News

for the week of 15 September 2019

Frontier Services Sausage Sizzle
We will be having a sausage sizzle  on Sunday September 29 at 10:00am to support Frontier Services in their work to help Aussie Farmers who are doing it tough this year. From flooding in Northern Queensland, to bush fires down in Tasmania, and drought gripping over 50% of the country, some farmers say it’s the worst weather conditions they’ve experienced in their lifetime. These recent natural disasters have had a devastating effect on many living on isolated properties around our country. 

Operation Christmas Child
This year’s shoebox project is underway – an exciting time of the year! Shoeboxes of small gifts are packed here at BCUC and sent to children in developing countries. Brochures are available in the foyer along with empty decorated boxes if you wish to pack your own box. Alternatively there is an opportunity to make a monetary donation. If you like to shop, we need tennis balls, skipping ropes and yoyos to name a few items. Packing day is on Monday Sept 30th at 9.30am in the Hall.  Enquiries to Di Croft.

David Houston Visit
Next week David Houston a retired minister from Tusmore Park days will be sharing morning tea and have some involvement in the 10:30 classic service.

Baptism at BCUC
Have you been baptised? Baptism is a really important step of faith in becoming a new person in Christ, a child of God. Please see Benji or Rob for a chat. In November we will be having a membership service. One of the main requirements for membership is baptism. 

Rescheduled
Staff Appreciation Tea, Marryatville HS
The Marryatville High School staff appreciation morning tea has been rescheduled to Wednesday October 16. Put this date in your calendar and stay tuned for details closer to the time. We really appreciate your support of this event.

Sunday Parking
If walking is easy for you, we request that on Sunday morning you park in the council lot across the street, and leave the BCUC car park for those who are less abled.

BCUC Saturday Friendship Club
21st September. Pamela Rajkowski speaks on the important role that Cameleer Settlers played in shaping the Australian outback. 7:15pm arrival for a 7:30pm start.  Basket supper provided.

SAYCO presents
Lost / Found Youth Festival
Lost/Found is a 1 day festival of games, art, food trucks, 3-on-3 basketball, worship, live music, a marketplace and a message about being found from Pastor Mike Wardrop of Encounter Church.  12 October, 3-9pm, Adelaide West Uniting Church. Cost: $20 per person. Tickets at https://sa.uca.org.au/sayco.

for the week of 8 September 2019

Psalm Writing Workshop Notes
Notes from the recent Psalm Writing Workshop are now available here.  Have you thought about writing your own psalm? Many Psalms follow a pattern which can be replicated. We believe there is some amazing talent in BCUC and would love to give the opportunity for the congregation to contribute their own Psalms to a booklet we will publish as a Christmas gift to all. We would love to see your contributions.   Use these notes to get ideas and learn techniques for writing your psalm.

Community Outreach – Help Needed
Staff Appreciation Tea, Marryatville HS
BCUC is hosting a Staff Appreciation Morning Tea at Marryatville High School (on behalf of the Burnside Interchurch Council). Are you able to support this event by providing a plate of savoury or sweet items? If so, please deliver your food items to BCUC on Wednesday September 25 between 9:00am and 10:00am. Thank you for your help!

Family Fun @5
Family Fun @ 5 will be on Saturday 14th September from 5.00 to 7.00pm Families are very welcome. Please invite neighbors and friends as it is an opportunity to reach out into the community. Flyers in the foyer spinner are available to give out. Helpers for preparing food, helping with craft and games, set up and clear up. For one of the activities those who have skills or pleasure in building Lego will be needed.  Sign up sheets for helpers are in the Foyer. Contact Heather Walraven or Chris Lake.

BCUC Saturday Friendship Club
21st September. Pamela Rajkowski speaks on the important role that Cameleer Settlers played in shaping the Australian outback. 7:15pm arrival for a 7:30pm start.  Basket supper provided.

Operation Christmas Child
This year’s shoebox project is underway – an exciting time of the year! Shoeboxes of small gifts are packed here at BCUC and sent to children in developing countries. Brochures are available in the foyer along with empty decorated boxes if you wish to pack your own box. Alternatively there is an opportunity to make a monetary donation. If you like to shop, we need tennis balls, skipping ropes and yoyos to name a few items. Packing day is on Monday Sept 30th at 9.30am in the Hall.  Enquiries to Di Croft.

