Do you love to sing? Do you want to learn new sings, sing old favourites, spend two hours with like-minded souls? Yes? Then save the date – Sunday 18th February, 1-3pm. The worship committee is hosting a Lenten Sing-a-long in the worship space. We’ll be learning a few songs for the season of Lent, taking requests, providing afternoon tea. If you have a favourite song that you would like to sing, or play, for others, we would also love to hear from you. Send your requests through to Natalie Sims, email@example.com. Bring along your musical instrument and be ready to join in as many of the songs as you like. All ages, all abilities, everyone is welcome. Questions, queries, expressions of interest to Natalie, 0457 054 807.
The Brunswick Studio Walk will be held on Saturday 24th March with The Olive Arts Collective a featured studio in the walk. Come along between 12 & 5 pm to support our artists, check out our program details. Full Studio Walk details are available here. If you can help out with providing hospitality in the Olive Way please contact Ann Soo, 0422 842 244
Our Annual General Meeting will be held after worship on Sunday 25th February. The Olive Harvest (collection of Annual Reports) will be available on Sunday 11th February. We hope you enjoy reading them, take your time, there’s lots to celebrate. The meeting will also include the presentation of the 2017 Budget. Then stay on after the meeting for a ‘Bring a plate to share’ lunch hosted by the Pastoral Care Community Team. Contact Saide Cameron, 0407 096 743 if you have an questions.
Come one, come all to the Backyard Session with “Terry Towelling & the Tank Tops”, Sunday 25th February, 4-9ish. Entry by donation, FUNdraising for the Olive Way.
The Justice & Mission (JAM) committee is excited and we want you to join in the fun of the Sydney Rd. Street Party on Sunday 4th March. You can offer an hour or two of your time to help out with Devonshire Tea, provide and/or sell cupcakes & muffins, support the Rainbow activity on the street, be in the worship space to welcome people. Everything is ‘easy’ we simply need as many ‘hands on’ as possible. Contact Saide Cameron, firstname.lastname@example.org, 0407 096 743.
Congratulations to Janet Reus-Smit celebrating 40 years of Ordination on Tuesday 20th February.
Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John This year during the period of Lent (the 40 days leading up to Easter) you are invited to participate in a six-week journey of reflection and prayer with the words of John the Evangelist (The Gospel According to John and First Letter of John). By learning from Jesus as John presents him, his human friendships, and his teachings about God, we may enter further into relationship with the One who is love and longs for deep intimacy with each of us.
Wider Church News
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.
Brother Peter Bray will speak on what is happening in Bethlehem University and in the Holy Land on Thursday 22nd February at Elm Street Hall, North Melbourne. Details here.
Brunswick Boomerang Bags Launch at Brunswick Library, 233 Sydney Road, Brunswick THIS Saturday 17th February 10am-midday. BBB is part of a wider grass roots movement aimed at reducing the use of single use plastic shopping bags. Two locals have set up a group with which Brunswick UC Arts Craft MeetUp Group will maintain contact. Pop in to learn what BBB do, sew a fabric bag to keep, and hear local sustainability advocate, Moreland Councillor Dale Martin. For any more detail, contact BUC’s Linda Wannan or Ann Soo.