Sunday 10th February 2019
Greetings and welcome to this week’s newsletter
A Note from Linda
“Now I would remind you, brothers and sisters, of the good news that I proclaimed to you…” (1 Cor 15:1 NRSV)
These are the opening words of our reading this week. When you read this, what do you think Paul meant by “the Good News”? Other translations use the words “the Gospel” or “the Message”. What would have been Good News for the believers in Corinth? What would be Good News for people in our world today? What would be Good News for you? I invite you to reflect on this as we explore Paul’s letter together.
As we settle into this New Year, you might considering a new spiritual practice as you grow in your relationship with Jesus. With Love to the World is a great devotional resource with daily readings to reflect on. It is very affordable at $5.00. The latest edition has arrived, so why not give it a try? Pick up a copy in the church main foyer. An envelope is attached in which you may place your payment in the offering bag.
Coming Sunday evenings at Athelstone Uniting Church
10 February – 4-6pm including dinner
Messy Church is back! This service is for all ages
You are on the VIP list to the biggest party ever! But where is this party? Come along to find out more about God’s Kingdom and the most important invitation we will ever receive
17 February – 6.30 for 7pm – Spirited Sundays are back! Our first speaker for the year will be Ivan Copley who will talk about what Spirituality means for Aboriginal people.
24 February – 6pm – Prayer Walk
3 March – 6pm – intimate communion service in the Chapel
All are welcome to any of our Sunday evening activities, and as usual are welcome to join us for dinner or a cuppa each Sunday night at The Rezz after our service.
First meeting of “Triple Cs” (Chaps Coffee Chat) will be Wed 13 Feb. around 10.30 am at The Red Mill Bakehouse,
25 Hectorville Rd. Hectorville.
Please advise Ray Walter or Bob Stevenson of –
A/ Intention to “appear” so that we can advise the venue, and, B/ if you need a lift.
Object is purely to get to know each other better and to “Chew the fat” in general, and act as a support team, and is an extension of coffee mornings that were a trial for these gatherings.
Looking ahead to Lent
During Lent (commencing in March) our preaching series will follow the book “Being Disciples” by Rowan Williams. All are invited to join in further by reading the book as part of your own personal devotions or joining a small group to unpack it together. An order form and more information will be available in next week’s newsletter. Existing small groups are invited to use the book for your studies. Linda will also be hosting a new small group to read this book together. Alternately, there will be a Lent Event bible study available which can also be used by small groups.
Save the Date – COMN network gathering
We are hosting the first Community Outreach Mission Network gathering for 2019 on Tuesday 26 February at 6:15pm. More information about this and other network news in the COMN newsletter attached this week
Threads – (2.30pm Tuesday 12th) at the café across the road.
What is Threads? We gather to knit or crochet – or whatever we enjoy creating with thread. Sometimes we work on a joint project, and other times we work on our own individual projects. Some of us are highly skilled whilst others are still learning! We encourage each other and learn new skills. If you’d like to have a go, we have spare knitting needles and wool – just let Linda or Sharyn know beforehand so we can have it ready for you.
Are you interested in learning more about a NEW Small group!
Linda invites you to join her for an information session over a cuppa at the Manse on Wednesday 27th February at 7.30pm. The focus of the discussion will be formation of a small group for of the 6 weeks of Lent, commencing Wednesday 6th March – 10th April. Resource is “Being Disciples” written by Rowan Williams and will cost $13.00.
Dr Williams is acknowledged internationally as an outstanding theological writer, scholar and teacher. He has been involved in many theological, ecumenical and educational commissions. As Archbishop of Canterbury his principal responsibilities are however pastoral… leading the life and witness of the Church by the globally recognized ministry of unity that attaches to the office of Bishop of the see of Canterbury.
Please let Sharyn know if you are interested in attending the information session and/or the group. The books are being ordered through the office.
Church Council News
A Commissioning Service to affirm the Council members in their ministry will be held on Sunday 10 February at the 9.30am service.
Stay and Play Playgroup
DATES for 2019
Term 1 – 19th February, 5th March, 19th March, 2nd April
Term 2 – 7th May, 21st May, 4th June, 18th June, 2nd July
With thanks to a couple of new helpers on deck, there should be no cancellations of sessions in Term 1. However, the waiting list will be in operation for over 20 children until we continue to increase the team.
Please seriously consider how you can support Stay and Play so that this valuable outreach can continue.
People who set up, pack away, cut fruit, wash dishes and interact with carers and children, are all of great benefit to the already committed team. “Let’s Talk Together” in 2019 and celebrate the International Year of Indigenous Languages. Bruce and Joy Stewart – Phone: 83362671 or Email: email@example.com
Kiribati Fresh Water Project
The Kiribati Drinking Water Supply Project was initiated 3 years ago by this church in response to a call from Naracoorte UC to assist in freshwater supply to the Arorea Island community. A total of $8450 has been raised.
