Newsletter 29-October-2017

"A Problem and a Solution" 
Isaiah 6:1-8
1 John 1:8-10; John 1:19-21,29-34

Exodus 33:12-2 New International Version (NIV)
1 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple. 2 Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. 3 And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.” 4 At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke. 5 “Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty.” 6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. 7With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.” 8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

NEXT SUNDAY: 5th November 2017
Next week’s theme:
What Should I Do? 
Focus Scripture:  Matthew 23:1-12
Other Readings:Joshua 3:7-17; Psalm 107:1-7, 33-37

Prayer Points for: Brenda Ryan for good health; Families, Children and Leaders for Mainly Music Ministry please; George Morrison and family with the sudden death of his daughter, Fiona. The Handscamp family (Nigel, Rebecca, Letitia and Jacinta) with the sudden death of Nigel’s mum a few weeks ago and now his dad is in a hospice, dying of cancer. Steve Logan says thank you all (and God) for the strength and grace he found to live through his Leukaemia treatment, (a bone marrow transplant (successful)) and while all that was happening, for being able to cope with his wife’s death. Please pray for the Logan family as they mourn Lynette’s death.
Real Life with John Cowan:- 7.30pm Sunday nights on Newstalk ZB John Cowan’s guest this Sunday night (29 October) will be Brainwave Lecturer, Nathan Wallis. Nathan is a father of three and foster parent with a professional background in child counselling, teaching and social service management. Until recently, he lectured in Human Development at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch and was also a board member and senior trainer with the highly respected Brainwave Trust. In 2010, he founded a private training consultancy, Nathan Wallis Ltd, with the goal of facilitating easy to understand professional development training reflecting the latest neuroscience discoveries and their practical implications for everyday practice.
LEPROSY MISSION BOXES are due this month. Please hand in to Joan Jones. If you would like a Leprosy Mission Box Joan can supply you with one.

One More at the Table: Uniting Congregations of Aotearoa New Zealand (UCANZ) Forum ‘One More at the Table’ takes place from 26-29 October at the Onehunga Cooperating Parish, Corner of Grey Street and Onehunga Mall. This year’s UCANZ Forum goal is to enlarge vision and equip those attending with greater understanding of the diversities encountered in the life of Cooperative Ventures. Full programme at 
Afternoon tea contributions and servers needed-Saturday 28 October St Johns is responsible for preparing and serving afternoon tea at the forum mentioned above. Contributions of slices or biscuits for this event will be appreciated. Please bring them to church on Friday 27 October. Helpers on the day would also be welcome, contact Lorraine or Alison.

Thanksgiving Sunday 29 October. In 2017 we are appealing for funds to refurbish and freshen-up the upstairs hall. If you venture up there you will see that this is badly needed. The kitchen upgrade is going to make the rest of the upstairs look even more shabby! This is the environment in which our Mandarin language services are held. So, if you can please give generously.


In particular we wish to:

Install blinds  $1,500
Improve the sound system  $1,000
Install heat pump $6,000
Paint  quote to come
Replace the vinyl flooring 
   Hall $11,684.00
   Stairwell $5,715.00

As always we will be giving 10% of the money raised to a cause outside St Johns. This year the Leadership Team have decided to support CCSM – The Chinese Churches Support Mission. This is close to the hearts of our Mandarin Brethren. Murray Cameron who is often here to speak at services upstairs works for CCSM.

 Moderator 2018-2020 Assembly The Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand is pleased to inform you that it will be bringing the name of Rev Taimoanaifakaofo (Fakaofo) Kaio to the General Assembly in October 2018 for election as Moderator of the Assembly, for a period of two years from the 2018 General Assembly through to the 2020 General Assembly.

INSPIRE/PREACH – Ecumenical Lay Preachers Meeting – Saturday 25th November 9.30am – Noon. The Methodist Church Offices, 409 Great South Road, Auckland. This is the beginning of a new venture for Lay Preachers in our area. The Lay Preachers License requires that Lay Preachers are involved in continuing education and the organisers intend to make it a practical and memorable occasion for all Lay Preachers whatever their experience. RSVP 18th November This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ROSTERS December 2017 and January 2018 Your assistance is needed for the smooth running of services over the festive season and summer holidays. Please see the sheets in the foyer and place your name on the dates you would be available and willing to serve.