Newsletter for Sunday 25th February 2018

Newsletter for Sunday 25th February 2018

Sunday, 25th February 2018
Greetings and welcome to this week’s newsletter
A Note from Linda
“Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.” (Psalm 100:4-5)
Last week I invited you to consider picking something up for Lent.  Something that will help you grow in your journey as a Christian disciple.  How did you go?  Have you come up with any ideas?  Tried anything?  Or did you forget? That’s OK.  It’s not too late.  This week, why not try to be thankful each day?  When you wake up in the morning, be thankful for a new day.  Notice the small things that make your life that bit easier, and be thankful.  Notice the people in your life, and be thankful.  Notice the environment you live in, the birds, insects, plants, the detail of each leaf and wing, and be thankful.  Notice the choices you get to make, and be thankful… What are you thankful for? Why not try this for a week?  Let me know how you go – and I will do the same!
Our Preacher at 9.30am this week will be Colleen Brooks.  Colleen is a lay leader in the Uniting Church.  She worships at Dernancourt Uniting Church and has such a heart for people.  I hope you will join me as we listen to what the Spirit has inspired her to say to us.
At 6pm we will have a Sounds of Silence service. Come, and experience what the team has to offer you.
Blessings, Linda
 
Church Office – will be staffed Tuesdays & Wednesdays (9.30-12.30) for the next four weeks, while Sharyn is on sick leave.
 
World Day of Prayer: Friday 2 March 2018
The Service has been prepared by women of Suriname, a small country in the north of South America. They chose the theme: All God’s Creation is Very Good!
Our local service will be held at 10am at Christian Reformed Church, 55 Hill Street, Campbelltown.
The City Service will be held at 1.30pm at Flinders St Baptist Church, 65 Flinders St, Adelaide.   All welcome!
 
Emergency: Prayer for the people of Tonga
Earlier this week, Tropical Cyclone “Gita” devastated communities across Tonga. The category four cyclone brought destructive winds of over 233km/h, ripped roofs off houses and caused widespread flooding. Tens of thousands of people have been forced to evacuate their homes and are now left without power or water. Many homes, buildings and churches have been severely damaged, including one church that was completely destroyed.
We are calling on you, as part of the Australian ecumenical community to pray for our Tongan brothers and sisters.
We’re working with our partner on the ground, the Tonga National Council of Churches, to provide immediate lifesaving assistance.
Act for Peace’s Disaster and Emergencies Program Coordinator, Yvette Crafti, will be helping to coordinate the relief efforts and said the level of damage is extremely high.
“Gita is the strongest cyclone to hit Tonga in 60 years. It has flattened houses, torn down trees and has left widespread flooding and power outages in its wake.  We are working around the clock to help reach people in urgent need.”
“With a storm this big, communities that have been badly impacted need our support to recover and begin to rebuild their homes and livelihoods.”
There is a lot of work to be done to help our neighbours in Tonga both in the coming days, and long term as they rebuild following this cyclone.  We ask that you would join us in covering the people of Tonga in prayer.
 
Fridge/Freezer 
Church Council is looking into having a Freezer for the storage of food items e.g. bread, meats, soups for church community gatherings and social events. If you have a surplus freezer in good working order and preferable a fridge-freezer please advise the Office Administrator.
Further Information: David Riggall Tel  83950112  or Email david.riggall5@bigpond.com
 
Rosters for April, May and June
Time again to pick your special dates for the church rosters, for the months of April, May and June 2018.
Please let Gus Robin know if you have any dates to consider for these months.
Contact him direct or by telephone on 83370011, or by email on jg.robin@bigpond.com
Rosters will be made up in the second week of March.
 
Your Council Needs a List of Trades People and Handy Persons
If you are a person or know people who have practical skills/trade qualifications who may be able to assist in the maintenance of the Church properties please provide areas of skill and contact details to the Office Administrator: office@athelstonechurch.org.au
Further Information: David Riggall 83950112 or email  david.riggall5@bigpond.com
 
Lent Event 2018 – Faith in Action
This year through Lent Event   we will be championing rights for women, helping to overcome poverty and standing by our Pacific neighbours in their fight to save their island homes due to climate change.
Let’s discover together during Lent how we can live simply, and act together for change.
Some of us are taking up the challenge by limiting our coffee or chocolate intake.  Others will decide to forgo eating out or doing without sugar.   And so we invite you to take the journey with us.
Stickers to put around a jar or tin in which to place what you save during Lent are now available in the church porch. These will be received at our morning worship on Palm Sunday when there will be a special offering for Lent Event.
In addition there are Lent Event envelopes that you can use on Palm Sunday.
 
