News

for the week of 26 January 2020

BCUC Saturday Friendship Club
The programme for the BCUC Saturday Friendship Club will be available from Sunday 26th January. Details of the Mystery bus trip on February 15th, will be included with the programme. Looking forward to the year ahead and hope to see you at the meetings.

Kids Programme
Regular Sunday Kids Programme of Faith and Fun will begin Sunday 2 February. We will kick off with morning tea just for them, their family, friends and leaders. This will be held in the Hub garden (weather permitting). It would be appreciated if family and leaders brought a plate of something yummy to share. Thank you for your grace and care of our younger BCUC ‘Children of God’. I Look forward to catching up with you on the 2nd of February. – Heather

New Bibles for BCUC
This Sunday you will see there are new BCUC church Bibles that have been purchased by the Church Council. They are New International Version ‘Comfort Print’ hardbacks which we will be able to refer to during worship services. We encourage you to take a bible as you walk in and use it, placing it back on the table when you leave. Note its still brilliant if you bring your own bible and make notes or use your phone/tablet. To raise people as Children of God we need to be equipped well. “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17.

Uniting Church SA Bushfire Relief Fund
Please read this letter from Bronte Wilson, Moderator of UC SA, regarding the bushfire situation in South Australia. A donation page for the Uniting Church SA Bushfire Relief Fund can be found here. Donations will be used to support local congregations as they serve the people in their fire-affected communities, whether that be through the provision of chaplaincy, extra pastoral support, special events to assist in recovery or practical help in a myriad of ways.

Preaching Workshop
for all those that are currently on the preaching team or might be interested in the future, Benji will be holding a preaching workshop over 3 nights in 2020. The first evening is this Wednesday, Jan 29th at 7pm at BCUC.  Contact Benji or Stuart for further details.

CAP Money – volunteer training in Adelaide, 29th February
CAP Money is a course that teaches a Biblical approach to financial wellbeing: How to build a budget, make wise spending decisions, and save well. BCUC holds courses each year but we are in need of volunteers to run them. If you are passionate about helping others, join us for a day’s training and learn more. For further information contact Gaynor.

UC Fellowship and Mission Support
We invite you to join us on Sunday, 9th February, 2pm at BCUC for the commissioning of Rev Brian and Mrs Jill Polkinghorne as As Co-Presidents. Followed by Afternoon Tea. Speaker:  Mr Bronte Wilson. RSVP Mrs Janet Woodward by 2nd Feb.

for the week of 19 January 2020

Youth & Young Adults Pastor
BCUC is looking to appoint a Youth and Young Adults Pastor, one year contract, 0.4EFT. Job and Person specifications are available from this page on the UCA SA. Enquiries to Stuart at admin@burnsidecityuc.org.au. Closing date for applications : Thursday 23 January.

New Bibles for BCUC
This Sunday you will see there are new BCUC church Bibles that have been purchased by the Church Council. They are New International Version ‘Comfort Print’ hardbacks which we will be able to refer to during worship services. We encourage you to take a bible as you walk in and use it, placing it back on the table when you leave. Note its still brilliant if you bring your own bible and make notes or use your phone/tablet. To raise people as Children of God we need to be equipped well. “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17.

Dumplings on Sunday 26 January
In celebration of Chinese New Year, we will be holding a dumpling making demonstration and tasting in the foyer. You can even join in and make some yourself.  There will be dumplings available for tasting between services and there will be a light lunch after the 10:30 services.  If you would like to come to the lunch, please see the signup sheet in the foyer today, where you can tell us how many are coming and if you are able to help by bringing a plate to share.

Uniting Church SA Bushfire Relief Fund
Please read this letter from Bronte Wilson, Moderator of UC SA, regarding the bushfire situation in South Australia. A donation page for the Uniting Church SA Bushfire Relief Fund can be found here. Donations will be used to support local congregations as they serve the people in their fire-affected communities, whether that be through the provision of chaplaincy, extra pastoral support, special events to assist in recovery or practical help in a myriad of ways.

HizBiz – a group for men
The Hizbiz new year will begin at BCUC on Tuesday 28th Jan at 6 pm for a seafood, chips and ice cream meal ($15) before viewing “The Genesis Code” at 7 pm. RSVP to Leigh Duffett or Rex King.

