Newsletter 13-December-2015

“Our Coming Saviour – Shepherds” Advent 3
Luke 2:8-20
Isaiah 7:10-16, Psalm 19:1-6



Sunday Worship: 20th December 2015 Advent 4
Christmas Theme is:
"Mary and Joseph"
Focus Scripture: Luke 1:26-28
Other Readings: Psalm 80 :1-7; Isaiah 9:1-7


Prayer Points:- Please pray for: George Morrison who is improving well please pray for this to continue. Little Cubs Kindy for more children, they need at least 15 more children for the New Year. Brenda Ryan with ongoing health issues.


CAROL SINGING IN THE COMMUNITY:- We are at it again this year – taking our voices and Christmas spirit out into the community to bring some pleasure (we hope) to members of our church and the community!

Date: Tuesday 15 December. Meeting in car park at 6pm heading off at 6.10 sharp! We have a lot of visits this year, including 3 Retirement Villages; Highlands, Bruce McLaren and Dannemora Gardens!

We need as many voices as possible – in fact we need YOURS! You do not have to be a trained singer or be part of our singing group – if you can make a noise come along! Bring a plate for supper – Dannemora Gardens will be hosting us for supper when we finish singing there. Need more information – contact Judy 2748534


FAMILY BARBECUE:- Thank you to all who came and helped and made our guests welcome. I felt we had a warm and happy atmosphere with continual noise of joy from the little ones in the Bouncy Castle. Thank you Lord, for a fine day. Bob W.


CHURCH PHONE BOOK:- On the table in the foyer is a copy of the last phone book that was issued. I have made a few changes and updates so if you could please confirm your details are correct and if not make the changes in pen. We also need to ask you to confirm that is we have taken your photo at a Church function we can put it on the web page. If you would also Once the details are all confirmed I will re-print a new book. Thank you Jeannine


Christmas and Sunday Services for December 2015:

  • December 20th 9:30 am is our Lessons and Carols Service in the morning.
    7pm is our Blue Christmas service.
  • December 24th 7 pm is our Family Christmas Service
    10:30 pm Carol singing
    11 pm Christmas Eve Service.
  • December 25th 9:30 am Christmas Day Service.
  • December 27th 9:30 am Is back to regular Sunday worship!

Please invite friends and family to join you and us in these special times of remembering Our Coming Saviour, celebrating the coming of our Saviour and looking to his coming again.


Christmas Eve Singers – please come and join the Youth Band singing carols on Christmas Eve from the Carol singing from 10:30pm and Worship from 11 pm. First practice is 7-8 pm Wednesday 16 Dec.


Mandarin Fellowship Christmas party/dinner 12 December, 5pm. Shared dinner here at Church with dinner first then songs and prayer. All Welcome. Any questions please see Shania Qiu.


Giving Envelopes:- In preparation for the new financial year I am starting the process for the giving envelopes. If you wish to make any changes ie moving from weekly to fortnightly please contact me in the office. Thank you Jeannine


Finance summary 4 months to 31 October 2015

 ActualBudgetLast YearNotes
Giving 31525 36666 34861 1
Rents 28848 28560 24657
Total Income 64020 71962 65515
Staff 39123 39647 31085 2
Total Expenses 68484 70548 61075
Surplus/(Deficit) (4708) (1414) 4439
      Notes- Reasons for (deficit) against budget
    1. Thanksgiving (1610), Envelopes (3214)
    2. Insurance all year paid (3681) will save in full year.

“Giving is down almost 15% on our budget forecast which is requiring us to defer maintenance. If you are able, please review your giving and if you would like to join the envelope system or to move to Direct Credit giving please talk to Bob Williamson or Brannie Ma.”


CHRISTMAS CONCERT:- Handel Quire present their annual Christmas concert. There are 3 performances this year, Fri 18 Dec, 8pm Holy Trinity Church, Devonport, Sat 19 Dec, 8pm St Michael's Church, Remuera and 5pm St Andrew's Church, Pukekohe. Admission by donation (we suggest $20). The choir will sing a wide variety of exquisite Christmas music from renaissance to Contemporary and the audience will get to join in with some well-known carols too. Organist is Michael Bell.