Newsletter for Sunday 29th July 2018

Newsletter for Sunday 29th July 2018





Sunday 29 July 2018

Greetings and welcome to this week’s newsletter


A Note from Linda

This Sunday morning is going to be great! Why do I say that? Because we’re going to give Messy Church a go!
Why? Because we as a church have felt called for some time to offer something for families – so much so that this is one of our mission goals – and we hope to be able to offer something on a regular basis on Sunday afternoons. The Messy Church ‘Taster’ service will give us the opportunity to see what that could look like.
Messy Church is church for families who may not find other forms of church appealing and who don’t yet belong to a church. It is typically held once a month, includes hands-on creative experiences, a celebration and a meal. It does not prioritise either the needs of children or adults but intentionally welcomes and provides for all ages. Messy Church values are: Christ-centred, All-age, Creativity, Hospitality and Celebration. We hope that you will experience each of these on Sunday morning.

“Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” (Ephesians 3:20-21)   Blessings, Linda


This Sunday evening

We will meet at The Rezz at 6pm to debrief our Messy Church experience while we share a meal together. All welcome.


Next Sunday – August 5

August 5 is Lay Preacher Sunday in the Uniting Church. We will take the opportunity to acknowledge and pray for all those engaged in lay ministries in our church and community.  This will include the commissioning of Michael O’Connell for his AVI placement in PNG.


Prayer Guide

Last week, our Church Council called us to prayer for 40 days. This is an opportunity to pray for our church and to grow in our own personal prayer lives. We hope you are finding the prayer guide helpful. If you missed out, there are hard copies available at the church entry.


ToFs – August 7

Next meeting is on Tuesday 7th August at 2pm. Come and enjoy a cuppa and a chat at St Georges Bakery 272 Montecute Road  Rostrevor.Also time to  start thinking  about picking up those small items for our shoeboxes which we will be filling in October.If transport is needed please contact  Jenny Riggall tel: 83950112 /0438 848 112


Sunday Morning Worship Meeting  – Tuesday August 14  7.30pm – 9pm

Another meeting will be held on Tuesday, 14th August for those involved on our Worship Team and others who may be interested.  We will further discuss items around putting our 9.30am service together so that we can continue to foster vibrant and engaging worship. Please put the date in your diaries.  Contact Di Curtis 0419-862-606 or Linda


Pacific Inspired Food Event – Sat August 18.

Only 2 tickets left to support Kiribati Water Conservation Project. Please get your ticket/s today from Mike.


Save the Date: Spirited Sunday – August 19

Our next Spirited Sunday at The Rezz will on Sunday August 19 with speaker Professor Ian Olver. Please pray about who you will bring to join us and hear about the latest in cancer research.


Our Preacher for 19th August is Nicole Mugford who will speak of her experiences in Kiribati. There will be a retiring offering  – please come prepared to further assist the water conservation project. Envelopes available soon.



Save the Date in your diary – Spring Fair

Spring Fair will be held this year  8am – 1pm Sat. 3rd November 2018


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.


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

Stay & Play Playgroup

We will recommence on 31st July with a full enrolment of 25 and 5 children on the waiting list. We now have a wonderful team of 8 regulars who do a range of tasks like moving furniture, setting up activities, cutting fruit, washing dishes and providing a friendly, welcoming environment to both children and carers.  Maybe you would like to join us in this amazing outreach to our local community.  All offers are welcome and will help our regular team members take a break now and then Bruce and Joy Stewart  Phone: 83362671 or


Wider Church & Community News  (see noticeboard for details)


– Tea Tree Gully Uniting Church 40th Anniversary  August 5

40th Anniversary service at TTG Uniting  Sunday 5th August, 10:30am service

Celebrating 40 years since the laying of the foundation stone for the Sanctuary

Followed by a shared lunch.  Guest speaker will be Rev Ian Clarkson.

– Ozharvest SA August 14

1.30pm St Peter Claver Catholic Church, 8 Stuart Road, Dulwich.Donation $5 Afternoon Tea provided

– Surrender Adelaide October 12-14

Marion Church of Christ  See noticeboard for details

– Red Dove Cafe -Recruiting for the Royal Show now. Seeking volunteers. Contact  Zoe Hessling    0434 225 004  Volunteers will receive an entry ticket and a meal allowance.  It is a requirement that all volunteers have a current UC SA Police check.


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


Noticeboard – Please check the noticeboard at the back of the church


Wider Church News- Please use the link to UC e-news at


Website –  We encourage you to visit our website:


Newsletter contributions – Please e-mail by 5pm Wed.


Lectionary readings

29th July – 2 Sm 11:1-15; Ps 14; Eph 3:14-21; John 6:1-21

5th August – 2 Sm 11:26-12:13a; Ps 51:1-12; Eph 4:1-16; John 6:24-35



  29 July 5 August
Preacher Linda Driver Linda Driver
Worship Leader Robyn  
Singers Bob/Janet/Ruth  
Keyboard Shelley  
Guitar Chris/Grant  
Data Projector Dave  
Flowers Di Curtis Raelene A
Door Stewards & Offering Jenny / David R Janet / Jacob
Notices Barbara Hurrell Brenton Summers
Scripture Reader Ray Walter Jenny Riggall
Offering Count Jeff D / Glen L Ray W / Gus R
Tea & Coffee Sylvia / Noel Coralie / Brenton
Sound Don Brown Don Brown
Building Steward Richard Read Noel Maywald


What’s on this Week   (30 July – 5 August)

Monday 4.45 – 6.45 pm Waratah Calisthenics Club Auditorium
Tuesday 10-11am U3A Yoga Auditorium
  10-11.30am Stay & Play Playgroup Lower Hall
  10 – 11.15 am Pilates Top Hall
  5.30 – 7.30 pm Reach your Feat  (Stretch&Balance) Top Hall
Wednesday 6 – 8 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 10am – 12 noon Friendship Club Auditorium
Saturday 9.30 – 10.30am Pilates Top Hall
  10 – 11am Waratah Calisthenics Club Auditorium
Sunday 9.30 am Worship Service Auditorium
  6pm Evening Worship Chapel