20th October 2019

Luke 18:1

Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart.

It is good to remember that Luke's gospel, though well structured didn't have chapters, headings and verses to arrange the text around. They were added much later to help readers refer to the text.

At the beginning of chapter 18 it is easy to lose track of whom Jesus is addressing. He has been speaking to his disciples about what will happen before the Son of Man is to be revealed. He speaks of signs in the sky and the threat of destruction. They ask about where this will occur and Jesus ominously replies, “Where the corpse is, there the vultures will gather.”

It's in that context that Jesus wants to assure them that God will be paying attention to when his people are calling for help. Luke's readers would have been very interested in this as they were already getting pressure from all sides to give up on following Jesus. Yet the parable that follows is quite strange. A corrupt judge and a persistent woman. Jesus keeps coming up with new ways of understanding what God is like and how God works.

Compassion Fundraiser

Movies Change People invite you to join us for a special pre-screening of Beautifully Broken hosted by 107.9 Life FM and Compassion Australia on Monday, 21st October, 6:30pm at Wallis Piccadilly.
Tickets will sell out, so please pre-book in advance to ensure you don't miss out! This is special screening before it's general release to the public (24th October).

About a refugee's escape, a prisoner's promise, and a daughter's painful secret converge in this inspiring real life story of hope. As three fathers fight to save their families, their lives become intertwined in an unlikely journey across the globe, where they learn the healing power of forgiveness and reconciliation.
For more information go to:

Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child boxes are due at the end of October. New leaflets need to be checked for changes to items for packing - the box contents are designed especially for children in developing countries. 10.5 million boxes were distributed last year to 112 countries and territories.

A container is available for you to put in items you would like to donate or make, and cash donations are always welcome. Any queries, see Sandra Harris ph 0438568938

Year 12 Breakfast - Friday 25th October

There is a list on the notice board with a list of goods needed. Thank you to those who have already offered.
We need approximately 8 people to help on the Friday morning. Breakfast is at 7.30am, and we need to be at the Football Club rooms by 6.30am to prepare.
This is a great opportunity to join with the young people to wish them well for the future, and for their exams. Thank you, Coralie


Parents, friends & grandparents are invited to a PLEASANT SUNDAY AFTERNOON of music performed by HCCS primary & secondary instrumental students at the Uniting church, 3 Bridge Street, Balhannah. It is a free event and a plate of afternoon tea to share will be appreciated. Any enquiries to Michelle Bull. All welcome.

Property Team Notices

There will be a Spring Clean at Church on Saturday 2nd November from 8.00am to 12 noon.
The property team is also locating and gathering historical resources.
Do you have any memorabilia about our church?
Old photos?
Old minute books?
Worship or Sunday School memories?
Music or something from a Church social occasion?
Let Alverna know.

Oakbank Area School Pastoral Care Worker

Lauren Fleming is looking for volunteers to mentor students on Mondays and / or assist with the breakfast programme on Friday mornings.
Please contact Lauren on 0416 350 211 for further details.

Christian Reading

An electronic copy of Aug/Sep edition of New Times is now available at

Please note: The editors are not aware of an October edition.

Uniting Church e-News is the weekly e-newsletter of the Uniting Church in SA. It contains News, Up-coming Events, The Weekly Reflection, Notices and Prayer Points. You can view the current web version:

To read the Woodside Uniting Church October Newsletter go to

Mwandi Newsletter October 2019

Go to the following link: 2019-October-Newsletter.pdf

Ministry In Action - Roster

Sunday 20th October

Offering & Counters -
K Bassell, R McDonald
Lock-up - F Bowen
Cleaning - B Pugsley
Display - A Rowe
Greeters & Collection -
G & S Adcock
Flowers - J Scott
Morning Tea -
I & F Bowen
Sound & Vision -
R Windle
Camera - F Bowen
Worship Leader -
B Pugsley
Communion Preparation-
S Adcock
Sunday 27th October

Offering & Counters -
R Jones, B Crispe
Lock-up - T Wundenberg
Cleaning - S Pugsley
Display - S McDonald
Greeters & Collection -
M & P Houston
Flowers - S Adcock
Morning Tea -
T & L Wundenberg
Sound & Vision -
R Windle
Camera - G Adcock
Worship Leader - P Smith
Sunday 3rd November

Offering & Counters -
J Scott & G Adcock
Lock-up - S Harris
Cleaning - R Windle
Display - K Bassell
Greeters & Collection -
N Rimmer & J Lisk
Flowers - B Windle
Morning Tea -
J Hurst & A Rowe
Sound & Vision -
R Windle
Camera - VACANT
Worship Leader - D Rowe

Ministry in Action Roster

The roster for Oct-Dec 2019 has been printed and can be found in the foyer. You can download a copy from this link.

