for the week of October 21st

Annual BCUC Church Picnic Sunday October 28, 12noonKensington Gardens Reserve (corner South and West Terrace).  Please bring your own picnic lunch, chair and thermos. Also, bring cake/slice or fresh fruit to share. Pick up a flyer at the front desk for further details. Missionary VisitAustin House, of Farthest Corners Ministry, will be visiting on Sunday, November 4 to tell us how Farthest Corners are reaching out in the love of Jesus to the Burmese community, and to those on the border of Thailand. Austin is giving a short talk at a combined morning tea between the 9:00am and 10:30am services and will be speaking again at 2:30pm. Elder/Church Councillor  Nominations Mission Trust Fund NominationsNomination forms are available in the foyer. Nominations close October 28. Sizzling Sausages A Church for OodnadattaThe children of BCUC invite you to their sausage sizzle to help raise funds to build a Church for Oodnadatta.  Sunday 11 November at 10:00am between services in the foyer. BCUC Saturday Friendship ClubOur Christmas dinner will be held on Saturday November 17, 6:15pm. There will be a three course meal and entertainment. The theme is “a traditional Christmas”. Cost is $35.00 to Peter Foord. Booking deadline Nov 11. BCUC Cares – Christmas HamperHamper donations for families in need may be placed in the usual marked boxes in the church foyer, now through  December 16. Suggested Christmas Hamper items can be found on a list available at the front desk. Operation Christmas Child – UpdateThe 167 shoeboxes from BCUC are in the first container leaving Adelaide  bound for Papua New Guinea! Women’s Ministry Brunch – Update22 ladies enjoyed a pancake brunch at the home of Ruth Daws last week, in support of the Frontier Services Drought Support Appeal. A total of $645 was donated. Many thanks to Ruth for her generous hospitality. … Continue reading

A Message from Rev Trevor Klar – October 21

Becoming Mature Disciples   One goal for Christians is to become mature disciples. To become more like Jesus or to live as Paul describes it “in Christ” is a rich and fulfilling outcome. The reality is that for most of us we have barely begun on that journey. There are many parts of our lives that do not come under the Lordship of Christ, and for many of these we are either unaware or in denial about this. The areas we are unaware of are something we can afford to be patient about. If we continue to commit to growing as disciples, then these will come into awareness, and though it may be painful to deal with them, we can grow them, and with the support of our brothers and sisters in Christ, see this time as a significant and positive part of our Christian journey. The areas we are in denial about are where the real issues arise. Often we are in denial for a long time and so our justifications are well developed and our “quieting” of the voice of our conscience is well practiced. Many of these are areas that we believe are “ours”. It may be our use of power, or our command of our emotions, or our sexuality, or our family relationships or . . . or . . . These areas are often the major blockages to our maturity. Like the rich young ruler we may seem to have everything but know there is something lacking. And like the rich young ruler when we are confronted by Jesus, we can find we have constructed our own prison for, like him, we may find that those things we thought were under our control have in fact come to control us. One area of our lives that we seldom think of as needing to be under Christ’s Lordship is our emotions. We believe these are ours alone and yet they are very much part of our createdness. God knows and understands we are emotional beings. If we look at Psalm 22 we see the psalmist is emotionally all over the place, and yet he seeks to bring even his dark emotional place under the hand of God. To grow into Christian maturity we too need to bring our emotions under God’s control. This does not mean we shut them down, rather it means we know our emotions, hear what they are telling us about where we are, and then bring this before God to find God’s wisdom about how to act in an appropriate way. Then we will grow more and more in the imitation of Christ. … Continue reading

