Newsletter for Sunday 25th March 2018

Newsletter for Sunday 25th March 2018

Sunday 25th March 2018

Greetings and welcome to this week’s newsletter
A Note from Linda
Hosanna!  Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!
We have come to the end of Lent.  This Sunday we will be acknowledging Palm Sunday with guest preacher, Rev Bill Service.  This is the beginning of Holy Week, where we will follow Jesus on the upward journey as he enters Jerusalem, shares a special meal with his disciples, is lifted up on the cross and then, on the third day, rises again. This is the central story of our Christian faith.
Throughout Lent I have been encouraging you to consider picking something up – something that will help you grow in your journey as a Christian disciple.  During Holy Week, I invite you to Read and Reflect by reading through one (or a couple) of the Passion narratives from the Gospels: Matthew 21–28, Mark 11–16, Luke 19–24 or John 12–21.  Or for something different, sign up for the Bible Society’s Easter Holytext with free messages straight to your phone!  Go to their website for more information:
As we draw to the end of Lent, we also draw to the end of our participation in the LentEvent.  During our services this Sunday we will invite you to bring in any money you have collected and be prepared for a special offering towards the LentEvent (which will be in addition to our weekly offering).
Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!
Blessings, Linda
Prayer Walk
Join us this Sunday evening (25th March) as we go on a Prayer Walk. We’ll meet at Church at 6:00pm in the Chapel, dedicate our LentEvent Offering, then head off towards The Rezz. On the way, we’ll stop at several locations along Gorge Road and pray.  Once at The Rezz we’ll have a meal or a cuppa together, before making the walk back in our own time to collect our cars and head home. Come and join us as we pray for our community.
Easter Diary Dates
Thursday 29 March:        Passover Banquet (6.45 for 7.00pm) (bookings required)
Friday 30 March:              Good Friday service (9.30am)
Sunday 1 April:                 Easter Dawn service with local Uniting Church neighbours, Campbelltown and Dernancourt, at the Pavilion at Thorndon Park (6.45am). BYO Chair
Sunday 1 April:                  Easter worship service (9.30am)
(There will be no service in the evening)
Lent Event 2018 – Faith in Action
Thank you for journeying with Partner Churches in the Pacific during these 40 days of Lent.   It has been a time of discovery, prayer and action in solidarity for positive change.
During this time we have become more aware of the vital role the Church plays in the personal lives of the people and their communities.   And so thank you for championing rights for women,overcoming poverty and standing with our Pacific neighbours in their fight to save their island homes.
Today (Palm Sunday) we invite you to bring your Lenten offering to church to be dedicated for dynamic action by our Pacific Partners in Mission.
Good Friday roster
Are you planning to come to the service on Good Friday? Linda is seeking volunteers to cover the roster. In particular, those who can help with: sound, stewards, tea & coffee and a building steward. If you are experienced in any of these areas and are able to help, please contact Linda as soon as possible. Thank you in anticipation!
Passover??  We’ve all heard of it, but do you know how it is done now?
Join us on Maundy Thursday evening (March 29th) to find out and share a banquet!  The early church understood the ministry of Jesus and their own ministry in the light of the Passover ritual.  Modern Jews understand their national identity by it still.  This is a chance to enjoy fellowship and enrich your understanding at the same time.  There is no charge, but you need to reserve your place for catering purposes.  Donations towards the cost of providing the Jewish banquet menu will be happily received; any profit will be directed towards Lenten care projects.
Contact Dean or Nola Pearce ASAP to get your name on the list – numbers will be limited.
Phone or text Nola 0427995799 or Dean 0451340941
Update from Church Council
Church Council is working through a somewhat demanding period with a range of important organisational obligations including:

  • Policies and procedures around ‘Safe Church’ and ensuring we provide a safe and supporting place for all vulnerable people
  • Building compliance and safety audits relating to the Church buildings and surrounding spaces
  • Reviewing contracts for administrative software

The Church financials have improved thanks to your generosity and commitment and we are now tracking on budget.
The refurbishments at the Manse are nearly completed with the laying of the concrete floor to the new garden shed last week.
Council also considered a broad range of worship, pastoral care and staff related matters.
Consideration of the approaching Easter Services, the proposed program for Sunday Night Worship and continuing success of Stay and Play were welcomed highlights of the agenda and good cause to give thanks.
If congregation members require a paper copy of the updated church directory, this is available upon request from the church office.
Please speak with Council members should you require additional information or have suggestions for Church Council to consider.
Your continuing prayers and support are greatly appreciated as Church Council works through what needs to be done.
One Day Seminar with Carey Nieuwhof
You are invited to join a group of leaders from Athelstone Uniting Church who be attending a one-day conference at Seeds Uniting Church (Aberfoyle) on Monday 7th May. This GLS Plus event is for church leaders and teams passionate about healthy, effective and sustainable ministry. Carey Nieuwhof is a prolific writer, providing great reflections and resources to help church leaders navigate their way through all the complexities of leading a church. Much of what he says is applicable to our context. For more information read here: and click on the Adelaide button for more specific details. Cost $79.00. If you are interested in going, please contact Linda as soon as possible as we wish to register as a group.
ToFs or ‘Tuesdays on Fox’ is a gathering of the church that aims to promote friendship and build relationships in a relaxed setting.   Often we meet at a coffee shop, sometimes at the church with a speaker of interest and occasionally we’ll see a movie or arrange a visit to a particular event.   We meet once a month and all are welcome, along with your friends that might enjoy our company.   Every meeting is promoted in the newsletter, and if possible, an indication of attendance to Jenny Riggall or Ros Howland would be appreciated as we need to book at many of the places we attend.
Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 10th April (note the second Tuesday of the month) at 2pm when we will travel to Garden Grove Garden Centre, where we will enjoy a coffee at Café de Grove.   There is also a large nursery to explore, and a very interesting gift area in which to browse.
We will meet at the Church carpark at 130pm or feel free to make your own way there –
Address:   1150 Golden Grove Rd,  Golden Grove.
Please let Jenny or Ros know if you are intending to join us and need transport.
Dernancourt Uniting Church 50th Anniversary Celebrations – Sun 27 May 2018
10am Worship service  – Guest Preacher Rev. Rod Dyson
Save the Date!!   Music Gathering – Tuesday 10th April, 7.30pm – 9pm
Do you have an interest in worship leading, writing prayers, vibrant and engaging worship?   Everyone is welcome to join us for a worship team gathering to focus on these things on 10th April.  (No music experience necessary)
Put the date in your diaries.   For further information see Di Curtis (0419-862-606) or Linda

