February 3rd 2019

1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

One of the jobs of a minister of religion is to state the obvious. "Love is patient." There... I did it!
Patience is not about waiting. It's about giving permission to yourself, to others and to God to live with uncertainty as things unfold and develop. It's anticipating the best and working through the worst.
At the opening service today for Hills Christian Community School the chaplain, John Adams, reminded us that "Courage is fear that has said its prayers". To continue to patiently love takes courage to walk with fear and believe, hope and endure all things.

Our Website

Our website can be found at You will find current copies of InTouch and our rosters together with information about each weeks worship and congregational life.

Secret Men's Business

Secret Men’s Business for 2019 begins next Monday, February 4, at 6.30 pm at the home of Peter and Bev Crispe, 199 Onkaparinga Valley Road, (aka the Main Road) Oakbank.
Please RSVP to myself or direct to Peter - his email is for catering purposes. Also a reminder that the cost of your meal is now $15. First timers free. Please give some thought to the possibility of hosting a night during 2019 so we can prepare a program. Hosting does not need to be an enormous undertaking (for the wife too) and we encourage simple meals. Costs for all ingredients are also covered so hosts are not out of pocket financially. Looking forward to seeing you next week and please encourage others to attend. Kind regards. Ray McDonald
phone 08 8388 4592 mobile 0417 358 973 email

Oakbank Area School - Pastoral Support Worker - Position Vacant

The Schools Ministry Group and the Onkaparinga Valley Ministers Association are seeking applications for this 12 hour per week position commencing Mid Term 1, 2019
The position exists to offer a chaplaincy service to students, staff and the school community.
A Job and Person Specification and details on “How to apply” is available from SMG on 8378 6800 or
Closing date: 9am Wednesday 13th February 2019 for more information go to or call Candy Turner -SMG Regional Manager phone: 0499 049 335

Ministry in Action

Feb 3. Refreshments - P&J Barling: Door and Offering - F&I Bowen: Offering Count - P Crispe & P Barling: Flowers - B Windle: Display - A Rowe: Sound/Vision - R Windle:
Camera - F Bowen: Lock-up - T Wundenberg: Cleaning - A Ballard

Feb 10. Refreshments - A Rowe & S Harris: Door and Offering - F&J May: Offering Count - J Barling & R Wells: Flowers - S Adcock: Display - S MacDonald: Sound/Vision - B Rimmer: Camera - G Adcock: Lock-up - S Harris: Cleaning - J Barling

Feb 17. Refreshments - L&T Wundenberg: Door and Offering - J Barling & J Gordon: Offering Count - A Ballard & K Bassell: Flowers - E Derks: Display - K Bassell: Sound/Vision - R Pitcher: Camera - F Bowen: Lock-up - B Pugsley: Cleaning - P Houston

Feb 24. Refreshments - K Johnson & J Gordon: Door and Offering - B&S Pugsley: Offering Count - R Jones & B Crispe: Flowers - J Scott: Display - A Rowe: Sound/Vision - R WIndle:
Camera - R Wells: Lock-up - F Bowen: Cleaning - P Barling

Breakfast Club Teams

Feb 8. Ron & Cherie, Coralie, Phil, Roger, Barb, Brenton
Feb 15. Ron & Cherie, Phil, Roz, Jo, Brenton, Roger

Bible Readings

Feb 3 Epiphany 4 Jer 1:4-10 Ps 71:1-6 1 Cor 13:1-13 Lk 4:21-30
Feb 10 Epiphany 5 Is 6:1-8, (9-13) Ps 138 1 Cor 15:1-11 Lk 5:1-11

What's coming up

Feb 9. Special Meeting of Synod to appoint a new General Secretary.


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:
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Secretary & Property Bookings: Kathy Bassell: Ph 0419 833 039
Prayer Chain: Coralie: 0417 816 065: Raelene: 0418 357 604
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