News, Notices & Prayer points - 29 October 2019

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News & notices – 29 October 2019


Below are the news and notices from congregations, the Synod of South Australia and the wider Uniting Church submitted for the Tuesday 29 October edition of UC e-News.



Prayer Points for the week

  • For the Spirit-led guidance of the Generate and Transitional Presbyteries of South Australia.
  • For the preparations for the Annual Meeting of the Synod of South Australia.
  • For all violence against women to end.


Late calendar orders

Today is the last day for ordering UCSA 2020 Calendars. The calendars will be printed according to the number of orders received, which means that only very limited overstock would be available for purchase once the printing has been done. Additional costs may apply on all orders received after today and will be subject to availability.

Should you still wish to purchase calendars for your congregation or faith community, please contact the Communications and Events team as soon as possible via">email or phone 8236 4230.


Learning together – multi-cultural intelligence

Join a respectful conversation during National Unity Week hosted by Random Acts of Welcome (RAW). Hear guest speakers from Kaurna and Adnyamathanha Indigenous backgrounds, a new arrival from Nigeria and an ex-refugee as they lead the discussion to help navigate, teach and guide our learning and help us to be ready for richer connections across culture.

Free event. Drinks will be provided, please bring a plate of food to share.

Thursday 31 October, 5:30pm to 8:00pm. Bookings essential via Eventbrite.

Venue: Adelaide South West Community Centre, 171 Sturt Street, Adelaide.

For more information please call 8203 7801.


Special General Meeting: SA Council of Churches

Please note the date Saturday 15 February 2020, 9:00am-1:00pm, at St Nectarios Greek Orthodox Church (81-93 Regency Rd, Croydon Park) for a Special General Meeting and celebrations. The Council will be seeking to ratify the recommendation of General Council for a name change to Churches Together SA, along with significant related decisions.


First Ibero-Latino National Conference of the UCA

The Uniting Church has welcomed its newest National Conference. The first Ibero-Latino National Conference of the Uniting Church in Australia was held recently in Brisbane bringing together the Portuguese- and Spanish-speaking communities within our Church from across Australia. The UCA now has 13 multicultural national conferences. Read more here.


Marriage Decision Discussion Starters

The 15th Assembly’s Decision on Marriage sparked many conversations. The Assembly Standing Committee has approved a set of resources - six short discussion starters called "Doc.bytes" - to assist Church members and the wider public in their understanding of the underlying questions behind the 15th Assembly's decision on marriage. Find them here.


New Lectionary Resource

If you have not ordered 2020 Calendars, which contain the Lectionary readings for each Sunday, you can find the Revised Common Lectionary for 2019/2020 on the Assembly website. The resource includes a full list of dates and Bible references as well as notes on preaching in the Year of Matthew and other helpful resources. Find it here.


NCCA Newsletter October #2

The National Council of Churches in Australia has published their latest newsletter. You can read about White Haze – Racism in Modern Australia, the Christmas Bowl, Tabor’s lecture series and more here.



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


CMLA Resource Showcase

Have you ever wanted to get the kids involved in Advent and Christmas worship but are not sure how to do it? Well, the Centre for Music, Liturgy and the Arts (CMLA) has put out a new book of Nativity and all-ages resources for Advent and Christmas. This fabulous resource will be showcased at Morialta Uniting Church tonight (Tuesday 29 October) at 7:30pm.

Free entry. Books will be on sale at the event.


Walking with History- A Journey of Remembrance

The Effective Living Centre has offered an invitation to join them as they explore the ANZAC Memorial Walk on Kintore Ave in the city, followed by the Vietnam War Memorial and the Aboriginal War Memorial along Victoria Drive. Ian Smith, Chair of the ANZAC Day RSL Committee, will be the guide.

Please join the ELC on Sunday 10 November, 1:30pm - 3:00pm. The event is free but please register your intention to attend by 8 November at

More information is available on Facebook.


Willunga Christmas Tree Festival – Your Christmas Story

The Willunga Christmas Tree Festival returns 30 November to 1 December for its 18th year and it continues to grow. Also open by appointment 2 – 5 December for bus groups and school visits.

This year Willunga UC will be celebrating Christmas stories. Come and enjoy an inspirational display of Christmas trees. Indulge in a Devonshire Tea and browse through the Christmas crafts and stalls. 

Also featuring kids’ passport trail, popular vote and musical guests the Morris Choir, Willunga Ukuleles and Puppet plays. 

More information is available on Facebook or contact Jenny Esots on 0447 839 400. 


Anti-Poverty Network SA: One Big Raise, Dignity For All

Each year the Anti-Poverty Network SA holds the largest Anti-Poverty Week event in the country. This year their conference will be held in November instead of October. It is a conference organised by and for low-income people. The theme “One Big Raise: Dignity for All” will run through the conference and aims to build solidarity between all the fantastic welfare grassroots groups and the union movement.

Friday 29 November (10am start) and Saturday 30 November (12pm start) at Clayton Wesley Uniting Church, Corner Portrush Road and The Parade, Beulah Park.

Read more here.


Award for Leadership in Languages and Cultures

Do you know someone who shows outstanding qualities, including community leadership and effective communication skills? Someone who has a commitment to advocacy for a multicultural Australia? This Award is provided by the Minister for Education through the Multicultural Education and Languages Committee (MELC) and administered by the Australia Day Council of South Australia. Individuals and organisations are encouraged to submit nominations of young people who demonstrate excellence and leadership in languages and cultures.

Nominations close Friday 1 November.

Read more here.


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