UC e-News 21 January 2020

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21 January 2020
UC e-News is the weekly e-newsletter of the Uniting Church in SA. Submit events here [http://sa.uca.org.au/events/submit-an-event]and general notices here [http://sa.uca.org.au/uc-e-news/submit-a-notice-for-uc-e-news] for inclusion in UC e-News and on the Synod of South Australia website. Items need to be submitted by 10:00am Tuesday for same day publication. Subscribe to UC e-News here [http://sa.uca.org.au/uc-e-news/subscribe-to-uc-e-news]or New Times online here [http://sa.uca.org.au/new-times/new-times-email-subscription]. To subscribe to the Pastoral Note list please email UC e-News [mailto:ucenews@sa.uca.org.au?subject=Pastoral%20Note%20list].
New Times online
Rising from the Ashes to a New Beginning
Ex-Moderator Rev Sue Ellis has written a 46-day devotional study for Lent that focuses on building hope out of loss. R [https://sa.uca.org.au/new-times/moderator%E2%80%99s-2019-christmas-message] ead about it here [https://sa.uca.org.au/new-times/rising-from-the-ashes-to-a-new-beginning].
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Uniting Church SA Relief Fund – Bushfire Relief
The UCSA Bushfire Relief Fund has been set up with the specific purpose of supporting local congregations as they serve people in their fire-affected communities in appropriate ways. This may be through the provision of chaplaincy, extra pastoral support, special events to assist in recovery or practical help in a myriad of ways.
Click here to donate. [https://sa.uca.org.au/placements/uniting-church-sa-relief-fund]
News, notices & prayer points
Click here [https://sa.uca.org.au/new-times/news-notices-and-prayer-points-21-january-2020] to read this week’s news, notices and prayer points for information about:
Scholarships for women KCO registrations now open City of Adelaide Community Development Grant Program Factsheet: Better Freedoms or Bigger Burden? Reconciliation SA: 2020 Apology Breakfast
And more, including links to upcoming events [http://sa.uca.org.au/events/upcoming-events-list/].
World Watch List 2020
Every year Open Doors International publishes a list of the 50 most dangerous countries for Christians. The list and interactive world map changes according to the levels of danger in which followers of Jesus find themselves, merely by being believers.
According to Open Doors, the nature of persecution against Christians across the world is getting increasingly worse. Released last week, the 2020 World Watch List reveals that, in the top 50 countries alone, 260 million Christians face a level of persecution measured as extreme, very high or high.
Other important findings include:
Christians in 34 countries experience a very high to extreme level of persecution. In 2019, it was 29 countries. Persecution is going digital, with surveillance cameras, facial recognition software and biometric systems used to monitor and target Christians. Despite not ranking in the top 50 last year, the fastest riser on the list was Burkina Faso at #28 due to increasing Islamic extremism in the sub-Saharan region of Africa.
Find the list and map here [https://www.opendoors.org.au/persecuted-christians/world-watch-list/].
Event Highlights
2020 Planning Day
The Centre for Music, Liturgy and the Arts (CMLA) is organising a Planning Day to assist everyone involved in ministry.
There will be discussion times, brainstorming, prayer and personal planning time as participants look to the needs of their individual communities and shape the year ahead.
Rev Andrew Prior will lead participants through what lies ahead in the lectionary for year ‘A’ and will introduce the book of Matthew. Everyone will go and share lunch together as they begin this new year in ministry.
It is intended that this will be a supportive and collegial time together and participants may well pick up a few gems from what is happening in other communities or find someone with whom to collaborate. It will be great to begin the year together.
When: 28 January 2020, 10:00am – 2:00pm Where: Campbelltown Uniting Church, 609 Lower North East Rd, Campbelltown What to bring: Bible, planner (digital or paper) Cost: $15 plus the purchase of lunch
Find more information and booking details on the CMLA website here [https://www.cmla.org.au/events/planning-day/]. Or contact Anne Hall on 8267 2657 or email [admin@cmla.org.au].
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Events coming up in the future include:
Play & Improvisation Theatre Workshop [https://sa.uca.org.au/events/details/2001-play-amp-improvisation-theatre-workshop] Screen Acting Workshop [https://sa.uca.org.au/events/details/2001-screen-acting-workshop] High Tea – Bushfire Relief fundraiser [https://sa.uca.org.au/events/details/2001-high-tea—bush-fire-relief-fundraiser–] APAN Study Tour to Palestine, 26 January-2 February 2020 [https://sa.uca.org.au/events/details/2001-apan-study-tour-to-palestine-26-january-2-february-2020] Poets’ Corner with Alison Paradoxx [https://sa.uca.org.au/events/details/2001-poets039-corner-with-alison-paradoxx] Induction service for Rev Christa Megaw [https://sa.uca.org.au/events/details/2002-induction-service-for-rev-christa-megaw] Music on Flinders – Summer series [https://sa.uca.org.au/events/details/2002-music-on-flinders—summer-series]
View the full list of upcoming events here [https://sa.uca.org.au/events/upcoming-events-list/].
Want to share your event with the wider Uniting Church SA? Complete the Events Form here [https://sa.uca.org.au/events/submit-an-event].
Positions/Placements Vacant
Pastor Youth and Young Adults [https://sa.uca.org.au/uc-positions-vacant/current-positions/pastor-youth-and-young-adults] @ Burnside City UC
Project Officer [https://sa.uca.org.au/uc-positions-vacant/current-positions/project-officer] @ Synod Communications & Events
Training and Compliance Coordinator [https://sa.uca.org.au/uc-positions-vacant/current-positions/training-and-compliance-coordinator] @ Beyond Limits Outdoor Education
Maintenance Coordinator [https://sa.uca.org.au/uc-positions-vacant/current-positions/maintenance-coordinator-adare]@ Adare Camp and Caravan Park
Placements News is available here [https://sa.uca.org.au/placements/placements-vacant-and-finalised].
Reflection of the week
This week’s reflection brings a message about Australia Day. Read the whole reflection here. [https://sa.uca.org.au/new-times/reflection-of-the-week-21-january-2020]
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