SAYCO presents : Lost / Found Youth Festival
Lost/Found is a 1 day festival of games, art, food trucks, 3-on-3 basketball, worship, live music, a marketplace and a message about being found from Pastor Mike Wardrop of Encounter Church.  12 October, 3-9pm, Adelaide West Uniting Church. Cost: $20 per person. Tickets at https://sa.uca.org.au/sayco.

for the week of 1 September 2019

Psalm Writing Workshop Notes
Notes from the recent Psalm Writing Workshop are now available here.  Have you thought about writing your own psalm? Many Psalms follow a pattern which can be replicated. We believe there is some amazing talent in BCUC and would love to give the opportunity for the congregation to contribute their own Psalms to a booklet we will publish as a Christmas gift to all. We would love to see your contributions.   Use these notes to get ideas and learn techniques for writing your psalm.

BCUC Saturday Friendship Club.
Our next meeting is on 21st September. Pamela Rajkowski will speak to us on the important role that Cameleer Settlers played in shaping the Australian outback. 7:15pm arrival for a 7:30pm start.  Basket supper provided.

Do You Like Chocolate?
At the next Day Fellowship meeting you can learn the history of Bracegirdles chocolates.  Monday 2nd September at 1:30pm at BCUC.  Gary Bracegirdle will give his insight into his company and chocolate.  All are welcome including members of the congregation. Come and join us for a light and bright afternoon.  Afternoon tea is provided.

Family Fun @5
Family Fun @ 5 will be on Saturday 14th September from 5.00 to 7.00pm Families are very welcome. Please invite neighbors and friends as it is an opportunity to reach out into the community. Flyers in the foyer spinner are available to give out. Helpers for preparing food, helping with craft and games, set up and clear up. For one of the activities those who have skills or pleasure in building Lego will be needed.  Sign up sheets for helpers will be out in the Foyer from 25th August. Contact Heather Walraven or Chris Lake.

Operation Christmas Child
Today we are launching this year’s shoebox project – an exciting time of the year! Shoeboxes of small gifts are packed here at BCUC and sent to children in developing countries. Brochures are available in the foyer along with empty decorated boxes if you wish to pack your own box. Alternatively there is an opportunity to make a monetary donation. If you like to shop, we need tennis balls, skipping ropes and yoyos to name a few items. Packing day is on Monday Sept 30th at 9.30am in the Hall.  Enquiries to Di Croft.

Seniors Second Sunday Lunch
Next Sunday (Sep 8) at noon. Come and join us for friendship, fun and food. Chicken & Salad plus a fruit platter.


Presbytery Meetings
Generate Presbytery Meeting
September 14, 9:30-3:30pm
Journey Uniting Church

Transitional Presbytery Meeting
September 21, 9:30-12:30pm
Burnside City Uniting Church

Both meetings are open to members of our congregation.  This November, BCUC will make a decision whether we want to join the Generate Presbytery or an alternative presbytery to be formed from the current Transitional Presbytery in the coming months. To assist in our discernment, we encourage you to considering attending these meetings if possible.

for the week of 25 August 2019

Psalm Writing Workshop Notes
Notes from the recent Psalm Writing Workshop are now available here.  Have you thought about writing your own psalm? Many Psalms follow a pattern which can be replicated. We believe there is some amazing talent in BCUC and would love to give the opportunity for the congregation to contribute their own Psalms to a booklet we will publish as a Christmas gift to all. We would love to see your contributions.   Use these notes to get ideas and learn techniques for writing your psalm.

Do You Like Chocolate?
At the next Day Fellowship meeting you can learn the history of Bracegirdles chocolates.  Monday 2nd September at 1:30pm at BCUC.  Gary Bracegirdle will give his insight into his company and chocolate.  All are welcome including members of the congregation. Come and join us for a light and bright afternoon.  Afternoon tea is provided.

Family Fun @5
Family Fun @ 5 will be on Saturday 14th September from 5.00 to 7.00pm Families are very welcome. Please invite neighbors and friends as it is an opportunity to reach out into the community. Flyers in the foyer spinner are available to give out. Helpers for preparing food, helping with craft and games, set up and clear up. For one of the activities those who have skills or pleasure in building Lego will be needed.  Sign up sheets for helpers will be out in the Foyer from 25th August. Contact Heather Walraven or Chris Lake.

Operation Christmas Child
Today we are launching this year’s shoebox project – an exciting time of the year! Shoeboxes of small gifts are packed here at BCUC and sent to children in developing countries. Brochures are available in the foyer along with empty decorated boxes if you wish to pack your own box. Alternatively there is an opportunity to make a monetary donation. If you like to shop, we need tennis balls, skipping ropes and yoyos to name a few items. Packing day is on Monday Sept 30th at 9.30am in the Hall.  Enquiries to Di Croft.