Church Council News
Church Council met on Tuesday night and worked through a sizable and productive agenda including:

  • Bob Stevenson led devotions with a discussion on “Jesus’ Leadership Style” and aspiring qualities for Church Council members.
  • Victoria provided an introduction to the Uniting Church’s ‘Safe Church’ Program that seeks to ensure a culture and environment in which all members, but especially children, are protected and nurtured.
  • Glen provided the monthly financials and reported on a steady improvement in the Church’s overall financial position.
  • Linda provided an extensive report on her activities including the attending the Community Outreach Mission Network gathering (the network which AUC is a part of), new ideas for Sunday Night Church, Worship Services over the next 3 months and in particular an exciting mix of services for Easter.
  • Council endorsed the formation (re-formation) of a Pastoral Care Team comprising Bob, Brenton, Ann and Linda. Together they will oversee pastoral care within our congregation.
  • The main area of discussion was ‘Building Compliance and Safety Considerations’ at the Church Property. David R and Mike have consolidated past reports and presented a draft program to address issues in a staged manner. Further details will be given in subsequent newsletters.

The Manse Refurbishment Project is nearing completion with authorisation of the concrete floor to the storage shed as the next item for completion.
Please, as always, speak to your Church Council members if you want further information or there is a matter of importance to you for Church Council’s consideration.
 
Noticeboard – Please continue to check the notice board
Wider Church – Please continue to use the link to UC e-news at    http://sa.uca.org.au/uc-e-news/
Intern Year – Semesters 1 & 2
Intern Year is a program for young adults seeking to grow as disciples and live with purpose. The course is studied part-time over a year, at the end of which participants will have achieved a Certificate IV in Christian Life & Ministry. Enrolments for 2018 are still open! https://unitingcollege.edu.au/intern-year/
 
Seeds of Hope in Troubled Times – 27-29 April & 30 April – 2 May
Stillpoint Spirituality and Loyola Ignatian Spirituality will present events featuring Margaret Silf, an engaging spiritual explorer, writer and thinker. A retreat will be held at Nunyara from 7pm on Friday 27 April until 5pm on Sunday 29 April, with day sessions commencing at 9am. Day registrations will be available for open conversations at Nunyara between 10.30am-4.30pm during the retreat. A second retreat will be held at Sevenhill from 6pm on Monday 30 April to 4pm on Wednesday 2 May. For more information, please email stillpoint@internode.on.net
 
Living Water tour – save the date!
Later in 2018, the Moderator, Rev Sue Ellis will be leading a four-day tour along the Murray River. The Living Water tour will take place from Tuesday 11 to Friday 14 September. It will focus on discipleship and Ngarrindjeri spirituality, and will include a Coorong boat cruise.  Living Water is geared towards the “Baby Boomer” generation, but people of all ages are invited to register their interest by emailing Tim Molineux at tmolineux@sa.uca.org.au. Registrations of interest must be sent by Friday 13 April.
 
A Shadow of the Cross | An Easter Journey – 26th-30th March
You are invited to journey through Holy Week with a reflective display at Hope Valley Uniting Church.
Opening Times:  Monday-Friday, 9am-4.30pm and 6pm-8pm.
 
Stay and 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 Avenue & Kantilla Drive
DATES for 2018 – Term 1 – 6th March, 20th March, 3rd April
FULL HOUSE!  Yes, we have an enrolment of 25 and are now starting a waiting list.
If anyone feels they have skills of furniture moving, adult counseling, cutting fruit, washing dishes or a desire to work with preschoolers, please come and join the team “on deck” for Stay and Play. You will be very welcome between 9-00am and 12 noon even if it is only for part of the session or once a month. Police checks can be arranged through the office.
Bruce and Joy Stewart Phone: 83362671 or Email:  bruceandjoy@bigpond.com
 
Yarn Bombers Unite
If you enjoy working with yarn, there are some projects with which you may like to get involved this year.
Before Easter, we hope to complete the stobie pole in the wirra.
Next, we will look at recycling the strips that were used for the “fish” tree project in the view of covering the railing along the front steps.  This will provide a base for the Spring theme of “Blue Skies and Butterflies”.
Late in the year we will be creating angels to share around the community in readiness for Christmas.
If you would like to get involved in any, or all of these projects, speak to either Linda, Joy or Sharyn.
 
Lectionary readings
25th February – Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16, Psalm 22:23-31, Romans 4:13-25, Mark 8:31-38
4th March – Exodus 20:1-17, Psalm 19, 1 Corinthians 1:18-25,  John 2:13-22
 
Roster for 4th March 2018

9.30 am 6.00 pm
Flowers Marie Hickman
Steward(s) & Offering Barbara & Eric Hurrell
Notices Barbara Hurrell
Scripture Reader David Walker
Offering Count D Brown/S George
Tea & Coffee Winsome & Brian Ball
Sound Don Brown
Worship Leader Jeff
Singers Jeanine/Ann/Allan
Keyboard Di
Guitar Chris/Scott
Data Projector Dave
Building Steward Eric Hurrell

 
Electronic Giving –Application forms are available on the table in the Church foyer for anyone interested in regular electronic giving or speak to the Treasurer Glen Luestner.
 
What’s on this Week   (26th – 4th March 2018)
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)
Wednesday         6.00-8.00 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 – Speaker
Saturday              10.00-11.00 am Waratah Calisthenics Club (Auditorium)
Sunday                 9.30 am Church Service,  6.00 pm Evening Service (Chapel)