Newsletter for Sunday 11th December 2016

Newsletter for Sunday 11th December 2016




Sunday 11th December 2016

Church Profile Project
Exciting news as Church Council has appointed Victoria Pederick, Jenny Riggall and Jeff Dry to the Church Profile working group and they have already met and completed a first draft of the Congregation Placement Profile template.  A subsequent meeting within the next 2 weeks will enable the group to compile the remaining information after further consultation with Church Council as well as sourcing some final data.  The working group is aware of the congregation’s desire to have this Profile finalised as soon as possible and as such has committed to completing the task by late January/early February.
Family Fun and Tea this Sunday 4.00am – 6.00am
Stories, games, craft, songs, prayers and a BBQ for families and grand families to have a enjoyable time together.
Christmas Services
Christmas Eve: 6.30pm                  Family Christmas Service and Christmas Desserts! (Yum!)
Christmas Eve: 11.00pm                Watch night Service
Christmas Day: 9.30am                  Morning Worship
We are hoping to have yummy Christmas desserts to share after the 6.30 pm service on Christmas Eve.
I’m thinking that things like Pudding, Egg Nog, Almond bread, Ginger bread…. I’m starting to feel hungry!          Geoff
Writing Group
Dear Athelstone Uniting and Friends
Last month our group met and we told each other stories (as we usually do.)  We heard about the stories of first settlers arriving in Australia and learnt of their trials and successes.  We heard stories about the life of a Myall Tree – an honest and heartfelt story about the cycles that life takes us.  We heard about the family occupation of a man who enjoys inhabiting other people’s dreams.
We had Ros Howland join us last week, she came with an open heart for our stories and offered her skills for us to utilize.    A very generous and useful offer.   Thank you.
If you are interested in writing and want to join us please call Matthew Barker on 0416620913.
We will swap this month’s writing at the Christmas Eve service and organize a time to meet in the New Year.
Christmas Bowl Appeal – Week 3   Jordan Refugee Support
Mother- of- six, Maya, had to leave behind a life of sunset strolling in the park with her husband and evening meals with the family for a damp house in a refugee camp in Jordan.  In winter, water comes through the leaky ceiling, and in summer it’s stifling hot.  Act for Peace’s partner has been working on the ground for 65 years.  Their local staff is part of the community, speaks the language and are extremely well trusted.
Thanks to your gifts to the Christmas Bowl, our local partner in Jordan can support Syrian refugees by providing food rations, healthcare, hygiene and sanitation, psychological support, livelihood programs and education.
Your gift to the Christmas Bowl does make a difference.
Please use the special envelope and place your gift in the offering bag any time until mid January.
Rosters next week
Rosters for January, February and March will be made up this coming Wednesday, so if you have anything that needs arranging please contact Gus Robin on 8337001 or email  or speak to me direct before then.
Stay and Play
What a wonderful morning of fun and Christmas celebration was had by all those families and helpers that attended on 6th December.  All the hard work is worthwhile when you see the delight on children’s faces as they bowled down a plastic cup Christmas tree, watched the ice trees melt and whipped up the bubbles, or hung an ornament on the growing tree in the Wirra.  The appreciation from parents and carers was obvious with comments like  –
Thank you for all your efforts to help us learn, develop and have loads of fun !”,
“We are so thankful for such a beautiful playgroup. You’re a great example of community spirit “.
A huge thank you to the team of helpers and supporters this year.  However large or small your contribution, you are all very much appreciated. We wish you all a very blessed Christmas and look forward to all your company (and others who wish to join us) on 7th February 2017.     Bruce and Joy Stewart
A Christmas Card received from a Kerley Crescent resident
“Congratulations to the children for the wonderful tree hugging decorations.  It lifts my spirits to walk by that section of the church yard.  I often walk past and through the church yard and my spirits would be lifted further if there was more colour in the garden.  Such plants as bougainvillea, plumbago, lantana, geraniums – all waterwise, would be a stunning addition to a very tidy native garden.  It is a lovely church which deserves some spirit lifting colour.”
To the Parishiners with kindest regards and appreciation
Useful Gifts for Christmas
Don and Brian will have catalogues and cards available today.
Each gift you buy contributes directly to projects that seek a new tomorrow for communities living in poverty.
Everything in Common Catalogue
As an alternative to the Useful Gifts catalogue of the Tear Fund there are copies of the Everything in Common catalogue of Uniting World in the foyer for those who would like to buy a gift  for a needy community or family in the Pacific,Asia and Africa regions this Christmas.  For further information talk to Brian Ball.
Wider Church – Please continue to use the link to UC e-news at
Uniting Communities – Eastern Services 2016 Christmas Appeal – need our help to provide food hampers and toys to families in need in the Eastern suburbs.   Together we can make a difference.
See list of items on leaflet at front foyer of the church.
Friendship Club
Friday 16th December – Christmas carols with Shelly.  End of Term – Chicken Lunch at Church.
Contact for Notices
Please send all notices you wish included in our Newsletter to by Wednesday 6pm.
If you wish to contact Sharyn in the Office the email address is
Broadview Uniting Church (cnr Galway & Collingrove Aves) – Blue Christmas
A service of Remembrance and Hope – Tuesday 13th December at 7.00pm – Followed by supper  (Rebecca 0408810775)
Royal School of Church Music – “Kindle the Flame of Pentecost”, See Church Notice board.
Bible Readings
11th December – Isaiah 35.1-10, Psalm 146:5-10 or James 5:7-10   Matthew 11:2-11,  Luke 1:46b-55
18th December– Isaiah 7 10-16, Psalm 80 1-7, 17-19, Romans 1:1-7, Matthew 1: 18-25

Rosters    18th December 2016

  9.30am 6.00pm
Flowers Raelene Anderson  
Steward(s) & Offering Raelene & Rob Anderson  
Notices Barbara Hurrell  
Scripture Reader Noel Maywall  
Data Projector Samantha  
Sound Tara Shirlock  
Building Steward Richard Read  
Offering Count S George/L Nicholas G Luestner/B O’Hara
Tea & Coffee Marie & Friederike Rowe
Bakery Run   Rowe


What’s on this Week   (12th – 18th December)

Tuesday               10am-12.15pm U3A Yoga   5.30-7.30 pm Reach your Feat, 7.00 pm Morialta Rotary Club 7.30 pm Church Council
Wednesday        6.00-8.00 pm Waratah Calisthenics Club;  6.30-7.30 pm Reach your Feat
Thursday             5.30-7.30 pm Reach your Feat
Friday                    10.00 am Friendship Club (Christmas Lunch)
Saturday              10.00-11.00 am Waratah Calisthenics Club
Sunday                 9.30 am Church Service   6 pm Church Service