Newsletter for 7th October 2018

Newsletter for 7th October 2018

Sunday 7th October 2018

Greetings and welcome to this week’s newsletter

A Note from Linda
Hello!! As you may be aware I have been away on study leave over the last 2 weeks. Here is a brief summary of what I did..
Community Outreach Mission Network Retreat: Our network provided a 1-day retreat for ministers, an opportunity to network with each other and to spend some quiet time with God. Facilitators from the Stillpoint Community taught us about different forms of prayer.
Pastoral Partners Seminar: A group of 5 went from our church for this training in pastoral care and particularly the Pastoral Partners model. An excellent day and a half of training.
Biblical Hermeneutics: I worked on an assignment for this subject that I’m enrolled in this semester, which is all about interpreting the Bible. In my essay I chose to analyse a sermon written by Dietrich Bonhoeffer at a critical time in the history of Germany.
Mentoring Seminar: This 2-day seminar, sponsored by Compassion was led by Keith Farmer. It was a wonderful opportunity to learn as much as possible from Keith who has been intentionally mentoring key Christian leaders around Australia for over a decade.
and finally…. UnitingWomen: Another group of 5 went from our church to this conference in Brisbane. Running from last Thursday evening through to Sunday lunchtime, the conference included worship, many different speakers, workshops and times to meet lots of Uniting Church women from across Australia. It happened to be on at the same time as the Riverfire event, which is at the end of the Brisbane Festival. From the conference venue we had wonderful views of the spectacular fireworks. The next UnitingWomen will be in Darwin in July 2020.
Overall, I had a full 2 weeks. I learned much and have lots to reflect on. Please feel free to ask if you like to know more.
Thanks to those who joined me at Pastoral Partners and UnitingWomen! I’m so glad you came.
I am looking forward to worshipping with you all on Sunday.
Speaking of Sunday, this week at our services we will begin a 3-week series on Prayer. Going right back to the basics, we’ll begin on Sunday with the purpose of prayer. Come join us at 9.30am or at the 6pm Chapel service.
See you then!
Blessings, Linda

COMN Newsletter
Attached, you will find a copy of the latest COMN newsletter. The Community Outreach Mission Network is the network that we are connected with. They have recently provided us with support through a grant for Spirited Sundays and a Minister’s Retreat which Linda attended while on study leave. Through the newsletter you will get a glimpse of how some other churches connect with their communities.

Spring Fair – 3rd November – 8am – 1pm
Only a month now to our Spring Fair and hope you are all looking forward to being involved.
There will be a short meeting this Sunday, 7th October after church at around 11am, for everyone interested
and especially those who have been involved previously in setting up and/or manning stalls.
Just a reminder the shed will be open every Sunday morning – 9.15-9.30am
for convenient drop off of saleable goods.
The plant stall would appreciate donations of potted plants and
Ann Brown would love to receive donations of cakes, biscuits and other baked goods
so pot up some plants and think about what you could bake for the Cake stall.
For all enquiries, please see Di Curtis (0419-862-606)

Operation Christmas Child!

Last Tuesday TOFs put together 22 shoeboxes – any donations towards the cost of postage for these will be very welcome.
For anyone making up a shoebox these are the suggested priorities for the most useful items with boy/girl in mind:
Education exercise book, 1 or 2 lead pencils, eraser, coloured pencils, pencil bag
Health toothbrush, facecloth, comb/brush
Clothing skirt or shorts, polo or t-shirt
Item for Play ball, skipping rope, car
Soft toy/something to cuddle bear, doll, koala, kangaroo, animal glove puppet
Special carry/shoulder bag, beanie, hat or cap, sparkly necklaces, bracelets, hair clips, ribbons, sunglasses, magnifying glass, work tool (small wrench), whistle, flute or mouth organ, jumbo chalk – 3 or 4 in a snap-lock bag. Blessings to you all, Friederike

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

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:

Wirra Words of the Week
Sunshine and rain are encouraging the weed growth but they are also encouraging the native bulbs to flower and add colour to the wirra. Extra colour and changes in the wirra are also being explored with our yarn bombing themes. For three years now this has been correlated with the Spring Fair and the theme for the children’s activities. We started with fish, followed by birds, and on Linda’s request, 2018 is “Blue Skies and Butterflies”. Trees are only ever bombed for one year to ensure the tree is not stressed over more than one season of growth but there are plenty of other spaces that lend themselves to this craft. Children have enjoyed the tactile and sensory experiences that these themes have provided, not to mention the observation and counting skills that have been utilised. How many birds have you found in the wirra during the year? Now, watch out for the swarms of butterflies!

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

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Lectionary readings
7th October – Job 1:1; 2:1-10, Psalm 26; Hebrews 1:1-4; 2:5-12, Mark 10:2-16
Bible Readings for this Sunday’ Psalm 42:1-8 and Luke 11:1-10.
14th October – Job 23:1-9, 16-17; Psalm 22:1-15; Hebrews 4:12-16, Mark 10:17-31

7th October 14th October
Preacher Linda Linda
Worship Leader Robyn Lyndon R
Singers Bob/Allan/Marie Janet/Ann B/Lynton N
Keyboard Shelley Di
Guitar Grant/Chris/Ann P Scott/Shelley
Data Projector Dave
Flowers Marie Hickman Di Curtis
Door Stewards & Offering Coralie & Brenton Jan & Gus
Notices Don Don
Scripture Reader Jayne Sylvia
Offering Count Don/Sam G Sylvia/Gus
Tea & Coffee Friederike/Marie H Winsome & Brian
Sound Noel Don
Building Steward Paul Richard Read
Communion Ros/Paul/Nola/Victoria

What’s on this Week (8th – 14th October)
Monday 4.45-6.45 pm Waratah Calisthenics Club Auditorium
6.00-10.00 pm Lyons Dinner Lwr Hall & Kitchen
Tuesday 9.30-11.15 am Pilates Top Hall
6.30-7.30 pm Reach your Feat (Stretch & Balance) Top Hall
7.30 pm Church Council Chapel
Wednesday 6.00-8.00 pm Waratah Calisthenics Club Auditorium
6.30-7.30 pm Reach your Feat (Circuit) Top Hall
7.30 pm Neighbourhood Watch Lwr Hall
Thursday 5.30-6.30 pm Reach your Feat (Stretch & Balance) Top Hall
Friday School Holidays – No Friendship Club
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 Evening Worship Chapel