Newsletter for Sunday 5th November 2017

Newsletter for Sunday 5th November 2017

Sunday, 5th November 2017
Greetings and welcome to this week’s newsletter.
A Note from Linda
We are well into our Journey of Worship series. Last week, as we gathered in a different format (in the morning around tables and in the evening with soup) we were encouraged in our faith as we were reminded that we are a for-given people. This week our focus is on Word and Creed, the time in the service when we are ready to listen to what God has to say to us and to remind ourselves of what it is we believe as part of the Christian Church universal. We will also mark All Saints Day in our prayers – a time to remember and give thanks for those people who have had a profound influence on our lives.
Looking ahead, we have just a few weeks left of this Worship series and then we will begin the Advent journey towards Christmas(!). This will begin on Sunday 26th November with a focus on Christmas music set amongst the Christmas trees and we’ll be joined by the Voices of Praise singing group.
Our theme for December, and in particular, for our Christmas services, is “Unwrapping Joy”. This has been partly inspired by a new study written by local Uniting Church minister, Benji Callen. You might like to use this study for your personal devotions or with your small group. (It doesn’t need to coincide with the Sundays in December!) Please let Sharyn or I know if you’d like us to order a copy for you from Mediacom (cost is from $9 to $12).
Finally, an update on my note about our Tuesday book club: Our next meeting will be Tuesday 7th November at 9am at Indigo Espresso Café across the road. You are welcome to join us. Please contact me if you have any questions.
Blessings, Linda
News from Church Council

  • Christmas Services
    Two weeks ago we announced that church council had made a decision regarding the Christmas services that will be held this year. As Christmas Eve was a Sunday and there was concern that 4 services in 2 days would be too much of a burden on both Linda and the worship team to run, and so we decided to not hold the 11pm Christmas eve service this year.  However, since that announcement we have had significant feedback that there are a large number of people that are upset by our decision and wish for the 11pm service to go ahead.  So much so, that some have even volunteered to be involved in planning and leading worship. Church council has discussed this and is very willing to support the 11pm Christmas Eve service being held, in addition to the other 3 services.  We would like to apologise for those who felt disappointed and hurt by our decision.  We think that this is an excellent opportunity to encourage a stronger partnership with the young adults who have volunteered to help lead worship, as well as offering the community four opportunities to celebrate Christmas at Athelstone Uniting.
  • AGM
    Our AGM will be held on Sunday the 19th of November at 10:45am. Please continue to consider whom you would like to nominate for Chairperson and Secretary of the Congregation, as well as the 5 positions on Church Council. Nominations are due to Victoria by Wednesday the 8th of November.

