Sunday 19th November 2017




Sunday 19 November 2017

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

 Tanzanian Lunches NEXT Sunday 26th November. 12 noon. Please sign up TODAY if you would like to take part. Cost $5 per person. Donations also welcome to support Your Sisters. See Barbara Meier for details.

 ‘Messenger’ contributions required please. Deadline THIS Friday 24th.

Thank you to the people who supported the Bacon Fundraiser. The total of $500.13 was raised.

 Wednesday Walkers 22nd November: meet 9.30am at the Hawford Rd entrance of the Opawa Shopping Centre car park, for a walk around Opawa. Coffee at Opawa Bakery & Café. All are welcome. Joan Mac 022 081 4088.

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.

Ceilidh  THIS 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 from Irene.

 Advance Notice: Christmas Cake Stall Sunday 3rd December following worship – an opportunity for you to purchase your Christmas baking.

 Waltham Gifts – there will be a gift box at Church from November 26th – 10th December inclusive for gifts for Waltham Cottage. Gifts for men, women, teenagers and children are required please – NEW items only. Suggestions: all toiletries, clothes, sun hats, games, toys, books, sweets – in fact all the things that you would like to receive. Edible gifts also welcome, along with wrapping paper. Please DO NOT wrap your gifts.

 Fundraiser for St Martins: Handmade greeting cards for sale. $3 each.  All proceeds to St Martins Building fund.

Session Report Session met last Wednesday.

We had a creative discussion about the ‘new religion’ of Cross Fit gyms.  These are new gyms that actively promote a sense of community and personal transformation through gathering for group fitness sessions.  They promote a high degree of caring for and encouraging each other and also have a high expectation that members will tell others about the benefits of belonging.

We plan to introduce a prayer request book into the life of the congregation.  Requests for prayer may be made through the office, minister, or by filling in a request in a book that will be available at worship.  The request for prayers will be included in our corporate prayers on Sunday and available to others to include in their prayers.  Ideally the person or persons at the centre of the request should be aware of this and give their approval to use a Christian name.  Further it is helpful if those prayed for indicate specifically what they would like the congregation to pray for.

Christmas Services….will be combined with Beckenham Methodist.  Christmas Day at BMC, then 31st Jan here at the MLC.  Jan 7th at BMC, 14th at MLC.

Cheque Signatories…. Are being changed.

Building progress…construction work has been suspended while we wait for our architect to respond to questions raised regarding our consent application.

Spreydon-Cashmere Edible Garden Awards 2018 The Spreydon-Cashmere Community Board is thrilled to launch Edible Garden Awards for 2018 in partnership with the Canterbury Horticultural Society. The awards recognise and celebrate those who are growing their own food – all entrants receive a certificate.  Entry is free, and open to individuals, groups, organisations, and schools in the Spreydon-Cashmere Community Board area only.  Nominate yourself, or another person or group (with their permission). Garden assessments will be undertaken by members of the Canterbury Horticultural Society in March 2018, with an award ceremony to follow in April 2018.



?         Residential House

?         Residential Unit

?         School / Early Learning Centre

?         Community / Business


Special Awards

?         Sustainability

?         Organics

?         Use of rain water

?         Outstanding yield

Enter online at:  Spreydon-Cashmere Edible Garden Awards 2018 or pick up an entry form at Beckenham Service Centre or Spreydon Library.


The St Albans Community Choir & New Brighton Silver Band
bring you Unusual Carols from Around the World on Sunday November 26th 5pm, St Paul’s Anglican Church, 3 Harewood Rd. Admission by donation – which will go to support a local charity. A light supper will follow the concert.

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