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Our Life Together: 11th - 18th November 2012

Sunday 11th
10:00am Worship Service (plus Sunday School inc. Gr. 5 & 6) Speaker: David Jones 11:30am Morning Tea 2:30pm Marriage Vows Celebration Service in the Church, followed by Afternoon Tea in the Hall 5:00pm FUEL Study at P&J Adams

Wednesday 14th

7:30pm Home Groups at: L & D Oakleys Kath Lewis 9:00am KYB at Lois Browns 7:30pm Special Prayer for a Pastor at Church House 9.30am Walking Group

Enjoying God, Blessing Others

Sunday 11th November 2012 Welcome!

A warm welcome to everyone, especially our visitors. Please join us for fellowship over morning tea in the hall. This Afternoon: All married couples are invited to share in a special Marriage Vows Celebration Service at 2:30pm followed by Afternoon Tea

Thursday 15th

Friday 16th

Monday 12th
7:30pm Music Practice

Sunday 18th

Tuesday 13th
9:30am Walking Group 10:30am Prayer at Church House 2:00pm BWF at Rosemary Mibus

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

Our Upcoming Highlights

Marriage Vows Celebration Service: This Afternoon - 2:30pm FUEL Youth Study Group at Paul & Jolenes: Tonight - 5:00pm BWF - Open Garden at R&R Mibus home: Tuesday 13th - 2:00pm Special PSC Prayer Time at Church House: Every Thursday - 7:30pm FUEL Youth - Beach Games: Friday week, 23rd - 7:30pm AGM - Sunday 25th November: After Service & Lunch - 12:30pm Secretary: Deacons:
Nathan McLean 0429 691 477 Doug Smith 5523 6950 Glenn Sobey 5529 2439 Jan Westlake 5523 3639


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

Roster 18th November 2012

Door Greeting: Dianne Adams Door & Offering: Roy Symes Childrens Talk: Jim Blake Media Desk: Morning Tea: David A, Roger Crouch D Hein Lawns & Garden: Adams Church Cleaning: Oakley Hall/Kitchen Clean: Westlake

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: R Crouch,

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

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Special Marriage Vows Celebration Service This Afternoon

2:30pm: Service in Church 3:00pm: Afternoon Tea in the Hall
All married couples are invited to share in this celebration of marriage, led by Pastor David Jones. The service will be followed by Afternoon Tea in the Hall. Participants may bring a small plate of slice or biscuits to share and a special cake will be provided for the occasion.

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)


Tuesday 13th November - 2:00pm at Rosemary & Roger Mibus home 413 Nelson Road Portland
Ladies, we will carpool for this meeting. Meet at the church at 1.45pm if you need a lift. The Word for the day is Thanks. Call Rosemary (5521 7275) for details.

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

Thank you to everyone for your faithful support and donations. Items most needed include: tea; coffee; sugar; canned vegs; soup; pasta; tissues; shampoo; conditioner; toiletries; jam; biscuits. Christmas foods would be helpful. Please place donations in the foyer basket.

Loaves & Fishes

PARENTS & Tots Room

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. 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

Lets press on in faith!

Our AGM & Quarterly Meeting

Sunday 25th November - 12:30pm
Our AGM and Church Meeting will be held on Sunday week, 25th November at 12:30pm, after a shared lunch. David Hein has been renominated for his position on the Diaconate and there is one other vacancy for which we seek nominations. Your prayerful consideration would be appreciated. Please see Secretary Glenn Sobey for nomination forms or for more information. Completed forms must be handed to Glenn by next Sunday, 18th November. We will also be voting on the change to the constitution as outlined at the August meeting. AGM Reports, Agendas and Minutes will be available next Sunday.

Our new contact directory has been a long time coming and will be out NEXT WEEK. Each copy will be labelled (one per family), as well as a copy in the foyer and downstairs. If you require more than one copy, please see Jolene. As with anything of this nature, it may already be out of date at time of print. If you see any errors, please advise Wilma Crouch (to note in the bulletin) and Jolene (to update the database) accordingly. Thank you for your patience in this updated version!

Temporary Changing of the Guard

Jolene is heading off on 6 months Maternity Leave, effective next Saturday 17th November. In the interim, Yvonne Simons will be preparing the rosters, managing your reminders, and collecting / distributing the mail as Jolene has been. A new email address has been set up for this arm of the administrative tasks: Please make sure from this week that you address any roster queries direct to Yvonne personally, or via this new email address. Jolene will still manage the directory on a minimal basis.

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

Stuart Oakley - in hospital for

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!

Special Marriage Celebration Service: This Afternoon - 2:30pm followed by Afternoon Tea FUEL Study at Paul & Jolene Adams: tonight - 5:00pm Walking Group - Ladies and Men: Tuesdays & Fridays - 9:30am Prayer Meeting at Church House: Every Tuesday - 10:30am BWF - Open Garden at Rosemary Mibus home: This Tuesday, 13th November - 2:00pm Special PSC Prayer Time at Church House: Every Thursday 7:30pm FUEL Youth - Beach Games: Friday week, 23rd - 7:30pm Annual General Meeting/AGM: Sunday November 25th - 12:30pm after the service and shared lunch Lighthouse Support Group Meeting: Tuesday 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

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 Nola Edmonds Tuesday Pat Edwards Wednesday Tony & Helen Elias Thursday Scott & Jill Goldsworthy, Jared, Michael, Stacey Friday Neville Hann Saturday Ian & Michelle Harris, Matt, Ben Sunday Graeme Hayes

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.

NO event next Friday

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.


Friday week, 23rd November 7:30-9:30pm
See your fearless leaders for details ...

Thank you

for your wonderful support of Samaritans Purse Christmas Child project this year. Special thanks to Mark Hurkmans and Robyn Dalliston for their efforts in coordinating the whole Portland area, the Drop-Off Centre and final collection. Portland Baptist Church contributed a generous 82 shoeboxes, while the total for the Portland area was 385. Many thanks also to our Silver Threads ladies who have quietly created two large cartons of fillers this year - toys, clothing, various kinds of bags, pencil cases, hats etc. We praise God for his love reaching out to children, families and communities living in deprivation throughout the world and pray for his blessing for each one.