Concern for West Papua

Christian churches in West Papua are working together to raise concerns and speak clearly on behalf of the people of West Papua.A recent statement issued on 28th July 2009 by the Alliance of Churches in the Land of Papua (West Papua) raises concerns about ongoing violence and intimidation in “Tanah Papua” (the “Land of Papua” or West Papua). Continue reading

Uniting Church News & Notes 29 July 2009

Congregations
Presbytery & Synod of WA
From the National Church
UnitingCare and Congregational Outreach Activities
Ecumenical & International
Community
Jobs: Paid and Volunteer
Web of Learning
Ministry Resourcing Centre
Prayer Calendar
Events Diary

Congregations

  • Nedlands Uniting Church is holding a Women’s Breakfast on Saturday 1 August from 8.30am – 10.00am. Emma Matthews will be speaking on ‘How I Got Up After I Fell Down’ and sharing her story about recovering from brain injury. For more information contact Ann Bettison on (08) 9386 1770 or email events@nedlandsuniting.com
  • Maylands / Mount Lawley Uniting Church presents ‘All Hymns Bright and Beautiful’ on Sunday 2 August from 2.00pm at the church. Led by the award winning 40-piece Armadale City Concert Band who will perform band pieces and hymns to sing along to. All money raised will go towards the renovation and restoration of the pipe organ. For more information contact Don Cook on (08) 9225 4180.
  • The next Byford Uniting Church Family Dance is on Friday 14 August, at the Recreation Centre, Mead Street, Byford from 7.30pm to 10.30pm. The 10 piece band will play for the barn dance, hucklebuck, pride of erin, hokey pokey, gypsy tap and many others. Adult $8 plus a plate of supper to share, $3 school aged children, family $20 (2+3). Contact Doug Burtenshaw on (08) 9525 1917. 

Presbytery & Synod of WA

  • The next South West Regional Gathering is on Saturday 1 August at Manjimup Uniting Church.
  • The next Metro North Regional Gathering is on Saturday 1 August at Noranda Uniting Church.
  • The next Great Eastern Regional Gathering is on Saturday 15 August at Mukinbudin Uniting Church. Beginning with morning tea at 10.00am. Rev John Whaley will be commissioned as the regional pastor. For more information contact Gordon Jones on (08) 9047 1073.
  • The First Third Team are holding another Passionate People’s Party on Saturday 7 November, 12.30pm – 3.30pm at The Billabong Uniting Church. For more information contact Rick Morrell on (08) 9260 9800.
  • The Media and Communications Unit are in the process of producing the 2010 Uniting Church Diary. It will be packed full of useful information including the lectionary for Year C.  We carry some advertising in the diary and if you or your congregation are interested in taking one of these spaces, please contact Andy Reavell on (08) 9260 9818 or email andy.reavell@wa.uca.org.au.  If you regularly use a diary, then this is the one for you! A5 size, it has a week to an opening. Secure your copy by calling or emailing the above contact details.
  • Win a DVD.  Courtesy of Heritage HM, we have a number of copies of the DVD “A Letter to Dad”. Based on a true story, the movie addresses how faith and love can overcome a lifetime of pain and anger.  To win one of these DVDs, just be among the first ten to email andy.reavell@wa.uca.org.au with your name and address.

From the National Church

  • Rev Alistair Macrae and Dr Kerry Enright were interviewed on ABC Sunday Nights about the 12th National Assembly. To listen to the story visit www.abc.net.au/sundaynights/stories/s2630133.htm.
  • The Uniting Church in Australia president, Rev Alistair Macrae has responded to the opinion piece, ‘Questions over God’s place in the Dreaming’ that appeared in the Weekend Australian on July 25. To view his response visit http://assembly.uca.org.au/media-centre/50-mediareleases09/500-responsegodsplacedreaming.html.
  • UnitingJustice has produced two colourful, information brochures for church members. They represent the Assembly’s statement on human rights Dignity in Humanity: Recognising Christ in Every Person, and climate change For the Sake of the Planet and all its People. Brochures are free and are printed on carbon neutral paper. To obtain some contact UnitingJustice on (02) 8267 4236 or email unitingjustice@nat.uca.org.au.

