Time of Lament, Confession & Commitment
During worship on Sunday 11th March we offered a Time of Lament, Confession & Commitment in response to the release of the final report of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
The Community Team of the Pastoral Care Committee invites to join in semi-spontaneous pop up lunches after worship on Sunday 18th March. Possibilities include joining a group to have lunch at one Sydney Rd’s fabulous cafes, heading off to Temple Park, Gray St. for a picnic with Saide & Ray Cameron (featuring home made focaccia, cheesecake and watermelon) or going to Tess Alston & Joel Hallinan’s home. If you want to host a lunch give Saide a call, 0407 096 743. Bring something to share for the picnic or going to Tess & Joel’s. If you want to go to a café look out for Tim Budge after worship.
FUNdraising Stalls for the Lenten Offering
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.
Palm Sunday Rally
Join us after worship on Sunday 25th March for the Palm Sunday Rally beginning at the State Library. We will gather near the corner of Lonsdale & Swanston St. from 1:30pm. Look out for the BUC and Welcome Banners.
Holy Week worship
Worship during Holy Week will continue the theme of listening, bringing together the themes of Lent and taking us into an experience of listening to and engaging with the central stories of our faith: Maundy Thursday – 29th March, 7:00pm, Good Friday – 30th March, 9:30am, Easter Day – 1st April, Dawn Service, 6:30am, Breakfast, 7:30am, Holy Communion, 9:30am.
Good Friday Hot Cross Buns lunch
Between the solemnity of Good Friday, 30th March, and the lead up to our celebrations on Easter Day our community gathers for a magnificent feast of Hot Cross Buns and an amazing variety of soups. Arrive any time from midday.
As always the party will be hosted by Alistair and Colma. Ray will once again produce an extraordinary quantity of delicious hot cross buns in three flavours – traditional, chocolate and while chocolate & cranberry. We greatly appreciate the generosity of Adrian & Anita, who make their home available for this wonderful community event. Everyone is welcome from midday. Please BYO chairs and drinks.
Save the date, Saturday 7th April and join the Olive Pesto (craft group) for morning tea at 10am for the presentation of the amazing rugs made last year to Andrea from KOGO. Celebrate the story and be inspired. Contact Ann Soo for details, 0422 842 244.
The BUC camp is on again for 2018! This year we are together 27th to 29th April, and looking at “Bearing Fruit“. Once again, we are going to beautiful Adekate Lodge, only 90 minutes drive from church. Bushwalks, archery, dinner & show, worship, time to stop and chat – we have it all, and more. The booking website is up and running: https://www.trybooking.com/USBM
This year we are offering an Early Bird discount of 20% up until 8 April 2018, so get in quick! With the assistance of Church Council, we’ve tried to make the camp as affordable as possible. Concession rates apply for all students and adults who don’t have a full time income. If cost is the only thing keeping you from coming, please speak to Rev. Ian Ferguson, 0438 547 842
Looking forward to seeing you there! Anthony, Shawn, Amelia, Courtney, Rachel and Caitlin (the organising group)
Olive Pages (Directory)
The Olive Pages, our Directory of contact information will be published on Sunday 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 (Food Co-op)
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.
Politics in the Pub
Dr. Stephen Sizer, International Peacemaker and Biblical Scholar is currently in Melbourne speaking about Israel and Palestine, the Bible and the church. He will be speaking at Politics in the Pub on Thursday 22nd March, 6:30pm, Royal Oak Hotel.