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Our Life Together: 18th - 25th November 2012

Sunday 18th Thursday 22nd

9:00am KYB at Lois Browns 7:30pm Special Prayer for a Pastor at Church House 10:00am Worship Service (plus Sunday School) Speaker: David Jones 11:30am Morning Tea 2:00pm Glenelg Aged Care Service 5:00pm FUEL Study at P&J Adams

Enjoying God, Blessing Others

Sunday 18th November 2012

Welcome! A warm welcome to everyone sharing in worship this morning. Please join us for a special Morning Tea as we farewell Pastor David and Ruth Jones - just Au Revoir till the new year!

Friday 23rd
9.30am Walking Group 7:30pm FUEL Youth - Beach Games at Nuns Beach

Monday 19th

7:30pm Music Practice 7:30pm Deacons Meeting

Sunday 25th
10:00am Worship Service (plus Sunday School) Speaker: David Jones 11:30am Morning Tea/Shared Lunch 12:30pm Annual General Meeting and Church Quarterly Meeting 5:00pm FUEL Study at P&J Adams

Tuesday 20th

9:30am Walking Group 10:30am Prayer at Church House 7:30pm D&M Heins Home Group

Wednesday 21st

7:30pm Home Groups at: L & D Oakleys Kath Lewis

Our Upcoming Highlights

Glenelg Aged Care Monthly Service: This Afternoon - 2:00pm FUEL Youth Bible Study at Paul & Jolenes: Tonight - 5:00pm Deacons Meeting at Church House: Tomorrow - 7:30pm Special PSC Prayer Time at Church House: Every Thursday - 7:30pm FUEL Youth - Beach Games: Next Friday, 23rd - 7:30pm AGM - Next Sunday 25th: After Service & Lunch - 12:30pm Seniors Christmas Carols Afternoon: Tuesday 11th December Christmas Concert with the Brass Band: Friday 21st December Secretary: Deacons:
Nathan McLean 0429 691 477 Doug Smith 5523 6950 Glenn Sobey 5529 2439 Jan Westlake 5523 3639 Glenn Sobey Dianne Adams 5523 6202 PO Box 574 Paul Adams 5521 1875 Portland 3305 David Hein 5523 3958 Ph: 5529 2439 (Treasurer) M: 0409 258 135


notices in the bulletin, please contact Wilma Crouch on 5523 3595 or email by 10am Thursdays. Thank you.

Roster 25th November 2012

Door Greeting: Jill Goldsworthy Door & Offering: Micheal Barnes Childrens Talk: FUEL Youth Media Desk: Morning Tea: Peter, Karissa Barnes

Missions Month
During Missions Month remember to collect your small change for the 5-Cent Coin Collection, to be taken up on Sunday 25th November. All proceeds to assist our young people who are part of the SUFM Portland Team.

Offering Counting: M Atwell & TBA Lawns & Garden: Hein Ch. House Clean: Judy Blake Church Cleaning: Cocks Hall/Kitchen Clean: Lewis

Our website:

Our AGM & Quarterly Meeting

Next Sunday 25th November - 12:30pm
Our AGM and Church Meeting will be held next Sunday, 25th November at 12:30pm after church and a shared finger-food lunch. There are currently three nominations for two vacancies on the Diaconate. These names will be announced this morning during the service. We will also be voting on the change to the constitution as outlined at the August meeting. Your attendance would be appreciated. AGM Reports, Agendas and Minutes are available in the foyer and downstairs today.

