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4th November 2018

Mark 12:28-31

One of the scribes came near and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, he asked him, “Which commandment is the first of all?” Jesus answered, “The first is, ‘Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

Two for one! A bargain! The scribe indeed got more than he had bargained for. Scribes were the ones who controlled the flow of authoritative content in that society. They knew how to both read and write, and how to use words effectively to got a point across and sway an opinion. If you needed to make a good impression for business you would pay a scribe to write a letter of introduction for you. That, most likely, would be read by another scribe to the recipient. Perhaps we could see a parallel in a combination of public servant and journalist? This man is impressed by Jesus and wants to find out what is important to him. Love God AND love your neighbour. One cannot be done without the other. Unlike many other encounters in Mark’s gospel between Jesus and scholars and religious leaders, in this one the scribe is open to hear and is not trying to entrap. This openness give us the setting for deep, life changing, teaching.

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.

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

Girls Night Out

Its happening on the 13th of November at Balhannah Hotel..

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.

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.

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.

Ministry in Action

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:

Nov 25. Refreshments - J Gordon and K Johnson: Door and Offering - B and G Adcock: Offering Count - S Pugsley, J Barnes: Flowers - G Adcock: Display - S McDonald: Sound/Vision - R Windle: Camera R Wells: Lock-up - B Crispe: Cleaning - P Crispe:

Breakfast Club Roster

Nov 9 Phil, Barry, Natalie, Barb, Ros, Peter, Bevan and Sandy.

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