Newsletter for 22nd October 2017

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 we’ll be doing things a little different, being the 5th Sunday of the month. The Church will be set up ‘café-style’, we’ll have a guest speaker (Ann Phillips) and we’ll have some interactive prayer stations. I hope you will come ready to try something a little different as we continue to explore The Journey of Worship together.
Did you know? Each Sunday there is an opportunity to get to know fellow members of our church community, with informal gatherings after Church. If you’d like to join in, head to Caffe Di Crema or The Rezz after the morning service, or The Rezz after the evening service. Paul and I have now had the opportunity to join each of these gatherings. Are there others? Please let me know!  For your information, I am taking Sunday and Monday off and will be back on Tuesday.                                 I hope to see you at the Spring Fair!           Blessings,  Linda
Important !!! Upgrade on alarm system
Please note that following an upgrade to our alarm system in the entry foyer, there is an extra step to take when arming or disarming the alarm.  After entering your alarm code, you will need to then press the corresponding button next to “ Disarm”  or “ Arm” on the display as appropriate.  It appears that some folk have not had their codes or keys recorded in our master file following the update of our key register in 2016 … if you have any problems  please speak to Paul Howland or Sharyn.
Spring Fair – 21st October, 8am – 1pm
Just a few days to go till our Spring Fair, so please spread the word to everyone you know.  The shed is filling up which is promising, so bring any further donations Thursday and Friday nights after 7pm.  Set up and pack up arrangements are listed below.  Please plan to come along and many hands mean we can get the jobs done in a short time.

Thursday,  19th October at 7.00pm Set up trestles, clothes racks etc  and empty the shed into top and hall and church  – boxes on tables
Friday,  20th October at 7.00pm Empty all the boxes and price if required
Saturday 21st October at 6.30am Set up stalls – gazebos, tables, sound equipment and goods

Forget having breakfast at home! Come along for a sumptuous hot breakfast cooked by Howard Jacob and helpers.
Fruit & Vegetable Stall
As always, Allan Amber will have a great selection of fruit and vegetables to purchase, so pencil your weekly fruit and veg shopping in for Saturday 21st October.
Children’s Nature Play Activities
Joy Stewart will have a number of fantastic Activities running from 9.30am with the theme of “Birds, Baking and Books.”  Great fun for children and please bring your grandchildren along and inform any young families to come along and join in.  Joy would love to have another helper or two so see her or Di Curtis if you would like to be involved. For all enquiries regarding The Spring Fair including helping on the day – please see Di Curtis (0419-862-606)
News from Church Council
2017 Christmas Services This year Christmas Eve is a Sunday. Following consultation with the worship team, we have decided that there will be the following Christmas worship services:  Christmas Eve (24th December) at 9:30am (Advent 4) ⁃ Christmas Eve (24th December) at 6:30pm. This will be our big Nativity service which we will advertise to the community. ⁃ Christmas Day (25th December) at 9:30am.
Budget –  council endorsed a 2018 budget for presentation and discussion at the AGM
Manse –  work is continuing to prepare the manse for renovations prior to Linda and Paul moving in at the start of January.
Linda’s leave –  council approved Linda’s proposal to take leave from the 1st-29th of January (2 weeks moving leave + 2 weeks annual leave)
Congregation AGM
Our 2017 AGM will be held on Sunday the 19th of November at 10.45am after the 9:30am service. Please put the date in your diaries. Information regarding vacant positions will be circulated via email in the coming days.
Quiz Night – Saturday 11 November at 7pm   Proceeds towards Manse refurbishment

  • $15 per person Tables of 8 -10
  • BYO supper/nibbles and drinks Tea and coffee available

