Scots Church Fellowship

Report for March 2016
The first meeting for the year was held on Thursday 4th February, and Madeleine Stocks (our new Church Administrator) and our Minister, Peter, joined us for a friendly chat over lunch.  Rev Norah Norris was Facilitator and as a Devotional read from Luke 2 when Mary and Joseph, after the birth of Jesus, took the baby to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord, and encountered two aged people, Simeon and Anna. Norah concluded by reading a poem written by Margaret Knauerhase, appropriate for the time after Christmas. Everyone then contributed by telling something of the way they spent Christmas Day and interesting experiences over the Holiday Season.

We were brought up-to-date with various forthcoming events – World Day of Prayer on Friday 4th March at 1.30 pm in St Luke’s Anglican Church, Whitmore Square, Adelaide – all details were in February “Talk”. Anglicare have once again invited us to share in their annual film morning – this year on Wednesday 27th April at the Capri Theatre, Goodwood Road, Goodwood. The film will be newly released in early March and is “The Lady in the Van’ starring Maggie Smith. Our Fellowship retains $6 of each ticket sold by us – tickets are $12. 

Other dates to note in your diary are Sunday afternoon 3rd April, a Concert by the Adelaide West Men’s Choir in aid of Frontier Services, and the launch of this year’s Community Concern on Friday 30th May at Pilgrim Uniting Church Hall. 

It was decided that we affiliate 10 members with Uniting Church Adult Fellowships (UCAF), and each member pay us $20 which will include their copy of “Together” magazine. Those who receive their “Together” directly by post will pay $7, so please put your money in an envelope marked with your name, and bring to the next meeting on Thursday 3rd  March.  At present Kath March attends “Together” wrapping day and collects our copies, but for convenience we will enquire if the “Together” Committee could post them to Scots. 

Members of the congregation, women and men,  are invited to join us for the next meeting when we  look forward to Rev Norah Norris, as she has done for so many years,  again presenting  a special message for Easter.  BYO lunch at 12 noon on Thursday, 3rd March – Kath March is Facilitator and Margaret Morey offered to attend to the Kitchen Duties.

Mary Thomas

Fellowship’s Special Appeal
Each year Uniting Church Adult Fellowships in South Australia have a special appeal in addition to their regular support for the church’s local, remote and overseas activities.

These special appeals are often suggested by the State President and are always strongly supported by him/her when speaking at meetings and rallies.  In 2015 the President’s Project was to support Frontier Services Outback Links.   This program links volunteers with families in remote areas who need some short term assistance, often related to an accident or someone’s absence due to a medical emergency.  The project was to establish a pool of money so that fuel vouchers would be available to get the volunteers to the very remote places where they are needed and $13,000 was raised.

The new UCAF State President, Mrs Heather Maynard, has announced that the 2016 project will be “Resourcing Rural Ministries in South Australia”. We hope to have more details about this by next month's TALK.

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