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20 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

Have yourself an apocalyptic Christmas
Christmas is usually associated with family, festivities and the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. In this article, New Testament lecturer Dr John Frederick explores how we can also use the Christmas story of Jesus’ birth to reflect on the “apocalyptic” in the traditional sense of the word – the revelation of that which was previously hidden – and how that may shape our thinking for the years ahead. Read the article here.

Standing Committee Meeting – December update
Standing Committee meeting updates are published to inform the wider Uniting Church SA community of the discussions, deliberations and decisions arising from each meeting of the Committee. This update refers to the recent December 2017 meeting.

Spotlight on...

UC e-News holiday dates

UC e-News will take a break over Christmas and the beginning of 2018. This edition of UC e-News is the final one for 2017; UC e-News will return on Wednesday 17 January, 2018.

Events can continue to be submitted to the website over Christmas and into the New Year. Events submitted between Friday 22 December and Monday 1 January will not be published until Tuesday 2 January. To submit an event, please fill in the online form here.

Event highlight

Induction service

Sunday 14 January, 4pm // Para Vista Uniting Church

Rev Lyn Leane will be inducted at a service at Para Vista Uniting Church on Sunday 14 January. This special afternoon service will see Lyn welcomed into the congregation and will be followed with a time of fellowship over refreshments.

Please note: It had previously been advised that this service would be held at Modbury Uniting Church. This was an error - the service will take place at Para Vista Uniting Church.

View the full list of upcoming events here

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News & notices

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

  • Moderator's Christmas message - video available to view and download
  • Royal Commission - pastoral statement and prayers in response to the final report
  • Red Dove Cafe  - $63,000 from 2017 to be given to mission projects
  • Packing Day - in need of a convenor to continue operations
  • and links to upcoming events

Positions/Placements Vacant

Executive Officer, UnitingCare SA - Uniting Church in Australia, Presbytery & Synod of SA (full time)

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


Minister of the Word - St Andrew's Uniting Church, Brisbane (full time)

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 the response of the shepherds in the Christmas story, and our own responses to the birth of Jesus. Read the full reflection here.