Sunday 8 July 2018
Greetings and welcome to this week’s newsletter
A Note from Linda
“Great is the Lord, and most worthy of praise” (Psalm 48:1) This is our second week with the Psalms. The Psalms are songs, poems and prayers that express a huge range of emotions, poured out from the heart. We’ll have a look at how they can help our own prayer life. This week we’ll be praising God through the victory Psalm, Psalm 48. Our God is great!!
To those who may not have heard, God is faithful – we didn’t have to wait long for our grandchild to be born. Hugh Jeremy Hans Driver arrived on Sunday at 11.52am! Another precious grandchild for us to love.
NAIDOC Week begins this Sunday. It is appropriate at this time to acknowledge the Kuarna people, whom God has placed as the original custodians of this place on which we meet. We acknowledge the wisdom of their Elders, both past and present and honour their continuing culture, and pray that we might all work
together for reconciliation and justice in this nation. Read on for more information about NAIDOC Week.
Under the theme – Because of Her, We Can! – NAIDOC Week 2018 will be held nationally from this Sunday 8 July and continue through to Sunday 15 July. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have played – and continue to play – active and significant roles at the community, local, state and national levels.
NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. To follow the celebrations or find out more information, visit the NAIDOC Week website: https://www.naidoc.org.au/
Help needed for Gardening Sat. July 7, 9am
As you would be aware, Geoff Burford has been hospitalised for some time and the indications are that he is hoping to return home soon. Currently Geoff and Vicki’s front garden needs some work (ie weeding of soursobs etc) and the pastoral care team is seeking your assistance for an hour or two next Saturday morning (7th July) at 9.00 am to do a bit of a “front yard blitz”.If you are able to help in anyway, it would be very much appreciated by Vicki.
Brenton for the Pastoral Care Team
Uniting Church Assembly – July 8-14
For many weeks now, we have been praying for the Uniting Church Assembly meeting commencing this Sunday. (The Assembly is the national council of our Church and has responsibility in matters of doctrine, worship, government and discipline, sets national policy and promotes the Church’s mission in the world.) Among a number of important matters on the agenda, are Reports and Proposals on Marriage and Same-Gender Relationships. Briefly, this includes a Proposal to adopt a new policy statement on marriage between two people to live together for life. The Proposal includes freedom of conscience for Ministers to accept (or decline) requests to celebrate same-gender marriages and for Congregations to permit or refuse the use of their property for the use of same-gender weddings. Across the breadth of the Uniting Church, this has been received in many different ways, with some folk welcoming proposed changes, some who are deeply concerned and some who are still discerning what Christ is asking of his Church. Please consider reading the proposal (and subsequent proposals) prayerfully (https://uniting.church/ ) and contact Linda if you have any questions. Please continue to pray for the elected members at the upcoming Assembly and incoming President Deidre Palmer.
Spirited Sundays – July 15, 6.30pm, The Rezz
Spirited Sundays are an opportunity to engage with our local community with great speakers and great conversations. Our next speaker will be Cr Max Amber. Max has extensive experience as Councilor and former Mayor of Campbelltown City Council. Come and hear stories of what it was like to grow up in the Athelstone area years ago.
Save the date – Pacific Inspired Food Event – Sat August 18.
Tickets are available from Michael, Freddie, Julie and Brian for our evening to be held at the Church at 6.30 pm on August 18 .Cost $25. Proceeds to support Kiribati Water Conservation project.
UnitingWomen – Brisbane – September 27-30
We now have enough interest to plan for a group of women to go the UnitingWomen 2018 conference. This will be a time for Christian women of all ages to gather, grow and be inspired.
Please contact Linda by Sunday July 1 if you are definitely interested in joining us so that we can arrange travel and accommodation. More information about the conference here: https://unitingwomen.org.au/
Please note that Uniting Church SA is offering bursaries to help with expenses. Info here: http://sa.uca.org.au/nurture
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)
Uniting Communities Eastern Services
The cold winter months are with us and 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
Wider Church and Community News
Fearless Youth Conference July 18 – 20th
Wednesday 7pm – 9pm, Thurs – Friday 9am – 5pm
Golden Grove Recreation & Arts Centre, The Golden Way; suitable for ages – Year 7-12
Andy and Steph Hogarth – Journey UC Senior Pastors – phone: 8251 7149. See noticeboard for details
Ozharvest SA August 14
1.30pm St Peter Claver Catholic Church, 8 Stuart Road, Dulwich
Donation $5 Afternoon Tea provided. See noticeboard for details
Surrender Adelaide October 12-14
Marion Church of Christ www.surrender.org.au/adelaide See noticeboard for details
Noticeboard – Please check the noticeboard at the back of the church
Wider Church – Please continue to use the link to UC e-news at http://sa.uca.org.au/uc-e-news/
Electronic Giving – Forms are available or speak to Treasurer Glen Luestner for more information.
Website – We encourage you to visit our website.
We hope you will find interesting information about us there, and by visiting, you help make our Website easier to find through Google. www.athelstonechurch.org.au
8th July – 2 Sm5:1-5,9-10; Ps 48; 2 Cor12:2-10; Mk 6:1-13
15th July – 2 Sm 6:1-5, 12b-19; Ps 24; Eph 1:3-14; Mk 6:14-29
8 July 15 July
Preacher Linda Driver Linda Driver
Worship Leader Lyndon R Nola / Dean
Singers Allan/Meg/Janet Ann P/Ann B/Marie/Dave
Keyboard Di Curtis Di Curtis
Guitar Chris/ Scott Chris / Shelley
Data Projector Meg Samantha
Flowers Jenny Riggall Marie Hickman
Door Stewards & Offering Stella / Victoria Winsome / Brian
Notices Barbara Hurrell Barbara Hurrell
Scripture Reader Sylvia M Ann Tubb
Offering Count Ray W / Sylvia Friederike / Sam G
Tea & Coffee Jenny /David R Jan / Gus R
Sound Don Brown Tara Shirlock
Building Steward Richard Reed Eric Hurrell
Communion Ros /Paul H/ Nola/Victoria
What’s on this Week (9-15 July)
Monday 4.45 – 6.45 pm Waratah Calisthenics Club Auditorium
Tuesday 10 – 11.15 am Pilates Top Hall
10am Sounds of Silence Chapel
5.30 – 7.30 pm Reach your Feat (Stretch&Balance) Top Hall
Wednesday 6 – 8 pm Waratah Calisthenics Club Auditorium
6.30 -7.30 pm Reach your Feat (Circuit) Top Hall
Thursday 5.30 -7.30 pm Reach your Feat (Stretch&Balance) Top Hall
Friday 10am – 12 noon Friendship Club Auditorium
Saturday 9.30 – 10.30am Pilates Top Hall
10 – 11am Waratah Calisthenics Club Auditorium
Sunday 9.30 am Worship Service Auditorium
6.30pm Spirited Sunday Rezz
Sunday 8 July 2018