News, Notices & Prayer points - 15th November 2022

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News & Notices – 15 November 2022

Below are the news and notices from congregations, the Synod of South Australia and the wider Uniting Church for Tuesday, 15th November 2022 edition of UC e-News


Prayer Points

We pray for:

  • For all those who have been affected by the flooding across the country, as well as those who have put themselves on the front lines to rescue people, sandbag houses, prepare shelter, and provide comfort. May God’s presence give courage and hope in the midst of despair.
  • For those whose homes are unsafe places and for those living in violence and abuse. May we pray for their safety, healing and strength
  • For all in the Uniting Church who go above and beyond to faithfully serve their local communities and wider society



2023 Uniting Church Calendar

The 2023 Uniting Church Calendar is now available for order!

The 2023 Calendar features Uniting Church schools and colleges and is both colourful and vibrant; and we extend our sincere thanks to all of the schools for their willingness to be a part of our annual publication. If you would like to order the 2023 Calendar, please visit this link:




Global Leadership Summit 2022 (GLS22)

Tickets are now available to attend the Global Leadership Summit for 2022 (GLS22) at the Uniting College for Leadership and Theology on the 19th of November. The Global Leadership Summit brings together 400,000 participants for the world’s largest leadership event, as part of the Global Leadership Network - a not-for-profit ministry working with leaders from a wide range of denominations in over 100 countries around the globe. Doors open at 8:30am, with the event running from 9am to 3pm. The GLS will be delivered onsite via a media presentation with additional access to the materials. For more information and how to book, please follow the link:




MediaCom Education

Advent Calendar of Daily Devotions – In stock now at MediaCom

This annual favourite is a wonderful resource for churches to give to each family, to share with visitors or others, emphasising the importance of the Advent. Based on the Revised Common Lectionary, it includes the Scripture, a short devotion, and a brief prayer. It is printed with a larger font for ease of reading.

Sold in packs of 10, enabling churches and making it easy to share with visitors or others the church wishes to reach during the Advent season.

Advent Calendar of Devotions 2022 - MediaCom Education




Worship Resources for 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence 2022

Uniting Church Congregations and Faith Communities are encouraged to participate in ‘16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence,’ beginning on the International Day to Eliminate Violence against Women (November 25). This global campaign supported by the United Nations and the World Council of Churches. Justice Officer has collated some relevant resources for use in the context of worship. They include Sermon Notes, Prayers, Song/Hymn suggestions and Activities for children and youth.  

A new ecumenical Advent Resource prepared by Queensland Churches Together Commission for prevention of Domestic and Family Violence

Resources for prayer and reflection provided by the World Council of Churches

Resources on Thursdays in Black campaign: A global movement for a world without rape and violence

Beyond Violence – A resource on Domestic and Family Violence provided by UCA Assembly

Previous 16 Days of Activism resources are available at the Assembly website: 16 Days of Activism - Uniting Church Australia

Article written by Dr Deidre Palmer, former Assembly President

Previous Break The Silence Sunday resources are available at the Synod website: UCA SA - Break The Silence Sunday




Wool Donations – Thank You

Thank you readers of E News for your donations which resulted in a wonderful supply of wool for the Adelaide Women’s prison. I have had wool arriving from Lameroo, Moonta, Victor Harbour, Tea Tree Gully , Mt Barker, Broadview , Westbourne Park – to name a few. A big thank you for helping to enrich the lives of the women in prison and enabling them to provide toys, beanies, scarves and blankets for people ( including children in need). They also made beautiful poppies for Remembrance Day to raise money for legacy. Bless all who have contributed in some way, for your generosity, goodwill and for the deliveries! You are helping to bring Shalom to the lives of people in surprising ways.

Regards Rev Frances Bartlett (Semaphore Uniting)




Free Church Signs

Coonalpyn Uniting Church has held its final service and we are wondering whether any church could make use of some free standing, good quality signs.

