Newsletter for Sunday 8th October 2017

Newsletter for Sunday 8th October 2017

Sunday,  8th October 2017
 
A Note from Linda!
Greetings! As you may know, one of our key mission areas is to continue to foster vibrant and engaging worship.
One way that we are approaching this is by learning more about worship together in our Sunday services. Last week we looked at definitions of worship. Here is one example:
Worship is the act of honouring God with a feeling of deep respect tinged with awe.
What do you think? Do you agree? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this. 😊
This week we will begin listening then reflecting on short teaching video clips from a DVD called “The Journey of Worship”. The presenter is Malcolm Gordon who is a songwriter, liturgist, theologian, and writer from New Zealand. I’m sure you will really enjoy Malcolm’s inspiring teaching! This Sunday we start with the Call to worship.
When there is a 5th Sunday in the month, we are going to do things a little different in our Sunday services. The next 5th Sunday is October the 29th. The Church will be set up ‘café-style’, we’ll have a guest speaker (Ann Phillips) and we’ll have some interactive prayer stations. I hope you will come ready to try something a little different as we continue to explore The Journey of Worship together.
Blessings,  Linda
 
With Love to the World
We have two copies of this daily devotion left. They are available for free. Help yourself to a copy on the table in the entry foyer.
Upgrade on alarm system
Please note that following an upgrade to our alarm system, 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 button next to Disarm or Arm on the display as appropriate.
Sunday evening news
Our Sunday evening services are an informal time of worship open to all. We meet in the Chapel from 6pm.
This Sunday evening at 6pm, we’ll have a Sounds of Silence style service. Linda will lead a reflection prepared for us by Matt Barker.
Sunday October 15: We’ll begin The Journey of Worship series.  Come, join us!
Mike O’Connell – Bougainville
On Sunday October 15th  I am heading to Bougainville to catch up with Mike. I thought he may appreciate some contact from some of you and as he has no email or internet access and snail mail is highly unreliable, if any one would like to send him a note please send me an email leeoconnell56@gmail.com
and I can then print it out and deliver it to him.                                                                             Thanks and Blessings,    Lee
Shoe Boxes of Love
Thank you all for your contributions so far. It has been overwhelming. We still have a few weeks to go, but if you could possibly have your completed shoeboxes back to the church by Sunday October 8th. We will have a special blessing for them to see them on their way on that day. Friederike 0458078839
 Office closure
I am on leave from Thursday 28th September until Tuesday 17th October.  My husband Fred and I are taking a belated 50th Wedding anniversary trip to Victora.  Please be patient if your telephone call or email  is not answered in that time. For urgent concerns, please ring Linda on 0458 500 656.  On my return the office will be open for the above Tuesday and Wednesday 18th October but not the Thursday 19th as Linda and I will be at the Global Leadership Summit Conference, then back to normal the following week.                                                                                                Sharyn   
SPRING FAIR – 21st October, 8am – 1pm
Our Spring Fair is only 2 weeks away and I hope you are all looking forward to coming along and being involved on the day.   The signs are up and I encourage you to spread the word amongst your family, friends and neighbours.
Barbecue – Forget having breakfast at home! Come along for a sumptuous hot breakfast cooked by Howard Jacob and helpers.
Fruit & Vegetable Stall – As always, Allan Amber will have a great selection of fruit and vegetables to purchase, so pencil your weekly fruit and veg shopping in for Saturday 21st October.
Children’s Nature Play Activities – Joy Stewart will have a number of fantastic Activities running from 9.30am with the theme of “Birds, Baking and Books”  Great fun for children and please bring your grandchildren along and inform any young families to come along and join in.   Joy would love to have another helper or two so see her or Di Curtis if you would like to be involved.
Entertainment & Busking – A great program of music has been organized by Grant Burton for everyone’s entertainment
Second Hand Goods – Books, toys, kitchen gear, small furniture, electrical goods, giftware, clothes, etc
