News

for the week of July 7

BCUC Congregation Survey
The Church Council is keen to continue to promote those aspects of church life at BCUC that result in a passionate, committed family of God’s people, with vibrant worship and unified in pursuing God’s plan for us. As part of this process we have created a survey to gain feedback from the congregation that will help to guide our planning.  An email with a link to the survey was sent to members of the congregation on July 8th; please follow that link and submit your survey.  For those who have no access to the internet or are not comfortable with this method, volunteers will be on-hand to help them fill out the form after Sunday services. A paper version of the survey form is available on request.

News from the Uniting Church
On 28 and 29 June, the Synod and Presbytery of the Uniting Church in SA met and made some important decisions including:

•  changes to some of the organizational structures (Presbyteries) within the Church in our State; and
•  the Church’s vision for a just and compassionate Australia (and world).

Next month’s New Times will report on the meeting, but if you’d like to know more in the meantime, have a word to Benji, Rob, Valerie Aloa or Peter Shackleford who were at the meeting.

Alpha at BCUC
Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the Christian faith. Each talk looks at a different question around faith and is designed to create conversation. Alpha is run all around the globe, and everyone’s welcome. It runs in cafés, churches, universities, homes – you name it.   Alpha is coming to BCUC with the first session on  Wednesday  July 31 at noon.  Signup in the foyer after service on Sunday.

Psalms Sermon Series
A six weeks series starting July 21 : “God’s Broad Shoulders: Praying the Psalms”.

Seniors Second Sunday Lunch
14 July, 12noon. Join us for friendship, fun and food. See Anita Wheaton for more information.

Collection of Giving Packs
Completed reply slips can be dropped in the collection bag, mailed, or delivered to the office.

Library Book Give-Away
in the foyer today. Church Library overflow AND from private collections.

BICC Quiz Night
Raising funds for Chaplaincy in local schools. The Burnside Inter-Church Council is hosting its annual Quiz night at BCUC on Friday July 26.  Arrive at 7:15pm. Tickets are $20 and are available from Rex King or the office; BYO drinks, nibbles, & coins. 

Saturday Friendship Club – 20 July
Warren Bourne, a retired music teacher from Adelaide University will be speaking on Ralph Vaughan Williams & an Illustrated talk about church and other music. Usual start time of 7:30pm, basket supper & visitors welcome.

BCUC Cares
Your continued donations of food and toiletries for people in need is greatly appreciated. Please consider donating more toiletries as they are regularly in short supply.

for the week of June 30

Alpha at BCUC
Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the Christian faith. Each talk looks at a different question around faith and is designed to create conversation. Alpha is run all around the globe, and everyone’s welcome. It runs in cafés, churches, universities, homes – you name it.   Alpha is coming to BCUC with the first session on  Wednesday  July 31 at noon.  Signup in the foyer after service on Sunday.

Saturday Friendship Club – 20 July
Due to unforeseen circumstances, we shall not be having the scheduled speaker for July. The speaker is now Warren Bourne, a retired music teacher from Adelaide University. His subject will be Ralph Vaughan Williams & an Illustrated talk about church and other music. Usual start time of 7:30 pm, basket supper & visitors welcome.

Retirement Offering – Sunday 7 July
To support the building of a worship and ministry centre at Oodnadatta. Together we can make a difference.

Transformation 2020 Giving renewal
There are just a few Giving Packs left in the foyer regarding Transformation 2020 to be taken away. It would be appreciated if you are able to deliver any to people who are not here this week. Any enquiries regarding giving may be directed to Ray Nicholson, the Recorder, at the Sunday church services or by phone or email (8193 0309, rayjocni@theashbrook.com.au).

Members Survey – Next Sunday
The Church Council is keen to continue to promote those aspects of church life at BCUC that result in a passionate, committed family of God’s people, with vibrant worship and unified in pursuing God’s plan for us. As part of this process we want feedback from the congregation that will help to guide our planning. The survey will be held online, though a paper option will  be available.  More details next Sunday.

Monday Day Fellowship – Birthday Meeting – 1 July
It will be a pleasant afternoon with lovely entertainment by Louise, followed by a Devonshire afternoon tea commencing at 1:30pm.  Members are encouraged to bring a friend or invite a member of the congregation.  You will receive a warm welcome.

Hospitality Sunday – TODAY
A total of 83 people will be sharing lunch in 8 homes. In keeping with our recent study, Surprise the World, we trust you all have a time of warm fellowship as you share a meal together.

Family Fun @ 5
Three cheers and many thanks to all those who helped at the recent Family Fun @ 5 where the theme was David & Goliath.