UnitingCare and Congregational Outreach Activities

  • Good Samaritan Industries (GSI) officially opened their new store in Belmont last week. This brings the total number of stores to 24. For more information visit www.goodsamaritan.com.au.

Ecumenical & International

  • World Vision is holding a STIR Session to uncover the truth about the world’s biggest food crisis on Thursday 30 July, 6.30pm – 8.30pm at Curtin University’s Norm Duffy Theatre. Speakers include Alana Smith, David Lansley and David Doepel. For more information or to RSVP visit http://stir.org.au/stir/Content.aspx?topicID=677.
  • Australian Church Women is holding it’s annual Fellowship Day at Victoria Park & Districts Star Street Uniting Church on Friday 31 July at 10.00am. The theme is ‘Our God is ever Faithful’ and the speaker is Sister Wendy. Refreshments will be served. For more information contact Lee Edwards at leerev@optusnet.com.au.
  • The TEAR WA Youth Network invites young adults to Village Time ’09 on Saturday 1 August, 7.30pm at Mount Pleasant Uniting Church. An opportunity to help raise funds to buy a integrated development package for an entire village. Stalls will be open to deepen your knowledge, awareness and involvement in changing the world for good rather than evil. Confirmed artists include Andrew Winton, The Bulletholes, Tree and Reyjavik Orange. Cost $10. For more information contact Steve McKinnon at smck@bigpond.net.au.
  • The 2009 Sustainable September Committee invites anyone interested in sustainability to join them at a sundowner on Thursday 6 August, 5.30 – 7.00pm at City West Lotteries House, 2 Delhi Street, West Perth. Meet people currently working on sustainability initiatives and hear about the work of the committee. For more information email sarah.mumme@wa.uca.org.au or lorilee@wacoss.org.au.
  • Alpha for Prisons, Prison Fellowship and Kairos is holding ‘What’s so amazing about prison ministry’ on Saturday 29 August from 9.00am – 4.30pm at the Overflow Café, 100 Lake Street, Northbridge. Cost $20 including session notes. Mingle with experienced prison workers and get inspired and equipped together to explore prison ministry for the first time. For more information visit www.alphafriends.org.au/cfeoconferences.

Community

  • The City of Perth is presenting a free exhibition from Thursday 13 August – Sunday 6 September at Perth Town Hall. ‘Nightsoil, Hatpins and Health Inspectors: Cleaning up the City of Perth.’  Archived material, old photographs and memorabilia tells the story of how Perth grew into a city in five years between 1910 to 1915. For more information visit www.perth.wa.gov.au.
  • The Dogs Refuge Home in Shenton Park is in need of old, clean blankets to help keep the dogs warn during winter. If you would like to donate blankets or towels contact Natalie Long on (08) 9381 8166.

Jobs: Paid and Volunteer

  • Ross Memorial Uniting Church in the City, cnr Colin & Hay Streets, West Perth is looking for volunteers to assist in their Open Door program when the church is open during the day for local workers and residents coming to pray and make enquiries. For more information contact Maureen on (08) 9444 7598 or maurn@aapt.net.au.   

Web of Learning

  • School of Ministry offers unique opportunities to enter into missiological reflection and to engage with the bases and sources of Christian spirituality. This year it is being held from 31 August to 3 September at St Peter’s & Emmaus Community Church, 56 Green Street, Joondanna. The theme is ‘Spirituality and Mission’. Keynote speakers include Dr Ross Langmead, Dr Nancy Ault and Rev Prof William Loader. For more information visit www.wa.uca.org.au/weboflearning/ or contact Perth Theological Hall on (08) 9360 6880.

