Newsletter 10-December-2017

Philippians 4:4-13
Luke 2:1-21, Matthew 2:2-12

Philippians 4:4-13 New International Version (NIV)
Final Exhortations
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. Thanks for Their Gifts 10 I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. 11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

NEXT SUNDAY: 17th December 2017
Next week’s theme:
Focus Scripture:Mt 1:18-25
Other Readings:Romans 8:14-17; Luke 2:48; Galatians 4:4-7

Prayer Points for: George Morrison for strength and peace; Brenda Ryan for good health; Maya Corbett for healing of her knee, Families, Children and Leaders for Mainly Music Ministry please.

Thank you to all who contributed to our successful Family BBQ on Sunday afternoon. Over 100 people attended and we all enjoyed a magnificent meal and conversation in the ‘new’ venue. A special thank you to Alan Vickers for doing a sterling job of planning and coordinating such a memorable event.

Real Life with John Cowan 7.30pm Sunday nights on Newstalk ZB John Cowan’s guest this Sunday night (10 Dec) will be Auckland City Missioner, Chris Farrelly. Chris took up his position as CEO in June last year. Chris has a long history in health management and spent 10 years working in a South Korean slum where he led a number of health and social development programmes. He has a number of academic and professional qualifications including a Master of Theology and a Graduate Diploma in Dispute Resolution. Chris is a passionate advocate on behalf of those who are vulnerable or may be marginalised- a key function of the Auckland City Mission.

17 December 2017
7pm Blue Service
24 December 2017
9.30am Christmas Eve Worship
7.00pm Family Service
10.00pm Carols
10.30pm Christmas Eve Worship
25 December 2017
9.30am Christmas Day Worship
May your Christmas be blessed and Christ’s love surround you

THANKSGIVING 2017 We are delighted to tell you that thanksgiving contributions to date have enabled us have heat pumps installed in the upstairs hall before Christmas. Next we aim to install blinds. Thank you for your generosity.

Carol Singing Today
Sunday 10th December
1pm Avril Rule’s, 7b Waller Ave., Bucklands Beach
2pm Highlands Retirement Village lounge, 49 Aberfeldy Avenue.
 If you require transport please meet in the Church carpark at 12.55 pm.
Wednesday 20th December
6.25 pm Dannemora Gardens, 30 Matarangi Road, East Tamaki Heights 
7.15 pm Bruce McLaren Retirement Village lounge, 795 Chapel Road.
If you require transport please meet in the Church car park at 5.55 pm to leave at 6 pm.
Please bring your friends and family – these occasions are fun events.
Supper will be served after singing at Bruce McLaren. Please drive carefully!
If you require any further information please ring Judy 027 48534 or 021 1057 6327

CHRISTIAN BROADCASTING AT CHRISTMAS - 30 Hours Airtime on three networks – Newstalk ZB, Radio Sport and RadioLIVE have entrusted their airwaves to Christian Broadcastings’ talented team of presenters, to retell the Christmas story in a multitude of creative and compelling ways.
This Christmas Eve from 7 pm on RadioLIVE, Judy Bailey takes listeners on a nostalgic journey to explore the essence of a Kiwiana Christmas. We hear tales of everything from Father Christmas parachuting into the Auckland Domain to New Zealand’s very first Christmas service at Oihi Bay in 1814 when Samuel Marsden proclaimed “Te Harinui” – glad tiding of great joy – the Good News.