Happenings 26 March 2017

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Just Thinking…

The thimble is dead. Long live the thimble. So is the boot. So is the wheelbarrow.

Those three Monopoly tokens which have been around forever (the thimble and boot from 1935!) have finally succumbed to the ongoing march of progress, and will soon be replaced by commercial-themed tokens. One Monopoly traditionalist said in response, ‘It broke my heart.’ (The cheeky Scottie dog is safe - breathe a collective sigh of relief!)

Change is a constant in our society, whether said change be good, bad or indifferent. Change is also part of the Christian experience, but it is important to distinguish where change is necessary and where change is abhorrent. As I reflect on this, it seems to me that the ‘Who’ and the ‘What’ must stay constant; God is the unchanging one and his perfections are constant. Likewise, the gospel of Jesus is forever vital and applicable. But the ‘How’ is another matter altogether. God himself has changed the way he has revealed himself and related to people over history (a fancy term called, ‘Progressive Revelation’). Similarly, how the good news of the gospel is effectively transmitted to our world has always been in flux, since, as the surrounding cultures have changed, old strategies have needed to be replaced by the new. I used to be a molecular biologist, and I still marvel at that most successful of critters – the virus. It gains access to ever-defensive host cells not by changing its core material, but by constantly changing the shape of its outer wall. May we be a people that never seeks to put a new spin on the core of the gospel, but always seeks innovative and creative ways to present it to a changing world.

In Him, Murray

There will be a Members Meeting after the service this Sunday the 26th March. All members are encouraged to attend. Everyone else is welcome too.
Breakfast for all! Saturday 8 April 8am church lounge: Cooked breakfast and special visiting speaker, Edgar Sathuluri, who has planted hundreds of churches in villages across India. Ladies and men are invited.
Next Sunday at 7pm is our monthly Prayer Service. Come along to pray
Home or Away 11-13th July at Carey Baptist College. A conference on locating sport and leisure in Christian faith and practice.
Kindy Market Day! The Annual Kindergarten Market Day is now happening on 1st April! The church will be running a white elephant stall so if you have any toys, games, knick-knacks, jewellery, scarves, tools, household items or footwear (no clothes please) please bring them in. Any unsold items will be given to a charity shop or you can request to have them returned to you. Items can be brought to the church after mid-day on Tuesday, during office hours, or from late afternoon Friday to early evening when someone will be on site to receive them. Thank you!
mainly music for young children is on every Tuesday morning at 10am!
Medcall is a recruitment company which finds staff to work in the retirement village/ aged care sector. They are looking for a driver to work part time at their rest home/hospital, taking elderly residents out for trips in their van.
Sunday School Teachers We are on the lookout for someone who is interested in occasional relief teaching for either the years 0-4 or years 5-8 kids, please let Margaret Stewart, Michael Pummell or the church office know.
Morning Prayer Meeting Every Wednesday morning at 7am. All are welcome to come and join in this special time of prayer.
Kids Programs This Sunday This Sunday, kids who are years 0-4 will be with Kelly Jenkins' in the downstairs Kowhai room. Years 5-8 will be meeting as a separate group, this week led by Mike Pummell.
Young Adults Group Next Wednesday night at 7:30pm at the Jenkins'. Check the Facebook page for updates.

The start of the year is a great time to get plugged in to one of the home groups that are operating in the life of our church. There is a depth of connection that often doesn't happen outside of these groups, so we encourage you to call one of leaders below or contact the church office for more information.

Wednesday Night Home Group - Next Wednesday Home Group at the home of Paul and Ruth Ungemuth every second and fourth Wednesday at 7:30pm. Call 528 4401 for more information.

Wednesday Morning Home Group - Next Wednesday Home Group at the home of Joy Galt every third Wednesday at 10am. Call 948 8529 for more information.

Sunday Afternoon Home Group - This Sunday after the service Home Group run by David and Heather Reid every second Sunday after the service at the Reid's home. Call 528 4908 for more information.

Rightnow media is an online Christian ministry that provides access to thousands of video and study resources for Christians. It has been called the 'Netflix for Christians'! Our church has signed up for this service for three months, and you should have received an email giving you instructions on how to access these resources. Feel free to download or watch anything you like during this three month period - there are no limitations. Please contact the office if you have any queries.
Mei Ling's latest newsletter is available by clicking here . If you would like to contact her, her new email address is Mei.LingLee@gbaships.org

This Sunday: Exodus: On Impulse>

Can we be too self-controlled? Maybe those impulses are actually good to give in to! Come and learn of a God who changed nations by working in people's hearts. We will be looking at Exodus 2.