2nd December 2018

Luke 21:29-31

Then he told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees; as soon as they sprout leaves you can see for yourselves and know that summer is already near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near.

We do not worship only in light of what God has done in the past. Our worship is always illuminated and shaped by what is to come, by what God has promised, by promises that find an echo with the ancient yearnings deep in our guts. This is always there in our worship, but in this season of Advent, God calls us to go more deeply into that experience, to listen to the hungers and hopes that well up within us and to stand on the tiptoes of our souls and crane our necks to peer over the horizon see if we can make out the source of the light that is drawing ever nearer.
(Nathan Nettleton -

General Meeting of the Congregation

A General Meeting of the congregation will be held following the morning service today.
Properly authorised nominations for Church Council & Synod elections have been received as follows:
Church Council: Ron Pitcher, Peter Smith
Synod representative: Alverna Ballard
Voting for election of these nominees will take place at the General Meeting this Sunday after morning service.

Catch today!

We will be meeting today at 5.30pm at the Kuipers residence for our final Catch! for the year!

Secret Men's business

Secret Men's Business Christmas Dinner will be held Monday night, December 3

6.30 pm at the home of Rex Jones, 25 Onkaparinga Valley Road, Balhannah (aka Main Road)
Cost is $15 per head plus bring your beverage of choice
Please RSVP to Rex on or 0407 970 272
This is important for catering purposes

Thanks a heap from Sue who is acting as the secretary of this group in lieu of Ray who is in hospital (just for some rehab) who is acting for Kym who is otherwise engaged at the moment.

Women's Night Fellowship

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

Girls Night Out Christmas Dinner will 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.

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.

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.

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.

Ministry in Action

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:

Dec 23: Refreshments - N Rimmer, J Lisk: Door and Offering - J and E Derks: Offering Count - G Adcock, C Kemp: Flowers - E Derks: Display - S McDonald: Sound/Vision - R Windle: Camera K Wilhelm: Lock-up - B Pugsley: Cleaning - B Pugsley:

Breakfast Club Roster Term 4 2018

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

Bible Readings

Dec 2: Ps 25:1-10, Jer 33:14-16, 1Th 3:9-13, Lk 21:25-36

Dec 9: Luke 1:68-79, Mal 3:1-4, Phi 1:3-11, Lk 3:1-6

What's coming up

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