Community Outreach Mission Network

February Newsletter 2018




Food for Thought

From Rebecca Purling

Blog – 11 February


There is something about mountains.

In many cultures mountains are the home of the gods.

For adventurers they are places to climb and conquer.

The beauty of mountains inspires people to visit, to photograph and to paint.

There is something about mountains.


Jesus’ Transfiguration took place on a mountain, he walked up the mountain with three of his closest disciples. Peter, James and John were shocked when they saw Jesus glowing white, when two important figures from Israel’s appeared at his side and when they heard a voice coming from a cloud. The supernatural events caught the attention of the disciples. When it was all over they were told not to talk about it. But when the time was right they recorded the story for others to hear and learn from.


There are many lessons to be learned from the Transfiguration of Jesus, but for now consider the message from the voice in the cloud: This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him. Here we have a public declaration of Jesus divinity and an instruction to listen to him, to really listen. The disciples had left their homes and their work to follow this interesting itinerant preacher, but they didn’t fully understand why they were following him nor his message. Now through this spectacular mountaintop experience the disciples understanding was taken to new depths. Following Jesus was not just something to do; his ministry and message, his death and resurrection would be life changing for them and would lead the world to shift its axis.

There is something about Jesus of Nazareth.



COMN Yankalilla Gathering


On Saturday 10th Feb, after a week of very warm temperatures, 50 people representing 20 Congregations ventured to Yankalilla to enjoy a cooler day and a wonderful Gathering beginning with a country style catered for lunch, then an uplifting devotional time lead by the Rev Carol Chambers and her worship team, we then recieved a warm welcome from our Chair & Key Liaison Person Rev. Rebecca Purling after which we heard back from:

Berri – John Chase, Dernancourt – Cyril Lang, Lefevre – Angie Griffin, Noarlunga – Peter Phillips, Marion/ Warrendale – Ken McLean and Croydon Park – Brian Dunstan about the COMN Grants they had received during 2017 to help in the Mission work of their congregation.


You will be able to watch the main part of our Gathering on You tube via our COMN website soon.


Keep an eye on the COMN Webpage



Our 2nd Gathering for 2018


Will be held at the Grange Uniting Church 5 Beach St Grange 5022

on Tuesday 1st May starting at 6.15pm with a shared meal.

Keep watching for more information



The 3rd Gathering for 2018


Will be held at Ascot Community Uniting Church  24 Fifth Ave, Ascot Park SA 5043

on Tuesday 31st July starting at 6.15pm with a shared meal.



COMN Grants for 2018

Community Outreach Mission Network (COMN) Outreach Grants are provided to assist member congregations in their community outreach. Funded from the members’ contributions to the Network, these grants are a once off grant of up to $1,000 for a community outreach initiative and they are provided for:

  • a new outreach initiative; or
  • expanding a current outreach; or
  • raising the profile of a congregation in their local community.

Member congregations receiving these grants are expected to share the progress and results of their grant funded community outreach initiatives with the rest of the Network at one of our gatherings.

For a member congregation’s application to be considered by the COMN Grants Committee, a member congregation will need to have paid all of their Network contributions for the 12 months preceding their application and the congregation’s application will need to show how their new initiative:

  • is a response to a perceived community need;
  • will be promoted in their community;
  • is to be funded;
  • will be evaluated; and
  • aligns with their mission goals.


It would be only in unusual circumstances that a member congregation would receive more than one COMN grant in the same year.

Applications are to authorised by two of the congregation’s leadership team and e-mailed to the COMN Pastoral and Administrative Officer:

Brian Dunstan COMN Pastoral and Administrative Officer

if you are unable to email  send it via mail 143 Woolnough Road Largs Bay 5016


Any queries call Brian on 0413994837


The closing dates to apply for a Grant are as follow;

Round 1        Friday 27th April
Round 2        Friday 27th July


We have been warmly welcome to attend

Urban Mission Network

First Network Gathering for 2018


Thursday 22 February 2018

6.00 for 6.30 pm

Clayton Wesley Uniting Church

Cnr Portrush Road and Norwood Parade, Beulah Park


Introducing the UMN 2018 theme:


Community Connections


Guest speaker & Brett Manuel


Project Change and Community Project Manager,

Department of Premier and Cabinet


Brett is responsible for Fund Your Neighbourhood and is a member of the Better Together executive team. Better Together enables the South Australian government to make better decisions by bringing the voice of citizens and stakeholders into the issues that are relevant to them.

Brett looks forward to speaking about the Fund Your Neighbourhood initiative and discoveries from his field visits throughout the state as he connected with church and community engagement projects that applied for funding during 2017 Fund My Neighbourhood program.

Come along as we continue to reimagine church through community connections.


Suggested donation of $10.00 to cover the cost of the meal.

However, we would not want this to restrict attendance, so contribute what you can.


RSVP on, or preferably before, Thursday 15 February to

Please advise of any dietary needs




To respectfully acknowledge the Marriage Equality Bill passing into law


Unity and Friends and Brougham Place Uniting Church

invite you to

A special service of celebration


Brougham Place Uniting Church, North Adelaide

Sunday, 25 February at 7.30 p.m.


The overall theme of the celebration is


LOVE – GOD’S LOVE FOR US ALL – and the JOY this brings to our lives


Come ready to celebrate all our lives and relationships with much singing and deep joy

Members of Clergy are invited to wear a stole, and join in the procession at the commencement of the service, as a symbolic statement of support


We look forward to seeing many friends and supporters.




The Launch of the Seminary of the 3rd Age

Effective Living Centre

26 King William Road, Wayville


22 February 2018 7:30pm


Event details

The Seminary of the 3rd Age will be launched by Lynn Arnold at 7.30pm on Thursday 22 February at the Effective Living Centre. The launch will include wine and cheese, and a taste of the year’s menu.


This is a free event – all welcome.


RSVP essential: book online now using
or phone the office for assistance 8271 0329


The Seminary of the 3rd Age will be conducted by respected theological scholars and leaders, offers persons of any faith, or no faith, an opportunity to explore and reflect on questions of faith and spirituality relevant in the 21st Century.


Each seminar topic is of four weeks duration. Thursday evenings during March, May, August and October. Book online


For more information, ring ELC Office on 8271 0329 or check the website –


For more information

Contact Office Coordinator Phone 8271 0329 or email






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Please share this information and the events

with your congregation.

You never know who may be interested in attending something which is happening??


If you have any articles for the March COMN Newsletter,

please have them sent into Brian by Monday 26th February

Email –   Mobile- 0413 994837