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Christmas worship
Christmas Eve – read the prayers and reflection here.
Jesus the Christmas refuge – see the post from worship, 29th December, here.

Ministry Team on leave
Peter Blair (Olive Way pastor) is currently on leave returning to work on Tuesday 14th January.
David Hall (CYYA pastor) will be on leave from 30th December, returning to work on Tuesday 21st January.
Ian Ferguson will also be on leave from 4th January, returning to work on Tuesday 21st January.

Olive Way dates
The Olive Way is now closed for Christmas and will reopen on Tuesday 14th January.
The Olive Arts Collective will reopen on Wednesday 22nd January.

January preachers
During Ian’s leave we will welcome three members of our congregation as preachers
Valetina Satvedi, 5th January, celebrating Holy Communion. Valentina is an ordained Anabaptist minister.
Geoff Thompson, 12th January.  Geoff is Co-ordinator of Studies – Systematic Theology at the Centre for Theology & Ministry
Graeme Garrett, 19th January.  Graeme is a retired Anglican minister and author with a passion for the environment.

Annual Reports
A reminder to all regular contributors to the Olive Harvest (collection of annual reports) that the deadline for submission of reports is 24th January to saide.cameron@bigpond.com.  Details are in the attached letter.

Climate Action News

This is Not Normal – Explaining Bushfires & Climate Change
This guide by Tim Flannery from the Climate Council explains the issues simply, and says what we must to do now to address the issues.  Download here.

BUC Climate Action Group
The next meeting will be after worship on Sunday 5th January at 11.15am to help facilitate promotion and coordination of ideas for developing a climate action plan following the recent declaration by the congregation of a Climate Crisis. For more information please contact Richard on richarn50@gmail.com   or mobile 0407796429. Members of the congregation of all ages are welcome.

National Climate Emergency Summit
On the 14-15th February 2020, Melbourne will host the National Climate Emergency Summit as part of Sustainable Living Festival’s month-long Festival. This summit aims to amplify the current social and political momentum for urgent action – highlighted by over 1200 formal climate emergency declarations throughout the world. Early Bird Registeration now available. Go beyond the declarations and be part of shaping Australia’s climate emergency transition.