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Newsletter for Sunday 15th July 2018

                                                                                                                                     Sunday 15 July 2018 Greetings and welcome to this week’s newsletter   A Note from Linda “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it” (Psalm 24:1) This is the last week of our series,…

Newsletter for Sunday 8th July 2018

Sunday 8 July 2018 Greetings and welcome to this week’s newsletter A Note from Linda “Great is the Lord, and most worthy of praise” (Psalm 48:1) This is our second week with the Psalms. The Psalms are songs, poems and prayers that express a huge range of emotions, poured out from the heart. We’ll have a look at how they can help our own prayer life. This week we’ll be…

Newsletter for Sunday 1st July 2018

Sunday 1 July 2018 Greetings and welcome to this week’s newsletter A Note from Linda It was such a joy last week to worship at the Synod meeting, led by our own worship team. Congratulations to each of you for rising to the challenge. Thanks for the hours put in to learning new music, rehearsing and travelling to and from Adelaide West Uniting Church (near the airport) 3…

Newsletter for Sunday 24th June 2018

                                                                                                                                     Sunday 24 June 2018 Greetings and welcome to this week’s newsletter   A Note from Linda This week we welcome Mike Rayson at our 9.30am worship service! The Rev’d Mike Rayson is a United Methodist Minister, serving Nameoki United…

Newsletter for Sunday 17th June 2018

                                                                                                                                     Sunday 17 June 2018 Greetings and welcome to this week’s newsletter   A Note from Linda As I write this note I have a view out the window to the sunny Gold Coast. I’m here for a meeting of the Uniting Leaders task group: a SA and…

Newsletter for 10th June 2018

                                                                                                         Sunday 10 June 2018 Greetings and welcome to this week’s newsletter   A Note from Linda This has been a week of journeying with people who, like Samuel, have heard God’s call and are learning how to listen for God’s guidance in their lives (1 Sam 3). It is…

Newsletter for 3rd June 2018

                                                                                                         Sunday 3 June 2018 Greetings and welcome to this week’s newsletter   A Note from Linda This Sunday marks the end of National Reconciliation Week.  This week all Australians have been invited to learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures…

Newsletter for Sunday 27th May 2018

Sunday 27th May 2018   Greetings and welcome to this week’s newsletter  A Note from Linda What a wonderful weekend we had, celebrating the Holy Spirit in a variety of ways: through a retreat, through our vibrant worship and through our new mission initiative, Spirited Sunday.  Thank you to all who helped organize and lead each of these wonderful activities and thank…

Newsletter for Sunday 20th May 2018

                                                                                                         Sunday 20th May 2018   Greetings and welcome to this week’s newsletter   A Note from Linda This Sunday we join the church around the world as we celebrate Pentecost. In Acts 2, we hear how the Holy Spirit was poured out on Jesus’ first followers on…

Newsletter fo Sunday 13th May 2018

Sunday 13th May 2018 Greetings and welcome to this week’s newsletter A Note from Linda Over recent weeks we have been promoting Spirited Sundays at The Rezz. Our first one is coming up next Sunday (20th May). This is one way that we are actively working on our desire to build connections with our community. We’ll do this by meeting in a space where the community gathers,…

Newsletter Sunday 6th May 2018

Sunday 6th May 2018 Greetings and welcome to this week’s newsletter A note from Linda Paul and I have just returned from a relaxing week away in Tasmania. We spent our time in the south east of the state enjoying the beauty of the forests, rivers, lush valleys and wild seas. Wonderful! It is at times like this when we go away, that we get to step briefly out of our…

Newsletter for Sunday 22nd April 2018

Sunday 22nd April 2018 Greetings and welcome to this week’s newsletter A Note from Linda “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens” (Ecclesiastes 3:1) We all experience seasons in our life – some major, some minor, some that last for years and some that last for just a few weeks. It seems that for many of us, this is a season of…

Newsletter for Sunday 15th April 2018

Sunday 15th April 2018   Greetings and welcome to this week’s newsletter   A Note from Linda This week we’re looking at doubt and questions and we’ll hear about the times when Jesus appeared to the disciples after having risen from death.  In John 20, we hear the story of how Thomas was invited by Christ to touch his wounds.   Somehow he is still known as…

Newsletter for Sunday 8th April 2018

Sunday 8 April 2018 Greetings and welcome to this week’s newsletter A Note from Linda What a wonderful weekend of celebrations we’ve just had!  If you missed it, here’s a brief summary: We began with a Passover Experience on Maundy Thursday.  Dean and Nola provided us with an educational evening with new experiences and lots of delicious food. On Good Friday we had a…

