Sunday, 29th October 2017
Greetings! Here is this week’s news..
A Note from Linda
Are you one of those people who can clearly see God at work in your everyday life? One of those who is aware of God’s presence, even in the most mundane things of life? Yesterday, I was reminded of a friend who is like that. She speaks openly and often (to anyone who will listen) about how God has blessed her, sustained her and protected her in good times and bad. And she does it in such a way that others get caught up in her joy. It is people like this who encourage the rest of us in our faith and set an example of how we can openly worship God throughout the week. If you are one of those people, keep doing what you do! We need you! And if you know someone like that, please let them know how important their gift of faith is in building us all up. “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thess 5:11;16-18)
Speaking of worship… we are well into our Journey of Worship. Thank you to Dean for bringing the Message last week. I hear reports that both Nola and Dean were wonderful and shared some uplifting and new thoughts about Confession.
This week the focus is on Assurance: “In Christ we are forgiven. Thanks be to God!” Being the 5th Sunday of the month, we are doing things a little different. You’ll find the Church set up ‘café-style’ and we’ll have a guest speaker (Ann Phillips). Come, ready to try something a little different!
Did you know? Every two weeks we have a small and enthusiastic book club who meets at Indigo Espresso Café across the road. We are beginning a new book: “Soulstice: The Journeys and Seasons of the Soul” by Sharonne Price. Would you like to join us? Our next meeting is on Tuesday 31 October at 9.30am and we have one copy of the book available for $27.70. Please contact me if you have any questions. Blessings, Linda
Spring Fair –
Heartfelt thanks to everyone for your help with the Spring Fair last week. It was a great team effort, a lot of fun (and hard work) but most importantly a great opportunity to connect with our friends, neighbours and local community. The weather was beautiful and there was a real buzz with everyone enjoying all the food, stalls and activities. In addition we raised around $7000 for our church and current projects. All left over goods have been picked up by Lyall McEwan Hospital for use in their 4 Op shops. Thanks to Trev for organising that. All your support is wonderfully appreciated. Dianne Curtis (on behalf of Church Council)
Christmas Services – 2017
This year Christmas Eve is a Sunday. Following consultation with the worship team, we have decided that there will be the following Christmas worship services: Christmas Eve (24th December) at 9:30am (Advent 4) ⁃ Christmas Eve (24th December) at 6:30pm. This will be our big Nativity service which we will advertise to the community. ⁃ Christmas Day (25th December) at 9:30am.
Our 2017 AGM will be held on Sunday the 19th of November at 10.45am after the 9:30am service. Please put the date in your diaries. Information regarding vacant positions will be circulated via email in the coming days.
Quiz Night – Saturday 11 November at 7pm Proceeds towards Manse refurbishment
• $15 per person Tables of 8 -10
• BYO supper/nibbles and drinks Tea and coffee available
Our plan is to make up prize hampers on the night. Could all those from our church community attending on the night please provide an item to add to the hampers. Suggestions include chocolate, wine, gourmet items, homewares and gift vouchers for products/services. Please feel free to canvass any local businesses that you are associated with or regularly use. Items can be given to Jeff or Jeanine Dry prior to the night.
To book your table contact Jeff Dry – 0408254489 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Entry fee can be paid on the night.
The next meeting of ToFs will be on Nov 14th not Nov 7th at 2pm and all ladies are asked to bring brightly wrapped toffees to decorate our entry for the Christmas Tree Festival. Any questions contact Ros or Jenny
Christmas Tree Festival –
This event is to be the 23rd-26th November. Put your thinking caps on for a display, fun, quirky, old favourite, serious or special! In addition to the usual trees etc, the organizing committee are inviting members of the congregation to display their traditional, favourite or creative Christmas fare, eg gingerbread house, decorated Christmas cake, rum balls, white Christmas slice. The items will not be sold or available for tasting. To enter a tree or food item please use the entry form. If you require printed material, either information, fliers or an entry form check the “second desk” in the reception area. Rosters for helpers will be available on November 4th – pleases see Victoria your participation will be greatly appreciated. For more information or questions please contact Julie 8337 0815, 0418 811 556 or Victoria, Joy and Bruce Stewart or Raelene Anderson.
