Saturday, 22 January 2022

Events of Interest

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Non-Pilgrim events are shown as Community Announcements. For disclaimers, read here . . .


9.30 AM Pilgrim Uniting Church,
Sunday 23 January 2022
An Ecumenical Event - ALL WELCOME

On the Sunday before Australia Day, all Uniting Church in Australia congregations are invited to hold worship services to reflect upon and lament the effect of the invasion and colonisation of this nation upon First Peoples.

The observance of a Day of Mourning was endorsed by the 15th Assembly arising from a request of the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UAICC). In 2022 the Day of Mourning will be observed on Sunday 23 January.

"In marking a day of mourning, we hear the call of Jesus to a love one another. We live into our covenant relationship to stand together with, and listen to the wisdom of First Nations people in their struggle for justice."

Guest preacher: Tarlee Leondaris,
Covenanting & International Mission Officer, Synod of SA.

This service will be live streamed.

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Interfaith meeting by Zoom – "Change the Heart & Change the Date"

- Community Announcement -

25 Jan 2022, 7pm, for 1 hour

In the light of the Omicron spread, we have decided to change this meeting to a zoom format, which will be available at 7 pm on Tuesday evening, 25/1.

The zoom will be broadcast from NSW and will go for 1 hour.

Anyone interested can register and we will send zoom details as soon as possible, with the possibility for discussion following the address.

Please register to (Use '.' and '@' signs when you copy this address.)
liellie [AT] ozemail [DOT] com [DOT] au by Sunday, 23 January, 2022

We hope that our next meeting, 23/2 on the nature and depth of 'Welcome to Country', will continue with the format of a meal and a discussion.

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On display in the church until 25 January

John’s acrylic images of subjects found as he walks along the beach give the viewer opportunity to re-live a sunny day, feel the sea breeze or be with friends catching up with one another and having fun. Following retirement, he has travelled overseas recording places he has visited which have proved to be very marketable.

Anita is a recognised master watercolourist and has demonstrated and taught watercolour painting in Italy, Turkey and England. She is the founding member of the Adelaide Urban Sketchers. Her landscapes are semi-impressionist style winning many prizes and sales in Australia and overseas. She has over 25,000 followers on her Facebook Page ‘Watercolours by Anita Bentley’

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Feast together!

- Community Announcement -

Gather a group for a meal to support an ex- refugee restaurant (and learn some of the cultural practices around the foods, or contact a caterer to enjoy a meal at your own church / community setting).

This may happen any time of the year. For a list of relevant restaurants (Sudanese / Uyghur / Eritrean / Kurdish etc), contact Rev Liellie McLaughlin at (Use '.' and '@' signs when you copy this address.)
liellie [AT] ozemail [DOT] com [DOT] au.

(A Community Connections initiative)

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Landcare : Tree planting

- Community Announcement -

Tree plantings following the fires are required now in the Gumeracha area.

There is an open invitation to support Habitat Recovery Alliance in bush-fire areas, to help plant 5000 tubestock.

Please contact Ms Thompson at 0438 639 353
or register your interest in volunteering at

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Community and Morialta Trust initiative – Connect 4 Children

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Tuesdays, 11 - 12.30 – Weekly event
Hope’s Café, corner of Portrush Rd and Norwood Parade, Beulah Park.

This programme aims to build support and family for marginalised families – come and chat, read a book to a toddler, build a tower, plant something or listen to a mum!

A Community Connections initiative.

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Hope’s Café – during the day

Open Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays between 10am and 4pm
Corner Norwood Parade and Portrush Road.

Sit and meet between 11am and 4pm.

And between 11am and 2pm you can enjoy very delicious freshly made snacks and light meals, and barista made coffee, at very affordable prices.

Come along and make a friend … or be a friend ... at Hope’s Café


(This event is brought to your attention by Leillie Mc Laughlin of Community Connections, a Pilgrim Uniting Church project)

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′Night Time Restaurant′ at Hope’s Café

- Community Announcement -

Thursday and Friday evenings, between 5:30 and 8:30 –
Hope‘s Café, corner of Norwood Parade and Portrush Road.

This fresh initiative at Hope’s Café, ‘Night time restaurant’, creates an opportunity for those who struggle to get work.

Meals: A sit-down meal on Thursday and Friday evenings, between 5:30 and 8:30, and from this week, take-away options available as well as dine in, with very reasonable prices. A great way to treat your friends and assist shut-ins as the food (Southern Asian influence via the great chef: John) is yum.

Come enjoy the food and conversation! A BYO option is available.

Bookings: Rebecca: 0499338836 to book. You are welcome to enter the 'name the night time caf' competition.

