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, and offering great speakers, at no cost. We encourage you to join in. All you have to do is come at 6.30, order a meal, take a seat at a table in the Atrium and join in the conversation. I encourage you to also think about who you might be able to invite to come with you – someone who doesn’t normally come to church, someone who might be on the fringe of the church or someone you simply want the opportunity to get to know better. Together you’ll love listening to Kylie speak and sing (at around 7pm). More information, including the menu, can be found in the Events section of our website.
A very Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mums in our church family. Thank you for all you do as a Mother.
We honour all those who ‘mother’ children, whether you are a grandparent, carer or a Dad!
We grieve with all those who miss their Mothers, and for those Mothers who have lost a child.
May this be a day of giving thanks and of fond remembering.
The Prayer Book has been a valued tool for a season. However, there have been a number of concerns raised regarding the use of the book. Following consultation with Church Council, the Worship team and the Pastoral Care Oversight team it has been decided to seek other ways of bringing our petitions to God.
For now then, how will we gather our prayers? We encourage you to increase your use of our Prayer Chain (send an email to, or call Brenton Summers). Please remember that if you are passing on a prayer request for someone else, please check that you have their permission to do so.
Our Worship Leaders will be provided with prayer points as appropriate. They will endeavour not to name individuals as this can and has caused some distress and confusion. If the issue is more personal you are invited to contact Linda or one of the members of the Pastoral Care Oversight team (Brenton Summers, Ann Brown, Bob Stevenson and Linda). We are 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)
Thanks in anticipation of your flexibility and grace as we make this change. Linda
Sounds of Silence Retreat – Saturday 19th May
The Fire Within – We shall be holding a retreat here at Church on 19 May from 3.00 to 7.00pm
A contemplative opportunity to discover the “fire” within and discern the wounds that quench the fire .
Please bring a tea cup you are prepared to break – All welcome – Please see Lee O’Connell for details.
Thank you Athelstone
An enormous thank you to my workplace… After having to extend my sick leave after shoulder surgery I am “on track” with the recovery from shoulder surgery and have returned to work in the office “part- time” from last week. I especially wish to thank Linda , Church Council and the amazing volunteers for covering the admin position. My husband, Fred has recovered miraculously from the stroke, is back driving and living a “normal” life. He is having several sessions of exercise physiology which is the only rehab suggested to enable him to return to the gym with confidence. We wish to thank Athelstone folk for all the prayers, emails, phone calls and practical support we have received over the last 12 weeks. God is truly good! Sharyn
Another Thank You!
Rob Anderson would like to thank everyone for their caring and best wishes when he was in hospital and during his recovery from his knee operation. All visits, phone calls, emails, etc were very much appreciated.
He is progressing well.
Spirited Sundays 20th May
The first of our Spirited Sundays at the Rezz will be on Sunday evening 20 May at 6.30pm. Bring a friend, order a meal, then sit and engage with speaker/singer/songwriter Kylie Brice. Spirited Sundays are a new Sunday evening initiative, part of our ‘S’ series! this is an opportunity to engage with our local community with great speakers and great conversations. Read more about Kylie here: https://kyliebricemusic.com/
Taizé – visit of a Brother from the Taizé community to Adelaide: 29 May
Workshop and Prayer for Young Adults: Inexhaustible Joy
29 May: dinner at 6pm followed by a workshop and prayer service, at Brougham Place Uniting Church,
193 Brougham Place, North Adelaide.
Open to 16-30 year olds. Spaces limited. Please register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Taizé Prayer – Wednesday 30 May
7:30pm at St Peter’s Cathedral, 27 King William Road, North Adelaide. All are welcome.
New Email Adress for Brian Ball – This is now email@example.com
Grace Conference – Saturday 26th May
Grace Conference is an annual conference to encourage women in their faith in Christ through biblical teaching, worship, fellowship and workshops. This year’s theme is “Staying Strong is The Lord” and will feature teaching on the Psalms from Chris Quirk. The conference is on Saturday May the 26th 8:45am – 3:15pm at Concordia College, Highgate. If you would like more information or to register, go to www.graceconference.org.au or talk to Victoria.
Have you heard of Messy Church? 2nd June
Messy Church is a form of church for families that involves creativity, celebration and hospitality. It’s primarily for people who don’t already belong to another form of church. We are exploring offering this once a month on Sunday afternoons. If you are interested in being involved, please contact Linda and you may also like to consider exploring it further through the Messy Church State conference coming up in June:
‘Messy Together’ will be held on Saturday June 2nd from 10am-4pm at The Salvation Army, Tea Tree Gully.
