Monthly Archives: November 2019

Sunday 1st December 2019

A very warm welcome to you all this morning. Please come through to the Lounge after the service for a cuppa and a time to talk.

Giving Review..Last week Dugald outlined our current financial situation.  We currently employ a minister 2/3rds time, but would like to increase this to a full time position. 

With Dugald’s retirement we have to advise the Ministry Settlement Board what level of ordained ministry we are able to sustain.   A Giving Review Team is currently looking at a range of options we have to increase income, but a key area is our regular offerings which need to increase by at least $15,000 per annum to meet projected costs. 

You will receive a letter today asking you to review your giving and respond with your pledge to increase giving to your church.  The Giving Review Team will give more information next Sunday (8th Dec) to guide you in your decision making. 

To enable us to advise the Ministry Settlement Board we are asking for responses to be returned to the silver box in the foyer or directly to our Treasurer by Sunday 22nd December.

Singing Group…. meets 9.15am sharp on the first and third Sundays.

Meditation Group meets in the lounge every Tuesday 6.45pm.

Wednesday Walkers 4th Dec: Trip to Leithfield. See Sonya for details.

St Martins Fund Raiser: Handmade greeting cards for sale in foyer every Sunday. $3 each. Special cards made to order. See Janette. All proceeds to St Martins.

Carboot Sale: Saturday 14th December 9-11am at St Mark’s Church, Opawa Rd. Come and do some early Christmas shopping!

Crafty Crafters every Thursday 10am-12noon in the lounge. $3 per session. Bring along an unfinished item, or try a new one. All are welcome. Lyndsey 388 1264.

Christmas Gifts for Waltham Community Cottage: Sundays 8 & 15 December. Please bring the kind of gifts you would like to receive or you would give to your loved ones. Gifts are required for  men, women, teenagers, boys and girls. The staff choose the gift for the client from what is given by our congregation. Wrapping paper and cards also appreciated. Edible items are very welcome (bring these on the 15th  only).

Jam Stall…check out the jam stall today – there might be something you haven’t tried! Sue 960 7657.

South Brighton Voices concert next Sunday 8th December 2pm at St John’s Church, Ferry Rd, Woolston. Tickets $20, available from Lyndsey McKay.

The Plainsmen Barbershop Chorus present “A Christmas Celebration” at the Transitional Cathedral Saturday 7th December 7.30pm. Door sales available. Adults $20, seniors $15.

Te Whare Koopu o Oterepo – Waltham Community Cottage.

20th Anniversary at 201 Hastings St East.

On Wednesday 13th November 65 people gathered together for a luncheon to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Cottage. There were people from the Community Board, past staff and people from the community who had been there when it first opened its doors.

The 20th anniversary of service to the community was also acknowledged in Parliament through a notice of motion put by Dr Duncan Webb MP.

The cottage was purchased by the Christchurch City Council and was officially opened at the end of July 1999. It moved from a home on the corner of Waltham Rd & Austin St, where the project had previously operated for the past ten years.

The Cottage is a 100 year old property that has managed to withstand the test of time especially through the earthquakes.

The Cottage continues to be a hub of activity where people come together from the community; be it young or old from all walks of life; the homeless, people from different cultures eg India, Pakistan, China.

St Martins Presbyterian Church has supported the Cottage right from the beginning nearly 30 years ago. Each week food has been collected to fill the food bank and more recently gifts have been given to be distributed to those in need at Christmas. There have been individuals within the church who have given in many and various ways.

On behalf of the Executive of the Cottage, I want to express our grateful thanks for the compassion shown and the support given over these past 20 or more years. Long may it continue.

Lyndsey McKay

Convenor, Executive Committee

Te Whare Koopu o Oteropo – Waltham Community Cottage.

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Sunday 24th November 2019

NOTICES:

A very warm welcome to you all this morning. Please come through to the Lounge after the service for a cuppa and a time to talk.

Risingholme celebrates their 75th anniversary today. Pop along to 22 Cholmondeley Ave between 11am-2pm.

Singing Group…. meets 9.15am sharp on the first and third Sundays.

Meditation Group meets elsewhere this Tuesday.

FIRESIDE Women’s Group meets this Tuesday 26th November in the lounge at 7.45pm. This will be an informal gathering, sharing stories about Christmas past and present. Please bring a small plate to share for supper. All women are very welcome. Margaret 366 8936.

