Newsletter 07-June-2015

What We Hear
1 Samuel 8:4-11,16-20
Mark 3:20-35

The true leader of the community of faith is God. In today’s readings, we discover impulses that resist and reject God’s good leadership and vision – impulses that may mirror our own challenges in seeking and following God’s leading in our own lives.

Sunday Worship: 14 June 2015
What We Perceive
Focus Scripture: Mark 4:26-34
Other Readings: 1 Samuel 15:34 – 16:18


Prayer Points:- Give thanks for an increase in the numbers attending Mainly Music. Please pray for: Youth Band for more band members please; Ian Pinel and his recent cancer diagnosis. Pray for the beginning of a new start for our Children and Youth Leader – Sonja and family. Judy Qiu needs rental accommodation, please.




Holiday Programme Leader:- Please pray for a leader for our School Holiday Programme. Shirley and William have been carrying this role but are unable to for much longer. Sonja has not enough hours to fulfill this role so we can’t ask it of her, although she can offer support. We can probably manage to arrange cover for this coming July but the September – October one will be very difficult.


Visit to Ian Pinel:- Lorraine is asking Ian if we can come and visit him. If he agrees, I have 4 seats in my car – so if you would like to go please let Lorraine know. When we have a day and time I’ll contact you. First come, first seated!! Thanks L


Trade Aid Stall this Sunday After church today (not last week) there will be a stall selling a range of Trade Aid’s products including coffee, tea, cocoa, spices and dried fruits.


Girls’ Brigade Fundraiser: Oxford Pies:- The girls are selling homemade Kiwi pies and pastries. The group gets $1.50 from each item ordered. Choose from: 5 pack lunch pies ($10.50 for five)
6 pack Lamingtons: $5.50
5 pack sausage rolls ($8.50
Family sized pies $7.30 each.
Flavours: Mince, Mince & Cheese, Curry Mince, Steak, Steak & Cheese, Bacon & Egg, Creamy Vege, Apple, Apple Crumble, Apricot, Lemon Curd
Give orders to Lorraine or email Julie Dickey: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Sunday 14 June Michael Bell Organist: 2.30pm – 4pm St Columba Church, 480 Ti Rakau Drive. Door sales $10. There is a flyer on the column in the foyer for more information.


Real Life:- This Sunday night (7th June) 7:30pm Newstalk ZB: John's guest will be News Broadcaster, Bernadine Oliver-Kirby.



  1. Giving in April was below budget but other income made up the deficit
  2. Giving for Special purposes has amounted to over $10,000 so far this year. This has met the costs of the chairs for the upstairs hall and enabled us to start to build p a fund to cover the costs of the Children and Youth Leader. We have enough to cover about 4 months and beyond this we are praying for more giving – otherwise we shall draw upon our reserves.
  3. A bequest to come from the estate of Ron Ashton of $10000 will add to our reserves. We miss you Ron and thank you.


 April2015Year to Date (10 months)
OFFERINGS 6829 7644 82887 79332
SPECIAL GIVING - 208 10380 2080
OTHER INCOME 8443 6240 72604 65160
TOTAL INCOME 15271 13883 165870 146572
REGULAR/NORMAL 15294 14106 153163 144462
SPECIAL PROJECTS - 82 6425 836
SURPLUS(DEFICIT) (23) (305) 6282 1274