8th December 2019

Matthew 3:11-12

“I baptize you with water for repentance, but one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor and will gather his wheat into the granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”

John the Baptist prepares the way for Jesus. They have similarities. They are cousins. They both to bring in God's kingdom. They both gather disciples and teaching the crowds. They both face opposition from the established religious leadership. They both are killed for the threat they represented to the state.
But there are differences...
John sees the coming Messiah as the one who will replace the established order and be the new broom that sweeps clean.
Jesus sees himself as an agent of God's kingdom of Peace. He doesn't proclaim a overthrow of the establishment... Rather he points to God's different priorities... The first shall be last.
Both voices are to be heard.
But the presence of God in Jesus brings about the Spirit's change of peace within us.

Girl's Night Out

Our last dinner for the year is on Tuesday 10th December at Balhannah Hotel at 7:00pm.
Contact Cathy Stanford for numbers on 0411 098 726

Free new Children's Christmas book available

This November the celebrated author of the EJ12 Girl Hero and EJ Spy School series as well as Fairy Tales for Feisty Girls and Bold Tales for Brave-Hearted Boys, is releasing a new Christmas title, The Who, What, Why, How of Christmas. Working in partnership with Bible Society Australia, Susannah McFarlane asks some key questions about the Christmas story and explores Jesus’ birth through the eyes of four fictional characters.
McFarlane says, “Having only become a Christian three and a half years ago, I am realising that in our post-Christian society, children of Gen X and Gen Y families may never have heard or asked why there was such excitement about the birth of Jesus."
Bible Society Australia is offering The Who, What, Why, How of Christmas FREE to individuals and churches who register online. The church offer went live on 1 October and the individual offer began on 1 November.
Register here:

Operation Christmas Child

*Due to circumstance this Thank you note was not added to 24th November edition of InTouch so is being added to this week's edition, apologies for any inconvenience*

Thank you to everyone who packed boxes, donated box items and cash, made children's clothing and those great pencil cases, and especially prayed for the recipients.
It is now a smoothly organised event with Kath and Tony Anderson's oversight. Alverna and I delivered 48 Christmas boxes, 3 large bags of extras, 2 large boxes of new clothing and a donation of $150.
Thank you all for your prayers and your cheerful support of this mission
Sandra Harris

Christian Reading

An electronic copy of Dec/Jan edition of New Times is now available at:

Uniting Church e-News is the weekly e-newsletter of the Uniting Church in SA. It contains News, Up-coming Events, The Weekly Reflection, Notices and Prayer Points. You can view the current web version:

Please find attached the December issue of Woodside UC newsletter.
Wishing you all a blessed Christmas and safe New Year. Yours in Christ, Julie T

Bible Readings

Dec 8 Advent 2 Is 11:1-10 Ps 72:1-7, 18-19 Rom 15:4-13 Mt 3:1-12 P
Dec 15 Advent 3 Is 35:1-10 Ps 146:5-10 or Jas 5:7-10 Mt 11:2-11 P
Dec 22 Advent 4 Is 7:10-16 Ps 80:1-7, 17-19 Rom 1:1-7 Mt 1:18-25 P

Ministry in Action Roster

The roster for Oct-Dec 2019 has been printed and can be found in the foyer. You can download a copy from this link.

Ministry In Action - Roster

Sunday 8th December

Offering & Counters -
S Harris & R McDonald
Lock-up - T Wundenberg
Cleaning - B Pugsley
Display - S McDonald
Greeters & Collection -
K Johnson & J Gordon
Flowers - S Adcock
Morning Tea -
T & L Wundenberg
Sound & Vision -
R Windle
Camera - F Bowen
Worship Leader - G Hurst

Sunday 15th December

Offering & Counters -
C Kemp, G Adock
Lock-up - B Pugsley
Cleaning - P Crispe
Display - K Bassell
Greeters & Collection -
B & G Adcock
Flowers - M Bull
Morning Tea -
K Johnson, J Gordon
Sound & Vision -
R Windle
Camera - VACANT
Worship Leader - D Rowe
Communion - B Crispe

Sunday 22nd December

Offering & Counters -
A Ballard, D Pearson
Lock-up - A Ballard
Cleaning - M Houston
Display - A Rowe
Greeters & Collection -
S & B Pugsley
Flowers - G Adcock
Morning Tea -
C Kemp, M Simpson
Sound & Vision -
R Windle
Camera - G Adcock
Worship Leader -
B Adcock

OAS Brekkie Club Term 4 Roster

Friday December 13

No Brekkie Club

What's coming up!

Just a reminder that if you have any future announcements, please email them to by COB on Wednesday.


Minister: Geoff Hurst: Ph 0447 971 878:
Church Office: 3 Bridge Street Balhannah 5242: Ph 8388 4048:
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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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