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13 December 2017

UC e-News is the weekly e-newsletter of the Uniting Church in SA. Submit events here and general notices here for inclusion in UC e-News and on the Uniting Church SA website. Items need to be submitted by 10am Wednesday for same day publication. Subscribe to UC e-News here or New Times online here. To subscribe to the Pastoral Note list please email UC e-News.

New Times online

A revitalisation for Noarlunga
“To live as Ambassadors of Christ” is the mission statement of Noarlunga Uniting Church as they move forward into a new era. This article explores the revitalisation project taking place at Noarlunga Uniting Church and the plans for their two current church buildings in Morphett Vale and Christies Beach. A decommissioning service for the Morphett Vale building on Hillier Road will be held this Sunday 17 December at 2pm. Read more about the project and the decomissioning service in the article here.

Changes to Australian marriage laws
On Thursday 7 December, the President of the Uniting Church in Australia released a pastoral statement about the change in Australian marriage law. It is available to read as an article on New Times online here.

The December 2017/January 2018 print edition of New Times is now available online here.

Moderator's Christmas message

Uniting Church SA Moderator Rev Sue Ellis shares a video Christmas message on "From love to life". The video is available to view online or download here.

Spotlight on...

Packing Day - last chance to get involved!

Are you a good at coordinating people and services? Are you passionate about helping people in remote, ageing and Indigenous communities? Packing Day could use your support!

Packing Day is an activity of the National and World Mission Support Team affiliated with Uniting Church Adult Fellowships in SA, and working in partnership with the SA Synod's International Mission office. Packing Day gathers quality second-hand clothes to send to certain op shops and residential care facilities in central and northern Australia, in addition to a small number of schools. It is held annually over three sites, and each site has its own coordinator and team.

A new convenor is being sought to take direction of the “big picture” for Packing Day and manage some of the administrative, communication and pastoral elements of the events.

The people behind Packing Day are beginning the winding up process, and this will proceed unless somebody is found to take on the convenor role.

Do you feel called to take on this role and make sure Packing Day continues in the future? Do you have questions about the role or about Packing Day? For further information, please contact Max Howland at max.howland@internode.on.net

Event highlight

Guinea Pigs in the Manger: a Christmas musical

Sunday 17 December, 10-11.30am // The Corner Uniting Church

The Corner Kids Performing Arts Group proudly presents "Guinea Pigs in the Manger", a Christmas musical for the whole family!

The nativity scene has been displayed to celebrate Christmas for hundreds of years. Many families have Christmas traditions involving setting up decorations and the nativity scene. This musical is about children playing with the nativity characters and some unexpected visitors. The musical will be followed by morning tea.

For more information, please see the event details here.

View the full list of upcoming events here. There are lots of Christmas carol events happening in the next week, along with some Blue Christmas services.

Want to share your event with the wider Uniting Church SA? Complete the events form here.

News & notices

Click here to read this week's news & notices for information about:

  • Standing Committee - December meeting update to be published next week
  • Helpers needed - for Christmas Day service at Flinders Medical Centre
  • Packing Day - seeking a new convenor
  • Northern Suburbs Dinka-Speaking Faith Community - upcoming fundraising event
  • CEO/General Secretary announcement - a repeat of last week's announcement about Rev Nigel Rogers' decision to step down from the CEO/General Secretary role
  • and links to upcoming events, including lots of Christmas events!

Positions/Placements Vacant

Pastor/Minister (Children and Families) – Westbourne Park Uniting Church (part time, fixed term)

Positions are listed in UC e-News for two consecutive weeks. Read the full list of current positions vacant here.

Placements News is available here.

Reflection of the week

This week's reflection focuses on fear and peace, Advent and the Christmas story. Read the full reflection here.