Newsletter for 24th December 2017

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 season of Advent is speeding up and building momentum: the time of waiting and preparation are compacting now into just a few days and it’s hard not to feel a tad stressed!
 
In addition to Christmas celebrations, Paul and I have been focused on preparing for our move in to the manse. This has been a time of decluttering, making tough decisions and packing. My time off in January will be all about joining Paul in the final packing, the move, the unpacking and then the preparation of our home for rental.
 
I know I’m not the only one who has lots to prepare, a big list of tasks to tick off, a variety of different events to plan for and lots of shopping (and packing) left to do. Sharyn gently reminded me this week that it’s important that we don’t lose our focus on the reason for this time of year. And she’s right. (Thanks Sharyn!) We are about to celebrate the coming of the Prince of Peace! Isaiah 9:6 (NIV)
 
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called  Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
 
So I am going to be intentional about finding a few quiet moments in the coming days to reflect on what the gift of Jesus coming in to the world means for me. I hope you too can take some time out to do so for yourself! Shalom!
 
Office Closure & Pastoral Support
Please note that Jan and I will be on leave over the holiday season.  Subsequently the office will be closed between Friday 22nd December until Thursday 1st February.  There will not be a newsletter over this time, Worship services are each Sunday 9.30am, evening services will resume in February.   Linda will be on leave from 31st December until Tuesday 30th January.  For pastoral concern please contact Brenton Summers 0400 632 829 for assistance.
There will be a message on the answering machine with this information.  Sharyn
 
Building Stewards and helpers
You may all have a break from moving the chairs after Worship, as there are no hirers that require the auditorium cleared until 24th January.  Well done and thank you for doing this job each week
 
 
December 25 – Christmas Day
Merry Christmas from Act for Peace! Thank you for your gifts which will bring hope and healing to the world this Christmas! As a refugee, Praveena couldn’t afford the treatment for her granddaughter’s leukaemia. She thought all hope was lost. But, your support through the Christmas Bowl has changed all that! Please help other refugee children receive lifesaving medical care so that they can have a healthy future. Just $210 can provide lifesaving medical treatment for families who don’t have access to basic healthcare.
 
Christmas Bowl Appeal
Don’t forget to pick up your Bowl envelope at the door and place your donation in the envelope.
If you want to give by credit card or cheque you may wish to send your donation to the Sydney office ( making sure you write Athelstone UC as your congregation)  otherwise you may place it in the offering( don’t send cash to Sydney)until the end of December.  There will also be an opportunity to give to the Christmas Bowl as a special offering at Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services.
 
Tear Fund Gifts
Don and Brian will be at the Tear Fund desk on Sunday for you to purchase cards that make a difference in the lives of people in developing countries.
 
Roll up your sleeves and join us for STOCKTAKING AND CLEANING DAY, Tuesday 16th January Any time between 10-00 am and 12-30 pm, then join us for lunch at Indigo Café.
Contact Joy or Bruce bruceandjoy@bigpond.com
 
 
Calendars 2018 Uniting Church Calendars are available for pickup in the foyer.   Don’t miss out!
 
 
 
Roster for 31st  December 2017

  9.30 am
Flowers Ruth Henderson
Steward(s) & Offering Jan & Gus Robin
Notices Brenton Summers
Scripture Reader Jenny Riggall
Offering Count Friederike A/W & David W
Tea & Coffee Jenny & David Riggall
Sound Tara
Worship Leader Lyndon
Singers Allan & Friederike
Keyboard Di
Guitar Chris & Wendy
Data Projector Dave
Building Steward Gus

 
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
31st December 2017  –  Isaiah 61.10-62.3, Psalm 148, Galatians 4.4-7, Luke 2.22-40
 
What’s on this Week   31st December
Sunday                 9.30 am Church Service,