Uniting Church News & Notes 30 September

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

Congregations

  • The next Byford Uniting Church Family Dance is on Friday 2 October (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.
  • Nedlands Uniting Church will be showing the Life of Jesus historical 6-part documentary by John Dickson over the next 5 weeks on Sundays from 5.00pm at the church. For more information contact Kim Francis on (08) 9386 1770 or email kim.francis@nedlandsuniting.com.
  • Willetton Uniting Church is holding a car park sale on Saturday 10 October from 8.00am to 12 noon. Preloved items, plants, cakes, sausage sizzle. For more information contact Barbara Bennewith on (08) 9457 2450.
  • Uniting Church in the City invites you to an evening with Robert Gribben on Saturday 10 October at 6.30pm. The topic is ‘Book, Bath and Table’. Bring and share meal. For more information contact Kerri on (08) 6103 4200 or email kerris@ucic.org.au.
  • Scarborough and Watermans Bay congregations invite you to go ‘Behind the Christmas Stories’ with them and Professor Bill Loader. Three sessions on Sundays from 7.00pm. 18 October: ‘Jesus’ Family Tree: Begets, Begats and Beginnings’, 25 October: ‘Matthews Stories: Miracles, Magi and Herod’ and 1 November: Luke’s Stories: Mary, Shepherd and Ceasar’. Being held at 121 Northstead Street, Scarborough. For more information contact Rev Brian Thorpe on (08) 9245 3380.
  • Glen Forrest Uniting Church is having an evening fellowship gathering on Thursday 22 October, commencing with a shared meal at 6.00pm. David Johnson will speak and illustrate some of the outstanding work being done by Scitech. For more information contact David on (08) 9295 4383.
  • Bicton Uniting Church is having a community day on Saturday 31 October from 10.00am to 3.00pm at the church, cnr Carrington Street and Canning Highway, Palmyra. A fun day for the whole family including face painting, bouncy castle, animal farm, displays, demonstrations, stalls and Devonshire teas. For more information contact Mike Fawcett on (08) 9319 1187 or email bictonuc@bigpond.com.
  • St Aidan’s Uniting Church in Claremont warmly invites all who have appreciated the contribution the Rev Dr Michael Owen has made to the Uniting Church in WA to a combined Advent 1 and 50th Anniversary of Ordination celebration service on Sunday 29 November at 9.30am at the church, cnr Princess and Chester Roads, Claremont. To be followed by a fellowship morning tea. Michael was ordained at St Cuthbert’s Presbyterian Church, Lorne, Victoria on 27 October 1959. All welcome. For more information contact Rev Margaret Tyrer on (08) 9386 1614. 

Presbytery & Synod of WA

  • Cindy Monteith will be commissioned on Sunday 4 October at 12.30pm at South Perth Uniting Church.
  • KUCA Camp Out: past and future planning day. You are invited to join the First Third team to look at where KUCA has been in the past and where it can go in the future. Sunday 4 October from 1.30pm – 4.00pm at Subiaco Uniting Church Warehouse Café, 221 Onslow Road, Shenton Park. For catering purposes please let Sandra Keelty know if you are attending or bringing anyone on (08) 9260 9812 or email event@wa.uca.org.au.
  • John Bell Visit. Registrations for the events are due on Friday 2 October. To assist with catering and arrangements could you please act quickly if you are desiring to come to these events in Perth, Albany and Busselton. For more information contact Alice Boomer on (08) 9260 9800 or email event@wa.uca.org.au.
  • Code of Ethics Training will be held at the Uniting Church Centre, 85 Edward Street, Perth on Thursday 29 October from 9.30am – 2.30pm. Training is open to everyone, including ministers, lay worship leaders, people working with youth and chairs of church councils. Contact Marg Staffa on (08) 9260 9800 or email marg.staffa@wa.uca.org.au.

From the National Church

  • UnitingWorld has launched an emergency appeal for Typhoon Ketsana which brought the equivalent of one month’s rain to the Phillipines in just 12 hours over the weekend. It hopes to raise $30, 000 to address the need for food, medicine, sanitation, clothing and bedding and to contribute to the rebuilding effort. For the full story or to see how to donate visit www.wa.uca.org.au/home/blog/unitingworld-launches-typhoon-ketsana-phillipines-appeal/.

