Newsletter for Sunday 1st April 2018

Newsletter for Sunday 1st April 2018

Sunday 1 April 2018

Greetings and welcome to this week’s newsletter
A Note from Linda
Greetings! Well here we are, at the most significant part of the Christian calendar, when we re-tell and remember the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection. Wherever you are this weekend, I encourage to connect with the story in some way. If you are away, perhaps there is a church you can visit, or perhaps you can read and pray through the story as told through the gospels (Matthew 21–28, Mark 11–16, Luke 19–24 or John 12–21.)  And of course, we look forward to welcoming you at one of our services at Athelstone.
He is risen! He is risen indeed!
Blessings, Linda
[Copies of Rev Bill Service’s sermon from last week are available from the Office]

Easter Diary Dates

Sunday 1 April:                 Easter Dawn service with local Uniting Church neighbours, Campbelltown and Dernancourt, at the Pavilion at Thorndon Park (6.45am). BYO Chair
Sunday 1 April:                  Easter worship service (9.30am)
(There will be no service this Sunday evening)
Advance notice – Linda will be away
As you may know, Linda is in a 0.8FTE part-time placement with us. To make up for extra hours worked in the lead up to and during Easter, she will take some time off at the end of April, with the blessing of Church Council.
She will be away from Sunday 22nd April to Monday 30th April inclusive.
Sunday Morning Worship Meeting – Tuesday 10th April – 7.30pm – 9.00pm
The Sunday Morning Music and Worship team  is meeting together on Tuesday 10th April and everyone interested is welcome to attend. (no music experience necessary)
Our goal is to continue to foster vibrant and engaging worship at the 9.30 service and we will revisit “Malcolm Gordon’s Journey of Worship” and share discussion around worship leading and putting all the elements of the service together.
For further information see Di Curtis (0419-862-606) or Linda
Our Church Newsletter
As from now, the newsletter will be collated and sent out on Wednesday, instead of Thursday.  So any notices to be included must reach the Church Office ( ) by 9.30 am Wednesday.
Power Supply Interruption to church building 5 April
Interruption will occur sometime between 8.30am and 3pm Thursday 5 April. SA Power Networks will be maintaining/upgrading the local electricity network.
Friendship Club
There will be No meeting on Friday 30 March (Good Friday). However we are rostered to meet again on Friday 6th April, with a guest speaker Mrs Bev Galway from Home Care Catalyst Foundation.
Dernancourt Uniting Church 50th Anniversary Celebrations – Sun 27 May 2018
10am Worship service  – Guest Preacher Rev. Rod Dyson
One Day Seminar with Carey Nieuwhof – Monday 7 May
You are invited to join a group of leaders from Athelstone Uniting Church who be attending a one-day conference at Seeds Uniting Church (Aberfoyle). This GLS Plus event is for church leaders and teams passionate about healthy, effective and sustainable ministry. Carey Nieuwhof is a prolific writer, providing great reflections and resources to help church leaders navigate their way through all the complexities of leading a church. Much of what he says is applicable to our context. For more information read here: and click on the Adelaide button for more specific details. Cost $79.00. If you are interested in going, please contact Linda as soon as possible as we wish to register as a group.
ToFs or ‘Tuesdays on Fox’ is a gathering of the church that aims to promote friendship and build relationships in a relaxed setting.   Often we meet at a coffee shop, sometimes at the church with a speaker of interest and occasionally we’ll see a movie or arrange a visit to a particular event.   We meet once a month and all are welcome, along with your friends that might enjoy our company.   Every meeting is promoted in the newsletter, and if possible, an indication of attendance to Jenny Riggall or Ros Howland would be appreciated as we need to book at many of the places we attend.
Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 10th April (note the second Tuesday of the month) at 2pm when we will travel to Garden Grove Garden Centre, where we will enjoy a coffee at Café de Grove.   There is also a large nursery to explore, and a very interesting gift area in which to browse.
We will meet at the Church carpark at 130pm or feel free to make your own way there –
Address:   1150 Golden Grove Rd,  Golden Grove.
Please let Jenny or Ros know if you are intending to join us and need transport.
 Stay & Play Playgroup
DATES for 2018                Term 1 –  3rd April                            Term 2 – 8th May,    22nd May,    5th June
Several of our regular team helpers will be absent in Term 2 for 19th June and 3rd July.  With a FULL ENROLMENT of 25 children, it is imperative for safety of children as well as our remaining helpers, that we have sufficient helpers to move furniture, cut fruit, wash dishes and supervise children. We cannot operate safely with less than 6 team members so please come and join the team “on deck” and explore your role at Stay and Play. Our expert bubble blower joined us last week. You can join the fun too between 9.00am and 12 noon.
Police checks can be arranged through the office.
More info Contact Bruce and Joy Stewart Phone: 83362671 or Email:
Packing Day in June
After an uncertain start, Packing Day is happening again this year.
We will be collecting, sorting and packing on Sunday 3rd, Monday 4th and the morning of Tuesday 5th June.
Athelstone will again be packing for 4 Northern Territory coastal communities so the majority of our requirements will be summer weight clothing.   However – Men’s, Girls’ and Boys’ jeans and slacks will be suitable.
Also light weight jumpers and cardigans for all ages and gender would be appropriate.
Other items that can be collected include:
Beanies for all ages.  Manchester (cotton rugs; not heavy woollen blankets or dunas) and Books, sewing aids, toys, toiletries, Good News bibles
Detailed requirements of each of the communities will be on the Noticeboard at the rear of the Church.
We will also collect items for the Old Timers Fete in Alice Springs.   Items for the fete must be excellent quality – new handmade or manufactured.
Goods can be dropped at the church on the afternoon of Sunday June 3rd 12 – 4pm and Monday 4th in the morning.
If you are able to help at the church on any of the days ie Sunday, Monday and Tuesday morning please let me know.
Pass the word around to your friends and families for donations, in particular lighter weight garments and plenty of menswear.
Many Thanks                                    Jayne Nicholas (0418 836 266)
Electronic Giving – As disciples we give as an expression of our thankfulness for what God has done and is doing in our lives. We give as one way of contributing towards and investing in Christ’s ministry and mission through our local and the wider church. Electronic giving is a way of making giving a little easier – easier to remember – and easier for those times when you’re away. Pray about how much you wish to give and how often (2 Cor 9:7), then set up regular payments, and it’s done! Application forms are available on the table in the Church foyer or speak to the Treasurer Glen Luestner for more information.
Lectionary readings
1st April    (Easter Sunday) – Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 and John 20:1-18
8th April – Acts 4: 32-35.  Psalms 133 and 1 John 1 – 1 John 2:2

