet learning English, so we were thrilled to welcome Chae Won Kim and later her
mother Jae Eun Jane Yun. They have been a great help, providing translation, music support
and discussion. We have a fairly even gender split and a range of ages from three to twelve.
When asked, the older children said they would like the chance to complete more activities
at Sunday School, with less discussion. This has proved a challenge! Our discussions also
allow time for their questions, which we try to answer in words they will understand.
Sometimes we need to say that Christians will disagree, and allow the children the space and
time to make up their own minds.
Our programme is taken from the Canadian resource “Seasons of the Spirit” which we have
used for many years. This provides age-appropriate interpretation and activities to help the
children connect with the theme. We remind them of simple truths of Christian belief, like:
- God is interested in us – God loves us – We see how much God loves all people when we
think about stories of Jesus, in particular the Easter story. (The Good Friday story is often
difficult for us to teach. Each year we mark this with a drama which involves the children
and some props. We remind the children that the joy of Easter Sunday is also on its way).
- God gave us a wonderful world – we admire its beauty and we are thankful for the food that
grows and the water that we drink. We can help look after God’s world. Each September we
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have four sessions titled “Season of Creation” in which the focus is the natural world and our
place in it. We enjoy these sessions so much that we choose to run through school holidays.
- God acts in the world now – and we can help God by helping those in need. (Children and
adults continue to enjoy making greeting cards which are sold for charity projects in the
Pacific (through Uniting World) and in Africa (through The Plaster House). We are
indebted to Joan Cooper for supplying the ideas, materials and energy for these cards.
We sing a song almost every week. Many of these are adapted nursery rhyme songs but the
words all remind us about something important to a spiritual, religious life.
Like everyone, the children enjoy seeing their friends and miss them on days when they are
not able to attend. We plan some changes to grouping in 2019 to allow students going into
early secondary school to continue to participate in Christian Education (there is currently a
large age gap to the Youth / Young Adults group which would not be suitable yet).
Please note that all our leaders continue to hold an up-to-date Working with Children Check,
and we have more than one adult with children at all times during church-run programmes.
Children are dismissed into the care of their parents at the end of each session. We need to
update Safe Church Training at Deepdene as a priority in 2019.
Anthony Cooper, Joan Cooper, Jae Eun Jane Yun, Chae Won Kim
Sunday School Teachers
Music at Deepdene
After the restoration of the organ pedal board at the end of 2017, 2018 has been a
momentous year, musically for Deepdene Uniting Church. After twenty-eight years, thanks
to the generosity of members of the Parish, we have seen the completion of the organ as it
was originally intended when first installed in 1990. The finishing of the sixteen-foot pedal
trombone and the addition of the pedal eight foot trumpet have greatly enhanced the organ
and we can now fully hear what a wonderful instrument we are so fortunate to have. This of
course is in no small part due to the foresight of Mr. William Martin, Mr. Eric Stokes and the
builders from South Island Organ Company who originally brought the organ to fruition.
The other great occasion this year was celebrating the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary
of the inauguration of the organ in its original home at The Royal Victorian Institute for the
Blind. We were very fortunate to have international recitalist Mr. Christopher Trikilis,
Director of Music at Our Lady of Victories (Camberwell) perform. The performance
demonstrated the wide and varied tonal palette of the instrument. At this recital Mr. Eric
Stokes provided an enlightening potted history of the instrument and its time at the RVIB.
The organ and the piano continue to be used each week to accompany congregational
hymnody and choral singing. Pre and post service music as well as offertory music is
regularly performed on the organ. The choir under the capable direction of Ms. Sun Nie
Lyew has led the congregational singing, and accompanied on the piano by Ashley Noh and
Wendy Yang, effectively performed anthems in both English and Korean at the Sunday
morning services throughout the year. Jim Provan has continued to play with great
proficiency, providing flute accompaniment to hymns and anthems as well as regularly
playing for the offertory during services. Members of the choir performing as soloists and in
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various ensemble formations have also presented offertory music. It has been pleasing to see
the Youth Group leading the congregation in the singing of contemporary repertoire and
this has been greatly appreciated.
