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Sunday 17 February 2019

While our Church Building is Repaired we are meeting each Sunday at The Mineral & Lapidary Club 110 Waltham Rd (next to Waltham School) at 10am.

We would love to have the opportunity to welcome you.











NOTICES:

A very warm welcome to all who worship with us today. Please stay for a cuppa after the service.

Please Note: The Office telephone is still not working, but the e-mail is up and running. If you need to contact the Office urgently and do not have online access, Anna’s cellphone is : 0274332687

Minister’s holidays…. Dugald will is on leave for three weeks. If you have need of a minister, please contact Lyndsey McKay 388 1264.

Next Sunday’s worship will be led by Rev Hugh Perry.

Sound Operators: We are hoping Shipley’s will give a run down on the new sound system tomorrow (Monday) possibly at 9am.

Articles are now required for the next ‘Messenger’. The deadline is Friday 22nd February. Email: anneke.howie@gmail.com

Wednesday Walkers: 20th February. Meet 9.30am in Hawford Rd at Opawa Mall side entrance for a walk around the Opawa area followed by coffee at Opawa Café. All welcome.  Joan Scott 021 144 2406.

Board of Managers meeting this Wednesday 20th February 7.30pm in the church foyer.

Cleaner: Shortly we will need to appoint a cleaner to clean the church. If you know of a goodlocal person please talk with one of the Managers.

Preparing for Entry: We now have keypad entry points to the church. Old keys will not work, and anyone needing access to the church will need to get the keypad number from the office.  Because this number needs to be kept confidential you are asked to sign a confidentiality statement.  This means we can keep an accurate list of those who know the number.

Please return all old keys to the Office.

Crafty Crafters: Thursdays 10am-12 noon at 43 St Martins Rd. New faces are always welcome. Bring along an unfinished craft item, or learn a new skill. Cost $3 per session. Contact Lyndsey McKay 388 1264 for more information.

Crafty Crafters Bus Trip to Geraldine Thursday 21st March. Members of the congregation are invited to join us for a day out. Expressions of interest to Lyndsey McKay please. The cost will depend on the number of people who come.

Jams, Chutneys & Relishes for Sale (most $4):

Tomato relish, redcurrant & onion relish, plum & apple chutney; peach jelly, redcurrant jelly; Jams: hawea plum, greengage, raspberry, apricot, rhubarb & pineapple; Marmalades: lemon, orange & whisky, grapefruit, lemon & orange; $5: grapefruit, grapefruit & ginger.

If you have a favourite, place an order with Sue Saunders next Sunday 24th Feb – available to purchase 3rd & 10th March.  Cash sales only!

‘It’s Hot! Welcome to the Anthropocene’. Friday March 8th, 7.00-9.30pm, St Ninian’s, 5 Puriri St, Riccarton.

The Rev Dr Clive Pearson will present two lectures exploring the age of humans, i.e. the Anthropocene—an age which signifies the extent to which the human species has affected the planetary Earth systems. First session 7-8pm then half hour break for questions and break. Second session, ‘Believing the Anthropocene’ 8.30-9.20pm.



Town Hall Open Days

Saturday 23 February and Sunday 24 February, 12 noon – 6 pm, 86 – 95 Kilmore Street. The mayor will officially re-open the Town Hall at noon on 23 February, and people will be able to tour the Douglas Lilburn auditorium, the Avon Room that was Boaters Restaurant, and the Victoria and Limes Rooms. The James Hay Theatre will re-open in April, and August is the completion date for all restoration work.

From Barry Ayres, Executive Officer, Alpine Presbytery on Tasman District Fires

For the past week we have been monitoring the crisis in the Tasman area with the ongoing fires. We are keeping in touch with the churches in that area in case there are needs that we can help with.

 
Could I please remind you to: (and you will most likely already be doing this!) 
* keep the people in the Tasman area in your churches’ prayers – this is a very anxious situation for all concerned and a demanding time for all the emergency workers who are obviously doing a fantastic job in very demanding conditions;

 
* with the imminent plan to place restrictions on the use of water in the district there will no doubt be added pressure to local business and rural sectors;

 
* consider how your church could provide appropriate help  – I have had an inquiry or two and some have asked about sending food, etc. Our experience shows that in the main the best practical support is finance. Local people can then turn that into food or whatever may best help them. A good principle before sending any help is to ask what is most needed. The people at the scene will know best.