Newsletter for Sunday 1st April 2018

Sunday 1 April 2018   Greetings and welcome to this week’s newsletter   A Note from Linda Greetings! Well here we are, at the most significant part of the Christian calendar, when we re-tell and remember the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection. Wherever you are this weekend, I encourage to connect with the story in some way. If you are away, perhaps there is…

Newsletter for Sunday 25th March 2018

Sunday 25th March 2018   Greetings and welcome to this week’s newsletter   A Note from Linda Hosanna!  Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! We have come to the end of Lent.  This Sunday we will be acknowledging Palm Sunday with guest preacher, Rev Bill Service.  This is the beginning of Holy Week, where we will follow Jesus on the upward journey as…

Newsletter for Sunday 18th March 2018

Sunday 18th March 2018 Greetings and welcome to this week’s newsletter A Note from Linda We are in the fifth week of the season of Lent, with Holy Week fast approaching!  I’ve been inviting you to consider picking something up – something that will help you grow in your journey as a Christian disciple.  In the last 3 weeks I have suggested to be Thankful, to Act and…

Newsletter for Sunday 11th March 2018

Sunday 11th March 2018   Greetings and welcome to this week’s newsletter A Note from Linda We are four weeks in to the season of Lent and I’ve been inviting you to consider picking something up – something that will help you grow in your journey as a Christian disciple.   In the last 2 weeks I have suggested to be Thankful and to Act.  Here’s another thing to try: …

Newsletter for Sunday 4th March 2018

Sunday 4 March 2018   Greetings and welcome to this week’s newsletter A Note from Linda Here we are, three weeks in to the season of Lent. I’ve been inviting you to consider picking something up – something that will help you grow in your journey as a Christian disciple.  How are you going?  Have you tried anything?  It’s not too late… Last week, I suggested…

Newsletter for Sunday 25th February 2018

Sunday, 25th February 2018 Greetings and welcome to this week’s newsletter A Note from Linda “Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.” (Psalm 100:4-5) Last week I invited you to consider picking something up…

Newsletter for Sunday 18th February 2018

  Sunday, 18th February 2018   Greetings and welcome to this week’s newsletter   A Note from Linda Did you know that we have entered the season of Lent?  For many, this season has represented the 40 days that Jesus spent in the Wilderness.  It is a time when many give something up as a spiritual discipline, a form of fasting, to remember what Jesus went through.…

Newsletter for Sunday 11th February 2018

                                                                                                         Sunday, 11th February 2018   Greetings and welcome to this week’s newsletter   A Note from Linda   Well here we are at the end of another hot week in our part of the world.  It’s the last week of our ‘Sun-drenched summer” and we will be looking at…

Newsletter for 4th February 2018

                                                                                                         Sunday, 4th February 2018   Greetings and welcome to this week’s newsletter   A Note from Linda   I’m back! And I’m looking forward to seeing you all and hearing your news as I settle back in after a month away. As you may have heard, this month was…

Post-Christmas Letter from Linda

30/12/2017 A Letter from Linda Greetings! I hope you have had a wonderful Christmas and are looking forward to the New Year. This letter is to catch you up on a few things before I go on Leave. Thank You I would like to start by thanking you all for making Paul and I feel so welcome in the Athelstone UC community. We have really enjoyed getting to know you – and are aware…

Newsletter for 24th December 2017

                                                                                                         Sunday, 24th December 2017   Greetings and welcome to this week’s newsletter.   A Note from Linda At the time of writing (Thursday), there are 4 sleeps to go til Christmas Day (3 til Christmas Eve!!)! There are so many things to prepare before then. This…

Newsletter for 17th December 2017

                                                                           Sunday, 17th December 2017   Greetings and welcome to this week’s newsletter.   A Note from Linda Here we are already in the 3rd week of Advent! With Christmas falling on a Monday this year, our fourth Sunday of Advent falls on Christmas Eve!   That means that the Advent season has been…

Newsletter for 10th December 2017

Sunday, 10th December 2017 Greetings and welcome to this week’s newsletter. A Note from Linda What is the first thing that goes through your mind when someone brings you news? News nearly always heralds a change – whether the news is about us or someone else – we still need to do some kind of re-adjustment, don’t we? Our minds switch into overdrive: What will this…

