Newsletter for Sunday 4th March 2018

Newsletter for Sunday 4th March 2018

Sunday 4 March 2018

Greetings and welcome to this week’s newsletter
A Note from Linda
Here we are, three weeks in to the season of Lent. I’ve been inviting you to consider picking something up – something that will help you grow in your journey as a Christian disciple.  How are you going?  Have you tried anything?  It’s not too late… Last week, I suggested being thankful each day.  This week, here’s another option: why not consider ways to ‘Act’ – do something as your response to what Jesus has done for you?

– Consider how you serve as part of your church – chat to Gus about committing to something on the roster (it could be once a month or once a quarter – or weekly – whatever works for you), chat to Di about joining the worship team, volunteer for Stay and Play or the next garden working bee; or..
– Explore what LentEvent is all about – read on below for information about how to get involved; or
– Join the team who regularly head in to the city to feel the homeless on Sunday nights – ask Eric Hurrell for more information.
There are many ways to Act as disciples of Jesus. Find something that works for you.
Last week you heard that Church Council endorsed the formation of a Pastoral Care Coordinating Team comprising Bob, Brenton, Ann and myself. Together we will oversee pastoral care within our congregation. We are working on developing an overall strategy, identifying where pastoral care is already happening effectively, and identifying appropriate training opportunities for those who are interested in growing in this important area in the life of our church. Any one of the four of us may be contacted if you are in need of pastoral care. (Bob: 0400-641-242  Ann: 0413-581-554  Brenton: 0400-632-829  Linda: 0458-500-656) We will either be there to support you directly or to find someone else in the congregation who can walk beside you in your time of need, as appropriate.
I have been looking ahead to our program for Easter. Here are the key dates to put in your diary:
Thursday 29 March: Passover Banquet (evening)
Friday 30 March: Good Friday service (9.30am)
Sunday 1 April: Early morning Easter service with our local Uniting Church neighbours at Thorndon Park (6.45am)
Sunday 1 April: Easter worship service (9.30am)
Blessings, Linda
Lent Event Focus –  Week 3 Fiji  – Ending Poverty
In a squatter settlement on Suva’s outskirts, a community of Fiji’s forgotten families are working with the local church to break the cycle of poverty through education.
We can get involved in their groundbreaking action by supporting the Lent Event.
By setting aside our Lenten savings in a recycled money box and bringing them along to worship on Palm Sunday (28 March) where they will be dedicated as part of a special offering for Lent Event.
Alternatively, at the same service, we may choose to use the Lent Event envelopes to make a donation to support our Partner Churches in the Pacific region.
Whatever our choice we will be taking our journey with people who are committed with all their hearts to the struggle to bring the love, justice and change we long for in God’s world.
Church Office – will be staffed Tues & Wed (9.30-12.30) for the next three weeks, while Sharyn is on sick leave. We are so thankful for all the volunteers who are giving their time and skills to cover for Sharyn. Thank you!
Stay and 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 atAthelstone Uniting Church, corner Fox Avenue & Kantilla Drive
     DATES for 2018 – Term 1 – 6th March, 20th March, 3rd April
     FULL HOUSE!  Yes, we have an enrolment of 25 and are now starting a waiting list.
If anyone feels they have skills of furniture moving, adult counseling, cutting fruit, washing dishes or a desire to work with preschoolers, please come and join the team “on deck” for Stay and Play. You will be very welcome between 9-00am and 12 noon even if it is only for part of the session or once a month. Police checks can be arranged through the office.
More info? Contact Bruce and Joy Stewart Phone: 83362671 or Email:
Dear Friends,ToFs is on this week, March 6th at 2pm. We will meet at the Athelstone coffee shop, in the shopping centre across the road from the church. Please come along with ideas for places to visit and things we might like to be involved with during 2018. Everyone is welcome.
Ros and Jenny
Passover??  We’ve all heard of it, but do you know how it is done now?
Join us on Maundy Thursday evening (March 29th) to find out and share a banquet!  The early church understood the ministry of Jesus and their own ministry in the light of the Passover ritual.  Modern Jews understand their national identity by it still.  This is a chance to enjoy fellowship and enrich your understanding at the same time.  There is no charge, but you need to reserve your place for catering purposes.  Donations towards the cost of providing the Jewish banquet menu will be happily received, any profit will be directed towards Lenten care projects.  Contact Dean or Nola Pearce to get your name on the list – numbers will be limited.  Phone or text Nola 0427995799 or Dean 0451340941
Rosters for April, May and June
Time to pick your special dates for the church rosters, for the months of April, May and June 2018!
Please let Gus Robin know if you have any dates to consider for these months.Contact him direct or by telephone on 83370011, or by email on
Rosters will be made up in the second week of March.
 Wirra Words of the Week
Wal Bushman stated that “wirra uses a minimum of resources” and our aim has been to provide greater access to the spaces in the wirra with natural materials and minimal cost. With the early addition of several small paths using wood, sand bags and slate, children quickly found spaces to explore that had not previously been available.  The main path is very popular to dog walkers as well as a great activity space for gross motor and dramatic play activities during Stay and Play.  The old rustic garden gate, usually open to allow community the opportunity to wander through, is closed at these times to ensure children remain engaged in the activities but safely within the wirra.
Joy Stewart
Church Council is looking into having a Freezer for the storage of food items e.g. bread, meats, soups for church community gatherings and social events. If you have a surplus freezer in good working order and preferable a fridge-freezer please advise the Office Administrator. Info:  David Riggall E:  or Tel  83950112 

