February 17th 2019

Luke 6:23-24

Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, for surely your reward is great in heaven; for that is what their ancestors did to the prophets. “But woe to you who are rich,
for you have received your consolation.

In Matthew's gospel the Beatitudes (The Blessings!) stand alone and affirm the commitment of God to simple. peaceful and faithful obedience to the kingdom of God. In Luke's gospel though they are set along side a set of matched warnings that call the reader to demonstrate the consequences of presuming that you will be treated well simply because you claim faith in God. Luke's intent is to show that there are checks and balances in life. And those who write the checks and pay attention to their balances will get what they deserve if they neglect to share with those less well off. This is a more confronting observation than the way Matthew uses Jesus's words. That's probably why Matthew's version is used more often.

World Day of Prayer - March 1st 10.00am

Balhannah Uniting Church is set to host the World Day of Prayer this year on Friday March 1st.. We will offer hospitality to members from a number of churches in our region. This year we will be learning about the people of Slovenia. Information can be found at

Giving Envelopes

New sets of giving envelopes are available in the foyer.

Secret Men's Business

Secret Men's Business, held on Feb 4th., was well attended with about 20 men present. Our guest was Bob Barnard who gave us our annual health check talk, focusing on maintaining strength as we age. We all took his advice to heart and a good night was had by all thanks to Peter and Ben Crispe.
I am now looking for a venue for March so guys, step up and have a go!
Ray McDonald.

Tech Training Day - Saturday Feb 23rd

I'd like to do some training with folks interested in using the systems that control our presentation display, manage our sound and record our services.

If you have an interest in this then come along on Saturday 23rd February at 10.00am in the sanctuary.
Geoff Hurst

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.

Ministry in Action

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 22 Ron, Peter, Coralie, Phil, Barb, Brenton, Barry & Natalie
Mar 1 Ron & Cherie, Peter, Phil, Roz, Jo, Brenton, Roger

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 17 Epiphany 6 Jer 17:5-10 Ps 1 1 Cor 15:12-20 Lk 6:17-26
Feb 24 Epiphany 7 Gen 45:3-11, 15 Ps 37:1-11, 39-40 1 Cor 15:35-38, 42-50 Lk 6:27-38


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Prayer Chain: Coralie: 0417 816 065: Raelene: 0418 357 604
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