23rd December 2018

Luke 3:46-48

And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;"

The key point of this passage, part of a song often called "the Magnificat", is that Mary is an insignificant, unimportant, yet still willing participant in shaping the history of our world. She neither asked for this, not worked for it. God did this. God placed her life at risk, and shaped the course it would take from that point on. And she said, "YES!"

We can relate to Mary. Most of us don't get the life we want, hope or ask for. The circumstances of our lives change and fold and push us on and under. Can we be like Mary and say "YES!" to this?

Christmas Bowl Appeal

Christmas Bowl envelopes are available at the door. The theme for our giving this year is "Love your neighbour as yourself." (Mark 12:31)

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 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:
Dec 30: Refreshments - B and S Pugsley: Door and Offering - A Moyle, A Rowe: Offering Count - D Pearson, J Scott: Flowers - J Scott: Display - K Bassell: Sound/Vision - B Rimmer: Camera F Bowen: Lock-up - F Bowen: Cleaning - S Pugsley:
Jan 6: Refreshments - R Abraham, W Beaumont: Door and Offering - P and B Crispe: Offering Count - K Wilhelm, R Windle: Flowers - M Houston: Display - S McDonald: Sound/Vision - R Windle: Camera R Wells: Lock-up - B Crispe: Cleaning - B Windle:
Jan 13: Refreshments - G and S Adcock: Door and Offering - P and M Houston: Offering Count - A Pobke, N Rimmer: Flowers - L Wundenberg: Display - K Bassell: Sound/Vision - B Rimmer: Camera G Adcock: Lock-up - K Bassell: Cleaning - R Windle

Bible Readings

Dec 23: Ps 80:1-7, Mic 5:2-5a, Heb 10:5-10, Lk 1:39-55
Dec 30: Ps 148, 1Sam 2:18-20, Col 3:12-17, Lk 2:41-52

What's coming up

Monday 10.00am Home Group - resumes February 2019
Tuesday 10.00am Bible Study - resumes early 2019
Wednesday 7.00am Prayer Meeting - resumes early 2019


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