Worship on Lent 4, Sunday 11th March will include a Service of Lament in response to the release of the final report of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses into Child Sexual Abuse.
Ride your bike to worship on Sunday 11th March and join the BUC Cycle group at 11:30pm to enjoy a leisurely ride along one of our local bike paths, contact Colin Hunter, 0407 522 587
Everyone is welcome to Table Church, Sunday 11th March, 6-8pm, 31 Barrows St. We gather to share a simple meal of soup and bread and dessert on the second and fourth Sundays 6-7:30pm. The time is shaped by a liturgy that invites us to reflect on the week that has passed and to pray for each other.
The Brunswick Indonesian UC congregation will celebrate their 15th Anniversary ‘Giving our best to God’ on Sunday 11th March, 5pm. Everyone is welcome to the service and the meal which follows.
Worship on Lent 5, Sunday 18th March, will include a welcoming ceremony. We offer people who are new to the congregation the opportunity to name the Brunswick UC congregation as your spiritual home. Please contact Ian Ferguson if you wish to participate or have questions,
The Lenten Offering is an annual event in the life of congregations within the Synod of Victoria and Tasmania. It is conducted during Lent and Easter at a time of reflection, renewal and recommitment. After worship on Sundays 18th & 25th March we will hold FUNdraising stalls to support the Lenten Offering. All contributions for the stall are welcome. Contact Saide, 0407 096 743 for more information. Projects to be supported are: Prevention of blindness, Community of Reconciliation, Youth Engagement and Regional Youth Tasmania.
Interplay – What happens when we follow what we enjoy? Give ourselves the time and space to move with what’s there? Connect with ourselves and others in a spirit of play? InterPlay Wednesday Workshops with Steph on Wednesdays during March.
The Olive Pages, our Directory of contact information will be published on Sunday 11th or 18th March. New and updated entries will be shaded grey to help you identify them. The Olive Pages will be printed for people who receive a printed copy of the Olive Branch and will also sent out by email to the Church only gmail group. It will also be available on the website in the secure Members Section. If you want to keep up with changes to the Olive Pages during the year you will need to ensure that you have a login for the Members Section.
Can you help with offering some shared or self-contained accommodation? A.A is a 40 year old Ethiopian man and former refugee who arrived in Australia 12 months ago to live permanently. He is having difficulty finding suitable accommodation. He would like shared or self-contained (e.g a Bungalow or Granny Flat) accommodation with respectful and friendly people of any age. Opportunities to practice English and learn more about Australian culture would also be appreciated. If you think you can assist, please contact Leesl Wegner on 0423 265 538 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Easter Eggs – The Food Co-op Committee would like you to know that there will be no Fair Trade Easter Eggs available for purchase this year. The manufacturer has changed the packaging – the chocolate egg is now encased in a moulded plastic capsule inside the cardboard box. Our decision was based on the Values of the Food Co-op. We aim for reduced packaging of food products and we are mindful of not purchasing products in single use plastic containers. Contact Helen Rowe if you wish to comment.
Wider Church News
The annual Holocaust Memorial Service will be held on Monday 19th March, 7:30pm, at the Chapel of St. Peter, Melbourne Grammar School.
State of Emergency in Tonga – Cyclone Gita has devastated communities across Tonga. The category four cyclone arrived late last night bringing winds of over 233km/h, ripping roofs off houses and causing widespread flooding. Tens of thousands of people were left without power and water has been cut off. Visit the Act for Peace to make your donation.