Sunday 26 August 2018
Greetings and welcome to this week’s newsletter
A Note from Linda
This Sunday morning we’ll be concluding our Jesus, Bread of Life series. Jesus’ teaching is getting tough.
(John 6:51-69) The disciples say it’s too tough to swallow! What do we do when we don’t understand or find Jesus’s words challenging? Let’s explore it on Sunday.
Then on Sunday evening, we will have our monthly Prayer Walk.
Anyone is welcome to join us as we go for a gentle walk around the Thorndon Park walking track, praying as we go. Meet us in the The Rezz carpark, close to Thorndon Park at 6pm.
Back in July, our Church Council called us to 40 days of prayer. We are now heading into our last week of the 40 days and our services next week will have a focus on prayer. This is in response to the Uniting Church Assembly decision to hold two views on marriage. As we pray for our church we are also growing in our own personal prayer lives.
We hope you are finding the prayer guide helpful. If you missed out, there are still hard copies available at the church entry.
The Uniting Church has also released a FAQ and other resources for those who wish to read further. We have gathered the links in one place on our website: https://athelstonechurch.org.au/news-and-blogs/assembly-resources/
Did you know?
Each Sunday after our morning service, a number of people from our church community head over to local cafes for a ‘second cuppa’ and chat. These are informal gatherings open to anyone to join in. The two venues are:
The Rezz (20 Hamilton Tce, Newton) and Caffe Di Crema (3 Jan St, Newton).
Kiribati Project News
Thanks to all who attended our Pacific Inspired Meal. It was a great night with a wonderful atmosphere.
As a result of the meal and the retiring offering for our Kiribati water Conservation Project we have received about $1,800. towards our target of $2,500 . So there is still a way to go and we encourage all who wish to give to do so over the next couple of weeks by placing their donation in an envelope and putting in the offering.
The Uniting Church in Kiribati is involved in helping to solve the problem of long term clean water for their people and they are committed to providing and implementing a solution that will be a blessing for the whole community. Their future depends on it.. It’s good to be a partner in that ministry.
Child Safe Environments – Reporting Child Abuse & Neglect – Sept 1
The Child Safe Environments courses educate participants about their legal obligation to report reasonable suspicion and concerns about child abuse and neglect. All church leaders including Elders and Church Council and those who serve in ministry with children and vulnerable people are encouraged to participate in training and to maintain their knowledge in this area.
Saturday 1 September, 9.30am-4.30pm , Athelstone Uniting Church, 33 Fox Avenue, Athelstone
Cost $30.00 per person Morning and Afternoon Tea provided. BYO Lunch. Contact Victoria for more details.
On Saturday the 1st of September, AUC is hosting the Uniting Church Child Safe Environment Training from 9:30 am to 4:30pm. This training will be attended by people from both within AUC and other Uniting Churches across the state. As hosts, we will be providing morning and afternoon tea for those attending. We are looking for helpers to provide food as well as people to help out in the kitchen on the day. If you are able to lend a hand or bring something to share, please speak to Victoria ( 0488391007) firstname.lastname@example.org ).
Parents in Education Week
The sessions are part of Parents in Education Week provided by the Department of Education and cover the following topics:
- How to live positively in a digital world – Balance screen-time with children’s learning and development
- Behaviours for learning and wellbeing – How to set your child up for success
- No more bullying – Tips for identifying, defusing and preventing bullying
The events are being livestreamed from the Entertainment Centre at convenient local locations including East Torrens Primary School, Charles Campbell College, and Athelstone Primary School.
Registration is via email to email@example.com with name, contact details and name of event/s.
See notice board for more information.
Next ToFs meeting will be held at the Church on Tuesday 4th September commencing 2 pm
Claire Bell a published author and poet will be sharing her story.
Friends, partners are all welcome to come and enjoy a coffee while listening to Claire’s story.
Threads Sept 4
On Tuesday 4th September at 12.30 you are invited to come and hear about a new activity we are going to try, called ‘Threads’. This is another way to connect with our community, this time by teaching and encouraging people who want to learn how to knit or crochet. Our hope is that we’ll gather those who want to encourage each other in their work, who might like to work on a joint project or two. Our main aim is to make new connections and build relationships in our community. Therefore we will meet in a public place – the café across the road. So, are you a knitter or a crocheter? Do you like to stitch? Or, have you always wanted to give it a go? Come and hear more about our ideas and have a say about when and how often we’ll meet.
