Sunday 15th October

WHILE OUR CHURCH BUILDING IS REPAIRED WE ARE MEETING EACH SUNDAY AT THE MINERAL & LAPIDARY CLUB 11O WALTHAM RD (NEXT TO WALTHAM SCHOOL) AT 10AM.

WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO WELCOME YOU.

 Sunday 15th October 2017

 

Good caring presence

Within us, around us and above us.

Hold us in a sense of mystery and wonder.

Let the fullness of your goodness be within us and around us.

Let the world know your ways of caring and generosity

May we find we have all we need to meet each day without undue anxiety

Overlook our many faults

and help us to release others from their weaknesses

May we know we are accepted.

Strengthen us that we will reach out to be the best,

Always with faith to rise above the ugly realities of our existence.

And we celebrate the gifts you have given us

-the rich kingdom of life’s possibilities

– the power to do good and the triumph of good

And those rare moments when we have seen the glory

and wonder of everything.

You are life’s riches

You are life’s power

You are life’s ultimate meaning

Always and for everyone and for evermore.

 

Notices: A very warm welcome to all who worship with us this morning. Please stay for morning tea after the service. Many thanks to Trevor & co for leading today’s service.

 Minister absent…Dugald is on holiday until 24th October. Please address any need of a minister to Irene our Session Clerk.

 Wednesday Walkers 18th October: around ‘Travis Wetlands’ – meet 9.30am in carpark off Frosts Rd entrance opposite Beach Rd. All are welcome. Coffee at the Waimairi Beach Golf Club Cafe, 460 Bower Ave Sorry – dogs prohibited. Marilyn & Keith 960 2484 .

Board of Managers meets this Wednesday 18th October at 7.30pm.

 All Saints Sunday, November 5th On this Sunday we remember those who have passed on before us.  We name those who have died in the past year and light a candle in memory.  There may be someone you want remembered in this way and if so please forward their name to Anna in our office with their date of death.  There will also be an opportunity for anyone to light a candle in memory of a loved one.

Crafty Crafters Thursdays 10am-12 noon at Beckenham Methodist. $3 per session. Bring along your own craft project, or learn a new skill! Contact Beverley 384 7814 for further details.

 CAN YOU HELP? We are looking for people to join the morning tea roster for next year, and also the door duty roster. For more information or to sign up, please see Joan Scott.

Bacon… will be collected on 24th October. Please pay any money owing to Joan Macdonald before then. Delivery will be arranged as soon as possible after the 24th. Talk to Joan 337 1648 if you have any queries.

Risingholme Singers 70th Anniversary Celebration Concert on NEXT Saturday 21 October in the Heaton Normal Intermediate School Performing Arts Centre, commencing at 7.30 pm.  Tickets $15 are available from John Shanks or at the door on the night.  A programme of light music and music from shows and films will be performed.

Mission Discernment –It is important that all parishes to keep working to discern their future and what God is calling them to be.  Session has agreed we need to continue to address this question and is setting up a small group to work with a Mission Enabler from the Presbytery to continue to wrestle with this.   You may be interested in being part of (or feeding into) a group that will seek to discern where God is calling us as a congregation, (God may be whispering to you!) and if so talk with Dugald.

 Presbyterian Support…will be speaking about their work on Sunday 29th October. There will be an opportunity to engage with them, also.

Fundraiser for St Martins: Handmade greeting cards for sale. $3 each.  All proceeds to St Martins Building fund. They will be at church on Sundays on back table. Please see Janette Morris if you would like something personal made. eg significant birthday.

The Reformation with Sea of Faith Network
Marking 600 years since Luther made public his reformed view of Christian faith, the Christchurch Group of the Sea of Faith Network will screen a succinct film looking at his theology and the sweeping changes he set in motion throughout   Europe – not only in religion, but throughout Western culture and politics. Discussion time will follow, noting similarities in the development of faith and culture in our time The movie will screen on Friday 20th October, in the Puriri Lounge at St Ninian’s Church, 5 Puriri St. All welcome.

