A sermon was not offered on 29/9 as part of the Let the earth speak exhibition reflective service.

Prayer Points

Ministry Team
Church Council
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

Out now!  Olive Way Happenings!
Our occasional Newsletter with stories and news from the Olive Way community.  Pick up a copy in the Gathering Space or read it here.

Season of Creation
Beginning on 22nd September and through until 20th October our worship will be shaped by reflection on and engagement with creation.  Our exhibitionLet the earth speakis providing inspiration for this season of worship.

Let the earth speak
Join us for one or two of the remaining special Exhibition events

  • Performance night, 4th October, 7:00pm
  • The Forest Prayed CD Launch (Maggie Somerville), 5th October, 3pm

Talk Faith
An opportunity to meet to talk faith
hosted by Ian Ferguson, Thursday 10th October, 7:30pm at the Manse.

Working Bee & Lunch
Our third and final working bee for the year will be held after worship on Sunday 13th October.  The Property Committee will have a list of tasks to complete.  Many hands makes light work.  Join in the fun.  Bring gloves and whatever other equipment you think will be useful.
A BBQ lunch will be provided.  Offers of salads and fruit platters are very welcome.  Contact saide.cameron@bigpond.com to make your offer.

Blessing of the Bikes
On Sunday 20th October we will conclude the final Sunday of our Season of Creation with the annual and very popular Blessing of the Bikes after worship.  All non-motorized forms of transport (scooters, bicycles, pushers, prams, skateboards, walkers, wheelchairs, etc) will be blessed.  BUC Cycle will then host a bike ride along one of Melbourne’s famous cycling tracks. BYO picnic to share along the way.

Seeking Qualified First-Aiders
There will be occasions in any of our BUC activities or programs when a First Aid person might be required to provide assistance.   Do you have a current First Aid, CPR or AED certificate?    Would you be willing to respond if the need arose?  We will need a copy of your current certificate.  Please contact Helen Rowe on 0423 009 813 to indicate your willingness to assist in this way and for further information.

Safe Church Training
Here’s an opportunity for BUC volunteers and leaders to complete their Safe Church training at North Melbourne Uniting Church, 4 Elm Street North Melbourne on Sunday 27 October at 11.30 am.  All appointed leaders i.e those required to have a Working With Children Check are required to attend such a workshop. An experienced safe church trainer from the Synod will lead the workshop.  If you are interested to attend, please respond directly to Anne Wilkinson  at Email ann.wilkinson@internode.on.net or Mobile/SMS 0405 619 046.  No charge to attend.  Resources provided.
BUC leaders – if you have any questions about your training status please contact Helen Rowe 0423 009 813 or Claire Foley 0419 988 972

Climate Action News

Climate Action Group
The BUC Climate Action group is inviting members of the congregation of all ages to join and help lead this group. The next meeting will be after worship on Sunday 6th October as the group considers why we need to declare a Climate Emergency and what this might mean for our properties and lifestyle at Brunswick Uniting.  If you would like to join please contact Richard on richarn50@gmail.com or mobile 0407796429

Petition to Australian Parliament
Over 200,000 Australians have already signed this petition to urge Parliament to declare a climate emergency and take real action to address it. The current number of signatures already means Parliament must debate it, but it would be great to exceed the 300,000 who marched in September and send a powerful message.  Sign petition (takes < 3 mins)  (From a UnitingWorld email)

Extinction Rebellion – Spring Rebellion
Extinction Rebellion is calling for a Spring Rebellion as part of a week of actions around the world. There will be a meditation (open to all faiths and none) on steps of parliament from 10am to 7.30pm. The opening ceremony will be on Monday 7th October with a march from the base camp in Carlton Gardens at 4pm to a ceremony from 5pm onwards at Flinders/Swanston Streets. In preparation, XR Moreland is holding a rebellion stall at Sydney Road entrance to Barkly Square on Saturday 5th October from 11am-1pm.

Wider Church News

Power, Authority, Love
Australian Collaborators in Feminist Theologies with the University of Divinity are pleased to host their annual conference 11-12 October 2019 at the Centre for Theology & Ministry. This year’s theme is Power, Authority, Love.

Community News

ASWC Fundraising event
Everyone is invited to the Brunswick Ball Trust fundraising dinner ‘La dolce vita alla Brunswick’ supporting the Asylum Seeker Welcome Centre at the Abruzzo Club on Saturday 12th October, 7pm.  Tables of 10, tickets $100 for a four course dinner and featuring The Essential Band.  See the Facebook event for more information. Bookings: trybooking.com/BBXNB

Contemporary classical music recital
On Sunday 20th October at 4pm, internationally acclaimed virtuoso pianist Nicholas Young is performing original contemporary classical music composed in Brunswick by Alan Griffiths, at Tempo Rubato. He will be joined by ANAM Fellow cellist Gemma Kneale and Melbourne Opera Orchestra concertmaster Ben Spiers.  See the Australia National Academy of Music (ANAM) has published a blog describing this concert. See: https://anam.com.au/anam-blog/rare-view