  • The Perth Theological Hall Wednesday program is open to members of the wider church. Sessions are 10.30am-12.45pm at the Murdoch University Worship Centre.  The semester 2 program commences on 5 August and continues with the theme ‘Humanity of the Minister’. From 9 September – 21 October the theme will be ‘Leadership’.
    5 August:  Time Management Workshop with Rev Ken Williams
    12 August:  Issues of Public Role and Private Life with Rev Elke Riekmann, Rev Caroline Tapley and Denis Tapley
    19 August:  Issues of Public Role and Private Life (continued) with Rev Don Dowling, Kay Dowling, Rev Vivien Larkin, Rev Ron Larkin, Rev Floss Atkinson and Rev John Atkinson
    26 August:  Closed session – PTH candidates only.

Ministry Resourcing Centre

New books for July:
God Is by Mark Macleod, 2009, ABC Books $24.95 hardback. The gentle words and pictures in this book for children will help them understand the question, ‘Where is God?’.
A People’s History of Christianity by Diana Butler Bass, 2009, Harper One, $39.95 hardback. This book authenticates the vital, emerging Christian movements of our time, providing the historical evidence that celebrates these movements as thoroughly Christian and faithful to the mission and message of Jesus.
Best Loved Prayers and Words of Wisdom compiled by Martin Manser, 2009, Collins $29.95 hardback. This book features words and prayers from 300BC to the present day, with a brief introduction to each one. Useful for individuals to read, as a gift or inspiration for planning a ceremonial occasion, speech wedding or funeral.
God’s Tapestry: Understanding and Celebrating Differences by William M. Kondrath, 2008, Alban Institute $37.95 paperback. In this book Kondrath shows how ongoing divisions connected to race, gender and other differences are tangled up in powerful emotions that need to be respected and changed so the whole community can move on.
Together in Song (melody edition) will increase in price from $36.95 to $39.95 at the end of July. Please let Dorothy know if you are thinking of buying copies in the near future.

10% discount on these books during July.

For more info contact Dorothy Carey on (08) 9260 9800 or 1300 736 692.

Prayer Calendar

For the week commencing Sunday 2 August: Metro Central: Uniting Church in the City (Perth St Andrew’s, Perth Trinity, Perth Wesley and West Perth Ross Memorial congregations. Please also pray our partner church the Korean Christian Church in Japan.

(Please check the calendar for your church, committee or network and contact Karen Honeybun with any specific prayer requests.)

Events Diary

If you are planning an event for 2009 that you think would be of interest to other people in the Uniting Church community, let us know so we can put it in our calendar. We would also encourage you to contact us during your planning so you can check what other people are doing to avoid diary conflicts.

For more information on these events visit www.wa.uca.org.au/home/events-diary/

This Week

  • Friday 31 July, 10.00am. Australian Church Women Fellowship Day at Victoria Park & Districts Star Street Uniting Church.
  • Saturday 1 August. South West Regional Gathering at Manjimup Uniting Church.
  • Saturday 1 August, 8.30am. Women’s Breakfast at Nedlands Uniting Church.
  • Saturday 1 August, 10.00am. Metro North Regional Gathering at Noranda Uniting Church.
  • Saturday 1 August, 7.30pm. Village Time ‘09 at Mount Pleasant Uniting Church.
  • Sunday 2 August, 2.00pm. All Hymns Bright and Beautiful at Maylands / Mount Lawley Uniting Church.
  • Wednesday 5 August, 10.30am. Wednesday Program at Murdoch University Worship Centre.

Next Week

  • Thursday 6 August. Hiroshima Day.
  • Saturday 8 August, 9.30am. Great Southern Regional Gathering at Wagin Uniting Church.
  • Saturday 8 August, 2.00pm. Metro South Regional Gathering at Kardinya Uniting Church.
  • Sunday 9 August, 11.30am. The Circle for Dangerous Thinking meets at Uniting Church in the City.
  • Sunday 9 August, 6.30pm. Rev Vivien Larkin’s Induction at Wesley Uniting Church, Perth.
  • Monday 10 August. General Council Meeting.
  • Tuesday 11 August, 1.30pm. Ladies Guild afternoon at Como Uniting Church.
  • Wednesday 12 August, 10.30am. Wednesday Program at Murdoch University Worship Centre.

