News, Notices & Prayer points - 6th December 2022

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News & Notices – 6 November 2022

Below are the news and notices from congregations, the Synod of South Australia and the wider Uniting Church for Tuesday, 6th November 2022 edition of UC e-News

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Prayer Points

We pray:

  • For all impacted by domestic violence and we pray that we will continue to work towards activism against this violence within our community
  • For Ukraine as its people continue to have lives shattered by war
  • For all people doing it tough this Christmas season – may we support those less fortunate and continue to ease the way of suffering and displacement in our society.

 


 

Synod Office Christmas/New Year Closure

The Synod office will be closed on Thursday 15th December to allow all staff to attend our end of year gathering.

During the Christmas/New Year period the Synod office will close on Friday, 23rd December, 2022 at 3.00 pm and will re-open on Tuesday, 3rd January, 2023 at 9.00 am. UC Invest will be available for business during the hours of 9.30 am – 3.30 pm from 28th December – 30th December (inclusive).

 

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Everything in Common is back!

UnitingWorld and the Uniting Church’s own ethical Christmas cards are here again! Registrations are now open for churches and groups to host an Everything in Common stall. Help solve Christmas shopping problems, honour a loved one and beat poverty at the same time! Gifts include clean water, education, support for people with disability, chickens and goats. Sign up to host a gift stall and get your gifts today at www.everythingincommon.com.au or nicolasdTurn on Javascript!. If your church can’t host a stall, please help us promote Everything in Common in your newsletters and notices for people to order online.

 

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Advent Refugee Advocacy Guide – Christmas Bowl Worship Resources

A two-page Advent Refugee Advocacy Guide is prepared to help congregations share God's love with refugees through the Christmas Bowl and advocacy actions during the season of Advent 2022. ) It contains the links to worship resources for each week of advent, PowerPoint presentations and clip art to use with your congregation, either in person or online. This and other resources for congregations are available to download on the Synod website: UCA SA - Refugees: Resources for Congregations

For further information, please contact Paul Goh, Justice Officer, by emailing Turn on Javascript! or phone (08) 826 4244.

 

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Unexpected Joy – Christmas Appeal 2022

A reminder that ‘Unexpected Joy’ is a Christmas gift opportunity for SA Synod congregations to contribute to our Uniting Care organisations and congregations with a special toiletry gift for a vulnerable adult. Closing dates for receiving gifts vary and not every Uniting Care congregation participates in gift giving. Check out those who do and the dates they need goods to be delivered by:

Uniting Country Port Pirie 7th December

Uniting Care Taperoo 9th December

Uniting Care Kapunda 16th December

Uniting SA Port Adelaide 23rd December.

A list of suitable items can be found at this link: Read more

 

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2023 Uniting Church Calendar

The 2023 Uniting Church Calendar has arrived!

For those that have ordered the calendar the postal orders are on their way. If you chose to pick up your order from the Synod office, they are now ready for pick-up.

Calendar orders are still open and available and they can be ordered at the following link: https://ucasa.org.au/calendars/.

 

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Ordination of Shelley Alexander

Shelley Alexander is to be ordained by the Presbytery of Southern SA
Friday 9th December 7pm at Yankalilla UCA. All welcome to attend this joyous celebration! RSVP at this link.

 

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MediaCom Education

A range of books from Mediacom, including resources for Year A Lectionary and Advent, are now on display and available for purchase from the Synod Office, 212 Pirie Street, Adelaide.

This display will be refreshed on a regular basis. If you are visiting the Synod office, please take time to review the books on offer.

 

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Worship Resources for 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence 2022

A video has been released by the Assembly entitled ‘We Say No to Violence’ in support of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence. The video is available at this link: 16 Days Of Activism - We Say No to Violence on Vimeo

Uniting Church Congregations and Faith Communities are encouraged to participate in ‘16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence,’ beginning on the International Day to Eliminate Violence against Women (25th November, 2022). This global campaign is supported by the United Nations and the World Council of Churches. The Synod Justice Officer has collated some relevant resources for use in the context of worship. They include Sermon Notes, Prayers, Song/Hymn suggestions and Activities for children and youth.

A new ecumenical Advent Resource prepared by Queensland Churches Together Commission for prevention of Domestic and Family Violence.

Resources for prayer and reflection provided by the World Council of Churches.

Resources on Thursdays in Black campaign: A global movement for a world without rape and violence.

Beyond Violence – A resource on Domestic and Family Violence provided by UCA Assembly

Previous 16 Days of Activism resources are available at the Assembly website: 16 Days of Activism - Uniting Church Australia.

Article written by Dr Deidre Palmer, former Assembly President.

Previous Break the Silence Sunday resources are available at the Synod website: UCA SA - Break The Silence Sunday.

 

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Call for Auditors

The Uniting Church SA Synod Financial Services Team currently requires additional assistance from suitably qualified auditors (CPA, CA or Registered Company Auditor) to provide audit services to Uniting Church SA congregations and other entities. Fees are to be negotiated directly with the congregation and prospective auditors will need to have their own ABN as well as appropriate insurance. If you or someone you know is available and willing to join a small team to provide this valuable service, please contact Bella Esposito, Financial Services Coordinator on (08) 8236 4251 or via email at Turn on Javascript! for further information.

 

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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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Spiritual Care Volunteers Needed

Do you have some pastoral skills and time? Flinders Medical Centre, The Repatriation Precinct and Noarlunga Hospital are looking for more volunteers to visit patients to provide emotional and spiritual support. Training will be provided and free parking each time you come to volunteer. You will be working with the Spiritual Care Coordinator Rev Leanne Jenski and other chaplains. Please phone Leanne on 0468 537 360 or email Turn on Javascript! for more information.

 

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Holly Jolly Concert

Hope’s Café at Clayton Wesley Uniting Church in Beulah Park is having a ‘Holly Jolly Concert’ to celebrate the end of the year. Performers from the Hillbilly Hoot will join with Hope’s Café Local Vocals group for some light well-known songs and sprinkling of Christmas tunes. Entry by donation, food available for purchase. 6.00 pm on 16th December 2022. More information is available at this link: https://www.facebook.com/events/662269565308338

 

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Click here for the News, Notices & Prayer points – 29th November 2022

Check out last week’s UC eNews here to keep you updated.

 


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