Newsletter for Sunday 17th September 2017

Newsletter for Sunday 17th September 2017

 

 

 

Sunday, 17th September 2017
 
A Note from Linda!
This week our theme is ‘Welcoming with open arms’.  This has been my experience of coming to Athelstone: you have welcomed me and I have seen many examples of others being welcomed with open arms too.  Thank you!
Last week I spoke about the significance of the wooden cross on the Communion Table.  It is called “Comfort and Joy” and was created by retired artist Jim Svensson.  Written on the bottom are the words: “when viewed from the inward side, the cross portrays the comforting arms of Christ’s love, care and protection and when viewed from the other side it symbolises the outward arms of joy and celebration of life with Jesus and his victory on the cross”. May this be our model as we open our arms in worship in response to Christ’s love for us, and extend that invitation of love to others.
I’m really excited to let you know that next Sunday (24 September) Victoria Pederick will bring us the Message.  This is part of a new preaching plan where I will preach on the first three Sundays and the fifth Sunday of each month.  On the fourth Sunday we will have a variety of people who will bring us the Word – some from within the congregation (like Victoria) and some ordained and lay preachers from the wider church.  I will also be introducing something special on some of the fifth Sundays – an opportunity to try something different and creative.
.and finally, my days off this week will be Wednesday and Friday.
 
Rosters for October, November & December
You should have received yours online, but if you require a ‘hard copy’ see Gus Robin.
 
Spring Fair Meeting  –  17th September
To ensure that everything is ready to go for our Spring Fair on 21st October, there will be a short meeting this Sunday 17th September after church at around 11am.   Everyone is welcome to come and especially those setting up and organising stalls.   Let’s look forward to our Spring Fair and I encourage everyone to get involved in some way.
For all enquiries, please see Di Curtis (0419-862-606)
 
Cans of Food
Cans of Soup, Baked Beans, Casserole type meals, etc. are very welcome to be donated to Uniting Communities who in turn distribute them to those in need.   Please leave any contributions at the back of the church.
 
Shoe Boxes of Love
I have the brochures and boxes for these; if you would like one, just let me know.
Although we will not be collecting them until late September/early October you could already be sewing, knitting or buying.   Thank you for your past involvement in this program.  Any questions please talk to Friederike 0458078839
 
 
Spring Fair Yarn bombing
Thank you to those who have already offered to knit or crochet and share your creativity with the local community through our yarn bombing activities. Donations of wool (preferably 8ply or more, new or previously used) in greens and browns for tree trunks, and small quantities of any coloured wool for birds, can be left in the front foyer or with Sharyn in the office. If you still want to join the joyful band of knitters or crocheters, see Joy to provide tree measurements or Sharyn for patterns.
Come and join the fun and express your creativity!                                     Joy Stewart
Stay & Play
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
(cr Fox Ave & Kantilla Dve).
DATES for Term 3and 4 2017
26th September,  24th October,  7th November,  21st November,  5th December
Have you noticed the “little people” playing in the wirra?    A big thank you to The Community Shed for cutting them all out and to Bruce for placing them in the wirra.  There are plenty of different ways you can contribute to Stay and Play, or the wirra so come and join the team and contribute to our community outreach.
For enquiries please contact either Sharyn in the office or Joy and Bruce Stewart on 83362671 or email bruceandjoy@bigpond.com.
 
Wider Church – Please continue to use the link to UC e-news at    http://sa.uca.org.au/uc-e-news/
 
Notice Board – Please continue to check the notice board for information of neighboring events and news.
 
Bible Readings
17th September – Exodus 14: 19-31, Psalm 114 or Exodus 15, Romans 14:1-12, Matthew 18:21-35
24th September – Exodus 16:2-15, Psalm 105:1-6, Philippians 1:21-30, Matthew 20:1-16
 
Roster for 24th September 2017

9.30am 6.00pm
Flowers Sue Richards
Steward(s) & Offering Coralie & Brenton Summers
Notices Brenton Summers
Scripture Reader Noel Maywald
Offering Count S Maywald/F Ashby-Weiss G Luestner
Tea & Coffee Coralie & Brenton Summers
Sound Noel Maywald
Data Projector Dave
Building Steward Richard Read

 
What’s on this Week   (18th – 24th September)
Monday               4.45-6.45 pm Waratah Calisthenics Club (Auditorium)
Tuesday               9.30-11.00 am Book Club (Coffee Shop), 10.00-11.00 am U3A Yoga (Auditorium),
5.30-7.30 pm Reach your Feat (Top Hall), 7.30 pm Church Council Meeting
Wednesday        6.30-8.30 pm Waratah Calisthenics Club (Auditorium),   6.30-7.30 pm Reach your Feat (Top Hall)
Thursday             5.30-7.30 pm Reach your Feat (Top Hall)
Friday                    10.00-12.00 Friendship Club – Speaker (To be Advised)
Saturday              10.00-11.00 am Waratah Calisthenics Club (Auditorium)
Sunday                 9.30 am Church Service, 6.00 pm Evening Service (Chapel)