 A Ceilidh is coming on Saturday 25th November 7.30-10.00pm at Opawa Community Church Hall. $10 adults, $2 children and a plate for supper please. Tickets available NOW. ‘Privately organised cèilidhs are now extremely common in both rural and urban Scotland, where bands are hired, usually for evening entertainment for a wedding, birthday party, celebratory or fundraising event. These may be more or less formal, and very often omit all other traditional Gaelic activity beyond the actual music and dancing. Novices are usually among the participants, so a “dance caller” may teach the steps before music begins for each dance. The more versatile bands will demonstrate the dances too. Scottish primary schools frequently teach some “country dancing”, often around Christmas time. Bands vary in size but are commonly made up of between 2 and 6 players. The appeal of the Scottish cèilidh is by no means limited to the younger generation, and dances vary in speed and complexity to accommodate most age groups and levels of ability. Most private schools in Scotland will also hold cèilidhs on a fairly regular basis.’ (Wikipedia) See Irene Gray to purchase your tickets.

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Sunday 8th October 2017 10am

WHILE OUR CHURCH BUILDING IS REPAIRED WE ARE MEETING EACH SUNDAY AT THE MINERAL & LAPIDARY CLUB 11O WALTHAM RD (NEXT TO WALTHAM SCHOOL) AT 10AM.

WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO WELCOME YOU.

 

 

 

Sunday 8th October 2017

 

REMINDER: Today’s worship is at St Mark’s Anglican Church Hall, 101 Opawa Rd at 10am.

 

A very warm welcome to all who worship with us this morning. Please stay for morning tea after the service.

 

NEXT Sunday we are back at the CMLC Hall in Waltham Rd Folk from St James will be leading our service.

 

A Modern Take on the Ten C’s

Seek the life of God

Put your trust in God whose love never fails

Submit your will to God

Keep the seventh day as a day of rest and reflection

Give a good witness to your faith and the life it brings

Do not diminish the sacredness of another

Do not use others as objects to meet your desires

Do not rob another of an ability to live well

Do not tell lies – in what you say and do

Do not seek and consume more – care for creation

 

Luther and Lloyd: Two Outrageous Heretics?
2017 marks the 50th Anniversary of the heresy trial of Lloyd Geering here in Aotearoa New Zealand – an event that was most divisive for many of our churches.

This six-week course will examine the huge impact of the two men in their time, noting their significance for today. Attention will be drawn to the different theological perspectives involved. Commences Thursday 19th October 2-4pm at Iona House, Aranui

Co-facilitated by Charles Manning, Reverends Sheena Dickson and Rodney Routledge.

To enrol: email stgmin@gmail.com or ph 381 2536 (leave a message please) by 15th Oct.

 Wednesday Walkers 11th October: Meet 9.30am at the Bus Interchange for a walk around town east of Colombo St. Coffee at The Pantry, ARA Institute. All welcome. Sue 960 7657.

All Saints Sunday, November 5th On this Sunday we remember those who have passed on before us.  We name those who have died in the past year and light a candle in memory.  There may be someone you want remembered in this way and if so please forward their name to Anna in our office with their date of death.  There will also be an opportunity for anyone to light a candle in memory of a loved one.

Crafty Crafters Thursdays 10am-12 noon at Beckenham Methodist. $3 per session. Bring along your own craft project, or learn a new skill! Contact Beverley 384 7814 for further details.

 Minister absent…Dugald will be on holiday from Saturday 14th October for 10 days.  Please address any need of a minister to Irene our Session Clerk.

CAN YOU HELP? We are looking for people to join the morning tea roster for next year, and also the door duty roster. For more information or to sign up, please see Joan Scott.

Bacon… will be collected on 24th October. Please pay any money owing to Joan Macdonald before then. Delivery will be arranged as soon as possible after the 24th. Talk to Joan 337 1648 if you have any queries.

Mission Discernment – Helen Clyde Smith from the Presbytery addressed Session recently to explain the need for all parishes to keep working to discern their future and what God is calling them to be.  Session has agreed we need to continue to address this question and is setting up a small group to work with a Mission Enabler from the Presbytery to continue to wrestle with this.   You may be interested in being part of (or feeding into) a group that will seek to discern where God is calling us as a congregation, (God may be whispering to you!) and if so talk with Dugald.

 Presbyterian Support…will be speaking about their work on Sunday 29th October. There will be an opportunity to engage with them, also.

 “On the Road to Damascus”
An exhibition of contemplative quilts with sustainability in mind.
Knox Church, 28 Bealey Ave 9-11 October, 9am—5pm. Free entry, quiet environment.
This is an exhibition of quilts of six veteran Christchurch stitchers who have eschewed the trappings of modern day quilt-making and worked with the simplest of tools and recycled or scrap materials. Only natural dyes, sourced from the local environment have been used. All construction and quilting has been done by hand. The only tools that have been used are scissors, needles, pins and a straight edge. 

