Offering our sympathy
Letting you know of the death in Sydney of Meg Orton’s eldest brother Richard, sad but not unexpected. He had been very unwell for many months so his death is the end of a painful period.
2020 Leaders’ Retreat
Are you a leader at BUC – a committee member, roster volunteer, SMP teacher, a leader of any kind or interested in leadership? There are lots of us! And it’s great to get together at the start of the year to reflect on where we are and where we might be heading. The 2020 Leaders’ Retreat will be on Saturday 1st February, 1-5pm at BUC. The plan is for overlapping groups of leaders to meet at different times:
- all leaders who can attend, on the Saturday afternoon, 1-5pm at BUC
- followed by (optional) drinks/dinner together on Sydney Rd
- Church Council members will then reconvene on Sunday 2 February after morning tea, say 11:30 – 4:00, with lunch provided.
Mechanics of the Eye
“Mechanics of the Eye” life drawing classes are back by popular demand. Led by Priscilla Manthey, artist and art teacher extraordinaire, each class will explore a different theme over 6 weeks. Paper and pencils are available or BYO. West End Hall at the church. $10/$1-$5 concession per class. Commencing Sunday 2nd February til 8th March, 11.45am – 2.15pm (includes prep and tidy-up).
Lent Planning Meeting
You are invited to join the worship committee to plan for worship during the season of Lent. We will meet on 6th February from 6:30pm beginning with a light meal. Details here. RSVP to Saide, 0407 096 743, to assist with catering.
SMP Blessing, Elders Commissioning & Confirmation
During worship on Sunday 9th February the Sunday Morning Program will be blessed for a new year. Details here.
Later in the service our Elders will be commissioned to their role of oversight of the mission and ministry of our congregation. Details here.
We will joyfully celebrate the confirmation of Michael Cameron and Bella Taranto. Details here.
And finally we will celebrate Ian’s call to Supply Ministry in East Gippsland as one of our Presbytery Ministers concludes his ministry with us in preparation for his three month secondment to East Gippsland in the week beginning 10th February. See the Supply Ministry update here.
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.
Working Bee & Lunch
Join the Property Committee for all the fun of tidying up, cleaning and gardening after worship on 16th February. Then stay on for lunch. Details here.
FUNdraising BBQ & Pool Party
We have a whole extra day this year (29th February) so come along and spend at least part of it at the home of the Matthew’s family simply enjoying being in community. This party is a highlight in our community calendar. We are FUNdraising for to create a mural on our sheds through the ‘Go Paint the Sheds’ proposal developed by the Olive Arts Collective. Details here.
Sydney Road Street Party
As always we will have a presence at this massive community event on Sunday 1st March. Our theme will shaped by the Climate Crisis. Find out all the details here. Please see the list for volunteers to find out how you can be involved. Contact Saide, 0407 096 743, if you have any questions.