Prayer Points

Ministry Team
Ian preparing for Supply Ministry
Valentina and Yoo Mi joining the Ministry Team
Michael and Bella preparing for Confirmation
Fiona preparing for Ordination
Culture of Safety program
Moderator – Denise
Stewart Lodge & residents
Worship Committee
Finance Committee
Compassion Ministry
BUC Arts
Synod of VicTas
Creatures of the sea

BUC News

Offering our sympathy
Letting you know of the death in Sydney of Meg Orton’s eldest brother Richard, sad but not unexpected (29/1).  He had been very unwell for many months so his death is the end of a painful period.

SMP Blessing, Elders Commissioning & Confirmation
During worship on Sunday 9th February the Sunday Morning Program will be blessed for a new year. Details here.
Later in the service our Elders will be commissioned to their role of oversight of the mission and ministry of our congregation.  Details here.
We will joyfully celebrate the confirmation of Michael Cameron and Bella Taranto.  Details here.
And finally we will celebrate Ian’s call to Supply Ministry in East Gippsland as one of our Presbytery Ministers concludes his ministry with us in preparation for his three month secondment to East Gippsland in the week beginning 10th February.  See the Supply Ministry update here.

Fiona Bottcher will be ordained for the Ministry of Deacon on Sunday 9th February, 2pm at Brunswick UC.  The service will be presided over by the Presbytery of Port Phillip West.  We will be providing afternoon tea.  Please contact Leanne Salau, 0449 912 092‬, if you can provide a plate of food and/or assist with setting up, serving or cleaning up.  Thank you.

Working Bee & Lunch
Join the Property Committee for all the fun of tidying up, cleaning and gardening after worship on 16th February.  Then stay on for lunch.  Details here.

FUNdraising BBQ & Pool Party
We have a whole extra day this year (29th February) so come along and spend at least part of it at the home of the Matthew’s family simply enjoying being in community.  This party is a highlight in our community calendar.  We are FUNdraising for to create a mural on our sheds through the ‘Go Paint the Sheds’ proposal developed by the Olive Arts Collective.   Details here.

Sydney Road Street Party
As always we will have a presence at this massive community event on Sunday 1st March.  Our theme will shaped by the Climate Crisis.  Find out all the details here.  Please see the list for volunteers to find out how you can be involved.  Contact Saide, 0407 096 743, if you have any questions.

Mechanics of the Eye
Mechanics of the Eye” life drawing classes are back by popular demand. Led by Priscilla Manthey, artist and art teacher extraordinaire, each class will explore a different theme over 6 weeks.  Paper and pencils are available or BYO. West End Hall at the church. $10/$1-$5 concession per class. Commencing Sunday 2nd February til 8th March, 11.45am – 2.15pm (includes prep and tidy-up).

Priscilla Manthey’s work ‘Populists Prefer Blondes’ is being shown in Editions, an exhibition at the Tacit Gallery, 12th-23rd February.

BUC News

Annual General Meeting and Lunch
Our AGM will be held after worship on 23rd February. The main agenda items for the meeting will be to receive The Olive Harvest, our collection of Annual Reports, together with the presentation of the 2019 Financial Report and 2020 Budget.  The Olive Harvest will be published and emailed on Sunday 9th February.
After the meeting everyone is invited to stay on for a ‘Bring a Plate to Share’ lunch. All contributions are welcome.

Climate Action News

BUC Climate Crisis Action Plan
In November 2019, the congregation declared a Climate Crisis and committed to developing a Climate Crisis Plan by May 2020. The Church Council needs help with drafting, and then implementing this Action Plan!
Email your suggestions for the plan to Shawn Whelan or Maxine Loynd.
Contact Richard Arnold to get involved in the Climate Action Group.

Australian Religious Response to Climate Change
ARRCC is a multi-faith network of people committed to climate change, GreenFaith ARRCC – next monthly meeting is Sunday 16th February at 5.30pm St Philip’s Anglican Church, 146 Hoddle Street, Collingwood. 

National Day of Action
On Saturday 22nd February from 2pm to 5pm there will be protests around the country in a national day of action demanding serious leadership on the bushfire and climate crisis, including one in Melbourne at the State Library, corner of Swanston and LaTrobe Streets. Meet with other people of faith at 1.30pm by the statue of Charles La Trobe on the left-hand side of the forecourt to the library (near LaTrobe Street). Please bring a sign that makes it plain that you are there as a person of faith. You could also wear an ARRCC t-shirt, which can be bought online.

Wider Church News

Slow Spirituality
Two events coming up at St. John’s Essendon UC.  For more information ring Rev Peter, 0417 425 188
* Self care, lead by Rev Fiona Winn, Sunday 16th February, 5:00pm
Way of the Cross, a guided devotional walk, Sunday 8th March. 2:00pm

Council of Christians & Jews Events
Sunday 16th February – Rev Glenn Loughery will talk about ‘Aboriginal Spirituality and the Christian Faith’ at St Oswald’s Anglican church, Glen Iris at 3 pm.
Sunday 23rd February – Our full day workshop on ‘Tackling Hate Speech Program’ will be held at the Bentleigh Uniting Church
Sunday 15th March – Paul Forgasz will present ‘In the Footsteps of Spanish Jewry:  From “Golden Age” to National Disaster at 3 pm, venue to be advised.

Education under occupation
Everyone is invited to this public gathering with Brother Peter Bray co-hosted by the UCA with the Palestine Israel Ecumenical Network on Monday 24th February.  Details here.