The annual concert program of three concerts has continued to be well received by the local
community, congregation and wider community, adding another dimension to the church
and its outreach. We have enjoyed playing from regular guests including Rowan Kidd
(organ), Jim Provan (flute), Stuart Shearman, Kye Sun Noh and Sun Nie Lyew (voice) and
the U3A Recorder group.
The organ and piano in the church are well maintained and in good working order. Some of
the pianos in the halls continue to be in need of tuning and minor repairs and it is intended
that this work will be seen to in the near future.
All of the musicians who have contributed throughout the year are to be applauded and
thanked for their efforts, giving of time and contributions to the liturgical life and secular
outreach of the Deepdene Uniting Church.
Stuart Shearman, Organist
Korean Women’s Missionary Group
2018 has been another good and busy year. Although we were not able to gather regularly
outside of church, the Korean women were able to upload news, stories, music, bible
reflections and discussions about meal preparation on an online group chat. Through this,
we were able to keep close connections throughout the week this year.
We prepared Sunday lunch every week as usual. The lunch roster consisted of four groups;
each group with three members. The cost of the soup was covered by the donation of the
members rostered on and the rice money was donated by the English-speaking members of
our congregation who join us for lunch.
This year we had two big celebrations within the Korean Women’s Missionary group. The
first was the arrival of Nayeon’s daughter. The second was Kyesun and Hesper’s wedding.
The wedding was attended by many members of the congregation, both Korean-speaking
and English-speaking. Both were joyous occasions for us.
The Korean Women’s Missionary group organised the International Dinner with the help of
our Youth Group. We cooked special meals and invited a Korean singer and the Brazilian
Martial Arts Dancing Team as guests. Our children performed at this event playing their
musical instruments. It was a fun and successful night for us and the congregation.
During the term 3 school holiday period, some young mothers and the youth group
organised a day school holiday program for our children to have fun at church.
As the convener, I thank all the members who worked hard in 2018.
Sue Yang, Convener
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U3A Deepdene Inc. (University of the Third Age)
In recent years our U3A has continued to grow at an annual rate of about 100 members per
year, bringing the 2018 membership to 1,152. The fine reputation of U3A Deepdene, as spread
by members’ word of mouth, is our most powerful recruitment tool. We also recognise the
increasing potential of the internet for recruitment and the recently established Boroondara
digital platform, “Add Life to Your Years”, will we believe, make our U3A information more
readily available to those over 55. This, together with a grant-funded project to redesign our
website and train members to manage it will further address the likelihood that potential new
members will be increasingly digitally literate and disposed to searching on line for activities
to enhance their retirement.
Our program, now entering its 9th year, continues to provide stimulating and engaging
learning activities. We acknowledge the very high quality of our presenters and tutors who
are recruited from within and beyond U3A Deepdene by a growing band of capable curriculum
teams led by our splendid curriculum coordinator. Our members value the opportunities to
pursue both short term and ongoing courses. The plethora of short term and one-off courses
sets U3A Deepdene apart from other U3As.
Our technology team has secured grants to support new initiatives to keep seniors digitally
literate. The “Be Connected” program has provided hands-on small group instruction
responding to individual participants’ expressed needs. We know that isolation and
loneliness are debilitating, life-limiting and all too common among senior people. Helping us
to maintain and develop the skills to use the internet to keep socially connected, search for
information, access services and perform business transactions can positively affect how we
age. Currently our team, aware of the threat scams present to our age group, is exploring ways
to help us avoid falling victim to fraud.
In August we commenced offering classes at the Greythorn Community Hub using the
Trentwood Hub rooms and the multipurpose room dedicated to the RSL. It is a splendid
facility and our classes have been favourably received. Regrettably the promised state-of-theart
IT facility has not performed as expected and our tutors have been severely challenged.
