News, Notices & Prayer points - 14 January 2020

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News & notices – 14 January 2020


Below are the news and notices from congregations, the Synod of South Australia and the wider Uniting Church submitted for the Tuesday 14 January 2020 edition of UC e-News.



Prayer Points for the week

  • For protection for all those fighting the bushfires and for the many people who have suffered loss.
  • For the Disaster & Recovery Ministries chaplains providing emotional and spiritual support to those affected by the fires, as well as everyone providing practical support.
  • For deep listening to occur between First and Second Peoples in Australia.


Bushfires: How can you help?

Along with your prayers, please continue to support those providing care to people affected by the fires in practical ways, by donating to the UCSA Relief Fund (details here) and other appeals in the affected areas. Right now, the best donation you can make is money. Local agencies are finding it difficult to handle donations of goods already made.

Recovery from such disasters goes on for months and years; in many ways it is never complete. There will be many opportunities to support people across our state in pastoral, practical and financial ways during this time.


Free city accommodation for those displaced by the bushfires

U City, a Uniting Communities facility in Adelaide’s CBD, is providing accessible, serviced apartments at no charge for people requiring temporary accommodation during the bushfire crisis. These apartments are especially well-suited to people living with disability and are fitted with a variety of accessible features which  can cater to low, medium and high physical support needs.

If you or someone you know has been temporarily displaced by the bushfires, please contact your local disaster recovery centre via for more information and for a referral.


Inter-Faith Forum at Morialta UCA

The Morialta Social Justice Mission Ministry Team, together with Modbury UC’s Sunday Forum Team, will co-host an Interfaith Gathering on Sunday 9 February at 7:30 pm, followed by supper.

The guest speaker for this event will be Professor Mohammad Abdalla from UniSA's Centre for Islamic Thought and Education. Professor Abdalla will share his insights about Islam along with his ideas about how we can foster links across our faith communities to build greater understanding and social cohesion.

Morialta Uniting Church is located at 26 Chapel St, Magill SA. For more information please contact Rev Liellie McLaughlin by email:


Change the Heart Prayer Service

Common Grace extends an open invitation for all to attend the #ChangeTheHeart Prayer Service. This is an ecumenical prayer service led and organised by Aboriginal Christian Leaders and brings Australian Christians together across denominations. The service educates Australian Christians about the true history of these lands now called Australia. Further details listed on the Common Grace website here.

When: Friday 17 January at 7:00pm

Where: Richmond Baptist Church - 141 Richmond Rd, Richmond SA 5033

Enquiries to Elliot Keane:


Electronic organ give-away

Do you know of an organisation and/or individual who may find an electronic organ useful? Andrea Robinson is keen to give away a 1981 Kawai Electronic organ. The organ has been well looked after and is in good condition. It comes with a separate organ stool which opens to store music books.

The organ measures approximately 1.1m x 1.2m x 0.4m and will require two people to move it. It has a cover that manually slides to open and closes to cover the keyboards. The pedals can be removed when relocating the organ.

Andrea has been in contact with Adelaide Organ Society and they noted that the organ would not be good for teaching students but suitable for use in places like a community centre, aged care facility or retirement village.

If you are interested please contact Andrea Robinson on 7122 4448 or by email:



Didn’t read the last “News & notices”? The items below will keep you updated.


“Make-Your-Own” UCA logo stickers

During last November Synod meeting (13-16 November 2019), Synod members were encouraged to assemble UCA logos using stickers of the components and then exchange the completed logo with one another person. These sticker kits are now available for purchase online here.

There is a minimum purchase of 20 stickers for $22.00. Extra stickers can be ordered for $1.10 each.


In memoriam

It is with deep sadness that we share the news of the deaths of two people who each had a great impact on the lives of many within the Uniting Church in South Australia.

Rev Raymond John Creevy passed away on Sunday 8 December 2019. A pastoral note from the Moderator was sent and can also be read here.

Mr Terence “Terry” Alan Butler, husband of Rev Dr Amelia Koh-Butler (former EO, Mission Resourcing Team), passed away after a long struggle with illness on Tuesday 10 December 2019.

Please pray for the Creevy and Butler families as they grieve the loss of their loved ones.


UnitingCare Australia joins sector in warning of continuing risk of 2020 aged care emergency

The aged care sector recently  joined forces to warn that, with the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) flagging no additional direct investment for residential and home care, the risk of aged care emergencies looms large in 2020.

“Further targeted investment and reforms are urgently required to help ensure residential care sustainability, so older Australians in need receive care services where and when they require them,” they say.

Read the full release on the website here.


L’Arche Adelaide’s Community Weekend

L’Arche Adelaide will be holding their annual community weekend on 18 - 19 January 2020, starting at Rosefield Uniting Church at 9:00am on the Saturday morning and finishing at St Francis of Assisi Anglican Church at 2:30pm on Sunday.

The weekend’s theme is “Come and See” and will include hours of fellowship, discussion, creativity, music, worship, fun and games, and great food. Programme details will follow in early January.

For more information please contact Lyn or Trevor Whitney at


Third Culture Kids 2020 – Opportunity in Malaysia

Interserve, a community of Christians who put faith into action by working with the most marginalised people in the Arab world and Asia, is looking for enthusiastic team members to help run the children’s and teens’ program during their 15-19 April 2020 retreat conference at the Novotel Resort in Malacca, Malaysia.

The theme for the program this year is “God in the cracks”, which looks at God in the cracks of relationships and with loss and grief. (A “third culture kid” will say goodbye to someone or something more times in their childhood than someone who grows up in one country).

Volunteers would have to pay their own airfare, have a passion for working with kids and teens and have a relevant Working with Children Check and Police Check.

For more information contact Kath:



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