Newsletter for Sunday 19th August 2018

Newsletter for Sunday 19th August 2018



Sunday 19 August 2018

Greetings and welcome to this week’s newsletter


A Note from Linda

A Note from Linda

On Wednesday I joined a large group of Ministers at Burnside City Uniting Church for a Minister’s Day. I am so thankful to the Presbytery Pastoral Relations and Mission Planning Team for organizing it. We began with worship and a bible study. The bible study was led by Dr Liz Boase and focussed on the 2 Kings passage in the lectionery, when Solomon, as a new King, asked God for discernment. Liz challenged us to look past the text presented to us and see the bigger picture of who Solomon was. He was wise and he was flawed – just like we can be flawed. Do we as leaders turn to God’s wisdom or our own? something for us to ponder.
After morning tea, we heard about how the Synod HR department are there to provide advice and support in areas of employment.

We heard about the Royal Commission and recommendations that affect ministry, for example professional standards and child safe congregations.

We heard about new resources and programs being produced by MediaCom.

We were provided with a delicious lunch and opportunity to network with other ministers.

We heard about the recent Assembly meeting. We ended the day by being thanked for what we do and by sharing blessings with one another. An informative and encouraging day. If you would like to know more about any of the things I have mentioned, please ask!

Blessings, Linda


Prayer Guide

Three weeks ago, our Church Council called us to prayer for 40 days.  This is in response to the Uniting Church Assembly decision to hold two views on marriage.  As we pray for our church we are also growing in our own personal prayer lives.  We hope you are finding the prayer guide helpful. If you missed out, there are hard copies available at the church entry.

The Uniting Church has also released a FAQ for those who have questions:


Threads Sept 4

On Tuesday 4th September at 12.30 you are invited to come and hear about a new activity we are going to try, called ‘Threads’. This is another way to connect with our community, this time by teaching and encouraging people who want to learn how to knit or crochet.  Our hope is that we’ll gather those who want to encourage each other in their work, who might like to work on a joint project or two.  Our main aim is to make new connections and build relationships in our community.  Therefore we will meet in a public place – the café across the road.  So, are you a knitter or a crocheter?  Do you like to stitch?  Or, have you always wanted to give it a go?  Come and hear more about our ideas and have a say about when and how often we’ll meet.

For more information and to RSVP, please contact Sharyn or Linda.


Athelstone Lions Club

Welcome to a new hirer to our facility!  Athelstone Lions Club met for the first time this week for their monthly dinner meeting on the first Monday in the month.   We hope they soon become a part of our community here at Athelstone Uniting Church.  If you have been thinking about joining  – please contact Paddy email for more information.



Pacific Inspired Food Event next Saturday August 18

This will be a great night with magnificent food and wonderful entertainment in the lower hall. Please arrive at 6.15pm for a 6.30 start.  Bring your own nibbles and drinks. Proceeds to support the Kiribati Water Conservation Project.


Our Preacher for 19th August is Nicole Mugford who will speak of her experiences in Kiribati. There will be a retiring offering – please come prepared to further assist the water conservation project.

Envelopes are available from today to support our Kiribati Water Conservation project and can be used any time during the month or you may wish to contribute as part of the retiring offering on August 19.


Spirited Sunday – August 19

Our next Spirited Sunday at The Rezz will on Sunday August 19 with speaker Professor Ian Olver. Please pray about who you will bring to join us and hear about the latest in cancer research.


Messy Church – Sunday 9 September, 4-6pm

Messy Church is church for families who may not find other forms of church appealing and who don’t yet belong to a church.  Messy Church values are: Christ-centred, All-age, Creativity, Hospitality and Celebration.

Please pop the date in your diary and think about who you could invite.


Finance Update

I am pleased to advise that over the past 12 months we have seen an improvement in the overall financial position of the Athelstone Uniting Church, with a 16% increase in our overall income.  During this period, we have transitioned from having a full time to a 0.8FTE minister (from a stipend perspective), increased the revenue from hiring of our facilities and had an increase in giving from within our congregation.

Whilst our balance sheet position during this period has decreased from $52,140 to $46,592 we have spent $18,912 on necessary maintenance and improvements and maintenance at the manse as well as a further $10,203 on maintenance to the church.

We have also been able to clear our arrears of $4,673 with the Community Outreach Mission Network (COMN) and have recently applied for a grant of $1,000 from the COMN to support our Spirited Sunday events.

Whilst we should not be complacent regarding our improving financial position, we can continue forward with confidence in being able to fulfil what God is calling us to do in Athelstone and beyond.

Glen Luestner, Treasurer 


With Love to the World

The latest edition of this excellent devotional resource is now available.  If you would like to experiment with a new booklet, there are extra copies in the foyer… please place the $5 payment in the envelope provided.

If you would like to be on the list to receive it regularly please inform Sharyn.