They have however worked around this and managed to deliver the programs promised. In
2019 we will commence occupancy of the splendid new facility at Balwyn Park. Although
greatly enhancing the accommodation available to us, it will be insufficient for our expanding
needs and we will continue to use most of our current buildings.
In her 2017 speech to the AGM our retiring President Sue Wilms listed the extraordinary
achievements of U3A Deepdene in a relatively short period. As an organisation we recognise
the contribution made by a handful of people, including Deepdene Uniting Church members,
who in those early days were instrumental in getting it started. I hope they can look on their
brain child, now independent and autonomous, with satisfaction and pride.
I extend my best wishes for the future of Deepdene Uniting Church and its congregation, and
look forward to our continued association.
Christine Georgiou, President
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Friendship Circle
The Friendship Circle is a gathering of the senior members of the church that meets in the
afternoon on the second Monday of the month. In 2018 there were eleven meetings when
we gathered to enjoy friendship, planned activities, devotions and the support of the group.
Meetings were held in the homes of Joan Cooper, June Stockman and Sadie Stevens.
Attendance ranged from eleven to fourteen members. Friendship Circle has an open
membership to all older members of the congregation and their friends.
Our program covered celebrations, social justice issues, national and international Special
Days and a very informative session led by Rev Bronwyn Daniels on Planning Your Funeral.
At the end of year Christmas party, we were entertained by the talented Deepdene U3A
Recorder group who led us in singing Christmas carols.
We thank Joe Hopwood for the safety improvement to our audio system and the Cooper
family who helped set up for our meetings. News of the church was a feature item each
month and members appreciated the opportunity to hear from Rev Jacob Yang and Joan
Cooper about the progress of the West Boroondara Region of Uniting Churches.
We thank the many hostesses who provided delicious afternoon teas and the thoughtful
drivers who picked up members requiring transport.
Sadie Stevens, Coordinator
Korean Language Playgroup
Fifteen mothers and eighteen children attended Korean playgroup each Tuesday in school
terms in 2018. The families meet from 10.30 am to 2.30pm. We do free activities, story
telling, music time and then outside play after lunch. The families enjoy traditional Korean
lunch called Bibimbap (rice, meat, vegetables and kim chi). Families pay $45 per term for
utilities ($150 per term is paid to church) and rice ($50 per term is paid to Sue Yang for this).
Families mainly travel from the eastern suburbs (Box Hill, Balwyn, Templestowe,
Nunawading, Wantirna South and Donvale). We enjoy friendship, fellowship and the
chance to use Korean language – for some mums this is an important time because their
home language is English.
So-Young Yun, Parent
English Conversation for Overseas Students: ECOS
ECOS struggled somewhat during 2018 due to the difficulty in finding sufficient people to help with
both kitchen duties and conversation. Several people withdrew from the roster after many years of
service due to frailty or ill health. We thank them sincerely for the support they gave over many
years. It has not been uncommon to have one or two nonagenarians working in the kitchen on a
Friday night and doing a wonderful job.
The group of people seeking help with conversation and fellowship remained fairly stable during the
year and ranged in age from 3 to people in their 70’s. When their family members visited from
overseas they were keen to bring them to ECOS to introduce their relatives to us and we shared the
happiness of these reunions with them, just as we tried to empathize with them knowing the
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difficulties they faced and the sorrow they felt in being separated from their loved ones whilst
studying in Australia. This applied particularly to a group of Chinese mothers and one grandmother
who were in Australia supporting children attending primary and secondary schools in the
Boroondara region.
We have continued to keep in touch with 4 Iraqi families whom we met through ECOS who have
now moved to the far Western suburbs. They have come to ECOS occasionally despite the long
distance they have had to travel and with very small children, and they all attended our Christmas
Party. As a group they enjoyed a 4-day holiday at Warburton (at the Herberts’ property) – an
experience they said was “one of the most memorable times” of their lives. In particular we would
like to thank Margaret White who comes to ECOS every week from the Camberwell Uniting Church,
and who has taken on the role of “Grandmother” to these families. Margaret frequently makes the 2-
hour journey on public transport to visit the families and take toys and books – many of which are
donated by people at the Camberwell church. Some of us went with Margaret to help one of the
families set up a vegetable garden and we shared their excitement when we heard about the first ripe
tomato!