for the week of October 14th

Missionary VisitAustin House, of Farthest Corners Ministry in Burma and Thailand, will be speaking at a combined morning tea between the 9:00am and 10:30am services, on Sunday, November 4, in the foyer.  BCUC Saturday Friendship ClubThe October club meeting is on the 20th and we have engaged “The Cantorae singing group”.  It will be a time of harmony & humour. Usual $3 donation. 7:15pm for a 7:30 start. Basket  supper and  visitors welcome. Operation Christmas ChildAn excited group of 22 people, including nine children packed 164 shoeboxes of gifts for OCC this past week. Many thanks to everyone who assisted on the day, packed their own box or made generous donations of items and money. These 164 children will also have the opportunity hear about Jesus and his love for them.  Elder/Church Councillor  NominationsNominations are open for Elders /Church Councillors. If you feel that God is calling you to serve BCUC in this role, please pick up an information sheet and nomination form in the foyer. Nominations close on October 28. Mission Trust Fund NominationsNominations are open for members of the Mission Trust Fund. Interested BCUC Members may pick up a  nomination form in the foyer. Nominations close on October 28. BCUC Cares – Christmas HamperUniting Communities at Clayton Wesley Church appreciates all hamper items donated for families in need.  Hamper donations may be placed in the usual marked boxes in the church foyer, now through  December 16. Thank you for sharing the many blessings God has so generously given us. Suggested Christmas Hamper items include: Christmas Cake/PuddingCoffee, Tea, Milo, Soft DrinksLonglife CustardBiscuits/Cracker, Chips/LolliesCanned Fruit/VegetablesCanned Tuna, Ham or TurkeySpreads, Soup, CerealOther non-perishable foodsToysToiletries (ongoing great need) … Continue reading

A Message from Rev Rob Williams – October 14

Mark 10:17-31    The Gospel of Jesus Christ is good news. But sometimes the good news of Jesus sounds like bad news. Jesus is a teacher who tells us the truth and sometimes the truth hurts before it can heal. Fortunately for us, Jesus, the good teacher, continues to teach us, continues to make possible that even for people like us, faithful discipleship is possible. The question, put to Jesus by this man in Mark 10, is about a big, grand, difficult subject – “eternal life.”  Rather surprisingly, Jesus, the good teacher, demands that the man give up his great possessions and follow him. Jesus is inviting someone to be his disciple. But unlike the earlier call stories in Mark, this one ends with the recipient of the call turning away and rejecting Jesus. It is the only story Mark tells about somebody who refuses to follow Jesus; and for that reason alone we should sit up and take notice because it means that the reason this man used to excuse himself  may be the same reason that some of us do. Yet we note that the story doesn’t really end with the man’s grief and his rejection of Jesus’ call to follow him. It ends with Jesus’ affirmation of his disciples, those who have indeed left all and followed him. As we see throughout Mark’s gospel, the disciples are rarely portrayed positively. Today may be one of those rare moments when the disciples finally get Jesus’ point.  The story ends in affirmation and rejoicing.  Discipleship – following Jesus – is difficult and demanding. That’s the bad news. Yet the good news is that with God “all things are possible.” And therein is our hope. … Continue reading

