Newsletter 12-November-2017

‘Be Ready’ 
Matthew 25:1-13
Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25; Psalm 78:1-7; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

Matthew 25:1-13 New International Version (NIV)
The Parable of the Ten Virgins 25 “At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were foolish and five were wise. 3 The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. 4 The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. 5 The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep. 6 “At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’ 7 “Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. 7 The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’ 9 “‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’ 10 “But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut. 11 “Later the others also came. ‘Lord, Lord,’ they said, ‘open the door for us!’ 12 “But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I don’t know you.’ 13 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.

NEXT SUNDAY: 19th November 2017
Next week’s theme:
Investing What is Offered 
Focus Scripture:  Matthew 25:14-30
Other Readings:Judges 4:1-7; Psalm 123; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

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.
Congratulations to Joshua Wong and Erika Limon their engagement.

.THANKSGIVING ENVELOPES 2017 are still available on the foyer table. If you would prefer to make your thanksgiving offering by direct credit please put ‘Thanksgiving’ as your reference. This year’s thanksgiving offerings will go towards refurbishing and freshening-up the upstairs hall which is badly needed. 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
  Hall $2,480
  Gallery $1,780
  Foyer $1,440
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.

Commons Auckland – “Healing our Divided Nation” Monday 16 November, 7 -9 pm.
Greenlane Christian Centre, 17 Marewa Road, Greenlane. Commons is a live learning experience that challenges attendees to stay curious, think well, and advance good in our communities. During this two-hour live event, attendees hear fast-paced global and local talks educating them on how to thoughtfully engage their city and cultural moment. Join us to learn and consider how to advance good in Auckland.

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.

Decorate the Church for Christmas. We need as many people as possible to come and help put up and decorate Christmas Trees, other room decorations and the light ‘strings’ around the building. The more people we have the quicker it is and the more gets decorated! Tuesday night, 28 th November from 6-9pm, please come and help :).

Christmas Carol Singing. Yes we will need you to join the two carol singing opportunities we are planning for this Christmas. Sunday afternoon 10th December and Tuesday night 12th December. More details closer to the time – but please put these dates into your diaries :).

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.