News, Notices & Prayer points - 24th January 2023

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News & Notices – 24th January 2023

Below are the news and notices from congregations, the Synod of South Australia and the wider Uniting Church for Tuesday, 24th January 2023 edition of UC e-News


Prayer Points

We pray:

  • For all Australians, that we respect all peoples and our cultural diversity as Australia Day approaches
  • For all flood prone communities, as they continue to deal with the impacts of natural disasters
  • For a blessed and safe 2023 for all.



Moderator and Acting Moderator

As you may recall our Moderator Bronte Wilson has had some sick leave in 2022, and is currently returning to work in an intentional and structured way. We are grateful to Rev Sue Ellis who as Ex-Moderator has also been our Acting Moderator during this time. This has been a complex time for all to negotiate and Sue has led with compassion and verve. Sue completed her stint as Acting Moderator on the 31st December.

As the Moderator continues on his return to work program Past Moderator Deidre Palmer is now assisting him with fulfilling the roles and duties of the Moderator. We invite you to pray for our Moderator as he continues to return to full health and vitality and for Deidre as she offers assistance and leadership at this time.




Grant Opportunities

Multicultural Grants Program 2023-24 currently has Expand Together funding open to support multicultural communities.

The Expand Together grants assist multicultural organisations to expand their capacity by upgrading community facilities or purchasing equipment to meet the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse communities. Apply for up $100,000. Applications for Round 2 open on 1st June 2023 and close on 30th August 2023. Find out more.

Community Grants January 2023
Tea Tree Gully Council's community grants program consists of one-off financial grants for community groups and not-for-profit organisations. Grants are provided for activities, programs, events and initiatives that provide clear benefits for the community.

Community groups and organisations can apply for funding to improve wellbeing, encourage inclusion, celebrate cultural diversity, engage in the arts and improve the environment.

The next community grants round dates have now been confirmed. Please visit the community grants webpage to read through the policy and guidelines to check your eligibility here.

Key dates:
Opens: 10am, Tuesday 7th March 2023
Closes: 4pm, Tuesday 4th April 2023
Grants assessed: 7pm, Tuesday 23rd May 2023 and outcomes advised: Thursday 25th May 2023. To check eligibility and to discuss your project call (08) 8397 7444 and speak to amember of the community grants team or Turn on Javascript!.

External grant opportunities
Positive Ageing Fellowship Grants provide one-off ageing specific capability building grants of up to $40,000 for projects that support older South Australians to age well. Grant recipients will receive coaching, mentoring and support by The Australian Centre for Social Innovation to enable them to achieve sustainable, long term outcomes for older people. To be eligible, organisations must be an incorporated community organisation that are not-for-profit and have a registered Australian Business Number (ABN). Applications close on Friday 10th February 2023. Find out more.

Funding is available for activities to be held during NAIDOC Week (2nd – 9th July 2023) by Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities and community organisations. The funding will provide assistance towards the cost of organised activities. Previous grants have generally been for amounts between $200 and $1,000. Applications close on 17th February 2023. Find out more.




MediaCom Education – Resource for Lent 2023

MediaCom is delighted to offer, for pre-order, two new studies by Australian authors for Lent 2023: ‘Discipleship for All Seasons,’ by Christopher Walker and ‘Through the Valley – the Psalms of Lent,’ by Sarah Agnew ($17.95). Available again in 2023 is ‘Dust and Ashes,’ by Jesse Size ($15.95). Also new in stock is ‘The Sanctuary for Lent 2023,’ $3.00 single or $20 for 10. This annual favourite helps readers journey through Lent and is an excellent gift for family, friends, and those your congregation connect with through outreach. Designed to include in Lenten mailings and making it easy to share with visitors and others the church seeks to reach during Lent. You can explore the wide range of Lent Easter publications at this link:




New Uniting College Website

Uniting College for Leadership & Theology has launched a new website available at this link: Uniting College for Leadership and Theology. The site will expand with new information and photographs in coming months.




Basic Support Skills for Bereavement by Suicide Workshop

What do I say? What do I do? A free workshop is being held at Scots Church Adelaide from 1.00 pm – 5.00 pm on Wednesday, 22nd February 2023. Afternoon tea is included. Topics include: crisis, trauma and grief. What makes suicide different from sudden death, support approaches; best practice; and self-care. For more information or to book, contact: Michelle on 0479 179 770. (Workshop Facilitator) or Rev Jill Lienert on 0409 178 465 (Scots Church). RSVP by 15th February 2023.




Organist/Pianist Available for Funerals and Weddings

With many years’ experience playing organ and piano for funerals and weddings, Simon Smith is part of the music team at Rosefield Uniting Church. He plays from the heart to lift the heart. Please call him or email him regarding availability, fees and music options for funerals and weddings. References available. Simon Smith, mobile 0438 881 476 or email Turn on Javascript!.




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.




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.




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