Newsletter for Sunday 9th September 2018

Newsletter for Sunday 9th September 2018

Sunday 9th September 2018

Greetings and welcome to this week’s newsletter

A Note from Linda

We had a great turn out for our first Threads gathering on Tuesday.  14 people chatted about their projects, or their desire to learn, as well as the vision for this new activity.  3 others who weren’t interested in threads, still came along, sat together and had a yarn!  We are now working on when and where we’ll gather again.

This month we have been following the James readings in the Lectionary, with a focus on Christian Living.
Last week I shared a quote from US Senator Cory Booker which is so relevant to the teaching in James. Here it is again, for your reflection:

“Before you speak to me about your religion, first show it to me in how you treat other people;
Before you tell me how much you love your God, show me in how much you love all His children;
Before you preach to me of your passion for your faith, teach me about it through your compassion for your neighbours.
In the end, I’m not as interested in what you have to tell or sell as I am in how you choose to live and give.”

Please note that I will be on Study Leave from 17 September until 1 October.  During this time I will participate in a Ministers’ retreat and a number of seminars.  I will join a group of Athelstone UC women going to Brisbane for the UnitingWomen conference and I’ll be working on an assignment!  If you are interested in joining us at UnitingWomen, please let me know as soon as possible. Blessings, Linda

After the morning service, instead of packing up the chairs as usual, we’ll need help rearranging the church with tables and chairs.  Please check with Linda for details.

Messy Church

Our first official Messy Church is on this Sunday at 4pm!  With the theme of Love your World, we’ll be having fun, exploring faith and sharing a meal together.   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.   Please contact Linda or Meg for more info.

Kiribati Safe Water Project

Thanks to everyone who has supported  the Kiribati Water Conservation Project.  We are fairly certain  that we  have reached our target of $2,500 with a generous amount being given last Sunday.
If you still want to add to the amount already received it is not too late to do so by marking an envelope “Kirabati project” and placing it in the offering bag.
When Glen Luestner returns from overseas we will be able to announce a final figure.

Let’s make September Operation Christmas Child month!

Now is the time to start packing those shoeboxes.  Lynette Beck will be sharing at church on the 16th and I will have a display/swap table set up from then on.
If you can’t put together a box, all donations whether goods or money are welcome.
Remember that we need to cover the cost of the box and a $10 fee for handling.  Every little bit helps and together we can be successful.                       Blessings to you all, Friederike

Spring to it!!       Spring Fair – 3rd November – 8am – 1pm

The Spring Fair is only a couple of months away now.  Time to have a spring clean and find some items to donate to our Spring Fair.  Also time to pot us some plants for the Plant Stall.  Looking forward to a great team effort again. For enquiries please contact Di Curtis (0419-862-606)

Spirited Sunday – September 16  –  At the Rezz

You are invited to come and connect with people in our local community with a great speakers and great conversations.  Bring a friend, join us in the alfresco area around 6.30pm, order a meal, then engage with speaker Ivan Copley (from 7.00-7.40pm).
Ivan-Tiwu Copley OAM, JP is a Peramangk/Kaurna man who was raised around Plympton and the sand hills of Glenelg North in South Australia.  His achievements for working with non-Aboriginal and Aboriginal peoples for reconciliation and the recognition of his people were honoured in 2005 with the Premier’s Award for Community Achievement, and again in 2009 when he received the South Australian of the Year Award.   More recently, Ivan received the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in 2012.

Rosters for Oct/Nov/Dec

I will be making up the Church Rosters for the above months this coming Wednesday (12th Sept), so please contact me with any special dates you wish to be considered before then.  Please also contact me if you are available for the Christmas Services – Monday 24th Dec (6.30 pm & 11.00 pm) and Tuesday, Christmas Day (9.30 am).
Tel: 8337 0011 or email:                                                                             Thanks, Gus Robin

Frontier Services News

This interesting and worthwhile magazine is available at the door for you to pick up.  Read and enjoy!   Sharyn

For those who enjoyed our preaching series on the Psalms…

You are invited to An Introduction to the Psalms – Praise, Lament and Thanksgiving at Burnside City UC corner of Portrush Road and Fisher Street, Tusmore on Wednesday 3rd October at 7:30pm.  The presenter is Dr. Liz Boase from Uniting College.
This is the first of the Growing Disciples series presented by Burnside City UC encouraging attenders to become excited about Scripture, how it relates to daily life and what this will mean for them. For your accessibility, this 90 minute session will be repeated on Wednesday October 10th at 2:00pm.
There is no cost.    You are welcome!

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

Stay and Play Playgroup

Dates for Term 3        11th September,  25th September

We welcomed Marie to the Stay and Play helpers team last week.  We value every contribution however small or large, so if you would like to join us in this continuing outreach to our local community, please make contact. All offers are welcome.  Bruce and Joy Stewart  Phone: 83362671 or Email:


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.

We’re Invited – to The Adelaide Connection Jazz Choir – live @ The Morialta Uniting Church

September 16th, 2 pm-4 pm (incl. 20 min interval), 26 Chapel Street, Magill.  Tickets $20 – see flyer on Noticeboard

Campbelltown Council

see flyers on Church Noticeboard advertising –  Fourth Creek Nature Play Trail Launch and Migrant Mum’s Group

Uniting Church Adult Fellowships Mt Lofty Celebration (Nairne Uniting Church)

Invite you to join them on Wednesday 26th Sept at 3 Allargue St, Nairne – details on flyer on Noticeboard.


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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Lectionary readings

9th September – Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23;  Ps 125;  Jas 2:1-10, (11-13), 14-17;  Mark 7:24-37

16th September – Proverbs 1:20-33;  Ps 19;  Jas 3:1-12;  Mark 8:27-38



  9 September 16 September
Preacher Linda Linda
Worship Leader Lynton N Meg
Singers Nola/Allan/Marie Bob/Robyn/Ruth
Keyboard No keyboard – Ann P flute Shelley
Guitar Dave/Grant Chris/Dave
Data Projector Samantha
Flowers Marie Hickman Sue Richards
Door Stewards & Offering Stella & Victoria Jan & Gus
Notices Sylvia Sylvia
Scripture Reader Ann Brown Jayne N
Offering Count Don B/Gus Trevor G/Don B
Tea & Coffee Coralie & Brenton Marie & Friederike
Sound Tara Shirlock Don
Building Steward Noel Maywald Don


 What’s on this Week   (10th – 16th September)

Monday 4.45-6.45 pm Waratah Calisthenics Club Auditorium
Tuesday 9.30-11.15 am Pilates Top Hall
10.00-11.30 am Stay & Play Lwr Hall & Decking
10.00-11.00 am U3A Yoga Auditorium
7.30 pm Church Council Chapel
6.30-7.30 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
Thursday 5.30-7.30 pm Reach your Feat  (Stretch&Balance) Top Hall
Friday 10.00–12 noon Friendship Club (Anything – Auction) Auditorium
Saturday 10.00-11.00 am Waratah Calisthenics Club Auditorium
9.30-10.30 am Pilates Top Hall
10.30-11.30 am Pilates Top Hall
Sunday 9.30 am Worship Service Auditorium
6.30 pm Spirited Sunday (Ivan Copley) The Rezz