UnitingCare and Congregational Outreach Activities

  • UnitingCare West Rainbow Project is having a combined churches worship service to launch Mental Health Week on Sunday 4 October at 2.30pm at Manning Uniting Church. Followed by afternoon tea.
  • Frontier Services has welcomed the Royal Flying Doctor Service’s (RFDS) launch of its electronic Health for Remote Australia (eHRA) project, providing electronic medical records for RFDS patients around Australia. For the full story visit www.wa.uca.org.au/home/blog/frontier-services-welcomes-launch-of-rfds-e-health-project/.

Ecumenical & International

  • Word Council of Churches Joins Call for G20 Action. On the eve of the G20 summit in Pittsburgh, World Council of Churches (WCC) president from North America, Rev Dr Bernice Powell Jackson, will join more than 25 Christian, Jewish and Islamic religious leaders from the United States at a 22-23 September Faith Leaders Summit to press for actions — not just words — that will help hungry and poor people lift themselves out of poverty. For more information visit www.wa.uca.org.au/home/blog/word-council-of-churches-joins-call-for-g20-action/.
  • The Australian Student Christian Movement invites you to the book launch of A Century of Influence: The Australian Student Christian Movement 1896 to 1996 on Saturday 24 October at 9.00am at Wembley Downs Church of Christ, 108 Bournemouth Crescent, Wembley Downs. The launch is hosted by the Council of Churches of WA. Rev Alan Matthews will be launching the book.

Community

  • National Walk to Work Day is on Friday 2 October. The annual event aims to promote regular walking as a healthy activity and to reduce the reliance on using motor vehicles. For more information on how you can participate visit www.walk.com.au.
  • Government House Open Day. Members of the public are invited to explore the cultural heritage with a tour of the rooms and gardens on Sunday 18 October from 11.00am – 4.00pm. For more information phone (08) 9429 9199 or visit www.govhouse.wa.gov.au.

Web of Learning

  • 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’.
    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 speaker Dr Carmen Lawrence.

Ministry Resourcing Centre

Two books for October:
God Next Door Spirituality and Mission in the Neighbourhood by Simon Carey Holt, 2007, Acorn Press. Paperback $24.95. This was awarded the Australian Christian Book of the Year for 2008. What if God lived next door? Would it make any difference to your neighbourhood? More importantly, would it make any difference to your role as a neighbour? Simon Carey Holt has listened to the experiences of numerous people of faith living in urban and suburban neighbourhoods, and drawn these experiences into biblical and cultural perspectives to give an insight into a new agenda for local mission in the 21st century.
Following Jesus in Invaded Space. Doing Theology on Aboriginal Land by Chris Budden, 2009, Princeton Theological Monograph Series. Paperback. $30. This books asks what – and whose – interests theology protects when it is part of a community that invaded the land of Indigenous peoples. Developing a theological method and position that self – consciously acknowledges the church’s role in occupying Aboriginal land in Australia, it dares to speak of God, church and justice in the context of past history and continuing dispossession.
Our Baby’s being Baptized by Marilyn Perry with illustrations by Margaret Kyle, 2006, WoodLake. $10.45. A 20-page book in colour for parents, grandparents and teachers who wish to help children understand what happens in baptism and why this is such an important Christian ceremony. Originally created for use in a kit, this is now available as a single book.

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

Prayer Calendar

For the week commencing Sunday 4 October: Metro East: Canning River Link (Cannington, Forest Lakes and Gosnells congregations), Beananging Kwuurt Institute. Please also pray for our partner churches the Kiribati Protestant Church and Congregational Christian Church in Samoa.
(Please check the calendar for your church, committee or network and contact Karen Honeybun with any specific prayer requests).

This week in the Congregational Mailout

  • Uniting Church News & Notes hardcopy
  • Christmas Postcards order form
  • Can Christians & Muslims Co-exist in the Modern World flyer
  • Valentines Ball 2010 invitation
  • UnitingCare West Spring 2009 Newsletter

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 2 October. National Walk to Work Day.
  • Friday 2 October, 7.30pm. Byford Uniting Church Family Dance at the Recreation Centre, Mead Street, Byford.
  • Sunday 4 October, 12.30pm. Cindy Monteith’s Commissioning at South Perth Uniting Church.
  • Sunday 4 October, 1.30pm. KUCA Camp Out meeting at Subiaco Uniting Church Warehouse Cafe.
  • Sunday 4 October, 2.30pm. UnitingCare West Rainbow Project combined churches worship service at Manning Uniting Church.
  • Sunday 4 October, 5.00pm. Life of Jesus at Nedlands Uniting Church.
  • Wednesday 7 October, 10.30am. Wednesday program at Perth Theological Hall.