Monday Day Fellowship – Annual Fundraiser Film Day
Thank you sincerely for all the support for the fellowship film day.  It was a most successful day with a good movie.

for the week of June 23

Transformation 2020 – Giving renewal 2019-2020
Giving packs regarding Transformation 2020 are available in the foyer for you to take away. It would be appreciated if you are able to deliver any to people who are not here this week.  Any enquiries regarding giving may be directed to the Recorder at the Sunday church services.

Hospitality Sunday : June 30th
This event is a wonderful opportunity to share lunch in each other’s homes. Please consider participating or hosting a group of people in your home. Families are most welcome. Sign up sheets are available in the foyer today. Transport can be arranged. More details in June CHATS.

Hizbiz
Hizbiz men will meet at the Marryatville Hotel for their usual monthly 12 noon lunch meal on Tuesday June 25. Please contact Leigh Duffett or Rex King if you plan to attend.

3Dnet Celebration at BCUC
BCUC will be hosting a final 3Dnet gathering on Thursday June 27, 6pm at BCUC. This night will be a time of feasting, worship and prayer.  Dinner provided by Adelaide Woodfired Pizza and Rev Josh Scherer will be leading in worship.  Anyone that attends BCUC can come celebrate with us.  RSVP @ https://3dnet.org.au.

Monday Day Fellowship : Birthday Meeting – July 1st
It will be a pleasant afternoon with lovely entertainment by Louise, followed by a Devonshire afternoon tea commencing at 1:30pm.  Members are encouraged to bring a friend or invite a member of the congregation.  You will receive a warm welcome.

Alpha at BCUC
Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the Christian faith. Each talk looks at a different question around faith and is designed to create conversation. Alpha is run all around the globe, and everyone’s welcome. It runs in cafés, churches, universities, homes – you name it.   Alpha is coming to BCUC with the first session on  Wednesday  July 31 at noon.  Signup in the foyer after service on Sunday.

BICC Quiz Night
Raising funds for Chaplaincy in local schools. The Burnside Inter-Church Council is hosting its annual Quiz night at BCUC on Friday July 26.  Arrive at 7:15pm. Tickets are $20 and are available from Rex King or the office; BYO drinks, nibbles, & coins. 

Oodnadatta Church Building Appeal
Donations can be made by EFT to:  BSB – 704095,  Account # – 193668,  Account name – “Oodnadatta Building Fund”.

Psalms Sermon Series
6 Weeks series starting July 21 : “God Broad Shoulders: Praying the Psalms”

for the Week of June 9th

Live Life Loud @ BCUC
Friday June 14, 6:30pm – 9:00pm.  How can we be Lion-Hearted as we live for King Jesus in out crazy world. Gear up for a great night of fun, food, worship and teaching. Ages 12-18. Gold coin donation.  For more info contact Benji at 0427792869.

Hospitality Sunday- June 30th
This event is a wonderful opportunity to share lunch in each other’s homes. Please consider participating or hosting a group of people in your home. Families are most welcome. Sign up sheets are available in the foyer today. Transport can be arranged. More details in June CHATS.

Family Fun @ 5
will be on June 22. Book the date, spread the news & invite your family and friends.

BCUC Saturday Friendship Club
For our theatre night this year, we will be seeing the Therry Dramatic Society Broadway version of Pirates of Penzance at the Arts Theatre, 53 Angas Street, Adelaide on Saturday June 15 at 8pm.  Cost is $22; please pay Peter Foord. There will be a council bus available at $7 (first come first served) Bookings close today.

Intercultural Theology Forum
BCUC is a CALD congregation – a Culturally And Linguistically Diverse congregation.  What strengths does this give us?  How can we make the most of this opportunity? To discover and explore new ways of participating in the transforming mission of God join others to hear Rev Dr Grace Ji-Sun Kim at the Uniting College, Monday June 17, 7-9 pm.  Book online at sa.uca.org.au/cald.  See the flyer in the brochure carousel in the foyer for further details.

BICC Quiz Night @ BCUC
Friday July 26, 7:30pm.  Silent auction, trading table, table games. Tickets $20.  BYO drinks, nibbles, and coins.  Presented by the Burnside Inter-Church Council raising funds for chaplaincy in local schools.

Personal Prayer
Prayer is available after the 10:30am service in the Café.  If you would like confidential personal prayer for healing or anything else that may be troubling you, please contact either Sally Andrew or Colette Williams and we will arrange a convenient time and place to pray with you.

