Below are the news and notices from congregations, the Synod of South Australia and the wider Uniting Church submitted for the Wednesday 7 August edition of UC e-News.
Prayer Points for the week
For the Spirit-led guidance of the newly-formed Generate and Transitional Presbyteries of South Australia.
For the Restructuring Task Group and Transitional Presbytery consultative sessions which are continuing into August and September.
Restructuring/Transitional Presbytery of South Australia Consultations
From 24 July until 3 September (19 different locations)
The newly formed Transitional Presbytery of South Australia will re-form into more Presbyteries at the Annual Meeting of the Synod commencing 14 November 2019. As this is a continuing process for the Restructuring Task Group and the office bearers of this Presbytery, 19 consultative sessions have been scheduled at locations all across the State.
The idea is to hear from as many UCA members as possible about their thoughts and ideas regarding what future Presbyteries in South Australia might look like. Congregations in the South East, Mid-North, the Riverland, Adelaide, Yorke Peninsula and Eyre Peninsula have all been selected as venues to give wide access to the consultative sessions.
UCA President Dr Deidre Palmer is encouraging all people of the Uniting Church to join the global climate strike on Friday, 20 September. This is three days before the UN Emergency Climate Summit. The strike for climate movement is encouraging workers around the world to down tools and spend the day demanding emergency action to tackle the climate crisis.
There is an event planned for 12 noon on 20 September in Victoria Square, Adelaide - Global Strike 4 Climate (associated with School Strike 4 Climate). See the Facebook event here.
How you can participate: 1. Register here (it provides the UCA with an approximate estimate of how many people are taking part, which should help in convincing other influencers to join!) 2. Spread the word. 3. Print out a big Uniting Church logo to carry – or add it to your own placard or banner with your climate action message. More details will be advised soon of any downloadable templates that may be designed specifically for this purpose. 4. Show solidarity - Wear a brightly coloured ‘Pacifika’ style shirt to show your solidarity with our fragile Pacific Island neighbours, and/or an Akubra to show solidarity with the drought-stricken Australian bush. 5. Show up!
Correction: Lindsay Faulkner’s DOB
A correction has been issued for the Pastoral Note regarding Rev Lindsay Faulkner OAM which was distributed on Tuesday 30 July, 2019 by Moderator, Rev Sue Ellis. Lindsay was born on 16/03/1939 and his correct age when he passed away was 80 years of age.
From the Moderator: Vale John Rooke
Rev John Rooke passed away on 29 July 2019. John was ordained in 1984 and served with Correctional services from January 1985 to December 1989. He moved to Southern Yorke where he ministered until September 1998. Since that time, John had taken a Leave of Absence from Ministry. His funeral was held last Friday. Please keep his wife Kay and their wider family in your prayers.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people wanted for Workshop
A new Housing and Homelessness Strategy is being developed and will provide an opportunity to reform the housing and homelessness system in South Australia over the next 10 years. The Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI) will conduct several ‘Lived Experience’ workshops and are seeking Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are currently or were previously experiencing housing challenges. Workshops will be held on Monday 19 August, 10am -1pm and Monday 26 August, 10am -1pm in a convenient city location. For more information, click here.
Western Link UC Friendship Club
The next meeting of the Western Link UC Friendship Club will be held at 93 Crittenden Road, Findon on Thursday, 15 August commencing at 1:30pm. The CopyCat Variety Show will provide entertainment and if their performance in 2018 is anything to go by, you will not want to miss out this year! A $5 donation includes afternoon tea. Everyone welcome. Enquiries: 8445 2332 (Church office).
Raising Empowered Leaders
A two hour workshop on the crucial task of releasing effective leaders, led by Rev Dr Dean Brookes. This will be held on 15 August, 1:00-3:00pm at Hope Valley Church, 1263 Grand Junction Rd, Hope Valley. Please RSVP by 14 Aug 14 to email@example.com.
About the presenter: Dean Brookes has spent a lifetime of ministry raising up and releasing people into leadership within the Uniting Church and beyond. His study, experience and practical approach adds deep value to every leader that he mentors, trains, works with and supports.
Volunteering Australia Annual Survey
Volunteering Australia’s 2019 Stakeholder Survey is now open. Volunteering is core to the life of the Uniting Church and its associated organisations. Feedback from this survey will assist in gauging what the sector needs from Volunteering Australia in the next few years.
Please pass this link onto volunteer organisers in your community: 2019 Stakeholder Survey – closes Tuesday 6 August.
Uniting Communities and Maggie Beer
ABC’s 730 Report featured a story last week on the challenges of providing interesting food with the right nutrition in aged care homes across Australia. Uniting Communities Aldersgate Aged Care home in Adelaide recently benefited from Maggie Beer’s cooking workshop. The training covered modified diets and being able to come up with specialised meals for people, particularly when they had swallowing issues.
Mell Ottaway, Executive Manager at Aldersgate, is interviewed in the story about their focus on providing good quality food that is essential to the health and wellbeing of the elderly.
The SA Council of Churches reports in their weekly newsletter on the 23rd Birthday Celebrations of Seaford Christian Churches which happened on Sunday, 4 August; the Safer Churches Conference 2019 which will be held in Brisbane in September; and more. View the newsletter here.
Didn’t read the last “News & notices”? The items below are ones you might want to catch up on.
Vale Rev Lindsay Faulkner (OAM)
Rev Lindsay Faulkner (retired) passed away on Saturday evening, 27 July. The Moderator prepared a pastoral note which can be viewed here.
Visiting organist series - Benjamin Sheen
As part of its ongoing commitment to the finest quality sacred music, Pilgrim Uniting Church presents an International Organist Series. Hosting the largest organ in South Australia, Pilgrim has become a favourite for many organists around the world. On Sunday August 11, renowned organist Benjamin Sheen will be at the 11am service at Pilgrim Uniting Church. At 3pm he will be playing a recital. Cost: $30 full price ($25 concession, $10 student/under30). Payment at the door or online via TryBooking. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org">email@example.com or phone: 8212 3295.
UnitingSA - Save the date
Help UnitingSA celebrate their centenary with a free sausage sizzle, bouncy castle, footy clinics, live music, games and much more on 19 October, 11:00am – 2.00pm, at Alberton Oval, Port Adelaide Football Club. Save the date: UnitingSA Birthday Party
UnitingSA will also be unveiling the artwork of accomplished artist and UnitingSA Mental Health Coordinator, Robert Habel, who has created a series of 100 oil paintings commemorating their centenary year. To find out more about the UnitingSA centenary celebrations, click here.
Creation Care Seminar
This ecumenical seminar exploring the theme, "for the beauty of the earth,” will see talks given by Rev Dr Theo McCall, Rev Dr Vicky Balabanski, Rev Dr Graeme Garrett, and Dr Jan Morgan. The seminar will be held from 9:00am on Saturday, 21 September in the Cynthia Poulton Hall at St Peter's Cathedral. It is sponsored by the Anglican Creation Care Network.
Tickets: $12 adult and $8 concession, including morning tea and a Cathedral 150 hessian shopping bag. Book here.
Last week 200 Australian Christians and 15 Pacific church leaders held almost 100 face-to-face meetings in Parliament with the nation’s politicians, including senior government ministers, as a part of the Micah Australia Voices for Justice Conference.
Synod Standing Committee meeting updates are published to inform the wider Uniting Church SA community of the discussions, deliberations and decisions arising from each meeting of the Committee. This update refers to the recent December 2019 meeting.