It’s a long time since I did an update on here, – so, a little catch up
We have been very busy over the last month
E-waste used our carpark as a collection place for most of those items you can’t put in your rubbish bag, recycle or take to the tip. They will be back in about 3 months, we will let you know when.
We had our garage sale and alot of work went into collecting, organising and sorting for this beforehand, by so many really amazing people – it was a mammoth task. The day went well and we raised over $3,000.00
Our youth are very busy with an amazing timetable of events here – and some of them are facing exams soon, so please pray for them as the time for these approaches.
kidz2kidz training has started, and Warrick is organising an amazing camp to be held at Awhitu over January, and he has launched a new logo, so it is appearing everywhere, on the web, on the building on our correspondence etc.
We had a combined service on 8 October which was family oriented – Warrick spoke about the importance of being in community –
Here are some quotes from that sermon
‘Some may stake a claim on a church but they remain detached and on the fringes, attending only when something better isn’t going on. If you asked they would claim that was their church but their actions clearly show that it’s not their community. And then there are those who may have a committed relationship with a church, they attend regularly almost never missing a Sunday, but while they warm a seat and may even serve in some way they still aren’t all in. there is still something missing. They aren’t fully known by their community. They don’t rely on the Body when they are struggling, or in need. Instead, they wear masks that cover the pain of their lives, pretending that everything’s OK, even when it is not.
Meeting people and developing relationships with them takes effort. Our desire to be known will never be fulfilled unless we allow ourselves to be known. This always requires vulnerability, awkwardness, and for most of us fear. We must embrace these things anyway and allow God to work through them.
Let’s not just come to church each Sunday, lets come into community.’
On 15 October Andrew Miller from ‘Voice of the Martyrs’ talked to us about his world, about persecuted Christians around the world, He also gave us some very easy things we can do too, on an everyday basis to make the lives of some of the people in our own city a bit better – a smile… a hello…
On 22 October Matt Cave from Waiau Pa spoke from Genesis 4:1-16, 1 Cor 10:11-13,Galatians 6:7-10. His main theme was based on the Genesis reading, How God Resolved the Problem which came out of Genesis 3 – the Fall.
and on the last Sunday of October David Fern spoke on Hebrews 4:16 -‘Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.’ using the story of Esther to illustrate this.
Christmas is coming up and before that …
Advent is coming up – the themes are
3 December Love
10 December Joy
17 December Peace
24 December Hope