Happenings 21 May 2017

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Just Thinking…

One of the annual surveys that I always look forward to with interest is the New Zealand Trust Survey, which surveys what are the most and least trusted brands. The 2016 survey indicates that a Kiwi day basking in the warm ambiance of optimal trust would start with Sanitarium and Vogels and end it with a Villa Maria wine purchased from New World. While refraining from texting on our Samsung device, we would drive Toyotas fitted with Firestone tyres, and would top them up with fuel from Z. If vacuuming is on the to-do list then we would grab our Dyson, after taking care of the lawn with our Masport. Accrued cuts and bruises we would douse in Dettol. After our busy day, we would collapse with pleased exhaustion into our Sleepyhead bed. Oh … the whole day would be also spent snacking on Whitaker’s chocolate, which won the supreme award. Louise Waterson, the Reader’s Digest managing editor, said, brands that feature highly have won the “crucial battle” – sometimes across generations – ‘to build a name and a product people believe in.’ Let’s think about God. Repeated evidence of His trustworthiness across generations should lead to an attitude of trust in him also, shouldn’t it? His faithfulness, his steadfastness, his goodness, his stickability, his power, his perseverance with us, his answers to prayer, his patience, his unfailing love, his unflagging compassions, his unending favour … should make our trust n him an instinctual and natural response … shouldn’t it? Does God top your own personal ‘most trusted’ list? Something to think about.

In Him, Murray

On Tuesday 16 May we will meet at the Rialto Newmarket, at 5:40pm to buy tickets together for the 6.00pm screening of “Viceroy’s House”. Please see Margaret Gaiqui if you wish to attend.
Baptist Magazine Editor Wanted The Baptist Union are looking for a new Editor for the Baptist Magazine, (20 hours a week). The position requires working with the Production Team at the Baptist National Resource Centre in Penrose, Auckland. For a full job description or for more information contact Jill Hitchcock, jill.hitchcock@baptist.org.nz Applications close Friday 19th May 2017.
Pornography Seminar Jessica Harris is a sought after international speaker on the topic of pornography. She is a 31-year-old single woman, a Christian, but right through her teens was herself addicted to porn. She’s free now and has some great things to share. She will be speaking on Tuesday 30 May at 7.00-9.00pm at Gracegate Church, 42 Parkway Drive, Sunnynook, Auckland.
Leisure for Pleasure Next Tuesday at 1pm in the church lounge. All are welcome!
Men's Breakfast Saturday 10 June at 8am. Speaker: Dixon Goh from Remuera Baptist Chinese Church. Speaking about his life and calling as well as a message that God may have on his heart. Share a cooked breakfast, coordinated by chef supremo Lindsay M. We'd love to see you there. Please consider inviting a friend.
Prayer Service Every Wednesday morning at 7am. All are welcome to come and join in this special time of prayer.
mainly music for young children is on every Tuesday morning at 10am!
Heather Reid is being baptised on 11 June. If you would also like to be baptised, please have a chat with Pastor Murray.
Kids Programs this Sunday This morning, kids who are years 0-8 will be together with Margaret in the downstairs Kowhai room.

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

The BIG questions of life are important. What’s life really about anyway? Is God real? How do I live with purpose?

At 10am every Thursday next term (starting 18 May), Murray Jenkins, will be hosting a DVD-based discussion time called Alpha. Alpha offers some Christian perspectives on these questions, and covers topics like: Who is Jesus? Was there a purpose in his dying? What’s the Bible all about? What does this word ‘faith’ mean? How do I make the most of my life?

It will be held in the church lounge (child-care will also be provided in the same room).

No question or point of view is silly. Everyone is welcome. It’s going to be fun. For questions or to register, please contact Murray by emailing him at murray@remuerabaptistchurch.org.nz

Beginning 7:30pm Tuesday 30 May, Murray will be leading a four-week intensive on the book of Psalms. Dates for these four sessions will be 30 May, 20 June, 27 June, 4 July. For questions or to register, please contact Murray by emailing him at murray@remuerabaptistchurch.org.nz

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