April coming events

Hobbies, crafts and collections day

Saturday 12 April
10.00 am
Inverloch Uniting Church.
Display of collected items and sale of craft works.
Cost: $7, including tea/coffee and cake. Information,
Liz Catt, Ph: 5674 1969 or
E: liz@cattfamily.net

Afternoon music session

Sunday 13 April
2.00 pm
Boronia Road Uniting Church.
The program includes popular Easter season hymns, fellowship and afternoon tea.
Entry: $10 donation
Information, Malcolm, Ph: 8736 9149 or Max, Ph: 9752 6475

Back to Parwan

Sunday 13 April
2.00 pm
Thelma Ross Memorial Uniting Church, Parwan South.
Friends of the Church and community are invited for this occasion. Please bring afternoon tea to share, drinks provided. Memorabilia welcome. Due to maintenance requirements services in the Church building are being suspended after this date.
Information, Dianne, Ph: 5367 3097 or E: rdvan@vanbooks.com

Lay preacher accreditation

Sunday 13 April
10.00 am
Diamond Creek Uniting Church.
Norm Wearne’s 60th anniversary (Preston Methodist Circuit April 1954), “Old Friends” particularly invited.
RSVP for catering, Norm Wearne, Ph: 9438 1322 or
E: normrw@bigpond.com

Sermon: The Christian response to climate change

Sunday 13 April
9.30 am
Bayswater Uniting Church, 654 Mountain Highway.
UCA member Marguerite Marshall, trained by Al Gore and Beyond Zero Emissions, draws on Biblical teachings to explain climate change, its scientific evidence and potential solutions.
Information, Ph: 9729 2620 or
E: ucabayswater@iprimus.com.au. Contact Marguerite for sermons or other presentations,
E: margueritemarshall@bigpond.com or M: 0422 042 099

The Art of Story

Wednesdays 30 April to 7 May
9.30 am – 3.00 pm. CTM
Learn to tell wisdom stories with Christina Rowntree and Julie Perrin. There is an additional session on the evening of Wednesday 28 May.
Information, Ph: 9340 8800

Farewell lunch

Sunday 27 April
9.30 am
Burwood Heights Uniting Church, corner Blackburn Road and Burwood Highway.
Join us for a farewell service and luncheon for Rev Ojitha Goonetilleke and his family. RSVP for catering:
Mrs. Janice Angus,
E: wangus@optusnet.com.au

St Columba’s 90th anniversary and closing service

Sunday 27 April 10.00 am
St Columba’s UC
37 Banool Rd
Balwyn.
Preacher: Rev Garry Deverell.
Friends and past members are invited for this significant occasion.
RSVP by Monday 14 April
for catering, Alma Pryor,
Ph: 9817 2329

3 old ladies and a boat builder

Friday 2 to Saturday 3 May
11.00 am – 5.00 pm
Horsham Uniting Church.
Please join us for this fundraising event, supporting urgent pipe organ repairs. It features the works of Annette McIntyre, Merna Dunlop and Melva Parfett, as well as a seven metre boat by Allan McIntyre.
Cost: $10.00, including refreshments
Information, Jenny Payne,
Ph: 5382 4380

Updated Treasurers manual

Accounting Services, the Interim Finance Committee and the Audit Committee are pleased to announce that the Treasurers Manual for congregations has been updated.
We acknowledge the generous support provided by KPMG with the provision of an intern, Prakesh, who assisted in this process. The manual is available electronically on the Synod website at http://wr.victas.uca.org.au/assets/5769/20130911-Treasurers_Manual.pdf
Information, Heather Ackland, Ph: 9251 5236 or E: heather.ackland@victas.uca.org.au

Uniting AgeWell expo: Older and wiser…financially, spiritually, physically, mentally

Thursday 8 May
3.00 – 9.00 pm
Strathdon Community Centre, 17 Jolimont Rd Forest Hill.
Navigating the aged care system can be difficult and confusing.  This exhibition makes it easier by providing valuable information. Free seminars, presented by experienced professionals, include: Preparing financially for aged care, Powers of attorney, Wills – the pros and cons and Electronic health records (eHealth).
Information, Ph: 9845 3111 or
E: mmcgrath@unitingagewell.org

Back to, a celebratory event

Sunday 25 May
11.00 am
St. Andrew’s Uniting Church, Orbost
Join former members and friends in marking 50 years since the opening of the church building with a service and luncheon.
Information and RSVP for catering purposes, Ph: 5154 1628

Heritage book sale

Saturday 7 to Monday 9 June
10.00 am – 4.00 pm
St Andrews Uniting Church Hall, Gisborne Road, Bacchus Marsh.
Children’s books and other treasured works from the 1850s to 1950s are available during this Queen’s Birthday sale, supporting Frontier Services.
Information, Mavis Blackie,
Ph: 5367 3023 or
E: lutoncourt@gmail.com

Basis of Union: Catalyst for renewal conference

Friday 22 to Sunday 24 August
Centre for Ministry, Sydney.
Assembly President Rev Prof Andrew Dutney will deliver the opening address and the program includes input sessions and opportunities for discussion.
Registration, W: http://ume.nsw.uca.org.au/event/basis-of-union-conference-2014/

Friends of the United Churches of Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands

Saturdays 28 June and 25 October
12.00 noon to 4.00 pm
Gardiner Uniting Church.
This event brings together people who have lived or worked in these countries, allowing sharing of common interests, updating on current developments, and provision of practical support.
Information, Marg White,
Ph: 9889 7345 or Don Cracknell, Ph: 5623 6058

Preaching for transformation conference

Monday 25 to Thursday 28 August
Centre for Ministry, Sydney
Clay Schmit from the Brehm Centre for Worship, Theology and the Arts at Fuller Seminary in the USA is the main speaker. It includes various electives and reflection periods. This conference constitutes Seminar week for the 2014 NSW/ACT Synod meeting.
Registration, W: http://ume.nsw.uca.org.au/event/preaching-conference-2014/

Kirk Robson Theology and the Arts Memorial Fund

Applications are now open for the $3,000 grant for a project that engages the arts and community with theological reflection. Artists, congregations and agencies are encouraged to apply. A project of theological reflection on the arts will be considered. Applications are due by 5.00 pm on Friday 16 May, with the winner announced on Monday 30 June. Download forms: http://ctm.uca.edu.au/funding-opportunities/
Information, Ph: 9380 8832 or
E: grants@ctm.uca.edu.au

Sacred Edge Festival

Friday 2 to 4 May
Queenscliff Uniting Church.
This is a festival of arts, music and spirituality featuring an international dinner (included in the cost), Messy Space, Art Space and more.
Cost: $119 early bird (before 14 February) or $149.
Registration, Heather, Ph: 5258 2854, M: 0478 611 481 or W: http://www.unitingqueenscliff.org.au

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