Summer Blitz Clean @BCUC
There are many areas of BCUC which would benefit from tidying and cleaning. Can you join a team of workers to clean walls, door knobs, cupboard doors , dust the Worship Centre, check chairs , blow the foyer & playgrounds etc. at 9.30-11.30am on Wednesday 22nd January? A team has already been gathered to clean the kitchen from top to bottom. Cleaning agents and materials will be provided or you can bring your own. We hope to have a team effort and achieve many improvements within 2 hours. All welcome to assist in any way you are able! If you would like to help, put your name on the list in the foyer or just turn up. Any questions ask Chris Lake or Di Croft

for the week of 12 January 2020

Uniting Church SA Bushfire Relief Fund
Please read this letter from Bronte Wilson, Moderator of UC SA, regarding the bushfire situation in South Australia. A donation page for the Uniting Church SA Bushfire Relief Fund can be found here. Donations will be used to support local congregations as they serve the people in their fire-affected communities, whether that be through the provision of chaplaincy, extra pastoral support, special events to assist in recovery or practical help in a myriad of ways.

CAP Money volunteer training in Adelaide 29th February
CAP Money is a course that teaches a Biblical approach to financial wellbeing: How to build a budget, make wise spending decisions, and save well. BCUC holds courses each year but we are in need of volunteers to run them. Are you passionate about helping others? Are you free on 29th Feb? Join us for a day’s training and learn more.  For further information contact Gaynor.

HizBiz – a group for men
The Hizbiz new year will begin at BCUC on Tuesday 28th Jan at 6 pm for a seafood, chips and ice cream meal ($15) before viewing “The Genesis Code” at 7 pm. To help plan catering please email or phone Leigh Duffett or Rex King. You will be made welcome when you meet with BCUC men.

Youth & Young Adults Pastor
BCUC is looking to appoint a Youth and Young Adults Pastor, one year contract, 0.4EFT. Job and Person specifications are available from this page on the UCA SA. Enquiries to Stuart at admin@burnsidecityuc.org.au. Closing date for applications : Thursday 23 January.

BCUC Children’s Ministry Team Leader
Church Council is seeking a Children’s Ministry team leader. A Position Description and further information can be obtained from Council Chair Ian Olver. We would like to receive applications by Monday January 13. We ask you to give this your prayerful consideration.

Big Week Out @ BCUC
Once again, BCUC will be hosting the East Base of the Big Week Out youth service event, January 13-17. Big Week Out is about young people putting faith into action by serving their community. Some of our youth will be attending and Benji will be speaking each night from Tuesday through Friday.  The BCUC Women’s Ministry will also be helping with catering.

Thank You! From BCUC Cares and Uniting Care
David from Uniting Care would like to express his deep gratitude to BCUC for their continuity of care and for their  generosity with food and toiletry donations during the Christmas hamper appeal. – Judy Carne on behalf of BCUC Cares.

for the week of 5 January 2020

Youth & Young Adults Pastor for BCUC
BCUC is looking to appoint a Youth and Young Adults Pastor, one year contract, 0.4EFT. Job and Person specifications are found at this link on the UCA SA website. Closing date for applications : Thursday 23rd January.

Seniors Second Sunday Lunch
Next Sunday, January 12th at 12noon. Come and join us for friendship, fun and food. Chicken & Salad plus a fruit platter. Please see Anita Wheaton for more information.

Big Week Out @ BCUC – January 13-17
Once again, BCUC will be hosting the East Base of the Big Week Out youth service event, January 13-17. Big Week Out is about young people putting faith into action by serving their community.  Expect an exciting and jam-packed week with passionate, diverse young people from all over Adelaide. Some of our youth will be attending and Benji will be speaking each night from Tuesday through Friday.  The BCUC Women’s Ministry will also be helping with catering. Its not to late for youth to register at http://www.bigweekout.org.au.

BCUC Children’s Ministry Team Leader
Church Council is seeking a Children’s Ministry team leader. After dedicated and committed leadership, Heather Walraven will be stepping down from this role. We are most grateful for her work which has seen great growth in our children’s ministry. A Position Description and further information can be obtained from Council Chair Ian Olver. We would like to receive applications by Monday January 13. We ask you to give this your prayerful consideration.

for the week of 29 December 2019

BCUC Children’s Ministry Team Leader
Church Council is seeking a Children’s Ministry team leader. After dedicated and committed leadership, Heather Walraven will be stepping down from this role. We are most grateful for her work which has seen great growth in our children’s ministry. A Position Description and further information can be obtained from Council Chair Ian Olver. We would like to receive applications by Monday January 13. We ask you to give this your prayerful consideration.

Junior Church
All Junior Church classes from now until the end of January will be  combined  together for common activities and teaching.

Psalm Booklet
Please collect today, one copy per family. It’s a Christmas gift from BCUC .

Christmas Bowl 2019
Christmas Bowl giving envelopes are available in the foyer.   You may place completed envelopes in the box at the back of the sanctuary through to December 30th.

for the week of 22 December 2019

Junior Church
All Junior Church classes from now until the end of January will be combined together for common activities and teaching.

Big Week Out Help Needed
In January there will be over one hundred high school aged people meeting at BCUC. They will be involved with a variety of activities that assist people in our local community. We have been asked to provide them with a meal. Please consider supporting their efforts by providing some food. More details will be in a future newsletter.