Next Month

  • Thursday 13 August, 7.30pm. Rev Marie Wilson’s Induction at Kardinya Uniting Church.
  • Friday 14 August, 7.30pm. Byford Uniting Church Family Dance at the Recreation Centre, Mead Street, Byford.
  • Friday 14 August, 7.30pm. Quiz Night at Star Street Uniting Church.
  • Saturday 15 August. Great Eastern Regional Gathering at Mukinbudin Uniting Church.
  • Sunday 16 August, 2.00pm. 2009 Organ Recital at Willetton Uniting Church.
  • Sunday 16 August, 2.30pm. Variety Concert at York Uniting Church.
  • Sunday 16 – Friday 21 August. Experience Shark Bay Desert Journey.
  • Wednesday 19 August, 10.00am. Uniting Church Mission Fellowship meeting at Wesley Uniting Church Guild Room, Perth.
  • Wednesday 19 August, 10.30am. Wednesday Program at Murdoch University Worship Centre.
  • Thursday 20 August, 10.30am. Retired Ministers Fellowship Group meeting at Manning Uniting Church.
  • Friday 21 – Wednesday 26 August. Save the Children Book Sale at the University of WA.
  • Saturday 22 August, 7.00pm. Bible Society’s 125th Anniversary Dinner at Government House Ballroom.
  • Tuesday 25 August. UCAF WA Annual Fellowship Day at Guildford Wesley Chapel.
  • Wednesday 26 August, 10.30am. Wednesday Program at Murdoch University Worship Centre.
  • Friday 28 August. Daffodil Day.
  • Friday 28 – Sunday 30 August. Holland Track Inspirational Walk at Holland Track Farm, Newdegate.
  • Sunday 30 August. Refugee and Migrant Sunday.
  • Sunday 30 August, 2.00pm. Cathie Lambert’s Ordination at Penrhos College Chapel.
  • Monday 31 August – Thursday 3 September.  School of Ministry at St Peter’s & Emmaus Community Church.

Later

  • Monday 7 September. UCAF South West Region Fellowship Gathering at St Augustine’s Uniting Church, Bunbury.
  • Friday 11 September, 7.30pm. Byford Uniting Church Family Dance at the Recreation Centre, Mead Street,Byford.
  • Wednesday 16 September, 10.00am. Uniting Church Mission Fellowship meeting at Wesley Uniting Church Guild Room, Perth.
  • Thursday 17 – Friday 18 September. Wildflower Exhibition at Busselton Uniting Church.
  • Friday 18 – Sunday 20 September. TEAR WA Conference at Ern Halliday Conference Centre, Sorrento.
  • Saturday 19 – Sunday 20 September. Annual Meeting of Presbytery and Synod of WA.
  • Sunday 20 September, 5.00pm. Voices in Praise Seasons of the Soul Concert at Mt Pleasant Uniting Church.
  • Saturday 26 – Monday 28 September. PNEUMA Camp Fire at Lake Yealering.
  • Sunday 27 September. Social Justice Sunday.
  • Thursday 8 – Thursday 15 October. John Bell visit to Western Australia.
  • Friday 9 October, 7.30pm. Byford Uniting Church Family Dance at the Recreation Centre, Mead Street,Byford.
  • Saturday 10 October. World Mental Health Day.
  • Sunday 11 – Saturday 17 October. Anti Poverty Week.
  • Friday 16 October – Sunday 18 October. National Seminar on Word & Music in Worship at Wesley Uniting Church Canberra.
  • Wednesday 21 October, 10.00am. Uniting Church Mission Fellowship meeting at Wesley Uniting Church Guild Room, Perth.
  • Friday 23 – Sunday 25 October. Rural Ministry Gathering.
  • Saturday 24 – Sunday 25 October. Back to Moora Weekend.
  • Thursday 29 October, 9.30am. Code of Ethics Training at the Uniting Church Centre.
  • Saturday 7 November, 12.30pm. First Third Passionate People’s Party at The Billabong Uniting Church.
  • Monday 9 November, 9.30am.  Friends of Frontier Services meeting at the Frontier Services office, Midland.
  • Wednesday 11 November. Remembrance Day.
  • Friday 13 November, 7.30pm. Byford Uniting Church Family Dance at the Recreation Centre, Mead Street,Byford.
  • Wednesday 19 November, 10.00am. Uniting Church Mission Fellowship meeting at Wesley Uniting Church Guild Room, Perth.
  • Tuesday 1 December. World Aids Day.
  • Thursday 3 December. International Day of People with Disability.
  • Thursday 3 December. Moderators Reception at Murdoch University Worship Centre, Murdoch.
  • Thursday 10 December. Human Rights Day.
  • Friday 11 December, 7.30pm. Byford Uniting Church Family Dance at the Recreation Centre, Mead Street,Byford.
  • Sunday 13 December. 125th Anniversary Celebrations at Dongara Uniting Church.
  • Friday 25 December. Christmas Day.

