Uniting Church News & Notes 26 August 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


  • Ross Memorial Uniting Church in the City, cnr Hay & Colin Sts, West Perth. Sustainable September program is on all this month. This week: Tuesday 1 September, 6.00-7.00pm, Professor Peter Newman, professor of sustainability at Curtin University will speak on ‘Resilient cities: responding to the crash, peak oil and climate change – a theological perspective.’ Monday to Friday, 10.00am-2.00pm, Photography exhibition by talented year 9 Perth Modern School students. For more information contact Andy Corkill on (08) 6103 4222 or Maureen Black on (08) 9444 7598.
  • The next Byford Uniting Church Family Dance is on Friday 4 September (and now every first Friday of the month), 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.
  • Duncraig Uniting Church is having a garage sale on Saturday 12 September from 9.00am – 12.00pm at the church centre, 29 Wandoo Road, Duncraig. Includes household items, pre-loved clothes and books. Proceeds to Rainbow Group, Duncraig Information & Care Centre and church renovations. For more information contact Colin Horton on (08) 9305 3272 or Barbara Marshall on (08) 9305 4693.
  • Noranda Uniting Church is having a fundraising granny raffle on Saturday 12 September at 2.00pm at the church, 79 Camboon Road, Noranda. A fun filled afternoon with prizes galore. Book of 10 tickets $5.00. For more information phone (08) 9275 8730.
  • Nedlands Uniting Church is hosting a weekly bible study for young adults on Tuesday evenings at 7.30pm at 72 Archdeacon Street, Nedlands. For more information contact Sarah Francis on 0431 911 261.

Presbytery & Synod of WA

  • Cathie Lambert will be ordained at 2.00pm on Sunday 30 August at the Penrhos College Chapel, 6 Morrison Street, Como.
  • Presbytery/Synod meeting. Opening Worship will be on Friday 18 September at 7.30pm at Wesley College Chapel. An open invitation is extended to all to attend.Pastoral Relations & Placements Commission: Update
  • Cindy Monteith. has accepted the call to ministry as a lay appointee at South Perth Uniting Church. She will commence on Tuesday 1 September 2009.

From the National Church

UnitingCare and Congregational Outreach Activities

  • UnitingCare West Rainbow Project invites all those with psychiatric disabilities, carers and friends to a combined evening worship at 6.00pm followed by supper. Held at Manning Uniting Church on the first Sunday in the month, Mandurah Uniting Church second Sunday of the month and St Luke’s Anglican Church Maylands on the fourth Sunday of the month. It is a short reflective service, affirming and supportive to all who suffer or have been touched by mental illness. Come along and hear the stories. For more info contact the Rainbow Project on (08) 9450 3905.

Ecumenical & International

  • 98.5 Sonshine FM Radiothon is on this week (23-28 August). This year the focus is on the promotion of Sonshine FM to the wider community with the theme ‘Growing our Family’. To donate phone (08) 9313 0885 or visit www.sonshinefm.ws.
  • The World Council of Churches website has had a facelift which gives it a fresh, simplified look with a new homepage. Check it out at www.oikoumene.org.
  • Daffodil Day is on Friday 28 August. The Cancer Council needs your help to fund essential services, education and research into cancer. Daffodil Day is a day of celebrating the spirit of cancer survivors and their families and promoting awareness. To see how you can help visit www.daffodilday.com.au.
  • Holland Track Inspirational Walk. A chance to share, laugh and live in God’s blessings…walk a while or camp on the track. Being held Friday 28 August – Sunday 30 August, starting at 6.00pm at Hollands Track Farm, Newdegate. For more information contact Malcolm or Cathie Kelly on (08) 9871 9032.
  • Camps Farthest Out is a non-denominational movement which promotes prayer. They are holding a camp at the Forest Ecology Centre (near Manjimup) from 25 -28 September. The theme is ‘Life with Jesus in a busy world’. Costs $140 for adults. For more information contact Mark Beadle at beadle1@tpg.com.au or visit www.cfointernational.org for other information on other camps.
  • Refugee and Migrant Sunday is on Sunday 30 August. It is a celebration of the dignity of people who are refugees and migrants and the contribution they have made to life in Australia. It is celebrated by the Churches together on or around 20 August. Resources for 2009 have been gathered and are available at http://cpo.sacc.asn.au/en/detail.php?nr=801&rubric=en_calendar_details&PHPSESSID=55b3d50fd96a3e969e1e4a324daccd50
  • Wellspring Community WA are hosting an afternoon with John Bell at St Columba’s Anglican Church, 150 Northstead Street, Scarborough on Saturday 10 October at 2.00pm. The program will include singing, news from John’s travels and current events happening in the Iona Community. Donations welcome. For more information contact Betty Matthews on (08) 9453 9996 or Lee Edwards on (08) 9277 9324.
  • Christian Meditation Community (WA) Inc is having their community day on Saturday 19 September from 10.00am to 4.00pm at Our Lady of Grace Parish Centre, 3 Kitchener Street, North Beach. BYO lunch. Includes AGM at 12.45pm. You are also welcome to you join them for lunchtime meditation at Wesley Uniting Church, cnr Hay & William Street, Perth on Mondays from 12.15pm – 12.45pm. For more information phone (08) 9444 5810 or visit www.christianmeditationaustralia.org.