Monday Day Fellowship – Annual Fundraiser Film Day
The movie Red Joan is showing at the Regal on Monday June 24. 9:45 morning tea; 10:30 film.  Tickets $15 from Ruth Daws or Fellowship Members. We encourage you to support this  fundraiser.

for the Week of June 2nd

Welcome David Dienes
Marryatville High School Pastoral Care Worker, David Dienes is joining us for a spot in the Contemporary and Classic services this morning.  Learn more about David’s missional work with the  youth in our community by reading the BICC newsletter, or catch up with him during morning tea.

Hospitality Sunday- June 30th
This event is a wonderful opportunity to share lunch in each other’s homes. Please consider participating or hosting a group of people in your home. Families are most welcome. Sign up sheets are available in the foyer today. Transport can be arranged. More details in June CHATS.

Live Life Loud @ BCUC
Friday June 14, 6:30pm – 9:30pm.  Live Life Loud is a high energy regional youth worship event that endeavours to bring young people together.  There will be a live band, guest speaker, food, games, café, and more.  See Benji for further details.

BCUC Saturday Friendship Club
For our theatre night this year, we will be seeing the Therry Dramatic Society Broadway version of Pirates of Penzance at the Arts Theatre, 53 Angas Street, Adelaide on Saturday June 15 at 8pm.  Cost is $22; please pay Peter Foord. There will be a council bus available at $7 (first come first served) Bookings close on Sunday 9th June.

Community Fete
Thanks and congratulations to the youth and helpers involved in the community fete held at BCUC last Sunday. Over $2000 was raised to support Backpacks for SA Kids.  Despite the rain, there was a great atmosphere with music and plenty of kid’s activities.

Family Fun @ 5
will be on June 22. Book the date, spread the news & invite your family and friends.

Monday Day Fellowship
Join us for our next meeting on June 3 at 1:30pm when will meet artist Kirsty Shadiac. Kirsty is Margaret Morey’s granddaughter and is a successful artist and entrepreneur. Her business is helping children learn to draw. She will share with us how her childhood passion became a world-wide phenomena and global enterprise.  Afternoon tea is provided.  $3 donation.  Please bring along new members.  We welcome men as well to our fellowship. See Ruth Daws for more information.

Monday Day Fellowship – Annual Fundraiser Film Day
The movie Red Joan starring Tom Hughes and Dame Judy Dench is showing at the Regal on Monday June 24. 90:45 morning tea; 10:30 film.  Tickets $15 from Ruth Daws or Fellowship Members.  We encourage you to support this  fundraiser.

for the Week of May 26th

Live Life Loud @ BCUC
Friday June 14, 6:30pm – 9:30pm.  Live Life Loud is a high energy regional youth worship event that endeavours to bring young people together.  There will be a live band, guest speaker, food, games, café, and more.  See Benji for further details.

Election Day Fundraising
Over $1800 was raised from the bake sale, plant sale, and sausage sizzle on election day.  Thanks to all the volunteers who made this happen. 

Hizbiz
Men’s Fellowship lunch at the Marryatville Hotel, May 28, 12noon. Anyone interested in a friendly chat and the opportunity to share stories over a meal is welcome to attend and bring a friend if you wish. Contact Rex or Leigh if planning to attend.

BICC Prayer Breakfast
Saturday, June 1 from 7.30am to 9am at Burnside Family Church, 88 Lockwood Road.

BCUC Saturday Friendship Club
For our theatre night this year, we will be seeing the Therry Dramatic Society Broadway version of Pirates of Penzance at the Arts Theatre, 53 Angas Street, Adelaide on Saturday June 15 at 8pm.  Cost is $22; please pay Peter Foord. There will be a council bus available at $7 (first come first served) Bookings close on Sunday 9th June.

Family Fun @ 5
will be on June 22. Book the date, spread the news &  invite your family and friends.

Monday Day Fellowship
Join us for our next meeting on June 3 at 1:30pm when will meet artist Kirsty Shadiac. Kirsty is Margaret Morey’s granddaughter and is a successful artist and entrepreneur. Her business is helping children learn to draw. She will share with us how her childhood passion became a world-wide phenomena and global enterprise.  Afternoon tea is provided.  $3 donation.  Please bring along new members.  We welcome men as well to our fellowship. See Ruth Daws for more information.

Monday Day Fellowship – Annual Fundraiser Film Day
The movie Red Joan starring Tom Hughes and Dame Judy Dench is showing at the Regal on Monday June 24. 90:45 morning tea; 10:30 film.  Tickets $15 from Ruth Daws or Fellowship Members.  We encourage you to support this  fundraiser.

