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28th October 2018

Mark 10:46-49

As he and his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the roadside. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Many sternly ordered him to be quiet, but he cried out even more loudly, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” Jesus stood still and said, “Call him here.” And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take heart; get up, he is calling you.”

Have you ever found yourself raising your voice when talking with someone who is blind? It's embarrassing for everyone involved when we notice. It's like we think that we can get our message across better.

Bartimaeus is blind. and HE is yelling. He shows no restraint or embarrassment. He has nothing to lose. he is yelling just outside the walls of Jericho! I recently read a comment that said "The last time someone shouted outside of Jericho, the walls fell down."

Bartimaeus has nothing to lose though! He is both blind AND a beggar. Everyone else has ignored him. So when Jesus stops and calls for him, his life changes. Jesus sees him and hears him. The walls around him are about to fall down! Neither Jesus nor Bartimaeus were concerned with what others thought about him or how they wanted him to be quiet and stay in his place.

Take heart; get up, he is calling you!

Thanks for your support of the Compassion Concert

Thank you to all those who supported the Compassion Concert last Sunday. It was a great experience for everyone involved. Once again the combined efforts of the members of the Balhannah Uniting Church shine. Dave Helyard from Compassion Australia was delighted at the response and the opportunity to share with others about their work with children in poverty. Compassion also found 3 new sponsors for Compassion children. Special thanks go to The Lobethal Harmony Club and the Campbelltown City Band. A total of $3309 was raised which will be used in the categories "Where Most Needed" and "Compassion Christmas Gift Appeal".

The effects of poverty are devastating and affect every area of a child's life. In times of immediate need, compassion steps in to help children living in poverty. This requires the ability to be flexible and respond to a range of circumstances. The "Where Most Needed" fund can be distributed to other critical needs and used to respond when additional help is required. It allows Compassion to assist our local church partners in developing communities to respond to children's most pressing needs. A video of the event has been made and can be accessed from our website at We can also make a DVD copy if required.

A Pleasant Sunday Afternoon

Musicians from the Hills Christian Community School are offering a programme of instrumental music for a wind ensemble and student soloists this Sunday afternoon at Balhannah Uniting Church. The programme will commence at 3.00pm and will finish with afternoon tea. Come along and support the students and enjoy the music.

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Thanks for your help with the OAS year 12 breakfast

We had a great morning on Friday providing breakfast to students and staff of the Oakbank Area School. Our care was very much appreciated.

Lothethal Nativity Play

If you want to join in the fun and singing for the Lobethal Nativity Play this year please contact Di Pearson. We will be making our contribution on Tuesday December 11th.

Women's Night Fellowship

Please note the change of programme.
On Tuesday 6 November 7.00pm come visit Raelene's Garden. Bring Roses and Rose books or Magazines to discuss Roses. Visitors welcome. 9 Lutana Grove Balhannah. Contact Raelene 8388 4472 Mob. 0418 357 604

General Meeting of the congregation

A General Meeting of the congregation will be held on Sunday, December 2 following the morning service. Please note the date change. Several members of Church Council are near the end of their term so elections need to be held. We will be calling for nominations from November 11 and closing date will be Friday, November 30. Further, nominations are called for our Synod/Presbytery representative who must be voted in by the membership. Please prayerfully consider who you might nominate ahead of nomination forms being available on November 11.

Hungry No More

Our church’s next commitment for this outreach program is Sunday, November 18. Ron Pitcher is Coordinator on this occasion and will be looking for volunteers and donations nearer to the date. Please make a note in your diary.

House wanted to rent

A house is urgently needed for rent in the area. If you can help please speak to Geoff Hurst.

Secret Men’s Business

The next gathering for SMB is to be held on Monday , November 5 at 6.30 pm. We will be meeting at the Oakbank Bowling Club so come prepared to try bowling as well as enjoy a meal together. The cost will be $15 each to cover hire and lighting. There is no need to bring the usual drinks as the bar will be open for you to purchase your choice . Please speak to Barry Rimmer if you have any questions.
Phone 0402066511 or email to advise attendance.

Ministry in Action

Oct 28. Refreshments - E and J Derks: Door and Offering - J Gordon, N Rimmer: Offering Count - S Harris, B Pugsley: Flowers - G Adcock: Display - S McDonald: Sound/Vision - R Pitcher: Camera B Adcock: Lock-up - B Crispe: Cleaning - L Beaumont:

Nov 4. Refreshments - K Johnson, M Simpson: Door and Offering - A Moyle, A Rowe: Offering Count - J Scott, J Barnes: Flowers - M Bull: Display - K Bassell: Sound/Vision - R Windle: Camera G Adcock: Lock-up - A Ballard: Cleaning - L Beaumont:

Nov 11. Refreshments - N Rimmer, A Rowe: Door and Offering - A Ballard, J Lisk: Offering Count - K Bassell, C Kemp: Flowers - E Derks: Display - S McDonald: Sound/Vision - R Windle: Camera K Wilhelm: Lock-up - K Wilhelm: Cleaning - D Rowe:

Nov 18. Refreshments - F and I Bowen: Door and Offering - S and B Pugsley: Offering Count - J Scott, A Pobke: Flowers - G Adcock: Display - K Bassell: Sound/Vision - b Rimmer: Camera F Bowen: Lock-up - B Pugsley: Cleaning - C Kemp:

Breakfast Club

Nov 2. Ron, Cherie, Fay, Roz, Roger, Coralie, Peter,

Bible Readings

October 28. Job 42:1-6,10-17; Ps 34:1-8,(19-22); Heb 7:23-28; Mk 10:46-52
Nov 4. Ruth 1:1-18; Ps 146; Heb 9:11-14; Mk 12:28-34

What's coming up

Monday 10.00am Home Group
Tuesday 10.00am Bible Study
Wednesday 7.00am Prayer Meeting
Nov. 15-17 Synod Meeting
Sunday Nov. 18 Hungry no more
Saturday Nov. 24 Oakbank / Balhannah Carols
Sunday Dec. 2 Congregational Meeting


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: 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