Wednesday Walkers 27th Nov: Meet 9.30am in Hackthorne Rd near the Sign of the Takahe for a walk around the areaCoffee at Sign of the Takahe. Please arrange car pooling if you are not happy driving on the hill. All welcome Gerard 339 6242

Working Bee THIS Saturday 30th November 9-11am – come along and help with gardening, shifting earth, window cleaning.

New Sunday Roster available today – please check to see if there is one for you to collect. Anna.

Carboot Sale: Saturday 14th December 9am at St Mark’s Church, Opawa Rd. Limited spaces available. $10 for the space. See Anna in the Office if you’re interested.

Crafty Crafters every Thursday 10am-12noon in the lounge. $3 per session. Bring along an unfinished item, or try a new one. All are welcome. Lyndsey 388 1264.

Christmas Gifts for Waltham Community Cottage: Sundays 1, 8 & 15 December. Please bring the kind of gifts you would like to receive or you would give to your loved ones. Gifts are required for  men, women, teenagers, boys and girls. The staff choose the gift for the client from what is given by our congregation. Wrapping paper and cards also appreciated. Edible items are very welcome (please bring these on the 15th  only).

South Brighton Voices invite you to their concert “A Christmas Cracker” on Sunday 8th December 2pm at St John’s Anglican Church, Ferry Rd, Woolston. Tickets $20, available from Lyndsey McKay.

MenzShed…a fire report has been received which indicates that the west wall will need extra gib placed internally to give a higher fire rating. We will also need to install a ramp for disabled access. The structural engineer is requiring a plywood ‘skirt’ around the building. A consent application will be put in this week, and work to place the building on piles may begin in mid-December.

SPANZ – the latest edition is available in the foyer today….inside are reflections on the Mosque attacks here in Christchurch, caring for creation, Kiwi Church, a visit to Palestine, global mission, and other items.  Pick up your copy today and learn of some of the exciting things happening in our church.

Session Report November:

Dugald asked the question why do we keep our faith so private and so rarely speak with others about our experience of God, Jesus, or the Spirit in our lives.  Don’t be surprised if Session members ask as we chat together after worship, “did you hear a whisper of God in worship today?”, or “what do you take away from our gathering today?”.  Maybe there was something that Dugald said, or some other part of worship that made sense to you, or touched a deep place.  Maybe there was something you disagreed with.  Let’s see if we can bring God into our everyday conversations.

We are planning combined services with Beckenham Methodist post Christmas.

We are grateful to Bill for the formation of the singing group which learns new music.

Two new pulpit falls have been donated by Barbara McKinnon.

A new chairman for the Board of Managers has been elected – Peter Mechaelis.

The Giving Review Team reported on their plans to lift our finances to enable full-time ministry.  A letter from this team will be circulated on Sunday 1st and a report given to the congregation on Sunday 8th December.

A Vision Team was established to act as an executive and to articulate the vision of the parish.  The membership of this is still being established, but this team will act as the core leadership team in the absence of a minister.

An Early Christmas with Schola Cantorum choir, Tuesday 3rd December 5.30-6.10pm at The Piano, 156 Armagh St. Door sales $10 – cash only.

Handel’s “Messiah” with the City Choir & CSO in the Town Hall Auditorium, Saturday 7th December 7.30pm. Book at Ticketek.

Christian Savings

Is an interdenominational non bank deposit taker licensed by the Reserve Bank.  They accept deposits and then lend churches and Christian charities as a way of growing God’s Kingdom in New Zealand.  Presbyterian Savings and Development Society (PSDS) became part of Christian Savings a few years ago. 

The good thing about Christian Savings is you know your investment will be utilised for good things and not to support the alcohol industry or the arms industry as will usually happen with the big banks.  It also means your money will be put to work in New Zealand for things like building churches, providing housing, and supporting other Christian projects.

You can open a call account or a term deposit.  Another possibility is to invest money as a charitable deposit.  Your capital will be returned after your chosen term, but the interest it earns could be donated to your church or another charity nominated by you. 

More details are available in the Christian Savings newsletter, “The Good Investor”, or pick up an information pamphlet in the foyer.  (More information online: www.christiansavings.co.nz)

Currently there is a special rate for new term deposit investments of one year – 3%.

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Sunday 17th November 2019

NOTICES:

A very warm welcome to you all this morning. Please come through to the Lounge after the service for a cuppa and a time to talk. Many thanks to Rev Nancy-Jean Whitehead again for leading this morning’s worship.

Session meeting this Wednesday 20th November 7.30pm in the foyer.

Singing Group…. meets 9.15am sharp on the first and third Sundays.

Meditation Group: Tuesdays 7.00-7.45pm in the lounge. You’re welcome to ‘come and try’.

