Newsletter for Sunday 20th August 2017

Newsletter for Sunday 20th August 2017

 

 

 

Sunday 20th August 2017
 
A note from Church Council
We would like to extend a big thank you to Dillon Mullins for all of his work on church council.  After much prayerful consideration, Dillon has resigned from church council to enable him to walk forward in faith and focus on his next chapter in life.  We have decided to keep this position vacant until our elections at the AGM in November.
Over the last month we have been talking about the new opportunities that we can have as a church to share the Gospel and serve our community if we increase our regular giving.  Thank you to everyone for your participation and support of the Stewardship program so far. If you have not yet returned your eGive form to UC Invest or set up direct debit from your internet banking, it isn’t too late.  We look forward to letting you know the impact of the Stewardship program in the coming months.
As a council we have also been organising for renovation of the manse in preparation for Linda commencing her ministry at Athelstone. This work is ongoing, with the manse not having had significant work on it for the past 20 or so year.
In addition to our maintenance at the manse, we have also had some additional unexpected maintenance costs at the church, with the office air conditioner dying and requiring replacement.
We are looking forward to welcoming Linda to Athelstone at the end of the month and working with her into the future.
– Victoria
 
ToFs  –  It’s SHOEBOX time again!
Ladies are asked to bring their goods to our next meeting on September 5th for packing.
We will meet at the Church at 2 pm.
We have received a number of items from neighbouring Churches, to ‘kick start’ our boxes.
These consist of a good number of girls’ skirts, shoulder bags for both boys & girls and a large number of pencil casesWe also have a bag full of knitted teddies.
Any queries please contact Jenny Riggall, as Ros will be away on holidays.       Phone 8395 0112
 
Spring Fair” – Saturday, 21st October 2017
With the exception of large furniture items, good saleable items are required for our up and coming “Spring Fair” and your donations would be very much appreciated.  This includes toys, books, giftware, glass and crockery items, kitchen ware, puzzles, games, Manchester, clothes, artworks, DVD’s etc . It is planned that the shed will be open every Sunday morning from 9.15-9.30am for convenient drop off.                                          For further information see Di Curtis
 
“Music & Worship Gathering” – Tuesday 22nd August – 7.30pm – 9pm
One of our goals determined for Athelstone for the next few years is to establish a team that continues to foster vibrant and engaging worship each Sunday.   To get this happening I would like to invite anyone interested to come along to an initial gathering on Tuesday 22nd August, between 7.30pm – 9pm down in the chapel.
Come along for some singing, and some enthusiastic discussion about ways we can enhance our worship into the future.    I look forward to your company!                                                                                       Dianne Curtis (0419-862-606)
 
Rev Linda Driver’s Induction – Wednesday 30th August at 7.30pm.
Please come along to witness the induction of Rev. Linda Driver into her role as Minister of the Word at Athelstone Uniting on Wednesday the 30th of August at 7:30pm.  The induction service will be followed by a shared supper.
Please bring along a plate of food to share.   We are hoping that we will have a number of guests joining us to celebrate this occasion with us, including Linda’s family, members of nearby congregations, presbytery, and members of government.
Geoff’s Last Service
After a wonderful 18 months at Athelstone, it will be Geoff’s last service with us at AUC on Sunday the 27th of August. Please come along to the 9:30am service and bring a plate of morning tea to share as we bid Geoff and Jenny farewell.
Geoff will be moving on to Balhannah Uniting Church where he has accepted the call to be Minister of the Word. Balhannah will be very blessed to have Geoff and Jenny!
 
Fresh Water Supply for Kiribati
The Wider Mission committee is grateful for those who have already made a donation to our project in Kiribati.
To date $2253 has been received towards our target figure of $2500, which means we have only $250 approx to go!
If you still wish to give to the project you may do so until the end of the month.
Envelopes are available in the porch.
 
Prayer Chain – Brenton is away, so please send emails to Lee O’Connell at  leeoconnell56@gmail.com
 
Shoe Boxes of Love
It is time to start thinking about what you could put into a shoebox. Although we will not be collecting them until late September/early October you could already be sewing, knitting or buying. I will have access to the brochures in the next few weeks if you would like one now. Just let me know.
Thank you for your past involvement in this program.  Any questions please talk to Friederike 0458078839
 
Stay & Play Playgroup
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, corner Fox Ave and Kantilla Dve
DATES for Term 3 2017 – 29th August, 12th September, 26th September
If you would like to contribute and be part of this great fun outreach, please make contact.   For enquiries please contact either Sharyn in the office or Joy and Bruce Stewart on 83362671 or email bruceandjoy@bigpond.com.
 
Packing Day
Packing Day is an excellent way in which we can serve Aboriginal communities in northern Australia. After 2 successful years of coordinating Packing Day, Ros is ready to hand over the reins to someone else.  We are looking for a small team of volunteers to co-ordinate the event at Athelstone in 2018.  If you are interested in taking on part of this role, please contact Victoria.
 
Wider Church – Please continue to use the link to UC e-news at    http://sa.uca.org.au/uc-e-news/
 
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.
 
Notice Board – Please continue to check the notice board for information of neighboring events and news.
 
Bible Readings
20th August – Genesis 45: 1-15, Psalm 133, Romans 11:1-2a, Matthew 15:10-20
27th August – Exodus 1:8-2:10, Psalm 124, Romans  12:1-8, Matthew 16:13-20
 
 
 
Roster for 27th August 2017

9.30am 6.00pm
Flowers Sue Richards
Steward(s) & Offering Janet & Howard Jacob
Notices Barbara Hurrell
Scripture Reader Lee O’Connell
Offering Count F Ashby-Weiss/S Maywald G Luestner
Tea & Coffee Barbara & Eric Hurrell
Sound Tara Shirlock
Data Projector
Building Steward Noel Maywald

 
What’s on this Week   (21st – 27th August)
Monday               4.45-6.45 pm Waratah Calisthenics Club (Auditorium)
Tuesday               10.00-11.00 am U3A Yoga (Auditorium), 5.30-7.30 pm Reach your Feat (Top Hall),
7.30-9.00 pm Music & Worship Gathering (Chapel)
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                    10.00-12.00 Friendship Club – Cooking Demonstration and Eating! (Auditorium)
Saturday              10.00-11.00 am Waratah Calisthenics Club (Auditorium)
Sunday                 9.30 am Church Service, 6.00 pm Evening Service (Chapel)