Newsletter for Sunday 18th November 2018

Newsletter for Sunday 18th November 2018





Phone: 08 8336 9905

Site/Postal: 33 Fox Ave, Athelstone, SA 5076

Office Hours: Tuesday & Thursday 9.30 am-12.30 p

Minister: Rev Linda Driver: Mobile 0458 500 656

                   Available: Tue, Thur, Fri, Sun


Sunday 18th November 2018

Greetings and welcome to this week’s newsletter


A Note from Linda

This month we have been celebrating just how extravagantly generous our God is.  In particular this Sunday morning we’ll look at our response to God’s generosity as image-bearers – what does it mean for us to live all our lives in ways that reflect God’s extravagant generosity? And we’ll launch our #ChristmasAngels project!


We had such a good time at Messy Church last week. Over 50 of us gathered to learn about what it is to be part of the body of Christ, with the theme of Healthy Body, Healthy Soul. Thank you to everyone who came, including those who helped and those who brought others along. It was wonderful to see everyone sitting together enjoying a meal – the high chairs were greatly appreciated – thank you! This is a wonderful way to engage with families near and far. We can’t wait for Messy Christmas in December!


Spirited Sunday is on this week with speaker David Hutton on the topic Sport, Life & Faith. David has an extensive background in sport, both as a footballer and as an Administrator.  He played 160 SANFL League games for Port Adelaide between 1985 and 1995, including 5 Premierships, moving into Football Administration/Management after retiring in 1995, and is now currently the CEO or Rowing SA.  So come along and enjoy a great evening out in the community while hearing about David’s experiences on and off the sporting field.

Blessings, Linda


Sunday Evenings

18 Nov: Spirited Sunday at 6.30pm

25 Nov: Prayer Walk at Sophia at 5.15pm  Walking the newly constructed labyrinth in the beautiful gardens of the Sophia Spirituality Centre – then meet at the Rezz for dinner around 7.00pm

2 Dec: Pageant then Carols at Thorndon Park

9 Dec: Messy Christmas at 4pm


Coffee Club Book Group – Tuesday 20 Nov, 9.00am

We are about to begin a new book! So if you have been thinking about joining a book group, now is a great time to come and try! The book is “A Generous Orthodoxy” by Brian D. McLaren – it celebrates the strengths of many traditions in the church and beyond. We’ll have a spare copy of the book for $13.00 and can order more! We meet in the café in the Athelstone shops every 1st and 3rd Tuesday for an hour.


Threads  – come and use your crafty skills – knitting, crocheting or sewing – anything is ok, or you might like to just join us for a chat!  On Thursday 22nd November from 2.30-4.00pm at Indigo Café in the Athelstone Shopping Centre.


With Love to the World

The latest edition has arrived – it started on the 5th November. Please pick up your copy in the church main foyer – there will be, as usual, an envelope attached in which you may place your payment in the offering bowl.

We have ordered an extra few copies if you would like have a devotional resource over the next 3 months.

It’s not too late!  The cost is $5.00. Thank you – Sharyn

AGM of the Congregation

Our AGM will be held on Sunday the 25th of November at 10:45am
One of the roles of the congregation at this meeting is to elect a number of office bearers for the next 2 years.
We have received the following nominations:

  • Ann Brown for the position as Presbytery and Synod representative
  • Ann Brown, Di Curtis and Robyn Fry for positions on Church Council (previously held by Di Curtis, David Riggall, Michael O’Connell and Victoria Pederick).

The other members of church council who still have another year remaining of their current term are Chris Pritchard, Eric Hurrell, Bob Stevenson, Glen Luestner and Jeff Dry.


Please prayerfully consider your support for these nominees leading up to our AGM.


Sounds of Silence –   Monthly Prayer Walk for November

Walking the Labyrinth at Sophia  -Sunday November 25th -5.15pm – Meet at the Labyrinth behind the Sophia Spirituality Centre 225 Cross Road, Cumberland Park, (immediately west of Cabra College)

We will spend some time discovering the Contemplative practice of walking the newly constructed labyrinth in the beautiful gardens of the Sophia Spirituality Centre and then travel back to “the Rezz” for dinner at 7pm




Save the Date:

On Sunday December 2nd  the City of Campbelltown will once again have a Christmas Parade follow by Carols at Thorndon Park. See their website for more information:
We will join other Christian churches from Campbelltown to march together in the pageant. More details on where to meet and what to wear, next week!

We will also have a segment at the Carols evening – come along and help hand out some free Christmas books



We are nearing the end of the Stay and Play year, so please consider how you can help in 2019.  Every contribution, however small or large, is appreciated, so if you would like to join us in this outreach to our local community, please make contact.  All offers are welcome.

Bruce and Joy Stewart  Phone: 83362671 or



Please make sure if you use the small under counter bins for food and other scraps that they are emptied before you leave as well as the emptying the larger rubbish bin.

