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

BUC News

We will welcome Rev. Dr. Sunny Chen as our preacher on 26th May at home while Ian is away on camp.
Sunny is a regular visiting preacher. He is the University Chaplaincy Coordinator at the University of Melbourne.

Interim ministries concluding
On Sunday 26th May we will celebrate and thank Janet Watson Kruse for her work as our Interim Children & Families worker.  Janet commenced her ministry in this role on 13th May 2018.
On Sunday 2nd June we will celebrate and thank Janet Hogan and Valentina Satvedi-Leydon for their work as our Interim Youth Support and Student House Support workers.  Both took up these ministries on Sunday 2nd June 2018.
All three were formally commissioned and blessed as members of our Ministry Team during worship on Sunday 2nd June 2018.

Pop-up Op Shop
Helen Burnham’s world famous op shop will be open for one more truly last and final Sunday, 26th May.  Come along for a bargain.  Contribute to the seed funding for our next Art Exhibition to be held late September.

Table Church
An open group where we share in a simple meal and liturgy ahead of the new week.  At the Rowe’s home is on Sunday 26th May, 6pm- 8pm.  Contact Helen for details 0423 009 813.

June Olive Branch
Please email your stories, reports, news and any other contributions to by Monday 27th May.

Food Co-op general Committee meeting
Tuesday 28th May at 7.30pm in the Olive Way. Main business – Information about Committee roles and seeking nominations for positions. BUC Co-op members are encouraged to consider involvement on the Committee. Our Food Co-op membership now represents half BUC folk and half people from the broader community. An important aspect of our Justice and Mission commitments at BUC. Enquiries to Meredith 0403 717 714 or Helen 0423 009 813.

Winter Working Bee
Get warm after worship
on Sunday 2nd June by cleaning up and doing some gardening around our property.  Stay on for a hearty meal of soup and rolls.  Let Ray Cameron know if you are planning to help out, 0407 883 654 and let Saide Cameron know if you bring some soup along to share, 0407 096 743.

World Wide Knit in Public Day
Join us on Saturday 8th June, 11am-5pm, Olive Way.  This year’s theme is Knit Give and Respect.  Light lunch, afternoon tea, tea & coffee provided.  Everyone is welcome, knitters of all abilities. Yarn, needles, tuition and patterns provided.  Do, do, do …  sign up to  You can also come on the day if you are not able to commit in advance.

Pentecost Sunday
We celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit during worship on Sunday 9th June.  Wear something red – the liturgical colour for the day.

Ecumenical Pentecost service
The Brunswick Indonesian congregation will host the annual ecumenical Pentecost service, Sunday 9th June, at Brunswick UC, 5pm, followed by a shared meal. We join with our neighbouring Brunswick congregations.  All are welcome.

BUC News

Worship roster
The June & July roster has been prepared.  There are lots of gaps in the Olive Way Mind the Door roster.  This roster is a vital cog in the wheel of keeping our children safe after worship. It’s very easy – get a cuppa and something to eat, go to the Olive Way, sit in a comfy chair and chat with the other rostered person whilst making sure that no children leave through the sliding door unsupervised.  Please contact Saide Cameron, 0407 096 743, if you can join this roster.

Cleaning of the BUC property
We will undertake a review the contract cleaning schedule in the very near future. If any member of the congregation has comments or feedback they’d like to express about the cleaning of the premises please contact Helen Rowe ASAP, 0423 009 813, preferably by Monday 27th May.  Thank you.

Wider Church News

The Big Climate Sing
Make a noise, make a difference
, Sunday 2nd June, 12:30pm, Coburg Uniting Church Hall.  

Safe Church Training
St. John’s Uniting Church, Essendon, is holding two sessions of Safe Church Training soon.

  • Wednesday 17th July at 6:30pm.
  • Sunday 21st July at 11:30am.

Everyone who holds a Working With Children Check card is required to do initial training and then a refresher every three years. Unsure if you are due for a refresher?  Check with Claire Foley or Helen Rowe.
Please register your interest in the Essendon sessions with Helen Rowe asap so we can let the organizers know.

Community News

Climate Action
“Let’s take some time to recharge our spiritual energy, but let’s also remain committed to the basic ethical challenge that our historical moment presents. That is, to help keep the earth’s temperature rise, as far as possible, to under 1.5oC, so it can be safe enough for vulnerable communities and coming generations. This Mission has not changed. It’s just become more difficult.” – Thea Ormerod, President ARRCC – Australian Religious Response to Climate Change, in the context of the recent federal election.
Here are some actions to become involved:

  • Help power up our faith-inspired action on the climate emergency, by supporting the ARRCC. Find out more, donate now.
  • Stop Adani Moreland – next fortnightly meeting is Monday 27th May at 6:30 pm East Coburg Community House, 32 Nicholson Street, Coburg.
  • Join the Big Climate Sing, 12.30pm Sunday 2nd June at Coburg Uniting Church Hall (see details above in wider church news).
  • Interfaith and no faith, Ritual of Healing, a reflective gathering is for all who put their heart and souls into the climate election, and are now grappling with the result, 5pm, Sunday 2nd June at Fairfield Uniting Church, 85 Gillies St.
  • The next GreenFaith ARRCC meeting in Melbourne is 5.30 pm Sunday 16th June at St Philip’s Anglican Church, 146 Hoddle Street, Collingwood.