For more information, please contact Linda
Uniting Church Assembly – Melbourne 8-14 July
We have received a message from our Moderator, Rev Sue Ellis regarding the upcoming 15th Triennial Meeting of the Uniting Church in Australia Assembly, which will be held in Melbourne from 8-14 July, 2018.
The first lot of papers are being released on the Assembly website here https://uniting.church/ including reports relating to marriage and the Royal Commission. The Moderator knows that people have been concerned about the Assembly proposals, conversations and decisions, and how they might affect our congregations and faith communities. With this in mind, she is initiating a series of listening forums. She has invited mission networks to host some of these forums in May and June 2018, and will be inviting other groups to share their thoughts with her as well. The details of these listening forums are still being determined. Further information will be shared through UC e-News and New Times online in the coming weeks. All Uniting Church members are invited to visit the Assembly meeting website and to subscribe for updates. Please keep the Assembly, elected members and Uniting Church leaders in your prayers
Packing Day in 3rd -5th June
We will be collecting, sorting and packing on Sunday 3rd, Monday 4th and morning of Tuesday 5th June.
Athelstone will again be packing for 4 Northern Territory coastal communities so we require summer clothing.
We are looking for Men’s, Girls’ and Boys’ jeans and slacks light weight jumpers, cardigans for all ages and gender;beanies, Manchester (cotton rugs),books, sewing aids, toys, toiletries, Good News Bibles
Goods can be dropped at the church in the afternoon of Sunday June 3rd 12 – 4pm and Monday 4th in the morning.
If you are able to help at the church please let me know. Many Thanks Jayne Nicholas (0418 836 266)
With Love to the World
The latest edition of this devotional resource has been delivered. If you would like to experiment with a new booklet, there are extra copies in the foyer… please place $5 payment in the envelope provided.
If you decide you would like to be on the list to receive it regularly please inform Sharyn to place you on the list.
Stay & Play Playgroup
Come and join us with your preschoolers and babies on alternate Tuesdays
(even weeks of school term) from 10:00 am to 11:30 am
at Athelstone Uniting Church, cnr Fox Avenue & Kantilla Drive.
Term 2 – 8th May, 22nd May, 5th June
New helpers on the team always welcome.
For more info Contact Bruce and Joy Stewart
Phone: 83362671 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Noticeboard – Please check the notice board at the back of the church
Wider Church – Please continue to use the link to UC e-news at http://sa.uca.org.au/uc-e-news/
Electronic Giving – Forms are available or speak to Treasurer Glen Luestner for more information.
Website – We encourage you to visit our this.
We hope you will find interesting information about us there, and by visiting, you help make our Website easier to find through Google. www.athelstonechurch.org.au
13th May – Acts 1:15-17,21-26; 1 John 5:9-13, John 17:6-19
20th May – Acts 2:1-21/Ezek 37:1-14; Psalm 104:24-34,35b; Roman 8:22-27/ Acts 2:1-21; John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15
13th May 20th May
Preacher Linda Driver Linda
Worship Leader Meg Lynton N
Scripture Reader Jayne Nicholas Sylvia Maywald
Keyboard Shelley Di
Singers Friederike, Janet, Sylvia Ann B/Sylvia/Marie
Guitar Dave,Grant (bass) Chris/Shelley
Flowers Raelene Anderson Jenny Riggall
Data Projector Samantha Dave
Sound Tara Shirlock Don Brown
Steward(s) & Offering Winsome & Brian Ball Sheralyn/Pat
Tea & Coffee Sylvia & Noel Maywald Coralie/Brenton
Notices Paul Howland Paul Howland
Offering Count Lynton N / Trevor G Friederike / David W
Building Steward Eric Hurrell Noel Maywald
What’s on this Week (14th-20th May)
Monday 4.45-6.45 pm Waratah Calisthenics Club Auditorium
Tuesday 9.15-11.15 am Pilates Top Hall
6.30-7.30 pm Reach your Feat (Stretch&Balance) Top Hall
7.30pm Church Council Lower Hall/Chapel
Wednesday 6.30–8.45 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 9.15 – 11.15 am Pilates Top Hall
10.00 am-12 pm Friendship Club-Mothers Day Auditorium
Saturday 9.00-11.00am Gardening Working Bee Garden
9.15-11.15 am Pilates Top Hall
10.00-11.00 am Waratah Calisthenics Club Auditorium
2.00-9.00pm SOS Retreat All Spaces
Sunday 9.30 am Worship Service Auditorium
6.00 pm Evening Service Auditorium
Sunday 13th May 2018