Newsletter for Sunday 3rd March 2019

Newsletter for Sunday 3rd March 2019

Sunday 3rd March 2019

Greetings and welcome to this week’s newsletter

A Note from Linda
This week, we will begin our Lenten series on Being Disciples – and Marie Bartsch will be formally welcomed as a member through a Re-Affirmation of Baptism. This will be a special service and I look forward to seeing you there.
As we begin this series, I invite you to reflect on how you would define what a Christian disciple is.
I encourage you to consider purchasing your own copy of ‘Being Disciples’ by Rowan Williams.
Contact Sharyn in the Office for more information.
Discussion Questions are also available to be used after reading each chapter of the Being Disciples book. There are questions in the book plus I have collated a new resource with content from Brian Ball, Dean Brook and Dean Pearce. A huge thanks to these ‘sages’ in our midst for providing us with material for us to reflect on.
Blessings, Linda

Coming Sunday evenings at Athelstone Uniting Church
3 March – 6pm – intimate communion service in the Chapel
10 March – Long Weekend – no evening service
17 March – 6.30 for 7pm – Spirited Sunday at The Rezz with speaker Prof Ian Olver
All are welcome to any of our Sunday evening activities, and as usual are welcome to join us for dinner or a cuppa each Sunday night at The Rezz after our service.

COMN Gathering
Thank you to everyone who came to the gathering on Tuesday evening. It was great to have people come from churches form as far as Yankalilla to Barmera. We heard form Diane Bury about the restructure f the Presbytery and from 6 congregations about how they are using their COMN grant money. An inspiring an informative night.
Thanks so much to all who came and help set up, lead worship, operate the tech, pack up and so on.

This Tuesday, March 5th, ToFs will be visiting Garden Grove Nursery where we can browse the plants and shop and enjoy a chat over afternoon tea. Please be at the church at 1.30pm or we’ll meet you at the Nursery at 2pm.
The address is 1150 Golden Grove Rd, Golden Grove.. Everyone is welcome. Jenny and Ros

Lent Event 2019 Build Hope – End Poverty
Next Wednesday, known as Ash Wednesday, marks the beginning of Lent for 2019- forty days of journeying with Jesus as he makes his way to the Cross. Traditionally Lent has been seen as a time to give up something we enjoy as a way of identifying with Jesus’ self- giving.
This year we want to suggest that we see it as a way of taking up a call to mission as we support the Church in Timor Leste as they serve among their people in areas such as health education, leadership training, child protection and the provision of clean water.
There are a number of suggestions as to how we may do this in the Lent Event book, ’40 days of simple living’ that we will receive next week. Then the savings we have made by living simply can be brought forward on Palm Sunday as a special offering for the people of Timor Leste.
Next Sunday we will be receiving a gift envelope, a Lent Event booklet and a sticker to place around a jar or tin in which we may place our love offering for building hope and ending poverty. Then it’s over to us !

Triple Cs – Next gathering is planned for March 13th
Venue and Time to be announced, but consider car pooling meanwhile. Thanks again for the support.
Rosters for April, May & June
The Church Rosters for the above months will be compiled in about 2 week’s time. So if you have any special dates you wish to be considered, please contact me direct, by phone 83370011 or by email at
If you are thinking of coming on to one or two of the rosters I will be happy to hear from you. If you are available on Good Friday (19th April) please let me know. Thanks, Gus Robin

Quilt Silent Auction – Outcome
All but three items have been sold and the office is in the process of notifying folk.
Thank you to all who participated so generously.