Habitat for Humanity

A Brush With Kindness
The next dates will be November 24th and December 15th. Nearing the completion of the next 3 homes at Yea, the team will help with various jobs, including landscaping, retaining walls and site clearing work. Handover of the homes is planned for early December to the partner families. If you are interested in joining the team for these dates please contact Brian direct by email: If you would like to contribute financially to these vital housing projects please contact Brian, or Phil Curtis - email

October Offering total: Monthly Budget: Weekly Target: Weekly Average Week Week Week Week Week 30th September 7th October 14th October 21st October 28th October $11,117 $15,150 $ 3,500 $ 2,852 $2,726 $2,611 $1,817 $2,577 $1,385

(avg. from 1st July 2012)

Temporary Changing of the Guard

Jolene is now on maternity leave for 6 months. Yvonne Simons will be looking after the rosters, reminders and various other tasks (distributing mail etc) until April next year. Any questions you have for rosters etc can be directed to Yvonne personally or via the new PBC Admin email:

Direct Debit Payments for offerings and donations can be made electronically. Details are as follows:

Acc Name: Portland Baptist Church Direct Offering BSB 704 922 Account No. 100 006 869

Building Fund
October Donations:
$ 1,090 Current available balance: $115,633

With Thanks - till we meet again . . .

Today we again say a temporary farewell to David and Ruth, our interim pastoral couple. We thank you sincerely for your willingness to do so much above and beyond the call of duty. We appreciate you both for your love, friendship, faithful leadership and concern. God has blessed us through your ministry and we ask his blessing for you both through the next few months and look forward to the possibility of your returning to us next year. Farewell for now, with our love and prayers.

PARENTS & Tots Room

Parents are welcome to use the Parents room just off the foyer, with activities for children up to 2 years, if your child is unsettled. It is sound-linked to the auditorium. The Preschooler Sunday School runs throughout the service, with Bible stories, activities and crafts. For ages 2 years to Prep, downstairs (door just past side gate).

All gifts to the building fund are fully tax deductible. Please take the information sheets (blue & yellow) and envelopes which are available in the porch. You can deposit straight into the building fund via internet banking using the following information: Acc Name: Portland Baptist Church Direct Building Fund BSB 704 922 Account No 100 007 044

Your many friends at Portland Baptist

Lets press on in faith!


Great community spirit - raising funds for cancer research!

Dear Portland Baptist,

I want to thank you for your prayers, calls, emails, and cards while I had this temporary health setback. I am at home now (after almost a month in hospital) and the doctors are confident they have addressed my infection and circulatory issues. Your care for our family is still overwhelming! You are truly a caring and supportive Body of Christ. We continue to uplift you in our prayers and congrats on the success of a wonderfully sunny Upwelling Festival! With love, Michael Drennan

Debbie Oakley has registered Portland Baptist Church team online at Relay For Life Portland Vic Event. Anyone who wants to register can do so online and search for Portland Baptist Church Team. People may like to set up a fundraising target for themselves to add to the team target; they can even post on Facebook, so their friends can support them. e.g. if we get a team of 20 people on our team and our team aims to raise $1,000, each person could aim for $50.00 or an amount they choose above that, which might be an easy way to raise funds without having to organise a major fundraiser. More information about the Relay when available.


Its finally here! Your copy of the much-anticipated 2012 church contact directory is available from the church foyer from today. Each family has their own labelled copy. You can collect yours over the next two weeks from the table, following that they will be placed in the alphabetised pigeon holes for collection by those not received by next week. If you require more than one copy, please see Jolene. Thanks for your patience!

Silver Threads Craft Group

The last meeting of Silver Threads for the year will be on Tuesday week, 27th November, at 12:00 midday in the Hall. All ladies welcome. BYO lunch and projects. Our Christmas Break-up will be held in the third week of December so we will decide on day and time. Our weekly Prayer Group meeting is held each Tuesday at the Church House from 10:30-11:30am. Everyone is encouraged to join in this vital ministry. And dont forget - special Prayer time on Thursdays at 7:30pm when we pray specifically for the new full-time Pastor for whom God has been preparing us.

P o r t l a n d ' s Depression Support Group has their final meeting for 2012 at the Arts Centre at 7.30pm on Tuesday week, 27th November. All welcome to these informal, enjoyable and helpful evenings. For more details contact John and Judith 0428 780 421.