Christmas Bowl 2019
Christmas Bowl giving envelopes are available in the foyer. You may place completed envelopes in the box at the back of the sanctuary through to December 30th.

Christmas at Dr Jon’s Pantry
Select one of our specialities to give to a friend : Tomato relish, Pear & Ginger chutney, Cumquat marmalade, among many others. Taste before you buy !!

Christmas Day Lunch
Christmas is a time for families. If you are going to be on your own on Christmas Day and would like to share Christmas lunch with the church family, please stay on at the end of the 9:30am Christmas service for lunch in the Hall.
Please bring food to share. There will be sign up sheets in the foyer if you would like to let us know that you are coming.

BCUC Cares – Christmas Hamper
Uniting 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. Suggested Christmas Hamper items include:

Christmas Cake/Pudding, Coffee, Tea, Milo, Soft Drinks, Longlife Custard,Biscuits/Cracker, Chips/Lollies,Canned Fruit/Vegetables,Canned Tuna, Ham or Turkey,Spreads, Soup, Cereal,Other non-perishable foods, Toys

Summer Events for Children / Youth
CE Camp (ages 14 – 20)
Dec 29 – Jan 2
visit ce.asn.au

Jnr CE Camp (ages 9 – 13)
January 5 – 9
visit ce.asn.au/junior-camp

Big Week Out (high school aged)
January 13-17
visit bigweekout.org.au

for the week of 8 December 2019

Christmas Day Lunch
Christmas is a time for families. If you are going to be on your own on Christmas Day and would like to share Christmas lunch with the church family, please stay on at the end of the 9:30am Christmas service for lunch in the Hall. Please bring food to share. There will be sign up sheets in the foyer if you would like to let us know that you are coming.

Christmas at Dr Jon’s Pantry
Select one of our specialities to give to a friend : Tomato relish, Pear & Ginger chutney, Cumquat marmalade,  among many others. Taste before you buy !! 

Loss of School Chaplaincy Funding
In recent years BICC have supported chaplaincy in 4 local schools. We were informed that there will be no more government funding for 3 of those schools. This year the government has funded 40 hours/week and BICC has funded 36.  The loss of the government contribution is a severe blow. Please pray for a resolution to this problem.

BCUC Cares – Christmas Hamper
Uniting 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. Suggested Christmas Hamper items include:

Christmas Cake/Pudding, Coffee, Tea, Milo, Soft Drinks,Longlife Custard,Biscuits/Cracker, Chips/Lollies,Canned Fruit/Vegetables,Canned Tuna, Ham or Turkey,Spreads, Soup, Cereal,Other non-perishable foods, Toys

Summer Events for Children / Youth
CE Camp (ages 14 – 20)
Dec 29 – Jan 2
visit ce.asn.au

Jnr CE Camp (ages 9 – 13)
January 5 – 9
visit ce.asn.au/junior-camp

Big Week Out (high school aged)
January 13-17
visit bigweekout.org.au

 

for the week of 1 December 2019

Playgroup Farm Barn @ BCUC
December 10 from 9:30am. All children ages 0 to 5 are invited to this special Playgroup year end event.  Come and see/hold a variety of baby farm animals.    Cost $4.

Children’s Nativity Service
The younger members of our Church, their family and friends are again excited to bring you the story of the Nativity. Sunday 8 November 2019 at 9.00am Please stay afterwards and share morning tea with us.

Youth Bowling Night
December 6. Meet at 7:00pm at BCUC.

Dr Jon’s Pantry
New season’s tomato relish is now available in the pantry!  Come and browse and maybe find a small Christmas gift.

BCUC Cares – Christmas Hamper
Uniting 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. Suggested Christmas Hamper items include:

  • Christmas Cake/Pudding
  • Coffee, Tea, Milo, Soft Drinks
  • Longlife Custard
  • Biscuits/Cracker, Chips/Lollies
  • Canned Fruit/Vegetables
  • Canned Tuna, Ham or Turkey
  • Spreads, Soup, Cereal
  • Other non-perishable foods
  • Toys

 

New Church Councillors
Congratulations to those elected to the church council at last Sunday’s AGM.  The new and re-elected councillors are Thomas Pruszinski, Valerie Aloa, Nirmal Robinson,  Tim Piper, Annette LeMay, and Christine You.

Presbytery Decision
At last Sunday’s AGM. the members of the congregation voted and chose that BCUC would join the Generate Presbytery.

Monday Day Fellowship
2nd December, 1:30pm featuring the  Adelaide Youth Orchestra String Quartet.

Christmas Psalm Booklet
Submit your psalm to bcucchats@
burnsidecityuc.org.au by 10 December.

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

Netball Christmas Celebration TODAY, 6pm @ BCUC
Dinner, drinks, and ice cream. Activities, carols, and a Christmas message. Free! Congregation invited.

