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BUC News

Hands that help; hands that heal; hands that bless
Colin Hunter created the beautiful sculpture that bears this name.  Read the story, enjoy some photos here.  We look forward to a time when we can all gather again and have the opportunity to truly appreciate this artwork which Colin says has been ‘created to touch’.  Thank you Colin.

Worship News
This week Julie Perrin and Ian reflect on the story of the birth of Moses setting it alongside an indigenous story from East Gippsland. They have received permission to show clips from a video made by artists from the Wurinbeena Aboriginal Arts and Cultural Centre in Lakes Entrance. Next week’s service will have a Black Lives Matter focus.

September Olive Branch
Contributions, stories, photos, reflections and reports are all welcome for the coming edition.  Please email any and all offerings to by Monday 24th August.
Also … can you help?  The church office is not accessible during Stage 4 lockdown and one of the outcomes of this is that the OB cannot be printed.  We have a small group of people who either need or prefer a printed copy.  Please call Saide, 0407 096 743, if you are willing to print and post a copy or two.  This will help to share the time and resources required to meet this need.

A triple letter dinner with a twist – Have you had one yet?
August will soon be over but there is still time for a Fabulously Fancy Feast.  The JAM committee enjoyed one as part of their meeting on Thursday evening.  Out & About will be gathering for a High Tea soon.  News of other dinners is emerging.  One week to go.  Create a menu, dress up, decorate your table, light some candles, make it fabulous.  Invite another household or two to join you by Zoom.  Zoom connections are free for 45 minutes for 3 or more connections and unlimited for two.  Make it fun and most importantly take photos.  Share them on the FFF Facebook album.

Climate Action News

Climate Action Group
The BUC Climate Action Group (CAG) will meet at 5pm on Saturday 22nd August via zoom to discuss advocacy as part of the BUC Climate Action Plan recently adopted by the Church Council.

Climate Justice with and for Children and Youth in Churches
This toolkit developed by the World Council of Churches provides resources for churches, church-run schools, and summer camps to support inter-generational climate and environmental justice and promote care for children by stopping further global warming.

ABC: Fight for Planet A – Our Climate Challenge
The final episode of this 3 part series is at 8.30pm on Tuesday 25th August showing us how we can all be part of reducing our collective carbon emissions. If you missed the first two episodes you can catch up through ABC iView.

Powershop “switch a friend” bonus now available!
BUC has taken a significant step by switching our Sydney Rd site’s electricity from 20% to 100% GreenPower. You too can switch to 100% GreenPower, see details of a deal that will also credit both you and BUC with $75 on the BUC Climate Crisis webpage.

Wider Church News

PPPW Newsletter
Our Presbytery is publishing fortnightly newsletters to help keep us connected across our vast network of congregations.  Newsletter No. 13 was emailed last week and is available again here.

UC National News
Check out this newsletter latest news from the Assembly including: