Weekly News

Weekly News 16/5/2024

Greetings everyone, I will be compiling one more Enews – 23rd May 2024. If you have any contributions, notices, roster changes etc for this edition, please email them to me by Thursday at hazel295@gmail.com

We acknowledge the Awabakal people, the First Peoples of this land where we live. We respect and acknowledge their Elders, past, present and emerging.

It’s PENTECOST on SUNDAY – If you are willing/able wear something RED

This Week’s Messages from Rev Allison

 Readings – Acts 2: 1 – 14, 1 Corinthians 12: 1 – 13 

We mark Pentecost Sunday, the day when God was revealed to a gathering of Jesus’ disciples in a new and dramatic way. This event marks the birth of a new kind of faith community, which came to be known as the Christian Church. Elsewhere in our news, Hazel has reminded us of the tradition of wearing red on Pentecost Sunday – we join in that tradition with Christians all around the world on this day. Red symbolises the revelation of God as Holy Spirit, appearing as tongues of fire on that day. Red is also a symbol of joy. 

Congregation meeting 19th May 

Immediately after worship, we will hold a brief congregation meeting, for the purpose of affirming the following four mission priorities for us over the next two years (until mid-2026):

·      Update and build communication infrastructure 

·      Practise radical hospitality and inclusion 

·      Build capacity for leading and launching a new worship gathering for people under 50 including children and young people. 

·      Launch a midweek drop-in space, one day per week. 

Some background on these priorities is in the attached document, my Ministers’ Report presented to the congregation AGM in February.

Study leave 

I will be taking each Monday in May as study leave, to finish coursework for the subject I am currently taking at theological college. 

Worship Information for Sunday 

Live Stream Link for Sunday

Sunday Worship Link  https://youtube.com/live/fxVmihcpCaw?feature=share

Roster for Sunday 12th May

Assistant to the Minister: Alison Blackbourn

Welcome: Maureen Jones & Pam Durie
Offering Stewards: Maureen Jones & Pam Durie

Bible Reader: Lyn Butler-Cramer

Prayers of the People: Alison Blackbourn

Data Projector: Laraine Jones

Live Streaming: Bob Gibbons

Singers: Eula & Kathie

Musician: Hazel

Morning Tea: Andy Smith; Robyn Smith; Jacquie Heeseman

If your name is down for the roster, please remember to let Hazel know of any dates that you will not be available in July or the rest of 2024.  If you contact Hazel by email, she will always reply to acknowledge receipt of your email.  hazel295@gmail.com

Yvonne would be grateful if you could let her know if you change with someone on the roster so that the roster in this email is correct.

Prayer for Peace: This week’s prayer can be found attached to this email or on our Toronto Uniting Church Website.  https://toronto.unitingchurch.org.au

Presbytery Prayer for this Week: Each week we have been asked to pray for a particular church in The Hunter Presbytery area. This week we pray for:

Dungog Uniting Church

For the past 20 years, Dungog Uniting Church has operated without an Ordained Minister in placement. It has been able to continue its ministry during this time with Lay Leadership, and together with the assistance provided by Retired Ministers and Lay Preachers from the Hunter Presbytery, along with retired Ministers living in the area, has been able to conduct a weekly service of worship. There is a Sunday School which, though small in number, is a welcome inclusion in our worship. We are a loving community of people who care for and

support one another, as well as endeavour to extend that care into the local community.

Prayer: We pray for the Dungog Uniting Church; for its leaders as they endeavour to meet the challenges that are before them in continuing to provide a place of worship, along with a welcoming environment in which to engage with the local community. Amen.

Notices for the Coming Weeks

Notice of Special Congregational Meeting Sunday 19th May:

A Special Congregational Meeting will be held following worship on Sunday 19th May with the focus of considering approval of the Mission Strategy outlined in Rev Allison Forrest’s Minister’s Report for the Annual General Meeting.

Morisset Autumn Concert – Sunday 19th May

Morisset Uniting Church (The Church in the Trees) Cnr Kahibah & Awaba Streets, Morisset invite you to an AUTUMN CONCERT at 1.30pm on Sunday 19th May. See attached notice

Featuring Individual Artists, Groups, Vocalists, Musicians.

Tickets $10 (includes Afternoon Tea) can be purchased at the door.

Property Committee Black Book for Reporting Safety Issues:

If you notice something around the church that needs attention, please write it in the black book so that the Property Team becomes aware of issues. The black property book has been in the kitchen but is often forgotten. To make it more visible it will now be placed in the main hall, at the end of the pigeon holes. Please write the safety issue up yourself.  Don’t rely on someone else to do it. Please see Arthur if you are unsure of where the book is kept or how to write up the issue.

Red Shield appeal helps our local community

This has come via Emilio Dendaluce.

Your local Salvos (Bonnells Bay) are doing an amazing job in providing meals, food assistance, showers, and laundry to disadvantaged, homeless and people in need of extra support in this local area. We are asking for your help in partnering with us to collect Red Shield donations so that we can continue to provide this vital assistance in the coming year. All donations collected stay in this area to assist those in genuine need.

We are seeking people who could sit at a donation collection station for a 3-hour shift from Monday 20th May to Sunday 27th May at either Woolworths, Toronto or Bunnings, Glendale. If you can assist, please call Leanne Bennett 0439 711 897.

Understanding Grief, Loss and Change – Friday 31st May:

We are delighted to have the esteemed and very experienced grief counsellor and educator, Mandy Cox, leading a workshop about Understanding Grief, Loss and Change on Friday 31st May from 10 till 11.45 am. Mandy will help us learn more about the ways we can support people who are grieving, as well as understanding more deeply the impacts of loss and change. This is a workshop for all of us, as we navigate our own way, and care for others. Check out the attachment, and book online or by the sign-on sheet in the foyer at church.

Dates for your Diary

Singing Practice – Friday May 17th at 10am

Christian Meditation – Friday May 17th at 11am

Sunday Worship Service –Sunday May 19th at 9am – Rev Allison Forrest

Prayer for Peace – Sunday 19th May – in your own home

Social Justice Meeting – Monday 13th May at 10am

Worship Team – Thursday 23rd May at 10am

Kinship Carers – Thursday 23rd May at 10am

Safe Church meeting – Friday 24th May at 9:15am

World Vision – meet for Lunch at Warners Bay Bowling Club at 12noon

Reconciliation Sunday – Sunday 26th May, the Social Justice team will lead worship.

Mens Coffee – Monday 27th May 2024. NOTE: as from now the time will be from 9:30am – 10:30am. All men are invited – held at “Jules by the Lake” Rathmines – Peter M

Jan’s Thought for the Week

 “To give somebody your time is the best gift you can give.”

Prayers for the Week


Today is the first of 35 days of Uniting in Prayer “Threads of Love, Weaving Christ’s Love Across Cultures and Boundaries”.  Bring this to your prayers today.


People who are lonely, despite living with people all around them.


Kairos Prison Ministry – taking The Word to prisoners and their families.


The work and people of the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress.


Australian Defence Force members and their families


God’s healing for the ill, the sad and grieving and those facing surgery.


World Vision’s work and its people – not only overseas but also in Australia.

Online Magazines and Websites

Insights – https://www.insights.uca.org.au

Uniting Church in Australia – https://uniting.church 

Frontier Services – https://frontierservices.org  https://frontierservices.org/news-media/frontier-news/ – May Edition of Frontier News

The Hunter Presbytery E-News – attached 

Hunter Presbytery website – https://www.hunter.uca.org.au

Toronto Uniting Church & “Newcastle Hunter Uniting Church” are both on Facebook

Blessings to you all…