April 7th 2019

Philippians 3:4b-9

If anyone else has reason to be confident in the flesh, I have more:circumcised on the eighth day, a member of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew born of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless.
Yet whatever gains I had, these I have come to regard as loss because of Christ. More than that, I regard everything as loss because of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things, and I regard them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but one that comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God based on faith.

The main failure of the protestant movement has been that it has frequently failed to be protestant. The basic protestant principle is the principle of constant questioning and critique. It says that we need to keep on questioning what we are doing, why we are doing it, and how we are doing it, because if we stop asking those questions we lose the plot and become meaningless and irrelevant. As a church we are asking many of those questions at the present time, but we need to make sure we don't stop asking them at the end of this particular process, and we need to make sure we ask them of ourselves individually as well as communally. As people who identify ourselves as Christians, what is it we are seeking to achieve? The apostle Paul describes himself as pressing on towards the goal. Well, what is the goal? - Nathan Nettleton -

Minute Secretary for Church Council

Church Council is looking for a person to take minutes of church council meetings to allow our secretary to more fully participate in our discussions. If you are interested please contact Peter Smith.

Thank you!

Thank you ... Cherie would like to say a BIG thank you to all the wonderful people who prayed for her, who visited her, brought food to her, gave her flowers, sent cards ... the list goes on! I felt very cared for and loved. I’m recovering well and hope to be fully back on deck very soon. Thank you all so much!
Many thanks, Cherie

Girls' Night Out

7pm at the Balhannah Hotel on Tuesday April 9th. Let Kathy Stanford know if you can make it to finalise our booking.

Autumn Clean

We are planning to have a cleanup in and around the church buildings on Saturday 13th April. from 9.30 am.

Properties Committee Meeting

The Properties Committee Meeting was held on Tuesday 19th March. Minutes are available on the noticeboard for interested people's perusal. The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday May 7th.

Woodside UC Stall at the Lions Market

On Saturday 20th April, the Woodside UC's Market stall at the Woodside Institute will again support the Uniting Church Disaster and Recovery Ministry through Frontier Services.

Lenten Studies continue each Wednesday Evening

Our studies will continue next Wednesday evening at 7.30pm. See you there.

Bible Readings

Apr 7 Lent 5 Is 43:16-21 Ps 126 Phil 3:4b-14 Jn 12:1-8
Apr 14 Palm Sunday Is 50:4-9a Ps 118:1-2, 19-29 Phil 2:5-11 Lk 19:28-40
Apr 21 Easter Day Acts 10:34-43 Ps 118:1-2, 1 Cor 15:19-26 Jn 20:1-18
Apr 28 Easter 2 Acts 5:27-32 Ps 118:14-29 Rev 1:4-8 Jn 20:19-31

Ministry in Action

Apr 7. Refreshments - G & S Adcock: Door and Offering - A Rowe:
Offering Count - S & B Pugsley: Flowers - S Adcock: Display - K Bassell:
Sound/Vision - B Rimmer: Camera - F Bowen: Lock-up - S Harris: Cleaning - B Pugsley

Apr 14. Refreshments - G & S Adcock: Door and Offering - A Rowe:
Offering Count - S & B Pugsley: Flowers - S Adcock: Display - K Bassell:
Sound/Vision - B Rimmer: Camera - F Bowen: Lock-up - S Harris: Cleaning - B Pugsley

Breakfast Club Teams

Apr 12 Peter, Phil, Roz, Jo, Barb, Brenton, Roger


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