Newsletter 26-November-2017

‘Christ Is Among Us’
Matthew 25:31-46
Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24; Psalm 100; Ephesians1:15-23
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Matthew 25:31-46 New International Version (NIV)
The Sheep and the Goats
31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. 34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ 37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ 40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

NEXT SUNDAY: 3rd December 2017
Next week’s theme:
Hope 
Focus Scripture:Luke 2:8-20
Other Readings:John 10: 1-10, 14-16; 1 Samuel 16:1, 10-13; Psalm 23

Prayer Points for: George Morrison for strength and peace; Brenda Ryan for good health; Maya Corbett for healing of her knee and Averil Rule on the recent death of her twin brother, Graeme Priestley. Thank you to the Lord for the increase in numbers of children at Mainly Music.

Gift received commemorating the Consecration of the Holy Trinity Cathedral, Auckland. We have received a candle holder by ceramist Barry Hall, inspired by Ann Robinson’s design of the baptism font at Holy Trinity Cathedral, created to commemorate the consecration of Holy Trinity Cathedral on 28 October. We are encouraged to light this candle whenever we gather for meetings or significant conversations, to be a reminder of the baptismal call to: Walk in the faith of Christ crucified and risen. Shine with the light of Christ.

A message from our Methodist Partners Public Questions
Amongst all the policy activity on child poverty, Zero Carbon Act, the Trans Pacific Partnership, MSD scrapping client data collection and more, two matters of distress came to the fore: 
  • The detainees on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea. New Zealand’s offer to resettle 150 detainees was again refused by Australia. 
  • North Korea and the US remind us of the peril of nuclear aggression and the effects of a nuclear winter on agriculture.
Hon. Gareth Evans acclaims NZ for championing nuclear disarmament. Evans urges us to campaign for the UN Nuclear Weapons Prohibition Treaty 2017. For information re Gareth Evans and militarization and disarmament see http://www.methodist.org.nz/public_questions_network/pi_resources
We pray for peace and justice in these situations.

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 :).


SAVE THE DATE - Sunday 3 December Family BBQ at St Johns 4.30 pm-6.30 pm If you have a portable Gazebo or a sun umbrella we could use on the day please contact Alan Vickers 09 533 3790 or 021 051 3040 Bring your family and food to share

Christmas Carol Singing. CHRISTMAS CAROL SINGING Save the dates to join the two carol singing opportunities we are planning for this Christmas. Sunday 10 th December, afternoon Wednesday 20 th December, evening. Please note the change of dates. More details closer to the time.


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
Paint  
  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.


A Report from the Finance Committee
Four months to end October 2017-
  
 $
Regular Income
Giving 23642
Rents 30833
Total Income 61204
 
Normal Expenses 63427
Surplus/(Deficit) (2223)
 
 These figures exclude spending on the Kitchen and Worship room roof which are funded by income from previous years. Giving was $3686 below budget. Overall we are holding our own but please continue with your regular giving. Thank you.