Frontier Services Mission – Collection for Packing Day
New and second-hand clothing , sheets, pillow cases, curtains, towels, rugs. For Old Timers Fete, Alice Springs : New items for work stall, hand crafted items and gift packs. Goods can be left in the marked boxes in BCUC foyer until Friday May 31.

for the Week of May 19th

Calling all Bakers
BCUC Junior Church are holding a Community Fete on Sunday May 26 to raise funds for  Backpacks 4 SA Kids.  We would really love your help to provide home baked cakes, cupcakes biscuits & brownies to sell with afternoon tea (preferably with a list of ingredients). Please drop your goodies off at church next Sunday morning.

Rob on Leave
Rob is on leave from Saturday 11th May. He will return to us on Tuesday 4th June.

BCUC Saturday Friendship Club
For our theatre night this year, we will be seeing the Therry Dramatic Society Broadway version of Pirates of Penzance at the Arts Theatre, 53 Angas Street, Adelaide on Saturday June 15 at 8pm.  Cost is $22; please pay Peter Foord. There will be a council bus available at $7 (first come first served) Bookings close on the Sunday 9th July.

Surprise the World!
We are in the third week of this small group and sermon study. Around ninety people within eight small groups are taking part.  Its not too late to jump into one of these groups. For further information on joining a small group, or to pick up a study guide talk to Stuart or Benji.

Monday Day Fellowship – Annual Fundraiser Film Day
The movie Red Joan starring Tom Hughes and Dame Judy Dench is showing at the Regal on Monday June 24. 90:45 morning tea; 10:30 film.  Tickets $15 from Ruth Daws or Fellowship Members.  We encourage you to support this  fundraiser.

Frontier Services Mission -Collection for Packing Day
New and second-hand clothing suitable for tropical places is needed. Blankets and warmer clothing are needed for cold winter nights. Also sheets, pillow cases, curtains, towels, rugs. For Old Timers Fete, Alice Springs:- New items for work stall, hand crafted items and gift packs. Goods can be left in the marked boxes in BCUC foyer until Friday May 31. Thank you for your support, Mission Focus committee.

No Monday Communion
The Monday Communion service that was scheduled for tomorrow, May 20, has been cancelled.

for the Week of May 12th

Federal Election on May 18
We will once again be running a cake stall, plant stall and Sausage Sizzle.  If you enjoy cooking, your cakes, slices etc can be left at Church on Friday, May 17 from 4pm, or brought on Saturday morning from 8am.

Rob on Leave
Rob is on leave from Saturday 11th May. He will return to us on Tuesday 4th June.

Community Fete
BCUC Junior Church are holding a Community Fete on Sunday May 26 to raise funds for  Backpacks 4 SA Kids.  They really need your help and support and would love to tell you more about it, so please ask them at the sign-up table in the foyer today. If you can help on the day, or to book a car boot space/stall ring Nikki.

BCUC Saturday Friendship Club
The next meeting of the Sat Friendship club is at 8pm on May 18. Daryl & Wendy Teauge will speak about their time in 2017 with “Surgeons Without Borders” in Malawi and Zimbabwe. There will be the usual basket supper and visitors are welcome. As it is election night, the meeting will be in the worship area.

BCUC Saturday Friendship Club Advance notice for Theatre Night.
Musical – Gilbert and Sullivan. Pirates of Penzance. Saturday June 15 at the Arts Theatre 8pm. Cost $22. Bookings at May meeting. Minibus available at $7.

Surprise the World!
We are in the second week of this small group and sermon study. Around ninety people within eight small groups are taking part.  Its not too late to jump into one of these groups.  Families with children are encouraged to come to the Saturday at 5 meeting at Benji’s house.  There are also newly formed groups on Tuesday evening and Wednesday afternoon.  For further information on joining a small group, or to pick up a study guide talk to Stuart or Benji.

Monday Day Fellowship – Annual Fundraiser Film Day
The movie Red Joan starring Tom Hughes and Dame Judy Dench is showing at the Regal on Monday June 24. 90:45 morning tea; 10:30 film.  Tickets $15 from Ruth Daws or Fellowship Members.  We encourage you to support this  fundraiser.

Frontier Services Mission – Collection for Packing Day
New and second-hand clothing suitable for tropical places is needed. Blankets and warmer clothing are needed for cold winter nights. Also sheets, pillow cases, curtains, towels, rugs.  For Old Timers Fete, Alice Springs:- New items for work stall, hand crafted items and gift packs.  Goods can be left in the marked boxes in BCUC foyer until Friday May 31. Thank you for your support, Mission Focus committee.

for the Week of May 5th

Surprise the World! The Five Habits of Highly Missional People
TODAY we will be starting a sermon series based on Michael Frost’s book ‘Surprise the Word!’. The book simplifies the way of Jesus for our world today and teaches how to share our faith in surprisingly simple ways. We are also promoting a church-wide small group study based on this book. Please sign up in the foyer after the service to join a discussion group, and pick up a copy of the discussion guide for this study. The book can also be purchased there at a cost of $10.