Next Week

  • Thursday 8 October. UCAF Spring Coach Outing.
  • Friday 9 October, 9.30am. John Bell: Rediscovery of the Psalms at St Stephen’s Applecross Uniting Church.
  • Friday 9 October, 7.30pm. An evening with John Bell at St Peter’s & Emmaus Community Church.
  • Saturday 10 October. World Mental Health Day.
  • Saturday 10 October, 8.30am. Car Park Sale at Willetton Uniting Church.
  • Saturday 10 October, 9.30am. John Bell: Singing Psalms with Integrity at All Saints Floreat Uniting Church.
  • Saturday 10 October, 2.00pm. Wellspring WA’s afternoon with John Bell at St Columba’s Anglican Church, 150 Northstead Street, Scarborough.
  • Saturday 10 October, 6.30pm. Robert Gribben at Uniting Church in the City.
  • Sunday 11 – Saturday 17 October. Anti Poverty Week.
  • Sunday 11 October, 10.00am. John Bell – Worship at Wesley Uniting Church, Perth.
  • Sunday 11 October, 5.00pm. Life of Jesus at Nedlands Uniting Church.
  • Monday 12 October, 10.00am. John Bell Workshop at Albany Scots Uniting Church.
  • Monday 12 October, 7.30pm. An evening with John Bell at Albany Scots Uniting Church.
  • Tuesday 13 October, 6.00pm. An evening with John Bell at Busselton Uniting Church.
  • Wednesday 14 October, 10.30am. Wednesday program at Perth Theological Hall.

This Month

  • Friday 16 October – Sunday 18 October. National Seminar on Word & Music in Worship at Wesley Uniting Church Canberra.
  • Sunday 18 October, 5.00pm. Life of Jesus at Nedlands Uniting Church.
  • Sunday 18 October, 7.00pm. Behind the Christmas Stories at Scarborough Uniting Church.
  • Wednesday 21 October, 10.00am. Uniting Church Mission Fellowship meeting at Wesley Uniting Church Guild Room, Perth.
  • Wednesday 21 October, 10.30am. Wednesday program at Perth Theological Hall.
  • Thursday 22 October, 6.00pm. Fellowship Gathering at Glen Forrest Uniting Church.
  • 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.
  • Sunday 25 October, 5.00pm. Life of Jesus at Nedlands Uniting Church.
  • Sunday 25 October, 7.00pm. Behind the Christmas Stories at Scarborough Uniting Church.
  • Thursday 29 October, 9.30am. Code of Ethics Training at the Uniting Church Centre.
  • Friday 30 October, 5.00pm. Launch of The Barefoot Boys of Werribee at the Queens Building, 1st Floor, 97 Williams Street Perth.
  • Saturday 31 October. Spring Fair at Claremont St Aidan’s Uniting Church.
  • Saturday 31 October, 8.00am. Market Day at Gosnells Uniting Church.
  • Saturday 31 October, 10.00am. Community Day at Bicton Uniting Church.

Later

  • Sunday 1 November, 2.00pm. Can Christians and Muslims co-exist in the Modern World at Royal Park Hall, 180 Charles Street, West Perth.
  • Sunday 1 November, 5.00pm. Life of Jesus at Nedlands Uniting Church.
  • Sunday 1 November, 7.00pm. Behind the Christmas Stories at Scarborough Uniting Church.
  • Tuesday 3 November, 6.30pm. Professor Robert Frykenberg lecture at Wesley Uniting Church, Perth.
  • Friday 6 November, 7.30pm. Byford Uniting Church Family Dance at the Recreation Centre, Mead Street, Byford.
  • Saturday 7 November, 12.30pm. First Third 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.
  • Friday 13 November, 4.00pm. Spring Twilight Fair at Greenwood Uniting Church.
  • Saturday 14 November. Proms Style Concert at Albany Wesley Uniting Church.
  • Saturday 14 November. Great Southern Regional Gathering at Kojonup.
  • Sunday 15 November, 10.00am. Combined Service at Albany Wesley Uniting Church.
  • Wednesday 18 November, 10.00am. Uniting Church Mission Fellowship meeting at Wesley Uniting Church Guild Room, Perth.
  • Sunday 29 November, 9.30am. 50th Anniversary of Ordination of Rev Dr Michael Owen at St Aidan’s Uniting Church Claremont.
  • 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.

