Update for January 2019

To Balhannah Uniting Church fellowship

We recently received advice from UCASA Synod that, at the November 2018 meeting of the Presbytery/Synod of South Australia, a number of proposals regarding presbyteries were either dealt with at the annual meeting or forwarded to Standing Committee. The details are set out below, with some amendments (highlighted in orange ) I have made to make it specific to our fellowship: − There is a link that will take you to a survey asking for your view as to which Presbytery we should belong. Please note: a) Your response to the survey is completely anonymous. I have turned off the facility that enables tracking of email addresses from those who respond; and b) I have enabled multiple responses from whatever device you use to log in to the survey. This enables spouses and family members to click the link on the device as often as needed to cover all those who want to respond. In setting it up in this way, I am trusting everyone not to respond more than once, since there is no way to track if this has happened. Please respect this arrangement so that results are not skewed in a particular direction of your preference!! − For those attending the worship service this Sunday 20 January at 9.30am, there will be an opportunity immediately after the service to complete a hard copy of the Survey form. Hopefully I will be able to communicate the outcomes during the subsequent morning tea! So, here are the details received from the Synod –
1. It was agreed to form a new presbytery in South Australia from 1 July 2019. This new presbytery will: • be a non-geographic presbytery, that is it will include congregations from across the whole of the State of SA; • have a strong emphasis on mission, focussing on evangelism and church planting (although not exclusively so); • be committed to provide pastoral oversight to those leaders and congregations who hold to a traditional understanding of marriage.
2. As a consequence of this decision, there will need to be at least one new presbytery formed in SA. In addition to the agreed Missional Non-Geographic Presbytery (MNGP) as it is currently being called, it is assumed that any other presbyteries formed will be more like traditional ones with regional boundaries.
3. One task group has been created which will be working on forming the MNGP.
4. Another task group has been created and will be working to lay the groundwork to separate the Presbytery and Synod of SA, clarifying which functions will need to remain centralised and also helping form the new presbytery(s). It will help us with our planning if you could indicate your current thinking around which presbytery your congregation is likely to join. This is an indication only, especially as we realise that many of you will be wanting more information and therefore we will not hold you to this initial decision. However an indication of the relative size and shape of the future presbyteries will help with our planning. This will include the number of new presbyteries that we will need to form.
Please click this link to respond to Balhannah Uniting Church. There is an opportunity on the form to inform BUC Council of any material that would assist us in making our final decision on your behalf. Please complete the survey no later than 19 January 2019.

Thank you for your assistance. Grace and Peace,
Rob Brown, Interim General Secretary, Synod of South Australia Philip Gardner, Executive Officer, Pastoral Relations and Mission Planning = = = = = =

Should you have any questions relating to the Survey or the process, please call or text me on 0419 332 209, or email me

Many blessings, Ron Pitcher Chairman, BUC Council

Ministry in Action

Jan 20: Refreshments - F and I Bowen: Door and Offering - N Rimmer, A Ballard: Offering Count - S Harris, B Pugsley: Flowers - G Adcock: Display - S McDonald: Sound/Vision - R Pitcher: Camera B Adcock: Lock-up - A Ballard: Cleaning - L Beaumont:
Jan 27: Refreshments - E and J Derks: Door and Offering - C and R Pitcher: Offering Count - S Pugsley, J Barnes: Flowers - M Bull: Display - K Bassell: Sound/Vision - R Windle: Camera K Wilhelm: Lock-up - K Wilhelm: Cleaning - D Rowe:

Bible Readings

Jan 20: Ps 36:5-10, Isa 62:1-5, 1Cor 12:1-11, John 2:1-11
Jan 27: Ps 19, Neh 6:1-10, 1Cor 12:12-31a, Lk 4:14-21


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Church Office: 3 Bridge Street Balhannah 5242: Ph 8388 4048:
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