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16 September 2018

FROM PASTOR TOM’S DESK It was a busy day for us all last Sunday.  Speaking for myself, I had     communion in the first service which is an important sacrament to share, then Anna’s commissioning in the second service, followed by soup and buns together followed by the two baptisms at 1pm.  A short time at […]

9 September 2018

This month, for one reason or another, is one of the busiest so far this year.  It seems like everything has suddenly come together with all sorts of meetings and events happening.  Some of the evening meetings are fairly usual but there is one that the First Church elders will need to work through concerning […]

26 August 2018

FROM REV TOM’S DESK A couple of days ago, some of us from First Church went over to    Whangamata to attend Jack Foster’s funeral.  Some of you won’t know who the heck I’m talking about, but Jack was here at First Church  for five years leading up to my becoming the Minister here in 2002.  […]

12 August 2018

This week, the team looking for another Youth Pastor will be interviewing the first of two candidates that we think are worth talking to at this stage.  We’ve had a few inquiries this time round including some about whom we’ve been left wondering, ‘why did they even bother?’ or ‘they’ve got to be kidding!’  We […]

5 August 2018

I found this the other day which I thought you might enjoy. A surgeon, an engineer, and a politician were debating which of their  professions was the best and the discussion turned to which was the      oldest. The surgeon said, “Eve was made from Adam’s rib, and that, of course, was a surgical procedure. Obviously, […]

8 July 2018

Evonne and I are going away for a couple of weeks driving around the lower North Island in parts we haven’t traveled before.  They’re about the only places we haven’t visited yet in NZ so we’re looking forward to it.  It’s a great country where we are, but having lived in a variety of NZ […]

1 July 2018

Because of a particular situation that is happening in the church at the  moment i.e. the process of selection of a new Youth Pastor, there can be the possibility of frustration for some.  I imagine the youth themselves might feel a little frustrated, but they do not have it on their own.  I for one […]

24 June 2018

Last Saturday, Bron and I were at our shooting practice.  Unusually, only four of us turned up (weather?) including Bron and myself.  We had a great day and really enjoyed ourselves, although as always, we reckoned we could have done better.  I guess that’s always the way with all of us isn’t it when we […]

17 June 2018

The Youth Pastor selection team have continued to meet several times over the last few months, continuing to do all due diligence so that we find just the right person for our church as a whole and specifically of course, our youth.  We have shared with each other often enough just how weighty the whole […]

3 June 2018

On the desktop of my computer, I’ve just set a photo as my background.  It’s a photo of a landscape that I took while fishing for trout (not catching I might add) on the western edge of Lake Hawea in Central Otago.  In the foreground from the boat, you can see beautiful blue water, edged […]