Word Council of Churches Joins Call for G20 Action

On the eve of the G20 summit in Pittsburgh, World Council of Churches (WCC) president from North America, Rev Dr Bernice Powell Jackson, will join more than 25 Christian, Jewish and Islamic religious leaders from the United States at a 22-23 September Faith Leaders Summit to press for actions — not just words — that will help hungry and poor people lift themselves out of poverty.

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Uniting Church News & Notes 23 September

Congregations
Presbytery & Synod of WA
From the National Church
Ecumenical & International
Community
Web of Learning
Ministry Resourcing Centre
Prayer Calendar
Congregational Mailout
Events Diary

Congregations

  • St Aidan’s Uniting Church in Claremont invites you to hear Brian Bath speak about the gold industry on Thursday 24 September at 7.30pm. Come along and hear Brian’s fascinating story of his time as chief operating officer of Gold Corporation. A light supper will be served. For more information contact Margaret Tyrer on (08) 9386 1614.
  • Pinjarra Uniting Church is having their church markets on Saturday 26 September from 8.00am. Lots of stalls including pot plants, white elephant, craft, cakes, children’s books and toys plus sausage sizzle and tea and coffee.
  • Ross Memorial Uniting Church in the City, cnr Hay & Colin Sts, West Perth. Sustainable September finishes this week: Tuesday 29 September, 6.00-7.00pm, ‘Demonstrating Sustainability’ – Rockingham Environment Centre will explain how it is done. 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 2 October (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.
  • Gosnells Uniting Church is having a Market Day on Saturday 31 October from 8.00am to 12 noon at the church, cnr Hicks and Bert Streets, Gosnells. Stalls full of cakes, plants, bric-a-brac, books, white elephant etc. For more information contact the church on (08) 9452 8632.
  • Greenwood Uniting Church is having a Spring Twilight Fair on Friday 13 November from 4.00pm – 8.00pm. Come for afternoon tea or dinner and be tempted by toys, books, cakes and pre-loved stalls. For more information contact Guy Lambert on (08) 9448 4543 or guy.lambert@greenwood.unitingchurch.org.au.
  • Albany Wesley Church invites you to a combined service on Sunday 15 November at 10.00am. The President of the Uniting Church in Australia, Rev Alistair Macrae will be visiting. A Proms style concert is also being held on the Saturday evening with music items and solos. Let your hair down and join in with funny hats! For more information contact Bob Elms on (08) 9841 4458 or robertelms@westnet.com.au

Presbytery & Synod of WA

  • The 2009 Annual Meeting of the Uniting Church in WA is now finished. During a very full weekend, members covered a wide range of business. Through worship, prayer and discussion of the issues affecting the life of the Church and the wider world, the event was a time of building relationships, acknowledging the contributions made in so many different ways, and making clear decisions for the future. For more information visit www.wa.uca.org.au.
  • Presbytery / Synod Meeting. This year an evaluation form was not produced and distributed. If you wish to communicate any comments or suggestions to the Business Committee about any aspect of the meeting please contact Barbara Bennewith on barbara.bennewith@wa.uca.org.au. Comments can be made regarding the venue, meals, worship/bible study, meeting procedures, session times and other matters. Your feedback is valuable for the planning of the next meeting.
  • Do you need a badge? The Media and Communications Unit can assist with the printing of Uniting Church in WA badges. To see the design or for more information visit www.wa.uca.org.au.
  • Uniting Church Adult Fellowship (UCAF) are having their Spring Coach Outing on Thursday 8 October. It is going to Mandurah with a difference stopping at Rockingham Uniting Church for morning tea. Pickups are at Noranda (8.15am), Midland (8.30am) and Rowethorpe (9.00am). Please note the list on the application form in Newslink is in the wrong order. For more information or to book a place contact Arthur West on (08) 9645 0081.
  • Can Christians and Muslims co-exist in the Modern World? Is an interfaith event on Sunday 1 November at 2.00pm at the Royal Park Hall, 180 Charles Street, West Perth.  Speakers include Mehmet Ozalp, author of ‘101 Questions you asked about Islam’, and Toby Keva, Christian ministry student. For more information email wasynod@wa.uca.org.au or info@harmony.org.au.
  • The First Third Party is a celebration on Saturday 7 November, 12.30pm – 3.30pm at The Billabong Uniting Church. A thank you to all who contribute to ministry to those in the first third of life.  A chance to explore where your spiritual journey could lead. Resources, activities for youth and children, and food! For more information phone (08) 9260 9800.
  • Uniting Friends have some events coming up including book discussion, Pride Fair Day and the annual pride parade. For more information on these events visit www.perthunitingchurch.org.au or contact Bev Fabb on (08) 6103 4222 or bevf@ucic.org.au.

