Newsletter for Sunday 27th November 2016

Newsletter for Sunday 27th November 2016




Sunday 27th November 2016

***Prayers for Athelstone Church our AGM and the Church Council Elections 
This Sunday morning November 27 at 8.45 am, prior to worship, a group are gathering in the lower lounge/chapel  for a time of prayer and reflection.  We are going to share a parable, and to especially pray for the AGM, Church Council Elections and the ongoing planning for the future of our church.  Please feel very welcome to join us.  Blessings
Lee O’Connell
Congregation Annual General Meeting
Our AGM will be held today Sunday the 27th of November, after the 9:30am service.  We have 5 nominations for 5 positions on the Church Council: Don Brown, David Riggall, Michael O’Connell, Di Curtis, Victoria Pederick.  Please keep these individuals in your prayers. You will each have the opportunity to vote for the nominees at the AGM on Sunday the 27th of November.
The Christmas Bowl Appeal 2016 – is a vital link between those who have enough and those who have too little.  In a world in which too many people are facing pain , suffering and injustice, the Christmas Bowl appeal
is still an essential act of compassion, just as it has been since its humble beginnings in 1949. For example your support of the Christmas Bowl will help to provide a holistic approach to health and hygiene for the Sri Lankan  refugees living in the camps in Tamil Nadu ,India.
This includes nutrition supplements, counseling, support for pregnant women, new mothers and newborns
,as well as aid and care for those living with disabilities.  Here at Athelstone envelopes in which you may place your gift are available in the porch.  These may go in the offering bags between now and the second week in January.  In addition there will be a special offering for the Christmas Bowl on Christmas Eve.
Useful Gifts Catalogue –  Catalogue are available today. Gift cards from next Sunday.
“A small seed, when planted, can grow into something amazing !   In the same way when you buy a Useful Gift, you are helping our partners plant seeds of hope that create life-changing opportunities for communities facing poverty.” Be in it and know that you are helping to make a difference !
Everything in Common Catalogue
As an alternative to the Useful Gifts catalogue of the Tear Fund there are copies of the Everything in Common catalogue of Uniting World in the foyer for those who would like to buy a gift  for a needy community or family in the Pacific,Asia and Africa regions this Christmas.  For further information talk to Brian Ball.
Fete & Garage Sale
Thank you to everyone for your wonderful effort at the Fete & Garage Sale held recently.  It was a real team effort and was great to see everyone getting involved in some way or another.  We are very happy to report that we raised approx. $7,200.   Heartfelt thanks to you all.
Church Power Interruption (Advance Notice)
To allow electrical upgrade work to be performed, the Church will be closed on Wednesday 7th December for the whole day – the facility will be unavailable from 8.30am – 5.00pm.
An early Reminder for ToFs
Put Tuesday, December 6th in your diaries for our Christmas lunch.  Husbands and best friends are welcome to join in too.  We plan to go to The Rezz for a 12 midday start.  We will ask that you let us know if you’re coming so we can book numbers.  Contact Ros Howland
Voices of  Praise  –  Looking for Singers
Are you interested in choir singing as an outreach to other Churches and the wider community?   “Voices of Praise” is an ecumenical group of singers that utilize their God-given gifts to contribute musically to congregations and groups and provide opportunity for the ministry of the Holy Spirit.  If this is you then please contact Graham Warren on 0400 061 571 for details.
Wider Church – Please continue to use the link to UC e-news at
Kensington Gardens Uniting Church closing service
Kensington Gardens Uniting Church is closing after 102 years of worship, witness and service. Everyone (especially former members) is invited to attend the celebration service on Sunday 4 December commencing at 2.30pm, followed by afternoon tea. The event will be held at Kensington Gardens Uniting Church (29 Brigalow Ave, Kensington Gardens). The service will also provide an opportunity to honour Rev David Pill for his faithful ministry to this congregation in recent years.
UnitingWorld’s  – new Advent resources for churches and individuals are now available on our website,      Live simply and generously this Christmas and watch love at work!
Uniting Communities – Eastern Services 2016 Christmas Appeal – need our help to provide food hampers and toys to families in need in the Eastern suburbs.
Frontier Services  – magazine available in the foyer today.
Nativity Scenes from around the world –   an unique exhibition at Burnside City Uc on December 3rd 1-5pm.  Proceeds towards Frontier Services Outback Links program.
Combined Community Christmas Carols 2016  – on Sunday 4th December at Broadview UC. 5-6pm for Sausage Sizzle 6-7pm Carols
Contact for Notices
Please send all notices you wish included in our Newsletter to by Wednesday 6pm.
If you wish to contact Sharyn in the Office the email address is
Bible Readings
27th November 16 – Isaiah 2.1-5, Psalm 122, Romans 13 11-14, Matthew 24 36-44
4th December 16 – Isaiah 11 1-10, Psalm 72 1-7, 18-19, Romans 15 4-13, Matthew 3 1-12

Rosters    4th December 2016

  9.30am 6.00pm
Flowers Sue Richards  
Steward(s) & Offering Jenny & David Riggall  
Notices Barbara Hurrell  
Scripture Reader Jayne Nicholas  
Data Projector Dave  
Sound Don Brown  
Building Steward Don Brown  
Offering Count G Jennings & G Robin N Wrede & Don Brown
Tea & Coffee Crisi & Sam George O’Hara
Bakery Run   O’Hara


What’s on this Week   (28th November – 4th December)

Monday               4.45-6.45 pm Waratah Calisthenics Club
Tuesday               10am-12.15pm U3A Yoga   5.30-7.30 pm Reach your Feat,                                 7.30pm Church Council
Wednesday        6.00-8.00 pm Waratah Calisthenics Club;  6.30-7.30 pm Reach your Feat
Thursday             5.30-7.30 pm Reach your Feat
Friday                    10.00-12.00 Friendship Club
Saturday              10.00-11.00 am Waratah Calisthenics Club
Sunday                 9.30 am Church Service   6 pm Church Service