February 10th 2019

1 Corinthians 15:8-11

Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me. For I am the least of the apostles, unfit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me has not been in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them—though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. Whether then it was I or they, so we proclaim and so you have come to believe.
Paul gives us a little glimpse into his own character here. He calls himself the least of the apostles, those sent to proclaim Christ, yet he says that he works harder than any of them. Do we detect some frustration here? Indeed! There was significant conflict and suspicion between Paul and the first disciples of Jesus. They were pulling in different directions. Paul towards the Gentiles... the others, towards the Jews. But the great insight here is that Paul accepts that "by the grace of God I am what I am." Such self affirmation was hard won by Paul, the one who had persecuted his fellow apostles. He names this as the grace of God at work. It's not about his own efforts, its about God working through whomever God chooses. There is no limit to the things you can accomplish if you are not concerned about who gets the credit.

Girl's Night Out

Girl's Night Out meets this coming Tuesday in the Balhannah Hotel at 6.30pm. GMO meets the 2nd Tuesday Evening of each month.

Church Council Notes

At our meeting last week Church Council made the following appointments for 2019.

Jodi Lisk was re-elected as Treasurer and Kathy Bassell was re-elected as Church Secretary
After 3 years in the role of Chairman, Ron Pitcher has decided not to seek re-election. The Council has requested that Ron continue as interim Chairman until a new Chairman is elected, which he has agreed to do. We acknowledged Ron’s commitment over the last 3 years as Chairman of our Congregation and thank him for his valuable Christian leadership, love and guidance of our Council & church community.
A survey was conducted to ascertain the possible direction of our congregation with respect to which presbytery it wishes to have oversight from. The indication is that our congregation would gravitate toward the new "missional non-geographic presbytery". This is yet to be fully designed and implemented by Synod.

Bonney's Flat Cemetery AGM Reminder

A reminder that the AGM of Bonney's Flat Cemetery will be held at the church on Mon 18th Feb at 7:30 pm.

Lenten Studies 2019

Geoff is planning to offer a set of studies during Lent. These will commence with an Ash Wednesday service (Mar 6.) and continue each Wednesday until Holy Week. They will start at 7.30pm. Further details will be available on the web site.

Oakbank Area School - Pastoral Support Worker - Position Vacant

The Schools Ministry Group and the Onkaparinga Valley Ministers Association are seeking applications for this 12 hour per week position commencing Mid Term 1, 2019
The position exists to offer a chaplaincy service to students, staff and the school community.
A Job and Person Specification and details on “How to apply” is available from SMG on 8378 6800 or
Closing date: 9am Wednesday 13th February 2019 for more information go to or call Candy Turner -SMG Regional Manager phone: 0499 049 335

Ministry in Action

Feb 10. Refreshments - A Rowe & S Harris: Door and Offering - F&J May: Offering Count - J Barling & R Wells: Flowers - S Adcock: Display - S MacDonald: Sound/Vision - B Rimmer: Camera - G Adcock: Lock-up - S Harris: Cleaning - J Barling

Feb 17. Refreshments - L&T Wundenberg: Door and Offering - J Barling & J Gordon: Offering Count - A Ballard & K Bassell: Flowers - E Derks: Display - K Bassell: Sound/Vision - R Pitcher: Camera - F Bowen: Lock-up - B Pugsley: Cleaning - P Houston

Feb 24. Refreshments - K Johnson & J Gordon: Door and Offering - B&S Pugsley: Offering Count - R Jones & B Crispe: Flowers - J Scott: Display - A Rowe: Sound/Vision - R WIndle:
Camera - R Wells: Lock-up - F Bowen: Cleaning - P Barling

Breakfast Club Teams

Feb 15. Ron & Cherie, Phil, Roz, Jo, Brenton, Roger
Feb 22 Ron, Peter, Coralie, Phil, Barb, Brenton, Barry & Natalie

Our Website

Our website can be found at You will find current copies of InTouch and our rosters together with information about each weeks worship and congregational life.

Bible Readings

Feb 10 Epiphany 5 Is 6:1-8, (9-13) Ps 138 1 Cor 15:1-11 Lk 5:1-11
Feb 17 Epiphany 6 Jer 17:5-10 Ps 1 1 Cor 15:12-20 Lk 6:17-26


Minister: Geoff Hurst: Ph 0447 971 878:
Church Office: 3 Bridge Street Balhannah 5242: Ph 8388 4048:
Kids’ & Youth Ministry: Hayden Kuiper: Ph 0447 766 460:
Council Chair: chairman@
Secretary & Property Bookings: Kathy Bassell: Ph 0419 833 039
Prayer Chain: Coralie: 0417 816 065: Raelene: 0418 357 604
Newsletter: Website:
Banking Details: Bendigo Bank: BSB 633 000: A/c No 162707848: Balhannah Uniting Church