March 24th 2019

Psalm 63:1

O God, you are my God, I seek you, my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.

Our experience of God’s love might be the best thing in life, it might be better than life itself, but it is never so complete and tangible that it utterly satisfies us. It always leaves us crying for more. It always leaves us still thirsty, still reaching out for something so elusive that we can never quite get a grip on it. Somehow our experience of God’s love is always part oasis and part mirage. We get enough of a taste of God to prevent our throats from cracking and to keep up our strength to keep trekking through the wilderness in search of the life-giving waters that will satisfy us for eternity; but at the same time the experience of intimate communion with God seems to keep evaporating in front of us and reappearing as a shimmering haze on the outer edge of our consciousness.
Nathan Nettleton - (


Mwandi Update
Nsonga Masieye

Nsonga Masieye (a double orphan) was totally sponsored from Mwandi Basic School to the University of Zambia. He has now received a Bachelor of Arts with an Education Undergraduate Degree with distinction.

Nsonga writes... "I am proud to mention to you that I have graduated from ‘THE UNIVERSITY OF ZAMBIA’ with a “DISTINCTION”. I owe this to the Almighty God and the entire OVC project because without you in my life, my life would only be defined around Mwandi community. You gave me a hope when I lost it, you gave me love like I have never known, you brought happiness in my heart and I rejoice in my success bearing in mind the great pillar of this achievement lays at the OVC project."

The full text of his letter is on the Notice board.

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

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.

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 24 Lent 3 Is 55:1-9 Ps 63:1-8 1 Cor 10:1-13 Lk 13:1-9
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

Ministry in Action

Mar 24. Refreshments - B&S Pugsley: Door and Offering - A Ballard : Offering Count - R Wells & A Pobke: Flowers - B Windle: Display - S MacDonald: Sound/Vision - R Windle: Camera - F Bowen: Lock-up - F Bowen: Cleaning - B Crispe.

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

Breakfast Club Teams

Mar 29 Ron, Peter, Phil, Roz, Jo, Bev, Brenton, Roger
Apr 5 Ron, Peter, Coralie, Phil, Barry & Natalie, 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