Prayer Points

Ministry Team
Culture of Safety program
Moderator – Denise
Stewart Lodge & residents
Worship Committee
Finance Committee
YUCY & YUCY-OG
Compassion Ministry
BUC Arts
Synod of VicTas
Creatures of the sea

BUC News

Deaconess Storeroom
Come and join in the important task of tidying up the worship resources side of the Deaconess storeroom on Saturday 11th January, any time between 2-4pm.  Saide & Ray Cameron will be delighted to receive your assistance.  Any questions and to let us know that you are coming along please call Saide, 0407 096 743.

Ministry Team on leave
Peter Blair (Olive Way pastor) is currently on leave returning to work on Tuesday 14th January.
David Hall (CYYA pastor) will be on leave from 30th December, returning to work on Tuesday 21st January.
Ian Ferguson will also be on leave from 4th January, returning to work on Tuesday 21st January.

Pastoral Care and Concerns
Please contact a member of the Pastoral Care Compassion Team for any concerns during Ian’s leave:  Glenice Cook, Gwen Arnold, Dani Chamberlin

January preachers
During Ian’s leave we will welcome two more members of our congregation as preachers
Geoff Thompson, 12th January.  Geoff is Co-ordinator of Studies – Systematic Theology at the Centre for Theology & Ministry
Graeme Garrett, 19th January.  Graeme is a retired Anglican minister and author with a passion for the environment.

Olive Way
The Olive Way reopens for 2020 on Tuesday 14th January and the Olive Arts program recommences on Wednesday 15th January.  All welcome.

Annual Reports
A reminder to all regular contributors to the Olive Harvest (collection of annual reports) that the deadline for submission of reports is 24th January to saide.cameron@bigpond.com.  Details are in the attached letter.

Ordination
Fiona Bottcher will be ordained for the Ministry of Deacon on Sunday 9th February, 2pm at Brunswick UC.  The service will be presided over by the Presbytery of Port Phillip West.  We will be providing afternoon tea.  Please contact Leanne Salau, 0449 912 092‬, if you can provide a plate of food and/or assist with setting up, serving or cleaning up.  Thank you.

Wider Church News

Moderator’s Letter – Victorian Bushfires
Our Moderator Rev. Denise Liersch has offered the attached Pastoral Letter re Bushfires which includes information about how to donate the Uniting VicTas Bushfire Appeal.
A Bushfire Blessing by Rev. Jennie Gordon is also offered.

Climate Action News

This is Not Normal – Explaining Bushfires & Climate Change
This guide by Tim Flannery from the Climate Council explains the issues simply, and says what we must to do now to address the issues.  Download here.

BUC Climate Action Group

BUC Climate Action Group
The church needs your input into our plan to combat Climate Change.  On Sunday 12th January there will be an opportunity for you to do this. Come along and join one of the tables during morning tea after worship.
We would like you to think about ideas under our four commitments which we made when we declared a CLIMATE CRISIS.

  1. BUC will continue to develop our theological understanding and our personal & collective discipleship as the people of God living in a time of climate crisis.
  2. The plan will include specific targets for BUC to become carbon positive. We will encourage and empower households to do the same.
  3. BUC, both collectively and as individual members, will engage with the wider church, as well as other faith communities, groups and people in our local communities, on the climate crisis.
  4. BUC, both collectively and as individual members, will urge all levels of government, as well as business, to declare a climate crisis and commit to restoring a safe climate by immediately allocating the necessary resources across the economy, and by changing unsustainable business practices.

National Climate Emergency Summit
On the 14-15th February 2020, Melbourne will host the National Climate Emergency Summit as part of Sustainable Living Festival’s month-long Festival. This summit aims to amplify the current social and political momentum for urgent action – highlighted by over 1200 formal climate emergency declarations throughout the world. Early Bird Registeration now available. Go beyond the declarations and be part of shaping Australia’s climate emergency transition.