We share the joy when our ECOS friends: find jobs, pass exams, graduate, settle in at kinder, have
babies, etc. In effect, ECOS becomes like an extended family for quite a few of the people who
attend, and many continue to keep in touch by email when they leave Melbourne and visit us if they
return for short visits. For this reason, faced with the shortage of volunteers but not wishing to stop
ECOS all together, we have decided to meet only on the last Friday of the month and not to advertise
in the community. This will ensure that the friends we have made over the years and with whom we
have kept in contact will know they are still able come to visit us and keep in touch. It will also
reduce the burden on the 18 volunteers who will remain on the roster and who, along with many
others, have done a wonderful job keeping ECOS going into its 32nd year.
We ended the year with a very happy Christmas party attended by 55 people representing at least 9
different nationalities.
Barbara and Lindsay Herbert, Conveners
Walks on the Level
This social and fitness activity continued to be organised by David and Shirley Scott (now of
Highfield Rd UC, Canterbury). They meet outside the site of the former St. Paul’s UC, 54
Nungerner St, Balwyn, most Thursday mornings.
Scottish Country Dancers
This group continued to travel from near and far to dance in the Main Hall, weekly on a
Monday on Saturday nights approximately once per month.
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Dinner Out Together
Dinner Out Together members were shocked and saddened by the death of Mary Wheeler.
For many years Mary had done an amazing job of planning the bookings and transport for
social and enjoyable dinners at the Concierge and Box Hill RSL.
Although I had attended the RSL only, I took up the baton as convener, rather than see the
dinners cease. During 2018 both venues were well attended. We were all saddened when
Peter Binks died after a long illness. His company at the Concierge was much missed.
For 2019 I can manage one dinner only, so the monthly dinner at the Concierge will cease.
Rosemary Lade, Convener
Knitter Knatter at Trinity Manor
This group continued right through this year from 2.00- 3.00 on alternate Friday afternoons.
There are now more people who do not knit, or who have forgotten how to knit. However,
those who come continue to enjoy the time spent together and the topics of conversation.
We try to have small group conversations rather than whole group conversation happening.
The girls from Year 9 at Genazzano joined us for some of the sessions as part of their social
awareness unit. The elders teach some of them to knit as very few of them can do so. It is
lovely to see the older members working with the younger ones. One of the activities we
were all involved in was a quiz. The girls were surprised at how good the elders were at the
maths questions! The rugs made this year went to Rotary to accompany the wheelchairs
they send to Asia for disabled children.
The volunteeres are Betty Blaskett, Joan Cooper and June Stockman. More volunteers would
be wonderful to encourage our small group conversations.
Joan Cooper, Convener
Deepdene Uniting Cricket Club
The Club fielded three senior teams for the 2017/18 season and Hays Paddock and Willsmere
Park continued to be used for home games. The previous season’s decision to recruit an
international player proved to be a success, and we were fortunate a second time to find a
suitable player, especially in terms of fitting in with our playing group, on-field performance
and in the running of junior programmes.
The 1st XI played in the top grade, Macgibbon Shield, finished second on the ladder but
disappointingly lost their semi-final. The 2nd XI played in A Grade, the Menzies & Mackay
Shield. The 3rd XI, playing in E Grade, the Carr Shield, finished fourth in the one-day
competition but also lost in the semi-final.
Milo In2Cricket and an Under-10 team were run, reflecting the importance of juniors to the
Club’s future. A group of parents happily supported senior players running both
programmes.
The regular Thursday after-training and post-match BBQs were always enjoyable and the
special social events were well supported by members and guests. Our Club continued to
provide a healthy and happy environment for all players and families. Members are always
grateful for the work of the committee, captains, and others who do a great job performing
the many tasks necessary to run a successful Club.
