We were delighted when several members of the congregation joined us for the August Meeting, so it was a nice group who gathered round the tables for lunch - Margaret Morey was Facilitator, and we enjoyed a time of fellowship, and shared news.
It was a privilege to have our Scots Administration Assistant, Deb Prior, with us to share her photos and to tell us about her recent stay in Rome. She had given us some idea of what the award was about on Page 18 of the August issue of "TALK," but it was good to hear about it from Deb in person! Deb was in Rome for three months on an artist residency at the British School at Rome. This was a competitive residency award available to emerging South Australian artists. She showed us photographs from the various churches and archaeological sites she visited in Rome, Naples, Sicily and beyond. Margaret Morey thanked Deb for sharing such an interesting and fascinating experience with us.
We were brought up-to-date with Fellowship news - "Together" magazine's annual subscription will increase from $13 to $15 for 2017, and it was suggested that rather than Scots arranging to collect it and then distribute to Fellowship Members, that individuals who now pay for "Together" as part of their Affiliation should arrange to have it directly posted to them. Something to think about!
It was decided to donate $100 towards buying groceries for the Red Dove Cafe at the Royal Adelaide Show - their Committee say that monetary donations enable them to purchase fruit and vegetables on a daily basis as required.
Western Link Uniting Church at Findon were host recently-to Adelaide North West Regional Celebration, and Mary Thomas and Norah Norris attended on behalf of Scots. The church is attractive and welcoming - it was a cold day and as the air conditioning was not working we were offered a knee rug! Rev Geoff Tiller opened with Devotions and Val Hutchinson, Regional Co-ordinator, called the roll. We did not count heads but the room was comfortably full. A special Music Quartet of students from Woodville High School gave an item. Representatives from each of the Uniting Church Adult Fellowship sub-committees (National & World Mission Support, Frontier Services and "Together" Magazine) and Australian Church Women were introduced by the President, Mrs Heather Maynard, and they each gave a brief presentation bringing us up-to-date with what is happening at State level.
The theme for UCAF this year is "The Word - Our Source of Hope" and the logo is the wattle tree. The shoots of the wattle are often the first sign of life after bushfires, giving hope of restoration. The annual President's Project is focusing on Resourcing Rural Ministries in South Australia. Rev Eric Kirkham was the speaker - he has for most of his life been in rural communities, but everything has changed! He spoke on how we in the city churches can encourage country congregations to motivate and care for one another by making contact with a country congregation, link up electronically with a congregation, pray for them, share our skills and expertise, and exchange hospitality.
It was great to meet up with many people we had not seen for a while, and to enjoy a chat and fellowship over afternoon tea.
The next Fellowship Meeting is on Thursday 1st September - BYO lunch at 12 noon - the meeting follows. Alleyne Womersley has offered to speak to us - her sister-in-law went to New Guinea to live some years ago and wrote regular letters. Her family have recently researched these letters and published some of them in a book, so Alleyne will share the story with us. Members of the congregation are most welcome to join us.
Members are also reminded that the UCAF Fellowship Day is on Friday 30th September at the Church of The Trinity Clarence Park. The guest speaker will be Pastor Gary Ferguson.
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