News & notices - 2 August 2017

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Below are the news and notices from congregations, the SA Synod and the wider Uniting Church submitted for the Wednesday 2 August edition of UC e-News.


Induction service for Revs David and Sarah Williamson

Christ Church Wayville will welcome Rev David Williamson (0.5) and Rev Sarah Williamson (0.2) at an induction service on Sunday 6 August at 4pm. All are welcome to attend.


Ordination and induction services for Josh Scherer

Josh Scherer will be ordained as a Minister of the Word at a service on Sunday 13 August from 2pm at Journey Uniting Church.

Gawler Uniting Church is looking forward to welcoming Josh Scherer into placement in the Gawler Parish. The induction service will take place at 7pm on Tuesday 15 August. A light supper with tea and coffee will follow the service. All are welcome to join in this celebration!


Pastoral Notes

At the start of 2017, a new subscriber list was started for people wishing to receive Pastoral Notes. These emails from the Moderator mainly reflect on the lives and ministry of Uniting Church SA leaders who have recently passed away.

On Friday 28 July, a notice was sent detailing the life and ministry of Rev Jan Murchland who passed away on Wednesday 26 July. Her funeral will be held at Burnside City Uniting Church on Thursday 3 August at 2pm. Read the note online here.

To be added to the Pastoral Note subscriber list, please email


About FACE update

Last week, About FACE Coordinator Jill Cooper-Ruzbacky announced that a decision had been made to defer the mid-year About FACE (Faith And Cultural Exchange) program. This decision was made in consultation with all the program partners – the Uniting Church Assembly, the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UAICC/Congress), the Synod of Vic/Tas (the lead Synod for the 2017 program), and the applicants who had already applied for the program.

The new program will be held from 3-20 January 2018. Applications for the January program have been opened, and the About FACE website has been updated to include all of the new dates, forms, deadlines and information.

For more information, please visit the About FACE website here, or contact Jill Cooper-Ruzbacky on (03) 9251 5266 or 0417 878 982, or email


Taizé Healing Service

A Taizé Healing Service will be held on Saturday 5 August at 7.30pm at St Peter’s Cathedral, North Adelaide. The prayers and songs of Taizé are both simple and beautiful. The music emphasises simple phrases, usually lines from Psalms or other pieces of Scripture, repeated and sometimes also sung in canon. Everyone is welcome to attend this ecumenical service. For more information, please email


Applications open for Global Ecumenical Theological Institute in Tanzania

The Global Ecumenical Theological Institute (GETI) is an ecumenical theological education event, and is designed for approximately 120 advanced students in theology and related academic fields with an interest in gaining insights into the ecumenical movement’s current debates on understanding and practicing mission in various regions of the world.  GETI 2018 is engaging with the World Mission Conference’s theme “Moving in the Spirit: Called to Transforming Discipleship”.  The deadline for applications is 31 August 2017.  For more information, please click here.


Upcoming events

The majority of Uniting Church SA events are listed on the upcoming events list here.

Some of the events coming up this week are Mostly Music @ Malvern with vocal group Limited Edition, an induction service for Revs Dave and Sarah Williamson at Christ Church Wayville,  and Share the Cottage Kitchen Story in Port Adelaide.

Check out the full list to see other exciting events happening in the coming weeks! Events can be submitted to the list here.



Didn’t read the last “News & notices”? The items below are ones you might want to catch up on.

Mission & Leadership Development subcommittees

The Mission & Leadership Development (MLD) Board has developed subcommittees to oversee some of the work that the ministry centre undertakes – “Formation Education & Discipleship”, “Public Theology and Mission”, and “MLD Operations”. The MLD Board seeks expressions of interest from church members who would like to be part of one of these committees.

For further information, or to submit your expressions of interest, please email MLD Executive Officer Rev Prof Andrew Dutney at


Uniting Leaders 2017 – volunteer minibus drivers needed

Uniting Leaders is seeking volunteers to transport people in minibuses from Pilgrim Uniting Church to Hope Valley Uniting Church (and return) for the Uniting Leaders 2017 conference, which runs from Tuesday 22 August to Thursday 24 August.

These will be 25-seater buses and 12-seater vans. If you can assist please call 8236 4249 or email


Red Dove Cafe - seeking volunteers

Volunteers are needed to help at the Red Dove Cafe at the 2017 Royal Adelaide Show, cooking and serving food to raise funds for Christian mission projects in SA. Different shifts and timeslots are available during the Show (1-10 September) and prior to the start of the Show (30-31 August).

For more information or to indicate that you would like to volunteer, please contact Lesley Williams on 0402 006 629 or 8261 3843, or email


Wanted: “Together In Song” books

Hamley Bridge Uniting Church is looking for second-hand “Together in Song” hymn books. The congregation currently uses the AHB and would like to update. Does your congregation have any surplus copies of “Together in Song” to give away? Please contact Hugh Tily on 0448 827 771.


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