March 31st 2019

160 years and counting!

This church in Balhannah has lived for 160 years this year, beginning with the building of the Methodist church at Bonney Flat in 1859. This was soon followed in 1863 by the construction of a chapel in Oakbank. In 1887 the Oakbank chapel was extended to hold 150 worshippers. in 1931 The new Balhannah church was built on its current site and in 1999, 20 years ago, this property was extended to also hold 150 worshippers. Over that 160 years thousands of people have been influenced by this worshipping community.

What does all this mean? It means that I have been going through the filing cabinets in my office to build my picture of who we are as a church and how our view of ourselves has changed over time. God's view of us has remained the same. We are God's loved and loving people doing our best to serve and support within our community.

What do you think the next 160 years will hold? I am not sure those faithful members in 1859 would have imagined us! Is it even possible for us to imagine what the next 160 years will be like? God will see them as God sees us. God's loved and loving people.

Hungry No More - Help

We have been caught on the hop. Our rostered night to assist at Mt Barker Hungry No More is THIS SUNDAY March 31st.
Sue McDonald has kindly offered to organise the night and will cook and supply the food needed - a spaghetti bolognaise - to feed possibly 50 people. Apple Pie and Ice Cream to follow.
But help is needed on the night to serve and clean up - ideally 4 people are needed. Please consider whether you can help. Sue's phone number is 0417 358 973 and she would love to hear from you.
Help is needed from 5.30pm to approximately 7.30pm
Financial donations are also very welcome.

Contact List

We are putting together our 2019 contact book.
Up on the noticeboard in the foyer you will find a draft version ready for your approval. Please check it out over the next couple of weeks and confirm the details so we can publish it.
When confirmed we will provide the contact book in printed, emailed and on-line formats.

Autumn Clean

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

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.

Lenten Studies continue each Wednesday Evening

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

Secret Men's Business

Secret Men’s Business will be held on Monday April 1 at the home of Ray and Sue McDonald at 6.30 p.m. (across the road from the church, no. 16) Please respond as soon as possible to Ray or Sue to aid with catering. Being APRIL FOOLS DAY, why not wear a hat old or new, wacky or special, get in the spirit and be a fool. Phone 0417 358 973 or email

Women’s Night Fellowship Invite to All

Tuesday 2 April 7.30pm
On behalf of the BUC Women’s Night Fellowship, we extend an open invitation to all for our next meeting. Our guest speakers will be Paramedics Darran and Merrilyn Kelly who will provide helpful instructions to those of us in the latter age bracket to help keep us safe and how to deal with emergencies. The meeting will be held at the Church at 7.30 pm on Tuesday 2 April. Supper will follow. Merrilyn is our Kemp family daughter and Darran is her partner.
I would appreciate numbers attending nearer the meeting.
Raelene 8388 4472. Mob. 0418 357 604

Bible Readings

Mar 31 Lent 4 Jos 5:9-12 Ps 32 2 Cor 5:16-21 Lk 15:1-3, 11b-32 P
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

Ministry in Action

Mar 31. Refreshments - J Barling & R Abraham: Door and Offering - G & S Adcock: Offering Count - S Harris & N Rimmer: Flowers - B Windle: Display - S MacDonald: Sound/Vision - R Pitcher: Camera - R Windle: Lock-up - T Wundenberg:
Cleaning - S Harris

Apr 7.
Refreshments - G & S Adcock: Door and Offering - Annette 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 5 Ron, Peter, Coralie, Phil, Barry & Natalie, Brenton, Roger

Apr 12 Ron, 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