Community Fete
BCUC Junior Church will be holding a Community Fete on Sunday May 26 and we would really appreciate your support in our effort to raise funds for  Backpacks 4 SA Kids.  You can help by taking part in the car boot sale, baking and selling goods, volunteering, donating raffle prizes, or inviting friends for a fun afternoon.  More details can be found in the flyer available in the foyer.

Seniors Second Sunday Lunch
Cancelled on May 12 for Mother’s Day.

Mothers’ Day Gift Wrapping
On Wednesday May 8 at 1.30pm the Women’s Ministry group will be gift wrapping for Mothers’ Day. There will be approximately 100 gifts for residents of  Estia and Clayton Church Home aged care facilities. Please bring wrapping paper and ribbons.  New, donated items can be left at reception for Di or Jocelyn before the 8th. Included items: socks, bed socks, shower caps, soap, coat hangers, combs, note pads & pens, pocket tissues, playing cards, hand cream, magnets, small vases.  The afternoon will conclude with afternoon tea.

Police Checks
All regular volunteers at BCUC need to have completed a nationally coordinated criminal history check.   A form for this is available TODAY in the foyer at the “Surprise the World” table.  After receiving your clearance, it is important to provide a copy to Stuart for our records. Note that your clearance expires after three years.  Currently 59 volunteers and employees have valid clearances and 23 have expired clearances.  If your clearance has expired, or if you have not yet obtained one, please pick up the form today.  If  we don’t have a copy of your clearance please email or deliver  one to Stuart in the office or on any Sunday.

Saturday Friendship Club
The next meeting of the Sat Friendship club is at 8pm on 18th May. Daryl & Wendy Teauge will speak about their time in 2017 with “Surgeons Without Borders” in Malawi and Zimbabwe.  There will be the usual basket supper and visitors are welcome. As it is election night,  the meeting will be in the worship area.

Saturday Friendship Club
Advance notice for the Theatre night.  Musical – Gilbert and Sullivan Pirates of Penzance.  Sat June 15th at the Arts Theatre – 8pm. Cost $22. Bookings at May meeting.  Minibus available at $7

for the Week of April 28th

Surprise the World!
The Five Habits of Highly Missional  People
On May 5, we will be starting a sermon series based on Michael Frost’s book ‘Surprise the Word!’. The book simplifies the way of Jesus for our world today and teaches how to share our faith in surprisingly simple ways. We are also promoting a church-wide small group study based on this book. Please sign up in the foyer after the service to join a discussion group, and pick up a copy of the discussion guide for this study. The book can also be purchased there at a cost of $10.

3DNet Pastors Retreat – 2019
Benji and Rob will be attending the 3DNet Pastors Retreat in Hahndorf from Tues. April 30 to Thurs. May 2.

Community Fete
BCUC Junior Church will be holding a Community Fete on Sunday May 26 and we would really appreciate your support in our effort to raise funds for  Backpacks 4 SA Kids.  You can help by taking part in the car boot sale, baking and selling goods, volunteering, donating raffle prizes, or inviting friends for a fun afternoon.  More details can be found in last week’s handout that is available in the foyer

UC Annual Fellowship Day
Friday May 3 @ BCUC
Morning Tea at 10am, Programme starts at 10:30am. Lunch will be provided for $6. Uniting Church Fellowships seeks to develop, encourage and strengthen its members in fellowship, knowledge and love of our Lord Jesus Christ, and through this to minister prayerfully and practically, in outreach to others.

Monday Day Fellowship
May 6. Bus trip to the Repat Museum followed by coffee and cake at Carmelite.  Be at the church at 12:50pm . Cost $22.

Mothers’ Day Gift Wrapping
On Wednesday May 8 at 1.30pm the Women’s Ministry group will be gift wrapping for Mothers’ Day. There will be approximately 100 gifts for residents of  Estia and Clayton Church Home aged care facilities. Please bring wrapping paper and ribbons.  New, donated items can be left at reception for Di or Jocelyn before the 8th. Included items: socks, bed socks, shower caps, soap, coat hangers, combs, note pads & pens, pocket tissues, playing cards, hand cream, magnets, small vases.  The afternoon will conclude with afternoon tea.