P Reserve parking - Church use only (3 signs)
Come on in! We're here today! (with the Uniting Church logo) (2 signs)

Please contact Graham Sturdy at Turn on Javascript! if you are interested.




Together Thanksgiving Day

A time of giving thanks for the work of Fellowship, Frontier Services and National and World Mission now known as UC Fellowship and Mission Support.

Speakers for the day include Sureka Goringe, National Director for Uniting World Rob Floyd, current Acting Director Frontier Services, and Rev Sunny Kadaparambil Bush, chaplain for Parkin/Sturt area.

Day starts with morning tea at 10.00am and the program starts at 10.30am finishing with lunch at 12.30pm. Lunch costs $10.00 and you can book by going to the following link:




Call for Auditors

The Uniting Church SA Synod Financial Services Team currently requires additional assistance from suitably qualified auditors (CPA, CA or Registered Company Auditor) to provide audit services to Uniting Church SA congregations and other entities. Fees are to be negotiated directly with the congregation and prospective auditors will need to have their own ABN as well as appropriate insurance. If you or someone you know is available and willing to join a small team to provide this valuable service, please contact Bella Esposito, Financial Services Coordinator on (08) 8236 4251 or via email at Turn on Javascript! for further information.




Sally Stamp

Every Monday morning a small group of volunteers meet at the church office to collect and sort stamps which have been received from Fellowships and Businesses around South Australia.

This year we funded the following shipments to South Pacific School Aid Inc with another shipment promised shortly:
Port Elizabeth, Hannes Horne, Lets Help Africa $1810.92
Solomon Islands, Steward Manedia, Allardyca Province Secondary College $944.41
Vava’u, Tonga, Chanel College, Sr Susitina $1,102.77

Another donation was made to Uniting College, Brooklyn Park for $1,000.

Sally Stamp asks that people continue to send stamps to the Uniting Church SA Office to help with this ministry. The group also suggests that people consider asking local businesses to save their stamps, doctor’s surgeries are one of the best sources of stamps! Any donations of private collections no longer required are also gratefully received.

Stamps can be delivered to Uniting Church Office, 212 Pirie Street, Adelaide. For more information, please contact Maxine Haines (Convenor)
Phone: 0427 972 417 or email Turn on Javascript!




COVID-19 Update

All existing directions, frequently asked questions and other information in regards to COVID-19 guidelines can be found here:

If you would like further assistance, please contact your presbytery or:

              Sue Page Turn on Javascript! or phone (08) 8236 4217 or 0430 666 959

              Philip Gardner Turn on Javascript! or phone (08) 8236 4268 or 0409 077 076.




Spiritual Care Volunteers Needed

Do you have some pastoral skills and time? Flinders Medical Centre, The Repatriation Precinct and Noarlunga Hospital are looking for more volunteers to visit patients to provide emotional and spiritual support. Training will be provided and free parking each time you come to volunteer. You will be working with the Spiritual Care Coordinator Rev Leanne Jenski and other chaplains. Please phone Leanne on 0468 537 360 or email Turn on Javascript! for more information.




October Refugee Advocacy Guide - A Letter-writing Action and Postcard Campaign


At the June 2022 Synod meeting, we committed to continue to advocate for the rights of asylum seekers and refugees using ‘Priorities for Change’. This and other resources for congregations are available to view on the Synod website: UCA SA - Refugees: Resources for Congregations.

A four-page letter-writing action guide including a template is prepared to help individuals and congregations advocate to the Australian government, fulfilling its promise of pathways to permanency for those on temporary visas without further delay. You can download the guide at this link Refugee Advocacy Guide-October 2022.pdf.

In collaboration with other Synods, we are also encouraged to take part in a postcard campaign on the Increased Humanitarian Protection Program. To request postcards, please contact Paul Goh, Justice Officer, by emailing Turn on Javascript! or phone
(08) 826 4244.



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