Child Safe Environments – Reporting Child Abuse & Neglect – Sept 1

The Child Safe Environments courses educate participants about their legal obligation to report reasonable suspicion and concerns about child abuse and neglect. All church leaders including Elders and Church Council and those who serve in ministry with children and vulnerable people are encouraged to participate in training and to maintain their knowledge in this area.

Saturday 1 September, 9.30am-4.30pm , Athelstone Uniting Church, 33 Fox Avenue, Athelstone
Cost $30.00 per person Morning and Afternoon Tea provided. BYO Lunch. Contact Victoria for more details.


Uniting Communities Eastern Services

In the cold winter months for many years now, the Athelstone UC congregation have been great supporters of the Uniting Communities Eastern Services office at Beulah Park by providing tinned food for distribution for those in need.Please place any items on the table inside the Church.  Thanks,   Brenton Summers


Red Dove Cafe – you may have noticed this plea for workers at the Adelaide Royal Show in our newsletter over the last couple of weeks.

Just in case you are pondering to volunteer here are some details.  The Red Dove Cafe is an amazing missional opportunity.  Uniting Church Adult Fellowships have been providing wholesome food for workers and visitors to the Show for over 40 years.  The cafe raises $40 000 -60 000 each year which is donated to a variety of needy causes. Sign up for one shift or more!  On the job instruction given – all ages welcome.  If you would like more information or to sign up please contact our volunteer team at with your availability this year.

Entry to the show and a meal allowance is provide for each shift.


Our Church Spring Fair will be held this year  8am–1pm Saturday 3rd November


Dates for Term 3  –    28th August,  11th September,  25th September

What a wonderful excitement there was on deck as families arrived and expressed how much they missed us over the long break!  With some families moving to new homes and new families arriving it was a busy morning but everyone enjoyed the “campfire” theme and the special treats !  Maybe you would like to join us in this amazing outreach to our local community.  All offers are welcome and will help our regular team members take a break now and then.

Bruce and Joy Stewart  Phone: 83362671 or Email:

A Stitch in Time

We have had a request from a Stay and Play parent to purchase a smock and a library bag.  If there is anyone who likes sewing and would like to make several smocks or library bags, we could offer them to parents for a small cost perhaps as a fundraiser.  Contact Joy Stewart if you are interested in this task.


Wirra Words of the Week

Like fences, walls can be for keeping children safe, but they can also become creative usable spaces.  Vertical surfaces are beneficial for children in developing fine and gross motor skills.  Shoulder/elbow stability, wrist extension, midline crossing and visual attention are all enhanced on a vertical surface and provide young children with important skills for future writing experiences.       At Stay and Play, the addition of a chalk board to the wall in the nook has provided a focal point for children to express themselves visually as well interacting with adults about the theme for the day.  The wall and the path, leading to the office, is another space for children to interact and try a range of sensory experiences using chalk, water, paper, plastic and contact.                               Joy Stewart



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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Lectionary readings

19th August – 1 Kings 2:10-12;  Ps 111;  Eph 5:15-20;  John 6:51-58

26th August – 1 Kings 8:1,6,10-11,22-30,41-43;  Ps 84;  Eph 6:10-20;  Jn 6:56-69



  19 August 26 August
Preacher Nicole Mugford Linda Driver
Worship Leader Di Curtis Nola / Dean
Singers Allan/Dave/Sylvia/Ruth Friederike/Marie/Shelley
Keyboard Shelley Di Curtis
Guitar Scott/Chris Chris / Scott
Data Projector Samantha Dave
Flowers Ruth Di Curtis
Door Stewards & Offering Barbara & Eric Crisi & Sam
Notices Brenton Summers Brenton Summers
Scripture Reader Eric Hurrell Barbara Hurrell
Offering Count Friederike/Lynton N D. Walker / S. Maywald
Tea & Coffee Crisi & Sam Jan & Gus
Sound Don Brown Tara Shirlock
Building Steward Richard Read Noel Maywald


What’s on this Week   (20 – 26 August)

Monday 4.45-6.45 pm Waratah Calisthenics Club Auditorium
Tuesday 9.30-11.15 am Pilates Top Hall
  9.30am Book Club Coffee Shop
  10.00-11.00 am U3A Yoga Auditorium
  6.30-7.30 pm Reach your Feat  (Stretch&Balance) Top Hall
  7.30 pm Church Council Chapel
Wednesday 6.00-8.00 pm Waratah Calisthenics Club Auditorium
  6.30-7.30 pm Reach your Feat (Circuit) Top Hall
Thursday 5.30-7.30 pm Reach your Feat  (Stretch&Balance) Top Hall
Friday 10.00–12 noon Friendship Club Auditorium
Saturday 9.30–10.30 am Pilates Top Hall
  10.00-11.00 am Waratah Calisthenics Club Auditorium
Sunday 9.30 am Worship Service Auditorium
  6.30 pm Prayer Walk Rezz carpark