Prayer Points

  • Ministry Team
  • Ian – supply ministry
  • BIUC Congregation
  • Fiona – MoD candidate
  • UnitingCare ReGen
  • D&E Committee
  • Presbytery Representatives – Kate and Jamie
  • Student House Program
  • Community Ministry
  • Love Makes a Way
  • Food Co-op
  • CTM
  • Our planet & all she holds

BUC News

Another BIG DAY – 23rd February
This coming Sunday is Transfiguration Sunday and also a day of blessings.  We will …

  • commission Valentina and Yoo Mi for their supply ministry roles and bless our newly reformed Ministry Team
  • bless the Sunday Morning Program students, teachers & assistants
  • bless the Student House program students and committee

And in this time of blessings we will make commitments to support all those who have been commissioning and blessed.

Our Annual General Meeting will be held after worship. The main agenda items for the meeting will be to receive The Olive Harvest, our collection of Annual Reports, together with the presentation of the 2019 Financial Report and 2020 Budget.  The Olive Harvest is available here.
After the meeting everyone is invited to stay on for a ‘Bring a Plate to Share’ lunch. All contributions are welcome.

Ash Wednesday and the Season of Lent
The season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday on 26th February.  We gather for worship at 7:30pm.  Ash Wednesday derives its name from the practice of placing ashes on people’s foreheads as a sign of mourning and repentance to God.  During the season of Lent we will set aside time to reflect on what is on our hearts together with some of the big questions arising from Jesus’ ministry.
The Talk Faith group will offer further opportunities for reflection on the 4th Thursdays, 27th February and 26th March.
The Discipleship & Education Committee will host a time of reflection and discussion over lunch after worship on 8th, 15th and 22nd March.

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.

Freedom through Movement
BUC Arts along with Tonia Beggs are pleased to offer you an opportunity to Dance with Olive Way.  Continuing Thursday 5th March at 10.30am in the Main Hall – fortnightly.  All ages and abilities welcome.  Bring clothes you can move in and join us to experience the joy of dance.  Contact:  Tonia, 0417 135 830 or Leanne, 0449 912 092

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. “Mechanics of the Eye” Life Drawing sessions will be taking a two week break for the next two Sundays, 23rd February and 1st March. They will resume again 8th March at 12 noon., 11.45am – 2.15pm (includes prep and tidy-up).

Accomodation needed
Karlien Kok, member of our congregation, is seeking accommodation from April onwards.  Please contact Karlien, ‭0403 709 197‬, if you are aware of any share housing or other options that might be suitable.

Meet the Team
Visit the Meet the Team page for photos and information about our Ministry Team, Elders and Congregation Leaders.  Find out about all the different ways they participate in and contribute to the ministry and mission of our congregation and community.  Valentina and Yoo Mi will be onsite on Wednesdays.  You can find their contact details on the Meet the Team page.

Feeling Creative
Do you have a gift or skill you want to offer for a one-off event or series of workshops.  Find out here how the BUC Arts Committee can support you.

March Olive Branch
Please email your stories, reports, news, notices, photos and anything else of interest for the March OB to by Monday 24th February.  Thank you

Climate Action News

BUC Climate Crisis Action Plan
In November 2019, the congregation declared a Climate Crisis and committed to developing a Climate Crisis Plan by May 2020. The Church Council needs help with drafting, and then implementing this Action Plan!
Email your suggestions for the plan to Shawn Whelan or Maxine Loynd.
Contact Richard Arnold to get involved in the Climate Action Group.

National Day of Action
On Saturday 22nd February from 2pm to 4pm there will be protests around the country in a national day of action demanding serious leadership on the bushfire and climate crisis, including one in Melbourne at the State Library, corner of Swanston and LaTrobe Streets. People of faith from ARRCC will be gathering at the Charles La Trobe Statue on Swanston Street at the north west corner of the State Library.  Look out for the banner and please make yourself known to others there.

Portraits of Change
This photographic exhibition connects young people from Australia, Bangladesh and China through positive-themed photographic storytelling around climate change and environmental issues. Wednesday 26th February 10am – Saturday 29 February 5pm. Venue: Mada Gallery, Monash University, Caulfield East.

Moreland Climate Fair
Come and meet the many climate groups from Moreland and surrounds and find out how you can get involved at the Moreland Climate Fair at the Brunswick Bouldering Wall in Sydney Road on Saturday 14th March 10am-2pm. Whether you are interested in urban farming, human signs, writing letters or joining direct actions, find the local activity or group that suits you.

Australian Religious Response to Climate Change
ARRCC is a multi-faith network of people committed to climate change, GreenFaith ARRCC – next monthly meeting is Sunday 22nd March 5.30-7.30pm St Philip’s Anglican Church, 146 Hoddle Street, Collingwood. Help ARRCC plan and carry out major projects:

  • adding our weight to the next School Strike for Climate (Friday 15th May) by ringing bells/sounding the shofar/other cultural sound, hanging signs and increasing our visible presence on the day. If you would like to help ARRCC with the climate strike (irrespective of whether you can come to the monthly meetings), then please have a look at to register your willingness to help.
  • dissuading potential sub-contractors from working on the Adani Carmichael coal mine.

Wider Church News

Multi-faith Bushfire Grieving Ritual
The bushfires this summer have been extremely distressing. Many people and countless animals have been affected. There will be a multi-faith grieving ritual for those who want to come together and find a way to heal.
Bushfire lament: Saturday, 22nd February 2020 from 6 to 7.30pm
Where: St. Andrew’s Uniting Church, corner of Duncan and Gillies Streets, Fairfield

Surrender20 Conference
The SURRENDER Conference inspires Christians to respond to the radical call of Jesus to the margins.  It invites you to see God’s vision of hope and wellbeing and to motivate you to work for the healing of others in your local and global communities. Be challenged to take action for the poor and marginalised, as we explore what it looks like to work towards Shalom: the flourishing of all creation.
Thursday 19th March – Sunday 22nd March.  SPECIAL CHURCH PRICE – only $99 for the full conference!  Promo Code: ChurchS20, valid until 16th February.
Tickets and program updates on

Sacred Edge Festival
Diving Deep into Diversity – arts, music, stories focussing on Refugees, Indigenous, LGBTI, Wellbeing, and Sustainability – the Sacred Edge Festival is hosted by Queenscliff Uniting Church from 1st-3rd May. An Early Bird ticket costs only a little more than a full day ticket – so book before the end of February and have the flexibility of full-weekend access.

Slow Spirituality
Way of the Cross, a guided devotional walk, Sunday 8th March. 2:00pm. For more information ring Rev Peter, 0417 425 188

Council of Christians & Jews Events
Sunday 15th March – Paul Forgasz will present ‘In the Footsteps of Spanish Jewry:  From “Golden Age” to National Disaster at 3 pm, venue to be advised.