5-Cent Coin Collection

Novembers Missions Month draws to a close next Sunday 25th, so remember to bring along your small change for the 5-Cent Coin Collection. All proceeds to assist our young people in the SUFM Portland Team. Please

Thank you to everyone for your faithful support and donations. Items most needed include: tea; coffee; sugar; canned vegetables; soup; pasta; tissues; shampoo; conditioner; toiletries; jam; biscuits. Christmas foods would be wonderful at this time of year! Please place donations in the foyer basket.

Loaves & Fishes

pray for everyone who will take part in Beach Mission.

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. Col. 4:2

Ted Skewes - Praise God that his

Celebrating Christmas with the Portland Citizens Brass Band

Friday 21st December - 7:30pm at Portland Baptist Church
Come and enjoy a traditional Christmas programme with music provided by the Portland Citizens Brass Band and Aquarelle singers, followed by supper downstairs. Invite friends and neighbours to come and enjoy a time of carol singing and music in a comfortable environment. As we hope to have plenty of outsiders along it would be very much appreciated if PBC regulars could bring a plate of supper to share afterwards. (There are about 25 band members). This is not intended as competition for the town carols, but another option for those who arent able to get to that event - and an extra opportunity for everyone to soak up the sounds of Christmas!

Glenelg Aged Care Monthly Service: This Afternoon - 2:00pm FUEL Bible Study at Paul & Jolene Adams: Tonight - 5:00pm Deacons Meeting at Church House: Tomorrow - 7:30pm Walking Group - Ladies and Men: Tuesdays & Fridays - 9:30am Prayer Meeting at Church House: Every Tuesday - 10:30am Special PSC Prayer Time at Church House: Every Thursday 7:30pm FUEL Youth - Beach Games: Next Friday, 23rd - 7:30pm Annual General Meeting/AGM: Next Sunday 25th - 12:30pm after the service and shared lunch Silver Threads Craft - at the Hall: Tuesday week, 27th - 12:00pm Lighthouse Support Group Meeting: Tuesday week, 27th November - 7:30pm Portlands Town Christmas Carol Service: Sunday December 9th Carol Singing & Christmas Music with Portland Citizens Brass Band in our Church: Friday 21st December - 7:30pm

knee operation in Balart was successful, pray for his recovery Stuart Oakley - in hospital for respite care, prayer support for him and for Terese and all the family Rob Selwood - recovering at Portland Hospital after fracturing both elbows. Pray for his complete healing, also for Laurel and Steve. Maries great-granddaughter Ruby - continuing improvement Please continue to pray for those with ongoing health needs Matthew Harris; Neil Mitchell; Colin Colston; Phillip Brown; Peter Berry, Michael Drennan. Prayer support for all their families. David & Ruth - safe travel each week as they minister with us Our Pastoral Search Committee Gods blessing on their search Monday David & Marie Hein, Laura, Ellie Tuesday Jono Hein Wednesday Kassie Hein Thursday Daryl & Maryann Hobbs, Jonathan Friday Brad Holman Saturday Peter & Punay Holmes Sunday Adam & Kate Honeybun

Portland Christmas Carols

(do not confuse with PBC Carols, above)

To help lead the crowd on December 9th a Churches Christmas Carol Choir is being organised and you are invited to join in.

Glenelg Aged Care Centre

Today - 2:00pm
This afternoon our Glenelg Aged Care Service starts at 2:00pm and everyone is welcome to join our dedicated friends who present the service and share fellowship with the residents. Bring your voice to sing and your smile to share. Please pray for our senior friends.

Rehearsal times: 7:00-9:00pm

Wed November 28 Wed December 5 At St Johns Lutheran Church Portland. If you are interested please let Helen know if you would like to be part of the choir.


Next Friday, 23rd November 7:30-9:30pm
Bring a friend or two for a great night of fun in the evening sun and sand! Cost $4. See Brad or Paul with any questions.