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There will be significant changes in the operational structures of the Synod of VicTas in 2018 following the Synod's decision to implement the recommendations of the Major Strategic Review. This will give greater focus on the call to the church to be efficiently, effectively and creatively missional. These changes will have a flow-on effect in all Presbyteries. The Presbytery of Gippsland has been engaged in considerable planning  in this regard and continues in its discernment of the effects that these changes will have on its missional, pastoral leadership. The Presbytery is planning how it might respond to to the changes to ensure that it exercises its responsibilities in oversight of the Uniting Church in Gippsland as best it can.

The End of an Era - Goodbye Wendy!
After almost ten years serving the Presbytery of Gippsland, Wendy McDonald has ‘left the building’. After concluding in her long-held roles as Presbytery Minister-Administration and Presbytery Secretary on 31st October, Wendy made a special guest appearance at the November Presbytery in Council meeting, to lead us in worship one last time, and formally relinquish her placement. Over the years, Wendy has worked alongside numerous Presbytery Chairpersons, and Presbytery Minister colleagues, and for much of that time, she has been the general ‘go-to’ person for advice on just about anything relating to the functioning of the Presbytery.

Since my arrival in the Presbytery, I have been grateful to Wendy for being such a knowledgeable, wise and generous colleague. Her guidance and friendship certainly made my first year much easier. Among other things, the Presbytery will miss Wendy’s dazzling smile, her pastoral, listening ear, and her ‘can do’ attitude, and we wish her, and husband Peter, God’s richest blessing in this new phase of life in retirement."
By Rev Caro Field