This week's news, notices & prayer points from congregations, the SA Presbytery and Synod, and the wider Uniting Church.
News & notices - 29 November 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 29 November edition of UC e-News.
Presbytery and Synod meeting: updates and Bible studies
During last week’s Presbytery and Synod meeting (23-25 November), updates were regularly provided via UC e-Updates (using the UC e-News mailing list) and social media, particularly the Uniting Church. Uniting People. Facebook page. The e-Update for the Thursday session of the meeting is available here, Friday here and Saturday here.
Craig Mitchell shared two Bible studies at the recent Presbytery and Synod meeting, focussing on nurturing intentional discipleship. These Bible studies are available online with the first study (Friday session) available here and the second study (Saturday session) available here.
2018 Mission & Service Fund response forms
Treasurers are asked to forward to the Synod office their 2018 Mission & Service Fund response forms by Wednesday 20 December, 2017. The form is available online here. The form is set up to automatically calculate the congregation’s contribution. Please print, sign and post this form to Uniting Church SA, Financial Services Team, GPO Box 2145, Adelaide SA 5001. Queries can be directed to Peter Harbison on 8236 4282 or 1300 766 956 for country callers.
Christmas services & events
Uniting Church SA congregations and faith communities are invited to share their Christmas service and event details on the Uniting Church SA website. Please send your service dates, times, locations and titles (e.g. Blue Christmas, Carols Service, etc.) via email to the Communications team at firstname.lastname@example.org?subject=Christmas%20services">email@example.com. Special Christmas events can also be added to the upcoming events list using the submission form here.
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 Christmas Tree Spectacular at Lighthouse Uniting Church, Port Pirie
- Gingerbread house building at Spicer Uniting Church
- the annual Christmas tree festival at Bethany Hall, Willunga Uniting Church
- Back to Bethlehem at Mellor Park, Lockley’s Reserve
- a Christmas gathering of Mostly Music at Malvern Uniting Church
- Messy Corner Christmas at The Corner Uniting Church
- Community Carols hosted by Price Uniting Church and held at Price Community Club
Didn’t read the last “News & notices”? The items below are ones you might want to catch up on.
Rally about nuclear waste facilities
Many members of the Uniting Church community have been vocal about their opposition to the establishment of a nuclear waste facility in South Australia, citing concerns over consultation with First Nations and environmental factors.
The Don’t Dump on SA Rally will provide a time for members of the community to share their concerns and join together in peaceful protest. The rally will be held on the steps of the SA Parliament on North Terrace in Adelaide from 11am on Saturday 2 December. Find out more on the Facebook event page here.
Act for Peace: Christmas Bowl
A vision shared by all churches is: “A peaceful world where all people share a safe, just and dignified life.” Act for Peace seeks to achieve this through humanitarian responses to emergencies, sustainable development projects, working in partnership with local people, and advocacy and education programs in Australia. In 2016, the Christmas Bowl raised $2 million dollars and was able to make a significant contribution to these kinds of peace-building projects.
All are invited to contribute to the Christmas Bowl in 2017 and ensure continuing support will be available to those in great need.
For more information, please visit actforpeace.org.au or phone 1800 025 101.
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