Newsletter for Sunday 12th February 2017

Newsletter for Sunday 12th February 2017

Sunday 12th February 2017

The Sounds of Silence group is following on from November’s God’s Patch Service and our usual monthly pre-morning worship reflective time to offer:
“An Evening with Nature”  –  Sunday, February 19th  6pm.
The Service will include:                                – Music on the deck with Victoria, Eloise and Matt
– biblical wisdom from Dean Brook
– an opportunity to “Walk in the Wirra”
– reflection on photos, poetry and painting
Please join us for the service and a light shared supper afterwards (bring a plate if you wish )        Lee O’Connell

Resourcing worship leader’s workshops

We offering 3 workshops in February to encourage worship leaders.
If you currently lead worship or feel that you would like to contribute to the life of our congregation in this way then these workshops will be for you.
3 sessions are planned
Feb 12   2.00pm                 Basics of worship leading
Feb 19   6.00pm                 Lent and Easter – worked examples.
( St Andrews By the Sea 92 Jetty Rd, Glenelg)
Feb 26   2.00pm                 Good resources
For more details contact Geoff Hurst (

With Love to the World

The new study guide has arrived, which commences on 6th February.  Please collect your copy from the church foyer.  This excellent three month resource is still $5.00 per copy – there are a few extra copies available in the foyer.
Check with Geoff or Sharyn to get yours.

Some Items from Church Council

  1. Church Council

The members of Church Council held the first meeting on Tuesday 31 January. The following persons were appointed to Council’s required office holder positions:
Chairperson – Victoria Pederick                                Secretary – Michael O’Connell                   Treasurer – Glen Luestner
Church representatives to other bodies and convenors of portfolios will be considered at the next meeting. The members expressed deep appreciation to Eric Hurrell (as retiring chair) and Chris Pritchard (as retiring treasurer) for their ‘steadfast’ work over the past years and look forward to their ongoing involvement in Church Council’s deliberations in the coming year.

  1. Church Profile

The Church Profile is the ‘written statement’ on Athelstone Uniting Church call for a new minister. The draft Church Profile has been prepared by Victoria Pederick, Jeff Dry and Jenny Riggall and follows on from many discussions and a congregational workshops on mission. The draft Profile was discussed at Church Council’s recent meeting and revisions made.  Wendy Perkins from Presbytery/Synod provided valuable input on process and content.  The draft is available to all to view and comment on in the coming week.

Stay and Play Playgroup

Come and join us with your preschoolers and babies on alternate Tuesdays (even weeks of school term)
from 9-30 a.m. to 11-00 a.m. at Athelstone Uniting Church, corner Fox Ave  and Kantilla Dve
DATES for 2017
Term 1                  7th February      21st February    7th March           21st March          4th April
Term 2                  9th May               23rd May            6th June               20th June            4th July
Several of our past helpers will not be available this year, so if anyone feels they would have skills of furniture moving, adult counselling or a desire to work with preschoolers, please come and join the team “on deck” for Stay and Play. Police checks can be arranged through Sharyn in the office. We are looking forward to another great year so come and join us.                                                  Bruce & Joy Stewart  Phone: 83362671 or Email:

Wirra Words of the Week

“A garden reflects its gardener  –  Wirra reflects nature”   Wal bushman
Have you noticed the glorious white blooms of the Christmas Bush in wakwakurnaku wirra ?
The following information was gleaned from “Releaf”, the quarterly newsletter from Trees for Life.
With summer upon us, many plants have finished up for the year, as the dry and hot weather sets in.  This means that seed and nectar-eating animals have a harder time finding food.  Luckily for them though, one plant is still quite active.  Bursaria spinosa is known by many different common names, depending on where you find it: Sweet Bursaria, Blackthorn, Whitethorn, Rattlesnake Bush, Prickly Box and of course, Christmas Bush.
This close relative of the Pittosporum and Appleberry has large clusters of cream flowers which provide food for many animals, particularly native bees and butterflies.  As this shrub of around l.5 metres can easily be pruned and hedged, and flowers in summer, it can make an attractive specimen in any garden.

“Banner Sunday” at Dernancourt Uniting Church

Sunday 12th February – see info on notice board at back of church.

World Day of Prayer

To be held on Friday 3rd March at 10.15 am in the Hectorville Catholic Community in Annunciation Church at
20 Montacute Road, Hectorville.  The Theme is – “Am I being unfair to you”.
Car parking available on the western side of church, and morning te will be after the service
Wider Church – Please continue to use the link to UC e-news at
Friendship Club – Friday, 17th February at 10 am in the Church – Bingo.  All Welcome!

Bible Readings

12th February – Deuteronomy 30:15-20,  Psalms 119:1-8,  1 Corinthians 3:1-9,  Matthew 5:21-37
19th February – Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18,  Psalms 112:33-40,  1 Corinthians 3:10-11 16-23,  Matthew 5:38-48

Roster for 19th February 2017

  9.30am 6.00pm
Flowers Jenny Riggall  
Steward(s) & Offering Raelene & Rob Anderson  
Notices Paul Howland  
Scripture Reader Sylvia Maywald  
Data Projector Samantha  
Sound Don Brown  
Building Steward Noel Maywald  
Offering Count D Walker/T Goldsmith D Brown/G Luestner
Tea & Coffee Marie & Friederike  

What’s on this Week   (13th – 19th February)

Monday               4.45-6.45 pm Waratah Calisthenics Club
Tuesday               10.00-11.00 am U3A Yoga   5.30-7.30 pm Reach your Feat,  7.00 pm Rotary
Wednesday        6.30-7.30 pm Waratah Calisthenics Club;  6.30-7.30 pm Reach your Feat
Thursday             5.30-7.30 pm Reach your Feat
Friday                    10.00-12.00 Friendship Club
Sunday                 9.30 am Church Service (Congregational Meeting after service)   6 pm Church Service