Newsletter 1st May 2016

Newsletter 1st May 2016

Newsletter 1st May 2016

We hope you like our new weekly newsletter format. It will evolve and change as we work to get it “just right”. Feel free to let us know what you think. We are also working on updating the Church Directory 2016. A paper copy is on the table in the entry foyer so please check that your details are  correct and make any appropriate changes. If you would rather telephone or email us, the office contact details on this page. Thank you to those who have already done that.

News

 Have you seen the new website?

It can be found at athelstonechurch.org.au. We are starting to use it for a range of current information about our church and community.  News, events and announcements will be available there as well as worship service themes.   Coming activities like the Sounds of Silence quiet day or Packing Day are there too, just look on the top menu under Activities. Best of all Geoff is putting up a “blog” under the section “ Geoff’s thoughts”. Feedback is welcomed.

Wider Church

For news of the wider church in South Australia and beyond please continue to use the link to UC e-news at  http://sa.uca.org.au/uc-e-news/

New Times

This magazine is produced by the Uniting Church in South Australia for members to be encouraged in their faith and to learn more about our church. It’s great to take to a family member or friend as a talking point. There are always current copies in the entrance.

Prayer for Australian Aid

Diedre Palmer, our Moderator and President Elect, has written a pastoral letter to all congregations highlighting our concerns with the current Governments reduction of Overseas Aid. She writes in part…
As many of you would know, in 2014, the Government cut the Australian Aid program by $11.3 billion over four years.
Further budget constraints to Australian Aid will see another $224 million cut. This will see the aid budget fall to its lowest level ever in Australian history…
The Uniting Church has joined a wide range of Church leaders to express concern over the Government’s scheduled budget cut…
“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 3:17
Join me in praying for God’s discernment for those who are making budgetary decisions regarding Australian Aid. Pray that they will be considerate and responsive to the World’s most vulnerable people and let this be reflected in how much we give financially. Please also join me in praying for those who are assisting with the delivery of relief and aid, that God may sustain them and strengthen them as they undertake the necessary support required of them in their respective roles.
Diedre Palmer

Coming Events

Tuesdays on Fox

This month ToF’s are off to coffee and cake at Elbios. Be at the church by 1.50pm on Tues 3rd May if you need a ride or meet us at Elbios, 67 Graves St, Newton any time after 2pm. All ladies welcome. Ros Howland

Sounds Of Silence Quiet Day

Saturday 14th May 9.30 am -2.00 pm to register contact Lee O’Connell or sos@athelstonechurch.org.au. See the website for more information.

Packing Day

6th & 7th June. We need more helpers. It’s a great day of purposeful fun. Please speak to Ros Howland if you can assist in any way with this event. A project of Uniting Church Adult Fellowships sub-committee National & World Mission Support. See the website for more information.

Events at our neighbours

Life Matters

The first Life Matters session for 2016 will be on Friday May 6th at at Hope Valley Uniting Church at 10 a.m. The topic will be “Living with Dementia”… We have a speaker from the Alzheimer’s association ,who will be very informative and be able to receive any questions you may have on this topic.
It is an opportunity to learn more about this all to prevalent illness. All welcome. Morning Tea and a chat to follow. More info from Anne and Chris Headland ph. 82653066

Lent Event

The Athelstone Wider Mission committee wishes to thank all who contributed to this year’s Lent Event. The total amount received was $840.50 which included our special offering on Good Friday of $557.80 for health education for Indigenous children in the Philippines.

Rosters

8th May 2016

9:30am 6.00 pm
Flowers                Di Curtis
Steward(s) & Offering Winsome & Brian Ball
Notices Don Brown
Scripture Reader David Walker
Data Projector Dave Walker
Sound John Lawrie
Building Steward Noel Maywald
Offering Count Sylvia Maywald & David Walker Noel Wrede & Paul Howland
Tea & Coffee Sylvia & Noel Maywald Melissa and Bernie O’Hara
Bakery Run Melissa and Bernie O’Hara

Bible Readings
May 1st Acts 16:9-15, Psalm 67, Rev 21:10, 10:22-22:22, John 14:23-29
May 8th Acts 16: 16-34, Psalm 97, Rev 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21, John 17:20-26