Voices in Praise – Seasons of the Soul concert

Voices in Praise present ‘Seasons of the Soul’ fundraiser concert on Sunday, 20 September at 5.00pm at Mt Pleasant Uniting Church, Cnr Coomoora & Reynolds Rd.   Soul searching music based on Eccesiastes readings.  Guest artist – Duncan Gardiner, Classical Guitarist.  Wonderful afternoon – all welcome.  Cost $12.00 – $7.00 conc -on arrival.   Light supper provided. All welcome.  Proceeds to UnitingCare West to assist homeless people.

Uniting Church News & Notes 22 July 2009

Congregations
Presbytery & Synod of WA
From the National Church
Ecumenical & International
Community
Jobs: Paid and Volunteer
Ministry Resourcing Centre
Prayer Calendar
Events Diary

Congregations

  • Newdegate Uniting Church is hosting the Big Day In at Dunk’s Coffee Shop on Sunday 26 July from 10.00am – 3.00pm. A festival celebrating Jesus Christ through music. Bringing together WA’s Christian musicians. Lunch provided. You can make a weekend of it and see Newdegate take on Lake Grace/Pingrup in footy on Saturday too. For more information contact Nick Kelly on 0428 719 008 or Ryan Joyce on 0447 012 502.
  • Floreat Uniting Church is starting the next series of Living the Questions discussion nights on Tuesday 28 July from 7.30pm – 9.00pm in the undercroft, 50 Berkeley Crescent, Floreat. The continuing classes will run during the school term. For more information or the pre-reading material visit www.floreat.unitingchurch.org.au.
  • Uniting Church in the City is starting a new ministry called ‘The Circle for Dangerous Thinking’ on Sunday 9 August from 11.30am. Discuss provocative and challenging books. For more information phone (08) 6103 4222 or visit www.perthunitingchurch.com.au.
  • Como Uniting Church ladies guild is having an at home afternoon on Tuesday 11 August at 1.30pm at the church. Guest speaker is Jade Lewis will be speak from her personal experience with drug addiction. Afternoon tea will follow.
  • Star Street Uniting Church is having a quiz night on Friday 14 August at 7.30pm. Tickets $10. Tables of 6-8 people. Proceeds go towards water projects in East Timor. For more information contact Floss Atkinson on (08) 9361 6311 or Anne Szepanyck on 0434 920 677.
  • Star Street Uniting Church currently has a group of people reading Jesus by Marcus Borg If you have a copy you would be willing to lend to the group for a couple of weeks please contact Rev Floss Atkinson on (08) 9361 6311.

