Newsletter for Sunday 18th December 2016

Newsletter for Sunday 18th December 2016

Sunday 18th December 2016

Christmas Services

Christmas Eve: 6.30pm                  Family Christmas Service
Christmas Eve: 11.00pm                Watch night Service
Christmas Day: 9.30am                  Morning Worship

Christmas Bowl Week 4.  the Philippines

Theatre for Peace and Justice

The Ecumenical Theatre is a cultural theatre group established by Act for Peace partner’s the National Council of Churches in the Philippines.
The group  reaches out to young people from different Christian traditions all over the Philippines’ encouraging them to think about the Bible and how it relates to the social issues facing their communities ,as well as training them to express themselves creatively and  work together as group.
Your gift to the Christmas Bowl will encourage and support this vibrant group of young Christians in their essential ministry. Giving envelopes are available in the porch and can be placed in the offering bags until mid January.
There will be a special offering for the Christmas Bowl at the services on Christmas eve.

Leave for Geoff and Sharyn

Geoff will be on leave from the 9th through to the 30th of January. Sharyn, our office administrator will be on leave for all of January.

Wirra Words of the Week

“The gardener’s preferences determine the choice of plants in a garden.
Nature chooses the plants of a wirra.”   Wal Bushman
It was great to receive the feedback from the Kerley Crescent resident via a Christmas card and their observations of our wirra.  However, it is important to recognise that it will not remain a wirra of endemic plants if we plant showy garden plants such as bougainvillea, plumbago, lantana and geraniums.  In fact, lantana is a declared weed nationally and nurseries are not meant to sell it.  To maintain the wirra as authentically as possible, we will be striving to only plant local species from the Black Hill and Morialta plant list and preferably those that belong to a Eucalyptus leucoxylon (S.A. Blue gum) woodland. So, please take time to enjoy the more subtle colours that change throughout the seasons in wakwakurnaku wirra. Joy Stewart

Uniting Communities Appeal

“Did you know that there was in excess of 500 cans of soups and meals donated by the congregation of the Athelstone Uniting Church and the Athelstone Friendship Club to Uniting Communities during the winter “can appeal”. These donations were valued over $1,000. In addition there was also $146 from the sale of bread products on Sunday morning which has also been used to obtain various goods for distribution. The Christmas hamper appeal has also been very well supported and on behalf of the staff and volunteers of Uniting Communities Eastern Services branch may I extend a big thank you to all who have contributed.  Brenton Summers” 

Uniting Communities – Eastern Services 2016 Christmas Appeal

Uniting Communties need our help to provide food hampers and toys to families in need in the Eastern suburbs.   Together we can make a difference. See list of items on leaflet at front foyer of the church.

Useful Gifts for Christmas

Don and Brian will have catalogues and cards available today.
Each gift you buy contributes directly to projects that seek a new tomorrow for communities living in poverty.

Everything in Common Catalogue

As an alternative to the Useful Gifts catalogue of the Tear Fund there are copies of the Everything in Common catalogue of Uniting World in the foyer for those who would like to buy a gift for a needy community or family in the Pacific, Asia and Africa regions this Christmas.  For further information talk to Brian Ball.

Wider Church

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Contact for Notices

Please send all notices you wish included in our Newsletter to by Wednesday 6pm.
If you wish to contact Sharyn in the Office the email address is

Bible Readings

18th December– Isaiah 7 10-16, Psalm 80 1-7, 17-19, Romans 1:1-7, Matthew 1: 18-25
25th December – Isaiah 62:6-12, Psalm 97, Titus 3:4-7, Luke 2: 8-20

Roster for 25th December 2016

  9.30am 6.00pm
Flowers Val Amber  
Steward(s) & Offering Crissi and Sam George  
Notices Paul Howland  
Scripture Reader Ann Tubb  
Data Projector Dave Walker  
Sound John Lawrie  
Building Steward Paul Howland  
Offering Count Dave Walker  
Tea & Coffee Sylvia and Noel Maywald  
Bakery Run