This week's news, notices & prayer points from congregations, the SA Presbytery and Synod, and the wider Uniting Church.
News, Notices & Prayer points - 7 November 2018
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News & notices – 7 November 2018
Below are the news and notices from congregations, the SA Synod and the wider Uniting Church submitted for the Wednesday 7 November edition of UC e-News.
Prayer Points for the week
- For the upcoming 15-17 November Presbytery and Synod meeting. That it will be a safe and respectful gathering where people feel loved and heard.
- We remember those who lost their lives and their families in the First World War.
Remembrance Day at Seacliff Uniting Church
Seacliff Uniting Church will be holding a special service for Remembrance Day this Sunday, 11 November, at 10:00 am. The service will be held under the pine tree at the church in Wheatland Street, Seacliff. It is a remembering service to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, and to honour and recognise all who are affected by war - service personnel, victims, families and communities. A minute's silence will be held and rosemary will be placed at the Peace Pole at 11:00 am. Morning tea of ANZAC biscuits and a cuppa afterwards.
Other Uniting Churches that will be hosting special Remembrance Day services include Wesley Church Kent Town (10:00 to 11:00 am, cnr Fullarton Road and Grenfell Street); Payneham Road Uniting Church (10:00 am, cnr Portrush and Payneham Roads); and Christ Church Uniting Wayville (10:00 am to 4:00 pm, 26 King William Road – an Armistice Day Pacifism Convocation). Follow the linked names of these churches for more information.
Opening Celebration of the new Community Space at Salisbury Uniting Church
Join the Salisbury Uniting Church as they celebrate their new community space on Friday 23 November from 4-6pm at 59-61 Park Terrace, Salisbury. There will be free food, kids activties, music and fun! RSVP by 10 November to firstname.lastname@example.org">email@example.com or phone 8258 2675.
Archaeologists think they've found evidence for Bible's account of Exodus near the Jordan River
Christianity Today reported this week that, according to a recent discovery, evidence for the biblical account of the Exodus might be located at a site near the Jordan River.
The book of Exodus has been a subject of much debate over its historical accuracy, as some scholars have questioned the claim that the ancient Israelites immigrated from Egypt during that time period.
However, at the Jordan Valley site of Khirbet el-Mastarah, archaeologists Ralph K. Hawkins and David Ben-Shlomo have said that there is evidence of ruins from a nomadic people believed to be the Hebrews coming from Egypt. Read the full article here.
Western Link Uniting Church Friendship Club
The next meeting of the Western Link Uniting Church Friendship Club, 93 Crittenden Road, Findon, will be held on Thursday 15 November commencing at 1:30 pm. The Modbury Singers return with their very talented choir. A donation of $5.00 includes afternoon tea. All welcome! For enquiries please contact Marion Bele on 8445 2332 or 8443 8145.
Free Christmas (and Easter) booklets from the Bible Society
The Bible Society is aiming to reach 300,000 children and their families this year with their booklet, The really Good News of Christmas – For me! They are offering copies of this wonderful little children’s book for free for churches to distribute. They also have free digital resources that will have everything your church or group need to run your whole kids’ Christmas programme – the play, video and even how to make costumes. To top it all, you can pre-order copies of The Seriously Surprising Story (a booklet on Eater) too.
To order your copy go to the Bible Society’s website here.
Free Christian Life and Witness courses this November
The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association will be hosting free, three-hour Christian Life and Witness courses at various church locations around Adelaide and Murray Bridge. These Courses are open to anyone ages 16 and over and will be presented between 12 and 22 November. Completion of the Christian Life and Witness Course, and submission of an acceptable application, qualifies people to serve as Prayer Volunteers at the big Adelaide Graham tour event on 20 February next year.
For course locations, to book your spot and to find out more about the course, go here.
Didn’t read the last “News & notices”? The items below are ones you might want to catch up on.
Report of SA Council of Churches - Relationships, Renewal and Reform on the Ecumenical Journey
The South Australian Council of Churches (SACC) held their General Council Meeting and AGM on Saturday 27 October. A summary of the conversations are available on the SACC website. During that meeting a renewed call was put forward for all denominations to speak from one voice on public issues that may require input from ‘the church’. As such, the Council also sent out a special news edition calling for action by individuals and congregations in any church context regarding the Children off Nauru campaign.
The Council is also still accepting applications for an Ecumenical Facilitator/Executive Officer. Contact Melanie Rain firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Registrations open for Voices for Justice 2018
Micah Australia works with churches, Christian aid organisation and individuals to gather, inspire and empower Australian Christians as advocates, sharing God’s heart for justice and raising a powerful voice with, and for, people in poor communities around the world. The organisation will be holding a conference called Voices for Justice 2018 in Canberra on 1 to 4 December. Registrations are now open and can be made here.
Rockleigh Carols in the Bush
On Sunday 25 November Rockleigh Uniting Church will be hosting an evening of carols which includes a sausage sizzle. All donations and sales will be going towards the Rockleigh CFS Support Group, Cops for Kids and the Royal Flying Doctor Service. The Band of the South Australia Police along with the Murray Bridge Children’s Choir and Appealing Bells will be leading the carols. Entertainment starts at 6pm and everyone is reminded to bring a chair and a rug. For enquiries please call 8538 7060.
Right-side-up Christmas - Worship Resources for Advent and Christmas
The Centre for Music Liturgy and the Arts (CMLA) has released a brand-new festive resource book, available for purchase now in time for Advent.
This resource book is culturally appropriate for our time and place. Compiled from material written by local and interstate artists, this book is full of original worship resources on the theme of an Australian Christmas. Resources include songs, poems, advent candle lighting and ready-to-roll nativity.
Cost $20 (plus $5 postage and handling, or PDF delivery). For more information or to place and order, please email CMLA: email@example.com">firstname.lastname@example.org.
Act for Peace Christmas Bowl resources
The Act for Peace Christmas Bowl resources are designed to be used by ministers or church leaders and include weekly worship resources which can be used to guide your service. The Christmas Bowl starts on Sunday, November 25 and runs for seven weeks through to Sunday, December 30. These resources can be downloaded here from week beginning 5 November to assist with planning Christmas services. Hard copies of the material will be arriving at churches. For all resource enquiries, please contact Act for Peace Supporter Relations team at email@example.com">firstname.lastname@example.org or call them on 1800 025 101.
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