Sunday 22 July 2018
Greetings and welcome to this week’s newsletter
A Note from Linda
“Let all that I am praise the Lord; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name. Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies. He fills my life with good things. My youth is renewed like the eagle’s!” (Psalm 103:1-5)
I want to thank Glen Luestner for reading all of Psalm 103 to church council for our devotion this week. It was a wonderful example of how the Psalms provide for us a prayer language for all the seasons of our life. As we look back on recent weeks, these words speak to many in our church family who have seen and experienced answers to prayer. We have so much to be thankful for! I encourage you to explore the Psalms for yourself, in whatever translation you prefer! Blessings, Linda
This Sunday morning (July 22) we will have guest preacher Alexandra Bingham from UnitingWorld.
In the evening, we’ll head off on our monthly Prayer Walk – meet in The Rezz carpark at 6pm for an easy walk around Thorndon Park, while praying for our community (to be led by Lee O’Connell).
Note: This will be Linda’s rostered Sunday off.
Next Sunday July 29
Sunday (July 29) is the 5th Sunday of the month when we try to do things a little differently in our morning service. This time we plan to give you a little taster of Messy Church: Messy Church is church for families who may not find other forms of church appealing and who don’t yet belong to a church. It is typically held once a month, includes hands-on creative experiences, a celebration and a meal. It does not prioritise either the needs of children or adults but intentionally welcomes and provides for all ages. Our hope is that in the near future, we will begin our own Messy Church that will meet on Sunday evenings. So, on the 29th, we plan to give you a preview of what this new ministry could be like. Come expecting things to be a little different that morning!
In the evening, we will meet at The Rezz at 6pm to debrief our Messy Church experience while we share a meal together.
Pacific Inspired Food Event – Sat August 18.
Only 4 tickets left for our evening to support Kiribati Water Conservation Project
Please get your ticket/s today from Mike O’Connell for the Pacific Inspired meal to be held on August 18. It’s going to be a great evening with delicious food and musical entertainment from Gerald at the keyboard. To be held Church at 6.30 pm on August 18 .Cost $25.
Our Preacher for 19th August is Nicole Mugford who will speak of her experiences in Kiribati recently. There will be a retiring offering – please come prepared to further assist the water conservation project
Spirited Sunday – Sun August 19
Spirited Sundays are growing each month – 50 people attended last week! 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 hear about the latest in cancer research.
Save the Date – Spring Fair
Spring Fair will be held this year 8am – 1pm Saturday 3rd November 2018
Please put this date in your diary !
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
Stay & Play Playgroup
We will recommence on 31st July with a full enrolment of 25 and 5 children on the waiting list. We now have a wonderful team of 8 regulars who do a range of tasks like moving furniture, setting up activities, cutting fruit, washing dishes and providing a friendly, welcoming environment to both children and carers. 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 bruce and firstname.lastname@example.org
Wider Church & Community News (see noticeboard for details)
– Raising Funds for Refugee Assistance July 21
Mamma Mia 2 – Regal Theatre 12.45pm. Book tickets at Eventbrite.
– Tea Tree Gully Uniting Church 40th Anniversary August 5
40th Anniversary service at TTG Uniting Sunday 5th August, 10:30am service
Celebrating 40 years since the laying of the foundation stone for the Sanctuary
Followed by a shared lunch. Guest speaker will be Rev Ian Clarkson.
– Ozharvest SA August 14
1.30pm St Peter Claver Catholic Church, 8 Stuart Road, Dulwich.Donation $5 Afternoon Tea provided
– Surrender Adelaide October 12-14
Marion Church of Christ www.surrender.org.au/adelaide See noticeboard for details
Electronic Giving – Forms are available or speak to Treasurer Glen Luestner for more information.
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
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
Noticeboard – Please check the noticeboard at the back of the church
Wider Church News- Please use the link to UC e-news at http://sa.uca.org.au/uc-e-news/
Website – We encourage you to visit our website: www.athelstonechurch.org.au
Housekeeping – Please pick up containers/plates left on top of the fridge in the kitchen. Thanks. Sharyn
22nd July – 2 Sm 7:1-14a; Ps 89:20-37; Eph 2:11-22; Mk 6:30-34, 53-56
29th July – 2 Sm 11:1-15; Ps 14; Eph 3:14-21; John 6:1-21
|22 July||29 July|
|Preacher||Alex Bingham||Linda Driver|
|Guitar||Grant / Scott||Chris/Grant|
|Flowers||Ruth Henderson||Di Curtis|
|Door Stewards & Offering||Raelene /Rob A.||Jenny / David R|
|Notices||Barbara Hurrell||Barbara Hurrell|
|Scripture Reader||David Walker||Ray Walter|
|Offering Count||Bob S/ David W.||Jeff D / Glen L|
|Tea & Coffee||Marie H/ Friederike||Sylvia / Noel|
|Sound||Noel M||Don B|
|Building Steward||Noel M||Richard R|
What’s on this Week (23 – 29 July)
|Monday||4.45 – 6.45 pm||Waratah Calisthenics Club||Auditorium|
|10 – 11.15 am||Pilates||Top Hall|
|5.30 – 7.30 pm||Reach your Feat (Stretch&Balance)||Top Hall|
|Wednesday||6 – 8 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||10am – 12 noon||Friendship Club||Auditorium|
|Saturday||9.30 – 10.30am||Pilates||Top Hall|
|10 – 11am||Waratah Calisthenics Club||Auditorium|
|Sunday||9.30 am||Worship Service||Auditorium|
|6.30pm||Chill Night at the Rezz||Rezz|