A Message from Ian Olver

When I looked up the lectionary a few weeks ago and found that Mark 10: 2-16, the passage about divorce, was the Gospel reading, the irony was not lost on me given the current same sex marriage debate. Divorce was a hot topic of the day but rather than seek his counsel the Pharisees were trying to trap Jesus into speaking against the teaching of Moses that they held as sacred; and Jesus did not disappoint them. Moses had said in Deuteronomy 24:1 that if a wife fell out of favour you could write a Bill of Divorce. In Mark, Jesus indicates that in effect Moses was trying to protect women who were regarded as just possessions against being easily discarded by men for any reason. He was introducing structure in that time, not issuing a permanently method for divorce. Jesus wanted those of his day to understand the context of Moses statement, that the joining in marriage was meant to be a lifelong bond and not something to be taken trivially. He goes further back to Genesis where the bond between husband and wife is to be stronger than between parents and children. In Mark’s time divorce, predominantly still only available to the man, could still be on trivial grounds. Jesus was restoring marriage by showing that God meant it to be a permanent bond which could not be broken by man’s laws and regulations.  There were no exceptions. But here again, in an object lesson those who just pluck versus out of the Bible out of context without interpreting them, Jesus had to explain Moses’ statement Furthermore, if you refer to the same story in Matthew 19: 3-9 Jesus does make an exception for adultery, since that has broken the bond and divorce is simply a consequence. This version is considered more accurate than the version in Mark. My focus is on “what God has joined together let no-one separate” Why would God join us together in marriage? It is not just for procreation but fulfils a universal human need to belong, as part of living life to the full. In attachment theory intimate relationships between human beings are what life revolves around and if denied anxiety and depression result. So, how do we know what God has joined together? We have all seen marriages which end in divorce where it seemed there was a mismatch right from the start. It seems convenient to suggest that it was not a marriage where God joined the couple together. However, we often making decisions without trying to discern God’s guidance. How do we approach deciding what God has joined together? Jesus gives us a clue in the second part of the reading where he puts the emphasis on children. Children are usually non-judgemental of others but simply trust people, they have humility and they show obedience. We are facing 2 important questions about “what God has joined together”. One is around same gender couples and the other is around the … Continue reading

for the Week of October 7

Missionary VisitAustin House, of Farthest Corners Ministry in Burma and Thailand, will be speaking at a combined morning tea between the 9:00am and 10:30am services, on Sunday, November 4, in the foyer.  Operation Christmas ChildShoeboxes will be packed tomorrow, October 8, in the Hall from 9.30am. Please consider joining us for a fun morning. Children especially welcome! Enquiries to Di. Elder/Church Councillor  NominationsNominations are now open for Elders /Church Councillors. If you feel that God is calling you to serve BCUC in this role, please pick up an information sheet and nomination form from the table in the foyer. Nominations close on October 21. Introduction to the Psalms –  Praise, Lament and Thanksgiving Dr Liz Boase, Uniting College Repeat Afternoon Session Wednesday October 10, 2 – 3:30pm Mission Trust Fund NominationsNominations are now open for members of the Mission Trust Fund. If you are interested in serving in this role, please pick up a  nomination form from the table in the foyer. Nominations close on October 21. Monday Day FellowshipOn October 8, we will be taking a bus trip to Tickle Tank home and garden in Mount Barker.  Be at the church at 12:45pm.  Cost $22.  Please contact Ruth Daws for more information. BCUC Saturday Friendship ClubThe October club meeting is on the 20th and we have engaged “The Cantorae singing group”.  It will be a time of harmony & humour. Usual $3 donation. 7:15pm for a 7:30 start. Basket  supper and  visitors welcome. Women’s MinistryThe Women’s Ministry Group invites all Women to a free Pancake Brunch on Wednesday October 10 at 9:30am at the home of Ruth Daws. Donations will go to the Frontier Services Drought Support Appeal. Please contact Ruth Daws for further details. New at Dr Jon’s PantryPear and Ginger chutney.  Taste, . .  and let me know what you think! – Anneke. … Continue reading

for the Week of September 30

Combined  Service, Next Sunday October 7, 9:30amFollowed by CHATS Live at 11:00am.  You are invited to bring your own lunch to enjoy with others after the meeting.Remember : Daylight saving begins on the 7th.  Set your clocks forward this Saturday night. Pastoral Contact Afternoon TeaMembers serving as a Pastoral Contact are invited to an appreciation afternoon tea at BCUC at 2:30pm, October 7.  Ian Olver will be speaking on the topic “What I learned from people with Cancer”. This will be a very informative afternoon and we encourage you to attend. Please RSVP to Ruth, Di, or Marie by October 2.  Operation Christmas ChildWe are beginning the final week of  this year’s shoebox project. Boxes and brochures are available if you wish to make up a box. You may prefer to buy items or make a monetary donation. Packing day is Monday October 8 from 9:30am. Enquiries to Di. Monday Day FellowshipOn October 8, we will be taking a bus trip to Tickle Tank home and garden in Mount Barker.  Be at the church at 12:45pm.  Cost $22.  Please contact Ruth Daws for more information Women’s MinistryThe Women’s Ministry Group invites all Women to a free Pancake Brunch on Wednesday October 10 at 9:30am at the home of Ruth Daws. Donations will go to the Frontier Services Drought Support Appeal. Please RSVP to Ruth Daws by October 5 to book you place. “Undivided”,  Friday 12th October from 6:30pm, Thebarton Theatre, Henley Beach RdYouth and young adult praise and worship undivided by denominations. Hosted by Ignite Ministries & Youth Alive SA. Please pray God’s blessing on all who attend. Donations through https://donorbox.org/undivided  Introduction to the Psalms –  Praise, Lament and ThanksgivingDr Liz Boase, Uniting College Repeat Afternoon Session Wednesday October 10, 2 – 3:30pm … Continue reading