Summer Events for Children / Youth
CE Camp (ages 14 – 20)
Dec 29 – Jan 2
visit ce.asn.au

Jnr CE Camp (ages 9 – 13)
January 5 – 9
visit ce.asn.au/junior-camp

Big Week Out (high school aged)
January 13-17
visit bigweekout.org.au

for the week of 24 November 2019

AGM
Please join us for our AGM today at 2pm. The agenda, budget, Annual Report, and Elder nominee profiles have been emailed to members.  Paper copies are also available at the reception desk.

Forum on Presbyteries Video
A video of Wednesday’s forum is available in the resources section of our website.   For those who do not have access to the internet, we will be showing the video in the worship space following the Classic service this morning.  BCUC’s vote on presbyteries will be held today at the AGM.

Netball Christmas Celebration – Sunday 1 December, 6pm @ BCUC
Dinner, drinks, and ice cream. Activities, carols, and a Christmas message.  Free! RSVP for catering purposes to bcucnc@gmail.com.

Big Week Out
Once again, BCUC will be hosting the East Base of the Big Week Out youth service event, January 13-17. Big Week Out is an initiative of local churches. It is about young people putting faith into action by serving their community.  Expect an exciting and jam-packed week with passionate, diverse young people from all over Adelaide. High school aged students can register now at http://www.bigweekout.org.au.

Monday Day Fellowship
A day to remember.  2nd December, 1:30pm.  The Monday Day Fellowship is going to be entertained by the Adelaide Youth Orchestra String Quartet.  Brilliant young people with so much talent.  It will be a marvellous way to complete a most enjoyable year with so much friendship and fellowship.  Christmas is a time of joy and celebration so members of the congregation are very welcome, if you are a regular or just joining us on this special occasion.  Afternoon tea and fellowship will complete the day.  Love to see you there.

Christmas Psalm Booklet
Please write your own Psalm to share in our Christmas Psalm Booklet.  Psalms teaches us how to relate to God as God’s beloved children, individually and together. Some poetic styles such as Sonnet, Haiku, Acrostic, Free Verse and others can be used to describe God’s nature, His relationship to the world, His Son, His Spirit, and His relationship with you. “Psalms is a form of storytelling. The key to writing is making the audience feel. Give them something to remember and hold onto. It expresses time with God” Send your Psalm to bcucchats@burnsidecityuc.org.au.

for the week of 17 November 2019

Presbytery Information Forum – Wednesday Nov. 20th, 7pm @ BCUC
In preparation for the congregation to decide at the Nov 24th AGM whether we will join Generate Presbytery or remain in the default, regional presbytery (named “Presbytery B”), we will host an information forum with special guests: Rev. Steph Tai (Secretary of Generate) and Rev. Sue Page (Assoc. Gen. Secretary from the presbytery restructuring task group). They will be available for a Q and A.

Netball Christmas Celebration – Sunday 1 December, 6pm @ BCUC
Dinner, drinks, and ice cream. Activities, carols, and a Christmas message.  Free! RSVP for catering purposes to bcucnc@gmail.com or call Cathie.

Christmas Psalm Booklet
Please write your own Psalm to share in our Christmas Psalm Booklet.  Psalms teaches us how to relate to God as God’s beloved children, individually and together. Some poetic styles such as Sonnet, Haiku, Acrostic, Free Verse and others can be used to describe God’s nature, His relationship to the world, His Son, His Spirit, and His relationship with you. “Psalms is a form of storytelling. The key to writing is making the audience feel. Give them something to remember and hold onto. It expresses time with God”.  Send your Psalm to bcucchats@burnsidecityuc.org.au

Elder/Church Councillor Nominees
Profiles of nominees standing for Elders to Church Council have been emailed to the congregation.  Printed copies of this booklet are available today at the reception desk.  Voting for Elders will be held at the AGM on November 24th.    Be guided by the Holy Spirit as you consider your vote.

AGM
Please join us for our AGM on
Sunday November 24 at 2pm. The agenda, budget, Annual Report, and Elder nominee profiles have been emailed to members.  Paper copies are also available at the reception desk.

Mid Week Communion
A communion service will be held Monday November 18th at 2pm in the Chapel.  All are invited.

Unwrapping Joy – Wednesday Study Group
As a follow-on from our recent Alpha event, we are holding a five session study series Wednesday lunch times (12 noon). We are using Benji’s book, “Unwrapping Joy”, which focusses on the joy of Jesus’ arrival here on earth, and the joy that we can experience as believers. We meet at BCUC and bring our own lunch to eat with others in community. This Wednesday will be our second week but please feel free to join in and to invite anyone else to these sessions, as we look forward in joyful anticipation to Christmas time as a celebration of Jesus’ birth.