Newsletter for Sunday 3rd December 2017

                                                                                                         Sunday, 3rd December 2017   Greetings and welcome to this week’s newsletter.   A Note from Linda Congratulations to all who helped in any way with the Christmas Tree Festival.  It is a wonderful way to connect with our local community and it gave us all…

Newsletter for Sunday 26th November 2017

                                                                                                         Sunday, 26th November 2017   Greetings and welcome to this week’s newsletter.   A Note from Linda Excitement is building here at church, as each day, more and more Christmas trees and decorations appear.   I hope that you are planning to come to the Christmas…

Newsletter for Sunday 19th November 2017

                                                                                                         Sunday, 19th November 2017   Greetings and welcome to this week’s newsletter.   A Note from Linda This is our final week in the Journey of Worship series. We will focus on Intercession (prayer for others) and conclude with the Sending Out. I hope that through…

Newsletter for Sunday 12th November 2017

                                                                                                         Sunday, 12th November 2017   Greetings and welcome to this week’s newsletter.   A Note from Linda   As we draw close to the end of our Journey of Worship series, we will focus this week on the sacrament of Communion.  This is that special time when, once a…

Newsletter for Sunday 5th November 2017

Sunday, 5th November 2017 Greetings and welcome to this week’s newsletter.   A Note from Linda We are well into our Journey of Worship series. Last week, as we gathered in a different format (in the morning around tables and in the evening with soup) we were encouraged in our faith as we were reminded that we are a for-given people. This week our focus is on Word and…

Newsletter for Sunday 29th October 2017

    Sunday, 29th October 2017 Greetings! Here is this week’s news.. A Note from Linda Are you one of those people who can clearly see God at work in your everyday life? One of those who is aware of God’s presence, even in the most mundane things of life? Yesterday, I was reminded of a friend who is like that. She speaks openly and often (to anyone who will…

Newsletter for 22nd October 2017

      Sunday, 22nd October 2017 A Note from Linda This week at 9.30am, Dean Pearce will bring us the Word, with a focus on Confession. At 6.30pm we will focus on Adoration and share about hymns or songs that have been important in our faith journey. In each service we’ll again hear from Malcolm Gordon through his The Journey of Worship DVD. Next week, on October 29th…

Newsletter for Sunday 15th October 2017

Sunday, 15th October 2017 A Note from Linda Greetings!   This week we are continuing our series on The Journey of Worship. We have been watching short videos presented by Malcolm Gordon, who is a songwriter, liturgist, theologian, and writer from New Zealand.  On Tuesday, I asked Malcolm about the church in the background of the videos.  He says it is the old chapel at St…

Newsletter for Sunday 8th October 2017

Sunday,  8th October 2017   A Note from Linda! Greetings! As you may know, one of our key mission areas is to continue to foster vibrant and engaging worship. One way that we are approaching this is by learning more about worship together in our Sunday services. Last week we looked at definitions of worship. Here is one example: Worship is the act of honouring God…

Newsletter for Sunday 1st October 2017

Sunday, 1st October 2017 A Note from Linda! As grand final fever grips our nation it fascinates me to see how passionate people become about their team. They speak with excitement, they wear their team colours, they know all the stats, they plan their time around the game and even go and watch their team in training. All this is done in community – it’s much more fun to…

Newsletter for Sunday 24th September 2017

Sunday, 24th September 2017 A Note from Linda!  Greetings! At the time of writing this note I have been part of this congregation for a whole 21 days! In that time I have started to get to know some of you, explore how we worship together and how we make decisions together and settle in to my office. It has been a steep learning curve, made easier by many helpful people…

Newsletter for Sunday 17th September 2017

      Sunday, 17th September 2017   A Note from Linda! This week our theme is ‘Welcoming with open arms’.  This has been my experience of coming to Athelstone: you have welcomed me and I have seen many examples of others being welcomed with open arms too.  Thank you! Last week I spoke about the significance of the wooden cross on the Communion Table.…

Newsletter for Sunday 10th September 2017

Sunday, 10th September 2017 A note from Linda Greetings!   Thank you to everyone for making Paul and I so welcome, we are looking forward to getting to know you all! A few notes: Thank you for wearing your name tags. They make such a difference as we learn your names. If you don’t have one, please contact Sharyn in the office. How to contact me Email:…

Newsletter for Sunday 3rd September 2017

      Sunday, 3rd September 2017   Name Badges As we welcome Linda and Paul into our Community I would like to remind you to be diligent in wearing your name badge each week.   Dean and I have moved into many congregations, including Athelstone, and know how difficult it is to remember so many new names.   People only introduce themselves once or twice and after…

