Newsletter for 10th December 2017

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 mean for me? What change am I about to face? How do I feel about that? What will others think about it?
This week we hear of the news that the angel Gabriel brought to Mary: “You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High.” Her response is an inspiration to us all.
By the way, if you have been thinking about picking up a copy of the “Unwrapping Joy” study books, please let Sharyn or I know this week. We have a few copies left, which will be returned to MediaCom at the end of the week if unsold. ($12 per copy)
Blessings, Linda
Rosters for January/February/March 2018
These will be made up this Wednesday, so if you have any dates when unavailable, please contact Gus Robin before then either directly, by phone 8337 0011 or by email jg.robin@bigpond.com
Thanks
Christmas Rosters
Thanks to all who have volunteered for the 6.30 pm & 11 pm services on Christmas Eve – All positions filled!
We now only have 2 positions to fill for the 9.30 am service on Christmas Day – these are –
Door Stewards and Building Steward – please contact Gus if you can help. Thanks
Christmas Services
Sunday 24th December 9.30am Unwrapping Joy – 6.30pm Family Service – 11.00pm Late Service
Monday 25th December 9.30am Christmas Day
Thank You Painters
A BIG Thank You to the team of painters who painted the inside of the Manse it looks NEW !!
If you would also like to contribute to the manse upgrade please put donations in an envelope marked Manse or volunteer your time gardening etc to David Riggall 8395 0112 Thanks
In the Kitchen
Please collect the plastic containers and plates that have accumulated in the kitchen over the last weeks from several events. Thank you, Sharyn
Calendars – 2018 Uniting Church Calendars are available for pickup in the foyer. Don’t miss out!
December 10 – Second Sunday of Advent:
After more than 25 years of violence, the civil war in Sri Lanka ended in May 2009. Those who fled are beginning to make the return home but face many challenges, including whether their house is still standing! This week, pray for families who are seeking to return to their homeland, that they may return safely.
Christmas Bowl to support Rohingya Refugees
The National Council of Churches in Australia has decided that a portion of funds raised through this year’s Christmas Bowl appeal will be given directly to support the Rohingya people forced to flee their homes in Myanmar to reach the border into Bangladesh where they are taking refuge.
Your gift to the Christmas Bowl can:
– Provide desperately needed food and water
– Provide emergency shelters to ensure families feel safe and protected
– Provide medical care to people arriving in Bangladesh with severe, life-threatening injuries.
This is one of the worst humanitarian crises of our time. Please give generously. ‘ Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me’ – Matthew 25:40.
Envelopes are available from today in the porch for your donation.
Tear Fund Catalogues and Cards
Tear Fund’s Useful Gifts Catalogues and cards are available from today from Don and Brian at the gift table near the servery.
Uniting Communities Christmas Treats
Thanks to all who have already purchased a Christmas Treat for needy families and placed it under the Christmas tree at the door .
You are invited to continue sharing your love in this way throughout Advent and the Christmas season.
Stay & Play -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, corner Fox Avenue & Kantilla Drive
COMMENCEMENT DATE 2018 is 6th February
Our last Stay and Play for 2017 was celebrated at the Fox Avenue Reserve, picnic style with nearly 50 people in attendance. What a wonderful morning of nature play, balls and playground activities for the children and lots of socializing for the carers. Children excitedly received and left with their own handmade Christmas trees and a CD of photos to remember their year at Stay and Play. Come and join the fun in 2018!
Please consider how you could help in 2018 and have a chat to Joy or Bruce.bruceandjoy@bigpond.com
This will be held on Wednesday 20 December 2017
at 7:30pm at Campbelltown Uniting Church
(607 Lower North East Road Campbelltown,
parking at the back off Rowney Avenue))
Roster for 17th December 2017
9.30am 6.00pm
Flowers Jenny Riggall
Steward(s) & Offering Grant & Patrice Burton
Notices Brenton Summers
Scripture Reader Ann Tubb
Offering Count J Dry/G Robin G Luestner
Tea & Coffee Marie & Friederike
Sound Tara Shirlock
Worship Leader Meg
Singers Ann/Janet/Dave
Keyboard Di
Guitar Chris/Shelley-bass
Data Projector Dave
Building Steward Richard Read
Wider Church – Please continue to use the link to UC e-news at http://sa.uca.org.au/uc-e-news/
Noticeboard
Please continue to check the notice board for the times of our upcoming services and for Christmas Bowl news.
Lectionary readings
10th December – Isaiah 40:1-11, Psalm 85:1-2 & 8-13, 2 Peter 3:8-15a, Mark 1:1-8
Bible Reading to be used in this week’s service Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13 and Luke 1:26-38
17th December – Isaiah 61:1-4 & 8-11, Psalm 126, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24, John 1:6-8 & 19-28
Bible Reading to be used in this week’s service Psalm 126 and Luke 1:39-44
What’s on this Week (11th – 17th December)
Monday 4.45-6.45 pm Waratah Calisthenics Club (Auditorium)
Tuesday 10.00-11.00 am U3A Yoga (Auditorium), 5.30-7.30 pm Reach your Feat (Top Hall)
7.30 pm Rotary (Chapel)
Wednesday 6.30-8.30 pm Waratah Calisthenics Club (Auditorium), 6.30-7.30 pm Reach your Feat (Top Hall)
Thursday 5.30-7.30 pm Reach your Feat (Top Hall)
Friday 10.00-12.00 Friendship Club – Carols with Shelley ($5 Kris Kringle Gift) – Christmas Lunch at Windsor
Saturday 9.00-11.00 am Gardening Working Bee, 10.00-11.00 am Waratah Calisthenics Club (Auditorium)
Sunday 9.30 am Church Service, 6.00 pm Evening Service (Chapel)