The Sacred Enneagram Workshop…. The Enneagram is one of the most helpful tools to help you discover who we are and how we relate to God.  Based on the nine classic archetypes of human character the Enneagram reveals our unique way we can find our way home to our True Self and to God.  This workshop is for anyone who’s interested in learning more.  Led by Christopher Heuertz it will be held at South West Baptist Church on Nov 25th from 9.30am to 4.30pm.  The cost of $80.00 ($50.00 for students and beneficiaries) includes a book.

 Building the Church for Today & Tomorrow
Tuesday 17th October, 9am-4pm Cashmere Presbyterian Church
This conference will address some of the difficult questions of mission and ministry in the 21st century. What is the place of the church in a changing culture?

How do we best manage our finances? What does strategic planning look like for a church?

If we can’t do everything, what should we focus on? We will explore theory and practice, and be  inspired by case studies.
Cost: $30pp, includes lunch. To register: conference@christiansavings.co.nz

 Did you know….When you replace your brake pads on your car make sure you fit environmentally friendly pads.  Raised levels of copper in local rivers is largely due to copper in conventional brake pads finding its way into our waterways.

 A Ceilidh is coming on Saturday 25th November 7-10pm at Opawa Community Church Hall. $10 adults, $2 children and a plate for supper please. Tickets available from next week.

‘Privately organised cèilidhs are now extremely common in both rural and urban Scotland, where bands are hired, usually for evening entertainment for a wedding, birthday party, celebratory or fundraising event. These may be more or less formal, and very often omit all other traditional Gaelic activity beyond the actual music and dancing. Novices are usually among the participants, so a “dance caller” may teach the steps before music begins for each dance. The more versatile bands will demonstrate the dances too. Scottish primary schools frequently teach some “country dancing”, often around Christmas time. Bands vary in size but are commonly made up of between 2 and 6 players. The appeal of the Scottish cèilidh is by no means limited to the younger generation, and dances vary in speed and complexity to accommodate most age groups and levels of ability. Most private schools in Scotland will also hold cèilidhs on a fairly regular basis.’ (Wikipedia)

See Irene Gray for more information.

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Sunday 1st October 2017

WHILE OUR CHURCH BUILDING IS REPAIRED WE ARE MEETING EACH SUNDAY AT THE MINERAL & LAPIDARY CLUB 11O WALTHAM RD (NEXT TO WALTHAM SCHOOL) AT 10AM.

WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO WELCOME YOU.

 

 

 

Sunday 1st October 2017

 

PLEASE NOTE:

THIS Sunday 1st  & also  on Sunday 8th October our morning worship services will be at St Mark’s Anglican Church Hall, 101 Opawa Rd at 10am.  There is a carpark off Vincent Pl.

 

Notices:  A very warm welcome to all who worship with us this morning. Please stay for morning tea after the service.

Wednesday Walkers 4th October: Meet 9.30am by the Cracroft shops for a river walk.  (Please park in Cashmere, Hoon Hay or Worsleys Roads).  Coffee at Silverbacks. All are welcome. Janette 332 1240.

Crafty Crafters Thursdays 10am-12 noon at Beckenham Methodist. $3 per session. Bring along your own craft project, or learn a new skill! Contact Beverley 384 7814 for further details.

CAN YOU HELP? We are looking for people to join the morning tea roster for next year, and also the door duty roster. For more information or to sign up, please see Joan Scott.

South Brighton Voices presents “Salute to the Past” with guest artists Hannah & Caleb Brand  TODAY 2pm at the Wainoni Methodist Church, Avonside Drive. Programmes $10, children $2 (includes refreshments).

The Sacred Enneagram Workshop…. The Enneagram is one of the most helpful tools to help you discover who we are and how we relate to God.  Based on the nine classic archetypes of human character the Enneagram reveals our unique way we can find our way home to our True Self and to God.  This workshop is for anyone who’s interested in learning more.  Led by Christopher Heuertz it will be held at South West Baptist Church on Nov 25th from 9.30am to 4.30pm.  The cost of $80.00 ($50.00 for students and beneficiaries) includes a book.

Mission Discernment – Helen Clyde Smith from the Presbytery addressed Session recently to explain the need for all parishes to keep working to discern their future and what God is calling them to be.  Session has agreed we need to continue to address this question and would like to set up a small group to work with a Mission Enabler from the Presbytery to continue to wrestle with this.   You may be interested in being part of (or feeding into) a group that will seek to discern where God is calling us as a congregation, (God may be whispering to you!) and if so talk with Dugald.

