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BUC News

February Olive Branch
The February bumper edition will be published on Sunday 3rd February.

BUC Collage display at CTM
A range of works from the ‘More than Cut & Paste’ workshops held in 2018 and the last two weeks are now on display at the Centre for Theology and Ministry, College Cres. Parkville.  Make a time to go and view the works any time during February.

Leaders’ Retreat
Are you a leader at BUC – a committee member, roster volunteer, SMP teacher, a leader of any kind? There are lots of us! And it’s great to get together at the start of the year to reflect on where we are and where we might be heading.
The 2019 Leaders’ Retreat will be on Saturday 2nd February, most likely at BUC (venue to be confirmed). The plan is for overlapping groups of leaders to meet at different times:
– all leaders who can attend, on Saturday afternoon from 2:00pm to 6:00pm at BUC
– followed by (optional) drinks/dinner out together nearby
– then Church Council will reconvene on Sunday after morning tea, say 11:30 – 4:00, with lunch provided
If you can make it, please let Shawn know so we can plan for the number of people who’ll be attending:

Sunday Morning Program Blessing
During worship on Sunday 3rd February the Sunday Morning Program will be blessed for the beginning of the new year.  Children starting school or moving from one group to another will receive a gift.  Leaders and assistants will be commissioned.  Parents and the congregation will make promises and commitments.  It takes a village to raise a child.
Contact Janet Watson Kruse, Interim Children & Families Worker, 0425 71 71 79 for more information.

Congregational Meeting
The Joint Nominating Committee (JNC) for the proposed new Minister for the children, youth and young adults (CYYA) of BUC worked diligently on this project through December 2018 and the New Year.
The members of the JNC are John Buckley, the Presbytery Liaison Person; Ron Rosinsky – Rep from Pastoral Relations Committee; and from BUC: Anita Brown-Major – chair of CYYA Committee;  Colin Hunter – rep from Student House committee; Claire Foley  – rep from Church Council.
We are very to announce that we have requested that a Congregational Meeting be held after worship on 10th February.
The purpose of the meeting is for the JNC to present a name to the congregation for consideration in filling a second ministry placement focusing on our Children and Families, Youth and Young Adults.  Please join us at 11:15 for this very important meeting.

Table Church
We are scheduled to recommence on Sunday 10th February.  Have you thought of attending?  We meet from 6-8pm over a simple meal of soup and bread and share in a simple Liturgy at the beginning of a new week.  We recall highlights and lowlights since we last met and pray for ourselves and others. Attendance is very flexible – you attend when you can.   To get started for the year we need a host household for 10 February.  Contact Helen on 0423 009 813 if you can offer your home or if you would like to join Table Church and find out more.

Food Co-op
Next distribution day is Saturday 16th February from 10 am – 12 pm in the Olive Way space.  We buy in bulk and you bring your empty pantry containers or cloth/paper bags to purchase what you require. New members welcome. Contact Helen Rowe for more information 0423 009 813

BUC News

Working Bee
The Property Committee is holding a short working bee after worship on Sunday 17th February – please note the change of date. This is an opportunity to tidy up around the place after the holidays in preparation for the Sydney Rd. Street Party.  Please plan to stay on for an hour or so and then enjoy a simple sausage sizzle and fruit platters lunch.  Contact Ray Cameron, 0407 883 654, to offer your assistance.  The Deaconess Storeroom will also be tidied up, contact Janet Watson Kruse, 0427 71 71 79, to offer to help.  We also need people to manage the BBQ, offers of fruit platters are also welcome, please contact Saide Cameron, 0407 096 743.

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)
Godly Play is a method for telling Bible stories using parables, sacred stories and liturgical lessons with the use of simple materials.
Godly Play invites the listener to connect faith stories with personal experience through wondering questions and open-ended response.
Make a donation to support training for leaders and creation of a dedicated sacred space in the Youth Hall with beautiful resources for makers of all ages.
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.

Sydney Rd. Street Party
Join in the fun on Sunday 3rd March. 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.

Wider Church News

Jesus in Australian Art
Public Lecture, Wednesday 13th February at Whitley College, Parkville. 7-8.30pm.  Several folk from BUC plan to attend. This is a Free event but you do need to Register individually.  Registrations are due by 6th February.  Full details of the content and how to register available 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: