Newsletter for Sunday 11th February 2018

Newsletter for Sunday 11th February 2018





Sunday, 11th February 2018
Greetings and welcome to this week’s newsletter
A Note from Linda
Well here we are at the end of another hot week in our part of the world.  It’s the last week of our ‘Sun-drenched summer” and we will be looking at the Transfiguration.
Come join us as we’ll metaphorically head up on to the mountaintop to be dazzled by the light of Jesus.
Blessings, Linda
Sunday Evening Services
Each Sunday we have been gathering for Worship at 6pm in the Chapel.  This coming Sunday (11 Feb), following a brief Communion service, we will be meeting over a light BBQ dinner to talk about possible new initiatives for this service.  If you are passionate about this service and have ideas you’d like to share (and maybe even facilitate), come join us.  For more information, contact Linda.
Please note that Linda’s ministry days have changed.  She is now available Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.   It’s always a good idea to call ahead if you’re planning to pop in to the church office to see her.
Just to remind you all, the diary of bookings for the whole facility is available on the admin desk for anyone thinking about available times for an event, as is a message book if you need to contact admin staff and volunteers.
If you intend to use the facility for any purpose don’t forget to check the diary on the desk in the admin area for availability and please write in your event.
If you borrow items e.g. tables, chairs etc please write the details in the diary – it is good to know where “they” have gone!   If you are using part of the building, check the lights, fans, heaters are turned off and the facility is secure when you leave.                                                                                                                                                Thank you Sharyn
Interim Office Arrangements
The office will be staffed Tuesdays and Wednesdays (9.30-12.30) for the next six weeks, while Sharyn is on sick leave.
With Love to the World
The new edition of this devotional resource has been delivered.  If you would like to try this excellent resource we have ordered extra copies just for you!  The cost is $5 and there is an envelope ready for your money.  Easy!!   If you are a regular user, please find your copy in the foyer ready to pick up with an envelope for your reimbursement attached.   In both cases the envelope can be placed in the offering for your convenience.
Come and join us with your preschoolers and babies on alternate Tuesdays
(even weeks of school term) from 10-00a.m. to 11-30 a.m. at
Athelstone Uniting Church, corner Fox Avenue & Kantilla Drive
DATES for 2018 – Term 1 – 20th February, 6th March, 20th March, 3rd April
We are looking forward to another great year so come and join us.
Bruce and Joy Stewart  Phone: 83362671 or Email:
Noticeboard – Please continue to check the notice board for info – e.g. –
Gain Momentum Pilates in Athelstone with Nic Crocker – starting in February
Pilates Classes for beginners/intermediates – Tuesday – Saturday mornings – See Notice board.
Wider Church – Please continue to use the link to UC e-news at
which includes information like this:
Upcoming Christian leadership course
A brand new Cert IV unit starts at Uniting College next week!   Rev Stephanie Tai will teach about what leadership is and isn’t; help people to identify their unique secular and Christian leadership style; dive into the counter-cultural characteristics of a Christian leader, and much more.  For more info, email:
Bibles for Bubs
Here’s a lovely way to bless families with a newborn to one-year-old and encourage their faith development:
The Bible Society is gifting 1,000 babies born between 1 January 2017 and 7 March 2018, a free Read and Share Toddler Bible.  Parents, grandparents, great-grandparents or carers can apply for the Bible.
To find about more about donating or to apply for a Bible, please visit
Church Council
The first meeting of the Church Council for 2018 was held with a focus on organisational matters so as to meet obligations of the Uniting Church Regulations and to give a solid foundation for the year ahead. The main items were:

  • Office bearers elected (re-elected): Victoria Pederick as Chairperson, Michael O’Connell as Secretary, and Glen Luestner as Treasurer.
  • An ‘Executive Group’, comprising Victoria, Linda, Mike and Glen, was established to assist and advise the Council, expeditiously address administrative and operational matters.
  • Foreshadowed Portfolio Teams

Last year was significant in many ways including the selection and appointment of the new Minister, addressing financial issues and renovating the Manse property. Church Council looks forward to the year ahead as one of increased discipleship, spiritual growth and service according to God’s call. Your ongoing support and involvement is essential in this mission.     Please speak with Church Council members for further information.
Lectionary readings
11th February –2 Kings 2:1-12, Psalm 50:1-6, 2 Corinthians 4:3-6, Mark 9:2-9
18th February – Genesis 9:8-17, Psalm 25:1-10,  1 Peter 3:18-22,  Mark 1:9-15
Roster for 18th February 2018

  9.30 am 6.30 pm
Flowers Di Curtis  
Steward(s) & Offering Raelene & Rob Anderson  
Notices Sylvia Maywald  
Scripture Reader Sylvia Maywald  
Offering Count F Ashby-Weiss/R Walker  
Tea & Coffee Sylvia & Noel Maywald  
Sound Don Brown  
Worship Leader Nola  
Singers Friederike/Dave/Ruth  
Keyboard Gerald  
Guitar Shelley/Scott  
Data Projector Samantha  
Building Steward Eric Hurrell  

Electronic Giving
Application forms are available on the table in the Church foyer for anyone interested in regular electronic giving or speak to the Treasurer Glen Luestner.
What’s on this Week   (12th-18th February 2018)
Monday               4.45-6.45 pm Waratah Calisthenics Club (Auditorium)
Tuesday               10.00-11.00 am U3A Yoga (Auditorium),   5.30-7.30 pm Reach your Feat (Top Hall)
Wednesday        6.00-8.00 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 – Bingo
Saturday              9.00-11.00 am Gardening Working Bee,  10.00-11.00 am Waratah Calisthenics Club (Auditorium)
Sunday                 9.30 am Church Service,  6.30 pm Evening Service (Chapel)