19th May 2019

Acts 11:3, 17-18

Now the apostles and the believers who were in Judea heard that the Gentiles had also accepted the word of God. So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcised believers criticized him, saying, “Why did you go to uncircumcised men and eat with them?”... If then God gave them the same gift that he gave us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could hinder God?” When they heard this, they were silenced. And they praised God, saying, “Then God has given even to the Gentiles the repentance that leads to life.”

If the Council of Jerusalem had stopped with the question of what scripture had to say about Peter’s experience at Joppa, they would have excommunicated Peter and outlawed the acceptance of Gentiles into the church without first converting to Judaism. So we need to follow their lead, and alongside our faithful reflection on scripture, we have to allow into the moral conversations the real life experience of what God is doing in and through the lives of those about who we might have moral questions. And when we find God breaking what we thought were God’s rules, and calling, accepting, gifting and blessing people who we thought were beyond the pale, then it is time to recognise that God’s grace is, once again, a whole lot wider than we ever imagined, and thank God it is, because if it were not, we’d probably find ourselves excluded by it too! Christ is risen, and all things are being made new. We no longer need to live in the land of slavery and fear, but we are free to live in the wide open spaces of God’s love and joy. Thanks be to God!

Nathan Nettleton -

A Notice to Congregation Members

Congregation & Annual General Meeting
To be held at conclusion of Worship
*Sunday, 2nd June 2019*

Followed by a shared lunch and fellowship*

It would be greatly appreciated if all Reports to the Congregation from the various ministry groups within our fellowship, be emailed to Kathy Bassell ( as soon as possible, and no later than *Friday, 24th May 2019* for collation.

Communion Preparation Roster for May - December 2019

A new roster has been prepared and has been placed on the notice board in the foyer.

Coffee Machine Training at Oakbank Area School

If you would like to receive barista training on the school’s new coffee machine this Wednesday 22 May at 1.30pm, please speak to Ron or Cherie.
Also, we have enough funds for one more week! Donations would be welcome!

National Mission Packing Day in the Hills

Tuesday 4th June from 12 noon
Receiving goods and sorting (with continuous "cuppa")

Wednesday 5th June from 9.00am
Packing, morning tea and devotions

Men and women are invited to take part on either, or both, days.
Any amount of time you can afford would be most appreciated.
For further details speak to Lorraine or Trevor 0438 884 693

Current (new) list of goods required available on the library table in the church foyer.

OAS Brekkie Club Term 2 Roster

May 24: Ron & Cherie, Peter, Barry, Roger, Jo, Roz, Brenton
May 31: Ron & Cherie, Peter, Coralie, Barry & Natalie, Brenton, Roger
June 7: Student Free Day

Bible Readings

May 19 Easter 5 Acts 11:1-18 Ps 148 Rev 21:1-6 Jn 13:31-35
May 26 Acts 16:9-15 Ps 67 Rev 21:10, 22 - 22:5 Jn 14:23-29 or Jn 5:1-9
June 2 Acts 16:16-34 Ps 97 Rev 22:12-14, Jn 17:20-26

Ministry in Action - Roster

May 19. Refreshments - P&M Houston: Door and Offering - F&J May:
Offering Count - J Scott, R MacDonald: Flowers- M Bull: Display - K Bassell:
Sound / Vision - B Rimmer: Camera - G Adcock: Lock-up - T Wundenberg:
Cleaning - P Houston: Communion Preparation - I Bowen

May 26.
Refreshments - M Simpson, C Kemp: Door and Offering - S&B Pugsley:
Offering Count - D Pearson, C Kemp: Flowers - G Adcock: Display - A Rowe:
Sound / Vision - R Pitcher: Camera - F Bowen: Lock-up - S Harris: Cleaning - M Houston

June 2. Refreshments - J Lisk, N Rimmer, : Door and Offering - G & B Adcock:
Offering Count - A Pobke, R Windle: Flowers - S Adcock: Display - S McDonald:
Sound / Vision - R Windle: Camera - B Adcock: Lock-up - B Pugsley: Cleaning - C Kemp

What's coming up

Monday 10.00am Home Group - Bible Study


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
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Banking Details: Bendigo Bank: BSB 633 000: A/c No 162707848: Balhannah Uniting Church