Newsletter for Sunday 30th July 2017

Newsletter for Sunday 30th July 2017

 

 

 

Sunday 30th July 2017
 
Wider Mission BBQ
There are just 3 tickets left for our BBQ on Saturday August 5.   BYO drinks and nibbles.   Everything else will be supplied. Allan and Deb have the ideal set-up for a great night.  No worries if it is wet. There are plenty of undercover, warm areas in which to socialise and enjoy the BBQ and entertainment.  Venue open from 6.30 pm for a 7 pm start.
Car pool if possible.        Proceeds to Kiribati fresh water project.
 
August is Wider Mission Month
Envelopes will be available from this Sunday for our giving towards The Kiribati Fresh Water project.
We aim to raise $2,000-$2,500 to support the Church in Kiribati develop a fresh water supply for the people in a diminishing situation.   Our BBQ is one way to help raise the money, the other is through direct giving.   Anything you are able to contribute will be greatly appreciated.   Your envelope can be placed in the offering bag any time during August.
 
ToFs (an early start)
This Tuesday, August 1st  is our annual Movie afternoon at the Howland House.
Please note we will start at 1.30pm so we can include an intermission with a cuppa and catch up.
The address is 9 Sunhaven Ave, Athelstone.      Let us know if you need a lift to get there.                           Jenny & Ros
 
With Love to the World
The latest edition of this daily devotional resource has arrived.  We have ordered several extra copies at a cost of $5.00 for 12 weeks .   If you would like to try… please pick up a copy from the foyer or Sharyn’s desk.    There is an envelope attached for ease of payment, or to put in the collection.
 
Rev. Bob Hutchinson’s Induction at Morialta – 4.00 pm today refreshments will follow the service.
 
Induction of Rev. Linda Driver – Wednesday 30th August at 7.30pm.
 
“Spring Fair”  –  Saturday, 21st October, 2017
The Spring Fair will be held on 21st October, this year, (note the fresh change of name for the event!). Please put this date in your diaries and plan to be involved for a day of fun together and engagement with our Athelstone Community.  The shed is very empty so we are looking for donations of all saleable goods, with the exception of large furniture items.  It is planned that the shed will be open Sunday mornings from 9.15-9.30am for you to fill it up with all your pre-loved items.  For further information see Di Curtis, (on behalf of Church Council)
 
Opportunity
This month at church we are talking about money and opportunity.  Currently as a church our expenses are greater than our income.  To overcome this shortfall we need to increase our giving by 20% or $20,000 per year.  This equates to roughly $10 per household per week.
An increase in giving will not just help balance our budget but also enhance our opportunities for living out our mission, for loving our community, for sharing the Gospel and taking on new challenges.  The easiest way to give is via the eGive program through UC Invest.  Forms are available on line via the UC Invest website or from our Treasurer Glen Luestner.
 
Prayer Chain – Brenton is away, so please send emails to Lee O’Connell at  leeoconnell56@gmail.com
Update of Church Directory
Please check the entry, and correct any contact details that are wrong, tick or initial if the entry is correct.
Thanks you to those who have already changed their details.  Sharyn
 
Shoe Boxes of Love
It is time to start thinking about what you could put into a shoebox. Although we will not be collecting them until late September/early October you could already be sewing, knitting or buying. I will have access to the brochures in the next few weeks if you would like one now. Just let me know.
Thank you for your past involvement in this program.  Any questions please talk to Friederike 0458078839
 
Stay & Play Playgroup
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, corner Fox Ave and Kantilla Drive
DATES for Term 3 2017 –1st August, 15th August, 29th August, 12th September, 26th September
Joy and Bruce will be away for 1st August and possibly 29th August.  Numbers continue to rise and we need more helpers to allow the great team we already have, to take time for “R and R”, so please make contact, contribute and be part of this great outreach.   For enquiries please contact either Sharyn in the office or Joy and Bruce Stewart on 83362671 or email bruceandjoy@bigpond.com
 
How can you  make a difference?
At our recent study group where we have been studying “The Faith Effect” we discussed how we as an individual can make a difference in the world. Some people sponsor a child through ‘World Vision’; others buy TEAR fund projects; others spend time working in an op-shop or a soup kitchen while still others donate to worthwhile charities. These all make a difference.
Have you ever thought about using ethically sourced toilet paper? I was introduced to a company called “Who Gives a Crap?”  by some Christian friends. This company produces toilet paper by recycling other paper products and uses no chlorine, ink, dyes or scents for this. The other plus is that they donate 50% of their profits to WaterAid which provides toilets and sanitation in developing countries. Did you know that for every roll of this toilet paper that you buy, you’re helping to provide someone with access to a toilet for roughly one week?
I have been using this toilet paper for almost a year now and recently also purchased the paper towels and tissues they produce. You cannot buy this in a retail outlet but they deliver to your door for free! To find out more about them and to place an order just look them up https://au.whogivesacrap.org/ Perhaps someone else would like to share how they, too, make a difference.    Friederike
 
Red Dove Cafe
Volunteers are being recruited for the UC Red Dove Cafe at the Royal Show .  Brand new premises! Dates are 1-10th September.  Helpers are required to have a current UC SA Police Check . Contact Lesley Williams 0402 006 629 or   ljwilliams36@gmail.com.  Please see the full details in the letter on our noticeboard.
 
Packing Day
Packing Day is an excellent way in which we can serve Aboriginal communities in northern Australia. After 2 successful years of coordinating Packing Day, Ros is ready to hand over the reins to someone else.  We are looking for a small team of volunteers to co-ordinate the event at Athelstone in 2018.  If you are interested in taking on part of this role, please contact Victoria.
 
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.
 
Wider Church – Please continue to use the link to UC e-news at    http://sa.uca.org.au/uc-e-news/
 
Notice Board – Please continue to check the notice board for information of neighboring events and news.
 
Breast Cancer Network Australia  Fund raiser
Help raise funds by attending a movie at Gawler Cinema on Sunday 13th August 1.30-2.00pm start.  “ The Big Stick” –  a romantic comedy.  Tickets $15 each and include lucky ticket prizes  are available from Melissa 0402 474 353
 
Bible Readings
30th July –  Genesis 29. 15-28, Psalm 105. 1-11, Romans  8. 26-39, Matthew 13.31-33, 44-52, Psalm 128
6th August –  Genesis 32. 22-31, Psalm 17: 1-7 or Romans 9:1-5, Matthew 14.13-21
 
Roster for 6th August 2017

9.30am 6.00pm
Flowers Di Curtis
Steward(s) & Offering Jenny & David Riggall
Notices Paul Howland
Scripture Reader Jenny Riggall
Offering Count L Nicholas/D Brown S Nuryanto
Tea & Coffee Winsome & Brian Ball
Sound Tara Shirlock
Data Projector Dave
Building Steward Noel Maywald

 
What’s on this Week   (31st July – 6th August)
Monday               4.45-6.45 pm Waratah Calisthenics Club (Auditorium)
Tuesday               9.30-11.00 Book Club (Coffee Shop)   10.00-11.00am U3A Yoga (Auditorium)
10.00-11.30 am Stay & Play (Lower Hall) 1.30 pm ToFs    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
Saturday              10.00-11.00 am Waratah Calisthenics Club (Auditorium),  7.00 pm Wider Mission Event (Aussie BBQ)
Sunday                 9.30 am Church Service, 6.00 pm Evening Service (Chapel)