Newsletter for Sunday 17th February 2019

Newsletter for Sunday 17th February 2019

Sunday 17th February 2019


Greetings and welcome to this week’s newsletter

A Note from Linda

This week our focus is on Resurrection.  Paul preached passionately about the resurrection of the body and how this is Good News of hope.  The following quote is attributed to Martin Luther: “Our Lord has written the promise of resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in springtime.” Our God is the God of new life – and that is good news indeed!  Where are you seeing new life around you today?

If you would like to reflect further on Brian McLaren’s reflections on the Good News from different faith traditions, you can download a copy of last week’s sermon here:

Or join our book club, who are reading his book.

Blessings, Linda


Coming Sunday evenings at Athelstone Uniting Church

17 February – 6.30 for 7pm – Spirited Sundays are back! Our first speaker for the year will be Ivan Copley who will talk about what Spirituality means for Aboriginal people.

24 February – 6pm – Prayer Walk

3 March – 6pm – intimate communion service in the Chapel

All are welcome to any of our Sunday evening activities, and as usual are welcome to join us for dinner or a cuppa each Sunday night at The Rezz after our service.


Messy Church

We had our biggest Messy Church yet last Sunday.  61 people came to celebrate that all are invited into God’s Kingdom.   Thanks to all who coordinated the service, all who prayed and all who came and joined in.

The next Messy Church will be on Palm Sunday.


Quilt – Silent Auction

A little over a year ago – Pam Silby’s family donated a number of quilts to the church, we have been pondering how best to use them.    You will notice that two colourful ones are on show in the church administration area and another colourful quilt hanging in the main foyer.  It is a lovely way to remember Pam.

It has been decided to hold a Silent Auction for the remainder of the quilts including, as well, several banners and table runners.  Proceeds will go to Pastoral Care as this ministry was dear to Pam’s heart.

Please note that there will be a display of these items in the church on the Sundays of 17th & 24th February.  It is intended to hold a silent auction over those two weeks, closing at 11.00am on the 24th.  Each item will have a note attached with the description, valuation and reserve price, please enter your bid and wait with excitement for the telephone call informing you of success!  Sharyn


General Secretary Appointment

It is a pleasure to announce that at the Special Synod meeting on Saturday 9 February, members resolved to appoint the Rev Felicity Amery (Deacon) as General Secretary of the Presbytery and Synod of SA for an initial term of 5 years commencing on 1 May 2019.

Felicity is currently the Chairperson/Presbytery Minister in the Pilgrim Presbytery of Northern Australia (this is the non-Indigenous Presbytery in the Northern Synod) and Dean of Students and Theology Teacher at Nungalinya College. She has previously served as Chairperson/Presbytery Minister in the Hunter Presbytery and Resource Minister in Sydney’s North Presbytery both within the Synod of NSW/ACT.  Felicity trained for ministry at Parkin-Wesley College (the forerunner to the Uniting College for Leadership and Theology). She was born and raised in Naracoorte and attended secondary school in Adelaide.

Looking ahead to Lent

During Lent (commencing in March) our preaching series will follow the book “Being Disciples” by Rowan Williams. All are invited to join in further by reading the book as part of your own personal devotions or joining a small group to unpack it together.  An order form and more information will be available in next week’s newsletter.  Existing small groups are invited to use the book for your studies.  Linda will also be hosting a new small group to read this book together.    Alternately, there will be a Lent Event bible study available which can also be used by small groups.


COMN Newsletter and Gathering

We will be hosting the next gathering of the Community Outreach Mission Network on Tuesday 26 February at 6.15pm.  All are welcome. Bring along a plate of savoury or sweet to share for dinner. The gathering includes a shared meal, worship, and a meeting where we will hear about what God has been up to through the ministries of the congregations in our network.  This includes presentations from those who received network grants.


Triple Cs

Thanks to all 18 Men who came to our initial Chaps, Coffee and Chat morning last Wednesday, especially the 2 who are working folk.   Bob and Ray were delighted with the number and trust some folk you now know better and perhaps two or three problems were solved/ shared or in the “ I am not the only one basket ”. Special welcome to the new face among us Corey Trezise.

Next gathering is planned for March 13 – Venue and Time to be announced, but consider car pooling meanwhile.

Thanks again for the support.


Are you interested in learning more about a NEW Small group!

Linda invites you to join her for a Cuppa at the Manse on Wednesday 27th February at 7.30pm. The focus of discussion will be formation of a new short-term small group for the 6 weeks of Lent, commencing Wednesday

6th March – 10th April.  Resource is “Being Disciples” written by Rowan Williams and will cost $13.00.

Dr Williams is acknowledged internationally as an outstanding theological writer, scholar and teacher.  He is the former Archbishop of Canterbury.

Please inform the Office – if you are interested in attending the information session and/or the group.

The books are being ordered through the office, please let Sharyn know if you would like one or it may be that you are unable to attend a group, but would like to “follow along” by reading the book.

Small group leaders – if you interested in using Being Disciples for your group – books need to be ordered soon from Sharyn – Uniting World Lent Event is also available as a resource.



Stay and Play

DATES for 2019

Term 1  –  19th February, 5th March, 19th March, 2nd April

Term 2  –    7th May, 21st May, 4th June, 18th June, 2nd July

With thanks to a couple of new helpers on deck, there should be no cancellations of sessions in Term 1.  However, the waiting list will be in operation for over 20 children until we continue to increase the team.