Stay and Play Playgroup
DATES for 2019
Term 1 – 5th March, 19th March, 2nd April
Term 2 – 7th May, 21st May, 4th June, 18th June, 2nd July

With a gathering of 33 at our last session, it was a busy morning. If you’re an early riser, come and help set up at 8-45am or join us later to help cut fruit or wash dishes. Any assistance is of great benefit to the already committed team.
With thanks to a couple of new helpers on deck, there should be no cancellations of sessions in Term 1. However, the waiting list will be in operation for over 20 children until we continue to increase the team. “Let’s Talk Together” in 2019 and celebrate the International Year of Indigenous Languages.
Bruce and Joy Stewart – Phone: 83362671 or Email:

The Annual Spring Fair/Fete/Garage Sale has been held at Athelstone for many years and Church Council
is reviewing the event and looking at how it may be reinvigorated and sustained into the future.
Council is looking for a new Coordinator and/or team to lead.
If you have any thoughts and/or feel called to be involved, please contact Jeff Dry or Di Curtis.

Packing Day – Save the Date, Start Collecting!
Once again the Athelstone Uniting Church is co-ordinating the packing of goods for indigenous communities in northern and central Australia.
Please save the dates: Sunday June 2nd and Monday June 3rd
This event is a chance for our church community to engage in some fellowship and I would love to have you join us in the camaraderie of the Packing Day.
As in previous years we are collecting for the communities north of Darwin so require clothing and manchester that would be suitable for these tropical destinations.
Attached to the Newsletter is a flyer detailing the goods required. Along with used goods, there are some new items that could be purchased – underwear, stationery, toiletries.
If you have any questions please ask Jayne Nicholas.

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

Wider church

International Women’s Day retreat 2019
This one day retreat coordinated by members of Synod Communications team provides an opportunity to ‘step-away’ for the day to focus on you. Retreat leaders will take you through a series of exercises that provide opportunity for self-reflection, increased confidence and time to contemplate the possibilities that lie ahead!
The retreat will be on Friday 8 March from 9.30am – 4.15pm (includes lunch and morning tea). See Linda for more information


International Women’s Day – Join us for a Cocktail Event
Thursday 7th March – 4.45 for 6-7.30 pm at Campbelltown Function Centre, 172 Montacute Road, Rostrevor.
Keynote Speaker: Dr Niki Vincent, South Australian Equal Opportunity Commissioner.
Register at by 5pm Monday 4th March.

Migrant Mums Group on Tuesday 5th March at Pilgrim Lutheran Church Magill – see notice board for details.

Saxophone Concert on Saturday 16th March in Payneham Road Uniting Church – see notice board for details

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

Website – We encourage you to visit our website:

Newsletter contributions – Please email by 5pm Wed.

Lectionary readings
3rd March – Ex 34:29-35; Ps 99; 2 Cor 3:12-4:2; Lk 9:28-36 (37-43a)
10th March – Dt 26:1-11, 15; Ps 91:1-2, 9-16; Rom 10:8b-13; Lk 4:1-13

Readings for Sunday Worship Services
3rd March – John 1:1-8, 36-39
10th March – Matthew 7:7-12 and 6:9-15

3rd March 10th March
Preacher Linda Linda
Worship Leader Robyn Dave
Singers Bob/Ann/Ruth Marie/Friederike/Sylvia
Keyboard Di Shelley
Guitar Chris/Grant Chris/Scott
Data Projector Dave Dave
Flowers Ruth Raelene
Door Stewards & Offering Barbara & Eric Janet & Howerd
Notices Barbara Barbara
Scripture Reader David W Ray
Offering Count Lynton/David Sylvia/Gus
Tea & Coffee Sheralyn & Leanne Coralie & Brenton
Sound Noel Don
Building Steward Eric Richard

What’s on 4th – 10th March
Tuesday 9.00 am Book Club Coffee Shop
9.30–11.30 am Pilates Top Hall
10.00-11.00am U3A – Yoga Auditorium
10.00–11.30 am Stay & Play Lwr Hall & Decking
2.00 pm ToFs Garden Grove Nursery
6.30-7.30pm Reach your Feat Top Hall
Wednesday 6.30-7.30pm Reach your Feat Top Hall
Thursday 5.30-6.30pm Reach your Feat Top Hall
Friday 10.00-12.00pm Friendship Club – Video Auditorium
Saturday 9.30-11.30am Pilates Top Hall
Sunday 9.30 am Worship Auditorium
No Evening Service