Olive Press during August

Daniel Broadstock will be responsible for editing and publishing the Olive Press during August.  Please email all contributions to: daniel.broadstock@gmail.com

Prayer Points

Ministry Team
Ecumenical Neighbours
Assembly President
CY&YA Committee
Property Committee
Hospitality Ministry
Indigenous Hospitality House
UCA Assembly
Creatures of the air

BUC News

Worship Workshop Series
Sensory Worship – Workshop 3 is an experiential workshop exploring the way our senses bring us closer to God in worship.  What do you notice in your body when you worship? Which senses are most engaged?  Come and play and learn together on Thursday 18th July.  Brunswick Uniting Church (212 Sydney Rd.), 7:30-9:00pm with supper to follow.

We will celebrate the baptism of Joshua Whitty, son of Steph Gesling & Matt Whitty during worship on Sunday 21st July.

Merri Project Consultation
On behalf of Church Council, the Merri Project Steering Group invites you to attend the first in a series of consultations about BUC’s future mission. Please join us for the first of three congregational consultations on Sunday 28th July, 11:30-3:30More information.

Plastic Free July
The Justice & Mission committee invites you to join the challenge to live with less plastic in July.

With Love to the World Coordinator
Are you enjoying using With Love to the World as part of your routine Bible reading?
Interested in getting more involved in the life of the congregation?
Perhaps being the coordinator and contact person for With Love to the World is the right thing for you. Faye Findlay is stepping down after her time in this role and we are looking for a new coordinator. The task involves Promoting the magazine, ordering it quarterly and distributing the copies when they arrive. Faye has prepared a detailed  task list for the next person, so handover should be straight forward. Talk to Meg Orton or contact me at meg.orton@iinet.net.au for more information.

August Olive Branch
Please email your stories, reports, news and any other contributions to saide.cameron@bigpond.com by Monday 22nd July.  Thank you.

Julian Hamilton visit
Our favourite Irish Methodist Chaplain at Trinity College Dublin, Julian (Jools) Hamilton will be the guest preacher at Brunswick Uniting on Sunday 4th August. We are hoping to have a lunch after church for young adults (18 to 35), where Jools can share a bit more of his wisdom about faith, life, the Bible and all things good.

Samuel Wells visit
Rev Dr Samuel Wells is also visiting Brunswick UC on Thursday 8th August and the CTM on Saturday 10th August.  Sam is a preacher, writer and theologian. He spent seven years as Dean of Duke University Chapel in the US. He is currently priest at St Martin-in-the Fields, London, and visiting Professor of Christian Ethics at King’s College London. He has published 30 books exploring Christian ethics, social mission, liturgy and faith, and four collections of sermons. Find out more.

Safe Church Contact Person
Jane Allardice will fill in for Helen Rowe as the Safe Church contact person. Brunswick Uniting Church has a process for following up any concerns raised about the safety of our children. Please contact Jane in person or by telephone at 0419 385 544.

August & September Roster

Worship on Sunday morning is supported by our roster system.  It’s a rich and complex system involving 11 rosters and 45-55 people or households.  Some people are on one roster, others are on anywhere from 2-5 rosters.  Some people do something on one Sunday, others on up t0 5 or 6.  Every contribution makes a difference and participating is a great way to get to know people.  Some rosters require you to arrive early and others to stay on after worship.  There really is something for everyone.
So please consider joining the roster.   At the moment there is significant need in the following rosters:  morning tea, laptop, sound, flowers and minding the Olive Way door. There are quite a lot of people travelling over August and September which will put extra pressure on regular roster participants as well.  Contact Saide, 0407 096 743, if you want get involved or simply want to know more.
Also check out roster guidelines in the Members section.

Wider Church News

On the Edge
Facilitated by Graeme Garrett and Jan Morgan, these interactive workshops, 29th August, 12th & 26th September, will offer a contemplative space for exploration, meditation, silence and practicing attention in nature.  No cost. Bookings required.

Christian Meditation
Laurence Freeman, a Benedictine monk and the spiritual guide and Director of The World Community for Christian Meditation will be holding events at the National Conference of the World Community of Christian Meditation over the 11th-12th of October. There is also a special opportunity to for children and youth to participate.

CTM Exhibition
The Centre for Theology & Ministry is hosting an exhibition of hand stitched pictures of ‘The Divine Comedy’ by Dante Aughieri. John Bolton will tell stories from Dante’s epic from 6:30pm at the launch on Friday 26th July.

Climate Action

It’s difficult to sustain hope in these dark times. Christian climate scientist, Kate Marvel, talked about this in her article in On Being, called We Need Courage, Not Hope, To Face Climate Change. She wrote, “You don’t have to have hope to have courage. You just have to show up and be involved. ….. courage is the resolve to do well without the assurance of a happy ending.”

  • The ARRCC (Australian Religious Response to Climate Change) are interested to hear from people who are planning to join peaceful faith-based actions to Stop Adani when the time is right, either to go to the Galilee Basin or at other locations in major cities (such as Melbourne). If you are interested speak with Jamie Thom or attend the next GreenFaith ARRCC meeting in Melbourne, 5.30 pm Sunday 21st July at St Philip’s Anglican Church, 146 Hoddle Street, Collingwood.
  • Stop Adani Moreland – next fortnightly meeting is Monday 22nd July at 6:30 pm East Coburg Community House, 32 Nicholson Street, Coburg.
  • The ARRCC is holding a National Conference on Faith in Action in Canberra on 8th to 10th November.
  • Thinking of switching to solar energy? Each month the Victorian government is offering rebates for the installation of solar panels on homes.