Newsletter for Sunday 11th March 2018

Newsletter for Sunday 11th March 2018

Sunday 11th March 2018

Greetings and welcome to this week’s newsletter
A Note from Linda
We are four weeks in to the season of Lent and I’ve been inviting you to consider picking something up – something that will help you grow in your journey as a Christian disciple.   In the last 2 weeks I have suggested to be Thankful and to Act.  Here’s another thing to try:  to Keep Silence – find a time each day to be still and quiet and simply listen, focusing on the name of Jesus.  Perhaps there is special spot where you like to sit, or a special time when all is quiet and still. Give it a go and listen. This verse can be a helpful one to focus on: “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10)
In contrast, last week I preached on the passion and zeal that can inspire us to Act – modelled on Jesus’ zeal when he cleared the temple courts.  Dean Brooks sent me his response and has given me permission to share it with you. See below.
Lord, show us the way. Show us when to be still and show us when to use our rage for injustice for good – to speak up for the voiceless, to care for those who are vulnerable and hurting, to pray for your Shalom over our community and our world.  Amen
Blessings,  Linda
Sermon Response
HENRI Nouwen in his book “The Way of the Heart“ wrote in 1991 – “In 20 years we will celebrate the second Millenium of the Christian Era”, but the question is:  Will there be anything to celebrate?  Many voices wonder if humanity can survive its own destructive powers.
As we reflect on the increasing poverty and hunger, the rapidly spreading hatred and violence within, as well as between countries and the frightening build-up of nuclear weapons systems, we come to realise that our world has embarked on a suicidal journey “.
On Sunday Linda challenged us to be like the rage of Jesus as he cleansed the temple and the school girl survivor of the shooting massacre in America who raged against the gun laws.
In his election speech President Putin displayed their nuclear bombs that can reach every part of the globe.
President Trump is using threatening responses to utterly destroy any country that causes trouble.
In our own local elections each party seems intent on destroying the opposition.
I feel raged at the lack of love, understanding and acceptance taking place here at home and all around the world.  While people are still starving, lacking education and suffering from violence.  I feel all I can do is voice my voice in this way.
Dean Brook
Easter Diary Dates
Thursday 29 March:        Passover Banquet (6.45 for 7.00pm)
Friday 30 March:              Good Friday service (9.30am)
Sunday 1 April:                 Easter Dawn service with local Uniting Church neighbours, Campbelltown and Dernancourt under The Pavilion at Thorndon Park – BYO chair  (6.45am)
Sunday 1 April:                  Easter worship service (9.30am)
Lunch at Cafe Settebello
You are invited to Lunch on Sunday 18th March at Cafe Settebello (84 Newton Road, Campbelltown).
The booking is for 12 noon.  Please let Barbara Hurrell (8331 0022) know by 12th March if you would like to attend.
This is an opportunity to socialise with your church friends and any newcomers to our church community are particularly welcome!
Church Office – will be staffed Tues & Wed (9.30-12.30) for the next two weeks, while Sharyn is on sick leave. We are so thankful for all the volunteers who are giving their time and skills to cover for Sharyn. Thank you!
Rosters for April, May and June
These have been sent out electronically, but if you require a ‘hard’ copy, see Gus Robin.
Basketball Winter Season registrations now open
SA Church Basketball has returned to the Northern Suburbs for the first time in years, running both Senior and Junior Competitions on a Saturday Afternoon. Opportunities will be available for teams from Under 8’s through to senior men’s and women’s competitions. The 2018 Winter Season kicks off on Saturday 7th April. If you are interested in playing please let Linda know. We can either connect you with another club in the area, or if there is enough interest, form our own team. .
Lent Event 2018 – How far have we come?
At the half way point in Lent, now is an excellent time to pause and reflect on the goals you may have set for yourself at the beginning of this forty day period.  Perhaps you set a goal to spend more time in prayer or reflection; to give or take up a new habit; to set aside some item of daily life and donate the money you save to a project that changes lives in the Pacific.  If you haven’t yet thought about what you hope to achieve in the Spirit this Lent, now is the time.
We began our time together asking whether freedom is worth the struggle.  What does putting our faith into action achieve?
Some quotes you may life to ponder anew:
“We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in that.  This enables us to do something, and to do it very well. J It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way, an opportunity for the Lord’s grace to enter and do the rest.” Oscar Romero
“If you would find freedom, learn above all to discipline your senses and your sole.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Some of the people you’ve met so far and their thoughts on how people of faith are shaping God’s action in the world:
“This is the church taking seriouslyt its calling to be a sign of the new creation.  It is the enduring dream of God at work amoung those who have hop, or who desperately need it: “See, I am mkaking all things new.: (Revelation 21:5)
“My parents – I would like to get them a house and get them out of the settlement – and my siblings, I would also like to support them in their studies.  It is the church that has helped me achieve my dream” Malini
