Newsletter for Sunday 23rd September 2018

Newsletter for Sunday 23rd September 2018

Sunday 23rd September 2018

Greetings and welcome to this week’s newsletter


Dear AUC family,

Thank you for your participation in the same gender marriage survey.  We have appreciated hearing from so many people and have been thankful that all responses shared have been loving, respectful and honouring of the faith you each have in Christ.  We sought your response as a way to assist Church Council to discern whether same-gender marriages will be allowed to occur on the AUC property.  Now that we have heard from you, Church Council will continue to pray over and consider your feedback as we move forward.  Whilst the majority of respondents are in support of holding same-gender marriages on the AUC property, we are very mindful that not everyone shares this opinion.  Church Council will meet together on the 16th of October to discuss this further.  If an agreement is reached, we hope to be able to share this with you on Sunday the 20th of October.

Blessings in Christ,

Victoria Pederick,  on behalf of the Athelstone Uniting Church Council


Sunday 23 October – 6pm

Prayer Walk – meet as usual in the Rezz carpark and head off for a walk.  There won’t be a ‘leader’ as such.

As you walk, remember that the Holy Spirit is there among you, leading you in what to pray.  Be thankful for the beauty of the place.


Sunday 30 October – 6pm

Chill Night – a small lowkey gathering for those who are available. Meet at the ‘usual’ table at The Rezz for dinner and debrief what’s been happening on Sunday nights in recent weeks. Thanks The Rezz staff for their wonderful hospitality.


September  –  Operation Christmas Child month!

Now is the time to start packing those shoeboxes.

If you can’t put together a box, all donations whether goods or money are welcome.

Remember that we need to cover the cost of the box and a $10 fee for handling.

Every little bit helps and together we can be successful.                         Blessings to you all, Friederike


ToFs will be meeting on Tuesday October 2nd at the church from 2pm

We will be making up shoe boxes with gifts and goodies as suggested in the displays at church.

Please bring along items to be distributed amongst the boxes.   We’ll enjoy a cuppa and chat as usual.

All welcome, Ros and Jenny



The next meeting of our fledging “Threads” is on Tuesday 4th October at 3.00pm the venue is still to be decided, but please put this date in your diary.   The survey did not conclusively show a preference for days and times and it may be that we have a “changeable” group so we can include everyone interested.                                        Sharyn


Campbelltown Council’s School Holiday Program for the October school holidays.

Heaps of free and low cost activities for children and families. In particular, a free bike skills session through Ride-a-Bike Right on Tuesday 2 October, 10am–12pm at the Lochiel Park Golf Course in the carpark – see Noticeboard


Uniting Communities Eastern Services

In the cold winter months for many years now, the Athelstone UC congregation have been great supporters of the Uniting Communities Eastern Services office at Beulah Park by providing tinned food for distribution for those in need.Please place any items on the table inside the Church.  Thanks,   Brenton Summers


Spring Fair – 3rd November   –   8am–1pm

We hope you have found some items to donate to the Spring Fair which is looming quickly.  With the exception of large furniture items, good saleable items are required.   This includes toys, books, giftware, glass and crockery items, kitchen ware, puzzles, games, manchester, clothes, artworks, DVD’s etc .  It is planned that the shed will be open every Sunday morning from 30th September – 9.15-9.30am for convenient drop off.

To ensure that everything is ready to go for our Spring Fair, there will be a short meeting on

Sunday, 7th October after church at around 11am.

Everyone is welcome and if you have been involved in setting up and organising stalls previously, we certainly depend on your help again.  Please put this date in your diary.   Let’s look forward to our Spring Fair and

I encourage everyone to get involved in some way.   For all enquiries, please see Di Curtis (0419-862-606)


Roster for Oct/Nov/Dec

This has been sent out electronically.  If you require a ‘hard’ copy please see Gus Robin.

