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BUC News

Riding the Waves – Episode 1
The first story in the series features Tess, Joel, Rafa & Sofia enjoying life in Gisborne.

Send us photos of your pets!
Sunday 4th October is Blessing of the Animals Sunday we would love to have photos (or brief 10sec videos) of your pets to use in our service video or on our website and social media groups.  Send your images to Ian, or Saide, and tell us your pet’s name.

Season of Creation
This week, Sunday 20th September, is the first in our Season of Creation, a time for us to celebrate God’s creation and reflect on our response to the climate crisis, inspired by our Climate Crisis Action Plan.

Mobile Phone Ban Bill
Following on from the Love Makes a Way calling party action to to let Alan Tudge know that ‘Australians will not stand for the removal of phones from refugees in detention‘ here is another opportunity to get this message across.  Senator Jacqui Lambie wants to know your opinion on the bill.  To find out how to share your opinion and make a difference find out more here.

Recording Christmas Carols
The worship committee is planning ahead for the Christmas worship season.  A big part of our plan is to record 12 Christmas Carols before the end of November.  If you would to lend your voice to one or more of these recordings please respond to the Christmas Carols Survey Monkey.  One of our music coordinators – Natalie Sims, Elaine Potter, Alistair Hunter, Shawn Whelan – will give you a call.=

Act for Peace Ration Challenge
A message from Hannah Denison – Hi folks, in the midst of this disheartening situation we find ourselves in this year, I have joined the Act for Peace Ration Challenge as a way to contribute something positive to the world, find new ways to feel part of a community, and learn to get by with a little less.  The challenge runs from 13-19 September, and if you’d like to support my efforts I’d be very grateful.  Donate here.

Black Lives Matter
Following on from worship last Sunday, 30th August, Jenne Perlstein has provided a comprehensive list of resources including websites, documents, books, religious communities, documentaries, films, videos, groups and organizations that will aid us in become allies for First Nations People.  Please contact Jenne, 0414 650 727 if you want to discuss any of these resources with her or simply to have a chat about her lifelong passion for justice as an ally of 35 years.

A new Book Club
Do you want to share the joy of reading with others?  Claire Foley would love to hear from anyone who wants to join a daytime group, meeting at the Church (eventually). If there is enough interest the group may make a start online before we can physically meet.  The format will involve bringing a book of your choice to share and discuss with the group.  Contact Claire for more information or to express your interest in joining, 0419 988 972.

Pastoral Care News

Thank you
What a wonderful community we are all part of at BUC.
The Pastoral Care Compassion committee would like to sincerely thank you all for your continued support of each other and members of the wider community over this time.
It is so important to try to maintain a sense of community and your support for each other through ringing, zooming, chatting over the fence on your daily walks, writing letters etc, has been appreciated by many.

Request for assistance
We are aware that there are some within our community who are really struggling in many ways at the moment. We were wondering if there may be BUC members who would feel able to make a donation towards the supply of food vouchers for those members of our BUC community identified to be in extreme need, and who have no means of Government support. This support will be strictly confidential. Please contact our minister Ian on 0438 547 842 if you can assist.
Again, our heartfelt thanks for all you are doing, and we look forward to a time when we can safely gather again as a Community of Christ. Meanwhile take care, and stay safe.
Gwen Arnold, on behalf of Pastoral Care Compassion Team

Climate Action News

Climate Action Group – People’s Climate Strategy for Victoria
The BUC Climate Action Group (CAG) will meet at 5pm on Saturday 19th September via zoom to continue working on our advocacy campaign around a People’s Climate Strategy for Victoria as part of the BUC Climate Action Plan.

People power vs Adani – the fight of our times
Stop Adani Moreland is co-hosting an online premier screening of this new film at 7.30pm on Monday 21st September. Tickets are available through eventbrite. 

Prayer Vigil – Commongrace
Organised by Commongrace at 7-8.30pm on Thursday 24th September, this online prayer vigil will be held the night before the #FundOurFutureNotGas actions and in support of School Strike 4 Climate and the Seed Indigenous Youth Climate Network, to respond to the voices of the younger generations crying out for climate. Sign up NOW to get the zoom link and wear YELLOW to the vigil.

September 25 – Global Day of Climate Action
Organised in Australia by SS4C on Friday 25th September on the theme: #FundOurFutureNotGas. Right now, the government is deciding how to spend billions in public money to help with the Covid-19 crisis. It’s a critical opportunity for them to fund our future, by creating jobs that will Care for Country, fast-track solutions to climate change, and transition Australia to renewable energy. See for details of actions across Australia or to organise and register your own COVID safe action! Wear YELLOW!