This week's news, notices & prayer points from congregations, the SA Synod, and the wider Uniting Church.
News, Notices & Prayer points - 5 November 2019
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News & notices – 5 November 2019
Below are the news and notices from congregations, the Synod of South Australia and the wider Uniting Church submitted for the Tuesday 5 November 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 Australians experiencing ageism and the dedicated staff of our aged care network as they seek to deliver quality care in difficult circumstances.
- For Year 12 students sitting their final exams, and for their parents and families.
Acknowledgement of First Peoples in the UCA
The Assembly of the Uniting Church in Australia encourages the whole of the Uniting Church to ensure that a Welcome by or an Acknowledgement of First Peoples is given at the commencement of worship, meetings of boards, councils, committees, schools and agencies and other occasions when the Church gathers. A new resource explains why acknowledging country is important and provides a variety of options for different occasions. Find it here.
Quiz night to raise funds for English classes
The Spire Community (based at Clayton Wesley Uniting Church) will be hosting a Quiz Night on Friday 8 November at 7:00pm in aid of their English classes. Every week 30 students from 10 nationalities attend the English classes. While most of the teaching is done by volunteers, lessons are prepared and supervised by a qualified coordinator. This fundraiser helps pay her wage. Tickets $20. BYO food & drink. Email firstname.lastname@example.org">email@example.com to book/inquire.
Participants in the recent CMLA (Centre for Music, Liturgy and the Arts) pilgrimage to the Taizé community, France, led a service at Pilgrim Uniting Church on Sunday 27 October. The under-30s participants shared the impact of the Taizé experience on their everyday lives and spiritual growth. They led the prayer, sung worship and reflective readings with the leader being Rev John Hughes, Minister at Brougham Place UC. An ecumenical Taizé service will be held regularly at Brougham Place UC in 2020. Dates coming soon.
Aged Care Royal Commission - Interim Report
The interim report from the Aged Care Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety was tabled in Parliament on Thursday 31 October. You can find a copy of the report here.
Host a Christmas gift stall
You can make a BIG impact for the global poor this Christmas by hosting an Everything in Common gift stall in your church or community group. It's a great way to help people lift themselves out of poverty and build hope in their communities.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org">email@example.com or 1800 998 122 and they will send you everything you need to get started. Find out more about gift stalls here.
Can theology prevent disasters?
No. But it can help people prepare for them and lessen the impact! That’s why UnitingWorld has been working hard to roll out resources on a theology of Disaster Resilience among our Pacific partners, some of whom work among people who have been taught to believe that natural disasters are an unavoidable punishment for personal wrongdoing.
Read more about the resources and work on Disaster Resilience here.
Didn’t read the last “News & notices”? The items below will keep you updated.
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.
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