Mission Appeal – time to respond
If you haven’t yet handed in your Mission Appeal response, please send it to brunswick.uc.treasurer@gmail.com. We’d like to receive all pledges by Sunday 28 August (earlier if possible) so we can update Church Council before its special meeting on 31 August.

“How are You? How am I?”
Check your diaries now for this thoughtful and inspiring workshop on Sunday 28th August, 11:15-2:00pm in the Youth Hall with lunch provided.  Facilitated by Rev Andy Calder, Disability Inclusion Advocate for Vic/Tas Synod of U.C.A.  Andy brings much experience to this workshop having worked in chaplaincy in a range of organisations. Pastoral Carer team members, Olive Way volunteers and any interested member of congregation welcome to attend.  Please let Ian Ferguson 0438 547 842 iferguson@icloud.com  or Jane Allardice 0419 385 544 janall@bigpond.com  know you’re attending.

Season of Creation
For the month of September our worship services will focus on our relationship with God’s creation and our call to care and protect this gift.  We will also be working towards actions in the lead up to COP27.

Christmas Eve Pageant planning
The worship committee is hosting a brainstorming session to develop a theme for this year’s pageant after worship on 4th September – join us!  Join in person or on zoom.

The Big Ride for Palestine
Tim and Meredith (Team Budge) are raising funds for Palestine, as part of The Big Ride for Palestine. They hope to raise over $1,000 for a project supporting Palestinian refugees in Lebanon by riding about 240km. This is the distance from Beirut to Jerusalem, although Palestinian refugees have no chance to returning to Jerusalem or their homeland.
If you would like to support this cause, please speak to Team Budge or click here

Food Co-op thank you
Thank you for donations to Olive Way in exchange for Rhubarb crowns and bean seeds at morning tea last week. Eleven dollars was passed on to the Finance Committee.

FUNdraising Event
We haven’t had the opportunity to host a major FUNdraising event for the last two years.  The Justice & Mission and FUNdraising committees are in the early stages of thinking about offering a Big 0 Birthday celebration some time in November.  We’d love to hear from anyone who wants to be part of the ‘planning and hosting team’.  Contact Saide to get involved, 0407 096 743.

With Love to the World in the Season of Creation
Through September, we will be focussing on “The Season of Creation” in our worship services.  The Discipleship & Education Team is offering free copies of the current edition With Love to the World which focusses on the Creation theme.

Taize Prayer
The next instalment of Taize Prayer at Chalice-Northcote Uniting Church is coming up on 3rd September at 7pm.

Raising Peace Festival 2022
The Raising Peace online festival is back to celebrate the International Day of Peace, from 17-21 September.

Website feature

Pages on the website are updated regularly.  This week we are featuring the Living in Faith page for you to explore. Brunswick Uniting Church is engaged in the work of God’s mission in the world in a wide variety of ways, as individuals, through programs and by participating in actions and rallies. Have a look and let us know what you think, responses to saide.cameron@bigpond.com.

Exhibitions

Art Bus Tour
Instead of opening nights, Moonee Valley organises an art bus tour for its off-site exhibitions. Details and booking are here
Mike Rigby and Simone Alesich will be talking about their artworks (details below) on the tour and there will also be two other artists presenting.

Small Connections
Michael Rigby’s exhibition
 of small works provide a glimpse into reflections on his inner and outer worlds during a challenging, introspective period of my life. Exhibition from 5th July – 25th November at the Ascot Vale Library.

Natural/unnatural, the beauty in the discarded
Simone Alesich’s exhibition
 reflects on the items that we so casually create and discard, recreating them in a form that is beautiful and reflects the natural environment.  Exhibition from 8th July – 27th November at the Avondale Heights Library and Learning Centre.

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