Prayer Points

Ministry Team
BIUC Congregation
Fiona – MoD candidate
UnitingCare ReGen
D&E Committee
Presbytery Representative
Student House Program
Community Ministry
Love Makes a Way
Food Co-op
Our planet & all she holds

Names Tags
All the colours of the rainbow – choose your colour and have a name tag made.  Wear the name tag so people can greet you by name.  Contact Saide, 0407096743, to have a name tag made just for you!!

BUC News

March Olive Branch
Our next monthly newsletter will be published on Sunday 3rd March.  Please email your reports, stories, notices, photos and any other contributions to by Monay 25th February.  Thank you.

Let’s play
Join us for A Backyard Band Party with covers band Terry Towelling & the Tank Tops on Saturday 23rd February, 4pm till late.
Enjoy tennis, swimming, BBQ, dancing and relaxing.
FUNdraising for our Godly Play program (just one component of our Children & Youth Programs)
Come any time for as long as you like.  BYO drinks, tea & coffee supplied.  Salads and desserts to share are also welcome.
RSVP or questions: Saide – 0407 096 743, Wayne – 0415 378 362, Janet – 0425 71 71 79

Annual General Meeting
Our AGM will be held after worship on 24th February.  The key agenda item will be the presentation of The Olive Harvest (our collection of annual reports) together with a presentation from the Finance Committee. Please plan to be there to celebrate the ministry and mission that we shared and offered during 2018.  Stay on after the meeting and bring a plate of something to share for lunch.  See the agenda here.

Table Church
will reconvene on Sunday 24th February at the Rowe’s home in Essendon.  From 6-8 pm. We share in a simple meal and liturgy at the start of a new week. Contact Helen

Brooch Lovers Big Day Out event
On Saturday 2nd March brooch lovers will once again be partying on our property in their hundreds.  A donation will be made to the Asylum Seeker Welcome Centre by the organizer (Julie & Peter McKinnon’s daughter Kate).  Julie would love to have a couple of helpers to clean up after the event from 4:30-5:30.  Please call her to offer your assistance, 0404 563 398.

Sydney Rd. Street Party
Join in the fun on Sunday 3rd March of the Sydney Rd. Street Party.  As always we will have a presence on the street with hospitality offered in our buildings.  Our theme for this year is Respect.  We want to engage the community in a conversation about respect – who we respect and who we don’t, who needs respect.  The party is such a fabulous opportunity to get involved with the whole Sydney Rd. community.  Please consider offering an hour or two of your time for one or more of these activities. Contact Saide Cameron if you can, 0407 096 743.

Ash Wednesday
Join us for worship on Wednesday 6th March, 7:30pm in the garden as we begin the season of Lent.

Carlynne Nunn has accepted a call to be the minister of the Ballarat South Congregation.  She will be ordained on Saturday 16th March, 4pm at Brunswick UC.  More details to come.

Olive Way Review Information Session
for the Congregation on Sunday 17th March.  After the service from 11 am to 12 noon there will be an Olive Way Information Session in the Olive Way area. We will update everyone about the recent Olive Way Review which took place during 2018. There will also be a chance to ask questions.
There will also be a Question and Answer session during worship regarding the role of the Olive Way Coordinator. Church Council has recently asked the Presbytery to make this a Pastor role and Peter Blair will be available to share how he sees this role developing.
Come along and find out all about this important mission of Brunswick Uniting Church and its plans for the future.
Pre-read the Nine Key Recommendations.

BUC News

Pastoral Care Community Team Survey
The Pastoral Care Community Team invites you to participate in our survey.  We’re aiming for 120 people to have responded by Sunday 24th February.  Please make sure that you are one of them (we only have three so far!!).  If we get more that would be amazing and fabulous.
Read on and then click on the link today.  It’s a short, thought provoking survey and we are looking forward to reading and analysing your responses.
Purpose – To review ‘where we are at’ with respect to the group life of our congregation because this is at the heart of our Pastoral Care model
Definition – Our model of pastoral care happens not only in one on one conversations but in all specs of our congregation life. It nurture opportunities for hospitality, compassion and community building through existing relationships, groups and committees as well as new programs
Click here to begin

Request for work
Md Shapin Ibne Sayeed, Physiotherapist (National staff) in ICRC PRP Bangladesh, a colleague of Deb Blackmore’s when she was working there, is looking for work to support his family while he is completing a PhD at LaTrobe University. He is intending to fulfill the language requirement and clinical exam of the registration process to practice as a physiotherapist but while that is being done would appreciate work of any type. Please contact Deb with information, 0411 989 181.

Wider Church News

Slow Spirituality
Come and explore the power of the arts to communicate the Divine in this once a month series at St. John’s Essendon, 5pm on selected Sundays.  Find out more here.

Spiritual Ecology
Are you aged 18-35 with a spiritual practice and passionate about ecology and environment? This program is for you…
CERES Environment Park, in conjunction with Initiatives of Change Australia, are seeking young people with a faith or spiritual practice who are passionate about ecology and environment. There are 10 places available.
Program information & details:

New community choir 

“SOUListas” is a new community choir based at Fairfield Uniting Church. Rehearsing on Monday evenings during school terms, they welcome all singers (no music reading or special talent required) and sing for justice, peace and care of the earth. See the attached poster/flyer for details. All welcome, any time!

Community News

Stop Adani
January was the hottest month in Australia’s history, wildfires continue to rage in Tassie, millions of fish dead in Menindee (again), Townsville declared a disaster zone due to flooding, drought conditions continue to plague farmers in NSW and QLD,
This isn’t the plot for a bad disaster movie – this is the tragic reality of the last 2 weeks, and it will only get worse if we don’t urgently transition away from climate-cooking fossil fuels NOW.
For meaningful change to happen, hundreds of thousands of us need to get active, consistently, visually, positively. People Power is the ONLY hope we have. Here are some events you can join in, details here:

  • Stop Adani Moreland – meets monthly
  • Climate Change & Energy Forum – Monday 25th February
  • Global #ClimateStrike – 15th March
  • Bob Brown Stop Adani Convoy – date to be advised