Stay & Play
Dates – 7th November, 21st November, 5th December
Come and join us with your preschoolers and babies on alternate Tuesdays (even weeks of school term) from 10-00 am to 11-30 am at Athelstone Uniting Church (cnr Fox Ave & Kantilla Dve).
A busy time for Term 4 is ahead. We will be making a Christmas Wirra for the Christmas Tree Festival and will finish the year with a picnic at Fox Ave Reserve on 5th December with some special activities and people we hope. Chat to Joy or Bruce if you have time to contribute. email@example.com See you there!
There are plenty of different ways you can contribute to Stay and Play, or the wirra so come and join the team and contribute to our community outreach. For enquiries please contact either Sharyn in the office or Joy and Bruce Stewart on 83362671 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Roster Additions – 2018
Hi all, thank you to all those who have been volunteering on the church roster. Your contribution has been greatly appreciated. Please consider carefully if you can help in any of the following areas. Flowers, Pastoral Care, Sound Roster, Building Steward, Communion Steward.. This gives you the opportunity to offer the gifts and skills that God has given you – and it helps to share the load. We’ll provide training and encouragement to help you settle in to the role. Contact Gus Robin personally or by tel. 83370011, or by email – email@example.com
Note from Jan
I would like to thank everyone for the prayers, good wishes and many telephone calls, emails etc. The operation went well on Wednesday, and when I saw the eye specialist yesterday he was happy with the result. Have to see him again next Thursday when he will remove some stitches. My vision is still very blurry, but that is normal and will take a bit of time to come good. Blessings to you all, Jan
Important !!! Upgrade on alarm system
Please note that following an upgrade to our alarm system in the entry foyer, there is an extra step to take when arming or disarming the alarm. After entering your alarm code, you will need to then press the corresponding button next to “ Disarm” or “ Arm” on the display as appropriate. It appears that some folk have not had their codes or keys recorded in our master file following the update of our key register in 2016 … if you have any problems please speak to Paul Howland or Sharyn.
Cans of Food
Cans of Soup, Baked Beans, Casserole type meals, etc. are very welcome to be donated to Uniting Communities who in turn distribute them to those in need. Please leave any contributions at the back of the church. Donations for the gifts of bread we have occasionally are also given to this organization.
Please join Melissa for a sausage sizzle at Balmoral Park, Dernancourt on Sunday 5th November from 12 -2pm to raise money for BCNA (Breast Cancer Network Australia). Sausages, hamburgers, drinks, cupcakes all $2. BYO Chairs
Eat and run or stay and relax for the afternoon.
Join the Inner Wheel of Tea Tree Gully for a morning of musical entertainment on November 16th at 10:00am at Athelstone Uniting Church. Featuring Students from Golden Grove Primary School and Terry Nicholas. A sumptuous morning tea will be served with proceeds to Alzheimer’s Australia SA. $15 per tables of 6. everyone welcome. For more information speak to Jayne Nicholas.
Wider Church – Please continue to use the link to UC e-news at http://sa.uca.org.au/uc-e-news/
Please continue to check the notice board for event happening at our neighbours.
Roster for 5th November 2017
Flowers Ruth Henderson
Steward(s) & Offering Winsome & Brian Ball
Notices Barbara Hurrell
Scripture Reader Eric Hurrell
Offering Count Lynton Nicholas & Sam George Noel Wrede
Tea & Coffee Sheralyn R & Leanne Shirlock
Sound Noel Maywald
Data Projector Meg
Building Steward Eric Hurrell
29th October – Deut 34.1-12, Psalm 90.1-6, 13-17, 1 Thess 2.1-8, Matthew 22.34-46
5th November – Jos 3.7-17, Psalm 107.1-7, 33-37, 1 Thess. 2.19-13, Matthew 25.1-12
What’s on this Week ( 30th October – 5th November)
Monday 4.45-6.45 pm Waratah Calisthenics Club (Auditorium)
Tuesday 9.30am Book club (Coffee Shop), 10.00-11.00 am U3A Yoga (Auditorium),
5.30-7.30 pm Reach your Feat (Top Hall),
Wednesday 6.30-8.30 pm Waratah Calisthenics Club (Auditorium), 6.30-7.30 pm Reach your Feat (Top Hall)
Thursday 5.30-7.30 pm Reach your Feat (Top Hall)
Friday 10.00-12.00 Friendship Club, (Auditorium)
Sunday 9.30 am Church Service, 6.00 pm Evening Service