We would still love to accept more donations of goods so have a “Spring Clean” and bring them along on Sunday mornings.
SET UP
Thursday Night                19th October at 7.00pm
Friday Night                      20th October at 7.00pm
Saturday                            21st October at 6.30am
For all enquiries regarding The Spring Fair – please see Di Curtis (0419-862-606)
Roster Additions   –  2018
Hi all, thank you too all those who have been volunteering on the church roster.  Your contribution has been greatly appreciated.
There are a number of areas which could do with more volunteers.  Please consider carefully if you can help in this way. This gives you the opportunity to offer the gifts and skills that God has given you – and it helps to share the load.
They are:-
Flowers :-           We could do with more people.
Pastoral Care :- There are only two people on this roster at the moment and we could do with more.
Sound Roster :- We have three people on this roster at the moment and could do with more.  Requires alertness and candidate will be initially supervised by Noel Maywald.
Building Steward :-         There are four people on this roster at the moment and we could do with more.  This requires staying till everyone else has gone (making sure that lights are out and locking up), and we think it should now include the need to coordinate the set up and packing away of chairs to allow clearance for church use during the week.
Communion Stewards:-   At the moment we have eleven people involved, which is great, but more would be even better. As you know the communion is held on the second Sunday of each month generally, and it is better having four helpers each month.
Well folks hopefully you can see yourself helping somewhere in one or more of the roster areas.  We’ll provide training and encouragement to help you settle in to the role.
Contact Gus Robin personally or by tel. 83370011, or by email – jg.robin@bigpond.com
Spring Fair Yarn bombing
Thank you to those who have already offered to knit or crochet and share your creativity with the local community through our yarn bombing activities.  Donations of wool (preferably 8ply or more, new or previously used) in greens and browns for tree trunks, and small quantities of any coloured wool for birds, can be left in the front foyer or in the office.  Come and join the fun and express your creativity!  Joy StewartPS walk down through the Wirra to see the first two trees “bombed” with this year’s theme of birds!                                                                                                                  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.
Save the Date for the Quiz Night – 11th November, 7 pm.
Stay & Play
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 (cr Fox Ave & Kantilla Dve).
DATES  –   24th October,  7th November,  21st November,  5th December
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 bruceandjoy@bigpond.com.
Christmas Tree Festival  –  Advance notice
This event is to be the 23rd-26th November.   Put your thinking caps on for a display, fun, quirky, serious or special!  Invitations have gone out to companies and other contacts who have participated in the past years  .  If you require printed material, either, information, fliers or an entry forms check the “second desk” in the reception area.  For more information please chat to Victoria.
Wider Church – Please continue to use the link to UC e-news at    http://sa.uca.org.au/uc-e-news/
Bible Readings
8th October – Exodus 20.1-4, Psalm 19, Philippians 3.4b-14, Matthew 21.33-46,
     Bible Reading to be used in this week’s service – Isaiah 55
15th October – Exodus 32: 1-14, Psalm 106:1-6, 19-23,  Philippians 4:1-9, Matthew 22:1-14
Roster for 15th October 2017

9.30am 6.00pm
Flowers Di Curtis
Steward(s) & Offering Jan & Gus Robin
Notices Sylvia Maywald
Scripture Reader David Walker
Offering Count F Ashby-Weiss/G Robin Paul Howland
Tea & Coffee Winsome & Brian Ball
Sound Don Brown
Data Projector Dave
Building Steward Richard Read

 
What’s on this Week   (9th – 15th October)
Monday               4.45-6.45 pm Waratah Calisthenics Club (Auditorium)
Tuesday               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), 7.00-10.00 pm Neighbourhood Watch (Chapel/Lower Hall)
Thursday              5.30-7.30 pm Reach your Feat (Top Hall)
Friday                   (No Friendship Club during School Holidays)
Saturday              10.00-11.00 am Waratah Calisthenics Club (Auditorium)
Sunday                 9.30 am Church Service,  6.00 pm Evening Service