Acts 5:27-29

When they had brought them, they had them stand before the council. The high priest questioned them, saying, “We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name, yet here you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and you are determined to bring this man’s blood on us.” But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than any human authority."

Have you ever been in trouble with the authorities? It can be pretty intimidating when those "in charge" tell you that you are in the wrong! Peter and the other followers of Jesus discovered that Jesus was alive among them. They felt compelled to share that knowledge with all they encountered. Even if it meant breaking the rules. Even if it meant upsetting the authorities. Even if it meant suffering the consequences. The reward of Jesus continuing to work among them was far greater than any penalty they would have to pay as a result. They knew that they were in the right. They were disobedient to the high priest. Worse, they enraged the authorities by pointing out that the one they had organised to be killed was now alive again. One of the jewish leaders, Gamaliel, urges the council to exercise caution... "but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them—in that case you may even be found fighting against God!” so Peter and the others are "let off" with just a flogging and being told not to do it again. That didn't stop them of course! As they left the council, they rejoiced that they were considered worthy to suffer dishonor for the sake of the name.

Women's Night Fellowship

Card making with Sandra at the church. Tuesday 7th May 7.30pm
contact: Raelene 8388 4472 Mob. 0418 357 604


Tuesday, 7th May, held at the Woodside Institute, Main Road Woodside from 9.30am to 11.30am. Entertainment is the Lobethal Harmony Choir. The entry fee is $10 which includes a delicious morning tea and a door prize ticket. Raffle tickets are also available. Support the fight against cancer. Any enquiries please phone 0410 149 850.

Woodside Lions Market Stall

Saturday, 18th May
Woodside Lions Market stall from 8am at the Woodside Institute. See below. This month’s funds will again support the Uniting Church Disaster and Recovery Ministry through Frontier Services

Bible Readings

Apr 28 Easter 2 Acts 5:27-32 Ps 118:14-29 Rev 1:4-8 Jn 20:19-31
May 5 Easter 3 Acts 9:1-6, (7-20) Ps 30 Rev 5:11-14 Jn 21:1-19
May 12 Easter 4 Acts 9:36-43 Ps 23 Rev 7:9-17 Jn 10:22-30
May 19 Easter 5 Acts 11:1-18 Ps 148 Rev 21:1-6 Jn 13:31-35

Ministry in Action - Roster

Apr 28. Refreshments - S Harris & A Rowe: Door and Offering - A Moyle & N Rimmer: Offering Count - A Ballard: Flowers - M Houston: Display - K Bassell:
Sound/Vision - B Rimmer: Camera - B Adcock: Lock-up - B Crispe: Cleaning - R Windell

New Rosters will be distributed this week.
Those doing tasks for May 5th will be advised.

Breakfast Club

May 3. Ron & Cherie, Peter, Coralie, Roz, Fay, Roger & Brenton
May 10. Ron & Cherie, Peter, Jo, Roger, Barb, Brenton & Barry


Minister: Geoff Hurst: Ph 0447 971 878:
Church Office: 3 Bridge Street Balhannah 5242: Ph 8388 4048:
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Prayer Chain: Coralie: 0417 816 065: Raelene: 0418 357 604
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