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

Refugee Week
We hosted an inspiring exhibition during Refugee Week, 6th-23rd June. If you were unable to view the artworks or just want to have another look please see the post on our website: Refugee Week 2019.

Merri Project Consultation
On behalf of Church Council, the Merri Project Steering Group invites you to attend the first in a series of consultations about BUC’s future mission. Please join us for the first of three congregational consultations on Sunday 28th July, 11:30-3:30. More information.

BUC Arts Brainstorming
Plans for an Art exhibition are underway. Join us on Wednesday 10th July, 1:00-2:30pm in the Youth Hall for a brainstorming session led by Ian Ferguson. The session will help us define the theme of the exhibition and identify the next steps. All are welcome. Contact Ann Soo, 0422 842 244‬ or Saide Cameron, 0407 096 743.

New subscribers welcome to With Love to the World
Are you interested in having a quarterly daily devotion guide that provides a reflection on the next Sunday’s lectionary? Faye Findlay will be collecting $10 from anyone interested in a remaining two quarterly copies due out in August and November. Please speak to Faye on one of the next three Sundays. Additional orders must be made by Sunday 14th July. Thanks, Faye

Plastic Free July
The Justice & Mission committee invites you to join the challenge to live with less plastic in July.

Lunch time
Have you been to Cafe Marcella just up the road from the church? If not – now’s your chance. The Community Team invites you to come along for lunch after worship on Sunday 7th July. Average meal cost is $15-20. Sign up at worship or let Saide know you are planning to come along,

Worship Workshop – Writing Prayers
Workshop 2
is a practical workshop exploring the process of preparing and writing prayers with liturgists and prayer writers from our congregation. What are the qualities and elements and focus of the different types of prayers we offer in worship? Interested – come along to Brunswick Uniting Church (212 Sydney Rd.) on Thursday 11th July, 7:30-9:00pm with supper to follow.

Safe Church Contact Person
Jane Allardice will fill in for Helen Rowe as the Safe Church contact person. Brunswick Uniting Church has a process for following up any concerns raised about the safety of our children. Please contact Jane in person or by telephone at 0419 385 544.

Money Matters for Mission
The workshop scheduled for Saturday 6th July has been postponed to October due lack of registrations for the event on this date. Please watch out for the next opportunity to empower your area of mission by having better knowledge of basic accounting and finance.

Christian Meditation
Laurence Freeman, a Benedictine monk and the spiritual guide and Director of The World Community for Christian Meditation will be holding events at the National Conference of the World Community of Christian Meditation over the 11th-12th of October. There is also a special opportunity to for children and youth to participate.

Wider Church News

Synod 2019
The 2019 Synod meeting will be held from 5-9 July at Box Hill Town Hall.  Opening worship of the Synod meeting will commence 7.30pm, 5th July, at St Michael’s Uniting Church, corner Russell and Collins St and will include the induction of our new Moderator, Rev Denise Liersch. Supper will be enjoyed at The Scot’s Church.  Visit the Synod website for more information.

Slow Stitching
Slow Stitching is the first workshop in ‘The Artist and the Activist: Galvanising Grief, Growing in Action’, to be offered on the Swell Centre, Hawthorn, Tuesday 9th July, 10am-4pm.  Find out more.

Pilgrimage to Nauiyu 12-16th of August 2019
Expressions of interest
are sought from people who would like to spend time in Nauiyu, an Aboriginal community in the Northern Territory near Daly River. The intention of the pilgrimage is to listen and learn from Elders and community members about Aboriginal culture and spirituality and in particular, the practice of Dadirri.  This is a small group journey organised by The Australian Christian Meditation Community.
For more information, talk to Leesl Wegner (0423 265 538) who participated in the pilgrimage last year, or see the attachment for more details.

Safe Church Training
St. John’s Uniting Church, Essendon, is holding two sessions of Safe Church Training soon.
– Wednesday 17th July at 6:30pm.
– Sunday 21st July at 11:30am.
Everyone who holds a Working With Children Check card is required to do initial training and then a refresher every three years. Unsure if you are due for a refresher?  Check with Claire Foley or Helen Rowe.
Please register your interest in the Essendon sessions with Helen Rowe asap so we can let the organizers know.

Community News

Climate Action
Are you called to become involved in responding to climate change?

  • #NoFaithInCoal – the ARRCC organised over 150 faith leaders to send an open Letter to the Prime Minister this week urging the government to:
    • Stopping the proposed Adani coal mine
    • Committing to no new coal or gas projects in Australia
    • Moving to 100% renewable energy by the year 2030
       (please share this letter on social media)
  • Stop Adani Moreland – next fortnightly meeting is Monday 8th July at 6:30 pm East Coburg Community House, 32 Nicholson Street, Coburg.
  • GreenFaith ARRCC meeting in Melbourne is 5.30 pm Sunday 21st July at St Philip’s Anglican Church, 146 Hoddle Street, Collingwood.
  • The ARRCC is holding a National Conference on Faith in Action in Canberra on 8th to 10th November.
  • Thinking of switching to solar energy, each month the Victorian government is offering rebates for the installation of solar panels on homes.