Nominations for Elder
Nominations are now called for Elders of our Church Council. Ideally our Church Council is made up of 10 Elders providing leadership and oversight of the ministry and mission of our congregation through our committee structure. To be eligible for the role of Elder you must be a confirmed member of the Uniting Church or a confirmed member-in-association, ie confirmed in another denomination. More information about being an elder will be available next week. You may also like to chat with one of our current elders: Daniel Broadstock, Claire Foley, Gwen Arnold, Kate Scull, Shawn Whelan, Linda Wannan, James Balsillie, Helen Rowe, Steph Gesling. Nomination forms are available here must be provided to Saide Cameron (Congregation Secretary) by 11th November at the latest.
We welcome Rev. Graeme Garrett as our preacher on Sunday 4th November while Ian is enjoying a weekend away. Graeme is a member of our congregation and one of our regular preachers.
A YUCY Party
With warmer weather here and daylight savings working to our advantage it’s time to get out into the yard and get dirty (then clean). All young people in Years 7-10 welcome to YUCY on Friday 9th November.
The season of Advent begins on Sunday 2nd December. After worship on 11th November the worship committee will host an Advent worship planning meeting. If you are interested in learning about the themes of this season come along and join us as we reflect on the readings for the four Sundays and how they speak to us in our place and time now. We’ll plan an overall theme, identify some theme songs, talk about candle lighting and a whole lot more.
If you are interested, want to know more or are ready to say ‘yes I’ll be there’ please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0407 096 743
Backyard Band party
Get ready for a Move your Arts – Backyard Band Party raising money for the Olive Arts Collective. Save the date – Sunday 11th November. Join in the fun of dancing with the fabulous covers band ‘Terry Towelling and the Tank Tops’ and relax with delicious desserts from 2-6pm at 8 Winnifred St., Northcote. We’ll be raising money for the Olive Arts Collective. Contact Saide, 0407 096 743 for more information and pick up a postcard. Invite your friends and family.
Dream, Create, Plan, Play
Join the BUC Arts committee for a Planning & Dreaming Day on Saturday 17th November at Siteworks from 1-4:30pm. We will begin with light refreshments and then spend the afternoon together remembering, dreaming and planning about the arts in our community. There is no ongoing commitment required – just come along and have fun with us. Contact Ann Soo, 0422 842 24, to register your interest or ask questions.
Review of Ministry – Informal discussion
Can you believe that way back in February this year it was 5 years since Rev Ian Ferguson joined us at BUC? Both Ian and the Church Council are keen that we take time to reflect on the gifts he has brought, the growth he has helped to foster, and directions for his ministry with us into the next 5 years.
Please join Church Council and Rev Peter Gador Whyte (Presbytery representative) for discussion along these lines, at an informal gathering following worship on 18th November in the Olive Way. Bring along your reflections, themes to celebrate, and any concerns you may have. If you’d like to bring a creative response – a poem, artwork, story, etc – that would be most welcome!
You’re also welcome to share your thoughts with the Elders/Church Councillors at any time, to feed into our ongoing process of discernment.
A Congregational Meeting will be held after worship on Sunday 25th November. The meeting will include the election of Elders and will be followed by a Congregational Lunch. The Community Team would love to hear from people who want to help with lunch by preparing and cooking the BBQ we hope to offer. Please contact Saide Cameron, 0407 096 743 for more information.
Wider Church News
Glimpse of Hope
Digby Hannah’s new CD ‘Glimpse of Hope‘ will be launched on Saturday 18th November, 3pm at St. Kilda Baptist Church.
Christmas Bowl Appeal
The Christmas Bowl Appeal will be launched at St. John’s UC on Sunday 2nd December with Carols from around the world.
Access to Voluntary Assisted Dying in Victoria
A Panel Discussion will be held at the Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne on Tuesday 13th November. Details available here.