Newsletter for Sunday 27th August 2017

      Sunday, 27th August 2017   Geoff’s Last Service After a wonderful 18 months at Athelstone, it will be Geoff’s last service with us at AUC this Sunday 27th August. Please come along to the 9:30am service and bring a plate of morning tea to share as we bid Geoff and Jenny farewell. Geoff will be moving on to Balhannah Uniting Church where he has accepted…

Newsletter for Sunday 20th August 2017

      Sunday 20th August 2017   A note from Church Council We would like to extend a big thank you to Dillon Mullins for all of his work on church council.  After much prayerful consideration, Dillon has resigned from church council to enable him to walk forward in faith and focus on his next chapter in life.  We have decided to keep this position vacant until…

Newsletter for Sunday 13th August 2017

      Sunday 13th August 2017   Sounds of Silence – This Sunday (August 13th) – 8.15 am in the lower chapel Please join us for a time of quiet reflection and contemplation as we look at some images of God both in form and in creation and then reflect on some of our own experiences of God.   All welcome   Spring Fair” – Saturday, 21st October…

Newsletter for 6th August 2017

      Sunday 6th August 2017   Last Chance – To Update your details in the Church Directory Please check the entry, and correct any contact details that are incorrect, tick or initial if the entry is correct. Thanks to those who have already changed their details. Sharyn   Spring Fair” – Saturday, 21st October 2017 With the exception of large…

Newsletter for Sunday 30th July 2017

      Sunday 30th July 2017   Wider Mission BBQ There are just 3 tickets left for our BBQ on Saturday August 5.   BYO drinks and nibbles.   Everything else will be supplied. Allan and Deb have the ideal set-up for a great night.  No worries if it is wet. There are plenty of undercover, warm areas in which to socialise and enjoy the BBQ and entertainment.  Venue…

Newsletter for Sunday 23rd July 2017

      Sunday 23rd July 2017   Invitation from Morialta Uniting Church to Rev. Bob Hutchinson’s Induction 4.00 pm on Sunday 30th July , refreshments will follow the service.  RSVP: Morialta Church Office, ph 8331 9344 email office@morialtauca.org.au   Winter BBQ, Saturday, August 5th Tickets are selling well for this popular event so if you don’t want to miss out…

Newsletter for 16th July 2017

      Sunday 16th July 2017   Winter BBQ, Saturday, August 5th Tickets are selling well for this popular event so if you don’t want to miss out get yours today from Friederike for $25! Under-cover dining will be available if needed.  BYO drinks and nibbles.   Everything else will be provided. Car pooling essential for parking.  Venue capacity 60.  Proceeds to…

Newsletter for Sunday 9th July 2017

      Sunday 9th July 2017   “Fete and Garage Sale”  –  Saturday, 21st October, 2017 The Fete and Garage Sale will be held on 21st October, this year, so please put this date in your diaries and plan to be involved for a day of fun together and engagement with our Athelstone Community.  The shed is very empty so we are looking for donations of all saleable…

Newsletter for Sunday 2nd July 2017

      Sunday 2nd July 2017   N.A.I.D.C. Week Today marks the beginning of N.A.I.D.O.C Week when we acknowledge Aboriginal people and their culture. Theirs is a rich heritage and together we can walk this land as brothers and sisters.   Ministry at Athelstone Rev. Linda Driver will be inducted at a special service held at the church on Wednesday the 30th of…

Newsletter for 25th June 2017

      Sunday 25th  June 2017   Ministry at Athelstone We are very pleased and excited to announce that Rev. Linda Driver has officially accepted the call to be the minister at Athelstone Uniting Church from the 1st of September 2017. Linda will be inducted into the role at a special service held at the church on Wednesday the 30th of August at 7:30pm. Afterwards…

Newsletter for Sunday 18th June 2017

      Sunday 18th June 2017   Sounds of Silence  Sunday June 18th at 8.15 am gathering in the warmth of the lower lounge/chapel!!  Please join us for a time of contemplation prior to morning worship.  We are going to listen to some very contrasting versions of the song “Sounds of Silence” and then reflect on our impressions and responses. Please feel very…

Newsletter for Sunday 11th June 2017

      Sunday 11th June 2017   Well done Athelstone UC! A very successful Packing Day event was undertaken earlier this week, culminating in about 30 boxes of assorted goods being sent to NT communities. A huge THANK YOU to all those involved; from the picking up of the empty cartons to the final cleaning up of the church on Tuesday meant many people contributed. We…