Rhonda Menz, Church Liaison
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DEEPDENE UNITING CHURCH
STATEMENT OF INCOME AND EXPENDITURE
for period 1 January 2018 - 31 December 2018
final
2018
Actual
2018
Budget Variance
2019
Budget Notes
OPERATING INCOME $ $ $ $
Offerings: systematic offerings, open plate, Sunday
School (including direct deposits) 89,541 95,000 -5,459 88,000 1
Property Income - Residential Rent 60,156 57,000 3,156 60,000 2
Property Income - Hall Hire 55,113 52,000 3,113 55,000 3
Miscellaneous Receipts 714 1,000 -286 1,000
Interest and distribution 1,939 1,500 439 2,000
Mission Fund Interest for missional purposes 55,779 50,000 5,779 52,200 A, 4
Operating Income 263,242 256,500 6,742 258,200
OPERATING EXPENDITURE
Ministerial Stipends and Allowances 84,752 95,000 10,248 90,000
Workcover Insurance 3,484 5,600 2,116 2,000 C, 5
Youth worker 50,253 38,000 -12,253 45,000 B, 5
Mission Activity 4,000 4,000 0 4,000 C
Mission and Service Giving 10,800 10,800 0 10,800
Christian Education - Sunday School 1,085 2,000 915 1,200
Youth Fund 441 4,000 3,559 2,000 D, 6
Organist 11,883 11,502 -381 12,000
Organ and Piano Maintenance 4,520 8,000 3,480 3,000 E
Music 76 100 24 100
Secretarial Assistance 33,252 15,902 -17,350 0 F, 7
Telephone Postage Advertising Office 2,016 2,945 929 2,300
Insurance 9,623 10,342 719 10,500
Caretaking and Cleaning 8,073 8,431 358 9,000
Electricity, Gas, Water 16,222 15,000 -1,222 18,000
Rates 10,449 10,000 -449 12,000 G
Maintenance 33,974 15,000 -18,974 27,000 H, 8
Sundry payments 1,022 1,000 -22 1,500
Regional expenditure 147 0 -147 3,000 I
Net GST payments 3,408 1,250 -2,158 4000
Operating Expenditure 289,480 258,872 -30,608 257,400
OPERATING SURPLUS/(DEFICIT) FOR THE YEAR (26,238) (2,372) (23,866) 800
Add: NON-OPERATIONAL INCOME
Mission Fund Interest and UCA Reimbursement 61,742 60,000 11,742 63,800
NET SURPLUS/(DEFICIT) FOR THE YEAR 35,504 57,628 -22,124 64,600
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Notes on 2018 Financial Statements (focussing on items where variance was large)
A Budgeted allocation of Mission Fund interest to cover 'missional' activities: youth worker, youth fund, Christian
Education - Sunday school, mission activities.
B Major error occurred in payroll. Youth worker was appointed, in October 2017, on the youth worker award for 0.4
fraction (Tuesday and Sunday). In May 2018, learned that youth worker award provided for penalty rates for Sunday
work so youth worker was entitled to back pay for shortfall for period October 2017 - May 2018. Contract with youth
worker adjusted in May 2018 to Tuesday and 4 hours on Sunday, at double pay so slight increase on original pay.
C Three organisations were identified for special support in 2018: Boroondara Community Outreach, Uniting World,
North Korean Mission. Fund-raising was proposed in each area, plus an allocation from the budget (see Specific
Funds later in report for fund-raising activities).
D During 2018, the youth worker was establishing strong relationships with young people prior to presenting a
program which involved major costs.
E Organ maintenance: Budget assumed that major work on organ would be undertaken during 2018. When this was
investigated, it was decided to complete the installation of the organ and to undertake fund-raising to pay for this (see
Specific Funds later in report).
