5th May 2019

John 21:19

After this he said to him, “Follow me.”

This call, "Follow me!" is offered to Peter to re-engage in the mission after he has been reconciled with Jesus on the beach. It is the same command given by Jesus to Peter, and the other disciples, at the beginning of this gospel.

Peter had denied Jesus 3 times at his arrest and questioning. Now, after his resurrection Jesus challenges Peter 3 times by questioning his love. When Peter responds that he does love Jesus then Jesus calls him to offer leadership and "feed my lambs".

Forgiveness is required for Peter to move forward. And it is freely initiated and offered by Jesus. Free... but not cheap. Peter's renewed commitment is to have a cost to it.

Rosters - Ministry in Action

Our congregation is well served by a number of helpful volunteers in a variety of roles. A new roster for the next few months has been published this week. There are plenty of opportunities for you to help out in the worshipping life of our congregation. If you would like to share in one of these roles then please talk with Geoff, Kathy or Peter.

You can find the current roster online at and click on "roster"

Communion Preparation Roster for May - December 2019

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

New Times and Sower Magazines

New Issues of our Synod's "New Times" and the Bible Society's "Sower" magazines are available in the Foyer. New Times is now produced bi-monthly and contains a great range of articles and information about the work of the Uniting Church in Australia.

Secret Men's Business

The May gathering on Monday the 6th will be held in the Church Hall from 6.30pm. Roll up with your favourite non-alcoholic beverage. For catering purposes please advise Sue or Ray McDonald ASAP.
phone 08 8388 4592 mobile 0417 358 973 email

Women's Night Fellowship

Due to bereavement of our dear Betty Sampson, Women’s Night Fellowship this
Tuesday evening (May 7th) is cancelled.
contact: Raelene 8388 4472 mob. 0418 357 604


Tuesday, 7th May, held at the Woodside Institute, Main Road Woodside from 9.30am to 11.30am. Entertainment is the Lobethal Harmony Choir. The entry fee is $10 which includes a delicious morning tea and a door prize ticket. Raffle tickets are also available. Support the fight against cancer. Any enquiries please phone 0410 149 850.

OAS Brekkie Club Term 2 Roster

May 10: Ron & Cherie, Peter, Jo, Roger, Barb, Brenton, Barry
May 17: Ron & Cherie, Fay, Coralie, Roger, Brenton
May 24: Ron & Cherie, Peter, Barry, Roger, Jo, Roz, Brenton
May 31: Ron & Cherie, Peter, Coralie, Barry & Natalie, Brenton, Roger

Bible Readings

May 5 Easter 3 Acts 9:1-6, (7-20) Ps 30 Rev 5:11-14 Jn 21:1-19
May 12 Easter 4 Acts 9:36-43 Ps 23 Rev 7:9-17 Jn 10:22-30
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

Ministry in Action - Roster

May 5. Refreshments - B&S Pugsley: Door and Offering - R&C Pitcher:
Offering Count - J Scott, R Jones: Flowers: B Windle: Display - S MacDonald:
Sound / Vision - R Pitcher: Camera - F Bowen: Lock-up - S Harris: Cleaning - D Rowe
May 12. Refreshments - J Gordon & K Johnson: Door and Offering - I&F Bowen:
Offering Count - B Crispe, B Adcock: Flowers: L Wundenberg: Display - K Bassell:
Sound / Vision - R Windle: Camera - B Adcock: Lock-up - A Ballard: Cleaning - A Ballard
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
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


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