Presbytery Meetings
Generate Presbytery Meeting
September 14, 9:30-3:30pm
Journey Uniting Church

Transitional Presbytery Meeting
September 21, 9:30-12:30pm
Burnside City Uniting Church

Both meetings are open to members of our congregation.  This November, BCUC will make a decision whether we want to join the Generate Presbytery or an alternative presbytery to be formed from the current Transitional Presbytery in the coming months. To assist in our discernment, we encourage you to considering attending these meetings if possible.

for the week of August 18

Psalm Writing Workshop
Sunday 25th August, 2-5 pm at BCUC
Have you thought about writing your own psalm? Many Psalms follow a pattern which can be replicated. We believe there is some amazing talent in BCUC and would love to give the opportunity for the congregation to contribute their own Psalms to a booklet we will publish as a Christmas gift to all. We would love to see your contributions.   Come to this workshop to get ideas and learn techniques for writing your psalm.

“So Glad You’re Here” Afternoon Tea
We love welcoming people to the BCUC family.  If you are new here or have not come to a welcome afternoon tea yet, then this event is for you. You are warmly invited to the “So Glad You’re Here” Afternoon Tea on Saturday August 24 from 2-3:30pm. It’s a great chance to meet others, make friends, ask questions and get to know each other more. We see BCUC as a place for many people to call home and grow in Jesus. God makes truly amazing, unique people and we’re so glad to start to know one more.  RSVP to the office if you plan to attend. Children are welcome; activities available.

 

Dr Jon’s Pantry
Don’t forget – Winter : time to select from five marmalades: tongue tingling lemon & ginger to mild & sweet mandarin, and various jams, relish and chutneys.

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.

Family Fun @5
The next Family Fun@5 is on Saturday September 14 Book the date!

Generate Presbytery Meeting
This November, BCUC will make a decision whether we want to join the new Generate Presbytery. To assist in our discernment, Generate has invited anyone interested to attend the next meeting on September 14, 9:30-3:30pm at Journey Uniting Church, 1063 North East Road Ridgehaven.

for the week of August 4

BICC Quiz Night Results
This year we have raised $7,290 to support chaplaincy in our local schools.  A Huge thanks to all the many people who made that possible. The evening was marked by the friendly spirit and relaxed enjoyment. It was a wonderful night.

BCUC Saturday Friendship Club
The next meeting of the club will be on August 17. Helen Brooks will give a talk, with visuals about a trip she took to Europe and England with her granddaughter. Usual 7:15pm for a 7:30pm start; basket supper. Visitors welcome.

Finals Fever!!
The minor round for BCUC’s 5 netball teams finished last week and we have 3 teams in the finals.  Congratulations to the B1, B4 and D3 teams who made it into finals and well done to the other two teams who improved consistently throughout the year and finished strongly.

BCUC Netball End-of Season  Celebration and Trophy Presentation
Sunday, August 18, 5 – 7:30pm at BCUC.  $10 per person/$5 for 10 years and under. Dinner provided.  Rsvp to bcucnc@gmail.com  by August 11.

Oodnadatta Building Fund
Many thanks for your combined generosity. Over the last few weeks $1922.50 has been donated to the Oodnadatta Building Fund making the goal of a church building at Oodnadatta all the more achievable. If you wish to donate you may do so online by contributing to the Oodnadatta Building Fund BSB 704095 Acc No 193668 and include ‘BCUC’ as your reference. Many thanks from BCUC Cares.

Survey Update
Our Congregation Survey will be closing soon. If you have not taken part, please complete it online using the emailed link or via a paper copy available in the foyer.

Family Fun @5
The next Family Fun@5 is on Saturday September 14 Book the date!

Seniors Second Sunday Lunch
Next Sunday (Aug 11) at noon. Come and join us for friendship, fun and food. Chicken & Salad plus a fruit platter.

Monday Day Fellowship
August 5 at 1:30pm. Supporting the Sammy Di Foundation – educating both parents and children on the impact of violence and how it may be prevented. A donation of $5 is asked in support of this appeal. All members are encouraged to attend and the congregation is most welcome. Afternoon tea will be supplied and has been organised by the committee.

for the week of July 28

Survey Update
The BCUC Congregation Survey is in progress and so far over 100 people have submitted their surveys.  That still leaves a great many of you whose voices have not been heard.  Please complete the survey using the emailed link or the paper copies in the foyer.

Hizbiz
Men’s Fellowship lunch, Marryatville Hotel, 12noon, July 30. Anyone interested in a friendly, caring chat and an opportunity to share stories over a meal is welcome to attend and bring a friend if you wish. rsvp to Rex or Leigh.

Regenerating Places of Faith
At BCUC, Friday August 16. A conference exploring how to strengthen congregations, develop partnerships with community groups, to restore and adapt our church buildings as innovative places that help our communities to flourish.  See flyer in foyer carousel for details.