  • Southern Region Community Leadership Forum is being held in Denmark from Wednesday 2 – Friday 4 September. Meet other people who are passionate, active and committed to their communities. For more information visit www.communityleadership.net.au or phone Debbie on 0427 481 812.
  • The Chittering Wildflower Festival happens from Thursday 17 – Sunday 20 September at the Bindoon Hall. Hundred of species of wildflowers will be on display with seeds for sale, souvenirs, local products, arts and crafts. For more information contact Sue Carter on (08) 9576 1100 or visit www.chittering.iinet.net.au.
  • Learn to Swim classes. Enrolments are now open for children learn to swim classes happening in the September/October school holidays at various locations around Perth. For more information contact VacSwim on (08) 9345 4007.

Jobs: Paid and Volunteer

  • The Uniting Church in Western Australia is seeking a Resource Administrator to join the Resources Team. For more information visit www.wa.uca.org.au/home/jobs or contact Jane Cook on (08) 9260 9800 or jane.cook@wa.uca.org.au.
  • Uniting Church Homes Ellimatta in Mount Lawley is looking for volunteer or low cost entertainers for their residents. If you can play a musical instrument, sing, or talk on interesting subjects they would love to hear from you. For more information contact Caroline Middleton on (08) 9240 0314 or cmiddleton@uchwa.com.
  • Interested in being the 2009 Australian Youth Representative to the United Nations? If you are between 18 – 24 years you can ensure the voices of Australian youth are heard on both a domestic and international level. For more information or to find out how to apply visit www.youthrep.org.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.
  • A Preaching Intensive led by Prof John Holbert from the School of Theology in Dallas, Texas is being held at the Murdoch University Worship Centre on Friday 4 and Saturday 5 September. For more information contact Anne Watson on (08) 9360 6880 or a.watson@murdoch.edu.au.
  • 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. Session A is 10.30am – 11.30am and Session B is 11:45am – 12.45pm. Semester 2 program continues with the theme ‘Humanity of the Minister’. From 9 September – 21 October the theme will be ‘Leadership’. 9 September: Session A – ‘What is leadership?’ and Session B – ‘Leaders: traits and strengths’. 16 September: Session A – ‘Styles of leadership?’ and Session B – ‘Transactional, transformational and servant leadership’. 23 September: Session A – ‘Styles and functions of followers’ and Session B – ‘Dynamics and groups’. 7 October: Session A – ‘Vision’ and Session B – ‘Change’. 14 October: Session A – ‘Leaders and followers working together’ and Session B – ‘Working with difficult people’. 21 October: Session A & B – ‘Leaders on leadership’ Guest speakers Dr Carmen Lawrence and Barry Preece.

Ministry Resourcing Centre

Two new books launched at Assembly: Peace Like a Diamond by Christopher C Walker, 2009, Spectrum Publications. $25. Chris says, ‘Reflecting on peace and its different dimensions led me to liken it to a precious diamond that has different facets all of which are important: peace with God, peace with oneself, peace with others especially in close relationships, peace in society and peace in the environment. Following Jesus in Invade Space: Doing Theology on Aboriginal Land by Chris Budden, 2009, Pidwick Publications. $30. The book asks what and in whose interests theology protects when it is part of a community that invaded the land of Indigenous peoples. It dares to speak of God, church and justice in the context of past history and continuing dispossession. The Scandalous Gospel of Jesus: What’s so good about the Good News? by Peter J Gomes, 2008, Harper One. $25. Using examples from ancient times and modern pop culture this book shows us why the good news is every bit as relevant today. Echidnas on Everest by Andrew McDonough, 2008, Lost Sheep Series. $7.95. An unlikely story of echidnas climbing Everest and having to learn to ‘put up with each other’. Ages 4-9 10% discount on these books during August. For more info contact Dorothy Carey on (08) 9260 9800 or 1300 736 692.

Prayer Calendar

For the week commencing Sunday 30 August: Metro Central: Penrhos College and Wesley College. Please also pray for Royal Perth Hospital Chaplains and the Northern Synod. (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/home/events-diary/. This Week

  • 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.
  • Tuesday 1 September, 6.00pm. Sustainable September Presentation at Ross Memorial Uniting Church.

Next Week

  • Friday 4 September, 7.30pm. Quiz Night at St Stephens School Carramar.
  • Friday 4 September, 7.30pm. Byford Uniting Church Family Dance at the Recreation Centre, Mead Street, Byford.
  • Friday 4 and Saturday 5 September. Preaching Intensive at Murdoch University Worship Centre.
  • Sunday 6 September, 9.30am. Blessing of the Animals at South Perth Uniting Church.
  • Monday 7 September, 10.00am. UCAF South West Region Fellowship Gathering at St Augustine’s Uniting Church, Bunbury.
  • Tuesday 8 September, 6.00pm. Sustainable September Presentation at Ross Memorial Uniting Church.