 
Donations can be made to the Tasman District Mayoral Relief Fund or to Alpine Presbytery and we will pass those donations on for you. The Alpine bank account is 06 0197 0399931 00 (please indicate whom the donation is from so that we can receipt you)

 

We continue to pray for the people of the Tasman region and indeed people in many parts of NZ as the fire-risk increases this summer.

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Sunday 3 February 2019

While our Church Building is Repaired we are meeting each Sunday at The Mineral & Lapidary Club 110 Waltham Rd (next to Waltham School) at 10am.

We would love to have the opportunity to welcome you.

Sunday 3rd February 2019

A very warm welcome to all who worship with us today. Please stay for a cuppa after the service.

Building Update: The carpark is finally sealed but the City Council is demanding we increase the size of the stormwater outlet to the street. This should not delay compliance but will take a couple of weeks to sort. Exterior painting is now complete, and inside there are a number of small jobs being completed. The building team will be back this week to install the kitchen roller door, out up organ speakers, and do the final tidy up. The practical completion inspection is scheduled for the end of this week (this is the architect’s final inspection).

Shifting organ and other items back into the church – we need a good team of blokes to shift the organ back into the church. Could we try for this Wednesday at 4pm? See Dugald if you can help.

The Parish Office will be closed on Wednesday 6th February (Waitangi Day).

We are now on Facebook – what we need is for everyone to visit the St Martins Presbyterian Community Church page and “like” it. If you don’t know how to do this, ask your grandchildren!

Foot Clinic will now resume on Monday 11th February 1-4pm at Beckenham Methodist Church lounge. Contact Lyndsey McKay 388 1264 for further details.

Articles are now required for the next ‘Messenger’. The deadline is Friday 22nd February.  Email: anneke.howie@gmail.com

Wednesday Walkers: 6th February Due to Waitangi Day we will meet at Hodder’s 408B Barrington Street at 9.30am along most shaded parts of the cycleways in Spreydon/Addington.  Coffee at Hodder’s where there is no surcharge but donations to Church funds welcome!!

Crafty Crafters: Thursdays 10am-12 noon at 43 St Martins Rd. New faces are always welcome. Bring along an unfinished craft item, or learn a new skill. Cost $3 per session. Contact Lyndsey McKay 388 1264 for more information.

‘It’s Hot! Welcome to the Anthropocene’. Friday March 8th, 7.00-9.30pm, St Ninian’s, 5 Puriri St, Riccarton.

The Rev Dr Clive Pearson will present two lectures exploring the age of humans, i.e. the Anthropocene—an age which signifies the extent to which the human species has affected the planetary Earth systems. First session 7-8pm then half hour break for questions and break. Second session, ‘Believing the Anthropocene’ 8.30-9.20pm.

Good News…. the Presbytery has allocated $32,000 from capital in the St David’s Trust and $18,000 to wind up the Agnes Dick Estate to help meet cost over-runs on our building project.  This is a very generous and helpful gesture for which we are very thankful.

You’re invited to a Presbytery Picnic: Bring along the family and a picnic and join us at the Groynes (entry off Johns Rd) TODAY from 11.30am. All welcome.




Session Notes….from meeting on January 23rd

Financial Matters…. Some members of Session met with representatives of the Presbytery concerning our immediate shortfall of $50,000 to complete the building.  We presented a report of what has happened with cost over runs and the Presbytery representatives have indicated strong support.  We are progressing some avenues which may meet the shortfall in full. We have indicated to the Presbytery that with loss of income from capital savings our ongoing financial situation is finely balanced.

We have asked the Presbytery to approve reducing the housing allowance paid to our minister from a full allowance to 2/3rds to help balance our books.

Ministry Review….A review of Dugald’s ministry has been conducted by the presbytery and has affirmed his work.  Some goals have been set to guide the next 15 months as Dugald transitions into retirement.  These include: completing the transition back into the church, increasing interaction with the community and the community usage of the church complex,  initiating a meditation group, developing the governance and visioning role of the Session, encouraging hospitality and conversation.

Parish Breakfasts…we will continue to hold these every two months with groups responsible as follows: Mar 17th Session, May 12th Men’s Group, July 7th Fireside, Sept 15th Walking Group, Nov 3rd Worship.

Gathering Events… we are looking at possible gathering events once we are back into the church complex….winter movie evenings (tea and movie), weekly morning tea with a focus on the sermon from the previous week,  flag 500 evening, board game evening…. It may be that you have a bright idea or an event you would help organise.  Talk to a Session member!