From the National Church

  • Frontier Services has Christmas Cards for sale. $4.50 for a pack of 5. All proceeds go towards supporting the work of Frontier Services. To order contact Frontier Services on 1300 787 247 or email enquiries@frontierservices.org. To view the selection of cards visit www.frontierservices.org/shop/christmascards.htm.
  • UnitingWorld has this week launched a Food Relief Appeal for the people of rural Zimbabwe, in response to worsening issues of food security. The appeal follows an initial AUD$25,000 commitment from UnitingWorld which saw 835 families in Buhera receive emergency food supplies through UnitingWorld’s partner, the Methodist Church in Zimbabwe. For the full story or to see how to donate visit www.wa.uca.org.au/home/blog/unitingworld-responds-to-zimbabwe-food-security-crisis.
  • Yesterday, on the United Nations International Day of Peace, the Uniting Church offered its prayers for a world without nuclear weapons. For the full story visit http://assembly.uca.org.au.

Ecumenical & International

  • Social Justice Sunday is on Sunday 27 September. The National Council of Churches has produced resources exploring the theme ‘Hope for the common good: beyond the global financial crisis’.  You are encouraged to assist those most vulnerable and use your God given talents to live responsibly in the world. For more information visit www.ncca.org.au or phone (02) 9299 2215.
  • A Burma Candlelight Vigil marking the 2nd anniversary of the Saffron Revolution is being held outside Wesley Uniting Church Perth on Friday 25 September from 5.00pm – 7.00pm.
  • The Edmund Rice Centre invites you to the film fundraiser screening of Mao’s Last Dancer on Sunday 4 October at 4.00pm at Cinema Paradiso, Northbridge. Cost $20. All proceeds will assist indigenous and refugee migrant youth to participate in after school sport and recreation activities. For more information contact Anne Baines on (08) 9243 8643.
  • 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.
  • An Ecumenical Church Service is being held as part of Anti Poverty Week 2009 on Thursday 15 October at 12.00pm at Wesley Uniting Church Perth. Rev Marion Millin will be speaking. For more information contact the Social Justice Unit of the Uniting Church WA Synod on (08) 9260 9800.
  • WACOSS is holding the bi-annual Emergency Relief Conference on Wednesday 25 and Thursday 26 November at the Perth Town Hall. Lin Hatfield Dodds, national director of UnitingCare Australia will give the key note address. Cost $60. Subsidies are available. For more information or to register visit www.wacoss.org.au/er2009.

Community

  • Justice for Mr Ward Campaign. Footage from the public rally held on 20 June has been released. To watch the 30 minute video of the Death’s in Custody Watch Committee rally visit www.youtube.com/kulturejam or if you are on facebook go to www.facebook.com/deathsincustody.
  • The Cancer Council of WA is holding it’s Relay for Life on the weekend of 24 and 25 October at Arena Joondalup. Teams of 10-15 people will walk and/or run non-stop for 24 hours, raising money for research, honouring care providers as well as paying tribute to the many lives lost to cancer. To register a team contact the Cancer Council of WA on (08) 9388 2390 or visit www.relayforlife.org.au

Web of Learning

  • 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’.
    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 books for September:
10 things they never told me about Jesus by John Bell, 2009, Wild Goose Publications. RRP $28.95, our price $26.95 this month. In this book John Bell explores facets of the personal life, relationships and ministry of Jesus which are seldom the stuff of preaching or conversation, but which are rooted in the Gospels.
An Altar in the World by Barbara Brown Taylor, 2009, Harper Collins hardback, gift presentation. RRP $50.45, our price $45 this month. In the introduction the author says, “if you are tired of arguing about religion, tired of reading about spirituality, tired of talk-talk-talking about that matter without doing a single thing that matters yourself, then the pages that follow are dedicated to you .”
Delicious Bible Stories, No Cook Recipes that Teach by Daphne Flegal and LeeDell Stickler, 2009, Abingdon paperback. RRP $17, our price $15.50 this month. A small book that includes a couple of Bible stories as participant readings, details for setting up the event and recipes, ingredient lists and preparation tips for each. This would be a useful resource for children aged 8 to 12.

