Sunday 28th October 2018
Greetings and welcome to this week’s newsletter
A Note from Linda
Linda is on Leave this week. We welcome Rev Andrew Robertson as preacher on Sunday morning.
Have you heard of the new U City Building in Adelaide – on the site of the former Maughan Church? Andrew has the role of activating community with the people who live in, play in and work in that new Building. Some will remember Andrew speaking at our Spirited Sunday in June about adding value to our community.
Please make Andrew welcome.
On Sunday evening, we will have our monthly prayer walk. Meet in the Rezz car park at 6pm.
Messy Church high chairs
Are you wondering how you can support our Messy Church ministry but you’re unsure how? Then this opportunity could be for you…We are looking for people who may be interested in sponsoring 4 high chairs ($25.00) for some of our younger members of Messy Church. If you are interested please contact Meg Edwards on 0431030079 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Please notify the office of any changes to your contact details in our printed Directory, we would like to have an up to date version available at the Congregation AGM on November 25th. Sharyn
ToFs will be meeting on Tuesday Nov 13th 2pm at the Church
Note this is the second Tuesday not the first in November.
Come and enjoy a cuppa while listening to our guest speaker James Hugo on the subject – ”Prisoners-Past and Present”. Partners and friends are especially welcome to join us to hear this very informative talk.
Kiribati Safe Water Project Update
News has just been received that 24 special tarpaulins are presently being made by a South Australian company to be sent to Arorae, Kiribati for the first stage in the providing of a reliable fresh water supply for the people there.
This is really good news for the people of Arorae and marks a new and exciting development in our partnership with the Kiribati Uniting Church.
Thank you to everyone who has been participating in this program since its inception in 2016.
It is time to bring your completed shoeboxes back
The cut-off date is October 28th. Please have them back by then.
Thank you to all who donated some money and made up boxes.
What a tremendous effort! Blessings to you all, Friederike
DATES for 2018 – Term 4
6th November, 20th November, 4th December
We start the term with a FULL HOUSE plus a waiting list. We continue to have inquiries from new families and would appreciate more adult helpers on the already active team. Every contribution, however small or large, is appreciated, so if you would like to join us in this outreach to our local community, please make contact. All offers are welcome.
Bruce and Joy Stewart – Phone: 83362671 or Email: email@example.com
Spring Fair – 3rd November – 8am – 1pm
Here we are just one week out from the Spring Fair and hope you are all looking forward to a day together and connecting with our Athelstone Community. If you are still free and would like to help on a stall, please see me on Sunday. The shed is filling up fast, so please bring any further donations next Thursday and Friday nights after 7pm.
Set up and pack up arrangements are listed below. Please plan to come along and many hands mean we can get the jobs done in a short time.
Thursday, 1st November – 7.00 pm Set up trestles, clothes racks etc and empty the shed into top hall
and church – boxes on tables
Friday, 2nd November – 7.00 pm Empty all the boxes and price if required
Saturday 3rd November – 6.30 am Set up stalls – gazebos, tables, sound equipment and goods
Saturday 3rd November – 1.00 pm Pack up – all hands on deck
A special request for cut flowers on Friday. Please contact Carole Walter (8337-9358) to arrange pick up
Forget having breakfast at home! Come along for a sumptuous hot breakfast cooked by Howard Jacob and helpers.
Fruit & Vegetable Stall
As always, Allan Amber will have a great selection of fruit and vegetables to purchase, so pencil your weekly
fruit & veg shopping in for Saturday 3rd November.
Children’s Nature Play Activities
Joy Stewart will have a number of fantastic Activities running from 9.30am with the theme of “Blue skies and Butterflies”. Great fun for children and please bring your grandchildren along and inform any young families to come along and join in. Joy would love to have another helper or two so see her or Di Curtis if you would like to be involved.
For all enquiries regarding The Spring Fair – please see Di Curtis (0419-862-606)
AGM – Our AGM will be held on Sunday the 25th of November at 10:45am
One of the roles of the congregation at this meeting is to elect a number of office bearers for the next 2 years.
The positions available are as follows:
- 1 position as Presbytery and Synod representative (previously held by David Riggall)
- 1 position as the Community Outreach Mission Network representative (position is currently vacant)
- 4 positions on Church Council (previously held by Di Curtis, David Riggall, Michael O’Connell and Victoria Pederick).