Please seriously consider how you can support Stay and Play so that this valuable outreach can continue.

People who set up, pack away, cut fruit, wash dishes and interact with carers and children, are all of great benefit to the already committed team. (Safe Church policy applies).  “Let’s Talk Together” in 2019 and celebrate the International Year of Indigenous Languages.

Bruce and Joy Stewart  –  Phone: 83362671 or Email:



Once again the Athelstone Uniting Church is co-ordinating the packing of goods for indigenous communities in northern and central Australia.

Please save the dates: Sunday June 2nd and Monday June 3rd

This event is a chance for our church community to engage in some fellowship and I would love to have you join us in the camaraderie of the Packing Day.

As in previous years we are collecting for the communities north of Darwin so require clothing and manchester that would be suitable for these tropical destinations.

Attached to the Newsletter is a flyer detailing the goods required.  Along with used goods, there are some new items that could be purchased – underwear, stationery, toiletries.

If you have any questions please ask Jayne Nicholas.


Electronic Giving – Forms are available or speak to Treasurer Glen Luestner for more information.


Pastoral care – Please contact a member of our Pastoral Care Oversight Team for assistance:

Rev Linda Driver 0458 500 656 Bob Stevenson 0400 641 242

Brenton Summers 0400 632 829 Ann Brown 0413 581 554


Prayer Requests – Can we support you in prayer? Here’s how:

Prayer Chain – send an email to, or call Brenton Summers, who will pass your prayer request on to a group of people who faithfully pray in response to Prayer Chain emails.

Confidential Prayers – if the issue is more personal you are invited to contact Linda for individual prayer or one the members of the Pastoral Care Oversight team (Brenton Summers, Ann Brown, Bob Stevenson and Linda). All prayer requests going to the team will be kept strictly confidential within this team.

Prayers for Others (Sunday Worship) – Linda provides our Worship Leaders with prayer points as appropriate. Prayer points are also sourced from the Prayer Chain. If you have something you would like to be included in Prayers for Others, please contact Linda. “We are all called to pray for one another, and so we are all encouraged to offer to pray for, or with others, especially if they share a concern with you.” (James 5:13-16


Wider church


International Women’s Day retreat 2019

This one day retreat coordinated by members of Synod Communications team provides an opportunity to ‘step-away’ for the day to focus on you. Retreat leaders will take you through a series of exercises that provide opportunity for self-reflection, increased confidence and time to contemplate the possibilities that lie ahead! The retreat will be on Friday 8 March from 9.30am – 4.15pm (includes lunch and morning tea). See Linda for more information

World Day of Prayer – Friday March 1

This year’s World Day of Prayer event will be at the Campbelltown Salvos at 10am on Friday March 1. The focus will be on Slovenia.




Playground consultation

We have been invited to participate in a consultation about development of the Fox Avenue Reserve Playground. Campbelltown Council would like to know how they can add value to the existing playground and make its surroundings more interesting and attractive. If you use the playground with your children, grandchildren or visitors or would like to then and haven’t been contacted directly by Council, they are keen to hear from you. They are hosting a free neighbourhood BBQ and Talking Point at the Fox Avenue Reserve on Tuesday February 19, 5-6.30pm. (If temperature is over 37degrees or there is a Total Fire Ban in place they will postpone it to Thursday 21 February). If you need more information please contact Linda or Sharyn who can provide you with an information sheet and feedback form.)


Wider Church News- Please use the link to UC e-news at


Website – We encourage you to visit our website:


Newsletter contributions – Please email by 5pm Wed.


Lectionary readings

17th February – Jer 17:5-10;  Ps 1;  1 Cor 15:12-20;  Lk 6:17-26

24th February – Gen 45:3-11, 15;  Ps 37:1-11, 39-40;  1 Cor 15:35-38, 42-50;  Lk 6:27-38




  17th February 24th February
Preacher Linda Graham Ross
Worship Leader Meg Di
Singers Nola/Marie/Lynton N Sylvia/Lyndon R/Friederike
Keyboard Di Gerald
Guitar Chris Shelley/Scott
Data Projector Meg Dave
Flowers Marie H Di
Door Stewards & Offering Raelene & Rob Jenny & David
Notices Don Don
Scripture Reader Ann T Sylvia
Offering Count Sylvia/Glen Friederike/Don
Tea & Coffee Jan & Gus Jenny & David
Sound Noel Don
Building Steward Eric Paul


What’s on 18th – 24th February

Monday 4.45-6.45 pm Waratah Calisthenics College Auditorium
Tuesday 9.00 am Book Club Coffee Shop
9.30–11.30 am Pilates Top Hall
10.00-11.00am U3A – Yoga Auditorium
10.00-11.30 am Stay & Play Lwr Hall & Decking
6.30-7.30pm Reach your Feat Top Hall
Wednesday 6.00-8.00 pm Waratah Calisthenics College Auditorium
6.30-7.30pm Reach your Feat Top Hall
Thursday 5.30-6.30pm Reach your Feat Top Hall
Friday 10.00-12.00pm Friendship Club – Hearing Dogs Auditorium
Saturday 9.30-11.30am Pilates Top Hall
10.00-11.00 am Waratah Calisthenics College Auditorium
Sunday 9.30 am Worship Auditorium
6.00 pm Prayer Walk Meet at Rezz Carpark