for the week of January 13th

Prayer in JanuaryThe Prayer Chain continues to be available in January if you or someone you know needs prayer. Please email prayer@burnsidecityuc.org.au or contact Jenny Olver via the church directory.  Also, I invite all members to pray for Benji Callen and his family as well as Unity Hill UC and BCUC.  Pray that the family feels peace, assurance and excitement as they settle into Adelaide and await the manse availability. Pray that the boys will feel confidence in the changes and that both churches feel God’s presence & guidance as they look to new beginnings. KCO is ComingKids Camp Out (KCO) is a Uniting Church camp for 7 year olds to Year 7’s. On 23rd and 24th March 2019 hundreds of campers, junior leaders and leaders will gather at Adare Caravan and Camping at Victor Harbor for a fun filled 24 hours of stories, games, crafts, Bible studies, food, fellowship and some sleeping. Make a note in your diary and let your friends know so they can join us for a fabulous time. In 2019 there will be no cost for campers and helpers so let’s bring as many children as possible. More information will be available soon. This year we are looking for a coordinator, so if you would like to be part of the KCO leadership team speak to Gaynor Strapp. Big Week OutWe are excited to be hosting Big Week Out – East Base from January 15 – 18 at BCUC. Big Week Out is for young people in years 8-12 and is an initiative of local churches. It is about young people putting faith into action by serving Jesus in their community. The Big Week Out team is expecting about 100 young people to take part this week. Please be respectful of their space during this time. … Continue reading

A Message from Rev Rob Williams – January 13 2019

Sometimes I feel there should be a law against January. You know, the post-Christmas and New Year’s blues; the recovery from overeating and still failing to go on a healthy diet; over-spending and the dread of facing all those bills; maybe the feeling of guilt for having not contacted someone; along with the struggle to motivate yourself enough to get on and do the things that need doing. In addition to all our ‘inner-personal’ struggle, there’s still our awareness of all those ‘outside struggles’ in the larger community, as well as in the wider world. When we combine all these and other pressures, anxieties, and struggles, no wonder we sometimes feel a tad ‘down in the dumps’ at this time of year. Isaiah 43:1-7 focuses on the Israelites who were ‘down in the dumps’; they were depressed; they were fearful. Their hopes and dreams of the future had all but dried up and disappeared.  But then comes a wonderful, uplifting message of Good News from God, overflowing with love and hope, restoration and deliverance, affirmation and acceptance: Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. I will be with you… For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Saviour. …you are precious in my sight, and honoured – and I love you… What a fantastic message – uplifting and full of hope!  God comes to Israel in one of their most depressed, vulnerable moments. God comes when they feel down and out and fearful.  God assures them that they have not been forgotten; they are indeed very special to God; they belong to God; they are loved by God; they need not fear. Often we need to be reminded that God remains vitally interested in us; that even if we can’t see Him at work in our lives, we can be assured that God is still at work in us by his Spirit, and will bring us to Christian maturity – for that is his promise.  At the beginning of this new year with its uncertainties, remember – we are loved by God and  God is with us. … Continue reading

for the week of January 6th

Prayer in JanuaryThe Prayer Chain continues to be available in January if you or someone you know needs prayer. Please email prayer@burnsidecityuc.org.au or contact Jenny Olver via the church directory.  Also, I invite all members to pray for Benji Callen and his family as well as Unity Hill UC and BCUC.  Pray that the family feels peace, assurance and excitement as they settle into Adelaide and await the manse availability. Pray that the boys will feel confidence in the changes and that both churches feel God’s presence & guidance as they look to new beginnings. Seniors Second Sunday LunchNext Sunday, January 13th, 12noon until 2.30pm. Come and join us for friendship, fun and food. Chicken & Salad plus a fruit platter. Please see Anita Wheaton for more information. Office Closed this WeekThe BCUC Office will be closed this week and will re-open on Monday January 14th.  The building will continue to be open and staffed by volunteers during mornings on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. Welcome HamperBCUC Women’s Ministry Group will be preparing a hamper for our new Minister Benji and his family who will be joining us in January.  Donations for the hamper are invited from anybody who wishes to contribute.  Donations are requested to be delivered to the church on the morning of Wednesday January 9th or to one of us before that day thanks. Please contact, Marlene, Di, Ros or Jocelyn with any queries. … Continue reading

