April 15 & 22
I don’t know about you, but I find that some weeks flow well and others are more demanding and draining. Some weeks I’m pretty OK at my personal disciplines and keeping focused on the ‘moment by moment’ presence of God. This week hasn’t been one of those weeks for me. To top it off, this week I’ve been teaching those training to be pastors on ‘leading yourself’.
The great news is that God understands our good weeks and our not so flash ones and yet God’s love and presence remains the same. Talking with the students about ‘falling forward’ has been helpful for me too. By falling forward I mean being honest and gentle with ourselves and choosing to keep going forward despite tripping up or not getting everything right. That is what Easter is all about. The promise that out of death and failure God brings new life, hope, meaning and power.
Coming up is our church AGM. We will hold the AGM on Thursday May 3 and would love you to be part of it. These are encouraging evenings involving looking in more detail at our experience as a church over the last year and casting our minds and hearts forward for the year ahead. I hope you can come!
Grace and peace,
You’re Invited to Dinner! Alpha is your chance to explore some of the big questions of life in a relaxed and informal way. If you are still deciding whether to attend, take up our dinner invite, find out what it’s all about and decide from there. No pressure! The new course starts Thursday May 10, 6.30pm. Chat to Janelle or contact firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.Prayer for Syrian Immigrants – If you would like to receive prayer points once a month about the Syrians Immigrants arriving later this year, please email Nick email@example.com, or talk with Shirley McKenzie.
Membership is a personal commitment to being part of decision making inthe life of our church. If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a member of the church, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donation Tax Receipts for the year ending March 31 2018 will be available for collection from the Info Centre from Sunday April 22 or Reception during the week.
Heathcote River Clean Up – On Saturday May 12, the weekend of Mother’s Day, you’re invited to join our Re-Genesis crew as they participate in a clean-up of the Heathcote River. More details to follow – save the date!
Contact Details Update – Have you changed your email address? Connect is our church database system, and one of our key communication tools. Please check that your email address in Connect is up to date, so that you’re not missing out on important information! If you’ve forgotten your log in details, please email email@example.com, or to sign up for Connect head to our website, click the ‘Login’ button, and then the ‘Sign Up’ option.
The Living Room team are looking for donations of board games to help create a fun and welcoming environment. Donations can be left at the Info Centre or Reception during the week. Thanks in advance for your support!
Knowing God – Head along to the Ellel Ministries workshop to understand more of God and connect with him more deeply. Friday May 4 – Saturday May 5 at Grace Vineyard Church, 150 Ferry Road. Cost is $55, to register email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 021 2698384.
Sharon & Jack Brown Visit – Sharon is a spiritual director and the author of the ‘Sensible Shoes’ series. Sharon and her husband Jack will be visiting us from May 18 – 27. Head to www.swbc.org.nz/sharon for more information and to sign up for the day retreat they will be running. We have currently sold out of Sharon’s books, however orders can be placed with Manna Christian Stores.
Monday April 16 – Come along and “Write your Memoirs” with Shirley McKenzie. 11.00am – 12.00pm in the Board Room.
Thursday April 19 – Join us for morning tea at Terra Viva. Leaving our Lyttleton Street site at 9.45am. Please RSVP by Monday April 16.
GLOBAL MISSION FOCUSBANGLADESH
Bangladesh is a majority Muslim nation in South Asia. Although in their constitution Bangladesh allows freedom of religion, in reality Christians face increasing persecution. The Pope visited Bangladesh in December last year. Pray his message of peace between people of different religions would continue to resonate around the country, and that there would be an end to religious persecution.
Bangladesh continues to host hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees. Pray for the government as they make plans to repatriate them: for wise decisions that will work for the good of the refugees. Pray that the world would continue to support the Rohingya so they can return to safe homes.
Pray for Vijaya who heads up the Christian Discipleship Centre (CDC) in Dhaka. The Centre trains Christian leaders from around Bangladesh. At present Vijaya is in Sydney undergoing surgery and will return to CDC in May. Pray for healing and ongoing good health.