Newsletter 31-January-2016

‘On The Edge’
1 Corinthians 13:1-13, Luke 4:21-30
Jeremiah 1:4-10, Psalm 71:1-6

The Brow of the Hill Near Nazareth

Marilynne Robinson, Gilead, 21st century: "Love is holy because it is like grace--the worthiness of its object is never really what matters."

St. John of the Cross, 16th century: "In the evening, we will be judged on love."

NEXT WEEK: Sunday 7th February 2016
Next weeks theme: Fully Alive
Focus Scripture: Luke 9:28-36, (37-43)
Other Readings: Exodus 34:29-35; Psalm 99; 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2


Prayer Points:- Please pray for: Little Cubs Kindy for more children (thanks because they have had 3 new enrolments, but need at least 12 more children. Brenda Ryan with ongoing health issues. Our church family and their safe travels during the Christmas and New Year Holidays.


Happy New Year Everyone and welcome back to 2016


Prayers please.It was with a great deal of sadness this week that I accepted Joan Williamson’s resignation from our Sunday keyboard ministry. Joan is an inspired musician, whose ministry to us through music has been greatly loved and appreciated. Thank you Joan for being such a wonderful music ministry leader for us and blessings as you enjoy your ‘retirement’ from regular Sunday playing.

Thank you all for prayers and an answering spirit from Peter and Jan. Jan is now available for the first two weeks of February. Youth Band are being called into ‘being’ for 2016. Please keep them and this year’s Leaders in your prayers, we need more singers and have abundant space for guitarists (bass / acoustic…) plus. Lorraine


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 and sign that your details are correct and if not make the changes in pen. We also need to ask you to confirm that if we have taken your photo at a Church function we can put it on the web page. If you would sign to confirm that this is ok next to your address. Once the details are all confirmed I will re-print a new book. Thank you Jeannine


Is this for you? Our St Johns Girls Brigade Company – officially called the 1st Bucklands Beach Girls Brigade Company, needs leaders if it is to continue its ministry. Our Captain, Julie Dickey is no longer able to actively lead the company but would be delighted to be involved in a consultative, supportive role. Unless we of St Johns can supply leaders we will have to place the company into recess followed by closure after 1 year if no activity progresses in 2016. Is this something you might pick up and be one of the 2/3 new leaders to plan & run the sessions, with guidance from Julie? Lorraine


Can you help please? We need a couple of people to be available for the morning tea ministry after Sunday morning worship. You may be assigned to a team, but we also need a few people to ‘fill-in’ when a regular server is not able to do it. So – can you help?


Can you help please? We need more St Johns Team members to run Mainly Music this year. Wednesday mornings 9:30 to 11 am the Team prepare the room, set up, run the musical programme, serve morning tea and clean up. We love mixing with the parents and caregivers and the pre-school children. It is a joy and delight to serve with this Team; you would be most welcome :-) Lorraine


Shrove Tuesday…All are warmly invited to our Family Friendly Shrove Tuesday Celebration! Pancake eating contest, pancake in the pan races and loads more fun! 6pm at the Church. Contact Sonja (more details to follow)


GIVING TO TEAR FUND Offerings for our Christmas appeal on behalf of the Tear Fund “Anti trafficking and Exploitation” fund totalled $681.50. Adding the 10% “tithe” of our Thanksgiving offering we will give in total, over $1000 to this very worthy cause. Thank you all. The Finance Team


Newstalk ZB 7pm John Cowan’s guest this Sunday night (31th January) will be former mayor of Dunedin.

Peter Chin graduated from University of Otago and began working in Dunedin as a lawyer in 1968. Trying his hand at politics, he was elected to the Dunedin City Council in 1995. Peter served three terms before becoming mayor in 2004. He was re-elected in 2007 with a strong majority.

Peter has recently served as head of the Gambling Commission, as a member of the Flag Consideration Panel and is also known as a prominent operatic singer. Peter is married to Noleen and they have four children.


Auckland Diocese office: Please find below the link for the first video clip of the year. The link below will take you straight to the Diocesan website. The following link will take you to the Diocese’s channel where you can view the latest video as well as all previous videos. Mitchell PA to the Bishops of Auckland