Various approaches to supply fresh water were considered and tested. The old technique of raised tarpaulins to collect rain and drain to storage tanks has proven to be the most realistic and simple to transport, install and maintain. The local member for Areaoa, and former Deputy Prime Minister (Mrs Teima Onorio), has acknowledged the gift, expressed deep appreciation and undertaken to ensure delivery to the community.
Letter received from Mrs Teima Onorio on 4th February
Have been in Arorae for 3 weeks now and people whose houses were hit by the strong wings are slowly rebuilding their homes while using tents donated by the LDS church.
Water is still a great issue with many homes whose wells were either filled up with sea water or sand after the great tides swept ashore or made dirty by the great downpour of rain sweeping dirt into the wells.
We are awaiting supply of 2 water pumps from Government to help people pump out sea water. The patrol boat arrived here 3 days ago but alas no water pumps – Only wheelbarrows, shovels and nails.
Will return to Tarawa this Thursday and will release the tarpaulins from the Kiribati Port Authority. Will also check on deposit into my Bank account and will provide you with update once these are done.
Have informed Ministers and the Island Church Council of this kind donation and they have asked me to convey their heartfelt gratitude to all at Athelstone Uniting Church and all else who have kindly assisted in some way. May God continue to bless you all for your kindness and empathy for your brothers and sisters in Christ who are in need.
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
Save the Date: International Women’s Day retreat 2019
This one day retreat coordinated by members of Synod Communications team provides an opportunity to ‘step-away’ for the day to focus on you. Retreat leaders will take you through a series of exercises that provide opportunity for self-reflection, increased confidence and time to contemplate the possibilities that lie ahead! The retreat will be on Friday 8 March from 9.30am – 4.15pm (includes lunch and morning tea). See Linda for more information.
Save the Date: World Day of Prayer – Friday March 1
This year’s World Day of Prayer event will be at the Campbelltown Salvos at 10am on Friday March 1.
Launch of Bible App “Just Earth” 14 February, 7:30pm
You are invited to the international launch of Environmental Action Group’s Lenten Bible Study App, “Just Earth“. Presented by Uniting Church Australia President Dr Deidre Palmer and with guest speaker Dr Ingo Weber of Doctors for the Environment Australia, the event is to be held at Christ Church Uniting (26 King William Road, Wayville) and will focus on the topic of health impactions of climate change, especially on children.
We have been invited to participate in a consultation about development of the Fox Avenue Reserve Playground. Campbelltown Council would like to know how they can add value to the existing playground and make its surroundings more interesting and attractive. If you use the playground with your children, grandchildren or visitors or would like to then and haven’t been contacted directly by Council, they are keen to hear from you. They are hosting a free neighbourhood BBQ and Talking Point at the Fox Avenue Reserve on Tuesday February 19, 5-6.30pm. (If temperature is over 37degrees or there is a Total Fire Ban in place they will postpone it to Thursday 21 February). If you need more information please contact Linda or Sharyn who can provide you with an information sheet and feedback form.)
Wider Church News- Please use the link to UC e-news at http://sa.uca.org.au/uc-e-news/
Website – We encourage you to visit our website: www.athelstonechurch.org.au
Newsletter contributions – Please email firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm Wed.
10th February – Is 6:1-8 (9-13); Ps 138; 1 Cor 15:1-11; Lk 5:1-11
17th February – Jer 17:5-10; Ps 1; 1 Cor 15:12-20; Lk 6:17-26
|10th February||17th February|
|Door Stewards & Offering||Winsome & Brian||Raelene & Rob|
|Scripture Reader||Jayne||Ann T|
|Tea & Coffee||Winsome & Brian||Jan & Gus|
|Building Steward||Richard R||Eric|
What’s on 11th – 17th February
|Monday||4.45-6.45 pm||Waratah Calisthenics College||Auditorium|
|Tuesday||9.30–11.30 am||Pilates||Top Hall|
|10.00-11.00am||U3A – Yoga||Auditorium|
|2.30-4.00 pm||Threads||Coffee Shop|
|6.30-7.30pm||Reach your Feat||Top Hall|
|Wednesday||6.00-8.00 pm||Waratah Calisthenics College||Auditorium|
|6.30-7.30pm||Reach your Feat||Top Hall|
|Thursday||5.30-6.30pm||Reach your Feat||Top Hall|
|Friday||10.00-12.00pm||Friendship Club – Line Dancing||Auditorium|
|10.00-11.00 am||Waratah Calisthenics College||Auditorium|
|10.00 am||Garden Working Bee||Garden|
|6.00pm||Spirited Sunday||The Rezz|