Invitation from Meg & Andrew
“Meg Foster and her fiancé Andrew Edwards are getting married on the 2nd December 2017 at 2pm at Golden Grove Uniting church and they would love for those who are able to attend the service to celebrate their special day”
Fete album – There is a photo album in the foyer showing how much fun the fete was.  Have a peek!  Sharyn
Some years ago t-shirts with the Athelstone logo were purchased;  if you would like to have one to identify yourself when you are “working” an event, check the box in the reception area.  Sizes and colours available are
White L – 4 left,  Black 18 & 16 – 1 of each,  Navy 14 – 1 left, 12- 2,  Pink 12 – and 14- 2 left.   They are going for a donation of $5.00 yes that is right a real special price!   Please come and try on there is a mirror in the vestry and pay Sharyn.
News from Michael
Hi there. Well only 40 days to go before my return to Oz.  All going well with as much learnings as teachings going on. Lee has been here for nearly 2 weeks and has been a special time.  She returns Monday morning with a 5000km 5 leg 16 hour journey   All going well.  Had a great visit to Pok Pok Island, near Arawa with heaps of water activities.  Think I’m a turtle …just paddling/snorkling along in the warm waters looking at the corals & reef fish.   Life is full of beautiful moments. Just enjoying.    Love to all Mike.
Quiz Night – Saturday 11th  November at 7pm   Proceeds towards Manse refurbishment
$15 per person                                  Tables of 8 -10
BYO supper/nibbles and drinks      Tea and coffee available
Our plan is to make up prize hampers on the night.  Could all those from our church community attending on the night please provide an item to add to the hampers.  Suggestions include chocolate, wine, gourmet items, homewares and gift vouchers for products/services. Please feel free to canvass any local businesses that you are associated with or regularly use. Items can be given to Jeff or Jeanine Dry prior to the night.
To book your table contact Jeff Dry – 0408254489 or  Entry fee can be paid on the night.
The next meeting of ToFs will be on Nov 14th not Nov 7th at 2pm and all ladies are asked to bring brightly wrapped toffees to decorate our entry for the Christmas Tree Festival.  Any questions contact Ros or Jenny
Christmas Tree Festival  – 23rd-26th November
Put your thinking caps on for a display, fun, quirky, old favourite, serious or special!  In addition to the usual trees etc, the organizing committee are inviting members of the congregation to display their traditional, favourite or creative Christmas fare, eg gingerbread house, decorated Christmas cake, rum balls, white Christmas slice.  The items will not be sold or available for tasting.  To enter a tree or food item please use the entry form. If you require printed material, either information, fliers or an entry form check the “second desk” in the reception area. Rosters for helpers will be available on November 4th – pleases see Victoria your participation will be greatly appreciated.  For more information or questions please contact
Julie 8337 0815, 0418 811 556 or Victoria, Joy and Bruce Stewart or Raelene Anderson.
Stay & Play                                                                                                       
Dates –  7th November,  21st November,  5th December
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 (cnr Fox Ave & Kantilla Dve).
A busy time for Term 4 is ahead.  We will be making a Christmas Wirra for the Christmas Tree Festival and will finish the year with a picnic at Fox  Ave Reserve on 5th December with some special activities and people we hope.  Chat to Joy or Bruce if you have time to contribute.
There are plenty of different ways you can contribute to Stay and Play, or the wirra, so come and join the team and contribute to our community outreach.   For enquiries please contact either Sharyn in the office or Joy and Bruce Stewart on 83362671 or email
With Love to the World
This devotional resource has arrived for the next period, please pick up your copy from the church foyer.  If you would like to try this devotional book, there are some extra copies in the foyer.  The reimbursement can be placed in the attached envelope and put in the offering bowl if you desire, or given to the Treasurer Glen or to Sharyn in the office.
Important !!! Upgrade on alarm system
Please note that following an upgrade to our alarm system in the entry foyer, there is an extra step to take when arming or disarming the alarm.  After entering your alarm code, you will need to then press the corresponding button next to “Disarm”  or “ Arm” on the display as appropriate.  It appears that some folk have not had their codes or keys recorded in our master file following the update of our key register in 2016 … if you have any problems  please speak to Paul Howland or Sharyn.
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.  Donations for the gifts of bread we have occasionally are also given to this organization.
Sausage Sizzle
Please join Melissa for a sausage sizzle at Balmoral Park, Dernancourt today Sunday 5th November from 12 -2pm to raise money for BCNA (Breast Cancer Network Australia). Sausages, hamburgers, drinks, cupcakes all $2.   BYO Chairs
Eat and run or stay and relax for the afternoon.
Morning Melodies
Join the Inner Wheel of Tea Tree Gully for a morning of musical entertainment on November 16th at 10:00am at Athelstone Uniting Church.  Featuring Students from Golden Grove Primary School  and Terry Nicholas.  A sumptuous morning tea will be served with proceeds to Alzheimer’s Australia SA.  $15 each.
Make up- a  table of 6.  Everyone welcome.  For more information speak to Jayne Nicholas.
Oberammergau Passion Play 2020
South Australian Travel managers, Cheryl John, Hillary Pounder & Michelle Zienkiewicz are putting together a tour which will include this Play.  Expressions of interest are now being taken.  Please contact Cheryl on 0407 931 229 or at to register your interest.  Once details have been finalized we will contact you with an invitation to our information sessions and further details of the tour.
Roster for 12th November 2017

9.30am 6.00pm
Flowers Sue Richards
Steward(s) & Offering Raelene & Rob Anderson
Notices Barbara Hurrell
Scripture Reader Friederike Ashby-Weiss
Offering Count F Ashby-Weiss/D Brown Paul Howland
Tea & Coffee Friederike & Marie
Sound Don Brown
Data Projector Dave
Building Steward Richard Read

Wider Church – Please continue to use the link to UC e-news at
Notice board – Please continue to check the notice board for events happening at our neighbours.
Lectionary readings
5th November – Jos 3.7-17, Psalm 107.1-7, 33-37, 1 Thess.  2.19-13, Matthew 25.1-12
Readings for our Worship Services: Hebrews 12:1-3; 1 Thessalonians 2:9-13; Revelation 7:9-17
12th November – Joshua 24.1-3a,14-25, Psalm 78.1-7, 1 Thessalonians 4.13-18, Matthew 25.1-13
Readings for our Worship Services: Ps 78:1-7, Luke 15:11-32
What’s on this Week   (6th – 12th November)
Monday               4.45-6.45 pm Waratah Calisthenics Club (Auditorium)
Tuesday               10.00-11.00 am U3A Yoga (Auditorium), 10.00-11.30 am Stay & Play (Chapel/Lower Hall & Decking), 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, (Auditorium) – ACH – Myal Ensemble – Soup & Sandwiches
Saturday              7.00 Quiz Night (Auditorium)
Sunday                 9.30 am Church Service,  6.00 pm Evening Service