News, Notices & Prayer points - 5 December 2018

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News & notices – 5 December 2018

Below are the news and notices from congregations, the SA Synod and the wider Uniting Church submitted for the Wednesday 5 December edition of UC e-News.




Prayer Points for the week

  • For those missing a loved one, those feeling lonely and/or overwhelmed during the Festive season, that they may find joy, companionship and support.
  • For the continued hard work of everyone involved in organising and participating in the Special Presbytery Meeting on 5 January 2019.


Special Presbytery Meeting date announced

At the 15-17 November 2018 meeting of the Presbytery and Synod, a request was received to hold a Special meeting of the Presbytery as per Reg. 3.5.5 (ii). Noting that  Reg. 3.5.5 (b) requires at least 14 days notice be given for any special meeting. The Business Committee decided the special meeting of Presbytery is to be held on Saturday 5 January, 2019 at the Adelaide West Uniting Church, 312 Sir Donald Bradman Drive, Brooklyn Park. The Business Committee is aware this date may not suit all members, but it was subject to the availability of venue, Presbytery staff and other required personnel. A letter was sent to members as notice to convene the meeting. The meeting will commence at 9.30 am and conclude no later than 1.00 pm. More information can be found on the website here.


Break times for New Times Online and UC e-News

UC e-News will take leave from Wednesday 19 December, 2018 until 16 January, 2019. During this period there will be no weekly UC e-News email. Any submissions for the online diary for publishing in the Feb/March edition of New Times will still be accepted up to Friday 21 December. Diary submissions received between 22 December and 3 January will have to wait for approval (and online publication) until Monday, 4 January 2019.


Leaders Forum gather in Canberra

Over 100 Senior Uniting Church leaders and associated organisations, descended on Canberra for their Annual Leaders Forum on Friday, 30 November. The Forum presented an opportunity to share common ground and understand how leaders can collectively respond as the world changes.

Under the theme “Expressing Our National Self” the leaders heard from Liz Forsyth (KPMG) and Dr Pradeep Philip (Deloitte) who spoke about current global trends and their relevance to the church and its services. Key trends identified were public trust and diversity. These informed group discussions to identify the church’s collective purpose, proposition to the country and actions that can be undertaken together to achieve these.  The mix of leaders provided some fantastic input.


Is your church or place of worship heritage-listed?

As part of its comprehensive Built Heritage policy, the South Australian Government is establishing a Heritage Grants Fund. The Fund will be for vital conservation works for State Heritage-listed places. It is anticipated that a call for applications for grants from the Fund will be advertised in February 2019. If you would like to be informed the open date for applications, please">email Heritage South Australia. For more information on the Heritage Grants Fund, visit this website.


Support Lifeline Adelaide and save lives this Christmas

Christmas can be a really difficult time of year for some people. Feelings of isolation and loneliness can be overwhelming. The suicide rate goes up and the calls to Lifeline go up too. More than 422 calls will go unanswered on Christmas Eve. That's more than four hundred people reaching out in despair, unable to get through to someone who can help them.

Any wait on hold is too long when you’ve decided to end it all. Uniting Communities have asked in their Christmas Appeal this year that we all support Lifeline Adelaide. Lifeline simply MUST be able to answer more calls more quickly, and the only way they can do that is through the generosity and support of caring people.

You can help with donations through their website.

Faith groups, scientists and doctors unite in Parliament to urge climate action

On Thursday, 29 November a diverse group of faith and community leaders, climate scientists and doctors joined forces in the heart of Parliament House, Canberra, to provide an urgent climate briefing to politicians.

‘The Human Face of Climate Change’ event, organised by the Multifaith Association of SA and co-sponsored by the nonpartisan Parliamentary Friends of Multiculturalism and Religions for Peace Australia, was held on the last sitting day before global UN climate talks begin at COP24 in Katowice, Poland.

The group made a unified call for urgent climate action to address risk from climate change.


Part-time volunteer position at L’Arche available

L'Arche Adelaide seeks a part-time, volunteer Promotion & Fundraising Officer to bolster their funding base. The position includes promotion & networking across disability and church sectors, organising fundraising events, regular contact with the Board, and liaison with the recently appointed Community Life Coordinator.  The position is initially for a 12 month period commencing January 2019. An honorarium will be offered to cover expenses.
L'Arche Adelaide is part of an international federation of faith communities where people with and without intellectual disability share life together.  If you are interested please contact Rev Dr Trevor Whitney, L'Arche Adelaide chair, on 0403 711 653 or by">email.





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


KCO 2019: Save the Date

The 2019 Kids Camp Out (KCO) will once again occur on 23-24 March, 2019 at Adare Camp & Caravan Park in Victor Harbor. In 2019, the KCO theme will be repeated: “Welcome, A Place to Belong”, and there will be lots of new activities and material available, along with unique opportunities for Uniting Church kids to share fun, food, faith and friends.

Registration for KCO will open on Wednesday 16 January 2019 with more information available on the website here.


Walking on Country 2019

The Uniting Aboriginal Islander Christian Congress (UAICC) NSW/ACT will be hosting a Walking on Country tour next year that includes several South Australian places of interest. Those participating will have the opportunity to visit UAICC members on Country and learn first-hand about First Peoples’ culture, heritage, spirituality and challenges in places like Meningie, Broken Hill, Port Augusta, Coober Pedy, Alice Springs, Uluru and the Coorong.

WHEN: 15-30 June 2019

WHERE: Departing from Wagga, NSW

Find out more and register online here.


For the Whole of Creation – President’s Conference

All members of the Uniting Church in Australia are invited to join President Dr Deidre Palmer at her first President’s Conference.

This is a unique opportunity to discuss and explore issues of environment and climate, gender justice and how we grow in Christian discipleship as you connect and grow with your sisters and brothers in faith.

Keynote speakers include Rev Dr Seforosa Carroll, Rev James Bhagwan and Rev Dr Vicky Balabanski.

WHEN: 13-17 July 2019

WHERE: Tanoa International Hotel, Nadi, Fiji

Find out more and register online here.

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