Presbytery & Synod of WA

  • The next Metro East Regional Gathering is at 9.30am on Saturday 25 July at Guildford Wesley Chapel.  Guests are Rick Morrell, team leader of the First Third Unit and Brian Carey, synod mission planner. They will talk about some of the new initiatives for reaching out to the communities in which we live. This is your opportunity to learn more, make suggestions and ask your questions. There will also be a bookstall with the latest from the Uniting Church bookshop. Everyone welcome. For more information contact Geoff Ebell at grebell@iinet.net.au.
  • Rev Vivien Larkin will be inducted in to her placement with the Synod of Western Australia as Joint Associate General Secretary (Pastoral) on Sunday 9 August at 6.30pm at Wesley Uniting Church in the City.
  • Rev Marie Wilson will be inducted in to her placement at Kardinya Uniting Church on Thursday 13 August at 7.30pm. Ken Williams will be presiding.
  • The Uniting Church Adult Fellowship annual fellowship day is on Tuesday 25 August at Guildford Wesley Uniting Church. Please note the day in Newslink is incorrect however the diary is correct. For more information contact Aladina on (08) 9531 2556.
  • Authorised Celebrants. If you are listed with the Uniting Church in Australia, Synod of Western Australia as an authorised celebrant it is your responsibility under the Marriage Act 1961 to notify the Registrar General’s Department if you have changed your address. This should be done within 30 days of you changing address. Please note this is a personal responsibility and not the responsibility of the Uniting Church Centre.
  • Innovative Opportunities Unlimited (IOU) Fund is once again open for applications. Guidelines and applications forms are available from the Uniting Church Centre or on the website. Closing date for applications is Monday 3 August 2009. To obtain a set of guidelines and application form contact Rick Morrell on (08) 9260 8900 or email event@wa.uca.org.au. Forms can also be downloaded at www.wa.uca.org.au

From the National Church

  • The Uniting Church in Australia has today offered its prayerful support for the Methodist Church in Fiji and Rotuma, the day after four Methodist Church leaders were detained at the Army Camp. The Uniting Church received word overnight that the Methodist Church’s General Secretary, Accountant, and two Past Presidents were all being held at the Army Camp for interrogation. For the full story visit http://assembly.uca.org.au/.
  • The 12th National Assembly of the Uniting Church in Australia finished yesterday in Sydney. News including the election of Rev Dr Andrew Dutney as President-Elect and the adoption of the new constitution preamble is available on the website at www.assembly2009.uca.org.au

Ecumenical & International

  • The Christian Meditation Community is holding a Silent Retreat Day on Saturday 22 August from 9.00am – 4.00pm at St Thomas More Church and Parish Centre, 100 Dean Road, Bateman. A day of reflection will involve sessions of input, personal reflection, Prayer for the Hours, meditation and a silent lunch led by Rev Paul Cannon. Cost is $10 donation. Bring your own lunch. For more info contact the Christian Meditation Community on (08) 9444 5810 or christianmeditation@iinet.net.au.  

Community

  • The Perth Organ Festival is a series of organ concerts being held throughout Perth from July until September. The first is on Thursday 23 July at 7.30pm at St George’s Cathedral. For the complete programme information for each concert visit www.oswa.org.au.
  • The Centre for Human Rights Education invites you to a public lecture ‘Should dolphins fight the Iraq war?’ on Thursday 30 July, 6.00pm at the Curtin University of Technology, Building 300 Room 221. Dr Raj Ramanathapillai will be leading the lecture. For more information contact Laura Valli on laura.valli@student.curtin.edu.au.

Jobs: Paid and Volunteer

  • Como Uniting Church is looking for an organist/pianist for Sunday services. For more information contact Rev John Barendrect on 0416 288 079.
  • Ross Memorial Uniting Church in the City is looking for volunteers to assist in their Open Door program when the church is open during the day for local workers and residents coming to pray and make enquiries. For more information contact Maureen on (08) 9444 7598.
  • Good Samaritan Industries is looking for an experienced HR driver for a position in their free home collections area, based in Canning Vale. For more information contact Ann Cunningham on (08) 9463 0565 or ann.cunningham@gsi.org.au.
  • Good Samaritan Industries is seeking a full time retail assistant for their metro store and also for their Belmont store. For more information contact Jacquie Scanlan at Jacquie.scanlan@gsi.org.au

