Newsletter for Sunday 5th February 2017

Newsletter for Sunday 5th February 2017

Sunday 5th February 2017


Thanks for your generosity

The Wider Mission committee wishes to thank all who contributed to the Christmas Bowl appeal and bought cards from the Tear Fund catalogue.  Your generosity means that people and communities in need will be able to look to the future with hope for a better life.
We received $ 1627 here at Athelstone for the Bowl and we know that some people chose to send their donation direct to the Sydney office so that’s a good result.    $ 2530 was received from the sale of Tear Fund cards that represent gifts given in your name, so thank you for that.
Brian Ball ( for the Wider Mission Committee)

Resourcing worship leader’s workshops

We offering 3 workshops in February to encourage worship leaders.
If you currently lead worship or feel that you would like to contribute to the life of our congregation in this way then these workshops will be for you.
3 sessions are planned
Feb 12   2.00pm                 Basics of worship leading
Feb 19   6.00pm                 Lent and Easter – worked examples.
( St Andrews By the Sea 92 Jetty Rd, Glenelg)
Feb 26   2.00pm                 Good resources
For more details contact Geoff Hurst (

ToFs first get together for 2017

Will be at 2 pm on February 7th at St George’s Bakehouse on Montacute Rd.
All ladies welcome.                                             Jenny and Ros
Come and join us with your preschoolers and babies on alternate Tuesdays (even weeks of school term) from 9-30 a.m. to 11-00 a.m.
at Athelstone Uniting Church, corner Fox Ave  and Kantilla Dve
DATES for 2017
Term 1                  7th February      21st February    7th March           21st March          4th April
Term 2                  9th May               23rd May            6th June               20th June            4th July
Several of our past helpers will not be available this year, so if anyone feels they would have skills of furniture moving, adult counselling or a desire to work with preschoolers, please come and join the team “on deck” for Stay and Play. Police checks can be arranged through Sharyn in the office. We are looking forward to another great year so come and join us.
Bruce & Joy Stewart  Phone: 83362671 or Email:

With Love to the World

The new study guide has arrived, which commences on 6th February.  Please collect your copy from the church foyer.  This excellent three month resource is still $5.00 per copy – there are a few extra copies available in the foyer.
Check with Geoff or Sharyn to get yours.

Some Items from Church Council

  1. Church Council

The members of Church Council held the first meeting on Tuesday 31 January. The following persons were appointed to Council’s required office holder positions:
Chairperson – Victoria Pederick                                Secretary – Michael O’Connell                   Treasurer – Glen Luestner
Church representatives to other bodies and convenors of portfolios will be considered at the next meeting. The members expressed deep appreciation to Eric Hurrell (as retiring chair) and Chris Pritchard (as retiring treasurer) for their ‘steadfast’ work over the past years and look forward to their ongoing involvement in Church Council’s deliberations in the coming year.

  1. Church Profile

The Church Profile is the ‘written statement’ on Athelstone Uniting Church call for a new minister. The draft Church Profile has been prepared by Victoria Pederick, Jeff Dry and Jenny Riggall and follows on from many discussions and a congregational workshops on mission. The draft Profile was discussed at Church Council’s recent meeting and revisions made.  Wendy Perkins from Presbytery/Synod provided valuable input on process and content.  The draft is available to all to view and comment on in the coming week.

Writing Group

Writing group has met for our first meeting in the New Year and this month we have heard reflections on sour sobs (Oxalis), rhymes about reindeers and poems from priests, as well as hearing some fascinating research about Scattery Island (Inis Cathaigh), Ireland.
We also had the pleasure of meeting a new member, Helena Sweeney, visiting for the first time this month.  We are looking forward to hear her stories.   Helena found out about the group through word of mouth via Lee O’Connell, so if you know of anyone who likes to write let them know of our group, we would to be a part of encouraging them in their story telling.
We would like to share the work we have been doing with everyone, so in the next couple of the weeks we will be posting the best of our work from last year on the church website.
This week we are posting work by Raoul Stevenson entitled “American Dream“, the story is about a entrepreneur working to achieve his dream in the land of freedom.
If you are interested in joining the writing group please contact Matthew Barker on 0416620913 or             Our next meeting will be on Thursday, 9th of Feb, in the chapel.

Vintage High Tea Fundraiser

A student at Torrens Valley Christian School, as part of her Year 12 Research Project is organizing and hosting a Vintage High Tea Fundraiser on Sunday 26th February.
This will be held at 55 Hill Street, Campbelltown, SA from 2-4pm.  The tickets cost $25pp
100% of the profits are going to support the amazing works of IJM (International Justice Mission) Australia.
Take part in a silent auction and there will be prizes awarded to those attending in the ‘Best Vintage Attire’.
This is an adult event for both women and men. (15+)
International Justice Mission protects the poor from violence in the developing world. Partnering with local authorities to rescue victims, bring criminals to justice, restore survivors, and strengthen justice systems. IJM Australia joins in this mission globally and works locally to grow the movement of Australians seeking justice for the oppressed.
To find out more about them visit their website.
For more information find us on Facebook at Vintage High Tea Fundraiser or email me at

Frontier Services

See Invitation to relaunching the work of the John Flynn Foundation on notice board at back of church.

Letter received from Uniting Communities

“Thank you so much for your generous support of our 2016 Christmas Appeal.  Your donation of food for Christmas Hampers was much appreciated.  We were able to distribute 170 hampers and provide toys to more than 130 children.  Thanks to your congregation.   We rely upon the generosity of our benefactors, as most of our activities at Eastern Services rely on volunteers and community donation rather than government funding.  Your support in helping us to care for so many in our community that are facing extremely difficult times is highly valued.”

“Banner Sunday” at Dernancourt Uniting Church

Sunday 12th February – see info on notice board at back of church.

Bible Readings

5th February – Isaiah 58:1-9a (9b-12),  Psalms 112:1-9 (10),  1 Corinthians 2:1-12 (13-16),  Matthew 5:13-20
12th February – Deuteronomy 30:15-20,  Psalms 119:1-8,  1 Corinthians 3:1-9,  Matthew 5:21-37

Roster for 12th February 2017

  9.30am 6.00pm
Flowers Val Amber  
Steward(s) & Offering Jan & Gus Robin  
Notices Paul Howland  
Scripture Reader Friederike Ashby-Weiss  
Data Projector Dave  
Sound Tara Shirlock  
Building Steward Richard Read  
Offering Count Jeff Dry/Gus Robin D Mullins/P Howland
Tea & Coffee Jayne & Lynton Nicholas