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Ministry Team
Joint Nominating Committee
Maggie Somerville & family
Culture of Safety program
Stewart Lodge & residents
Worship Committee
Finance Committee
Compassion Ministry
D&E programs
Synod of VicTas
Creatures of the sea

BUC News

Nominations for Elder
Nominations are now called for Elders of our Church Council.  Ideally our Church Council is made up of 10 Elders providing leadership and oversight of the ministry and mission of our congregation through our committee structure.  To be eligible for the role of Elder you must be a confirmed member of the Uniting Church or a confirmed member-in-association, ie confirmed in another denomination.  More information about being an elder will be available next week.  You may also like to chat with one of our current elders:  Daniel Broadstock, Claire Foley, Gwen Arnold, Kate Scull, Shawn Whelan, Linda Wannan, James Balsillie, Helen Rowe, Steph Gesling.   Nomination forms are available here must be provided to Saide Cameron (Congregation Secretary) by 11th November at the latest.

More than Cut & Paste
The theme for the Collage Workshop on 11th November will be Matisse inspired – lots to twists and curly shapes cut with a Japanese knife!, with Priscilla Manthey. Pick up a postcard or contact Ann Soo for further information, 0422 842 244.  This is the third in a series of six workshops.

Advent Planning
The season of Advent begins on Sunday 2nd December.  After worship on 11th November the worship committee will host an Advent worship planning meeting.  If you are interested in learning about the themes of this season come along and join us as we reflect on the readings for the four Sundays and how they speak to us in our place and time now. We’ll plan an overall theme, identify some theme songs, talk about candle lighting and a whole lot more.
If you are interested, want to know more or are ready to say ‘yes I’ll be there’ please email or call 0407 096 743

Backyard Band party
Get ready for a Move your Arts Backyard Band Party raising money for the Olive Arts Collective.  Save the date – Sunday 11th November.  Join in the fun of dancing with the fabulous covers band ‘Terry Towelling and the Tank Tops’ and relax with delicious desserts from 2-6pm at 8 Winnifred St., Northcote. We’ll be raising money for the Olive Arts Collective.  Contact Saide, 0407 096 743 for more information and pick up a postcard.  Invite your friends and family.

Table Church 
Join us on Sunday 11th November 6-8 pm at Budges home. Shared meal around a simple liturgy at the start of a new week. All welcome. Contact Meredith for more information and to RSVP
on 0403 717 714.

BUC News

Food Co-op
Food Co-op, Saturday 17th November.  10 am – 12 noon in the Olive Way.  Reduce single use packaging. We buy in bulk and you bring your pantry containers to purchase the quantities you need.  More information from Meredith 0403 717 714or Helen 0423 009 813

Dream, Create, Plan, Play
Join the BUC Arts committee for a Planning & Dreaming Day on Saturday 17th November at Siteworks from 1-4:30pm.  We will begin with light refreshments and then spend the afternoon together remembering, dreaming and planning about the arts in our community.  There is no ongoing commitment required – just come along and have fun with us. Contact Ann Soo, 0422 842 24, to register your interest or ask questions.

We celebrate the baptism of Jack Bottcher, son of Fiona & Evan Bottcher, during worship on Sunday 18th November.

Review of Ministry – Informal discussion
Can you believe that way back in February this year it was 5 years since Rev Ian Ferguson joined us at BUC? Both Ian and the Church Council are keen that we take time to reflect on the gifts he has brought, the growth he has helped to foster, and directions for his ministry with us into the next 5 years.
Please join Church Council and Rev Peter Gador Whyte (Presbytery representative) for discussion along these lines, at an informal gathering following worship on 18th November in the Olive Way. Bring along your reflections, themes to celebrate, and any concerns you may have. If you’d like to bring a creative response – a poem, artwork, story, etc – that would be most welcome!
You’re also welcome to share your thoughts with the Elders/Church Councillors at any time, to feed into our ongoing process of discernment.

Congregational Meeting 
A Congregational Meeting will be held after worship on Sunday 25th November.  The meeting will include the election of Elders and will be followed by a Congregational Lunch.  The Community Team would love to hear from people who want to help with lunch by preparing and cooking the BBQ we hope to offer.  Please contact Saide Cameron, 0407 096 743 for more information.

Wider Church News

Glimpse of Hope
Digby Hannah’s new CD ‘Glimpse of Hope‘ will be launched on Saturday 18th November, 3pm at St. Kilda Baptist Church.

Christmas Bowl Appeal
The Christmas Bowl Appeal will be launched at St. John’s UC on Sunday 2nd December with Carols from around the world.