Newsletter Sunday 4th June 2017

      Sunday 4th June 2017   Packing Day is here!! We will be collecting, sorting and packing on Sunday 4th, Mon 5th and morning of Tues 6th June.   Goods can be dropped at the church on the afternoon of Sunday June 5th 12 – 4pm and Mon 6th in the morning. If you are able to help at the church on any of the days ie Sunday, Monday and Tuesday morning please let…

Newsletter for Sunday 28th May 2017

    Sunday 28th May 2017   Membership Records 2017 Update Thanks to everyone who has helped by giving us updated details on their membership status. This will make it easier for us to do several things…. It will make voting for a new minister easier at our congregational meeting on the 4th of June.  It will help us keep track of our members for purposes of…

Newsletter for 21st May 2017

 Sunday 21st May 2017 Church Council Update – ” On Tuesday night the Church Council held its 5th meeting of the year, discussing a number of important matters, including: Provisions required for appointment of our new minister April financial statements and upcoming Auditor’s report for 2016 (expected in the coming weeks) Progress on updating the AUC…

Newsletter for 14th May 2017

    Sunday 14th May 2017   Cans of Food It’s getting cold and I am sure that you are thinking about eating a bowl of soup to warm you up!   Cans of Soup, Baked Beans, Casserole type meals, etc. are very welcome to be donated to Uniting Communities who in turn distribute them to those in need.   Please leave any contributions at the back of the church.   2017…

Newsletter for Sunday 7th May 2017

    Sunday 7th May 2017   Cans of Food It’s getting cold and I am sure that you are thinking about having soup to warm you up!   Cans of Soup, Baked Beans, Casserole type meals, etc. are very welcome to be donated to Uniting Communities who in turn distribute them to those in need.   Please leave any contributions at the back of the church.   2017 Christmas Tree…

Newsletter for Sunday 30th April 2017

Sunday 30th April 2017 Emergency Appeal CHILDREN ARE STARVING TO DEATH IN EAST AFRICA. ONE MILLION PEOPLE COULD DIE OF HUNGER WITHOUT URGENT AID You may already have given to support this urgent request through other organisations.  If you haven’t and wish to do so through Act for Peace there are envelopes available in the porch.  Your gift will save lives. Sunday Evening…

Newsletter for Sunday 23rd April 2017

    Sunday 23rd April 2017   Pastoral Care at Resthaven Cate Baker spoke well with us on Palm Sunday about her work in chaplaincy with Resthaven aged care. Some members have felt that they may wish to support that work with pastoral visiting. I’ve invited Cate to come to AUC and meet with interested folk next Thursday (27th April) for an information session. She can…

Newsletter for Sunday 16th April 2017

    Sunday 16th April 2017   Easter Services The times are as follows: Maundy Thursday           (13th April) 7:30pm Good Friday                       (14th April) 9:30am Easter Sunday                   (16th April) 9:30am   Please bring your Lent Event offering to our service on Good Friday.   Otherwise your gift may be received until the end of April.    …

Newsletter for Sunday 9th April 2017

    Sunday 9th April 2017   Easter Services The times are as follows: Maundy Thursday           (13th April) 7:30pm Good Friday                       (14th April) 9:30am Easter Sunday                   (16th April) 9:30am   Thank you to all who have been putting money aside or who intend to for this year’s Lent Event programs in South Sudan, Papua New Guinea…

Newsletter for 2nd April 2017

    Sunday 2nd April 2017   Geoff our minister is on sick leave at present.   We wish him well and pray for a speedy recovery.   Lent Event Week 5  –  “Jesus the Table Turner“ Teaching people how to tackle stark injustice is key to overcoming poverty. Uniting World is supporting the Church of North India to help people take a stand. Where children are…

Newsletter for Sunday 26th March 2017

    Sunday 26th March 2017   The focus of Week 4 of the Lent Event is “Jesus the Redeemer The rapidly growing Church in China is experiencing a critical lack of trained leaders for its people-with only one ordained minister for every 18,000 Christians. Our partnership with the Church in China involves helping to provide ministerial training, and it is also about listening…

Newsletter for Sunday 19th March 2017

    Sunday 19th March 2017 The focus of Lent Event this week is              “Jesus the Life Bringer “ In Papua New Guinea more than 85% people live in remote and rural areas where people die every day because of waterborne diseases. Uniting World works with local communities who’ve identified two major areas that need work in relation to water.  One is obvious access to…

