News & notices - 26 April 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 26 April edition of UC e-News.


In the Wednesday 3 May edition of UC e-News the link was accidentally given for the 26 April "News & notices". To read the correct notices for 3 May, please click here.


UC e-News submissions

There appears to have been a recent technical issue with the UC e-News submission form. We have now remedied this, but would like to apologise to anyone whose submission has not come through. If you have submitted a notice but have not yet seen it appear in UC e-news or “News & notices”, please email


Induction service

An induction service for Rev Alexander Rodgers will be held on Monday 1 May at 7.30pm at Wesley Kent Town Uniting Church. Rev Philip Gardner will be the guest preacher, and supper will be served following the service. Colleagues, family and friends are cordially invited to share in this special event with Alex as he commences as Minister of the Word at Wesley Kent Town.

For more information, please contact Jenny Stewart on 0400 279 684 or email


Commissioning service

A commissioning service for Pastor Dianne Holden will be held at Rosefield Uniting Church on Thursday 4 May at 7pm. All are welcome to attend this special service as Dianne begins her Ministry of Pastor role at Rosefield.


Lifeline Adelaide – Mothers’ Day

This Mothers’ Day (Sunday 14 May), Lifeline Adelaide is making gift-giving easy with a range of indulgent gift baskets from Charlesworth. This vital crisis support service has been answering calls for more than 50 years and receives little government funding, resulting in an annual shortfall of more than $500,000.

You can help by purchasing a gift basket or simply making a donation. Get your workplace involved to order gifts for partners, mums, mothers-in-law, grandmothers or other special women in your life. All proceeds will go to Lifeline Adelaide.

Your purchase will go a long way to helping this important South Australian service continue to be there to listen to people in crisis in our community.

  • To sell gift baskets in your workplace, contact'%20Day%20gift%20baskets">Kat Haywoodto arrange delivery of your supporter pack, including a sample gift basket, promotional posters, order forms and collection box.
  • You can place your order onlinevia credit card. Orders must be made by 10am on 1 May – choose to have the basket delivered to you directly, or you can collect from Uniting Communities at 10 Pitt Street, Adelaide, in the week commencing Monday 8 May.
  • Orders of more than 20 baskets will be delivered to your workplace in the week commencing Monday 8 May.


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 21 April, a notice was sent detailing the amazing life and ministry of Rev Frank Measday who passed away on Thursday 20 April. His funeral will be held at Modbury Uniting Church on Thursday 27 April at 2pm.

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


Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2017

In 2017, the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in Australia will be observed from 28 May - 4 June, in the week between Ascension and Pentecost. Resources on this year’s theme, “Reconciliation - The Love of Christ Compels Us” (2 Corinthians 5:14-20), have been developed through the National Council of Churches in Australia. The resources are available here.


Seeds Uniting Church – 40th anniversary

Seeds Uniting Church is celebrating its 40th anniversary this May. The church community will celebrate this milestone with special celebratory services at 9am, 10.45am and 6pm on Sunday 7 May. Surprises and special guests will form part of each service! All are invited to attend these celebrations; past members and ministers are especially welcome.

For more information, please contact Seeds on 8370 6472 (Monday to Friday, 9am-1pm) or email


Meet the Principal

Thinking of taking up some study next semester? Not sure what to pick? Rev Prof Andrew Dutney, Principal of Uniting College for Leadership & Theology, may be able to open your mind to course suggestions in the fields of ministry, theology or leadership.

Uniting College’s “Meet the Principal” event provides an opportunity for you to meet Andrew and other faculty members in a relaxed environment. They will be sharing more about the College, our students, our vision, our courses, and how you can become part of it all! Andrew will be available for a chat and will be ready to answer your study-related questions. 

The event will be held at Uniting College (Adelaide College of Divinity campus, 34 Lipsett Terrace, Brooklyn Park) on Tuesday 16 May at 4pm. If you wish to attend this event, please RSVP by Friday 12 May.

Remember: you are never too old (or too young!) to take up some study!


Church signs

Have you looked at your church sign recently? It is tired and weary? Does it display current information? Your church sign is the invitation into your congregation so it’s important that it is welcoming and up-to-date!

The Uniting Church SA Communications team would love to help you revitalise your sign. For more information, please email


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 International Workers Memorial Day at Pilgrim Uniting Church, the South Australian Council of Churches 70th birthday services across four locations, the Inspired Twilight Market at Clayton Wesley Uniting Church, the closing service for Argent Uniting Church, Rev Alexander Rodgers’ induction service at Wesley Kent Town Uniting Church, Mostly Music @ Malvern, a concert at Marion Uniting Church, and a fashion parade at Colonel Light Gardens Uniting Church.

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.

Exploring more: God in the news stories of the week

In a world always changing and full of news stories the can be good, sad or challenging, we are prompted to ask: “Where is God in this?”

Young adults are invited to a weekly informal time of thinking deeply about faith, current affairs, human tragedy and natural disasters. Hosted by Rev Tony Eldridge at Rosefield Uniting Church, the aim will be to develop insights into God and humanity.

The sessions will be held on Mondays weekly from Monday 1 May to Monday 5 June at 6.30pm. The $5 cost will cover a pizza tea that all are welcome to share. Any interested young adults are invited to attend.

For more information, please contact the Rosefield Church Office on 8271 9528 or email


Love cooking? Want to support single parent families?

Marion Uniting Church are looking for someone to lead their Garden to Table Group. Garden to Table is a new fortnightly social group for single parent families to come together and grow food, cook, and share a meal. 

While there is a small team ready to support the gardening and administration for the group, we are looking for someone who can facilitate cooking in the kitchen, prepare meal plans for each session, and ensure grocery shopping is done. The role of the leader does not require them to do everything themselves, rather coordinate the group to ensure the various stages of the shopping, cooking and cleaning of the meal happens. 

If you're interested, or want to know more, please contact Lauren Bonnet via email at


2017 Ethical Fashion Report

The 2017 Ethical Fashion Report is now available to download here. The report grades over 106 companies (330 clothing brands) on the treatment of workers at all levels of clothing production. The aim is to keep clothing companies accountable so that workers are not abused or exploited. Read more about the Ethical Fashion Report here.


Act for Peace Ration Challenge

Take the Act for Peace Ration Challenge in 2017! Join more than 10,000 incredible people across Australia, living on refugee rations during Refugee Week (18-25 June) and raise money and awareness for communities threatened by conflict and disaster.

Participants will eat the same as a Syrian refugee living in a camp in Jordan. Just a small amount of rice, lentils, chick peas, beans, fish and oil. That’s it. No red meat, no coffee, and no alcohol!

For more information, please visit the Act for Peace Ration Challenge page here. Act for Peace is the aid agency of the Australian Council of Churches.


40 days of prayer – daily devotion

In preparation for the Uniting Church’s 40th anniversary on Thursday 22 June, Moderator Rev Sue Ellis will release daily devotions and prayers for members of the Uniting Church SA. This is a response to a call for 40 days of prayer from the President and all Moderators of the Uniting Church. These leaders are inviting the whole church to pray and listen for God, as a new future unfolds.

The “40 Days of Prayer” emails will be sent daily from Sunday 14 May to Thursday 22 June. If you would like to subscribe to receive the emails, please add your name and email address to the subscription list here.

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