Ministry Resourcing Centre

New books for July:
God Is by Mark Macleod, 2009, ABC Books $24.95 hardback. The gentle words and pictures in this book for children will help them understand the question, ‘Where is God?’.
A People’s History of Christianity by Diana Butler Bass, 2009, Harper One, $39.95 hardback. This book authenticates the vital, emerging Christian movements of our time, providing the historical evidence that celebrates these movements as thoroughly Christian and faithful to the mission and message of Jesus.
Best Loved Prayers and Words of Wisdom compiled by Martin Manser, 2009, Collins $29.95 hardback. This book features words and prayers from 300BC to the present day, with a brief introduction to each one. Useful for individuals to read, as a gift or inspiration for planning a ceremonial occasion, speech wedding or funeral.
God’s Tapestry: Understanding and Celebrating Differences by William M. Kondrath, 2008, Alban Institute $37.95 paperback. In this book Kondrath shows how ongoing divisions connected to race, gender and other differences are tangled up in powerful emotions that need to be respected and changed so the whole community can move on.
Together in Song (melody edition) will increase in price from $36.95 to $39.95 at the end of July. Please let Dorothy know if you are thinking of buying copies in the near future.

10% discount on these books during July.

For more info contact Dorothy Carey on (08) 9260 9800 or 1300 736 692.

Prayer Calendar

For the week commencing Sunday 26 July: Great Eastern: Wongan Hills – Goomalling Group (Goomalling, Konnongorring and Wongan Hills congregations. Please also pray for the Council of Christians and Jews in WA, Council of Churches of WA and YouthCare.

(Please check the calendar for your church, committee or network and contact Karen Honeybun with any specific prayer requests.)

Events Diary

If you are planning an event for 2009 that you think would be of interest to other people in the Uniting Church community, let us know so we can put it in our calendar. We would also encourage you to contact us during your planning so you can check what other people are doing to avoid diary conflicts.

For more information on these events visit www.wa.uca.org.au/home/events-diary/

This Week

  • Saturday 25 July, 9.30am. Metro East Regional Gathering at Guildford Wesley Chapel.
  • Sunday 26 July, 10.00am. Big Day In at Dunk’s Coffee Shop, Newdegate.
  • Tuesday 28 July, 7.30pm. Living the Questions begins at Floreat Uniting Church.

Next Week

  • Friday 31 July, 10.00am. Australian Church Women Fellowship Day at Victoria Park & Districts Star Street Uniting Church.
  • Saturday 1 August. South West Regional Gathering at Manjimup Uniting Church.
  • Saturday 1 August, 8.30am. Women’s Breakfast at Nedlands Uniting Church.
  • Saturday 1 August, 10.00am. Metro North Regional Gathering at Noranda Uniting Church.
  • Saturday 1 August, 7.30pm. Village Time ’09 at Mount Pleasant Uniting Church.
  • Sunday 2 August, 2.00pm. All Hymns Bright and Beautiful at Maylands / Mount Lawley Uniting Church.

Next Month

  • Thursday 6 August. Hiroshima Day.
  • Saturday 8 August, 9.30am. Great Southern Regional Gathering at Wagin Uniting Church.
  • Saturday 8 August, 2.00pm. Metro South Regional Gathering at Kardinya Uniting Church.
  • Sunday 9 August, 11.30am. The Circle of Dangerous Thinking meets at Uniting Church in the City.
  •  Sunday 9 August, 6.30pm. Vivien Larkin’s Induction at Wesley Uniting Church, Perth.
  • Monday 10 August. General Council Meeting.
  • Tuesday 11 August, 1.30pm. Ladies Guild afternoon at Como Uniting Church.
  • Thursday 13 August, 7.30pm. Rev Marie Wilson’s Induction at Kardinya Uniting Church.
  • Friday 14 August, 7.30pm. Byford Uniting Church Family Dance at Byford Shire Hall, cnr South West Highway & Clifton Street, Byford.
  • Friday 14 August, 7.30pm. Quiz Night at Star Street Uniting Church.
  • Saturday 15 August. Great Eastern Regional Gathering at Mukinbudin Uniting Church.
  • Sunday 16 August, 2.00pm. 2009 Organ Recital at Willetton Uniting Church.
  • Sunday 16 August, 2.30pm. Variety Concert at York Uniting Church.
  • Sunday 16 – Friday 21 August. Experience Shark Bay Desert Journey.
  • Wednesday 19 August, 10.00am. Uniting Church Mission Fellowship meeting at Wesley Uniting Church Guild Room, Perth.
  • Thursday 20 August, 10.30am. Retired Ministers Fellowship Group meeting at Manning Uniting Church.
  • Friday 21 – Wednesday 26 August. Save the Children Book Sale at the University of WA.
  • Saturday 22 August, 7.00pm. Bible Society’s 125th Anniversary Dinner
    at Government House Ballroom.
  • Tuesday 25 August. UCAF WA Annual Fellowship Day at Guildford Wesley Chapel.
  • Friday 28 August. Daffodil Day.
  • Friday 29 – Sunday 30 August. Holland Track Inspirational Walk at Holland Track Farm, Newdegate.
  • Sunday 30 August. Refugee and Migrant Sunday.
  • Sunday 30 August, 2.00pm. Cathie Lambert’s Ordination at Penrhos College Chapel.

