Happenings 14 December 2018

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Just Thinking…

It has been a week of resignations and the announcement of resignations. Leighton Smith retired this week after 33 years on radio. Steve Hanson announced his upcoming resignation as All Black coach. Both of these are big names with big influence. Yet the resignation that moved me most this week was that of Peter Ayson, principle of Meadowbank Primary School, leaving after 20 years of leading this school. I watched as he stood in front of a room packed with children and their parents, struggling to keep his emotions in check as he reflected on the highs and lows of two decades of service. “There have been a number of highlights … ,” he said. But then he looked at the uplifted faces of over 400 school kids, and said to them, “… but you are the reason I did this. And working for you did not feel like work.” Committing yourself to benefit others in an area you are passionate about is one of the most fulfilling things you can do in life. Where have you invested in people in 2018? Where are the places that your life has intersected with others in ways that have left blessing? And how would you like to invest in people next year? Let’s be inspired by Jesus this Christmas, who, by being born as one us, showed a commitment to people that is remarkable. And it’s one that he will never resign from.
    
In Him, 

Murray

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.

Film Group

On Tuesday 18 December we will meet at the Lido Theatre, Manukau Rd, at 5.40pm for the 5.55pm screening of “Lean on Pete”. Please email the church office for reservations.

Carols in the Carpark

Come along on Sunday 23 December from 6:30 - 7:30pm for a family-friendly time of carol-singing and creative re-telling of the Christmas story with fun content for kids and a free sausage sizzle. Bring your friends; bring a cushion, blanket or camp-chair to sit on. If it's wet, we will be inside the church.

Office Hours

Please note that the office will be closed from 24 December to 4 January. It will re-open for normal office hours on Tuesday 8 January. These hours are, 8am-1pm on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Women’s Lunch

The final women's event for 2018 will be a Women's Christmas Party held on Saturday 15 December from 12pm. The venue will be the home of Glynis Opie, 21 Coldham Crescent, St Johns. This is a catered event but a koha is appreciated. Feel free to invite your friends!

mainly music has finished for the year and will begin again in 2019.

Home Groups

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.

Don't forget to keep your diaries updated with what's going on in the church!

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