News – January 27, 2013 – Epiphany 3

When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written:

‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to let the oppressed go free,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.’

And he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. Then he began to say to them, ‘Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.’

Excerpt from today’s Gospel: Luke 4: 14-21

New data projector needed

The data screen is in an area which has a lot of natural light (backlight) and it is not practical – or desirable – to alter the light in the sanctuary.  The bright background causes a number of problems when showing slides for church and other services, such as funerals.

Improved technology means that more powerful projectors are now available that can mitigate the effect of bright background light.  It is proposed to test some new generation data projectors with a view to replacing the existing one.

The other pressing issue is that the projector bulb – which costs upwards of $1000 – is getting old and is due for replacement, so the time would appear to be right to investigate other options.

Once options have been investigated and quotations obtained, a proposal for a replacement projector will be made to Vestry.  Once Vestry gives the go-ahead we will be asking parishioners to contribute to the cost of the new projector.

The first donation has already been received.

We will keep you advised of developments.

In the meantime, here’s a lovely little version of This little light of mine for you to enjoy.

Starting this week includes –

  • New group for the 13-18s – Isora – starts on Sunday, 3 February.  Hang with KidZ Unlimited for a time of prayer and worship and then go and do some study.  Speak to Gareth Palmer or Kat Sprowson if you (or your kids) are interested.
  • Raptorous Youth starts on 2 February

Vicar’s Blog

Part Two of A Time of Increase is up on Steve’s new blog.  If you couldn’t work out how to place a comment last week, I’m sure you’ll find it a lot more obvious this week.

Note:  Because the comments are screened to make sure no nasties from the internet end up in the Comments, your comment probably won’t appear for an hour or so until the webmaster releases it.

Here’s this week’s episode.

Outdoor Adventure Firewood Fundraiser

If you answer one of those advertisements for firewood in the paper you’ll likely pay about $150 for 3 square metres (almost a cord).  If you get firewood from the parish, you can make a donation of what you can afford and they’ll even deliver it for you.  It’s even cheaper if you pick it up yourself.

Keep yourself warm this winter – and help our Outdoor Adventure Group by getting your firewood from them.  Contact the Parish Office if you’re interested.

Prayer pointers

As we step into a new year, let us pray for the Breath of God to be upon us, to bring fresh inspiration by the Holy Spirit, that we may be right in the centre of God’s will for us as a church family.

  • Lenten studies, that all those taking part will be encouraged by God’s Word.
  • Please pray for Edwin and those who are ill as they recuperate and get well.
  • Isora – new study group for youth – pray God’s blessing, that our young people will be impacted by the gospel, also pray for God’s anointing upon Kat and Gareth as they lead.

The heavens declare the glory of God, the skies proclaim the work of His hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech, night after night they display knowledge.” Psalm 19, NIV

For your diary

 February 2 10 am-12 pm, Community Hall – Matt’s Place.
 February 16 3 pm – 5.30 pm, Community Hall: 4F’s – Free Family Fun & Food.
 February 23 9 am – 3 pm – KidZ WorkZ Team Retreat/Planning Day @ Black Rock Rd.
 March 2 7.30 am – 9.30 am, Men’s Breakfast, Community Hall
 March 2 10 am -12 pm, Community Hall—Matt’s Place
 March 9 8.30 am – 10.30 am, Women’s Breakfast, Community Hall
 March 16 11 am – 4 pm: Parish Fair, St Matthew’s Community Hall and grounds

 

If you have an event you’d like added to the list, please email the Parish Office, or phone 06 370 8589.

News – January 19, 2013 – Epiphany 2

The Wedding at Cana

This Sunday’s Gospel reading, from John 2:11, tells the story of the wedding at Cana.  The wine had run out, but when Jesus’ mother anxiously pointed this out to Jesus, he told her not to worry.  Then he told the servants to fill six stone water jars with water and to take a sample of the contents to the chief steward, who said: “Usually the best wine is drunk first, but you have kept the best wine until now.”  The Gospel goes on to say this first miracle “revealed his glory,”  while outwardly Jesus appeared an ordinary man.

Parish Fair BBQ requirements

Meat patties, hamburger buns, lettuce, tomatoes, frankfurters, long buns, mustard, tomato sauce, onions, bread, sausages, carnival drinks, tube ice blocks, baking, Nescafe sachet packets—we need all this AND MORE, see St Matthew’s Narthex noticeboard for a comprehensive list of needs.

ISORA – new group for 13-18 year olds

ISORA, a new group for 13-18 year olds, gets underway on Sunday, 3 February, a joint initiative by Kat Sprowson, Gareth Palmer and the Vicar.

