Newsletter for Sunday 15th April 2018

Newsletter for Sunday 15th April 2018

Sunday 15th April 2018

Greetings and welcome to this week’s newsletter

A Note from Linda

This week we’re looking at doubt and questions and we’ll hear about the times when Jesus appeared to the disciples after having risen from death.  In John 20, we hear the story of how Thomas was invited by Christ to touch his wounds.   Somehow he is still known as ‘doubting’ Thomas – I wonder if we might consider honest Thomas, courageous Thomas, even Tenacious Thomas?
Let’s examine together what it means to ask questions and to honestly face our doubts.
Blessings, Linda

Save the date

The first of our Spirited Sundays at the Rezz will be on Sunday evening 20 May at 6.30pm. Bring a friend, order a meal, then sit and engage with speaker/singer/songwriter Kyle Brice.   Spirited Sundays are a new Sunday evening initiative, part of our ‘S’ series! this is an opportunity to engage with our local community with great speakers and great conversations.  Read more about Kylie here:

Prayer Walk

Our next Prayer Walk will be on Sunday evening 22nd April.  Meet at Church at 6pm, prepared with torches, jackets and walking shoes for an ‘Anzac’ walk. All welcome.
Keep your eye out for more new Sunday evening initiatives, coming soon!

Home Group

Barbara and Eric Hurrell would like to start a new Home Group.
There will be a preliminary meeting on Wednesday, 18th at 7.30pm in the Chapel to see if there is a sufficient number of people wishing to be involved in such a group.   Please speak to Barbara or Eric or email them.

Sounds of Silence Retreat:
The Fire Within

We’ll be holding a retreat here at Church on Saturday 19 May from 3.00 to 8.00pm

Linda will be away

As you may know, Linda is in a 0.8FTE part-time placement with us. To make up for extra hours worked in the lead up to and during Easter, she will take some time off at the end of April, with the blessing of Church Council.
She will be away from Sunday 22nd April to Monday 30th April inclusive.

Church Office and Administrative Support Person role

Over the past 8 weeks whilst Sharyn has been on sick leave, our church office has been staffed by a dedicated group of volunteers. They have done a wonderful job and we greatly appreciate all of their efforts. Unfortunately, Sharyn’s shoulder is not healing as quickly as her physio would like and has advised Sharyn that she needs more time to recover before returning to work. In the interim, we are seeking to employ someone for the Casual Administrative Support Person role.
The successful applicant will fulfil all duties as outlined in the position description, which is available from the Chairperson (Victoria Pederick) upon request. This person will report directly to Church Council. Job sharing will be considered.
If you are interested, we invite you to apply by providing a short CV, which includes details of your skills and relevant experience, in addition to a 1 page cover letter outlining your reasons for applying for the position, to the Chairperson of the Church Council   ( ) by 5pm on Monday the 16th of April.

Our Church Newsletter

.. will be collated and sent out on Wednesday, instead of Thursday.  So any notices to be included must reach the Church Office ( ) by 9.30 am Wednesday.

Passover Dinner 

Did you inadvertently take home a large silver serving spoon after this Dinner, if so please drop it off at the Church.  Thank you!

Campbelltown City Council 150 Celebrations

Campbelltown City Council is celebrating 150 Years as a local Government Council.  A range of special events are proposed over the course of the year.  A Community Day of Music has been arranged for Saturday 14th April 2018 at Daly Oval, Fisher Street Magill from 1.00pm to 9.30 pm.  Entry is free.  Food and drink available for purchase.
Council and Community activities/information stalls.  All welcome to attend.

Dernancourt Uniting Church 50th Anniversary Celebrations
Sun 27 May 2018

10am Worship service  – Guest Preacher Rev. Rod Dyson

Stay & Play Playgroup

Come and join us with your preschoolers and babies on alternate Tuesdays (even weeks of school term)
from 10:00 am to 11:30 am at Athelstone Uniting Church, cnr Fox Avenue and Kantilla Drive.
Term 2 – 8th May,    22nd May,    5th June
New helpers on the team always welcome.
For more info Contact Bruce and Joy Stewart Phone: 83362671 or Email:

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, Monday 4th and the morning of Tuesday 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 Monday 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)


Please continue to check the notice board at the back of the church

Wider Church

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Electronic Giving

If you wish to use this method, application forms are available on the table in the Church foyer or speak to the Treasurer Glen Luestner for more information.

Lectionary readings

15th April – Acts 3:12-19, Psalm 4:1, John 3:1-7, Luke 24:36b-48
Bible Reading to be used in this week’s service – John 20:19-31 and Luke 24:36b-48
22nd April – 1 John3:16-24,  John 10:11-18


15th April 22nd April
Preacher Linda Driver Phil Carr
Worship Leader Lyndon R Meg
Scripture Reader Jai West Lee O’Connell
Keyboard Di Curtis Shelley
Singers Friederike/Ann/Nola Robyn/Bob/Janet
Guitar Shelley/Grant Chris/Scott
Flowers Jenny Riggall Marie Hickman
Data Projector Dave Dave
Sound Tara Shirlock Noel Maywald
Steward(s) & Offering Jan & Gus Jayne & Lynton
Tea & Coffee Coralie & Brenton Jayne & Lynton
Notices Don Brown Don Brown
Offering Count S George/G Luestner Friederike/Bob
Building Steward N Maywald Eric Hurrell


What’s on this Week   (16th – 22nd April)

Monday 4.45-6.45 pm Waratah Calisthenics Club Auditorium
Tuesday 9.00 am Book Club Coffee Shop
9.15-11.15 am Pilates Top Hall
6.30-7.30 pm Reach your Feat  (Stretch&Balance) Top Hall
7.30 pm Church Council
Wednesday 6.30–8.45 pm Waratah Calisthenics Club Auditorium
6.30-7.30 pm Reach your Feat (Circuit) Top Hall
Thursday 5.30-6.30 pm Reach your Feat  (Stretch&Balance) Top Hall
Friday 9.15 – 11.15 am Pilates Top Hall
Saturday 9.15-11.15 am Pilates Top Hall
10.00-11.00 am Waratah Calisthenics Club Auditorium
Sunday 9.30 am Worship Service Auditorium
6.00 pm Evening Service – Prayer Walk Meet in the Chapel