Newsletter for Sunday 12th March 2017

    Sunday 12th March 2017   “Jesus the Peacemaker “   In South Sudan, ordinary people have been caught up in violence based very much on what tribal group they belong to. The peace they wish for is more than the passing of the peace that we often engage in at worship.  It is longed for, dreamed of, prayed for on the streets. Without it hundreds of thousands of…

Newsletter for Sunday 5th March 2017

    Sunday 5th March 2017   Last Wednesday marked the beginning of the season of Lent – a time in the Christian calendar when we commit ourselves to prayer and reflection and the giving up (for a time) of little luxuries and donating what we save to a Partner Church for their ministry to needy people and communities. To help us do this the Lent Event committee has…

Newsletter for Sunday 26th February 2017

    Sunday 26th February 2017   Morning Tea this Sunday Members are invited to contribute to a pleasant morning tea this Sunday to share with Gemma and Wayne Round and their family and friends as we celebrate Zoe’s baptism. Geoff   The Church Council meets on the third Tuesday of each month usually at the Church Centre at 7.30 pm. Items from the second meeting…

Newsletter for Sunday 19th February 2017

Sunday 19th February 2017   Congregation Meeting (Sunday 19th Feb) After morning worship there will be a congregation meeting to receive feedback on the draft church profile. Please come along and participate in the discussion.   Joint Nominating Committee (JNC) Nominations The JNC are tasked with the role of meeting with prospective ministers and having a…

Newsletter for Sunday 12th February 2017

Sunday 12th February 2017   The Sounds of Silence group is following on from November’s God’s Patch Service and our usual monthly pre-morning worship reflective time to offer: “An Evening with Nature”  –  Sunday, February 19th  6pm. The Service will include:                                – Music on the deck with Victoria, Eloise…

Newsletter for Sunday 5th February 2017

Sunday 5th February 2017   Thanks for your generosity The Wider Mission committee wishes to thank all who contributed to the Christmas Bowl appeal and bought cards from the Tear Fund catalogue.  Your generosity means that people and communities in need will be able to look to the future with hope for a better life. We received $ 1627 here at Athelstone for the Bowl…

Newsletter for 25th December 2016

    Sunday 25th December 2016 Christmas Services Christmas Eve: 6.30pm  Family Christmas Service          Christmas Eve: 11.00pm   Watch Night Service Christmas Day: 9.30am  Morning Worship   “Joy to the World – The Lord is come”   Christmas Bowl  – week 5  –  Zimbabwe Conservation Farming. Zimbabwe has been hit by a devastating drought, and farmers are…

Newsletter for Sunday 18th December 2016

Sunday 18th December 2016 Christmas Services Christmas Eve: 6.30pm                  Family Christmas Service Christmas Eve: 11.00pm                Watch night Service Christmas Day: 9.30am                  Morning Worship Christmas Bowl Week 4.  the Philippines Theatre for Peace and Justice The Ecumenical Theatre is a cultural theatre group established by Act for Peace…

Newsletter for Sunday 11th December 2016

      Sunday 11th December 2016   Church Profile Project Exciting news as Church Council has appointed Victoria Pederick, Jenny Riggall and Jeff Dry to the Church Profile working group and they have already met and completed a first draft of the Congregation Placement Profile template.  A subsequent meeting within the next 2 weeks will enable the group to compile the…

Newsletter for Sunday 4th December 2016

      Sunday 4th December 2016   Christmas Bowl- Week 2   Vanuatu Disaster Preparation Last year’s Cyclone Pam was only one of of natural disasters that have struck the island of Vanuatu in recent years. People in Vanuatu are frequently affected by extreme weather events like this, which can have a devastating impact on houses, farms and businesses, leading to…

Newsletter for sunday 20th November 2016

      Sunday 20th November 2016   Congregation Annual General Meeting Our AGM will be held on Sunday the 27th of November, after the 9:30am service.  In preparation, can each of the groups associated with Athelstone Uniting Church please submit a 2016 report to Sharyn (office@athelstonechurch.org.au) soon.  If your group has a photograph to submit, Sharyn will do her…

Newsletter for Sunday 27th November 2016

      Sunday 27th November 2016 ***Prayers for Athelstone Church our AGM and the Church Council Elections  This Sunday morning November 27 at 8.45 am, prior to worship, a group are gathering in the lower lounge/chapel  for a time of prayer and reflection.  We are going to share a parable, and to especially pray for the AGM, Church Council Elections and the ongoing…