A Message from Rev Trevor Klar, September 30

Discerning the Spirit of God is a lifelong journey for us followers of Jesus. Did I hear that right or was I only projecting my desires onto God? Was I really paying attention? Did I let an opportunity pass by? Was I so caught up in life that God couldn’t be heard above the noise? There are many similar questions and we often feel guilty and then doing whatever anyone asks in a desire to not miss hearing God. So, firstly, we will always miss God’s voice on occasion. That is not a sin. What is a sin is when we do not listen for God to speak. To be listening and not hear is a disappointment, but our heart is right so God will not condemn. Discerning the Spirit is important but only the first step. When God speaks and we hear there is always a next step, and it usually entails action. A real struggle that many of us have is that when God speaks we are often unsure and do not act. We do not do what God is asking. I have missed the cues many times and so now I have come up with a new commitment. If I even suspect that God has spoken to me I will do what I think God is asking (assuming of course that it is loving and consistent with Scripture). I find that when I respond to the whispers of God’s spirit, I am in the midst of amazing things that God is doing. Maybe it is when I speak to someone and the conversation goes to unexpected places, or when I see the love of Jesus in the most unlikely of people, or I discover someone who is wanting to reach out to God but doesn’t know how. When we respond to the word of God there is blessing and very seldom rejection. The gospel is surprising and asks even more surprising things of us. … Continue reading

for the week of September 23

Pastoral Contact Afternoon TeaMembers serving as a Pastoral Contact are invited to an appreciation afternoon tea at BCUC at 2:30pm, October 7.  Ian Olver will be speaking on the topic “What I learned from people with Cancer”. This will be a very informative afternoon and we encourage you to attend. Please RSVP to Ruth, Di, or Marie by October 2.  Church Council MeetingTuesday September 26. 6:30pm devotions 7:00pm meeting held in the Beaumont Room on the first floor. All invited to attend this meeting to observe. Previous CC minutes available at reception. Women’s MinistryThe Women’s Ministry Group invites all Women to a free Pancake Brunch on Wednesday October 10 at 9:30am at the home of Ruth Daws. Donations will go to the Frontier Services Drought Support Appeal. Please RSVP to Ruth Daws by October 5 to book you place. Operation Christmas ChildThis year’s shoebox project is well underway.  Boxes & brochures are available if you wish to make up a box on your own. You may prefer to buy items or make a monetary donation. Packing day is Monday October 8 from 9:30am. Enquiries to Di. Monday Day FellowshipOn October 8, we will be taking a bus trip to Tickle Tank home and garden in Mount Barker.  Be at the church at 12:45pm.  Cost $22.  Please contact Ruth Daws for more information. Hizbiz a Men’s GroupAll gentlemen welcome to share a 12 noon lunch at the Marryatville Hotel on Tuesday September 25. Contact Peter Morris if attending on petantmorris@ hotmail.com  or 0423 967 137. Introduction to the PsalmsDr Liz BoaseOctober 3, 7:30pm repeated October 10 2pm. All welcome. … Continue reading