On the Thursday 8th November Valentina Satvedi-Leydon celebrated 20 years of Ordained ministry. We offer our congratulations for this important milestone and take this opportunity to sat how much we appreciate her ministry in the Student House Program.
The December & January roster is being prepared. If you are a regular roster participant please respond to the email sent on 12th November. If you want to know how to get involved in our Sunday worship rosters please call Saide, 0407 096 743.
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.
Moreland Summer Show
The Counihan Gallery Moreland Summer Show opens on Saturday 17th November and runs through to Saturday 15th December. Members of our congregation Priscilla Manthey, Francis Tapueluelu and Ann Soo have works on show along with 35 other local artists navigating the theme of Peace and the Pursuit of Happiness.
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.
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. Nominees for Elders are Karlien Kok, Amelia Ware, Kimberly Fraser and Daniel Broadstock. Profiles and the agenda for the meeting will be emailed on Sunday 18th November. 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. Offers of salads and fruit platters are also very welcome. Please contact Saide Cameron, 0407 096 743 for more information or to offer your time and assistance.
December Olive Branch
The December Olive Branch will be published on Sunday 2nd December. Please email your reports, news, stories, photos and any other contributions by Monday 26th November.
Christmas cards from Uniting are now available. You can order directly from the Uniting website: or from the display at Morning Tea over the next two Sundays.
The Act for Peace Christmas Bowl Appeal FUNdraising stalls will be offered after worship on Sundays 2nd & 9th December. Lots of amazing gifts made by Olive Pesto crafters will be on sale together with baked goods, preserves and Christmas Cakes & Puddings. The theme for this year’s appeal is ‘Love thy neighbour’.
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ReGen Christmas Hampers
Uniting ReGen is collecting Christmas Hampers for their clients, who may struggle during Christmas time. In the past members of Brunswick Uniting Church have generously provided Uniting ReGen with many hampers which we have been able to give out to the people who engage in our services. If you have any questions please call Linda Coventry Poole on 93848870, who is coordinating our food hamper collection for 2018. Hampers can be placed in two recyclable bags. A list of suggested contents is available here or please contact Saide Cameron, firstname.lastname@example.org for a copy of the list. Please deliver your hampers to the church by Sunday 25th November.
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.