The other members of church council who still have another year remaining of their current term are Chris Pritchard, Eric Hurrell, Bob Stevenson, Glen Luestner, and Jeff Dry.
Please prayerfully consider whom you might like to nominate (or renominate) for these roles, approach them, and complete the nomination form which you will have received either by email or collected from the foyer.
Completed forms can be returned to the wooden box in the foyer by Sunday the 4th of November.
News from Church Council
Church Council met last Tuesday and discussed a number of important matters. On this evening, our discussion was to a large degree focused on the decision before us regarding same-gender marriages. We have discussed this matter on a number of occasions, following on from the 40 days of prayer and congregational survey. After much prayer and discussion, Church Council decided by consensus, that it will allow same-gender marriages to be conducted on the Athelstone Uniting Church property.
We also adopted the Uniting Church Child Safe Policy which states that we are committed to protecting the safety of all people within our programs, ministries, and events, with a particular focus on children. Church Council will communicate more information about this in the coming months as we seek to improve our practice so it is in line with this policy. If you are interested in finding out more in the meantime, please check out the website https://sa.uca.org.au/safe-church/
Finally, the entry to the church will soon look a bit different! Council is having a ramp installed to the front door of the church. This will allow wheelchair access to the church from the car park, as well as eliminating that big step at the entry. We hope that this will make it safer and more welcoming for everyone. If you are pretty excited about this improvement and would like to support it via a donation, there will be a container by the name badges until Sunday the 11th of November.
Thank you for the prayers and encouragement that you have offered for our Church Council, particularly in recent weeks. We do appreciate your support
If you have any questions or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to talk to a Church Council member.
Threads – This will continue meeting at the Athelstone Coffee Shop every second and fourth Thursday at 3.00pm
We still have some polo shirts with the Athelstone Logo… cost is $5.00. They are in the volunteer office if you would like to come and have a look. There are various colours and sizes available. Sharyn
A superb concert of Christmas Music
This is by the superb Metropolitan Male Choir of SA (featuring 3 of our congregation!) – In a superb venue.
Saturday December 8, 7.30pm, Elder Hall. Tickets available from Lynton @ $25 during October, Ph 0438 565 021
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
Music Scholarship opportunities at Pedare
The Pedare Christian College Music Scholarship Program recognises individual students who display excellence and/or outstanding potential in musical talent and the commitment of the College to this important area of the curriculum and the musical and worship life of the College.
These scholarships are open to instrumentalists and vocalists and will be awarded to students who display outstanding musical ability and potential and a sound academic record. See Church Notice Board
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 firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm Wed.
28th October – Job 42:1-6, 10-17; Psalm 34:1-8 (19-22); Hebrews 7:23-28; Mark 10:46-52
4th November – Ruth 1:1-18; Psalm 146; Hebrews 9:11-14; Mark 12:28-34
|28th October||4th November|
|Door Stewards & Offering||Winsome & Brian||Crisi & Sam|
|Scripture Reader||Ann Tubb||Ray Walter|
|Offering Count||Glen/Sam G||Sylvia/Ray|
|Tea & Coffee||Jan & Gus||Sheralyn & Leanne|
|Building Steward||Richard Read||Richard Read|
What’s on this Week (29th October – 4th November)
|Monday||4.45-6.45 pm||Waratah Calisthenics College||Auditorium|
|Tuesday||9.30-10.30 am||Pilates||Top Hall|
|6.30-7.30 pm||Reach your Feat (Stretch & Balance)||Top Hall|
|Wednesday||6.00-8.00 pm||Waratah Calisthenics College||Auditorium|
|6.30-7.30 pm||Reach your Feat (Circuit)||Top Hall|
|Thursday||5.30-6.30 pm||Reach your Feat (Stretch & Balance)||Top Hall|
|7.00 pm||Spring Fair Set Up|
|Friday||9.00 am||Friendship Club||Auditorium|
|7.00 pm||Spring Fair Set Up|
|Saturday||8 am-1 pm||S P R I N G F A I R|
|Sunday||9.30 am||Worship Service||Auditorium|
|6.00 pm||Evening Service||Chapel|