Newsletter for Sunday 24th February 2019

Newsletter for Sunday 24th February 2019





Sunday 24th February 2019


Greetings and welcome to this week’s newsletter


A Note from Linda

This week, we will have special guests come and share with us in the service.  You might remember that last year, a reasonably large group from Teen Challenge came to join us for worship one Sunday morning.  Well, they’re returning and this time – we’ll get to hear from them!  Teen Challenge are passionate about helping people break free from their addictions.  Their mission statement is ‘to powerfully influence troubled youth to reach their full potential’.

Next week we will begin our Being Disciples series, based on the book by the same name by Rowan Williams. We will also celebrate with Marie Bartsch as we formally welcome her to our church through a Re-affirmation of Baptism.

Blessings, Linda


Coming Sunday evenings at Athelstone Uniting Church

24 February – 6pm – Prayer Walk

3 March – 6pm – intimate communion service in the Chapel

10 March – 6pm – intimate service in the Chapel

All are welcome to any of our Sunday evening activities, and as usual are welcome to join us for dinner or a cuppa each Sunday night at The Rezz after our service.

Please note that this Sunday will be Rev Ian Lohmeyer’s final service at Dernancourt Uniting Church.  Ian is retiring. Please keep Ian and the Dernancourt congregation in your prayers.


Quilt – Silent Auction

A little over a year ago – Pam Silby’s family donated a number of quilts to the church, we have been pondering how best to use them.    You will notice that two colourful ones are on show in the church administration area and another colourful quilt hanging in the main foyer.  It is a lovely way to remember Pam.

It has been decided to hold a Silent Auction for the remainder of the quilts including, as well, several banners and table runners.  Proceeds will go to Pastoral Care as this ministry was dear to Pam’s heart.

Please note that there will be a display of these items in the church again this Sunday 24th February, closing at 11.00am.  Each item will have a note attached with the description, valuation and reserve price, please enter your bid and wait with excitement for the telephone call informing you of success!  Sharyn


Looking ahead to Lent

During Lent (commencing in March) our preaching series will follow the book “Being Disciples” by Rowan Williams. All are invited to join in further by reading the book as part of your own personal devotions or joining a small group to unpack it together.  An order form and more information will be available in next week’s newsletter.  Existing small groups are invited to use the book for your studies.  Linda will also be hosting a new small group to read this book together.    Alternately, there will be a Lent Event bible study available which can also be used by small groups.


COMN Gathering

We will be hosting the next gathering of the Community Outreach Mission Network on Tuesday 26 February at 6.15pm.  All are welcome. Bring along a plate of savoury or sweet to share for dinner.  The gathering includes a shared meal, worship, and a meeting where we will hear about what God has been up to through the ministries of the congregations in our network.  This includes presentations from those who received network grants.

“If you would like to help with this event by serving in the kitchen, please chat to Victoria Pederick (0488391007).”


Triple Cs – Next gathering is planned for March 13th

Venue and Time to be announced, but consider car pooling meanwhile.   Thanks again for the support.


Are you interested in learning more about a NEW Small group!

Linda invites you to join her for a Cuppa at the Manse on Wednesday 27th February at 7.30pm. The focus of discussion will be formation of a new short-term small group for the 6 weeks of Lent, commencing Wednesday

6th March – 10th April.  Resource is “Being Disciples” written by Rowan Williams and will cost $13.00.

Dr Williams is acknowledged internationally as an outstanding theological writer, scholar and teacher.  He is the former Archbishop of Canterbury.


Please inform the Office – if you are interested in attending the information session and/or the group.

The books are being ordered through the office, please let Sharyn know if you would like one or it may be that you are unable to attend a group, but would like to “follow along” by reading the book.


Small group leaders – if you interested in using Being Disciples for your group – books need to be ordered soon from Sharyn – Uniting World Lent Event is also available as a resource.




The Annual Spring Fair/Fete/Garage Sale has been held at Athelstone for many years and Church Council

is reviewing the event and looking at how it may be reinvigorated and sustained into the future.

Council is looking for a new Coordinator and/or team to lead.

If you have any thoughts and/or feel called to be involved, please contact Jeff Dry or Di Curtis.



DATES for 2019


Term 1  –    5th March, 19th March, 2nd April

Term 2  –    7th May, 21st May, 4th June, 18th June, 2nd July


With a gathering of 33 at our last session, it was a busy morning.  If you’re an early riser, come and help set up at 8-45am or join us later to help cut fruit or wash dishes.  Any assistance is of great benefit to the already committed team.

With thanks to a couple of new helpers on deck, there should be no cancellations of sessions in Term 1.  However, the waiting list will be in operation for over 20 children until we continue to increase the team.  “Let’s Talk Together” in 2019 and celebrate the International Year of Indigenous Languages.