Your Council Needs a List of Trades People
Church Council is looking to build up a database of qualified tradespeople who are able to be contracted to undertake work on the Church property. If you are able to recommend someone, please contact the Office
(E: or David Riggall (E:    Tel: 83950112)
Yarn Bombers Unite
If you enjoy working with yarn, there are some projects with which you may like to get involved this year.
Before Easter, we hope to complete the stobie pole in the wirra.
Next, we will look at recycling the strips that were used for the “fish” tree project in the view of covering the railing along the front steps.  This will provide a base for the Spring theme of “Blue Skies and Butterflies”.
Late in the year we will be creating angels to share around the community in readiness for Christmas.
If you would like to get involved in any, or all of these projects (or would like to learn how to knit or crochet) speak to Linda, Joy or Sharyn.
Intern Year – Semesters 1 & 2
Intern Year is a program for young adults seeking to grow as disciples and live with purpose. The course is studied part-time over a year, at the end of which participants will have achieved a Certificate IV in Christian Life & Ministry. Enrolments for 2018 are still open!
A Shadow of the Cross | An Easter Journey – 26th-30th March
You are invited to journey through Holy Week with a reflective display at Hope Valley Uniting Church.
Opening Times:  Monday-Friday, 9am-4.30pm and 6pm-8pm.
Seeds of Hope in Troubled Times – 27-29 April & 30 April – 2 May
Stillpoint Spirituality and Loyola Ignatian Spirituality will present events featuring Margaret Silf, an engaging spiritual explorer, writer and thinker. A retreat will be held at Nunyara from 7pm on Friday 27 April until 5pm on Sunday 29 April, with day sessions commencing at 9am. Day registrations available for open conversations at Nunyara between 10.30am-4.30pm during the retreat. A second retreat will be held at Sevenhill from 6pm on Monday 30 April to 4pm on Wednesday 2 May. For more information, please email
Dernancourt Uniting Church 50th Anniversary Celebrations – Sun 27 May 2018
10am Worship service  – Guest Preacher Rev. Rod Dyson

Living Water tour – save the date!
Later in 2018, the Moderator, Rev Sue Ellis will be leading a four-day tour along the Murray River. The Living Water tour will take place from Tuesday 11 to Friday 14 September. It will focus on discipleship and Ngarrindjeri spirituality, and will include a Coorong boat cruise.  Living Water is geared towards the “Baby Boomer” generation, but people of all ages are invited to register their interest by emailing Tim Molineux at Registrations of interest must be sent by Friday 13 April.

Electronic Giving – As disciples we give as an expression of our thankfulness for what God has done and is doing in our lives. We give as one way of contributing towards and investing in Christ’s ministry and mission through our local and the wider church. Electronic giving is a way of making giving a little easier – easier to remember – and easier for those times when you’re away. Pray about how much you wish to give and how often (2 Cor 9:7), then set up regular payments, and it’s done! Application forms are available on the table in the Church foyer or speak to the Treasurer Glen Luestner for more information.
Lectionary readings
4  March – Exodus 20:1-17, Psalm 19, 1 Corinthians 1:18-25,  John 2:13-22
11 March – Nm 21:4-9; Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22; Eph 2:1-10; John 3:14-21

4 March 2018 11 March 2018
Preacher Rev Linda Driver Rev Linda Driver
Worship Leader Lynton N Jeff
Scripture Reader David Walker Ray Walter
Keyboard Di Gerald
Singers Friederike /Shelley/Allan Lyndon R/Janet/Friederike
Guitar Chris/Scott Chris/Shelley
Flowers Marie Hickman Jenny Riggall
Data Projector Dave Dave
Sound Don Brown Tara Shirlock
Steward(s) & Offering Barbara & Eric Hurrell Victoria/Stella
Tea & Coffee Winsome & Brian Ball Jenny & David Riggall
Notices Barbara Hurrell Barbara Hurrell
Pastoral Care Brenton Summers Pat Howshild
Communion Barbara & Eric Hurrell, Crisi & Sam George
Offering Count Don B/Sam G Lynton N/Gus R
Building Steward Eric Hurrell Richard Read

What’s on this Week   (5-11 March 2018)

Monday 4.45-6.45 pm Waratah Calisthenics Club (Auditorium)
Tuesday 9am Book Club
10-11am U3A Yoga (Auditorium)
10-11.30am Stay & Play Playgroup
2pm TOFS (coffee shop)
5.30-7.30 pm Reach your Feat (Top Hall)
Wednesday 6-8 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 10am-12 noon Friendship Club – Speaker (Auditorium)
Saturday 10-11am Waratah Calisthenics Club (Auditorium)
Sunday 9.30 am Church Service (Auditorium)
6 pm Evening Service (Chapel)

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