Newsletter 28-June-2015

What We Do
Mark 5:21-43
2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27, Psalm 130, 2 Corinthians 8: 7-15

In the focus scripture for this week, healing comes to a woman at the margins of community and to the daughter of a community leader. Neither can save themselves. But the woman, and Jairus for his daughter, risk reaching out beyond themselves. Both find healing in God. Do we risk such a healing reach: for ourselves; for those we love; for another we encounter on the way?

Sunday Worship: 4 July 2015
What We Accomplish
Focus Scripture: Mark 6:1-13
Other Readings: 2 Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10, Psalm 48, 2 Corinthians 12: 2-10


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 cancer diagnosis, Rose Hooper’s family.




4eva@6:- Tonight we have Grahame Roberts sharing about Nepal and the aftereffects of the earthquake especially with regards to his passion of building homes with Habitat for Humanity. He was an informative speaker last time and has just returned from Nepal. So please come along and join us this Sunday night at 6 pm and bring someone else!


40th Celebrations of St Johns on 8 November 2015. The power-point being developed by Trevor Haigh needs photographs covering all significant events during the last 40 years. If you have any suitable photographs please put them aside for Trevor to look at when he returns from overseas in August. Trevor does not want to take photos away, but will come to you and make copies before the final selection.


Holiday Programme Leader:- Thank you for your prayers, Natalie Jennery has stepped into this role for the July programme, so now please hold her in your prayers. Sonja is providing backup support. Please continue to pray for the September – October one.


From Janetta Mandeno:- Hi friends, today it is official, my name should appear in the gazette - I am officially a Marriage Celebrant - I want to thank you all for your prayers, support and encouragement - I appreciate it so much. I am meeting a local celebrant today to get a few hints and tips for getting set up i.e. Business plan, resources, admin requirements etc. So it is all on for me and I am very excited to be embarking on such a lovely career. Love Janetta


Real Life:- John Cowan’s guest this Sunday night (28th June) will be Labour MP for Dunedin North, Dr David Clark.


Getting busy with

Vanuatu disaster preparedness; Jenny: Preparing the soil; Stephanie: Mark 5:21-43; In our blog: Joan’s message of hope ;Retreat video: The Unseen Hand


Lorraine’s Study Leave:- I have a few questions about my Study Leave and our local arrangements. So for a few weeks I’ll have this in the newsletter for information. Please keep this kind of conversation going as we all benefit.

Should you have any questions or worries while I am on leave the three “go-to” people are Alan Vickers, Joan Rutherford and Bob Williamson.

St Johns Sunday Worship Leader Calendar for July to October 2015

Worship Leader
Diane Miller-Keeley
David Hall

Worship Leader
Grahame D
Grahame D
16 Honouring Age Sunday
Grahame D
Grahame D
Grahame D

Worship Leader
Diane Miller-Keeley
13 Annual General Mtg
Bob / Ray

Worship Leader
Diane Miller-Keeley
Mavis / Liz
Diane Miller-Keeley
Dick / Judy

Total allocation of days: July – October = 122
Working at St Johns = 34, Study Leave = 60, Holiday = 28

    The 3 Parts of my Study Leave Content:
  1. Theological Reading:
    Barbara Brown-Taylor - Home By Another Way; Bread of Angels; Gospel Medicine; Leaving Church: A memoir of Faith Home By Another Way; Bread of Angels.
    Marcus Borg: The First Christmas: what the Gospels really teach about Jesus’s birth and John Dominic Crossan (Oct 6, 2009); The Last Week: what the Gospels really teach about Jesus’ final days in Jerusalem and John Dominic Crossan (Jan 30, 2007); The Lost Gospel Q: The original sayings of Jesus with Thomas Moore
    Added since application submitted:
    Barbara Brown-Taylor’s ‘Learning to walk in the Dark’; John Philip-Newell: ‘The Re-birthing of God’
    Gautam Ghosh & Jacqueline Leckie ‘Asians and the New Multiculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand’
  2. Auckland Mandarin Ministry Exploration – Anglican and Baptist similar to our one.
  3. Korean Ministry Training for New Zealand culture within in PROK and PCK, Seoul, Korea.