News

for the week of January 13th

Prayer in January
The 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 Coming
Kids 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 Out
We 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.

for the week of January 6th

Prayer in January
The 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 Lunch
Next 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 Week
The 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 Hamper
BCUC 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.

for the week of December 30th

KCO is Coming
Kids 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 Lunch
January 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.

for the week of 23 December 2018

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Christmas Hamper Update
This 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 Hours
The 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 Coming
Kids 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.

for the week of 16 December 2018

Christmas Services
Christmas Eve
6:00pm Family Service
11:30pm Carols & Candles

Christmas Day
9:30am Worship for everyone

‘Welcome to BCUC’ Afternoon Tea
For 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 Brooks
A 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 Gary
Dear 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 Sunday
By 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 Coming
Kids 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 Postcards
We 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.

For the week of 9 December

KCO is Coming
Kids 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 Postcards
We 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 2018
Giving 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 Pantry
Can 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 Sunday
The 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 Group
We 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 Cares
Uniting 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.

for the week of 18 November

 

AGM
Please join us for our AGM on Sunday November 25 at 2pm. Reports are available in the foyer.

Christmas Cards
Christmas cards in aid of U.C. missions are available on Sundays after each service in the foyer.

Monday Day Fellowship
We are celebrating Christmas with a HIGH TEA on Monday December 3 at 1.30pm.  Members of the congregation are invited to join us for a pleasant afternoon.

Norwood Christmas Pageant
There are many ways to participate in this year’s pageant on November 24 – distributing balloons to children, carrying signs, or joining the carol singers’ truck. An information sheet is available at the front desk in the foyer if you would like to help or participate.

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, now through  December 16. Thank you for sharing the many blessings God has so generously given us. Suggested Christmas Hamper items can be found on a list available at the front desk.

for the week of November 11

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Norwood Christmas Pageant
There are many ways to participate in this year’s pageant on November 24 – distributing balloons to children, carrying signs, or joining the carol singers’ truck.  Please view this information sheet if you would like to help or participate:  2018 Norwood Christmas Pageant


BCUC Cares – Christmas Hamper
Hamper 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.


AGM
Please join us for our AGM on
Sunday November 25 at 2pm
Reports are available in the foyer.


Presbytery and Synod Meeting
The Annual Meeting of the Presbytery and Synod of South Australia  is being held this week from Thursday through Saturday. Please pray for our representatives  to this meeting : Rob, Trevor, Valerie Aloa, and Peter Shackleford.


Christmas Cards
Christmas cards in aid of U.C. missions are available on Sundays after each service in the foyer.

 

 

for the week of November 4

AGM
Please join us for our AGM on
Sunday November 25 at 2pm.
Reports will be available
next Sunday November 11.


Monday Day Fellowship
Our next meeting is Monday November 5 at 1.30pm.  Heather Maynard who works untiringly for Lifeline will speak about the history and development of this life saving service.  We encourage all members to attend and invite a friend. Ruth Daws, Coordinator.


Christmas Cards
Christmas cards in aid of U.C. missions will not be sold today, but will be available again next Sunday and on following Sundays.


Barnabas Fund Event @ BCUC
Come and hear Patrick Sookhdeo speak on current trends in Christian Persecution.  You will get insights to guide your prayers for our suffering brothers and sisters. Saturday November 10, 9:30am. A flyer is available at the front desk.


BCUC Saturday Friendship Club
Our 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. BYO Drinks. Booking deadline November 11.


Seniors Second Sunday Lunch
Sunday November 11, 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.


Sizzling Sausages – A Church for Oodnadatta
The children of BCUC invite you to their sausage sizzle to help raise funds to build a Church for Oodnadatta.  Sunday November 11 at 10:00am between services in the foyer.


BCUC Cares – Christmas Hamper
Hamper 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.


Rob on Leave
Rob will be on leave from Thursday  November 8 through Tuesday November  13 inclusive.

God’s Big Picture

 Many people have difficulty in reading and understanding the Bible, especially the Old Testament; do not give up ! The Bible: sixty-six books by forty authors, written over some 2000 years in different genres…..yet it is one story ! It is no ordinary book. How can you and I begin to read and understand the Bible as a whole ?

VAUGHAN ROBERTS by using the theme ‘The Kingdom of God’, has written a helpful book : GOD’S BIG PICTURE. The book will help you to become familiar with the Old Testament, discovering how the coming of Jesus is promised and anticipated right from Genesis – the author’s aim is to give an overview of the main storyline of the whole Bible.

You will not find this book “heavy” or “theological”; it is easy to read. Besides, each chapter can be used as a personal or group bible study, with suggested questions.

Why not borrow it and benefit ? You can find it on the display shelf in the Activities room.