This Sunday we have Peter Reid coming to talk to us. Peter is a young man who we support as he shares the love of Jesus in Asia. Here's a delightful story that he told recently showing God's sovereignty over our lives.
As I walked home the other evening I bumped into a happy couple walking with their 5-month old baby near my house. The last time I saw them together was in a hospital room, just after the baby was born. Having just given birth, the child’s mother (“Sally”) had experienced a blood clot in the brain, and things were tense. When I turned up at the hospital, there were a few people in the room:
“Sally,” lying on the bed, who communicates using sign language.
Her mum, who knows sign language and English.
A hospital intern, who uses the local language, but not English or sign.
A number of others who use sign.
The intern walked in to the room, came over with her clipboard, and asked me a very specific medical question about Sally, in the local language. “Wait... am I translating?!” I asked myself. “I just came to provide emotional support.” But I was the only person in the room that the intern could talk to, and so, all of a sudden, she was. The interesting thing was, I understood every word she was saying. I turned to Sally’s mum and asked the question in English. She turned to her daughter, lying on the bed, and asked the question in sign language. Seeing her daughter’s response, she replied to me in English, and I replied to the intern in the local language. We had found ourselves in a most unlikely six-step chain of communication that allowed us to collect the information needed. The intern asked a second question, more obscure and technical than the first. We repeated the process. It was getting late, and as a few of us walked away from the hospital, I turned to Sally’s mum and said “It’s remarkable really, over the past few weeks, I happened to be memorizing an enormous collection of vocabulary in the local language for medical treatments, anatomy, and medical conditions... now I understand why! Father just has a way of arranging things doesn’t he?” “Yes. He does,” she replied, “and in such detail.”
What a great reminder that as we walk in faithfulness with God, he shows great faithfulness to us!
Promise Keepers is an annual Christian Men's Conference held on Saturday 1 September. This year theme is LEGACY Our legacy is built on how we treat the people we meet along the way. For more information about the event, please click here.
Kids Programs This Sunday
Spark is our program for preschool kids, led by Margaret Stewart.
Blaze is for kids in years 0-4, led by Kelly Jenkins.
Ignite is for young people in years 6-10, led by Olwyn Dickson.
CAP Money Course
(Fast-paced condensed programme)
Friday 7 September from 9.30am - 1.00pm. This one is aimed at those that can't commit to 3 individual (evening) sessions and perhaps have flexible working and/or kids at school or kindy. The free online tool comes with registration and will give you a chance to gain an overview of your finances, at a glance. So, how about getting on top of things and pick up some hints n tips along the way...and some good coffee besides!😊 You can register online here, look for the current RBC course, or contact the church office.
Leisure for Pleasure
Next Tuesday at 1pm in the church lounge. All are welcome to come along for this time of fellowship.
The next Ladies' Lunch will be held this Saturday 19 August. Please click here to view the invitation.
mainly music for young children is every Tuesday morning from 10am in the church. Newcomers are welcome!
On Tuesday 21 August we will meet at the Capitol Theatre,
Dominion Rd, Balmoral, at 5.45pm for the 6pm screening of “The Wife”. Ample parking is available being the theatre, access from both Balmoral Rd and Rocklands Ave. Please email the church office for reservations.
6PM @ RBC
Saturday 1 September from 8am. Our speaker will Peter Browning from The Baptist Association. Peter will be speaking on what the Baptist association does and about the wider body of Christ etc. Peter has a real passion for what this means. Share a cooked breakfast, coordinated by chef supremo Lindsay M. We'd love to see you there. Please consider inviting a friend.
Understanding Multicultural Church
The face of NZ has rapidly changed. There is an increasing need for greater cultural awareness. This applies in the church community as well as daily life. This workshop will equip you with greater understanding of the cultural complexities we face today. Click here for more information.
Wednesday Night Home Group
Home Group at the home of Paul and Ruth Ungemuth every second and fourth Wednesday at 7:30pm. Contact the office for more information.
Wednesday Morning Home Group
Home Group at the home of Joy Galt on the third Wednesday of the month at 10am. Contact the office for more information.
Sunday Afternoon Home Group
Home Group run by David and Heather Reid every second Sunday after the service at the Reid's home. Contact the office for more information.
Young Adults Home Group
Every Wednesday evening at 7:30pm. Please email the church to be added to the Facebook page, and check Facebook for updates.