Prayer Points

Ministry Team
Church Council
Carlynne – preparing for Ordination
Olive Way program
Pastoral Care Committee
Justice & Mission Committee
Sunday Morning Program
Roster participants
Non-Violent Direct Action
FUNdraising Committee
Presbytery of Port Philip West
Creatures of the land

BUC News

March Olive Branch
Our next monthly newsletter will be published on Sunday 3rd March.

Annual General Meeting
Minutes for the AGM held after worship on Sunday 24th February are available here.

Saturday Coffee
Come along to share a coffee and chat on Saturday 2nd March, 2:30-4:00pm, at the Flour Mill, Sydney Rd. Brunswick.

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.

Lenten Activities 2019
The Discipleship & Education Committee has chosen the Centre for Theology & Ministry resource ‘Lenten Reflections 2019‘ for our focus this season.  For information about how we will be using the resource is available here.

Olive Pesto
Join crafters of all abilities on Saturday 9th March, 10am-noon, in the Youth Hall to enjoy a morning of creating together.  See the February newsletter for more information.

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.  Stay on after the service to party in the hall with Terry Towelling and the Tank Tops.  Bring a plate to share if you can.  Email to confirm.  See all the details here.

BUC News

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.

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.  Coming up:

Richard Johnson Lecture
Building Bridges in an Age of Tribalism – Tim Dixon, co-founder of More in Common offers a vision for how we might reunite increasingly fragmented societies; Wednesday 13th March, State Library.

Community News

Climate Action
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:

  • Stop Adani Moreland – Meets every second Monday at 6.30 pm Coburg East Neighbourhood House
  • Global #ClimateStrike – The strike will take place in the CBD on Friday 15th March from 12 noon to 2pm.  Gather under the BUC banner.
  • Bob Brown Stop Adani Convoy – date to be advised