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15th March 2020

The ninth commandment and COVID-19

You shall not spread a false report. You shall not join hands with the wicked to act as a malicious witness. You shall not follow a majority in wrongdoing; when you bear witness in a lawsuit, you shall not side with the majority so as to pervert justice;
nor shall you be partial to the poor in a lawsuit.
Exodus 23:1-3


The Westminster Catechism says, “The duties required in the ninth commandment are, the preserving and promoting of truth between man and man, . . . ; appearing and standing for the truth; and from the heart, sincerely, freely, clearly, and fully, speaking the truth, and only the truth, in matters of judgment and justice, and in all other things whatsoever; . . . discouraging talebearers, flatterers, and slanderers; love and care of our own good name, and defending it when need requireth; . . . studying and practicing of whatsoever things are true, honest, lovely, and of good report.”

We have a duty to care for one another. This means being just and truthful to each other, especially to the poor. The effects of COVID 19 on our health, relationships and economy are now being felt here in Australia. Those with fewer resources are most vulnerable to its effects. While we should not risk our own health, as that would be counter-productive, it is important for us to engage with others and not be fearful. There is plenty of good information available on how to look after ourselves. But we are also called to look after each other. When people are fearful there is a strong temptation to lay blame and behave poorly. Perfect love casts out all fear. (1John 4:18)

Holy Communion Next Sunday 22nd March

After a few conversations with folks we will be ensuring that the distribution of the elements of Holy Communion will be done in accordance with best health practices.

Ministry In Action

Sunday 15th March

Offering & Counters -
B Crispe, D Pearson
Lock-up - F Bowen
Cleaning - A Ballard
Display -
Greeters & Collection -
F & J May
Flowers - L Wundenberg
Morning Tea -
I & F Bowen
Sound & Vision -
R Windle
Camera -
Worship Leader -
Sunday 22nd March

Offering & Counters -
C Kemp, R MacDonald
Lock-up - A Ballard
Cleaning - C Kemp
Display -
Greeters & Collection -
J Gordon, A Moyle
Flowers -M Bull
Morning Tea -
M Simpson, S Harris
Sound & Vision -
R Windle
Camera -
Worship Leader -
Sunday 29th March

Offering & Counters -
A Pobke, N Rimmer
Lock-up - K Bassell
Cleaning - B Windle
Display -
Greeters & Collection -
S & B Pugsley
Flowers - J Scott
Morning Tea -
J Liske, M Simpson
Sound & Vision -
R Windle
Camera -
Worship Leader -

Bible Readings


March 15 Lent 3 Ex 17:1-7 Ps 95 Rom 5:1-11 Jn 4:5-42 P
March 22 Lent 4 1 Sm 16:1-13 Ps 23 Eph 5:8-14 Jn 9:1-41 P
March 25 Annunciation of the Lord Is 7:10-14 Ps 45 or Heb 10:4-10 Lk 1:26-38 W
Ps 40:5-10
March 29 Lent 5 Ez 37:1-14 Ps 130 Rom 8:6-11 Jn 11:1-45 https://assembly.uca.org.au/images/PDF/lectionary_2019-2020_year_a.pdf

OAS Breakfast Club Roster

Friday 20th March SPORTS DAY
Ron & Cherie
Roz & Belinda
Brenton
Roger
Fay
Barry & Natalie
Friday 27th March
Ron & Cherie
Brenton
Roger
Roz & Belinda
Peter
Marcia
Ethan
Friday 3rd April
Barb
Brenton
Roger
Roz & Belinda
Peter
Barry & Natalie
Ethan

Autumn Clean and Working Bee

The Property Committee has organised this for cleaning and maintenance of our church on Saturday 28th March 2020 from 8:30 am onwards.
Come for an hour, or all morning - pick your favourite job or one you've noticed needs doing.
Extra tools are useful if you have them.
Any queries to:

Bevan Pugsley - 0428 888 091 or
Sandra Harris - 0438 568 938

SA Bushfire Garden Revival

This group has helped after the Pinery and Sampson Flat fires and is all geared up to do it again. They give assistance, plants, garden products and encouragement to help people regenerate and replant their fire affected gardens.
I am growing plants for them, and if anyone has medium to large plastic pots to give away or other useful garden products, or would like to help, I would be grateful - can be collected
Sandra Harris
0438 568 938

Packing Day 2020

Most of you will be aware that we have Packing Day/s located here at Balhannah UC during the first week in June. Previously it has been organised by Jean Mur and Lorraine and Trevor and we thank them for their diligence and organisation over the past years.
This year Packing Days will be:
  • Tuesday June 2 from 12 noon and
  • Wednesday June 3 from 9 am
We will be sorting clothes on Tuesday and packing them into boxes on Wednesday to support Indigenous communities in Central, North and West Australia for Op Shops and Aged Care Facilities.
We will also be collecting new products – handmade or manufactured – for sale at the Old Timers’ Fete at Alice Springs, which is held later in the year.
If you could mark these dates on your calendar, and keep these free, we would be really grateful.
You will find a preliminary list of goods needed in the foyer, so please take one. We will keep you up to date if requirements change, from time to time.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask. Bev & Peter

Uniting Church e-News

10th March 2020
https://unitingchurchsa.cmail19.com/t/ViewEmail/j/97EE62ED64129E4F2540EF23F30FEDED/99D4C2F0FB2A0D071D419C9787CC9684

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[https://sa.uca.org.au/documents/new-times/Response-to-Coronavirus.pdf

What's coming up!

Hungry No More: Our first commitment is Sunday March 29th. If anyone is able to help, please see Michelle Bull. Our other dates for 2020 are: Sunday 31st May, Sunday 23rd August, Sunday 15th November.

Contacts

Minister: Geoff Hurst: Ph 0447 971 878: minister@balhannah.org
Church Office: 3 Bridge Street Balhannah 5242: Ph 8388 4048: admin@balhannah.org
Council Chair: chairman@ balhannah.org
Secretary & Property Bookings: Kathy Bassell: Ph 0419 833 039
Prayer Chain: Coralie: 0417 816 065: Raelene: 0418 357 604
Newsletter: intouch@balhannah.org: Website: balhannah.org
Banking Details: Bendigo Bank: BSB 633 000: A/c No 162707848: Balhannah UnitingChurch