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Sunday 27th January 2019

While our Church Building is Repaired we are meeting each Sunday at The Mineral & Lapidary Club 110 Waltham Rd (next to Waltham School) at 10am.

We would love to have the opportunity to welcome you.

Sunday 27th January 2019

NOTICES:

A very warm welcome to all who worship with us today. Please stay for a cuppa after the service.

We are now on Facebook – what we need is for everyone to visit the St Martins Presbyterian Community Church page and “like” it. If you don’t know how to do this, ask your grandchildren!

Foot Clinic has been cancelled this month, and will resume on Monday 11th March at 43 St Martins Rd. If any clients need their feet seen to in the interim, please phone Lyndsey McKay 388 1264 and this can be arranged.

Wednesday Walkers: 30th January Meet 9.30am at South Library for a walk in the shade of the trees, followed by coffee at Novel Café. If you wish to join us for coffee, please note that if it is hot our walk maybe shortened as it was this week. All are welcome. Sonya.

Building Progress:The carpet is all laid. Kitchen benchtops have been completed.

Windows in the toilet have yet to be tinted with one way film. The control desk for sound and lighting is in place but final wiring yet to be completed. Touch up painting yet to be completed. A small amount of electrical work yet to be completed.

Carpark seal will be completed early this week and soil placed in the front garden.

An application for code of compliance will be lodged this week

Practical completion and final clean will be in about 10 days’ time.

There will still be much work to be done landscaping outside, repairing concrete paths, fitting out storage areas, curtaining, etc

Crafty Crafters resumes this Thursday 31st January 10am-12 noon at 43 St Martins Rd. New faces are always welcome. Bring along an unfinished craft item, or learn a new skill. Cost $3 per session. Contact Lyndsey McKay 388 1264 for more information.

Multi-Cultural Festival Saturday 9th February, 11am – 3pm, Linwood Community Arts Centre, Doris Lusk Reserve, corner Stanmore Rd and Worcester St. A free event to celebrate diversity with a multi-cultural feast of food, activities, song, dance, music and art from around the globe.

Volunteers in Parks:Interested in helping maintain and enhance city greenspaces? For online information and contacts go to https://ccc.govt.nz/parks-and gardens/volunteer-in-parks/.

You’re invited to a Presbytery Picnic: Bring along the family and a picnic and join us at the Groynes (entry off Johns Rd) on Sunday 3rd February from 11.30am. All welcome.

Session Notes….from meeting on January 23rd

Financial Matters…. Some members of Session met with representatives of the Presbytery concerning our immediate shortfall of $50,000 to complete the building.  We presented a report of what has happened with cost over runs and the Presbytery representatives have indicated strong support.  We are progressing some avenues which may meet the shortfall in full.

We have indicated to the Presbytery that with loss of income from capital savings our ongoing financial situation is finely balanced.

We have asked the Presbytery to approve reducing the housing allowance paid to our minister from a full allowance to 2/3rds to help balance our books.

Ministry Review….A review of Dugald’s ministry has been conducted by the presbytery and has affirmed his work.  Some goals have been set to guide the next 15 months as Dugald transitions into retirement.  These include: completing the transition back into the church, increasing interaction with the community and the community usage of the church complex,  initiating a meditation group, developing the governance and visioning role of the Session, encouraging hospitality and conversation.

Parish Breakfasts…we will continue to hold these every two months with groups responsible as follows: March 17th Session, May 12th Men’s Group, July 7th Fireside, Sept 15th Walking Group, Nov 3rd Worship.

Gathering Events… we are looking at possible gathering events once we are back into the church complex….winter movie evenings (tea and movie), weekly morning tea with a focus on the sermon from the previous week,  flag 500 evening, board game evening…. It may be that you have a bright idea or an event you would help organise.  Talk to a Session member!

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Sunday 20th January 2019

While our Church Building is Repaired we are meeting each Sunday at The Mineral & Lapidary Club 110 Waltham Rd (next to Waltham School) at 10am.

We would love to have the opportunity to welcome you.

Sunday 20th January 2019

NOTICES:

A very warm welcome to all who worship with us today. Please stay for a cuppa after the service.

Wednesday Walkers: 23rd January Meet at South Library 9.30am for an informal stroll, followed by coffee at Novel. All are welcome.

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

Session meeting this Wednesday 23rd January at the church at 7.15pm, preceded by a shared finger food tea at 6pm.