We’ll hang with KidZ UnlimiteD for a time of praise and worship and then head off into the common room for an age-appropriate study!

It will meet every Sunday, except during School Holidays.

See Kat Sprowson or Gareth Palmer for details.

Firewood

We have 30 tonnes of pine log ends – donated by JNL – for fundraising and to warm your home.  Cut firewood is now available on a donation basis.

You fill your trailer, or we deliver, and you make a donation you can afford. (Proceeds are for equipment and camping costs). Start placing your winter orders with the Parish office.

Prayer for Israel

This afternoon tea and prayer meeting is open to all who are especially interested in meeting with others to reflect on recent and current events, and God’s word regarding Israel, and to pray for specific requests made by those in ministry with Arabs and Jewish people in Israel.

Mailouts such as ‘Prayer For Israel’ and others are circulated before the meeting where possible.

If you are interested or know someone who is, you are welcome at 147 Black Rock Road at 2.30 on the 5 February, or any subsequent first Tuesday of the month. This is open to people from all churches.

2013 Lenten Study Groups

An opportunity to gather in small groups for just 6-8 weeks to study and discuss the Bible; mostly on the Easter theme.

The eight-week study “John in Lent” is available from the office but other studies can be used.

Existing group leaders and or home group hosts please advise the Vicar of your intentions so participants can register. Please see the Vicar if you would like to be considered to host or lead a group.

When does my group start?

Many of our activities have taken a break over the holiday period.  Check the schedule  for starting dates for groups and country churches for the new year.

For your diary

 February 2 10 am-12 pm, Community Hall – Matt’s Place.
 February 16 3 pm – 5.30 pm, Community Hall: 4F’s – Free Family Fun & Food.
 February 23 9 am – 3 pm – KidZ WorkZ Team Retreat/Planning Day @ Black Rock Rd.
 March 2 7.30 am – 9.30 am, Men’s Breakfast, Community Hall
 March 2 10 am -12 pm, Community Hall—Matt’s Place
 March 9 8.30 am – 10.30 am, Women’s Breakfast, Community Hall
 March 16 11 am – 4 pm: Parish Fair, St Matthew’s Community Hall and grounds

 

If you have an event you’d like added to the list, please email the Parish Office, or phone 06 370 8589.

Prayer pointers

Pray for

  • As we step into a new year, let us pray for the Breath of God to be upon us to bring fresh inspiration by the Holy Spirit, that we may discern God’s will for us as a church family.
  • Lenten studies, that all those taking part will be encouraged by God’s Word.
  • Please pray for Edwin and those who are ill as they recuperate and get well.

“Your mercy O Lord, is in the heavens, and Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.”” Psalm 36:5 (NKJV)

Koinonia – January 20, 2013

Read this week’s issue online here.

News – January 13, 2013 – Baptism of Christ

Mural: Baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist

 

Almighty God, You anointed Jesus at His
baptism with the Holy Spirit,
and revealed Him as Your beloved Son;
grant that we who are baptised into His name
may give up our lives to Your service,
and be found worthy of our calling;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen

Sunday, 13 January, marks the Feast of the Baptism of Christ, commemorating the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River by John the Baptist.

Parish Fair needs great home bakers

Biscuits on sale at fairWould you like to show your kitchen prowess by donating some delicious home baking to our Parish Fair?

Most fairs tend to sell out of cakes right away – so we need LOTS and LOTS of home-cooked fare! We have plenty of meat trays if you need some to put the baking on! Home baking is a great seller – so let’s make the most of it! Please see Jo Bilton.

New study group for 13-18 year olds

Kat, Gareth and the Vicar have put their heads together and come up with a new Sunday morning study for 13 to18 year olds.

Called ISORA, it will start on Sunday, 3 February and meet every Sunday, except during School Holidays.

We’ll hang with KidZ UnlimiteD for a time of praise and worship and then head off into the common room for an age appropriate study!

If you have any questions, please see Kat Sprowson or Gareth Palmer

Firewood

Thirty tonnes of pine log ends have been donated by JNL for fundraising. Cut firewood will be available from mid January by donation basis. You fill your trailer, or we deliver, and you make a donation you can afford. (Proceeds are for equipment and camping costs). Start placing your winter orders with the Parish office re-opening 16th January.

Outdoor Adventures

Who  All 10 -15 year olds interested in the first “Batch Camp”
Where  Mikimiki (Jeff and Gail Reid’s)
When  January 18-20, 2013
Cost  $5 per person (maximum $10 per family)

Please register with the Parish Office or Steve Wilson before Tuesday, 15 January.