Later

  • Monday 7 September. UCAF South West Region Fellowship Gathering at St Augustines Uniting Church, Bunbury.
  • Friday 11 September, 7.30pm. Byford Uniting Church Family Dance at Byford Shire Hall, cnr South West Highway & Clifton Street, Byford.
  • Wednesday 16 September, 10.00am. Uniting Church Mission Fellowship meeting at Wesley Uniting Church Guild Room, Perth.
  • Thursday 17 – Friday 18 September. Wildflower Exhibition at Busselton Uniting Church.
  • Friday 18 – Sunday 20 September. TEAR WA Conference at Ern Halliday Conference Centre, Sorrento.
  • Saturday 19 – Sunday 20 September. Annual Meeting of Presbytery and Synod of WA.
  • Sunday 20 September, 5.00pm. Voices in Praise Seasons of the Soul Concert at Mt Pleasant Uniting Church.
  • Saturday 26 – Monday 28 September. PNEUMA Camp Fire at Lake Yealering.
  • Sunday 27 September. Social Justice Sunday.
  • Thursday 8 – Thursday 15 October. John Bell visit to Western Australia.
  • Friday 9 October, 7.30pm. Byford Uniting Church Family Dance at Byford Shire Hall, cnr South West Highway & Clifton Street, Byford.
  • Saturday 10 October. World Mental Health Day.
  • Sunday 11 – Saturday 17 October. Anti Poverty Week.
  • Friday 16 October – Sunday 18 October. National Seminar on Word & Music in Worship at Wesley Uniting Church Canberra.
  • Wednesday 21 October, 10.00am. Uniting Church Mission Fellowship meeting at Wesley Uniting Church Guild Room, Perth.
  • Friday 23 – Sunday 25 October. Rural Ministry Gathering.
  • Saturday 24 – Sunday 25 October. Back to Moora Weekend.
  • Thursday 29 October, 9.30am. Code of Ethics Training at the Uniting Church Centre.
  • Monday 9 November, 9.30am. Friends of Frontier Services meeting at the Frontier Services office, Midland.
  • Wednesday 11 November. Remembrance Day.
  • Friday 13 November, 7.30pm. Byford Uniting Church Family Dance at Byford Shire Hall, cnr South West Highway & Clifton Street, Byford.
  • Wednesday 19 November, 10.00am. Uniting Church Mission Fellowship meeting at Wesley Uniting Church Guild Room, Perth.
  • Tuesday 1 December. World Aids Day.
  • Thursday 3 December. International Day of People with Disability.
  • Thursday 3 December. Moderators Reception at Murdoch University Worship Centre, Murdoch.
  • Thursday 10 December. Human Rights Day.
  • Friday 11 December, 7.30pm. Byford Uniting Church Family Dance at Byford Shire Hall, cnr South West Highway & Clifton Street, Byford.
  • Sunday 13 December. 125th Anniversary Celebrations at Dongara Uniting Church.
  • Friday 25 December. Christmas Day.

Address of the retiring President to the 12th Assembly

President, let me first pay my respects to the Eora people, who have cared for this land on which we meet for thousands of years. Second, let me say how pleased I am, President, that you are presiding over this Assembly and I’m on my way to the backbench. To serve as President is a very significant responsibility and I feel considerable relief, almost liberation, at passing that responsibility on to you, Al. Continue reading