 For Your Diaries A Ceilidh is coming on Saturday 25th November 7-10pm at Opawa Community Church Hall. More soon!

 An Invitation to the  CWS Supporters’ Council  on Friday 6 October 6 – 8pm                   at Christchurch North Methodist Church, 68 Harewood Road

“Taking in the Big Picture” The Supporters’ Council is an opportunity to hear what has been happening for Christian World Service over the past year and listen to a panel discussion on current development concerns.

Jo Spratt founding member of New Zealand Aid and Development Dialogues will discuss aspects of the government’s aid and development programme via Skype from Canberra.
David Fielding, Professor of Economics at Otago University and CWS Board member will reflect on global perspectives on development.

You will be able to meet the CWS Board and staff as well as give feedback on work over the last year.

The Supporters’ Council is made up of partner churches, organisations and individuals committed to the vision, values and objectives of Christian World Service and who have provided financial support for CWS work in the past two years.

An invitation is also extended to attend the AGM of the CWS Board as an observer on Saturday 7 October from 9.00 to 9.30am, at the same venue.

A light refreshment will be provided.

RSVP by Wednesday 4 October to Pam at 03 366 9274 or by email: cws@cws.org.nz

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Sunday 24th September 2017

WHILE OUR CHURCH BUILDING IS REPAIRED WE ARE MEETING EACH SUNDAY AT THE MINERAL & LAPIDARY CLUB 11O WALTHAM RD (NEXT TO WALTHAM SCHOOL) AT 10AM.

WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO WELCOME YOU.

 Sunday 24th September 2017

PLEASE NOTE:  NEXT Sunday 1st  & also  on Sunday 8th October our morning worship services will be at St Mark’s Anglican Church Hall, 101 Opawa Rd at 10am.  There is a carpark off Vincent Pl.

 Session Report:

Minutes of the AGM were approved.  We noted that the suggestion of delivering a leaflet to neighbours of the church building explaining work is about to begin has been actioned.

Investments – Arising from the AGM, Session has considered the matter of where we hold parish investments and has set a new policy of investing in ways that are ethical.  Eg with Christian Savings.  We acknowledge that simply investing with a big bank leaves us open to the reality that some of the investment will be supporting arms, alcohol, fossil fuel, and other companies that are harmful to the life of God’s earth.  Our investments should serve the new Kingdom Jesus proclaimed.  We will however leave our operating accounts with the current banks.

Worship – on Christmas Eve which is a Sunday we will not have a morning service.  Instead we will just have an evening service.

Members Roll – we have completed a major revision of our rolls.  The session has created a Seniors Member Roll to acknowledge members who no longer are able to regularly worship with us.  We are aware that some will be changing email addresses and request that you let Anna know your new address.

Staff – a new employment contract has been signed with Anna in our church office.  An accurate account of staff leave is now being kept by our session clerk.

Building Work – we are thrilled that work has begun on strengthening the church building.  A short term contract has been agreed with Simon Construction to undertake preliminary work while we wait for the City Council to approve the consent.

Mission Discernment – Helen Clyde Smith from the Presbytery addressed us to explain the need for all parishes to keep working to discern their future and what God is calling them to be.  Session has agreed we need to continue to address this question and would like to set up a small group to work with a Mission Enabler from the Presbytery to continue to wrestle with this.   Other parishes who have wrestled with this have discerned a variety of responses.  One parish has determined it is dying and asked how can we die well.  Others have decided to use resources to employ fresh leadership to focus on new ways of worship or being active in mission in their community.  You may be interested in being part of (or feeding into) a group that will seek to discern where God is calling us as a congregation, (God may be whispering to you!) and if so talk with Dugald.

 

Notices:

A very warm welcome to all who worship with us this morning. Please stay for morning tea after the service.

 Fireside Women’s Group meets this Tuesday 26th September 7.30pm at Joan Macdonald’s 15 Locarno St. All women are very welcome.

 Wednesday Walkers 27th September: Meet 9.30am at the Valley Inn carpark for a ramble in  Heathcote Valley. Coffee at the Inn. All are welcome. Anneke 328 7459.

Crafty Crafters Thursdays 10am-12 noon at Beckenham Methodist. $3 per session. Bring along your own craft project, or learn a new skill! Contact Beverley 384 7814 for further details.

CAN YOU HELP? We are looking for people to join the morning tea roster for next year, and also the door duty roster. For more information or to sign up, please see Joan Scott.