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

Prayer Calendar

For the week commencing Sunday 27 September: Synod of WA: Ecumenical Affairs Committee, Innovative Opportunities Unlimited Fund Commitee, Synod Property Board, Uniting Church in Australia Property Trust (WA) and Uniting International Mission Committee.
(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

  • Thursday 24 September, 7.30pm. Brian Bath speaking of the gold industry at St Aidan’s Uniting Church.
  • Saturday 26 – Monday 28 September. PNEUMA Camp Fire at Lake Yealering.
  • Saturday 26 September, 8.00am. Church Markets at Pinjarra Uniting Church.
  • Sunday 27 September. Social Justice Sunday.
  • Tuesday 29 September, 6.00pm. Sustainable September Presentation at Ross Memorial Uniting Church.

Next Week

  • Friday 2 October. National Walk to Work Day.
  • Friday 2 October, 7.30pm. Byford Uniting Church Family Dance at the Recreation Centre, Mead Street, Byford.
  • Sunday 4 October, 12.30pm. Cindy Monteith’s Commissioning at South Perth Uniting Church.
  • Sunday 4 October, 1.30pm. KUCA Camp Out meeting at Subiaco Uniting Church Warehouse Cafe.
  • Sunday 4 October, 2.30pm. UnitingCare West Rainbow Project combined churches worship service at Manning Uniting Church.
  • Wednesday 7 October, 10.30am. Wednesday program at Perth Theological Hall.

Next Month

  • Thursday 8 October. UCAF Spring Coach Outing.
  • Friday 9 October, 9.30am. John Bell: Rediscovery of the Psalms at St Stephen’s Applecross Uniting Church.
  • Friday 9 October, 7.30pm. An evening with John Bell at St Peter’s & Emmaus Community Church.
  • Saturday 10 October. World Mental Health Day.
  • Saturday 10 October, 9.30am. John Bell: Singing Psalms with Integrity at All Saints Floreat Uniting Church.
  • 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.
  • Sunday 11 October, 10.00am. John Bell – Worship at Wesley Uniting Church, Perth.
  • Monday 12 October, 10.00am. John Bell Workshop at Albany Scots Uniting Church.
  • Monday 12 October, 7.30pm. An evening with John Bell at Albany Scots Uniting Church.
  • Tuesday 13 October, 6.00pm. An evening with John Bell at Busselton Uniting Church.
  • Wednesday 14 October, 10.30am. Wednesday program at Perth Theological Hall.
  • 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.
  • Wednesday 21 October, 10.30am. Wednesday program at Perth Theological Hall.
  • 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.
  • Friday 30 October, 5.00pm. Launch of The Barefoot Boys of Werribee at the Queens Building, 1st Floor, 97 Williams Street Perth.
  • Saturday 31 October. Spring Fair at Claremont St Aidan’s Uniting Church.
  • Saturday 31 October, 8.00am. Market Day at Gosnells Uniting Church.

Later

  • Sunday 1 November, 2.00pm. Can Christians and Muslims co-exist in the Modern World at Royal Park Hall, 180 Charles Street, West Perth.
  • Tuesday 3 November, 6.30pm. Professor Robert Frykenberg lecture at Wesley Uniting Church, Perth.
  • Friday 6 November, 7.30pm. Byford Uniting Church Family Dance at the Recreation Centre, Mead Street, Byford.
  • Saturday 7 November, 12.30pm. First Third 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.
  • Friday 13 November, 4.00pm. Spring Twilight Fair at Greenwood Uniting Church.
  • Saturday 14 November. Proms Style Concert at Albany Wesley Uniting Church.
  • Saturday 14 November. Great Southern Regional Gathering at Kojonup.
  • Sunday 15 November, 10.00am. Combined Service at Albany Wesley Uniting Church.
  • Wednesday 18 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.

Annual Meeting 2009: a Time of Fellowship

The 2009 Annual Meeting of the Uniting Church in WA is now finished. During a very full weekend, members covered a wide range of business. Through worship, prayer and discussion of the issues affecting the life of the Church and the wider world, the event was a time of building relationships, acknowledging the contributions made in so many different ways, and making clear decisions for the future.

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Gratitude for Man who Loved the Unlovable

A few years ago, a church in Sydney causes a furor by posting a sign outside their door saying, “Jesus loves Osama.” Many people had trouble contemplating such a call to love even enemies; but in many people’s eyes, the work of Keith Larner with sex offenders would be even more of a challenge to their ideas of what God means about ‘loving your neighbour’.
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