Sunday 18th December 2016
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.
Please continue to use the link to UC e-news at http://sa.uca.org.au/uc-e-news/
Contact for Notices
Please send all notices you wish included in our Newsletter to firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday 6pm.
If you wish to contact Sharyn in the Office the email address is email@example.com
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
|Steward(s) & Offering||Crissi and Sam George|
|Scripture Reader||Ann Tubb|
|Data Projector||Dave Walker|
|Building Steward||Paul Howland|
|Offering Count||Dave Walker|
|Tea & Coffee||Sylvia and Noel Maywald|