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BUC News

MS Melbourne Cycle
Thank you for your generous support of our participation in the MS Melbourne Cycleon Sunday 15th April.  Your generosity helped us to raise $2,705. You can still make a donation online to support research for those affected by multiple sclerosis, from the Hunter Clan

From the CY&YA committee
The CYYA committee (Children, Youth, and Young Adult) is made up of four volunteers (David Moorhouse, Anita Brown-Major, Catherine Drimmel and Rachel U’ren) and three staff members (Ian, Anika and Caitlin). We aim to encourage, support, and oversee the work with children, families and young adults in our community at BUC. We are keen to welcome new members to the committee and ask that you contact Anita if you are interested in joining our fun group.

Over the coming months we will farewell Anika Jensen from her two roles within the church, which have taken form as 10 hours a week dedicated to the student house and 8 for the BUC youth. She has been working in both these positions for the past three years. Anika will be finishing with us on the 6th of May and her work and all she has offered will be formally acknowledged during the service on this date.

Caitlin Mullen has filled the interim role of administrator for the children and families program (basically organising Sunday Morning Program) for the past 6 months. We thank Caitlin for her work and wish her luck in her new position at a secondary college.  Caitlin will be finishing her formal role within the church at church camp at the end of April.

We have been unsuccessful in finding a permanent pastor in the children and families role and are currently considering what options we have in this important ministry area.  Please consider asking anyone in your networks if they know of someone who might be called to work with children and families.

While Church council is contemplating our options we are asking for expressions of interest for the role of the interim Children and family worker.  Please contact Anita for the job description.

Worship space screens
Both screens in the worship space have been replaced and the faulty one has been disposed of.  The remaining screen is approximately 9 years old and in need of a new home.  Please contact Ray Cameron, 0407 096 743.  Details of the screen are as follows and a spec sheet is also available:  Brand: Panasonic High Definition Plasma Display; Model No.: TH-65PF12WK

BUC Camp
The BUC camp is on again for 2018 – only 7 days to go! 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.   Make your booking today.  Numbers need to be known for catering and room allocation purposes.

BUC News

John Venning
During worship on Sunday 22nd April we will bless and farewell John Venning who has moved to a nursing home in Berwick near his sister Dulcie. Dulcie will also be joining us for worship. After worship we will celebrate John’s 71st birthday.

Congregation BBQ lunch and Working Bee
On Sunday 22nd April the Community Team will host a BBQ and the Property Committee will hold our first Working Bee for the year.  Jobs include:  rubbish removal, gardening, clean out the shed, general cleaning, emptying compost bins, maintenance.  Bring whatever tools you think will be useful.  Contact Ray Cameron, 0407 883 654, to register your interest in being part of the fun.  Let Kristin Flint, 0425 769 645, know if you can bring a salad for the BBQ.

Table Church
You are invited to join Table Church on Sunday evening 22nd April at 6pm – 8pm.  At the start of a new week we share together in a simple meal and liturgy.  Meet at the Rowe’s home at 94 McPherson Street Essendon. Contact Helen for further details. 0423 009 813.

May Olive Branch
The May Olive Branch will be published on Sunday 6th May.  Please email your contributions (reports, stories, news, notices, photos) to saide.cameron@bigpond.comby Monday 30th April.

Child Seat to give away
Child seat 6 months to approx 6 years to give away.  It is five years old.  I have an email from Kidsafe Vic setting out the criteria to show that the seat is compliant.  Contact:  Claire Foley  M 0419 988 972’

Wider Church News

ANZAC Day Service
Everyone is welcome to attend the Prayers for Peace ANZAC Day service at St. Paul’s Cathedral, 11am on 25th April. The preacher will be Fr Claude Mostowick MSC, Chairperson of Pax Christi.

Safe Church Training opportunities – April/May
Safe Church Training is being offered during April and May in the following locations – Melbourne CBD and Airport West UC.  If you are due for your 2-yearly update or need to do the training for the first time please contact Helen Rowe for dates, locations and registration details. Email: or SMS 0423 009 813

Sacred Edge Festival
Take a moment to think about coming to Sacrededge – A festival of Spirit and Diversity,May 4-6, Queenscliff.
This unique, inclusive festival, features some of the best musicians and speakers from around the nation.In keeping with this year’s theme, Glimpse the Gift of Diversity, the performers come from a variety of backgrounds.
Sacrededge is proudly sponsored by Port Philip West Presbytery.  Please help us spread the good news of Sacrededge.
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