Stay and Play Playgroup.
DATES for 2018                Term 1 –  3rd April                            Term 2 – 8th May,    22nd May,    5th June
Several of our regular team helpers will be absent in Term 2 for 19th June and 3rd July.  With a FULL ENROLMENT of 25 children, it is imperative for safety of children as well as our remaining helpers, that we have sufficient helpers to move furniture, cut fruit, wash dishes and supervise children. We cannot operate safely with less than 6 team members so please come and join the team “on deck” and explore your role at Stay and Play. Our expert bubble blower joined us last week. You can join the fun too between 9.00am and 12 noon. Police checks can be arranged through the office. More info Contact Bruce and Joy Stewart Phone: 83362671 or Email:
Religious Freedom Review
Are you aware that there is currently a Religious Freedom Review occurring? This is to examine whether Australian law adequately protects the human right to freedom of religion. If this an area that you are passionate about or if you would like to read more, here are links to further information:
Packing Day in June
After an uncertain start, Packing Day is happening again this year.
We will be collecting, sorting and packing on Sunday 3rd, Monday 4th and the morning of Tuesday 5th June.Athelstone will again be packing for 4 Northern Territory coastal communities so the majority of our requirements will be summer weight clothing.   However – Men’s, Girls’ and Boys’ jeans and slacks will be suitable.Also light weight jumpers and cardigans for all ages and gender would be appropriate.Other items that can be collected include: Beanies for all ages.  Manchester (cotton rugs; not heavy woollen blankets or dunas) and Books, sewing aids, toys, toiletries, Good News bibles
Detailed requirements of each of the communities will be on the Noticeboard at the rear of the Church.
We will also collect items for the Old Timers Fete in Alice Springs.   Items for the fete must be excellent quality – new handmade or manufactured.
Goods can be dropped at the church on the afternoon of Sunday June 3rd 12 – 4pm and Monday 4th in the morning.
If you are able to help at the church on any of the days ie Sunday, Monday and Tuesday morning please let me know.Pass the word around to your friends and families for donations, in particular lighter weight garments and plenty of menswear.          Many Thanks,  Jayne Nicholas (0418 836 266)
Yarn Bombers Unite
Have you noticed that the stobie pole in the wirra is sprouting leaves?   If you enjoy working with yarn, there are some projects with which you may like to get involved this year.   We can add more leaves to the stobie pole.   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, or learn to knit or crochet, speak to either Linda, Joy or Sharyn.
Electronic Giving – As disciples we give as an expression of our thankfulness for what God has done and is doing in our lives. We give as one way of contributing towards and investing in Christ’s ministry and mission through our local and the wider church. Electronic giving is a way of making giving a little easier – easier to remember – and easier for those times when you’re away. Pray about how much you wish to give and how often (2 Cor 9:7), then set up regular payments, and it’s done! Application forms are available on the table in the Church foyer or speak to the Treasurer Glen Luestner for more information.
Lectionary readings
25th March – Mark 11:1-11,  Romans 8:31-39 (omitting v. 36)
30th March (Good Friday) – John 18:1 – 19:42
1st April       (Easter Sunday) – Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 and John 20:1-18

25th March 30th March (Good Friday) 1st April (Easter Sunday)
Preacher Rev Bill Service Linda Driver Linda Driver
Worship Leader Di Lynton N and Meg Nola
Scripture Reader Jenny Riggall Lynton/Meg Barbara Hurrell
Keyboard Shelley Gerald Shelley
Singers Meg/Allan/Ann Sylvia/Lynton/Meg/Dave Jeff/Jeanine/Lyndon
Guitar Chris/Dave Chris/Shelley Grant/Scott
Flowers Ruth Henderson Sue Richards Sue Richards
Data Projector Meg Dave Dave
Sound Noel Maywald Don Brown
Steward(s) & Offering Ann & David Tubb Stella/Victoria
Tea & Coffee Jan & Gus Robin Crisi & Sam George
Notices Barbara Hurrell N/A Don Brown
Pastoral Care Pat Howshild
Communion N/A N/A N/A
Offering Count Sylvia/Glen N/A S Maywald/G Robin
Building Steward Paul Howland Richard Read

What’s on this Week   (26th-March – 1st April)

Monday 4.45-6.45 pm Waratah Calisthenics Club Auditorium
Tuesday 9.15-11.15 am Pilates Top Hall
10.00-11.00 am U3A Yoga Auditorium
Wednesday 6.30-7.30 pm Reach your Feat Top Hall
Thursday 5.30-7.30 pm Reach your Feat Top Hall
6.45 for 7 pm Passover Banquet
Friday 9.30 am Good Friday Service Auditorium
10am-12 noon Friendship Club
Saturday 10.00-11.00 am Waratah Calisthenics Club Auditorium
Sunday 6.45 am Easter Dawn Service Thorndon Park
9.30 am Easter Worship Service Auditorium
No Evening Service  

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