News, Notices & Prayer points - 14 August 2019

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News & notices – 14 August 2019

Below are the news and notices from congregations, the Synod of South Australia and the wider Uniting Church submitted for the Wednesday 14 August edition of UC e-News.


Prayer Points for the week

  • For the Spirit-led guidance of the newly-formed Generate and Transitional Presbyteries of South Australia.
  • For the Restructuring Task Groups and the Transitional Presbytery consultative sessions which are continuing into late August and September.


Restructuring/Transitional Presbytery of South Australia Consultations

From 24 July until 3 September (19 different locations)

There are 19 consultative sessions occurring across South Australia to hear thoughts and ideas from UCA members regarding what future Presbyteries in South Australia might look like. Congregations in the South East, Mid-North, the Riverland, Adelaide, Yorke Peninsula and Eyre Peninsula have all been selected as venues to give wide access to the consultative sessions.

Find your venue, date and time here.

For more information or to provide attendance details, please contact the Synod Secretariat on or 8236 4200. Facebook events have also been created for each of the sessions through which you can make your attendance known. These will be accessible through the Uniting Church. Uniting People Facebook page.


Climate Strike Placards Available

UCA President Dr Deidre Palmer is encouraging all people of the Uniting Church to join the global climate strike on Friday, 20 September. There is an event planned for 12 noon on 20 September in Victoria Square, Adelaide - Global Strike 4 Climate (associated with School Strike 4 Climate). See the Facebook event here. We now have downloadable, printable placards for Churches. Visit the justice/advocacy web page here to download the files:

Adelaide Congress seeking Crosses

The Covenanting Committee met last Saturday and discussed issues around dialysis with guest Nari Sinclair from aKction Aboriginal Reference Group.  Rhanee Tsetsakos led devotions and remembrance time with Lament based on the Beatitudes. Adelaide Congress is looking for any extra crosses that people may have received that have been painted by Uncle Greg Sinclair. The crosses are no longer being produced and Congress would like to keep a few on hand for future needs. Contact Dean Whittaker 0409 090 824 if you have more than one cross!


New APY Lands Art Gallery just open

A new APY lands Art Gallery has opened at 9 Light Square and exhibits paintings from that area. Artists are often in residence and it is open Tues-Saturdays from 10am. Find out more by visiting the website here.


South Australian Council of Churches Newsletter

The latest South Australian Council of Churches newsletter can be viewed here. The newsletter lists several different ecumenical events including 'Adelaide As 1: Together in Prayer & Praise for Our City & State', Spiritual Care Seminar and Safe Churches Conference. Read the newsletter online here.


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


Join the UCA in Global Climate Action

UCA President Dr Deidre Palmer is encouraging all people of the Uniting Church to join the global climate strike on Friday, 20 September. This is three days before the UN Emergency Climate Summit. The strike for climate movement is encouraging workers around the world to down tools and spend the day demanding emergency action to tackle the climate crisis.

There is an event planned for 12 noon on 20 September in Victoria Square, Adelaide - Global Strike 4 Climate (associated with School Strike 4 Climate). See the Facebook event here.

How you can participate:
1.           Register here (it provides the UCA with an approximate estimate of how many people are taking part, which should help in convincing other influencers to join!)
2.           Spread the word.
3.           Print out a big Uniting Church logo to carry – or add it to your own placard or banner with your climate action message. More details will be advised soon of any downloadable templates that may be designed specifically for this purpose.
4.           Show solidarity - Wear a brightly coloured ‘Pacifika’ style shirt to show your solidarity with our fragile Pacific Island neighbours, and/or an Akubra to show solidarity with the drought-stricken Australian bush.
5.           Show up!


From the Moderator: Vale John Rooke

“It has come to my attention that the Rev John Rooke has passed away on 29 July 2019.  John was ordained in 1984 and served with Correctional services from January 1985 to December 1989. He then moved to Southern Yorke where he ministered until September 1998.  Since that time, John has taken a Leave of Absence from Ministry.  I believe his funeral was held last Friday, but have no further information.  Please keep his wife Kay and their wider family in your prayers.”


Western Link UC Friendship Club

The next meeting of the Western Link UC Friendship Club will be held at 93 Crittenden Road, Findon on Thursday, 15 August commencing at 1:30pm. The CopyCat Variety Show will provide entertainment and if their performance in 2018 is anything to go by, you will not want to miss out this year! A $5 donation includes afternoon tea. Everyone welcome. Enquiries: 8445 2332 (Church office).


Raising Empowered Leaders

A two hour workshop on the crucial task of releasing effective leaders, led by Rev Dr Dean Brookes.

This will be held on 15 August, 1:00-3:00pm at Hope Valley Church, 1263 Grand Junction Rd, Hope Valley. Please RSVP by 14 Aug 14 to">

About the presenter:  Dean Brookes has spent a lifetime of ministry raising up and releasing people into leadership within the Uniting Church and beyond.  His study, experience and practical approach adds deep value to every leader that he mentors, trains, works with and supports. 


Correction: Lindsay Faulkner’s DOB

A correction has been issued for the Pastoral Note regarding Rev Lindsay Faulkner OAM which was distributed on Tuesday 30 July, 2019 by Moderator, Rev Sue Ellis.

Lindsay was born on 16/03/1939 and his correct age when he passed away was 80 years of age.


Volunteering Australia Annual Survey

Volunteering Australia’s 2019 Stakeholder Survey is now open.

Volunteering is core to the life of the Uniting Church and its associated organisations. Feedback from this survey will assist in gauging what the sector needs from Volunteering Australia in the next few years. 

Please pass this link onto volunteer organisers in your community: 2019 Stakeholder Survey – closes Tuesday 6 August.


Uniting Communities and Maggie Beer

ABC’s 730 Report featured a story last week on the challenges of providing interesting food with the right nutrition in aged care homes across Australia. Uniting Communities Aldersgate Aged Care home in Adelaide recently benefited from Maggie Beer’s cooking workshop. The training covered modified diets and being able to come up with specialised meals for people, particularly when they had swallowing issues.

Mell Ottaway, Executive Manager at Aldersgate, is interviewed in the story about their focus on providing good quality food that is essential to the health and wellbeing of the elderly.

You can watch the ABC story here.

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