Sunday, 19th November 2017
Greetings and welcome to this week’s newsletter.
A Note from Linda
This is our final week in the Journey of Worship series. We will focus on Intercession (prayer for others) and conclude with the Sending Out. I hope that through this series you have grown in your understanding of gathered worship: what it is, why we do what we do on Sundays and how it all fits together.
Next week, believe it or not, is the beginning of our journey toward Christmas! On Sunday 26th November at 9.30am we’ll have lovely Christmas music set amongst the Christmas trees led by the Voices of Praise singing group. Our theme for December, and in particular, for our Christmas services, is “Unwrapping Joy”. This has been partly inspired by a new study written by local Uniting Church minister, Benji Callen. You might like to use this study for your personal devotions or with your small group. (It doesn’t need to coincide with the Sundays in December and can easily continue on in to the new year!) Please let Sharyn or I know if you’d a copy. We have ordered a number in from Mediacom (cost is $12).
Please join me in praying that through our services and other activities we can reach out to our community with the true message of joy.
This coming week, from Thursday through to Saturday, David Riggall and I will be participating in the Uniting Church Presbytery & Synod Meeting at Adelaide West Uniting Church. This is an important meeting of the wider church. Please pray for those attending, that the meeting will be marked by prayerful discernment and respectful listening, with some interesting issues on the agenda.
Did you know that we have koalas who visit our wirra? There is one who is often in the tree near the pergola. This week we’ve had one near the nook. What a blessing it is to be able to look out my window and watch a koala feasting in the tree!
Blessings to you, Linda
Christmas Tree Festival – 23rd-26th November
Last chance to enter in the festival. In addition to the usual trees etc, the organizing committee is inviting the congregation to display their traditional, favourite or creative Christmas fare, e.g. gingerbread house, decorated Christmas cake, rum balls, white Christmas slice. The items will not be sold or available for tasting. To enter a tree or food item please use the entry form. If you require printed material, either information, fliers or an entry form check the “second desk” in the reception area. Rosters for helpers are now available, please see Victoria. For more information or questions please contact Julie 8337 0815, 0418 811 556 or Victoria, Joy and Bruce Stewart or Raelene Anderson.
Uniting Communities Eastern Services Christmas Appeal
Christmas is a time of joy for many of us, but it is also a time to remember those who are less fortunate.
Help us to make a difference! Monetary donations can be made in person at our Beulah Park office or sent to: Eastern Services, PO Box 3356, Norwod SA 5067. The tree is in the church, please take a tag and donate the item.
“Christmas Treats” which may include – pudding, cake, fruit mince pies, long-life custard, canned ham, chips, lollies, soft drinks, tea, coffee, milo. Toys will also be gratefully accepted.
Quiz Night a great success!
A special thanks to all who attended the quiz night last Saturday night. We raised $2850 from the night which included some additional donations received from some who were unable to attend. This was a fantastic effort that was made possible through the support of so many that came along and those who helped with the setting up tables and chairs, setting up tea and coffee, packing the baskets, running the raffle, collecting money at the door, organising the sound, scoring, donating a prize for the silent auction or hosting a table by inviting family and friends. With the success of the event and the positive feedback we might have to look at running another one next year.
Wanted – Urgently – Manse
To help save some costs painters are wanted urgently to help paint the inside of the Manse. If you are able to help please contact David Riggall 8395 0122 or 0418 825 750 to arrange a suitable time to be part of a working bee.
The Metropolitan Male Choir of South Australia – Celebration of Christmas
Saturday 2 December 7.30pm Elder Hall Adelaide – tickets $25 – student $20 – children admitted free. Advance tickets may be booked at mmcsa.org or by calling 8449 3742 – tickets also available at the door. For more information please chat to Lynton Nicholas
Stay & Play –21st November and 5th December
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, crnr Fox Ave and Kantilla Dve.