We still need some volunteers for the Christmas Services;  if you are able to help see Gus or Linda


Term 3  –  25th September

Term 4  –  23rd October,  6th November,  20th November,  4th December

We will finish the term with a FULL HOUSE, and no respite in sight for Term 4!  We continue to have inquiries from new families and would appreciate more adult helpers on the already active team.  Every contribution, however small or large, is appreciated, so if you would like to join us in this outreach to our local community, please make contact.  All offers are welcome.   Bruce and Joy Stewart  Phone: 83362671 or Email:


A Stitch In Time

We have had a request from a Stay and Play parent to purchase a smock and a library bag.  If there is anyone who likes sewing and would like to make several smocks or library bags, we could offer them to parents for a small cost perhaps as a fundraiser.  Contact Joy Stewart if you are interested in this task.


Bible College SA  –  September 2018 Newsletter  –  see Noticeboard for this.


Dr Bernie Power presents a not-to-be-missed 1 day workshop, Monday, October 22

at Tabor College  –  “Ministering to your Muslim Neighbours – see Noticeborad


Electronic Giving –  Forms are available or speak to Treasurer Glen Luestner for more information.


Pastoral care –  Please contact a member of our Pastoral Care Oversight Team for assistance:

Rev Linda Driver 0458 500 656                     Bob Stevenson 0400 641 242

Brenton Summers 0400 632 829 Ann Brown 0413 581 554


Prayer Requests

Can we support you in prayer? Here’s how:

Prayer Chain – send an email to, or call Brenton Summers, who will pass your prayer request on to a group of people who faithfully pray in response to Prayer Chain emails.

Confidential Prayers – if the issue is more personal you are invited to contact Linda for individual prayer
or one the members of the Pastoral Care Oversight team (Brenton Summers, Ann Brown, Bob Stevenson and Linda). All prayer requests going to the team will be kept strictly confidential within this team.

Prayers for Others (Sunday Worship) – Linda provides our Worship Leaders with prayer points as appropriate. Prayer points are also sourced from the Prayer Chain. If you have something you would like to be included in Prayers for Others, please contact Linda.  “We are all called to pray for one another, and so we are all encouraged to offer to pray for, or with others, especially if they share a concern with you.” (James 5:13-16


Wider Church News- Please use the link to UC e-news at


Website –  We encourage you to visit our website:


Newsletter contributions – Please email by 5pm Wed.


Lectionary readings

23rd September – Proverbs 31:10-31;  Ps 1;  James 3:13-43, 7-8a;  Mark 9:30-37

30th September – Est 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22  Ps 124;  James 5:13-20,  Mark 9:38-50



  23 September 30 September
Preacher Rev Tony Nancarrow The Music Team
Worship Leader Jeff Di
Singers Jeanine/Friederike/Ann B Jeff/Jeanine/Lynton/Ann B
Keyboard Shelley Gerald
Guitar Chris/Dave Chris/Shelley
Data Projector Samantha Dave
Flowers Ruth Henderson Jenny Riggall
Door Stewards & Offering Ann & David Tubb Crisi & Sam
Notices Sylvia Sylvia
Scripture Reader Jayne Ann Tubb
Offering Count Dave W/Glen Sylvia/Lynton N
Tea & Coffee Jayne & Lynton Jan & Gus
Sound Noel Tara
Building Steward Richard Read Eric




What’s on this Week   (24th – 29th September)

Monday 4.45-6.45 pm Waratah Calisthenics Club Auditorium
Tuesday 9.30-11.15 am Pilates Top Hall
10-11.30 am Stay & Play Lwr Hall & Decking
10.00-11.00 am U3A Yoga Auditorium
6.30-7.30 pm Reach your Feat  (Stretch&Balance) Top Hall
Wednesday 6.00-8.00 pm Waratah Calisthenics Club Auditorium
6.30-7.30 pm Reach your Feat (Circuit) Top Hall
Thursday 5.30-6.30 pm Reach your Feat  (Stretch&Balance) Top Hall
Friday 10.00–12 noon Friendship Club – Cooking Demo and end-of-term lunch Auditorium
Saturday 10.00-11.00 am Waratah Calisthenics Club Auditorium
9.30-10.30 am Pilates Top Hall
10.30-11.30 am Pilates Top Hall
Sunday 9.30 am Worship Service Auditorium
6.00 pm Chill Night The Rezz