Newsletter for Sunday 17th March 2019

Newsletter for Sunday 17th March 2019

Sunday 17th March 2019                             

Greetings and welcome to this week’s newsletter

A Note from Linda

Faith, Hope and Love.  These three things are at the heart of being followers of Jesus.  Come join us as we continue our Lenten series based on the book ‘Being Disciples’ by Rowan Williams.

Faith challenges and frames our understandings about God. Hope requires memory of the past and patience for the future.  Love is received before it is given.

(There are a few copies of the book left for purchase at $13 each. Contact Sharyn in the Office for more information.)

Blessings, Linda

Spirited Sunday – 17 March, 6.30 for a 6pm start

Spirited Sundays are an opportunity to engage with our local community with great speakers and great conversations.   Bring a friend, find a seat in the alfresco area, order a meal then, at approx 7pm, engage with a great speaker.   Our speaker is Professor Ian Olver AM (Member of the Order of Australia). Ian is a medical oncologist, bioethicist and researcher.   He’s going to engage us with lots of thought provoking information about the ethics involved in medical research.

Coming Sunday evenings at Athelstone Uniting Church

17 March – 6.30 for 7.00pm – Spirited Sunday at The Rezz with speaker Prof Ian Olver

24 March – 6.00pm – Prayer Walk

31 March – 6.00pm – Chill Night – meet at The Rezz for dinner

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 afterwards.

Workshop for creating a Disability-friendly community

We have been invited by our neighbours, Rostrevor Baptist Church, to participate in a free workshop presented by baptist care sa:

“Connections – building inclusive communities.”

This interactive workshop offers tip and tools to locate a person’s strengths, overcome common barriers to inclusion and promote awareness of disability so all people can reach their full potential.

Wednesday 10 April, 10am-12noon at Rostrevor Baptist Church, 288 Montacute Road, Rostrevor

To register: email or phone 8336 1466

Seminar: The Shape of Prayer with Tony Eldridge

Come and join Rev Tony Eldridge has he explores the shape of prayer: how do we pray in worship, why do we pray, what do we say, how does praying in community differ to praying alone? An activity of the Centre for Music, Liturgy and the Arts.

Date: Tuesday 26 March @ 7:30pm

Venue: Rosefield Uniting Church, 2 Carlton St, Highgate

Cost: $10/person, $40/congregation. Tickets are available at the door or online.


Salt and Light Watercolour Painting Workshop

Tuesday April 16, 10am-4pm

Talented local artist Karan Hudson will run a watercolour painting workshop in the April school holidays. Contact: for more information.

John Bell visit to Adelaide 8-10 May

John Lamberton Bell is a Scottish hymn-writer and Church of Scotland minister. He is a member of the Iona Community and writer of a number of songs in the Australian Together in Song Hymn Book.  More information next week – or ask Linda.

Triple Cs

Second meeting was Wednesday, numbers down a bit with prior engagements etc., but “secrets” were revealed as we got to know one another better.  Vibrant Linda came to keep an eye on us.   Much laughter was had and plenty of Chaps Chatting over Coffee.  Next gathering Wednesday April 10th, venue to be arranged.

Rosters for April, May & June

Next Wednesday (20th March) is ‘D’ Day for the rosters.  If you are not available on certain dates contact me direct, or phone on 8337 0011 or by email at before then.       Thanks, Gus Robin

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Ending Poverty and Building Hope

This year we are partnering with the Protestant Church in Timor Leste (East Timor) through prayer and financial support in areas such as primary health care, leadership training, child protection and the provision of clean water in poor, remote communities.

On Palm Sunday (April 14 ) there will be a special offering to receive our gift envelopes, money boxes, and tea and coffee contributions.   Alternatively if you wish to give using a credit card or cheque these may be sent direct to Uniting World using the Lent Event envelope.

Envelopes, money box stickers and the Lent Event booklet are available in the porch.