Alpha at BCUC
You’ve heard and seen something of the Alpha program coming to BCUC. It’s relevant and vital. A great opportunity to begin and continue a vibrant life journey in God’s kingdom! Or perhaps a time to rekindle a connection with Jesus! Invite a friend, neighbour or family member to come with you to Alpha; starting on Wednesday July 31 at noon. Sign up today, after church in the foyer!

Family Fun @5
The next Family Fun@5 is on Saturday September 14 Book the date!

Monday Day Fellowship
Our next meeting is on Monday August 5 at 1:30pm. Our Fellowship is hosting a Community Concern Event supporting the Sammy Di Foundation which is educating both parents and children on the impact of violence and how it may be prevented. A donation of $5 is asked in support of this appeal. All members are encouraged to attend and the congregation is most welcome. Afternoon tea will be supplied and has been organised by the committee.

Combined Churches Prayer Breakfast
At BCUC, Saturday August 3 from 7.30am to 9am.  You are warmly invited to attend. A light breakfast will be provided. The Prayer Breakfasts include great times of fellowship, worship and intercession. Praying for our PCWs, our school communities, our churches, our district and the nation.

for the week of July 21

Restructuring Task Group and Transitional Presbytery Consultation
You are invited to be part of the consultation process to explore what future Presbyteries will look like. The first round of consultations are at BCUC on Wednesday July 24, 3:00pm OR 7:00pm.  RSVP to the office. This session will inform people about what’s happening, but will also be an important opportunity for people to input into the new presbyteries about their expectations, hopes and desires for what these presbyteries will look like from 2020 onwards. This will be an important event in shaping their future.

Breathe: a guided prayer event for Alpha, BCUC & beyond
Sunday July 28, 2-4pm.  In the worship space.  All members are invited to, and strongly encouraged to take part in this prayer event.  Come along and spend some time (as much or as little as you like) in quiet prayer and reflection for the coming Alpha course, for the people and new vision of BCUC, and your concerns in the community and world. There will be some props, music and suggestions to help guide your prayers.

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. 

Alpha at BCUC
You’ve heard and seen something of the Alpha program coming to BCUC. It’s relevant and vital. A great opportunity to begin and continue a vibrant life journey in God’s kingdom! Or perhaps a time to rekindle a connection with Jesus! Invite a friend, neighbour or family member to come with you to Alpha; starting on Wednesday July 31 at noon. Sign up today, after church in the foyer!

Monday Day Fellowship
Our next meeting is on Monday August 5th at 1:30pm. Our Fellowship is hosting a Community Concern Event supporting the Sammy Di Foundation which is educating both parents and children on the impact of violence and how it may be prevented. A donation of $5 is asked in support of this appeal. All members are encouraged to attend and the congregation is most welcome. Afternoon tea will be supplied and has been organised by the committee.

Giving Envelopes
The current giving envelope cycle concludes on Aug 4. New sets of envelopes for the year from Aug 11 are available in the foyer from today.

‘Not a Real’ Quiz Night
BICC youth event  held at BCUC at the same time as the Quiz Night, July 26 7:15pm. $5 entry, Year 6 and up. Wear old shoes.  Call 0413 943 702 for more information. Proceeds go to the Burnside Inter-Church Council

for the week of July 14

Passing of Beloved Worshippers
BCUC has suffered the loss of three faithful worshippers recently. Ralph Arthur died on Sunday 30th June. A private service celebrated his life.  Alan Newton and John Govan both died on Monday 8th July. A Service of Thanksgiving for John’s life will be celebrated at BCUC on Friday 19th July at 2pm. Details of Alan’s service will be announced in worship today. Please hold each family in your prayers as you offer thanks to God for the faithful witness and service to Christ and his Church given by these men. – Rob Williams

Alpha at BCUC – Come and invite someone along, Invitation cards available in foyer
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.  The first session is on  Wednesday  July 31 at noon.  Signup in the foyer after service on Sunday.

Dr. Jon’s Pantry
Do you too suffer cold fingers when on the computer? Handknit woollen fingerless gloves from Dr. Jon’s Pantry are the answer ! Try them – only $8.

Breathe: a guided prayer event for Alpha, BCUC & beyond
Sunday 28th July, 2-4pm.  In the worship space.  All members are invited to, and strongly encouraged to take part in this prayer event.  Come along and spend some time (as much or as little as you like) in quiet prayer and reflection for the coming Alpha course, for the people and new vision of BCUC, and your concerns in the community and world. There will be some props, music and suggestions to help guide your prayers.

Return of Giving Pack Reply Slip
Completed reply slips can be dropped in the collection bag, mailed, or delivered to the office.

BICC Quiz Night (& Youth Event)
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.

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.