BUC News

Attention Elders, Committee members, group leaders and Ministry Team…and anyone else who is a leader in their own way!
You are all warmly invited to Part 1 of BUC’s Leaders’ Retreat:
When: Saturday 3 February, 5:00 to 9:00pm
Where: at BUC (worship space and OW space)
Why: to share what we’re all doing, deepen relationships, start our goal-setting under the new Strategic Plan, and join in worship & prayer!
Bring: dinner to share (if you can – if not, there’s sure to be plenty!),
a laptop, smart phone or iPad (if you can – if not, there’s sure to be plenty!) and your thinking cap!

Church Council will continue with Part 2 of the retreat on Sunday from 1:00-4:00. That allows time for informal shared lunches on Sydney Rd, or a quick power nap at home! Please be back at the Youth Hall, ready to start promptly at 1:00.
Please RSVP to info@shawnwhelan.com.au. Last minute attendance is better than none, but it would help us to know how many to expect!
Also, please visit our new(ish) website Members Area, and request a Member Password if you haven’t already done so. We’ll be exploring resources in this section at the retreat.

Children, teachers and assistants will be blessed and commissioned for the Sunday Morning Program in 2018 during worship on Sunday 4th February. We will also celebrate Holy Communion.

The February Olive Branch will be published on Sunday 4th February.

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

BUC News

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. Send your requests through to Natalie Sims, nsims@svi.edu.au. 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 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, saide.cameron@bigpond.com, 0407 096 743.

Wider Church News

Annual Philip Harris Memorial Lecture @ Christ Church, Glenlyon Road, Brunswick.  Sunday 4th February following Evensong for the Feast of Charles, King and Martyr @ 6 p.m. Details here.

The University of Melbourne Chaplaincy and Religions for Peace invite you to a free lecture, ‘Appraising the Royal Commission Report into Sexual Abuse and Religious Organizations’ on Tuesday 6th February. Details here.

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.

Prayer Points

Ministry Team
Church Council
Carlynne – MoW candidate
Olive Way program
Pastoral Care Committee
Justice & Mission Committee
Sunday Morning Program
Roster participants
Non-Violent Direct Action
FUNdraising Committee
Presbytery of Port Philip West
Creatures of the land