for the week of December 30th

KCO is ComingKids Camp Out (KCO) is a Uniting Church camp for 7 year olds to Year 7’s. On 23rd and 24th March 2019 hundreds of campers, junior leaders and leaders will gather at Adare Caravan and Camping at Victor Harbor for a fun filled 24 hours of stories, games, crafts, Bible studies, food, fellowship and some sleeping. Make a note in your diary and let your friends know so they can join us for a fabulous time. In 2019 there will be no cost for campers and helpers so let’s bring as many children as possible. More information will be available soon.  This year we are looking for a coordinator, so if you would like to be part of the KCO leadership team speak to Gaynor Strapp. January Office Hours The BCUC Office will be open on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday this week  (Dec 31, Jan 2, 3).  The office will be closed  from Friday Dec 4th and it will re-open on Monday  Dec 14th.  The building will continue to be open and staffed by volunteers during mornings on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays.  Note that normal office hours are now Monday to Friday 9:00am to 2:00pm. Seniors Second Sunday LunchJanuary 13, 12noon until 2.30pm. Come and join us for friendship, fun and food. Chicken & Salad plus a fruit platter. Please see Anita Wheaton for more information. … Continue reading

for the week of 23 December 2018

Christmas Hamper UpdateThis year the Uniting Community Branch at Norwood have been overwhelmed by the generosity of gifts, both of food and toiletries, freely given by the congregation of Burnside City Uniting Church. Originally,  deliveries were made once per month, then it got close to fortnightly and of late, deliveries have been weekly. How good is that?  I am told that there are now only three churches supplying goods, so it is important that we continue to give our support in 2019. It is surprising how quickly the shelves empty due to the support given to those in need that attend the Norwood Office.  The office has a small staff of employees and a team of volunteers, all who are hard working and dedicated.  So, thank you again people of BCUC, because of your kindness many people have been blessed.  – Mick. Christmas / New Year Office HoursThe BCUC Office will be open from 9am to 2pm Thursday and Friday this week  (Dec.  27, 28), and again on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday the following week (Dec. 31, Jan. 2, 3). KCO is ComingKids Camp Out (KCO) is a Uniting Church camp for 7 year olds to Year 7’s. On 23rd and 24th March 2019 hundreds of campers, junior leaders and leaders will gather at Adare Caravan and Camping at Victor Harbor for a fun filled 24 hours of stories, games, crafts, Bible studies, food, fellowship and some sleeping. Make a note in your diary and let your friends know so they can join us for a fabulous time. In 2019 there will be no cost for campers and helpers so let’s bring as many children as possible. More information will be available soon.  This year we are looking for a coordinator, so if you would like to be part of the KCO leadership team speak to Gaynor Strapp. … Continue reading

A Message from Rev Rob Williams – December 23 2018

God – the Keeper of Promises   When I was a little child, my mother loved to play ‘Can you keep a secret?’ with me. Her tickling of my soft palm, followed by the underarm tickle, always caused me to giggle loudly, evidence that as a keeper of secrets I was hopeless! I have to write in my defence that I’ve improved considerably over the years! Another Williams’ family virtue taught by my parents became a part of me. It was that we kept our promises. ‘Don’t make a promise that you can’t keep’ was taught with an explanation of the effect broken promises had on the one to whom the promise was given, as well as on me as the promise-maker. Unkept promises make for fractured relationships. Two of our readings for today contain promises which God has kept. In Micah 5 : 2-5a we hear God promising that out of Bethlehem will come a ruler, strong in the Lord, shepherding his flock to bring peace and unity to his people. Luke 1: 46–55 is Mary’s response to the angel’s news that she will become the mother of Jesus – ‘the Son of the Most High’ – that he will stand in the line of King David, that he will rule forever and that his kingdom will never end. Verse 55 of Mary’s Song – ‘.. just as he promised our ancestors ..’ – links back to the promise in Micah and God’s promises and covenant God made with Abraham in Genesis chapter 12. It is through Abraham’s descendants, the tribe of King David, that God promised to bring the world his eternal blessing of Jesus, our Saviour, God with us. These two promises are about God’s love relationship with us – God working throughout history to ultimately draw people like us to himself through the promised One whose coming we celebrate at Christmas and whose coming again in glory we await. Truly we can sing ‘Glory to the newborn King’ as we celebrate his birth. God has kept his promises to us – and all people. … Continue reading

