News, Notices & Prayer points - 30th May 2023

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News & Notices – 30th May 2023

Below are the news and notices from congregations, the Synod of South Australia and the wider Uniting Church for Tuesday, 30th May, 2023 edition of UC e-News

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Prayer Points

We pray:

  • For all in the Uniting Church as ‘Uniting in Prayer’ has commenced with 26 days of prayer
  • For the on-going journey of healing and reconciliation between First and Second Peoples especially during this National Reconciliation Week
  • For all Uniting Church communities that partner with other Christians locally to share God’s love and live out God’s mission in the world.

 


 

Uniting Foundation Grant Round Now Open

Congregations, faith communities and individuals are invited to consider applying for financial assistance with projects which will enhance and potentially increase their missional effectiveness.

Application close 31st July 2023. Eligibility information, application forms and draft position description template are located at: https://sa.uca.org.au/uniting-foundation/applying-for-a-grant.

 

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National Reconciliation Week

National Reconciliation Week (NRW) runs from 27th May to 3rd June 2023 and is a time for all Australians to learn about Indigenous shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia. More information is available at this link: National Reconciliation Week - Reconciliation Australia.

 

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Disaster and Recovery Ministries

Would you be prepared to offer a ministry of presence, care and comfort to people affected in times of great need?

You are invited to train as a chaplain for Disaster and Recovery Ministries SA. Coordinated by the Uniting Church in SA, they provide training and coordinate teams of people from many faith groups who are able to provide pastoral and spiritual support to others in the community during times of disaster and subsequent recovery.

For more information, and training dates and times, please download the flyer located at this link.

 

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Payroll Processing EOFY June 2023

June marks the end of the financial year 1st July 2022-30th June 2023.

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) requires the lodgement of final payroll records for the financial year and failure to comply with the ATOs requirements can result in penalties and other compliance issues.

To enable Payroll to action any changes, and to process the June 2023 payroll and submit to the ATO within the lodgement timeframe, Payroll needs relevant signed documentation by Wednesday, 31st May 2023.

This includes completed signed:

  • New contracts/Payroll forms for new employees
  • Terminations/End of Contracts/ Contract extensions.

Please note, May timesheets are also due to Payroll by 4th June 2023.

 

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Together Yes Campaign

The upcoming referendum is a historic opportunity for Australians to acknowledge and honour First Nations people. Uniting Church people have an opportunity to be a part of this. Together, Yes, is looking for people to host small local conversations that provide open and respectful spaces to talk about the issues underpinning a Voice to Parliament. An information session specifically for Uniting Church members will take place on 1st June at 12pm AEST (11.30 am in South Australia). Register now!

If you know others who might be interested in finding out more or becoming a host of local conversations – this is the link with the information, including the encouragement from the Assembly President: https://uniting.church/together-yes/

If you cannot attend this session, please feel free to go to one of the other Together, Yes information sessions, either in person or online. https://togetheryes.com.au/infosessions.

For further information please visit: Together Yes - Uniting Church Australia

 

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Missional Needs and Opportunities Review Update

Following is an update from the team undertaking the Review of Missional Needs and Opportunities.

A reminder about the questionnaire announced last week. This questionnaire explores how ministers and other in placements are resourcing themselves – particularly around mission. It is hoped that the review team will hear from people across the Uniting Church in SA (UCA SA). Thanks to the  35 people who have so far responded, and hopefully more will follow. The link to access the questionnaire is located at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/23MinQuest. It will be open until Friday 9th June.

Another element of the Review of Missional Needs and Opportunities is examining newsletters of congregations within the UCA SA to understand what mission resourcing congregations are promoting in their newsletters. This phase of the research offers a congregation-based contextualisation. Congregations have been randomly selected to participate. If your church has received an email inviting them to participate, please send the review team copies of your newsletters so they can add them into their dataset.

Four focus groups will be coming up this week with established and emerging leaders. The review team are looking forward to chatting with people and testing draft questions for another questionnaire coming soon.

The review team appreciate the engagement to date – especially hearing from people across the UCA SA about your understanding of mission. They have gathered several case studies of mission in church communities and would appreciate hearing more. How does your community do mission? What have you learned? To get in touch with the review team, email: Turn on Javascript!.

 

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MediaCom Education Update

The much awaited book Yarta Wandatha by Auntie Denise Champion is now in reprint and will be available for delivery mid June and can be ordered here.

