Prayer Points

Ministry Team
Church Council
Olive Way program
Pastoral Care Committee
Justice & Mission Committee
Sunday Morning Program
Roster participants
Palestine Israel Ecumenical Network
Non-Violent Direct Action
FUNdraising Committee
Presbytery of Port Philip West
Creatures of the land

Follow the Ecumenical Prayer Cycle which takes us through every region of the world over the course of a year.

BUC News

Holy Communion
We will celebrate Holy Communion during worship on 6th February paying careful attention to social distancing and appropriate hygiene measures.  We will gather in the circle of love to receive the elements or a blessing.

Blessings and Commissionings
February is usually a month of blessings.  This year is no exception … and it extends into March.

  • 6th February – Sunday Morning program (SMP) young people
  • 20th February – SMP leaders
  • 27th February – Ruth Sandy, Olive Way Operations Coordinator
  • 13th March – Student House program participants and committee

Congregational Meeting
A congregational meeting will be held after worship on 6th March to explore our Children, Youth and Young Adult ministry and staffing.  Please see the email sent out through our congregation email group for details.

Portable electric keyboard available
Lyn Anderson is looking for a new home for her Yamaha Portable Piano, DGX-660.  Please contact Lyn for more information, 0407 748 271.

Support for Tonga
In response to the devastation wrought by the volcanic eruption and tsunami there are several opportunities to provide financial support to organizations in Tonga supporting people with their immediate needs – access to safe and clean drinking water, rebuilding homes, reconnecting families.  These include:

We are also aware of people within and connected to our congregation who have family in Tonga – Semisi & Frances Tapueluelu and Rev. Natalie Monu-Dixon.  Natalie is organizing direct support for her family and their village who were impacted by the tsunami and volcanic ash.  Please contact Dave Hall, 0417 310 128, if you would like to connect with Natalie.

House cleaning
Bronte Potter would love to hear from anyone looking for a house cleaner.  She has cleaned houses for quite a few BUC people, please ask her for reference checks and/or to request more information, 0431 229 572.

Wider Church News

UC National News, 2-8/2

  • What’s the best thing that can happen? Dwelling 3
  • Update on Tonga Disaster Response
  • Aged care workforce crisis – They deserve so much more respect
  • National conversation on aged care crisis
  • IWD 2022: help us celebrate Uniting Church women
  • A prayer in the Spirit of the Lunar New Year
  • Join us in prayer for
    • The people of Tonga and the work of our Church partners responding to the tsunami disaster.
    • Uniting Church communities engaged in fresh expressions of Christian community and all those who are following the call of the Spirit to serve the communities around them.
    • The Act2 conversation. May we listen to the leading of the Spirit as we consider how we order our life, so we can be committed to transforming lives and communities in God’s love.

Climate Action News

BUC Climate Action Group
Would you like to become involved in the BUC Climate Action Group (CAG)? All are welcome to come along to our next meeting which is on zoom at 4.30pm on Saturday 12th February. To find out more about climate action at our church click the earth button on BUC website or contact Richard Arnold

ARRCC Melbourne Political Engagement group
ARRCC (Australian Religious Response to Climate Change) is a multi-faith network committed to action on Climate Change. The next meeting of the ARRCC Melbourne Political Engagement group, facilitated by BUC’s Linda Wannan, is on zoom from 12 to 1pm on Wednesday 9th February. All people of faith are welcome to come to this local meeting and get involved as much or as little as you’d like with other people of faith. This meeting will have a focus on the coming federal election.

Is your bank investing your money in fossil fuels?
Come learn, share and discuss within an ARRCC multi faith group on aligning your finances with your faith to protect the planet by divesting from fossil fuels. The interactive sessions with a focus on Banking run for 90 minutes on Zoom, with a choice of two times: Tuesday 8th February 2022 at 12noon or Thursday 10th February 2022 at 7:30pm. Jamie Thom from BUC Climate Action group is running these with Sue Ennis (a Quaker). For more details and to book go to Trybooking