F Major error occurred in payroll. When Secretarial Assistant's pay was transferred to Central Payroll, instruction
was given that she be paid at Clerical Assistant Band 2, plus 25 per cent loading for additional duties. Early in 2018,
learned that this instruction had been interpreted differently from our intention by Central Payroll and that the
Secretarial Assistant had been significantly underpaid over a period of 8 years. Extended discussions with Central
Payroll led to agreement on amount to be paid. In September 2018, the Secretarial Assistant retired (no connection
with issue of underpayment) and so additional termination payments were due. Since October, church members have
shared the secretarial responsibilities. No new secretarial assistant has been appointed and there are no plans to
appoint someone whilst regional discussions underway.
G The Church pays Council rates on five properties - four of them at the reduced religious organisation rate. From
June 2017, one property (Naroo Street manse) was leased at commercial rates whilst not required for use as a
manse. When Boroondara Council was informed of the change, back rates were calculated from June 2017 and an
additional rate notice was received. This property is now being rated at the higher level.
H Major maintenance work has been postponed in recent years because of ongoing regional discussions. However,
in 2018, it was decided that some work was essential to maintain the properties in reasonable condition.
I 2018 included small payment for regional activities. No information yet on expectations for 2019 but could be larger.
Notes to accompany 2019 budget
1 Conservative estimate of anticipated freewill offerings for 2019.
2 Assuming continuation of present rates of use and rent. Noted that Naroo Street manse rental agreement is on
month by month basis. If we decide to sell a manse during 2019 this rental figure would be significantly reduced.
3 Licence agreements have been signed for all tenants, for most of them at same rates as in 2018, for some at
increased rates. However, if any tenant was to break licence agreement may be difficult to achieve budget.
4 Assumes allocation of part of IOMF to support 'missional activities', as in 2018
5 Award relating to Youth Worker slightly higher rate than in 2018
6 Anticipated that program developed by Youth Worker for 2019 will lead to significant costs. If more funds required
than budgeted for, planned that there will be special fund-raising activities.
7 Assumed that Secretarial Assistant will not be replaced and that congregation members will continue to perform
tasks. This may change with discussions in region.
8 Assumed that some major work still required.
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DEEPDENE UNITING CHURCH
SPECIAL PURPOSE FUNDS AND TRUST FUNDS
to 31 December 2018
SPECIAL PURPOSE FUNDS (S P) Balance In Out Balance
for use within DUC 1-Jan-18 31-Dec
Disability Access 13,302 0 0 13,302
Additional Worship Space (incl tea/coffee unit) 11,036 0 236 10,800
Boroondara Council grant - for laptop 76 0 0 76
Centenary Celebrations @ 325 0 325 0
Bequests 0 30 0 30
Music Fund - from concerts # 2,196 1,453 2,414 1,235
Stones Project 135 0 0 135
Boroondara Council grant - for art project 2,290 0 0 2,290
Youth fund - from fund-raising 0 1,385 0 1,385
Organ Completion Fund (Donations $10,972, @
Transfer from Centenary Celebrations $325, # from
music fund - GST - $1,211) 0 12,508 12,112 396
29,360 15,376 15,087 29,649
289
TRUST FUNDS
for distribution to external bodies
North Korean Mission 652 737 1,389 0
Card making - Uniting World wells, Plaster House 186 997 985 198
Samaritan's Purse 82 264 240 106
Share Appeals 0 178 178 0
Share and Lenten Appeals 0 951 937 14
Balwyn Chaplaincy 0 268 250 18
Boorondara Community Outreach 0 1,133 1,133 0
920 4,528 5,112 336
-584
BANK ACCOUNTS 1-Jan Receipts Payments 31-Dec
Cash at Bank (CBA) 52,306 324,592 364,560 12,338
UCA Funds 1 75,566 51,939 0 127,505
UCA Funds 2 76,388 23,387 0 99,775
204,260 399,918 364,560 239,618
239,618
Reconciliation:
Increase/decrease in bank balances 239,618 204,260 35,358
Surplus plus change in S P and in trust funds 35,651 289 -584 35,356
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