Next Month

  • Friday 11 September, 7.00pm. Idea of North Concert at the Rixon Theartre, Thelma Street, Como.
  • Saturday 12 September, 9.00am. Garage sale at Duncraig Uniting Church.
  • Saturday 12 September, 2.00pm. Granny Raffle at Noranda Uniting Church.
  • Sunday 13 September, 10.45am. Classical Piano Recital at Willetton Uniting Church.
  • Sunday 13 September, 4.30pm. Faith, Hope and Love at Nedlands Uniting Church.
  • Tuesday 15 September, 6.00pm. Sustainable September Presentation at Ross Memorial Uniting Church.
  • Wednesday 16 September. Farmer’s Market at Ross Memorial Uniting Church.
  • 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.
  • Friday 18 September, 7.30pm. Presbytery/Synod Opening Worship at Wesley College Chapel.
  • Saturday 19 – Sunday 20 September. Annual Meeting of Presbytery and Synod of WA at Wesley College.
  • Sunday 20 September, 5.00pm. Voices in Praise Seasons of the Soul Concert at Mt Pleasant Uniting Church.
  • Monday 21 September. International Day of Peace.
  • Monday 21 & Tuesday 22 September. Year of Luke Seminars with Rev Prof William Loader at the Effective Living Centre, 26 King William Road, Wayville, South Australia.
  • Tuesday 22 September, 6.00pm. Sustainable September Presentation at Ross Memorial Uniting Church.
  • Saturday 26 – Monday 28 September. PNEUMA Camp Fire at Lake Yealering.
  • Sunday 27 September. Social Justice Sunday.
  • Tuesday 29 September, 6.00pm. Sustainable September Presentation at Ross Memorial Uniting Church.


  • Friday 2 October, 7.30pm. Byford Uniting Church Family Dance at the Recreation Centre, Mead Street, Byford.
  • Thursday 8 – Thursday 15 October. John Bell visit to Western Australia.
  • Saturday 10 October. World Mental Health Day.
  • Saturday 10 October, 2.00pm. Wellspring WA’s afternoon with John Bell at St Columba’s Anglican Church, 150 Northstead Street, Scarborough.
  • 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 October, 9.00am. Metro North Regional Gathering at Wanneroo Crossways Uniting Church.
  • Saturday 24 October, 9.30am. Rural Ministry Gathering at Narrogin Uniting Church.
  • Saturday 24 – Sunday 25 October. Back to Moora Weekend.
  • Thursday 29 October, 9.30am. Code of Ethics Training at the Uniting Church Centre.
  • Saturday 31 October. Spring Fair at Claremont St Aidan’s Uniting Church.
  • Friday 6 November, 7.30pm. Byford Uniting Church Family Dance at the Recreation Centre, Mead Street, Byford.
  • Saturday 7 November, 12.30pm. First Third Passionate Party at The Billabong Uniting Church.
  • Monday 9 November, 9.30am. Friends of Frontier Services meeting at the Frontier Services office, 16 Sunbury Road, Victoria Park.
  • Wednesday 11 November. Remembrance Day.
  • 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.
  • Friday 4 December, 7.30pm. Byford Uniting Church Family Dance at the Recreation Centre, Mead Street, Byford.
  • Thursday 10 December. Human Rights Day.
  • Sunday 13 December. 125th Anniversary Celebrations at Dongara Uniting Church.
  • Friday 25 December. Christmas Day.

UCAF Annual Fellowship Day

The Uniting Church Adult Fellowship met today at Guildford Wesley Chapel for their annual fellowship day.

Men and women from churches far and near came together for worship and their Annual General Meeting. Representatives attended from Uniting Churches in Armadale, Beldon, Bicton, Bunbury, Capel, Como, Forrestfield, Forest Lakes, Glen Forrest, Gosnells, Guildford,  Kalamunda, Kardinya, Mandurah, Noranda, Pinjarra, Quairading, Rockingham, Rowethorpe, Scarborough, South Perth, Swan View, Victoria Park, Wembley Downs and Wesley Perth.

The morning began with Carolyn Dickie, a member of Guildford Wesley Chapel, providing a brief history of the church and the extensive renovations which have been made over the years to restore the church.

Aladina Foster brought news of what the UCAF National Committee for 2009 – 2012 is currently focussing on.

The Gosnells Community Choir treated the gathering with some wonderful music including Hallelujah which got everyone’s feet tapping.dsc_0975.JPG

Rosemary Young from Frontier Services was the guest speaker. Rosemary highlighted the effects the Global Financial Crisis has had on Frontier Services and how people in rural areas are continuing to struggle. Frontier Services is the hands and the feet of the whole church, the work they do means so much to the people they share it with. Rosemary shared some of the projects which are happening here in WA including the struggle the Gascoyne region is currently having with no minister and people leaving the area, the provision of community services in Katherine and high care centre in Derby.


Certificates of Appreciation to Octogenarians were presented by Rev Lee Edwards.

Following a delicious lunch the Annual General Meeting was held. Rev Viv Larkin, joint associate general secretary (pastoral) chaired the meeting.

The next fellowship day will be on Tuesday 31 August 2010.