News, Notices & Prayer points - 30 January, 2019

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News & notices – 30 January 2019

Below are the news and notices from congregations, the SA Synod and the wider Uniting Church submitted for the Wednesday 30 January edition of UC e-News. 


Prayer Points for the week

  • For the upcoming Special meeting of the Synod. For the leading of the Holy Spirit in decision making.
  • For Rev Sue Page and Rev Tim Hodgson on their upcoming induction and for their future ministry within their Synod placements.

Uniting Church members receive Australia Day Honours

Uniting Church members were among 1127 outstanding and inspirational Australians to be recognised in the Australia Day 2019 Honours List. Congratulations to all Honours recipients recognised for their contribution to the wider community.

Uniting Church Synod of SA members who received honours include:

OAM recipient Mr Ronald Colin Sargent from Goolwa recieved Honours for service to the community through a range of organisations which includes Mylor Uniting Church, Church Elder, Member, Synod Property Committee.

AM recipient Mr Peter Ernest Bicknell, for significant service to social welfare, and to the community of South Australia. Peter's service includes: UnitingCare Australia: National: Chair, National Committee, 2006-2017. Collaborator with Chinese Christian Church in Australia, for development of leadership and Aged Care services in China, 2010s. UnitingCare Wesley Port Adelaide: (formerly Port Adelaide Central Mission): Board Chair, 2008-2016. Chief Executive Officer, 1998-2008. 

 Passing of Rev Jeffrey R Garrawurra

The Uniting Church in Australia and the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress mourn the passing of the former National Chairperson of the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress, Rev Jeffrey R Garrawurra. The Assembly has paid tribute to his faithful and dedicated service to God’s mission throughout his extraordinary life. This tribute can be viewed on the Assembly website here

Please note the obituary and the image that accompanies it are not to be shared on social media at the request of Rev. Garrawurra’s Djungaya. Nor is the first name he was formerly known by to be used. 


KCO: Welcome – A Place to Belong

KCO registrations are currently open to receive registrations for campers and leaders. For more information about the event, click here


UnitingWorld seeks board members with fundraising skills

The UnitingWorld Board is a skill-based body drawn from various sectors of the Uniting Church and beyond, and is responsible for the governance of the agency. UnitingWorld is seeking a person with professional fundraising experience to join the Board. Roles are also open on the Finance, Audit and Risk committee and International Programs committee.

For more information, or to express interest, contact Dr Andrew Glenn by">email.

Life @ death 2019 Exhibition

The 2019 Life @ death exhibition is now in its seventh year. This year's theme is "Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus”. Artists are invited to submit work in response to the theme which explores an act of kindness in the face of injustice. The Life@death Exhibition will run from Friday 25 January until Sunday 14 April 2019.

For more information or to obtain entry details, please visit the Gallery One website or contact Dieter Engler on 0426 813 538.


Worship Leaders & Pastoral Care Needed in SA Prisons
There is an opportunity for a suitably gifted persons to join the team of workers who lead worship services and provide pastoral care in the state’s prisons. The positions are all voluntary and bring with them the benefits of fulfilling the request of Jesus that we “visit people in prison.”
There are a number of positions open in both country and metropolitan areas.  Both men and women are welcome to apply.  The services and care are all tailored to the prison and the prisoners and you will receive help with your introduction to the prison and your service preparations.
Worship leaders will need the skills of public speaking and be willing to use the designated reading for the day.  Pastoral Carers will need pastoral experience and CPE training.
Those interested should email or call Rev Ian Schneider, Principal Chaplain for more details on 8343 0469 or by">email.  




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


Overdue 2019 Mission and Service Fund (M&SF) Contribution Response Forms

Thank you to those congregations (over 50%) who have submitted their 2019 M&SF contribution response forms.  If you are yet to submit your congregation’s form please action this request as soon as possible.  Should you require assistance in completing this please contact the Finance team on 08 8236 4282 Country Callers 1300 766 956.  Forms can be downloaded from here.



Apology Breakfast

Reconciliation SA is holding the 2019 Apology Breakfast to honour the Survivors of the Stolen Generations and to inform the non-Aboriginal community about their ongoing needs. Marking the 11th anniversary of the Apology to the Stolen Generation, the Apology Breakfast will feature keynote speaker, actor and Stolen Generations Survivor, Uncle Jack Charles. The breakfast will be held on Wednesday 13 February at the Adelaide Convention Centre. For more information about the event and to book tickets, head to Trybooking


Tandanya Survival Day 2019

Under the theme of “Still SURVIVING, Still THRIVING”, Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute will host their annual Survival Day concert and community event at the Semaphore foreshore. With performances from Yorke Band, Of Desert & Sea, Eddie Peters, and Yellaka this free event will celebrate and acknowledge the past and present of Australia’s First People.

For more information, visit the Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute website.

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Synod Standing Committee - July 2020 update

Synod Standing Committee meeting updates are published to inform the wider Uniting Church in SA community of the discussions, deliberations and decisions arising from each meeting of the Committee. This update refers to the recent 3 July 2020 meeting.


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