Newsletter for Sunday 1st October 2017

Newsletter for Sunday 1st October 2017

Sunday, 1st October 2017
A Note from Linda!
As grand final fever grips our nation it fascinates me to see how passionate people become about their team. They speak with excitement, they wear their team colours, they know all the stats, they plan their time around the game and even go and watch their team in training. All this is done in community – it’s much more fun to cheer on our team when we’re with our family and friends!
Imagine if that’s what church was like! Each of us passionate about our church, speaking with excitement about what God is up to, cheering each other on, and celebrating Jesus, the One who has won the ultimate Contest on our behalf.
This is what Worship is all about – giving our focused attention to what we see as most worthy. Worth-ship!
This week we are beginning a series on Worship: “The Journey of Worship”. Together we’ll explore and grow in our understanding of the elements of Christian worship as we continue to foster vibrant and engaging worship here at Athelstone.
An update on my days off: for the time being, I am taking Wednesdays and Fridays as my days off. Don’t forget to set your clocks forward on Saturday night/Sunday morning – and that Monday is a Public Holiday! Blessings, Linda
Sunday evening news
Our Sunday evening services are an informal time of worship open to all. We meet in the Chapel from 6pm.
Sunday October 1: this week we are taking a break as many of the regular worshippers will be away
Sunday October 8: Matt Barker will lead us in a Sounds of Silence reflection
Sunday October 15: we’ll begin The Journey of Worship series. Come, join us!
Geoff’s Induction
This Sunday, the 1st of October, Rev Geoff Hurst will be inducted as Minister of The Word at Balhannah Uniting Church (3 Bridge Street, Balhannah). The induction service will commence at 4pm, followed by light refreshments. If you would like to attend, please let Kathy Bassell know at your earliest convenience (phone 0419 833 039, or admin@balhannah.ucasa.org.au).
ToFs
Our next meeting is Tuesday 3rd October at 2 pm in the Church. Come along and enjoy a chat with Linda.
Would you please bring a small plate of nibbles/biscuits to share.
Office closure
I am on leave from Thursday 28th September until Tuesday 17th October. My husband Fred and I are taking a belated 50th Wedding anniversary trip to Victoria. Please be patient if your telephone call or email is not answered in that time. For urgent concerns, please ring Linda on 0458 500 656. On my return the office will be open for the above Tuesday and Wednesday 18th October but not the Thursday 19th as Linda and I will be at the Global Leadership Summit Conference, then back to normal the following week. Sharyn PS ask Linda about the fish!
Spring Fair – 21st October, 8am – 1pm
I hope everyone is looking forward to our Spring Fair – only 3 weeks to go and please see me about being involved in some way. Help with stalls listed below would be greatly appreciated.
Clothes stall
Coralie Summers would love to receive donations of good quality clothes, especially for babies and children and all other clothing accessories.
Plant Stall
Donations of plants and garden items and tools are required. Please name plants and attach prices and see Lyndon Rowe for more information
Cake Stall
Donations of cakes, biscuits, and ready-made meals, also gluten-free items would be much appreciated. Please list all ingredients on goods. Ann Brown is coordinating this.
Devonshire Tea
Freshly baked Scones, and pots of jam are required. Please see Janet Armstrong or Di Curtis
For all enquiries regarding The Spring Fair – please contact Di Curtis (0419-862-606)
Fete & Auction at Dernancourt
If you are “fete-aholics” our neighbor Dernanourt UC is holding their event on the same day as ours 21st October 9.00-1.00pm.
Shoe Boxes of Love
Thank you all for your contributions so far. It has been overwhelming. We still have a few weeks to go, but if you could possibly have your completed shoeboxes back to the church by Sunday October 8th. We will have a special blessing for them to see them on their way on that day. Friederike 0458078839
Spring Fair Yarn bombing
Thank you to those who have already offered to knit or crochet and share your creativity with the local community through our yarn bombing activities. Donations of wool (preferably 8ply or more, new or previously used) in greens and browns for tree trunks, and small quantities of any coloured wool for birds, can be left in the front foyer or in the office. Come and join the fun and express your creativity! Joy Stewart . PS walk down through the Wirra to see the first two trees “bombed” with this year’s theme of birds! Sharyn
Stay & Play
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 (cr Fox Ave & Kantilla Dve).
DATES – , 24th October, 7th November, 21st November, 5th December
There are plenty of different ways you can contribute to Stay and Play, or the wirra so come and join the team and contribute to our community outreach. For enquiries please contact either Sharyn in the office or Joy and Bruce Stewart on 83362671 or email bruceandjoy@bigpond.com.
Christmas Tree Festival – Advance notice
This event is to be the 23rd-26th November. Put your thinking caps on for a display, fun, quirky, serious or special! Invitations have gone out to companies and other contacts who have participated in the past years . If you require printed material, either, information, fliers or an entry forms check the “second desk” in the reception area. For more information please chat to Victoria.
Cans of Food
Cans of Soup, Baked Beans, Casserole type meals, etc. are very welcome to be donated to Uniting Communities who in turn distribute them to those in need. Please leave any contributions at the back of the church. Donations for the gifts of bread we have occasionally are also given to this organization.
Save the Date for the Quiz Night – 11th November, 7 pm.
Wider Church – Please continue to use the link to UC e-news at http://sa.uca.org.au/uc-e-news/
Bible Readings
1st October – Exodus 17: 1-7, Psalm 78:1-4, 12-16, Philippians 2:1-13, Matthew 21:23-32
8th October – Exodus 20.1-4, Psalm 19, Philippians 3.4b-14, Matthew 21.33-46,
 
Roster for 1st October 2017
9.30am
Flowers Raelene Anderson
Steward(s) & Offering Crissi & Sam George
Notices Sylvia Maywald
Scripture Reader Grant Burton
Offering Count Don Brown & Sam George
Tea & Coffee Jan & Gus Robin
Sound Tara Maywald
Data Projector Samantha
Building Steward Eric Hurrell
 
What’s on this Week (2nd October – 8th October)
Monday 4.45-6.45 pm Waratah Calisthenics Club (Auditorium)
Tuesday 9.30am Book Club at the Coffee Shop 2pm TOFS 5.30-7.30 pm Reach your Feat (Top Hall)
Wednesday 6.30-8.30 pm Waratah Calisthenics Club (Auditorium), 6.30-7.30 pm Reach your Feat (Top Hall)
Thursday 5.30-7.30 pm Reach your Feat (Top Hall)
Friday
Saturday 10.00-11.00 am Waratah Calisthenics Club (Auditorium)
Sunday 9.30 am Church Service, 6.00 pm Evening Service (Chapel)