Newsletter for 13th November16

      Sunday 13th November 2016   Congregation Annual General Meeting Our AGM will be held on Sunday the 27th of November, after the 9:30am service. In preparation, can each of the groups associated with Athelstone Uniting Church please submit a 2016 report to Sharyn (office@athelstonechurch.org.au) soon. If your group has a photograph to submit, Sharyn will do her…

Newsletter for Sunday 6th November 2016

      Sunday 6th November 2016   Samaritan’s Purse Shoeboxes Many thanks to all who filled shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child and all who made donations.   51 boxes were received and $279 in donations.  A great result.   AGM Our AGM will be held on Sunday the 27th of November, after the 9:30am service. In preparation, can each of the groups associated with…

Newsletter for Sunday 30th October 2016

      Sunday 30th October 2016   God’s Patch Invitation – Sunday 30th October- 9.30am for 10.00am We have made a few minor changes to the information including calling the service God’s Patch ( instead of Our Patch as we were made aware that is a patented name/organisation) we have clarified the intention for those wishing to bring a plant to the service…

Newsletter for Sunday 23rd October 2016

Sunday 23rd October 2016   Mission Planning Workshop on Friday 28th October This meets at 6.00pm for tea.  We plan for the evening to conclude by 8.30pm.  We will provide the meat for the BBQ. Bring a salad or a desert to share. The questions we will address are… What can we do together? (What would be interesting? What would be engaging? What would play to our…

Newsletter for Sunday 16th October 2016

      Sunday 16th October 2016   Shoeboxes On Tuesday, ToFs had a very successful afternoon filling numerous shoeboxes with stationery, toys, clothes, toiletries and other wonderful surprises.  A total of 14 boxes are set to go, but require the ‘postage’ of approx. $9 per box to be included.  If you have run out of time to fill your own box, you may like to give a…

Newsletter for sunday 9th October 2016

      Sunday 9th October 2016 ToFs Our next meeting is  Tuesday 11th October at 2pm at the church. (Note change of date) We will be filling shoe boxes for children overseas to receive at Christmas. Please bring along suitable items for boys and girls aged 3 to 12 years and we will pack the boxes over a cuppa and chat. All women welcome.  Jenny and Ros   Shoeboxes  …

Newsletter for Sunday 2nd October 2016

      Sunday 2nd October 2016   ToFs In October our meeting will be on Tuesday 11th at 2pm at the church. (Note change of date) We will be filling shoe boxes for children overseas to receive at Christmas. Please bring along suitable items for boys and girls aged 3 to 12 years and we will pack the boxes over a cuppa and chat. Cash donations are also welcome to help…

Newsletter for 25th September 2016

      Sunday 25th September 2016   Well done, us! In the last few weeks, we have had two major financial events at Athelstone Uniting Church. Ø  First, the Aussie BBQ and fund raiser for the Water Storage project for Kiribati raised a total of some $2,800, even though the target was only $2,500.  We will be passing this onto the World Mission Team. Ø  Second, in…

Newsletter for Sunday 18th September 2016

      Sunday 18th September 2016   Talking about Missional use of property On Friday 23rd I will be hosting a gathering of interested people to discuss the “Missional use of church property” which will be resourced by John Emmett. We will hold this in the chapel at Athelstone Church. John worked recently within the Victorian/Tasmanian synod of the UCA to…

Newsletter for 11th September 2016

      Sunday 11th September 2016   Sounds of Silence This Sunday, 11th September, “Sounds of Silence” will go bush!  We are going for a hike.   Starts at 7 am. If you are interested in coming, please ring or text Matthew Barker on 0416620913 for details on locations.   Garage Sale and Fete – Saturday 5th November Start to sort out those cupboards and…

Newsletter 4th September 2016

        Sunday 4th September 2016   Fresh Water for Kiribati The Wider Mission Committee wishes to thank all who have contributed so generously to our 2016 Project “Climate Action – Fresh Water Tanks for Kiribati”.  Just over $2,700 has been received.  A wonderful result!   Sounds of Silence On Sunday the 11th September “Sounds of Silence” will go bush!  We are…