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Stay and Play

DATES for 2019

Term 1  –    19th March, 2nd April   –   Term 2  –    7th May, 21st May, 4th June, 18th June, 2nd July

Have you discovered the new wardli/shelter in the wirra?  If you’re an early riser, come and help set up at 8-45am or join us later to help cut fruit or wash dishes. Pack up is usually completed by 12 noon.  Any assistance is of great benefit to the already committed team.  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.  “Let’s Talk Together” in 2019 and celebrate the International Year of Indigenous Languages.

Bruce and Joy Stewart Phone: 83362671 or Email:

Letter received from Christmas Bowl

How wonderful it was to receive your kind and generous gift to the Christmas Bowl!  Thank you for bringing hope and healing to families in need around the world.

Your gift of $1310.30 will have an immediate impact for Rohingya families in Jamtoli refugee camp in Bangladesh, who have lost everything and are struggling to find shelter, food and clothing.

Your gift will also help people in other communities around the world who are affected by conflict and disaster, providing them with the resources and skills they need to solve their own problems and get back on their feet – affording them dignity and respect and the practical means to manage their own lives.


The Annual Spring Fair/Fete/Garage Sale has been held at Athelstone for many years and Church Council

is reviewing the event and looking at how it may be reinvigorated and sustained into the future.

Council is looking for a new Coordinator and/or team to lead.

If you have any thoughts and/or feel called to be involved, please contact Jeff Dry or Di Curtis.

Packing Day  –  Save the Date, Start Collecting!

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

For those interested in developments regarding the new Presbytery structure, all latest news is posted here:

Website – We encourage you to visit our website:

Newsletter contributions – Please email by 5pm Wed.

Lectionary readings

17th March – Gen 15:1-12, 17-18;  Ps 27;  Phil 3:17-4:1;  Lk 13:31-35

24th March – Is 55:1-9;  Ps 63:1-8;  1 Cor 10:1-13;  Lk 13:1-9

Readings for Sunday Worship Services

17th March – 1 Cor 13:8-13 and 1 Jn 4:7-16

24th March – 2 Cor 3:17-18 (4:6?) and 2 Cor 5:16-21


  17th March 24th March
Preacher Linda Victoria & Team
Worship Leader Meg Nola
Singers Janet/Allan/Ann Ruth/Sylvia/Lyndon
Keyboard Shelley Di
Guitar Chris/Dave Shelley/Dave
Data Projector Dave Samantha
Flowers Jenny Ruth
Door Stewards & Offering Jan & Gus Ann & David
Notices Barbara Barbara
Scripture Reader Jenny Lee
Offering Count Friederike/Glen Bob/Don
Tea & Coffee Winsome & Brian Jan & Gus
Sound Noel Don
Building Steward Noel Paul

What’s on 18th – 24th March

Monday 18th 9.30-11.30am Counselling Chapel
    9.30-11.30am Pilates Top Hall
    4.45-6.45pm Waratah Calisthenics College Auditorium
Tuesday 19th 9.00am Book Club Coffee Shop
    9.30–11.30 am Pilates Top Hall
    10.00-11.00am U3A – Yoga Auditorium
    10.00-11.30am Stay & Play Lwr Hall & Decking
    6.30-7.30pm Reach your Feat Top Hall
Wednesday   6.00-8.00pm Waratah Calisthenics College Auditorium
    6.30-7.30pm Reach your Feat Top Hall
Thursday 21st 5.30-6.30pm Reach your Feat Top Hall
Friday 22nd 10.00-12.00pm Friendship Club – ACH Entertainment – Martin Pace  Soup & Sandwiches Auditorium
Saturday 23rd 9.30-11.30am Pilates Top Hall
    10.00-11.00am Waratah Calisthenics College Auditorium
Sunday 24th   9.30 am Worship Auditorium
    6.00pm Prayer Walk – Meet at Rezz The Rezz