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BUC News

Out now!  Olive Way Happenings!
Our occasional Newsletter with stories and news from the Olive Way community.  Pick up a copy in the Gathering Space or read it here.

Working Bee & Lunch
Our third and final working bee for the year will be held after worship on Sunday 13th October.  The Property Committee will have a list of tasks to complete.  Many hands makes light work.  Join in the fun.  Bring gloves and whatever other equipment you think will be useful.
A BBQ lunch will be provided.  Offers of salads and fruit platters are very welcome.  Contact to make your offer.

Blessing of the Bikes
On Sunday 20th October we will conclude the final Sunday of our Season of Creation with the annual and very popular Blessing of the Bikes after worship.  All non-motorized forms of transport (scooters, bicycles, pushers, prams, skateboards, walkers, wheelchairs, etc) will be blessed.  BUC Cycle will then host a bike ride along one of Melbourne’s famous cycling tracks. BYO picnic to share along the way.

Pop-up Op Shop
Helen Burnham is hosting another instalment of our famous FUNdraising Op Shops.  It’s time to clear out your wardrobe, cupboards and other places where treasure lurks.  Bring them along and place them neatly in the Tower Room (near where taper lighting happens during worship).  Helen will sort them and display them ready for you to purchase other people’s treasures.  It’s all happening for three Sundays – 20th, 27th October and 3rd November.  We’re FUNdraising for the CYYA grounds beautification project(s).

Seeking Qualified First-Aiders
There will be occasions in any of our BUC activities or programs when a First Aid person might be required to provide assistance.   Do you have a current First Aid, CPR or AED certificate?    Would you be willing to respond if the need arose?  We will need a copy of your current certificate.  Please contact Helen Rowe on 0423 009 813 to indicate your willingness to assist in this way and for further information.

Safe Church Training
Here’s an opportunity for BUC volunteers and leaders to complete their Safe Church training at North Melbourne Uniting Church, 4 Elm Street North Melbourne on Sunday 27 October at 11.30 am.  All appointed leaders i.e those required to have a Working With Children Check are required to attend such a workshop. An experienced safe church trainer from the Synod will lead the workshop.  If you are interested to attend, please respond directly to Anne Wilkinson  at Email or Mobile/SMS 0405 619 046.  No charge to attend.  Resources provided.
BUC leaders – if you have any questions about your training status please contact Helen Rowe 0423 009 813 or Claire Foley 0419 988 972

Community News

Contemporary classical music recital
On Sunday 20th October at 4pm, internationally acclaimed virtuoso pianist Nicholas Young is performing original contemporary classical music composed in Brunswick by Alan Griffiths, at Tempo Rubato. He will be joined by ANAM Fellow cellist Gemma Kneale and Melbourne Opera Orchestra concertmaster Ben Spiers.  See the Australia National Academy of Music (ANAM) has published a blog describing this concert. See:

Food Co-op News

Ditch Plastic Wrap – make your own re-usable beeswax wraps
REGISTER NOW – FREE Beeswax Wraps Workshops  Saturday 19 October. Two sessions -10.30 am or 11.30 am
.  In the Youth Hall at Brunswick Uniting, rear 212 Sydney Road Brunswick.
An activity offered by the Brunswick Uniting Food Co-op.

LEARN how to make your own Beeswax Wraps at our FREE workshops. All materials supplied.  You take home a finished product with all the information on how to make your own, plus ideas of how to use the wraps.   Workshops made possible with a Community Grant from Australia Post.
Children are very welcome but must be accompanied by their parent or carer.
To Register: Email Helen Rowe:
Reduce your Single Use Plastic Consumption
Take a small step towards your commitment to going as plastic-free as possible . Beeswax wraps are a fantastic, easy, sustainable and Eco-friendly alternative to cling wrap and will reduce your impact on our beautiful, struggling oceans.
Make it some of your beeswax to reduce single-use plastic this year!

Climate Action News

Climate Action Group
The BUC Climate Action group is inviting members of the congregation of all ages to join and help lead this group. The next meeting will be after worship on Sunday 20th October as the group considers why we need to declare a Climate Emergency and what this might mean for our properties and lifestyle at Brunswick Uniting.  If you would like to join please contact Richard on or mobile 0407796429.

Petition to Australian Parliament
Over 280,000 Australians have already signed this petition to urge Parliament to declare a climate emergency and take real action to address it. The current number of signatures already means Parliament must debate it, but it would be great to exceed the 300,000 who marched in September and send a powerful message. (From a UnitingWorld email) Sign the online petition (takes < 3 mins)  before it closes on Wednesday 16th October.

Don’t Frack the NT!
Join this Origin Energy AGM Solidarity Action: Don’t Frack the NT! protest outside Origin, 321 Exhibition St, Melbourne at 8-9am on Monday 14th OctoberOrigin Energy are pressing ahead with plans for dangerous shale gas fracking in the Northern Territory right into this wet season, risking precious water and our climate and trampling Aboriginal communities’ right to Free Prior and Informed Consent. Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory are standing together against fracking, and they are asking for you to stand with them! Organised by Seed, Australia’s first Indigenous youth climate network (a branch of AYCC Australian Youth Climate Coalition). Getup is also asking people to come to this Origin National Day of Action at lunchtime 11am-2pm on Monday 14th.

Australian Religious Response to Climate Change
ARRCC is a multi-faith network of people committed to climate change:

  • GreenFaith ARRCC – next monthly meeting is Sunday 20th October at 5.30pm St Philip’s Anglican Church, 146 Hoddle Street, Collingwood.
  • ARRCC is holding a National Conference on Faith in Action in Canberra from 8th to 10th November. Participants will share and learn with the help of inspirational campaigners, skilled community organisers, Aboriginal activists, faith leaders and experts in their fields. Registrations close on Friday 25th October.