Other First Nations Theology publications can be accessed and ordered here.

 

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Voice Banners now available

The Synod of VIC/TAS has designed a banner in support of the Voice to Parliament and the banner has been endorsed by the National Assembly. There are four colour options for those congregations that wish to display a banner in support of the Voice to Parliament. The designs are available to view at this link: UCA SA - Voice to Parliament Resources

If you would like to order a banner please email the Engagement Ministry Centre at Turn on Javascript! and include the following details with your order:

  • Name of congregation
  • Name of contact person at congregation
  • Type of banner required e.g. corflute, canvas
  • Size of banner, please include number of eyelets required
  • Indicate colour choice of your design (3 options to choose from)
  • Clearly indicate any additional words you would like included in the design.

There is no design fee, however there will be a print and postage and handling fee for all requests. Once an order is received, Engagement will let you know the print quote cost for your banner, before progressing your requirements.

 

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Call for Expressions of Interest: Missional Renewal Pilot

Mission Resourcing is seeking to identify three to five congregations for the first round of Awaken Adelaide cohorts for a Missional Renewal Pilot project: Intercultural Neighbourhood Congregation Pilot.

Awaken Adelaide is a six-month process for congregations to learn about new ways of being a church in an increasingly multicultural neighbourhood. This will be done through a cohort learning experience with neighbouring congregations and CALD faith communities to build missional partnerships in local communities.

A one-page flyer can be downloaded at this link: Intercultural Congregation Pilot Flyer-final.pdf

A four-page leaflet can be downloaded at this link: Four Page Awaken Adelaide flyer.pdf

Congregations are invited to submit expressions of interest at this link: Expression of Interest (office.com) by 31st May, 2023. For further information and enquiries, please contact Paul Goh Turn on Javascript! Mobile: 0416 564 193.

 

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Raising our Tribal Voice for Justice: An Indigenous Theological Revolution 2023 Conference (10th – 13th July 2023)

The School of Indigenous Studies at the University of Divinity is pleased to announce a four-day conference entitled ‘Raising Our Tribal Voice for Justice: An Indigenous Theological Revolution.’ This is the first ever national ecumenical platform where Indigenous theologians from Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific will raise up their voices and challenge churches across denominations to call their followers to action in addressing injustice, inequality and systemic failings of churches history to protect, nourish, and benefit from Indigenous peoples and their knowledge. More information and how to book is available at this link: Raising our Tribal Voice for Justice Tickets, St John's Anglican Cathedral, Brisbane City | TryBooking Australia

 

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Uniting Church National History Society 2023 Conference (24th – 27th August 2023)

Registrations for the Uniting Church National History Society's 2023 Conference are now open. For information and details about how to register for the conference please download the promotional flyer at this link or contact Judy Orme email: Turn on Javascript!.

 

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National Lay Preachers Conference 2023 (4th – 7th August 2023)

The Queensland Synod is pleased to host on behalf of the National Lay Preacher Committee, the 2023 National Conference of Lay Preachers to be held Friday 4th August to Monday 7th August 2023 at Alexandra Park Conference Centre, Sunshine Coast Queensland.

For Lay Preachers, prospective Lay Preachers and those interested in leading worship. Share in a wonderful few days and be encouraged, supported and challenged in your ministry. Further information is available at this link: National Conference of Lay Preachers 2023 - Uniting Church in Australia, Queensland Synod (ucaqld.com.au)

 

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Grant Opportunity

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 to $100,000. Applications for Round 2 open on 1st June 2023 and close on 30th August 2023. Find out more.

 

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COVID-19 Update

All existing directions, frequently asked questions and other information in regards to COVID-19 guidelines can be found here: https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/emergency-declarations. 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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Sally Stamp

Sally Stamp asks that people continue to send stamps to the Uniting Church office, to help with this ministry. The group also suggests that people consider asking local businesses to save their stamps, with doctor’s surgeries being one of the best sources of stamps! Any donations of private collections no longer required are also gratefully received. In 2022 donations were made to the following: South Pacific School Aid Inc. ($4,700); Frontier Services ($1,000); and The Grove U/C Kids Craft Group ($1,000). Pick up can be arranged in metropolitan areas. Contact: Maxine Haines (Convenor), Phone: 0427 972 417, email: Turn on Javascript!.

 

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