25th November 2018

Revelation 1:8

“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God,
who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.
The book of Revelation has it all. Calamity and Chaos. Hope and Healing. It was written to encourage followers of Jesus suffering under the heavy hand of the Roman emperor Domitian's religious policies. These were aimed at restoring traditional Roman values. Revelation uses strong visionary language to describe the conflict between those who claim that "Jesus is Lord" and the Roman claim that the emperor was God.
"I am the Alpha and Omega" says that God in Christ holds all of history and human experience from beginning to end and that all other claims will falter and fail. This is a huge claim. Especially in the light of the might and popularity of the emperor at that time. But these believers held on in hope through that turmoil. Within a few hundred years the tables turned and Christianity was made one of the "official" state religions. This, of course, brought new challenges.

Mwandi Orphans & Vulnerable Children's Project

Sandy Pugsley has volunteered to resume the position of Administrator for the Education Sponsorship Program and the 2019 year has begun.

On the table in the foyer there are some shopping/gift bags that have been sewn by the Vocational class at Mwandi village. They are $10 each. You could use them as Christmas Gift Bags. The Project would appreciate your support.
Please consider giving a "gift of Education" this year. On behalf of your family members or friends, sponsor an orphan or vulnerable child in the Mwandi Community to enable them to attend school.

General Meeting of the Congregation

A General Meeting of the congregation will be held next 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. Closing date for nominations is Friday November 30.


Christmas Dinner at the Church Tuesday 4th December at 6:00pm for 6.30pm. Visitors welcome. Members please advise Raelene on 0418 357 604 of your attendance and choice of variety of salads and sweets. Cost is $6.00 for a Chicken meal.

Girls Night Out

Advance notice: Girls Night Out Christmas Dinner will also be held on Tuesday 4th December at 7.00pm. Venue to be advised. This is a week earlier than our normal second Tuesday in every month get-together due to our church's commitment to sing at the Living Nativity in Lobethal.

Women's Day Fellowship

The AGM will be held this coming Wednesday November 28th.

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.

Advent Studies

In co-operation with the UCA ministers at Woodside, Nairne and Lobethal and the Anglican priest from Woodside and Balhannah we have decided to offer a short series of studies during Advent 2018. They will be held at the Woodside Uniting Church on Wednesday the 5th, 12th and 19th of December, commencing at 7.30pm. We will be exploring the theme of “God revealed in Creation” and examining how God is to be discovered in our interactions with creation leading towards God’s revelation in the birth of Jesus. Each session will take about 90 minutes and will end with refreshments. During the last session we will share together in a brief closing worship and Eucharist. This allows us to build on the work done during our Lenten studies earlier this year and help us develop further shared activities next year.

Woodside Christmas Pageant

Woodside Uniting Church has a float in the Christmas Pageant each year and is wondering if anyone from Balhannah would be interested in helping out. From 5.30pm-7.30pm on the 20th of December. You will bring a red, yellow or white T shirt and walk with the float to hand out pamphlets. Any takers? Contact Geoff if interested.

Ministry in Action

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:

Dec 2. Refreshments - M Houston & P Houston: Door and Offering - C Kempe, K Johnson: Offering Count - A Ballard, K Bassell: Flowers - M Houston Display - K Bassell: Sound/Vision - R Pitcher: Camera B Adcock: Lock-up - A Ballard: Cleaning - B Crispe.

Dec 9: Refreshments - G and S Adcock: Door and Offering - L and W Beaumont: Offering Count - B Crispe, R Jones: Flowers - S Adcock: Display - S McDonald: Sound/Vision - R Pitcher: Camera G Adcock: Lock-up - K Bassell: Cleaning - S Harris:

Dec 16 Refreshments - C Kemp, M Simpson: Door and Offering - G and S Adcock: Offering Count - G Adcock, R McDonald: Flowers - M Bull: Display - K Bassell: Sound/Vision - B Rimmer: Camera B Adcock: Lock-up - K Wilhelm: Cleaning - L Beaumont:

Breakfast Club Roster Term 4 2018

Nov 30. Ron & Cherie, Phil, Fay, Brenton, Roger, Coralie:
Dec 7. Ron & Cherie, Phil, Barry & Natalie, Brenton, Roz, Peter:
Dec 14. Ron & Cherie, Phil, Fay, Brenton, Roger, Coralie, Peter:

Bible Readings

Nov 25: Ps 93, Daniel 7:9-14, Rev 1:4b-8, Jn 18:33-37
Dec 2: Ps 25:1-10, Jer 33:14-16, 1Th 3:9-13, Lk 21:25-36

What's coming up

Monday 10.00am Home Group
Tuesday 10.00am Bible Study
Wednesday 7.00am Prayer Meeting
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