(This event is brought to your attention by Leillie Mc Laughlin of Community Connections, a Pilgrim Uniting Church project)

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Books for Lesotho

Books for Lesotho (B4L) is an incorporated non- government not-for-profit organisation set up to provide books for libraries in schools in the Kingdom of Lesotho, a small mountainous country located in the North East of South Africa. B4L was set up by David and Liz Linn to support the dream of a local librarian whom they had met during one of their many visits.

The books are mainly collected from schools and libraries from South Australia and interstate that cull their books regularly. Good quality books are sorted in age groups, packed in boxes (all by volunteers) and sent on pallets via ship and land transport to Lesotho where they are distributed by two organisations: the Transformation Resource Centre (an ecumenical social justice organisation) and the Rotary Club of Maloti.

Since the start of the project in 2007 – 182,389 books have been sent.

David and Liz have visited Lesotho regularly and have seen first-hand the benefits for the children in schools. Recently however they were approached by Mr Matsobane Putsoa, a member of the Rotary Club of Maloti, requesting theology books for the local Morija Theological Seminary, which to quote him ‘belongs to Lesotho Evangelical Church in Southern Africa, a Presbyterian denomination, where they train their Pastors and Evangelists.’

The Board of B4L has agreed to this request providing funding for extra costs is obtained. Recently a pallet load of theology books had been gathered ready to pack and send; Tabor College, St Barnabas College and, with the support of Tim Hein and Cheryl McCullum, Malvern Uniting Church, have provided books culled from their libraries. Uniting College is also being approached.

Some internal costs are covered in Lesotho but it costs B4L on average $1,080 plus local costs (VAT and agent fees) of $190 to send each pallet, totally financed by donations. The need to cover the costs of sending the pallet of books, budgeted to be $1,270 remains.

If you would like to donate, either books or money, please visit the Books for Lesotho website at this link:

The full story of Books for Lesotho can also be followed via their website.

Contact details:
Books for Lesotho Inc. Phone: (+61) 0418 877 112
E: (Use '.' and '@' signs when you copy this address.)
enquiries [AT] booksforlesotho [DOT] org

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Random Acts of Welcome friendship programme – Phone, or Zoom, or ...

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Random Acts of Welcome friendship-programme 'in the middle of the air'.

Would you like to meet someone new, and chat about topics which always interested you / you never heard of? All are invited to take part in making a new friend via phone / Zoom or connecting in other ways, in small groups of 2 or 3's.

The invitation is open-ended until the physical distancing ends, but you are welcome to continue. Resources to provide guidelines, optimise connection while being safe create connections with people across culture / age and gender will be provided, but guided by you.

Learning about others in same or different cultures, maybe with the aid of sharing recipe's or ways of celebrating, or via conversations about language, hobbies or interests may create great avenues to build bridges and provide a focus for celebrations when we can meet face-to-face?

This initiative aims to connect people for 3 conversations only, unless negotiated otherwise?

Please contact Liellie at 0437794410 / (Use '.' and '@' signs when you copy this address.)
liellie [AT] ozemail [DOT] com [DOT] au if interested.

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RAW (Random Acts of welcome) friendship via the phone.

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Please contact us if you feel like sharing insights on being shut in during this pandemic, as locals, International students, new arrivals, oldies, are all struggling due to lack of connections with random communities.

A simple guideline is developed to enable conversations to be constructive, enriching and fun.

Please contact Liellie via email ((Use '.' and '@' signs when you copy this address.)
liellie [AT] ozemail [DOT] com [DOT] au) if you are interested to participate anytime.

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Events of Interest

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    Sunday 23 January 2022

  2. Interfaith meeting by Zoom – "Change the Heart & Change the Date"
    25 Jan 2022, 7pm, for 1 hour

    On display in the church until 25 January

  4. Feast together!

  5. Landcare : Tree planting

  6. Community and Morialta Trust initiative – Connect 4 Children

  7. Hope’s Café – during the day

  8. ′Night Time Restaurant′ at Hope’s Café

  9. Books for Lesotho

  10. Random Acts of Welcome friendship programme – Phone, or Zoom, or ...

  11. RAW (Random Acts of welcome) friendship via the phone.

Events of Interest – Disclaimers

The events posted on this page include Community Announcements of events that will be neither held at Pilgrim nor sponsored by Pilgrim Uniting Church. Such events as posted may be of interest to Pilgrim members but are not necessarily supported by Pilgrim Uniting Church and are placed solely as a community service.

Pilgrim Uniting Church also hosts a number of groups who have information about their activities posted here and on other Pilgrim Uniting Church webpages. Any views expressed or implied on their pages are not necessarily those of Pilgrim Uniting Church.

The Pilgrim website disclaimer can be read here . . .

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