13th October 2019

Luke 17:17-19

Then Jesus asked, “Were not ten made clean? But the other nine, where are they? Was none of them found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then he said to him, “Get up and go on your way; your faith has made you well.”

The gospel writers wanted to make plain that to acknowledge Jesus as Lord was at the centre of a faithful response to God. Only one of the the ten lepers who were made clean, the despised Samaritan, returns to give thanks to Jesus and lays at his feet. All the lepers were healed. They were all made clean. But only this one is pronounced to be well. All benefitted. But this one was grateful and as a consequence of that gratefulness showed faith. Luke uses this story, like much of his gospel, to show the difference between those who become faithful followers of Jesus and those who only benefit from his work. Being healed is completed with gratitude and faith.

Congregation Meeting and Shared Lunch

The first quarterly congregational meeting will be held today. We will be talking about our financial report for the 3rd quarter of this year, plus a proposed budget for 2020. Following the meeting we will gather for a shared lunch and fellowship.

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 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.

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 fo to:

Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child began at Balhannah Uniting Church on Sunday 22nd September and will run for six weeks till 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

Ministry In Action - Roster

Sunday 13th October

Offering & Counters -
J Barnes, P Crispe
Lock-up - K Bassell
Cleaning - S Harris
Display - K Bassell
Greeters & Collection -
P & B Crispe
Flowers - L Wundenberg
Morning Tea -
G & S Adcock
Sound & Vision -
R Windle
Camera - B Adcock
Worship Leader -
Sue Smith

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

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 13 Pent 18 [28] Jer 29:1, 4-7 Ps 66:1-12 2 Tim 2:8-15 Lk 17:11-19
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

OAS Brekkie Club Term 3 Roster

Friday Oct 18
Ron & Cherie
Friday Oct 25
Ron & Cherie
Andy & Donna
Peter & Bev
Friday November 1
Barry & Natalie

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 .

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

What's coming up!

Saturday, 19th October Woodside Lions Market stall from 8am at the Woodside
Institute. This month’s funds will support Second Chances.

Future News Items

Just a reminder that if you have any future announcements, please email them to by COB on Wednesday.


Minister: Geoff Hurst: Ph 0447 971 878:
Church Office: 3 Bridge Street Balhannah 5242: Ph 8388 4048:
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 UnitingChurch