Bible Readings

Oct 20 Pent 19 [29] Jer 31:27-34, Ps 119: 97-104, 2 Tim 3:14-45 Lk 18:1-8
Oct 27 Pent 20 [30] Jl 2:23-32 Ps 65 2 Tim 4:6-8, 16-18 Lk 18:9-14 G
Nov 3 Pent 21 [31] Hab 1:1-4, 2:1-4, Ps 119:137-144, 2Thes 1:1-4, 11-12, Lk 19:1-10

Balhannah/ Oakbank Carols

Balhannah/ Oakbank Carols is happening again this year at the Oakbank Area School lawns on Saturday 30th November 2019. We need volunteers to help run the behind the scene activities. Please look on the Church Notice Board for the sign on sheets for the various tasks and add your name if you can help. Please chat to Michelle Bull if you have any questions. Thank you for your support.

OAS Brekkie Club Term 3 Roster

Friday Oct 25
Ron & Cherie
Andy & Donna
Peter & Bev
Friday November 1
Barry & Natalie

Friday Nov 8
Ron & Cherie
Andy & Donna
Peter & Bev

What's coming up!

Future News Items

Craft Fair and Exhibition

The Blackwood Community Classes presents a craft fair and exhibition on Saturday 9 November - from 9am to 4pm. The fair and exhibition will occur at the Blackwood Uniting Church (The Church at the Roundabout) 266 Main Road Blackwood. There are handmade crafts for sale, workshops, an art exhibition & community cafe. For more information, phone Jacqui 8278 7699 or email:

Women's Night Fellowship

'Game of Spoons' or Board Games at the church. Meets at 7:30pm on Tuesday Nov 5. Contact Els on 0431 879 793
Just a reminder that if you have any future announcements, please email them to by COB on Wednesday.


As highlighted in last Sunday's congregation meeting, we are projecting a deficit for the 2019 Financial Year of $9000 (a deficit has been the case for the past few years). At the end of the 3rd quarter our financial report is; Income $71000 (down 30% on last year), Expenditure $78000 (down 31.45% on last year), Loss -$6.600. There is an expectation that a congregation will have sufficient cash reserves to cover 3 months expenses at any given time, and we currently have just under 2 months in reserve. Church Council on Tuesday endorsed the proposed budget for the 2020 Financial Year, increasing our Total Income by 17.9% ($111.300) and Total Expenditure by 5.58% ($111.400), aiming for a break-even budget. It is also important to note that we have not been able to pay our 'Mission & Services' levy to Synod this year which is normally around 10% of our total income. This has been included in the budget at 6.2% for the Financial Year 2020 with the aim of a full contribution in Financial Year 2021.

We are already running a very tight ship with the property team doing an amazing job in maintaining our premises on the smell of an oily rag, hence there is very little opportunity to cut expenses. The only way we are to meet our obligations and ensure our church remains viable within our community is to increase our giving. There are two ways that each member of our congregation can assist, first prayerfully consider your blessings and response giving; Deut 14:22-23. Set aside a tithe. Bring this tithe to the designated place of worship. Doing this will teach you always to fear the Lord your God. 2 Cor 9:6-8. You must each decide in your heart how much to give and don't give reluctantly or in response to pressure. "For God loves a person who gives cheerfully." And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. The second way is to consider setting up an Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) which will assist in ensuring that we have regular cash-flow to cover our bills as they arise and eliminate the potential of late-payment charges, particularly during times of absence whilst members soak up sunnier climates. Our banking details are listed below. If you want to discuss this further please don't hesitate to speak with the treasurer, Jodi or Chairman, Peter.

Cheers Peter Smith (M) 0400 215 002 (E)


Minister: Geoff Hurst: Ph 0447 971 878:
Church Office: 3 Bridge Street Balhannah 5242: Ph 8388 4048:
Council Chair: Ron Pitcher: Ph 0419 332 209: 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