Also if you use the dishwasher, please follow the directions posted on the wall and don’t forget to clean it out.  If you are not sure, let me know and I will organise a quick “how to” for you.    Thank you Sharyn


Shoebox News

I had the privilege and blessing to deliver your 57 boxes to the processing centre this evening (Wednesday).It was buzzing with energy! I got to see what all the little jobs on the production line are and also saw the booklets and training manual for “The Greatest Journey”. Very inspiring.

I learned that the first container had already been dispatched to Papua New Guinea while our boxes will be in the next container heading off to Cambodia. Thanks to you all from Lynette and also from Heather Jessope (the state coordinator).Perhaps next year some of us could go as a group and help. Friederike


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


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Newsletter contributions – Please email by 5pm Wed.


Lectionary readings

18th November – 1 Samuel 1:4-20 & 2:1-10 Hebrews 10:11-14, Mark 13:1-8

25th November – 2 Samuel 23: 1-7, Psalm 132:1-12, Rev: 1: 4b-8, John 18: 33-37



  18th November                      25th November
Preacher Linda Ann Phillips
Worship Leader Lynton N DI
Singers Ann P/Friederike/Sylvia Janet/Allan/Lyndon
Keyboard Di Shelley
Guitar Shelley/Chris/Ann P Chris/Scott
Data Projector Dave Dave
Flowers Marie Hickman Ruth H
Door Stewards & Offering Ann & David Jenny & David R
Notices Paul Paul
Scripture Reader Lee O’Connell Jai West
Offering Count Friederike/Lynton David W & Ray W
Tea & Coffee Coralie & Brenton Jayne & Lynton N
Sound Don B Noel M
Building Steward Noel M Eric H


What’s on   19th – 25th November

Monday 4.45 – 6.45pm Waratah Calisthenics College Auditorium
Tuesday 9.00am – Book club Coffee Shop
  10.00-11.30am Stay and Play Lower Hall
  9.30 – 11.30am Pilates Top Hall
  10.00-11.00am U3A – Yoga Auditorium
  6.30-7.30pm Reach your Feat Top Hall
  7.30pm Church Council Chapel
Wednesday 6.00-8.00pm Waratah Calisthenics College Auditorium
  6.30-7.30pm Reach your Feat Top Hall
Thursday 2.30-4.00pm Threads Coffee Shop
  5.30-6.30pm Reach your Feat Top Hall
Friday 10.00-12.00pm Friendship Club Auditorium
Saturday 10.00-11.00am Waratah Calisthenics College Auditorium
  9.30-11.30am Pilates Top Hall
Sunday 9.30am Worship Auditorium
  10.45am AGM Auditorium
  5.15pm Prayer Walk Sophia Centre





Church Council Nominees


Hi, my name is Dianne Curtis and together with my husband, Trevor have called Athelstone Uniting, home since 1982. I am mum to 4 grown up children and now Nanna to 4 little grandchildren which is a great joy.  I have recently retired after working for many years in Special Education for preschool children.    In December I will finish my 2 year term on Church Council and I feel called to re-nominate for another term to serve God and our church where I can.  I am particularly passionate about the worship and music ministry of our church and currently provide leadership supporting our 9.30am worship team, playing the piano, worship leading, music rosters and our worship discussion group.  The recent Spring Fair was an opportunity to build connection with our Athelstone Community sharing God’s love and welcome, and I was able to coordinate that on behalf of Council with everyone’s wonderful support. If elected I would be glad to serve on Council again, continuing that journey of faith with you all with God’s leading into the future.

Cheers Di



Ann Brown-married to Don Brown. We have two daughters-Elizabeth and Alison, both of whom live interstate.

We have been members of the Athelstone Uniting Church for 25 years. I have previously served on council here at AUC and have served on various committees on Presbytery and Synod.

I have grown up in a Christian family and my mother has been a big influence on my life-of serving and giving. I have a love for working with people and feel privileged to serve God.

My involvement here at AUC includes being a member of the Pastoral Care team, Secretary for the Annual General Meeting, member of Stevenson’s Home Group, Music team, Convenor of the cake stall for the Spring Fair and Ladies Golf. Other activities that I’m involved with in the Community are driving for Leukaemia Foundation, Feeding the Homeless at Pilgrim UC and tennis.

I look forward to serving God as part of a dynamic team on Council and I pray that we remain committed to growing and loving one another and sharing our love for the Lord within the Church and community.


For those who don’t know me, my name is Robyn Fry. My husband, Ian and I, both are part of the evening service.  Our evening services have experienced changes which are exciting and I am very happy to be involved in this especially as part of outreach to the community.  I am currently part of the Spirited Sundays, Messy Church and Sounds of Silence teams.  I have accepted a nomination to be part of Athelstone Uniting Church Council as my faith is an integral of who I am and continue to want to be challenged.