OCTOBER 15 & 22
Kia ora and welcome,
Can you believe it’s the middle of October? Where has the year gone eh, and we are all another year older! Congrats to our beloved Super Pastor Warren Read who celebrated his diamond birthday this week. That’s 60 team – woop woop!
With October in mind, I hope you are also enjoying moving through the book of James – it’s so practical and gets to the rub of things pretty swiftly. It’s also great having the Perry family back and seeing them around in our community.
How’s your Biketober Cycle Challenge going? I’d love to hear from someone who braved the mid-week thunder and lightning whilst riding a bike! That would have been a challenge!
And yes, while Christmas is coming, November comes first, so something to put in your calendars is our ‘Naturally Supernatural’ weekend happening from November 10 – 12 with Mike Pilavachi all the way from England. Being natural alongside the work of the Spirit is big in the life of our church and a deeply rooted value. He’ll be preaching on Sunday November 12, and also having events on Saturday November 11 from 10.00am – 12.00pm and 7.00pm – 9.00pm. If you heard Mike when he last visited us in 2011, you’ll know to book it in and let others know how much of a good time it is! It’s also a great event to come to with your tamariki.
Ngā mihi and God bless,
Psalm 118:24 – This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Prayer – Our love and sympathy to Bruce & Carol Moore and family on the passing of Bruce’s mother Joyce. Please continue to pray for those who are unwell and facing some tough life decisions.Day Retreat – A day retreat for women experiencing or recovering from controlling relationships and domestic abuse in Christian homes, facilitated by Daphne Marsden, Sarah Pitcher and Megan Herles-Mooar. A safe place to ask questions, share stories and learn, with confidentiality assured. November 4, 10.00am – 2.00pm. For more information contact Daphne, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mercy Basket – We are so grateful for all your support over these past weeks. We are also mindful that Christmas is fast approaching, where we give out gift parcels to those who are finding life difficult. We appreciate the support of Paper Plus Barrington as they have also been collecting food donations for our parcels. This week we require pasta snacks, long life milk, Weetbix, peanut butter and cans of corn, peas, tuna and tomatoes. Thank you, Sheryl.
Free WordPress workshop at our Lyttelton Street site, Saturday October 28 from 10.00am – 2.30pm. If you would like to learn more about setting up and maintaining websites using this tool, email email@example.com for more information.
Next Discovery Lunch October 29 is for those new to our church. If you would like to come along and hear about the church, places to belong, learn, grow or to contribute, please leave your name at the Info Centre or email Si Hart at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BikeTober – It was great seeing so many people bike to church for Cycle Sunday on October 1. Remember to sign up for your Cycle Challenge for the month of Biketober to be in to win some great prizes – check out www.swbc.org.nz/bike for more information.
The Enneagram Workshop – On November 25 Chris Heuertz from The Gravity Centre will be running a workshop at our Lyttelton Street site on the Enneagram – a model of nine personality types. For more information visit www.swbc.org.nz/enneagram, or phone Michelle 338 4163 ext 225.
SHARP Trust runs After-School and Holiday Programmes at our Lyttelton Street Site and Aidanfield Christian School. Head to www.sharp.org.nz to enrol your children in low cost, quality, fun, Christian out-of-school care that aims to help young people reach their potential.
SYC Quiz Night – A huge thank you to everyone who can along to support SYC on our annual Quiz Night last month. It was a fantastic night celebrating 20 years of SYC and raising funds so that we can continue to create vibrant communities with young people into the future. Thank you, the SYC Team.
Men’s Breakfast – Join us for a guest speaker and great food. Happening on October 28, 8.00am – 10.00am in The Living Room. Tickets are $15 per adult and $10 per youth, and can be purchased from the Info Centre or Reception during the week. For more information, contact Kevin Stevenson, phone 027 5677 118.
Wristbands – We are keen to get some feedback on the leather wristbands you received during Global Week. Please visit our website www.swbc.org.nz/wristband to complete a one minute survey and help our team improve their products.
Monday October 16, 12.15pm – 2.00pm at the Cobham Street Hall. Cost $5. Lunch is provided. Quiz time with Dave Adams.
Thursday October 19, 3.00pm – 4.30pm at our Balcairn St site. Connectors Catchup – come and hear how our Seniors are serving others and how we’re supporting our Seniors at SWBC. Please RSVP to Ruth or Alison by Wednesday October 18, phone 338 4163.
MyanmarUntil recently, Myanmar has been ruled by a military dictatorship and marked by ethnic strife and civil war. Since the return to democratic rule in 2015, it was hoped that the country would work to heal these ongoing tensions, but it would seem that the situation for some ethnic minorities has not improved.
The Rohingya people, a Muslim minority group that have always faced discrimination, are now facing what some have described as ethnic cleansing, forcing many to flee to Bangladesh for safety.
Please pray for Myanmar and the Rohingya people.
Pray that the leaders of Myanmar would not want stability and power at the expense of the poor and vulnerable.