How your gifts can make a difference:
$55 can help a child go to school by providing uniforms and stationery.
$120 provides skills for women in poor communities to start their own small business.
Some prayer requests from our partners:
For the women of the squatter community outside Suva, who are exploring new3 ways to increase their literacy and livelihoods.
For the Tongan Church Chaplaincy Network, supporting rebuilding and healing efforts after Cyclone Gita.
Reminder – There will be an additional offering on Palm Sunday to enable you to bring your money boxes and/or special gift for Lent Event for use in the Pacific region.
Global Day of Prayer for Myanmar
Please pray for the leadership of Aung San Suu Kyi at this difficult time . Pray that the Rohingya people who return home to Myanmar after being refugees in Bangladesh will be able to live in peace among the population.
Passover??  We’ve all heard of it, but do you know how it is done now?
Join us on Maundy Thursday evening (March 29th) to find out and share a banquet!  The early church understood the ministry of Jesus and their own ministry in the light of the Passover ritual.  Modern Jews understand their national identity by it still.  This is a chance to enjoy fellowship and enrich your understanding at the same time.  There is no charge, but you need to reserve your place for catering purposes.  Donations towards the cost of providing the Jewish banquet menu will be happily received, any profit will be directed towards Lenten care projects.
Contact Dean or Nola Pearce to get your name on the list – numbers will be limited.
Phone or text Nola 0427995799 or Dean 0451340941
DATES for 2018 – Term 1 – 20th March, 3rd April                 Term 2 – 8th May, 22nd May, 5th June
Several of our regular team helpers will be absent in Term 2 for 19th June and 3rd July.  With a FULL ENROLMENT of 25 children, it is imperative for safety of children as well as our remaining helpers, that we have sufficient helpers to move furniture, cut fruit, wash dishes and supervise children. We cannot operate safely with less than 6 team so please come and join the team “on deck” and explore your role at Stay and Play. You will be very welcome between 9.00am and 12 noon.  Police checks can be arranged through the office.
More info Contact Bruce and Joy Stewart Phone: 83362671 or Email:
Lost and Found
The Cleaners found a Samsung tablet in the Chapel when cleaning. If it is yours speak to Linda or Jan Robin.
Packing Day in June
After an uncertain start, Packing Day is happening again this year. We will be collecting, sorting and packing on Sunday 3rd, Mon 4th and the morning of Tues 5th June.
Athelstone will again be packing for 4 Northern Territory coastal communities so the majority of our requirements will be summer weight clothing.   However, Men’s, Girls’ and Boys’ jeans and slacks will be suitable. Also light weight jumpers and cardigans for all ages and gender would be appropriate. Other items that can be collected include:
Beanies for all ages.  Manchester (cotton rugs; not heavy woollen blankets or dunas) and Books, sewing aids, toys, toiletries, Good News bibles
Detailed requirements of each of the communities will be on the Noticeboard at the rear of the Church.
We will also collect items for the Old Timers Fete in Alice Springs. Items for the fete must be excellent quality – new handmade or manufactured.
Goods can be dropped at the church on the afternoon of Sunday June 3rd  12 – 4pm and Mon 4th in the morning.
If you are able to help at the church on any of the days ie Sunday, Monday and Tuesday morning please let me know.
Pass the word around to your friends and families for donations, in particular lighter weight garments and plenty of menswear.                                                       Many Thanks, Jayne Nicholas (0418 836 266)
Church Council is looking into having a Freezer for the storage of food items e.g. bread, meats, soups for church community gatherings and social events. If you have a surplus freezer in good working order and preferable a fridge-freezer please advise the Office Administrator. Info:  David Riggall E:  or Tel  83950112
Yarn Bombers Unite
Before Easter, we hope to complete the stobie pole in the wirra.
Next, we will look at recycling the strips that were used for the “fish” tree project in the view of covering the railing along the front steps.  This will provide a base for the Spring theme of “Blue Skies and Butterflies”.
Late in the year we will be creating angels to share around the community in readiness for Christmas.
If you would like to get involved in any, or all of these projects (or would like to learn how to knit or crochet) speak to Linda, Joy or Sharyn.
Dernancourt Uniting Church 50th Anniversary Celebrations – Sun 27 May 2018
10am Worship service  – Guest Preacher Rev. Rod Dyson
Electronic Giving – As disciples we give as an expression of our thankfulness for what God has done and is doing in our lives. We give as one way of contributing towards and investing in Christ’s ministry and mission through our local and the wider church. Electronic giving is a way of making giving a little easier – easier to remember – and easier for those times when you’re away. Pray about how much you wish to give and how often (2 Cor 9:7), then set up regular payments, and it’s done! Application forms are available on the table in the Church foyer or speak to the Treasurer Glen Luestner for more information.
Lectionary readings
11th March – Nm 21:4-9; Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22; Eph 2:1-10; John 3:14-21
18th March – Jeremiah 31:31-34, Psalm 51:1-12, Hebrews 5:5-10, John 12:20-33
Morning Roster