Wednesday Walkers 20th Nov: Meet 9.30am in Scott St, near Brougham St for a walk around Sydenham. Coffee at the Nazareth House Retirement Village Café. All welcome.  Gaynor 021 039 9957

Working Bee Saturday 30th November 9-11am – come along and help with gardening, shifting earth, window cleaning

Carboot Sale: Saturday 14th December 9am at St Mark’s Church, Opawa Rd. Limited spaces available. $10 for the space. See Anna in the Office if you’re interested.

Crafty Crafters every Thursday 10am-12noon in the lounge. $3 per session. Bring along an unfinished item, or try a new one. All are welcome. Lyndsey 388 1264.

Christmas Gifts for Waltham Community Cottage: Sundays 1, 8 & 15 December. Please bring the kind of gifts you would like to receive or you would give to your loved ones. Gifts are required for men, women, teenagers, boys and girls. The staff choose the gift for the client from what is given by our congregation. Wrapping paper and cards also appreciated. Edible items are very welcome (please bring these on the December 15th  only).

Garden City Orchestra celebrates 20 years of music on Saturday 23rd November 7pm at Salvation Army Citadel, 853 Colombo St. $10 entry and gold coin supper.

South Brighton Voices invite you to their concert “A Christmas Cracker” on Sunday 8th December 2pm at St John’s Anglican Church, Ferry Rd, Woolston. Tickets $20, available from Lyndsey McKay.

MenzShed…a fire report has been received which indicates that the west wall will need extra gib placed internally to give a higher fire rating. We will also need to install a ramp for disabled access. A consent application will be put in this week, and work to place the building on piles may begin in mid-December.

Special One Year Term Deposit Rate with Christian Savings

We currently have many churches and charities looking to borrow in 2020 and we would love your help to support these projects. To help us grow our lending capacity we are offering a special rate for our one-year term deposit for a limited time. 1 year   3.00% pa. We also have rates available from 30 Days – 5 Years. Call us on 0508 728 464 or visit www.christiansavings.co.nz 

Information about some of the groups that use our facilities:

Mondays 6pm Tai Chi class – to find out more, contact Jimmy 022 0470123

Wednesdays – Port Hills U3A meets here on the 1st Wednesday each month in the morning. New members are very welcome. Ph Vivienne 943 6299

Also on Wednesdays, each week during school terms, the Familial Trust meets from 5pm. This a locally-based service that mentors children and young people affected by addictions of family members. To learn more about their work, visit www.familialtrust.org

Thursdays 1.30pm Sit and Keep Fit – a gentle exercise class for people of all ages, but especially helpful for seniors. Have a chat to Anneke 328 7459 – you might like to come along and have a go!

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Sunday 10 November 2019

A very warm welcome to you all this morning. Please come through to the Lounge after the service for a cuppa and a time to talk. Many thanks to Rev Nancy-Jean Whitehead for leading this morning’s worship.

Articles & photos are desperately required for the next ‘Messenger’ by THIS THURSDAY. Please email any contributions to anneke.howie@gmail.com

Assisted Dying….local churches are offering an opportunity to learn more about this important legislation at 7pm TONIGHT at Opawa Baptist Church. 

Singing Group…. meets 9.15am sharp on the first and third Sundays.

The Parish Office will be closed on Friday 15th November (Show Day).

Meditation Group: Tuesdays 7.00-7.45pm in the lounge. You’re welcome to ‘come and try’.

Wednesday Walkers 13th Nov: Meet 9.30am in Brookford Pl, off Cashmere Rd, Westmorland. Gerard & Thea will lead us on our walk around the area. Coffee at Alice in Wonderland Café, at Oderings Cashmere.All welcome.  Sonya 027 253 3397

MenzShed is still waiting for a fire report before we can proceed to applying for a consent and placing the classroom on piles.

Crafty Crafters every Thursday 10am-12noon in the lounge. $3 per session. Bring along an unfinished item, or try a new one. All are welcome. Lyndsey 388 1264.

Christmas Gifts for Waltham Community Cottage: Sundays 1, 8 & 15 December. Please bring the kind of gifts you would like to receive or you would give to your loved ones. Gifts are required for  men, women, teenagers, boys and girls. The staff choose the gift for the client from what is given by our congregation.Wrapping paper and cards also appreciated. Edible items are very welcome (please bring these on the December 15th  only).

Garden City Orchestra celebrates 20 years of music on Saturday 23rd November 7pm at Salvation Army Citadel, 853 Colombo St. $10 entry and gold coin supper.

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