Thank you to all the knitters who contributed to the bird yarn bombing. Some of the children also left their birds on stakes in the wirra, so go and explore and see how many birds you can find. We gained a new family from the Spring Fair too. If you have time to contribute, we need people to move furniture before and after the session, and help to cut up fruit and wash dishes. Thanks to Crisi for all her support in the kitchen and on deck for so long. We miss her cheerful smile and contribution. Just one hour of your time will help to support the regular team as numbers of participants keep increasing. Please consider how you could help in 2018 and have a chat to Joy or Bruce. firstname.lastname@example.org Come and join the fun!
PS If anyone has old Christmas cards (preferably with personal names and messages cut off), I would be very grateful for them for the Christmas Tree Festival. Joy.
Wirra Words of the Week
“Gardens require cultivating machinery (eg mowers, edgers, hedgecutters)
Wirra requires no machinery.” Wal Bushman
A unique plant to Black Hill Conservation Park is Grevillea lavendulacea. It is the only Grevillea species that is endemic to this region. Currently, there is only one plant in the wirra, right on the main path, in front of the decking. It has flowered with a mass of the familiar “spider like” blooms this season, so as the bulbs begin to die back, enjoy this snatch of colour. They usually flower from Winter to early Summer. It is a low spreading shrub with dark green leaves above and silky white beneath. Shade tolerant, it likes well drained sandy or sloping sites and is drought tolerant once established. A great addition to your garden that will attract birds.
We have been gifted with several of Pam Silby’s hand-made quilts by her family. We would like to use them in a way Pam would have wanted, so if you have a good idea please chat to Linda or Di Curtis with your thoughts, or email Sharyn
Have you lost your glasses? – Found in the chapel, a pair of ladies spectacles with a dark frame. They are on Sharyn’s desk in the reception area ready for pick up.
Some years ago t-shirts with the Athelstone logo were purchased; if you would like to have one to identify yourself when you are “working” an event, check the box in the reception area. Various sizes and colours are available They are going for a donation of $5.00! Please come and try on there is a mirror in the vestry and pay Sharyn.
Traffic Treatment at the Intersection of Fox Avenue & Marybank Terrace
Campbell Council’s Contractor, Nova Group Services, has been engaged to undertake the construction work of this intersection. The construction work includes the installation of median islands, traffic devices and line marking. During construction, detours will be in place with delays expected. For a map of the plans, please check the notice board at the back of the auditorium. We are delighted that Campbelltown Council is making our local street safer.
Christmas Services Sunday 24th December 9.30am Unwrapping Joy – 6.30pm Family Service – 11.00pm Late Service
Monday 25th December Christmas Day 9.30am
Roster for 26th November 2017
|Steward(s) & Offering||Barbara & Eric Hurrell|
|Scripture Reader||Friederike A-W|
|Offering Count||D Walker & Bob Stevenson||Paul Howland|
|Tea & Coffee||Jayne & Lynton Nicholas|
|Singers||Bob, Ann & Sylvia|
|Guitar||Chris & Shelly – bass|
|Building Steward||Eric Hurrell|
Wider Church – Please continue to use the link to UC e-news at http://sa.uca.org.au/uc-e-news/
Notice board – Please check the notice board for events happening at our neighbours.
19th November – Judges 4.1-7, Psalm 123, 1 Thess. 5.1-11, Matthew 25.14-30
Readings for our Worship Services: Jer 29:1-7; Matthew 6:5-14
26th November – Ezekiel 34.11-16, 20-24, Psalm 100, Ephesians 1.15-23
Readings for our Worship Services: Psalm 100
What’s on this Week (20th -26th November)
Monday Christmas Tree Festival preparation (Auditorium)
Tuesday Christmas Tree Festival preparation (Auditorium) 5.30-7.30 pm Reach your Feat (Top Hall),
Wednesday Christmas Tree Festival preparation (Auditorium)6.30-7.30 pm Reach your Feat (Top Hall)
Thursday Christmas Tree Festival (Auditorium) 5.30-7.30 pm Reach your Feat (Top Hall)
Friday Christmas Tree Festival (Auditorium)
Saturday Christmas Tree Festival (Auditorium)
Sunday 9.30 am Church Service, – 6.00 pm Evening Service