Forms and gear list available from the back of the Church or the Parish Office

2013 Lenten Study Groups

An opportunity to gather in small groups for just 6-8 weeks to study and discuss the Bible; mostly on the Easter theme.

The eight-week study “John in Lent” is available from the office but other studies can be used.

Existing group leaders and or home group hosts please advise the Vicar of your intentions before 17th January, so participants can register. Please see the Vicar if you would like to be considered to host or lead a group.

Activity start dates

Many of our activities take a well-earned break over the holiday period.  Check the schedule  for starting dates for the new year.

For your diary

 January 12 Outdoor Adventures working bee and planning meeting
 January 18-21 Outdoor Adventures, Mikimiki
 January 19 10.30 am – 3.30 pm – 4F’s “Summer Fun” at Black Rock Rd. Start and finish at Community Hall.
 February 2 10 am-12 pm, Community Hall – Matt’s Place.
 February 16 3 pm – 5.30 pm, Community Hall: 4F’s – Free Family Fun & Food.
 February 23 9 am – 3 pm – KidZ WorkZ Team Retreat/Planning Day @ Black Rock Rd.
 March 2 7.30 am – 9.30 am, Men’s Breakfast, Community Hall
10 am -12 pm, Community Hall—Matt’s Place
 March 9 8.30 am – 10.30 am, Women’s Breakfast, Community Hall
 March 16 11 am – 4 pm: Parish Fair, St Matthew’s Community Hall and grounds

 

If you have an event you’d like added to the list, please email the Parish Office, or phone 06 370 8589.

Prayer pointers

Pray for

  • the new “Outdoors Adventures” group and their first outing to Mikimiki in January;
  • peace and safety in homes and on the roads this holiday season.
  • for the persecuted church, those Christians who live their lives in danger for the Gospel’s sake, that they will know God’s peace and love in a powerful way, that they be strengthened and be filled with His joy.
  • those on the mission field and also all those closer to home who are in sad or lonely circumstances.
  • for Edwin and those who are ill as they recuperate and get well.

“Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God” Matthew 5:8 (NKJV)

Koinonia – January 13, 2013

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News – January 6, 2013 – Epiphany

Three Wise Men

Sunday, 6 January marks the Feast of the Epiphany, when the Magi (often known as the Three Kings) visited the Baby Jesus to pay homage and present their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

Over the holidays

Many of our activities take a well-earned break over the holiday period.  

Parish Fair

Just over 2 months to go to the Parish Fair and planning is well under way.

Thanks to those who have started bringing in items – it’s really fantastic! Keep it up!

Our Stall Coordinators are looking for volunteers to assist them – prepare to be approached!

This great fundraiser is racing ahead with full church leadership endorsement—it will only work if the whole Parish gets behind it!

How can you help? See Brad McLaren, Michelle Holloway or Jo Bilton.

For your diary

 January 12 Outdoor Adventures working bee and planning meeting
 January 18-21 Outdoor Adventures, Mikimiki
 January 19 10.30 am – 3.30 pm – 4F’s “Summer Fun” at Black Rock Rd. Start and finish at Community Hall.
 February 2 10 am-12 pm, Community Hall – Matt’s Place.
 February 16 3 pm – 5.30 pm, Community Hall: 4F’s – Free Family Fun & Food.
 February 23 9 am – 3 pm – KidZ WorkZ Team Retreat/Planning Day @ Black Rock Rd.
 March 2 7.30 am – 9.30 am, Men’s Breakfast, Community Hall
10 am -12 pm, Community Hall—Matt’s Place
 March 9 8.30 am – 10.30 am, Women’s Breakfast, Community Hall
 March 16 11 am – 4 pm: Parish Fair, St Matthew’s Community Hall and grounds

 

If you have an event you’d like added to the list, please email the Parish Office, or phone 06 370 8589.

Prayer pointers

Pray for

  • the new “Outdoors Adventures” group and their first outing to Mikimiki in January;
  • peace and safety in homes and on the roads this holiday season.
  • for the persecuted church, those Christians who live their lives in danger for the Gospel’s sake, that they will know God’s peace and love in a powerful way, that they be strengthened and be filled with His joy.
  • those on the mission field and also all those closer to home who are in sad or lonely circumstances.
  • for Edwin and those who are ill as they recuperate and get well.

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled” Matthew 5:6 NKJV

Koinonia – January 6, 2013

Read this week’s issue online here.