For more information and to RSVP, please contact Sharyn or Linda.
Messy Church – Sunday 9 September, 4-6pm
Messy Church is church for families who may not find other forms of church appealing and who don’t yet belong to a church. Messy Church values are: Christ-centred, All-age, Creativity, Hospitality and Celebration.
Please pop the date in your diary and think about who you could invite.
I am pleased to advise that over the past 12 months we have seen an improvement in the overall financial position of the Athelstone Uniting Church, with a 16% increase in our overall income. During this period, we have transitioned from having a full time to a 0.8FTE minister (from a stipend perspective), increased the revenue from hiring of our facilities and had an increase in giving from within our congregation.
Whilst our balance sheet position during this period has decreased from $52,140 to $46,592 we have spent $18,912 on necessary maintenance and improvements and maintenance at the manse as well as a further $10,203 on maintenance to the church.
We have also been able to clear our arrears of $4,673 with the Community Outreach Mission Network (COMN) and have recently applied for a grant of $1,000 from the COMN to support our Spirited Sunday events.
Whilst we should not be complacent regarding our improving financial position, we can continue forward with confidence in being able to fulfil what God is calling us to do in Athelstone and beyond.
Glen Luestner, Treasurer
With Love to the World
The latest edition of this excellent devotional resource is now available. If you would like to experiment with a new booklet, there are extra copies in the foyer… please place the $5 payment in the envelope provided.
If you would like to be on the list to receive it regularly please inform Sharyn.
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
Red Dove Café
Don’t forget to visit this if you attend the Royal Show – The cafe raises $40 000 -60 000 each year which is donated to a variety of needy causes, so give them your support.
Dates for Term 3 – 28th August, 11th September, 25th September
Numbers of team helpers have decreased this term with Michael heading for Papua New Guinea and Coralie having family commitments. Both have had valuable input, but we need to replace them to ensure our other regular team members take a break now and then. Maybe you would like to join us in this continuing outreach to our local community. All offers are welcome.
Bruce and Joy Stewart Phone: 83362671 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
A Stitch in Time
We have had a request from a Stay and Play parent to purchase a smock and a library bag. If there is anyone who likes sewing and would like to make several smocks or library bags, we could offer them to parents for a small cost perhaps as a fundraiser. Contact Joy Stewart if you are interested in this task.
Our Church Spring Fair will be held this year 8am–1pm Saturday 3rd November
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
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
Newsletter contributions – Please email email@example.com by 5pm Wed.
Wider Church & Community News (see noticeboard for details)
26th August – 1 Kings 8:1,6,10-11,22-30,41-43; Ps 84; Eph 6:10-20; Jn 6:56-69
2nd September – Song 2:8-13; Ps 45:1-2, 6-9; Jas 1:17-27; Mark 7:1-8,14-15,21-23
|26 August||2 September|
|Worship Leader||Nola / Dean||Ann P|
|Guitar||Chris / Scott||Shelley/Dave|
|Flowers||Di Curtis||Raelene Anderson|
|Door Stewards & Offering||Crisi & Sam||Jan & Gus|
|Scripture Reader||Barbara Hurrell||Jai West|
|Offering Count||D. Walker / S. Maywald||Sam/Ray|
|Tea & Coffee||Jan & Gus||Sheralyn/Leanne|
|Sound||Tara Shirlock||Noel Maywald|
|Building Steward||Noel Maywald||Eric Hurrell|
What’s on this Week (27 August-2 September)
|Monday||4.45-6.45 pm||Waratah Calisthenics Club||Auditorium|
|Tuesday||9.30-11.15 am||Pilates||Top Hall|
|10.00-11.30 am||Stay & Play||Lwr Hall & Decking|
|10.00-11.00 am||U3A Yoga||Auditorium|
|6.30-7.30 pm||Reach your Feat (Stretch&Balance)||Top Hall|
|Wednesday||6.00-8.00 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||10.00–12 noon||Friendship Club (Teddy Bear Picnic)||Auditorium|
|Saturday||9.30–10.30 am||Pilates||Top Hall|
|9.30am-4.30pm||Child Safe Environment Training||Auditorium|
|Sunday||9.30 am||Worship Service||Auditorium|
|6.30 pm||Evening Service||Chapel|