Newsletter for Sunday 28th August 2016

        Sunday 28th August 2016 Since the Intentional Interim Ministry of Rev Geoff Hurst at Athelstone UC has been underway for nearly 6 months, it is time for us all to evaluate this season.  Members of the congregation are still able to participate in this evaluation.  You may choose to have a phone conversation (with Wendy Perkins 0408 896 220 or Rev Philip Gardner…

Newsletter 21st August 2016

Sunday 21st August 2016 August is Wider Mission Month A Great Success. Many thanks to all who made our Wider Mission BBQ and Campfire such a success. The attendance was good, the venue superb, the food and the entertainment first class. Everyone enjoyed themselves and $1400 was raised for our Mission Project  “Climate Action: – Fresh Water Tanks for Kiribati”.   A…

Newsletter 14th August 2016

Sunday 14th August 2016 Sounds of Silence – “Oceans” – This Sunday (14th), 8.15 am – in the lower Chapel Come and spend some quiet time listening and reflecting on music, sounds and pictures with an ocean theme. All Welcome !   Workshop with Robin Mann – This Sunday Robin will share with us in our morning worship, then lunch followed by a workshop for all…

Newsletter 7th August 2016

Sunday 7th August 2016 BBQ Saturday (13th August) 6.30 pm-9.30 pm This coming Saturday, 13th August, is our big night for the Aussie BBQ at the home of Lee and Mike O’Connell, 75 Koonga Avenue, Rostrevor.    If possible please wear Outback Gear and bring some coins with you for our competitions.     It’s going to a great night !   August is Wider Mission Month…

Newsletter 24th July 2016

Sunday 24th July 2016   Workshop with Robin Mann – Sunday 14th August Robin will share with us in our morning worship, then lunch followed by a workshop for all interested in music for churches.  Be ready for singing, sharing and learning. You can learn more about Robin at http://www.robinmann.com.au/ He will be bringing copies of his music and CD’s for sale on the…

Newsletter 17th July 2016

Sunday 17th July 2016   Some Information regarding the Use of the Church Buildings and Facilities The Athelstone Uniting Church is used by quite a few hirers both casual and regular – this helps us become more community aware and assists the community knowing who and where we are.  We are often referred to as the “church opposite the shopping centre” – AUC is…

Newsletter 10th July 2016

Sunday 10th July 2016   International Mission Officer at Athelstone Adrian Nippress, International Mission Officer for the SA Synod will be preaching at our morning service on July 31st sharing with us about our 2016 Wider Mission Project “ Climate Action: Fresh Water Tanks for Kiribati ” The service will be preceded by tea and coffee at 9.30 am.  Following the…

Newsletter 3rd July 2016

Sunday 3rd July 2016   Authentic Aussie BBQ and Campfire  –  “All Weather Venue” Saturday 13th August, 6.30 pm (for 7pm )- 9.30 pm at the home of Michael and Lee O’Connell, 75 Koonga Ave: Rostrevor. 3 types of Meat, Vegetarian Patties, Veggies on the Webber, Salads, Billy Tea, Brewed Coffee. Entertainment  !!     BYO drinks.     All for $20 , Family $50.…

Newsletter 26th June 2016

Sunday 26th June 2016   Mission Planning We will be working together in a Mission Planning workshop this Sunday 26th of June. We will commence presentations after our worship service. We will have 2 sessions, share in a light lunch together, continue with our conversations and conclude by 2.00pm Mission Planning seeks to answer 3 critical questions of our…

Newsletter 19th June 2016

Sunday 19th June 2016 Mission Planning We will be working together in a Mission Planning workshop on Sunday 26th of June. We will commence presentations after our worship service. We will have 2 sessions, share in a light lunch together, continue with our conversations and conclude by 2.00pm Mission Planning seeks to answer 3 critical questions of our congregation: Who…

Newsletter 12th June 2016

Sunday 12th June 2016   Sounds of Silence  –  this Sunday Meeting at 8.15 am in the bottom hall for reflection on Poetry. An opportunity for a time of quiet contemplative reflection – please feel welcome to join us. Lee O’Connell   sos@athelstonechurch.org.au   Cans of Food Cans of Soup, Baked Beans, Casserole type meals, etc. are very…

Newsletter 5th June 2016

Sunday 5th June 2016 Sounds of Silence Sunday June 12th – 8.15 am in the bottom hall An opportunity for a time of quiet contemplative reflection – please feel welcome to join us . Lee O’Connell   sos@athelstonechurch.org.au Cans of Food We are now into Winter – so Cans of Soup, Baked Beans, Casserole type meals, etc. are very welcome!   All…
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