Wanted: Does anyone have a spare 2019 calendar for the Parish Office please? Give Anna a call 332 6192 (Wed-Fri mornings) if you can help!

The Strengthening of the Church….  The construction team has been busy this week. The painters have finally finished their main tasks with some touch ups still needed. The electricians have nearly completed their work. Carpet

tiles will be laid this week. The sealing of the carpark will also happen this week.

A small team from Session has had a productive meeting with the Presbytery and leads are being followed up regarding meeting our critical shortage of $50,000.  Applications have been made to two sources of funding and a third is being worked on.  We are aware that there will still be other costs to be met to undertake landscaping, curtaining, and other work.  A new roof is needed on the toilet block.

Occupation will be dependent on the City Council issuing a compliance certificate. Tentatively we are looking to Sunday March 24th as an official opening date, but we expect to occupy before then.

Crafty Crafters resumes on Thursday 31st January 10am.

New Fence…Thanks to Cyril, Keith, David a new fence has been erected between the church and our neighbours on the south side.  What a great construction team!

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Sunday 23rd December 2018

While our Church Building is Repaired we are meeting each Sunday at The Mineral & Lapidary Club 110 Waltham Rd (next to Waltham School) at 10am.

We would love to have the opportunity to welcome you.

 Sunday 23rd December 2018

 

CHRISTMAS & JANUARY Services

 Christmas Eve 24th  December 7pm

Christmas Day 25th  December 9.30am

Both services to be held at CMLC, 110 Waltham Rd

 Sunday 30th  December 10am at Beckenham Methodist

Sunday 6th  January 10am at CMLC

Sunday 13th  January 10am at Beckenham Methodist

Sunday 20th January 10am at CMLC

Sunday 27th January 10am at CMLC

 

NOTICES: A very warm welcome to all who worship with us today. Please join us for morning tea. Many thanks to Rev Alan Webster for leading our service.

CWS Christmas Appeal: bring envelopes back to church any Sunday until January 20th.

Wednesday Walkers: Informal walks will leave from South Library on 9th & 23rd January at 9.30am. On 16th January: Meet 9.30am at Bus Exchange for walk to Otakaro Orchard and talk by Peter Wells, Permiculture Designer.  Contact Sue Saunders 960 7657.

The Parish Office closes on Friday 21st  December and will re-open on Wednesday 16th January.

Elder Care resumes on Tuesday 15th January 10am – 2.30pm at Sydenham Community Centre.

Crafty Crafters resumes on Thursday 31st January 10am.

Building Work completed this week at the church….Ceiling insulation has been placed and installation of ceiling tiles completed in the church. The heaters have new seismic restraints installed. Carpet tiles have been delayed till the new year. The sliding doors are sliding.The final plumbing fit out has been completed. Kerbing at the front of the section has been installed.

The  structural engineer has been on site and has confirmed he will supply a PS4 statement saying the structural work is complete and the building has been brought up to 67% NBS.

Post Christmas there will be a small amount of work to be completed in the upstairs store and the chip sealing of the car park will be completed. Inside carpet tiles will be laid on 15th January. With the Christmas shut down of 3 weeks it will be the end of January before Simon’s complete their work.  Practical completion will therefore be early February and then we will apply for a Code of Compliance Certificate.  We expect to be able to use the building sometime in March 2019.

There will be considerable amounts of work then required in the grounds including landscaping and the laying of concrete paths.

Costs of our Church Repair: We have received the latest update of costs and it isn’t good news.  We contracted with Simon Construction to undertake the repairs and strengthening with a price of $830,000 (GST incl).  The latest update of costs shows we have nearly 60 variations to the contract and costs for these are $235,000.  Approximately half of the costs are attributable to extra work required to install the steel reinforcing.  Rewiring the building has cost approx. $40,000, new stacker doors $12,000 and extra fire requirements $8,500. In the last few days we have been faced with extra costs of replacement damaged ceiling tiles $4,000, extra connection to street storm water $5,000, seismic bracing to be installed for heaters $5,000.  These are not luxury add ons, but essential work that will have to be done to get a Certificate of Compliance.

We believe we have approx. $260,000 left to complete payment for the repair work on the building.   Funds currently available amount to $210,000. This includes a GST return due in January of approx. $90,000.  That still leaves a shortfall of approx $50,000. We are working to ways we may address this situation, including beginning a ‘Give a Little’ page on the internet. Suggestions of ways we might raise this shortfall are gratefully received.

The Building Team & Board of Managers.

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