Our plan is to make up prize hampers on the night. Could all those from our church community attending on the night please provide an item to add to the hampers. Suggestions include chocolate, wine, gourmet items, homewares and gift vouchers for products/services. Please feel free to canvass any local businesses that you are associated with or regularly use. Items can be given to Jeff or Jeanine Dry prior to the night.
To book your table contact Jeff Dry – 0408254489 or Entry fee can be paid on the night.
Come and join us with your preschoolers and babies on alternate Tuesdays (even weeks of school term)
from 10-00 a.m. to 11-30 Athelstone Uniting Church, crnr Fox Ave and Kantilla Dve
Stay & Play                                                                                                       
Dates –  ,  24th October,  7th November,  21st November,  5th December
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 Ave & Kantilla Dve).
A busy time for Term 4 is ahead.  We start with Spring Fair activities in the wirra on 21st October at 9-30a.m., will be making a Christmas Wirra for the Christmas Tree Festival and will finish the year with a picnic at Fox  Ave Reserve on 5th December with some special activities and people we hope.  Chat to Joy or Bruce if you have time to contribute.  See you there!
There are plenty of different ways you can contribute to Stay and Play, or the wirra so come and join the team and contribute to our community outreach.   For enquiries please contact either Sharyn in the office or Joy and Bruce Stewart on 83362671 or email
Christmas Tree Festival  –  Advance notice
This event is to be the 23rd-26th November.   Put your thinking caps on for a display, fun, quirky, old favourite, serious or special!  Invitations have gone out to companies and other contacts who have participated in the past years.  If you require printed material, either information, fliers or an entry form check the “second desk” in the reception area. For more information please chat to Victoria.
Roster Additions   –  2018
Hi all, thank you to all those who have been volunteering on the church roster.  Your contribution has been greatly appreciated.   There are a number of areas which could do with more volunteers.  Please consider carefully if you can help in any of the following areas. Flowers, Pastoral Care, Sound Roster, Building Steward, Communion Steward.. This gives you the opportunity to offer the gifts and skills that God has given you – and it helps to share the load.
Well folks hopefully you can see yourself helping somewhere in one or more of the roster areas.  We’ll provide training and encouragement to help you settle in to the role.  Contact Gus Robin personally or by tel. 83370011, or by email –
Wirra Words of the Week  Garden practices such as watering, fertilising and cultivating encourage weeds.
Wirra practices discourage weeds.”  Wal Bushman
Sprawling across several metres and supported by a big log behind the “little people” silhouettes, you will find Clematis microphylla (Old Man’s Beard).  It is named for the showy feathery seed, produced by the female plant. This climbing shrub with a woody stem and a twining habit has male and female flowers on separate plants and flowers Winter into Spring, followed by the silver fluffy fruit in Summer. It is frost tolerant and grows in the wild in Woodland and Mallee.  The one in the Wirra seems to have finished flowering now.

    Cans of Food
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.  Donations for the gifts of bread we have occasionally are also given to this organization.
Roster for 29th October 2017

9.30am 6.00pm
Flowers Marie Hickman
Steward(s) & Offering Jayne & Lynton Nicholas
Notices Sylvia Maywald
Scripture Reader Ray Walter
Offering Count Sylvia M & Paul Howland Glen Luestner
Tea & Coffee Jenny & David Riggall
Sound Noel Maywald
Data Projector Samantha
Building Steward Richard Read

Lectionary readings
22nd October – Exodus 33:12-23, Psalm 99, 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10, Matthew 22.15-22
29th October – Deut 34.1-12, Psalm 90.1-6, 13-17, 1 Thess 2.1-8, Matthew 22.34-46
Bible Reading to be used in this week’s service – James 5:13–16  Luke 18:10–14
What’s on this Week   (23rd – 30th October)
Monday               4.45-6.45 pm Waratah Calisthenics Club (Auditorium)
Tuesday               10.00-11.00 am U3A Yoga (Auditorium), Stay & Play 10.00-11.30 Chapel, Lower Hall & Pergola
5.30-7.30 pm Reach your Feat (Top Hall),
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, (Auditorium)
Saturday              8.00-6.00pm Adrian Hookway Music Concert (Auditorium)
Sunday                 9.30 am Church Service,  6.00 pm Evening Service
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