for the week of 16 December 2018

Christmas ServicesChristmas Eve 6:00pm Family Service 11:30pm Carols & Candles Christmas Day 9:30am Worship for everyone ‘Welcome to BCUC’ Afternoon TeaFor all those new to BCUC this year. Saturday 22nd December 2-3:30 pm. Join us for ice-creams and toys, or tea and scones.  See Merle Paton and Gaynor Strapp for more info.  Come and say, G’day. Thanksgiving for the Life of Bruce BrooksA Service of Thanksgiving for the Life of the late Bruce Brooks will be celebrated at BCUC on Wednesday December 19 at 2:00pm. A Message from GaryDear BCUC Friends, Having returned from my trip to the UK I wanted to express again my gratitude for the generous gift given to me when I concluded supply ministry at Burnside. At my farewell the hope was expressed that the gift would help me have a good trip and I am happy to say it most certainly did. Thank you. Wear Red Next SundayBy Jesus’ blood we are washed clean and so our relationship with God the Father is restored. Help celebrate Jesus’ love for us next Sunday by wearing red to church.  KCO is ComingKids Camp Out (KCO) is a Uniting Church camp for 7 year olds to Year 7’s. On 23rd and 24th March 2019 hundreds of campers, junior leaders and leaders will gather at Adare Caravan and Camping at Victor Harbor for a fun filled 24 hours of stories, games, crafts, Bible studies, food, fellowship and some sleeping. Make a note in your diary and let your friends know so they can join us for a fabulous time. In 2019 there will be no cost for campers and helpers so let’s bring as many children as possible. More information will be available soon. This year we are looking for a coordinator, so if you would like to be part of the KCO leadership team speak to Gaynor Strapp. BCUC Christmas PostcardsWe would like to encourage you to take some additional BCUC Christmas postcards to distribute to family, friends,  and mailboxes in your neighbourhood. Extra cards are available in the foyer.  Please take as many as you can distribute. … Continue reading

A Message from Rev Trevor Klar – December 16

Peace and Harmony   It is said of beauty contestants that they always want world peace, it has even been used in several movies as a comedic device. We all want peace. At Christmas time there is often tension not far below the surface. Relatives who don’t get on, some whose behaviour can do a good impersonation of the Christmas Grinch, others who just are not socially adept. So we would often just hope and pray that everything goes well, that no new feuds are begun. If we were to think of harmony at Christmas that would seem a bridge too far. Yet harmony is in fact a closer representation of what Jesus offers than just “getting through” Christmas. Harmony where everyone is really close, where relationships are all positive is the promise of “Shalom”, the word for peace in the Bible. It is a positive concept, where we are at one (in harmony) with ourselves, others and God. It starts when we deal with the discordant parts of ourselves, when we allow Jesus transforming love free reign in our lives, and allow him to truly bring our lives under his control. It continues when we allow ourselves to love as Jesus did, seeking the best for others at every opportunity. When that love is not determined by our agenda, but is determined by God’s purpose in each situation, and happens in a way that we are enlarged by that love as well (love your neighbour as you love yourself). This shalom is the purpose of Jesus at Christmas as he came to begin the journey that ended in his death and resurrection. It was a journey of transformation as the relationship between humanity and God was changed forever on the cross. It is fully expressed when we seek Jesus transformation in our lives, for this is true peace! … Continue reading

For the week of 9 December

KCO is ComingKids Camp Out (KCO) is on the way. On 23rd and 24th March 2019 hundreds of campers, junior leaders and leaders will gather at Adare Caravan and Camping at Victor Harbor for a fun filled 24 hours of stories, games, crafts, Bible studies, food, fellowship and some sleeping. Make a note in your diary and let your friends know so they can join us for a fabulous time. In 2019 there will be no cost for campers and helpers so let’s bring as many children as possible. More information will be available soon.  This year we are looking for a coordinator, so if you would like to be part of the KCO leadership team speak to Gaynor Strapp. BCUC Christmas PostcardsWe would like to encourage you to take home some additional BCUC Christmas postcards to distribute to family, friends,  and mailboxes in your neighbourhood. Extra cards are available in the foyer.  Take as many as you can distribute. Christmas Bowl 2018Giving envelopes for the Christmas Bowl appeal are inserted in this newsletter. Extras are available in the foyer.   You may place completed envelopes in the bowl at the back of the sanctuary between now and December 30. Dr Jon’s PantryCan you help? We are running out of small/medium size Jars. 230 – 300 gr. Think: Beerenberg, Master Foods or Bonne Maman. Thank you! Wear Green Next SundayThe Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul!  Psalm 23:1-3.  Help celebrate the peace of Christ next Sunday by wearing green to church. Tuesday Morning House GroupWe meet at 10am on the 2nd & 4th Tuesday of the month, upstairs in the church. In February we will begin “The Blessings Course”, based on the books that came out of the Ffald y Brenin retreat centre in Wales, scriptural and inspiring. If you are looking for a daytime study group, we’d love to see you. See Colette Williams for more information. BCUC CaresUniting Communities thanks BCUC for their continued generosity in providing food & toiletry items each month.  Along with the usual items, there is a current need for shampoo, conditioner, toothbrushes and coffee.  Donations can be brought to service on any Sunday. … Continue reading