News & notices - 4 October 2017

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Below are the news and notices from congregations, the SA Synod and the wider Uniting Church submitted for the Wednesday 4 October edition of UC e-News.


KCO 2018 Launch on Children's Sunday

The KCO team has been busily preparing to launch the KCO theme for 2018, and thought it would be a great idea for churches to launch the theme on Children's Sunday (22 October 2017)!

Find out more about Children' Week, Children's Sunday and the KCO 2018 launch by downloading the launch pack and/or PowerPoint slides on the KCO webpage here.

Read the full KCO update online here.


Pastoral Notes

At the start of 2017, a new subscriber list was started for people wishing to receive Pastoral Notes. These emails from the Moderator mainly reflect on the lives and ministry of Uniting Church SA leaders who have recently passed away.

On Thursday 28 September, a notice was sent detailing the life and ministry of Elizabeth Finnegan who passed away on Sunday 24 September. Elizabeth served as the sixth Moderator of the SA Synod from 1987-89. She was the first lay person and the first woman to hold the office of Moderator. A memorial service for Elizabeth will be held at Clayton Wesley Uniting Church on Monday 27 November from 2pm. Read the note online here.

To be added to the Pastoral Note subscriber list, please email


Covenanting Newsletter

The Covenanting newsletter provides members of the Uniting Church SA with information about Covenanting and the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress. The latest edition of the newsletter was sent on Wednesday 4 October, and is available to read online here. To subscribe to the Covenanting Newsletter please email


Orders open for 2018 calendars

Each year, Uniting Church SA calendars  provide congregations and individuals with lectionary readings, important dates, and the proposed Mission and Service Fund budget.

All congregations and organisations wishing to receive printed calendars must place an order by Wednesday 8 November.

Printed calendars cost $2 each (including GST). Orders must be placed using a calendar order and payment form here.

Calendars can be collected at the Synod office from Wednesday 15 November or at the upcoming Presbytery and Synod meeting (23-25 November). They may also be posted at an additional cost.

For more information, please contact Communications on 8236 4230 or email


2017 Christmas postcards

Each year, the Uniting Church SA Christmas campaign helps our congregations and faith communities to communicate Christmas service and event details, to share an element of the Christmas story, and to raise awareness of the Uniting Church in the wider community.

Postcards and posters on this year's theme, "From love to life", are now available to order.

The front of the postcard depicts Mary and Jesus (please see the website for more detail/information). The back of the postcard includes the words of John 3:16 and a short message. Space has been left for Christmas service and event times, and an optional message from the congregation.

Orders close on Wednesday 18 October. For more information about the theme, costs and how to order, please click here. (Previous order close date was stated as Monday 30 October - this is actually the collection date. We apologise for any inconvenience.)


Act for Peace: Rohingya Crisis Appeal

Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya families need help. Family homes, neighbourhoods and entire villages have been torched to the ground. People are being killed as they desperately try to flee for safety. Already, more than 400,000 people are estimated to have crossed the border in Bangladesh seeking refuge from the violence. With the number of people seeking sanctuary in Bangladesh set to increase to over 500,000 over the coming days, support is urgently needed. To find out more or to donate, please visit


Amelia Koh- Butler, Chair: Worship and Liturgy Committee of the World Methodist Council

This month, Rev Dr Amelia Koh-Butler heads to Rome where she will Chair the Worship and Liturgy Committee of the World Methodist Council. The primary purpose of this committee is to encourage the study of liturgy and forms of worship. They seek to lead in the study of worship issues, such as language and culture, corporate and private worship, music and liturgy, cultural influences, and the development of new hymnals and resources – amongst many other things! Amelia has been instrumental in compiling a new music resource, which will be presented to the Pope. This is an exciting opportunity for a Uniting Church leader, and we pray for a fruitful meeting in Rome.


Information session for Graduate Diploma in Spiritual Direction

An information evening for Tabor’s Graduate Diploma in Spiritual Direction will be held on Thursday 19 October. This course is designed to form, prepare and equip students who desire to explore a calling to the ministry of spiritual direction in the Christian tradition. It is not offered by Uniting College for Leadership & Theology.

For more information about the course please click here. To register interest in the information session please click here.


Upcoming events

The majority of Uniting Church SA events are listed on the upcoming events list here.

Some of the events coming up this week are the Living Water Men’s Conference at the Emmaus campsite in Halbury, a basketballers’ breakfast at Playford Uniting Church, the Nick Parnell Concert at Sunset Rock Uniting Church, the induction of Rev Dr Greg Elsdon at Pilgrim Uniting Church, and a play and improvisation theatre workshop at St Andrew’s by the Sea Uniting Church.

Check out the full list to see other exciting events happening in the coming weeks! Events can be submitted to the list here.



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

Induction service: Rev Dr Greg Elsdon

Rev Dr Greg Elsdon will be inducted as Minister of the Word at Pilgrim Uniting Church on Sunday 8 October at 7pm. Dr Deidre Palmer will preach at the service, and a light supper will be available after it concludes. All are welcome to attend.

For more information, please contact Office Administrator Julie Bradley on 8212 3295 or email


Dollars & Sense – September 2017

Dollars & Sense is a quarterly newsletter produced by the Uniting Church SA Resources team, which includes Information Technology & Telecommunications, Human ResourcesInsurance ServicesProperty ServicesUniting Venues SAUC Invest and Financial Services.

The newsletter seeks to provide helpful articles and updates to congregations, in addition to equipping and encouraging church office bearers in their roles.

The September 2017 newsletter is now available to read online.

To find out more about Dollars & Sense - including current and past editions of the newsletter - please visit the Dollars & Sense page.



What does it mean for us to live a life of full and flourishing discipleship? This year, the annual SURRENDER Conference is themed “Embodying the Way”. It will look at the ways people can work together to embody mission, justice, community and prayer in local communities and the world. Mark Kickett is one of the guest speakers at this year’s event, and Dusty Feet Mob will also perform! The conference will be held at Marion Church of Christ from Friday 13 to Sunday 15 October.

Register and find out more here.


Entries open for 2018 Religious Short Film Prize

Australia's unique religious short film prize is again calling for entries from filmmakers from around Australia and from religious or non-religious traditions. The Religious Short Film Prize, hosted by the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture at Charles Sturt University in Canberra, is the only film competition of this kind in Australia. Find out more on the website here.


Upcoming annual general meeting for SACC

The South Australian Council of Churches (SACC) will hold “Walking Together: Conversations of the Heart”, their annual general meeting, on Saturday 21 October, 9am - 1pm, at Happy Valley Church of Christ (179 Hub Drive, Aberfoyle Park). The main focus of the meeting will be on “Ecumenical Partnership in the Mission of Christ”. 

All members of the SACC network are invited to consider the following question: In what ways does your church act with other Christians on education, advocacy and fundraising to help alleviate poverty, oppression and injustice in Australia and overseas? 

For more information, please visit

To register, please contact the SACC on 8215 0300 or email


New look UnitingWorld newsletter

UnitingWorld has refreshed the format of their newsletter. To view their latest newsletter or sign up to receive updates, please click here.

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