Bruce and Joy Stewart  –  Phone: 83362671 or Email:


Packing Day  –  Save the Date, Start Collecting!

Once again the Athelstone Uniting Church is co-ordinating the packing of goods for indigenous communities in northern and central Australia.

Please save the dates: Sunday June 2nd and Monday June 3rd

This event is a chance for our church community to engage in some fellowship and I would love to have you join us in the camaraderie of the Packing Day.

As in previous years we are collecting for the communities north of Darwin so require clothing and manchester that would be suitable for these tropical destinations.

Attached to the Newsletter is a flyer detailing the goods required.  Along with used goods, there are some new items that could be purchased – underwear, stationery, toiletries.

If you have any questions please ask Jayne Nicholas.


Letter received from Uniting Communities  (Dated 18th February)

Thank you for your contribution to our 2018 Christmas Appeal.  The support of your church is greatly appreciated by all the staff and volunteers at Easter Services.

The generous financial support and food donations we received enabled us to distribute food hampers and food vouchers to 170 individuals and families, as well as providing toys for 90 children.

The demand for our services continues to increase.  Without the generosity of our benefactors we would be unable to maintain the level of service we are able to offer to so many in our community who are struggling to make ends meet.


Electronic Giving – Forms are available or speak to Treasurer Glen Luestner for more information.


Pastoral care – 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


Prayer Requests – 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


Wider church


International Women’s Day retreat 2019

This one day retreat coordinated by members of Synod Communications team provides an opportunity to ‘step-away’ for the day to focus on you. Retreat leaders will take you through a series of exercises that provide opportunity for self-reflection, increased confidence and time to contemplate the possibilities that lie ahead!

The retreat will be on Friday 8 March from 9.30am – 4.15pm (includes lunch and morning tea). See Linda for more information

World Day of Prayer – Friday March 1

This year’s World Day of Prayer event will be at the Campbelltown Salvos at 10am on Friday March 1.

The focus will be on Slovenia.

Newsletter from Bible College for February  –  see Notice board




International Women’s Day  –  Join us for a Cocktail Event

Thursday 7th March – 4.45 for 6-7.30 pm at Campbelltown Function Centre, 172 Montacute Road, Rostrevor.

Keynote Speaker: Dr Niki Vincent, South Australian Equal Opportunity Commissioner.

Register at by 5pm Monday 4th March.

A choir is being formed for this IWD event under the hands of Aaron Stobie and his wife Lauren.  We are looking for ensemble singers who are available to learn the song “This is me” from the Greatest Showman.

Sunday 24th February 12.30 pm – First practice

Monday 4th March 6.30 pm – Final run through at the Campbelltown Function Centre.

You don’t need to be a great singer, just enthusiastic, as the choir will have 5-6 competent singers.

Contact Tracy Johnstone (Manager Community Services & Social Development) on 8366 9214


Wider Church News- Please use the link to UC e-news at


Website – We encourage you to visit our website:


Newsletter contributions – Please email by 5pm Wed.


Lectionary readings

24th February – Gen 45:3-11, 15;  Ps 37:1-11, 39-40;  1 Cor 15:35-38, 42-50;  Lk 6:27-38

3rd  March – Ex 34:29-35;  Ps 99;  2 Cor 3:12-4:2;  Lk 9:28-36 (37-43a)




  24th February 3rd March
Preacher Graham Ross Linda
Worship Leader Di Robyn
Singers Sylvia/Lyndon R/Friederike Bob/Ann/Ruth
Keyboard Gerald Di
Guitar Shelley/Scott Chris/Grant
Data Projector Dave Dave
Flowers Di Ruth
Door Stewards & Offering Jan & Gus Barbara & Eric
Notices Don Barbara
Scripture Reader Sylvia David W
Offering Count Friederike/Don Lynton/David
Tea & Coffee Jenny & David Sheralyn & Leanne
Sound Don Noel
Building Steward Paul Eric


What’s on 25th February -3rd March

Monday 4.45-6.45 pm Waratah Calisthenics College Auditorium
Tuesday 9.30–11.30 am Pilates Top Hall
  10.00-11.00am U3A – Yoga Auditorium
  2.30-4.00pm Threads Coffee Shop
  6.15 pm COMN Gathering Auditorium/Kitchen
  6.30-7.30pm Reach your Feat Top Hall
Wednesday 6.30-7.30pm Reach your Feat Top Hall
Thursday 5.30-6.30pm Reach your Feat Top Hall
Friday 10.00-12.00pm Friendship Club – Pancake Day Auditorium
Saturday 9.30-11.30am Pilates Top Hall
Sunday 9.30 am Worship Auditorium
  6.00 pm Communion Service Chapel