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BUC News

Thank you Helen
Church Council would like to advise that it has accepted a request from Helen Rowe to step back from the role of Co-Chair of Church Council from February 2021.  Helen continues as a member of the Council, COVID Reference Group and Discipleship and Education Committee. The Co-Chair model was introduced in 2020 to recognise the contribution of  both women and men in this leadership role and to share the responsibilities of the role. James Balsillie will remain as Co-Chair until the AGM on 6th June 2021. Church Council is now discerning a suitable Elder to take on the open Co-Chair position with James until this time.
Members of Brunswick Uniting will be very aware of the time and energy Helen put into her role as Co-Chair, working with James Balsillie; and with all of BUC during a most difficult year. Between Church Council and the COVID Reference Group, Helen has been working constantly to support the Church in our desire to remain as accessible to people as possible – during Ian’s absence at the beginning of the year; lockdowns 1 and 2; and the introduction of COVID safe worship.
It is simply impossible to estimate just how much of Helen’s time and devotion to pastoral, procedural and safety issues has been given to these roles.
Church Council is deeply indebted to the work that Helen has done in this role for the last 12 months and we are very grateful that she will continue on Council until the next election.
James Balsillie, Co-Chair of Church Council

Booking rooms at BUC during COVID normal
All Groups and Committees wishing to return to using the BUC rooms and halls for groups or  meetings, please make your Booking enquiry through the email address:  bucpropertybookings@gmail.com
Your request will be passed to the COVID Reference Group. A member of the Reference  Group will contact you with advice and support to implement basic COVID safety measures for your group.

“Walking Together” Facebook group – open invitation
Please visit, and consider joining, the BUC “Walking Together” Facebook group. (As in “Walking together as First and Second Peoples”, from the UCA Vic-Tas mission statement.)
You don’t need to be a member of the group that meets under the same name in order to join the FB group. The purpose of the FB group is to widen the circle of conversation & reflection, and to be an ongoing forum for news, announcements and insights that are relevant to our discipleship alongside Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander peoples.
See you there!  https://www.facebook.com/groups/304899744273955

Holy Week Worship planning
Save the date – join members of the worship committee to plan for worship during Holy Week on Wednesday 3rd March, 7:30pm in the worship space.  Email Saide.cameron@bigpond.com to request a copy of the lectionary (Bible readings) for the services.

BUC News

ARRCC and Sacred People, Sacred Earth
On Friday 11th March, Brunswick UC will join faith communities around the world for the biggest-ever multi-faith Day of Action on the climate crisis called Sacred People, Sacred Earth.  Read the post for all the details.

Ordination of Yoo Mi Park
The Ordination of Yoo Mi Park was postponed due to the snap lockdown and will now take place on Sunday 14th March, 2:00pm at Brunswick UC.  We are so delighted to be hosting this special event for Yoo Mi.  Yoo Mi provided pastoral care supply ministry while Ian was offering supply ministry in Bairnsdale last year.  The service will be live streamed on our BUC YouTube Channel,

BUC Student House – rooms available
There are two vacancies in our student house program.  Please pass this news on to any young people attending tertiary studies in 2021.

Community News

Accomodation wanted
Simon Tedella, a nurse working at Uniting Agewell, Preston, is seeking accommodation.  Solomon is from Tigray in Ethiopia and is supporting his family who continue to live in Trigray.  He is seeking a share house within commuting distance of Preston, has a car and has previously worked with Doctors Without Borders.  He comes highly recommended by Rev. Margie Dahl, chaplain Uniting Agewell.  Contact Solomon, 0416 533 814, if you can assist.

Wider Church News

Synod e-news update

  • Like Leaven in the Loaf – Synod 2021, 26-28/2
  • COVID-19: Victoria reopens, more
  • Family violence, awareness training
  • Lenten prayer, from UCA President Dr Deidre Palmer, more
  • And more …

UC National News, 17-23/2

  • Standing up for older Australians, more
  • ACT2, the UCA in 100 words of less, more
  • Deeper water, immersive worship resource, more
  • And more …
  • Join us in prayer for:
    • An enriching season of Lent, drawing us closer to the Spirit of Christ.
    • Older Australians: that they receive quality and compassionate care when they need it and that our policy-makers are emboldened to make the structural changes needed in the aged care system.
    • The relationships we have with people of other faiths and our work together seeking the common good.