1st April (Easter Sunday) 8 April
Preacher Linda Driver Linda Driver
Worship Leader Nola Robyn
Scripture Reader Barbara Hurrell Eric Hurrell
Keyboard Shelley Di Curtis
Singers Jeff/Jeanine/Lyndon Bob/Janet/Ruth
Guitar Grant/Scott Chris/Dave
Flowers Sue Richards Di Curtis
Data Projector Dave Samantha
Sound Don Brown Noel Maywald
Steward(s) & Offering Stella/Victoria Crisi & Sam George
Tea & Coffee Crisi & Sam George Marie H & Friederike
Notices Don Brown Don Brown
Communion Graham J/Sheralyn/Jenny/Don
Offering Count S Maywald/G Robin D Brown/L Nicholas
Building Steward Richard Read Eric Hurrell

What’s on this Week   (2 -8 April)

Monday 4.45-6.45 pm Waratah Calisthenics Club Auditorium
Tuesday 9.00am Book Club Coffee Shop
9.15-11.15 am Pilates Top Hall
10.00-11.00 am U3A Yoga Auditorium
10.00-11.30am Stay & Play Playgroup LowerHall/Decking
2.00pm TOFs Lower Hall
6.30-7.30pm Reach your Feat  (Stretch&Balance) Top Hall
Wednesday 6.30–8.45pm Waratah Calisthenics Club Auditorium
6.30-7.30 pm Reach your Feat (Circuit) Top Hall
Thursday 5.30-6.30 pm Reach your Feat  (Stretch&Balance) Top Hall
Friday 9.15 – 11.15 am Pilates Top Hall
Saturday 9.15-11.15am Pilates Top Hall
10.00-11.00 am Waratah Calisthenics Club Auditorium
Sunday 9.30 am Easter Worship Service Auditorium
6.00 pm Evening Service Auditorium

Noticeboard – Please continue to check the notice board at the back of the church
Wider Church – Please continue to use the link to UC e-news at