 BACON FUNDRAISER Hellers Short Cut Middle Bacon – 400gms (12-14 slices) – $8.00 per packet. LAST CHANCE to order today. Delivery date to be advised.

 South Brighton Voices presents “Salute to the Past” with guest artists Hannah & Caleb Brand on Sunday 1st October 2pm at the Wainoni Methodist Church, Avonside Drive. Programmes $10, children $2 (includes refreshments).

The Rev Ben Truman will be inducted as Vicar of Opawa-St Martins Anglican Parish this afternoon at 4pm, at St Anne’s Church.

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Sunday 17th September 2017

WHILE OUR CHURCH BUILDING IS REPAIRED WE ARE MEETING EACH SUNDAY AT THE MINERAL & LAPIDARY CLUB 11O WALTHAM RD (NEXT TO WALTHAM SCHOOL) AT 10AM.

WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO WELCOME YOU.

 Sunday 17th September 2017

AGM: After worship today we will hold our AGM. We do not anticipate a long meeting.

Agenda:           Apologies

Remembering those who go before us

Approval of Annual Reports 2017 (but not Financial Report)

Adoption of Financial Position

Adoption of Financial Performance

Approval of Budget

Election of Managers

General Business

-Building

 

Next week…..we will begin a short series looking at Moses and the Exodus. Read the story in the book of Exodus in the Old Testament.

A Summary:  Living in a place that we can call home is an important for all people.

In New Zealand we have a housing crisis…..

About half our population are now renters because houses are so costly.

Buying an average house has risen from 2.5 times to 7 times the average income.

We have an issue with unsatisfactory housing that is leading to health issues for too many children.  (40,000 needless admissions to hospital each year)

“The politicians, both local and national, must take action on this very fixable social disgrace. “The market” cannot sort out this problem. Real leadership and intestinal fortitude is needed now!” Bruce Plested, Chairman of Mainfreight Policies to consider….

Encourage home ownership as an ideal for all New Zealanders

See an increased supply of affordable and social housing

Encourage the ability to build smaller and innovative housing

Fairly tax capital invested in housing

Establish good standards for all rental houses that will encourage ideals of ‘home’.

 Southern Seed Exchange Growing & Saving TODAY 1pm – 3pm, at former Seven Oaks School, 35 Hassals Lane, Opawa.  Southern Seed Exchange tutorial on the growing and seed saving of brassicas, corn, beans and radish. A different speaker will cover each seed for half an hour allowing time for questions and discussion. Seeds of the varieties covered will be available on the day. Gold coin donation on entry.

 Notices: A very warm welcome to all who worship with us this morning. Please stay for morning tea and the AGM after the service.

Daylight Saving begins next Sunday. Remember to change your clocks forward!

PLEASE NOTE: On Sundays 1 & 8 October our morning worship services will be at St Mark’s Anglican Church Hall, 101 Opawa Rd at 10am.  There is a carpark off Vincent Pl.

Session meets this Wednesday 20th September 7.30pm at Allison Blackler’s.

Wednesday Walkers 20th September: Meet 9.30am in St Mary’s Church carpark in Manchester St (south side). Coffee at Maryville Courts. Everyone welcome. Trevor & Heather Crew 942 4384.

Crafty Crafters Thursdays 10am-12 noon at Beckenham Methodist. $3 per session. Bring along your own craft project, or learn a new skill! Contact Beverley 384 7814 for further details.

Anyone enrolled for the 23 September General Election can vote in advance. Go to the South Library foyer, 66 Colombo Street, Monday 18th – Friday 22nd September 9am-6pm.

 BACON FUNDRAISER: Hellers Short Cut Middle Bacon – 400gms (12-14 slices) – $8.00 per packet. Orders close NEXT SUNDAY 24 September 2017. Delivery date is unknown at present, but will be advised upon placement of the order. Please add you order to the list on the table at the back near the door. It would be wonderful if you could take away a list and fill with orders from family, friends and neighbours. The more we sell the greater the amount raised. Any queries please contact Joan Macdonald 337 1648.

 Community Seminar on Youth Wellbeing THIS Friday 22 September 7.30 – 9.30pm Cashmere Presbyterian Church, 2 Macmillan Ave. Forum on youth mental health and suicide prevention for parents, grandparents and the wider community. Information, resources and strategies. Speakers: Michael Hempseed, the Collaborative Trust; Blair Stirling, Te Whare Awhero; Juliana Kirwin, CAFS. Free seminar (koha appreciated) with supper. Ph 332 7129 or go to www.cashmereconference.weebly.com for more information.

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