8th September 2019

Philemon 10-12

I am appealing to you for my child, Onesimus, whose father I have become during my imprisonment. Formerly he was useless to you, but now he is indeed useful both to you and to me. I am sending him, that is, my own heart, back to you.

Paul is walking a fine line here. He is writing to Philemon, a brother in Christ and church leader possibly converted through Paul's own ministry. He wants him to take Onesimus, an escaped slave of Philemon, back and to care for him, even though it's likely that Onesimus stole from Philemon as well as escaped. If that wasn't difficult enough, Paul is challenging the culture of slave labor by suggesting to Philemon that Onesimus is now a brother in Christ.

To do this Paul plays with the slave's name, "Onesimus" which means useful. Onesimus has changed from being a useless thing, a slave, to being a useful person. A slave is an object of labour. It has no rights. It owns nothing. It is traded and used like any object or animal. Yet in Christ Onesimus is now a person. He is now a human being able to make choices, from object to subject. This is a common theme in Paul's teaching and in this letter and situation, Paul is calling for the practical expression of this world changing notion. How did it work out?


I think you would all agree that it has been wonderful to see some young people in our worship over the past month as we welcome the Miller family to Balhannah. As a congregation we need to ensure that we are catering for the needs of young families if we are to retain and indeed attract more families into the life of our church. Our thanks go to Sue Smith for being proactive in this area who has been taking the children out for their own special time during the sermon over the past couple of weeks. However Sue is unable to do this every week whilst being on the worship lead and preaching rosters and would like some assistance. If you have a gift with children and a passion for seeing young people again at BUC then Sue would love to hear from you to discuss how we can continue nurturing and caring for these little souls.
But Jesus said, "Let the children come to me. Don't stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children." Matthew 19:14 (NLT)

Name Tags

Don't forget to wear your name tag this morning.

Girls Night Out

Our next chat and chew at the Balhannah Hotel is coming up on Tuesday 10th September at 7.00pm. Please contact Cathy Standford on 0411 098 726 concerning reservations.

Please note: there is a change of time from 6.30pm as advertised in last week's InTouch to 7.00pm

AN INVITATION to Mwandi Supporters and Friends

Come and hear Jenny Corston, a Mwandi Volunteer, speak of her experiences to raise our awareness of happenings there and the centre’s needs.
At: Scots Uniting Church cnr North Tce and Pulteney St
Date: Friday 20th September at: 12.45 pm for a 1pm start. The afternoon will finish at 2.45pm
* Please bring a plate of food to share
RSPV by Monday 16th September by ringing Ian Penny 0410657588 or Sandra Pugsley 0400881942
*(If you can’t come please ring and indicate when would be best for you and we will see if another session is possible.)
Please read more information (from Sandra Pugsley, Jenny Corston and Ian Penny) on the Invitation letter which has been pinned up on the Mission News Noticeboard.


When: Saturday 21st September from 8am
Where: At the Woodside Institute
Volunteers needed to bake goodies for the September market.
Please speak to Julie Turner.
This month’s funds will support Operation Christmas Child.

Christian Reading

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Future News Items

Just a reminder that if you have any future announcements, please email them to by COB on Wednesday.

Ministry In Action - Roster

Sunday 8th September

Offering & Counters -
S Harris, R McDonald
Lock-up - T Wundenberg
Cleaning - B Pugsley
Display - A Rowe
Greeters & Collection -
J Gordon, K Johnson
Flowers - S Adcock
Morning Tea -
T & L Wundenberg
Sound & Vision -
R Windle
Camera - F Bowen

Sunday 15th September

Offering & Counters -
C Kemp, G Adcock
Lock-up - TBA
Cleaning - P Crispe
Display - TBA
Greeters & Collection -
B & G Adcock
Flowers - M Bull
Morning Tea - TBA
Sound & Vision -
R Windle
Camera - TBA
Sunday 22nd September

Offering & Counters -
D Pearson, A Ballard
Lock-up - A Ballard
Cleaning - M Houston
Display - TBA
Greeters & Collection -
S & G Adcock
Flowers - G Adcock
Morning Tea -
C Kemp, M Simpson
Sound & Vision -
R Windle
Camera - TBA

Bible Readings

Sep 8 Pent 13 [23] Jer 18:1-11 Ps 139:1-6,13-18 Phlm 1-21 Lk 14:25-33
G 13-18
Sep 15 Pent 14 [24] Jer 4:11-12, 22-28 Ps 14 1 Tim 1:12-17 Lk 15:1-10
Sep 22 Pent 15 [25] Jer 8:18 - 9:1 Ps 79:1-9 1 Tim 2:1-7 Lk 16:1-13

OAS Brekkie Club Term 3 Roster

Friday September 13
Andy & Donna
Peter & Bev
Friday September 20
Barry & Natalie
Friday September 27
Ron & Cherie
Andy & Donna

Items for sale for Brekkie Club

On Tuesday night the Women’s Fellowship raised over $150 for Brekkie Club.
Some items are still available for sale in the Church foyer
Please place Donations in the jar for the Brekkie Club.
Raelene 0418 357 604

A big thank you to the Women's Fellowship group for their time, effort and monetary support in supporting the Brekkie Club.

What's coming up

Monday 10.00am Home Group - Bible Study


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 UnitingChurch