11th March 2018 18th March
Preacher Rev Linda Driver Rev Linda Driver
Worship Leader Jeff Dave
Scripture Reader Ray Walter Jai West
Keyboard Gerald Shelley
Singers Lyndon R/Janet/Friederike Nola/Ruth/Sylvia
Guitar Chris/Shelley Grant/Scott
Flowers Jenny Riggall Sue Richards
Data Projector Dave Samantha
Sound Tara Shirlock Don Brown
Steward(s) & Offering Victoria/Stella Jan & Gus Robin
Tea & Coffee Jenny & David Riggall Coralie & Brenton Summers
Notices Barbara Hurrell Barbara Hurrell
Pastoral Care Pat Howshild Barbara Hurrell
Communion Barbara & Eric Hurrell, Crisi & Sam George
Offering Count Lynton N/Gus R F Ashby-Weiss/D Walker
Building Steward Richard Read Noel Maywald

What’s on this Week   (12th-18th March 2018)

Monday 4.45-6.45 pm Waratah Calisthenics Club Auditorium
Tuesday 9.15-11.15 am Pilates Top Hall
10-11am U3A Yoga Auditorium
5.30-7.30 pm Reach your Feat Top Hall
Wednesday 6.30-7.30 pm Reach your Feat Top Hall
7.30 pm Neighbourhood Watch Lower Hall
Thursday 5.30-7.30 pm Reach your Feat Top Hall
Friday 10am-12 noon Friendship Club  – preloved goods & food auction Auditorium
9.15-11.15 am Pilates Top Hall
Saturday 9.00-11.00 am Gardening Working Bee
9.15-11.15 am Pilates Top Hall
10.00-11.00 am Waratah Calisthenics Club Auditorium
Sunday 9.30 am Church Service Auditorium
6 pm Evening Service Chapel

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