Newsletter 20-March-2016

"Palm Sunday"
Luke 19:28-40
Philippians 2:5-11


The heart of the Palm Sunday celebration:
this year is God coming to God’s people in faithfulness and love. Jesus enters Jerusalem as the one who will suffer, the doorway to his passion; and in his suffering invites people into God’s grace and presence. And this arrival of God will not be resisted or stopped. It can only be received and enjoyed. And so the whole crowd of the disciples joyfully praise God. Note that only Luke includes the Pharisees’ plea for Jesus to ask the crowds to be silent, and Jesus’ response that if the people were to stop singing, the stones would cry out.

Sunday 27th March 2016
Focus Scripture: John 20:1-18
Other Readings: Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29; Acts 10:34-43


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. Margaret Morrison with her recurring illness.


Lenten Thoughts: 'Living Simply"

During this time of Lent we will be holding 2 after-church discussions using the book “Living Simply – Studies in Learning to live as Jesus did” as our resource. The date for these are:
TODAY Sunday March 20 - Study 4. “Being ‘in’ the world but not ‘of’ the world.”
Led by Murray Sheard.
This will be followed by a light lunch. For catering purposes please let Jeannine, Lorraine, Liz or Mavis know if you are staying for lunch.

If you would like to join us for the study discussions, please take a study booklet to prepare for the discussions.


Special Easter Services
Thursday 24th March at 7pm is our Maundy Thursday Service
Friday 25th March at 9:30 am is our Good Friday Service


ROSTERS:- Over the months of June July August and September we will be on average 8 people down every week for the rosters. If you would be able to help in all areas of the rosters, Reading, Intersessions, Communion Serving, Projector, Ushering, Welcome Desk and more could you please contact me as soon as possible so I am able to place you with another member for a couple weeks of training. Thank you very much Jeannine.


Entertainment books:- We are going to try and sell these again this year. Can I please have an expression of interest in the new 2016/2017 books which will be available after 7 April. Thank you Jeannine


Income Tax Receipts
After the end of March we will be issuing receipts to enable persons who give through Envelopes or by Direct Credit to claim their Income Tax rebate. If you are not in the system and missing out on the rebate please talk to Bob Williamson or Brannie Ma as we can help you qualify for the rebate you are entitled to. Thanks Bob


Real life with John Cowan and Newstalk ZB 730pm Sunday nights, John Cowan’s guest this Sunday night will be Nadia Lim


‘the organ is dancing’ Kemp English (International Concert Organist) performs Bach, Lefébure-Wely, Takle, Joplin& more. St Columba Church, 480 Ti Rakau Dr, Botany Sunday 20th March 2:30 pm. Adults $20 / Students $10 / Children free. See foyer column for more details.


Daytime Concert Series:- 3 tenors & a Sporano Reunited. Howick Picton Centre Tuesday 22nd March at 11 am. Performing best hits form the past including: O Sole Mio, My Way, Nessun Dorma, Come back to Sorrento, and The Donkey Serenade as well as some new favourites! See foyer column for more details.

Tamaki Sports Academy offers mentoring, coaching, and work experience to South Auckland youth who have dropped out of the mainstream school system but show some sporting talent. A major fundraiser for the academy, and an excellent source of work experience for our members, is the free metal collection service we offer. We will pick up any old metal - computers, whiteware, roofing iron, metal piping, venetian blinds, batteries, car panels, cars, metal shelving, filing cabinets, machinery, lawnmowers, engines, and so on. If you do have any metal rubbish to get rid of, we are keen to pick it up for you. It is a win-win for both of us. Thank you to everyone in advance, and to those who have donated metal to us previously. Many thanks Tricia Ph 027 5105890 09 2760328


Inspirational TV:- In the month of March 2016 we experience Easter. Easter is the season of new life. We cast off the old and look to the new. Easter invites us to break out of our shell and take a fresh look at the world around us. This month's videos are:

    • Luke 15: 1-3, 11,32 The lost son
    • John 8: 1-11 The woman caught in adultery
    • Luke 23: 13-23 Jesus is sentenced to death
    • John 20: 1-9 The empty tomb