News & notices - 27 September 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 27 September edition of UC e-News.


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 “Emboyding 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.


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 annual wildflower walk at Sandy Creek Uniting Church (including an Urban Mission Network afternoon tea), SAYCO at Woodcroft College, and a Gilbert and Sullivan musical afternoon at Malvern 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 item below is one you might want to catch up on.

40th Anniversary Ageing and Wellness Grant

To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Uniting Church, the Board of Resthaven Incorporated has generously donated $250,000 to the Synod of South Australia. The donated funds are to be used by congregations, faith communities and mission networks to contribute to positive ageing of older individuals in the congregation and community. For more information about the grants and how to apply, please click here.

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Pilgrim UC host a Great Outback BBQ

September is the month to help out Aussie farmers in remote areas with a Great Outback BBQ. This is what Pilgrim Uniting Church did last week.


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