Newsletter for Sunday 5th August 2018

Newsletter for Sunday 5th August 2018





Sunday 5 August 2018

Greetings and welcome to this week’s newsletter


A Note from Linda

Thanks to everyone who came to our Messy Church Taster last Sunday morning.  It was fun, it was messy, it was worshipful, it was different.  Why did we do it?  So that you would get a taste of what Messy Church is like and catch the vision for this new thing that we would like to offer to families.  At the debrief on Sunday evening, we were greatly encouraged by your feedback – thank you!

So, that leads to an announcement… drum roll…. Our first ever Messy Church will be held on Sunday 9th September, from 4-6pm  Please pop it in your diaries and think about who you could invite.  (Messy Church is church for families who may not find other forms of church appealing and who don’t yet belong to a church.  Messy Church values are: Christ-centred, All-age, Creativity, Hospitality and Celebration.)

This week, at 9.30am and 6pm we resume ‘normal programming’. We’ll continue on with our theme (Jesus: Bread of Life) and we will acknowledge and pray for all those engaged in lay ministries in our church and community.

Can’t wait to see you there.

Blessings, Linda


Prayer Guide

Two weeks ago, 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 this Tuesday 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  –   to support Kiribati Water Conservation Project.

Only two tickets left !!!  See Mike O’Connell !!!


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 are available from today to support our Kiribati Water Conservation project and can be used any time during the month or you may wish to contribute as part of the retiring offering on August 19.


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.



With Love to the World

The latest edition of this excellent devotional resource is now available.  If you would like to experiment with a new booklet, there are extra copies in the foyer… please place the $5 payment in the envelope provided.

If you would like to be on the list to receive it regularly please inform Sharyn.


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


Dates for Term 3  –  14th August,  28th August,  11th September,  25th September

What a wonderful excitement there was on deck as families arrived and expressed how much they missed us over the long break!  With some families moving to new homes and new families arriving it was a busy morning but everyone enjoyed the “campfire” theme and the special treats !  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 Email:

A Stitch in Time

We have had a request from a Stay and Play parent to purchase a smock and a library bag.  If there is anyone who likes sewing and would like to make several smocks or library bags, we could offer them to parents for a small cost perhaps as a fundraiser.  Contact Joy Stewart if you are interested in this task.



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.


Our Church Spring Fair will be held this year  8am–1pm Saturday 3rd November


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


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Newsletter contributions – Please email by 5pm Wed.


Wider Church & Community News  (see noticeboard for details)


Lectionary readings

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

12th August – 2 Sm 18:5-9,15,31-33; Ps 130; Eph 4:25-5:2; John 6:35,41-51



  5 August 12 August
Preacher Linda Driver Linder Driver
Worship Leader Dave Lyndon R
Singers Friederike/Maarie/Ruth Janet/Ann B/Ann P
Keyboard Di Di
Guitar Shelley/Chris Grant/Shelley
Data Projector Dave Dave
Flowers Raelene A Marie Hickman
Door Stewards & Offering Janet / Jacob Stella/Victoria
Notices Brenton Summers Brenton Summers
Scripture Reader Jenny Riggall Lee O’Connell
Offering Count Ray W / Gus R Don Brown/Sam George
Tea & Coffee Coralie / Brenton Jayne & Lynton
Sound Don Brown Noel Maywald
Building Steward Noel Maywald Erric Hurrell


What’s on this Week   (6 – 12 August)

Monday 4.45-6.45 pm Waratah Calisthenics Club Auditorium
  6.30-11.00 pm Lions Club Lwr Hall & Kitchen
Tuesday 9.30 am Book Club Coffee Shop
  10.00-11.00 am U3A Yoga Auditorium
  10.00-11.15 am Pilates Top Hall
  2.00 pm ToF’s St Georges Bakery
  5.30-7.30 pm Reach your Feat  (Stretch&Balance) Top Hall
Wednesday 6.00-8.00 pm Waratah Calisthenics Club Auditorium
  6.30-7.30 pm Reach your Feat (Circuit) Top Hall
  7.30 pm Neighbourhoode Watch AGM Lwr Hall & Kitchen
Thursday 5.30-7.30 pm Reach your Feat  (Stretch&Balance) Top Hall
Friday 10.00–12 noon Friendship Club (Soup & Games) Auditorium
Saturday 9.30–10.30 am Pilates Top Hall
  10.00-11.00 am Waratah Calisthenics Club Auditorium
Sunday 9.30 am Worship Service Auditorium
  6.00 pm Evening Worship Chapel