Happenings 8 February 2019

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Just thinking…

While she hasn’t got a book named after her, I personally think that Naomi’s story in the book of Ruth is as equally compelling as that of Ruth’s herself. Ruth’s story is coloured by grief, yes, and she is rightfully applauded for her loyalty, initiative and courage. But Naomi’s story is one which shows God’s grace to someone in the deepest despair who was helpless to help herself. She had known wave after wave of calamity; life had punched and kicked her until she could not get up. Forced to leave her country because of poverty, her husband had died in a foreign land. Then one son died. Then another. She had no sons left, and again plunged back beneath the bread-line, she is forced to return to her homeland, destitute and demoralised. You get the feeling as you read that she is hopeless, listless, and simply waiting for the next disaster to happen. And then God …
As a church we also have had wave after wave of calamity. This week we again find ourselves having to farewell a dear friend and brother in tragic circumstances. John’s death is yet another blow to us and we struggle to see hope in the grief. But may we still hold on to these words:  ‘And then God …’  Jesus begins sentences of redemption, hope and joy out of paragraphs of pain. Our story is not yet written by the Author of our faith. Pain happens … And then God works good out of harm. Despair sets in … And then God brings hope where there was no hope of hope making a comeback. Hold on, family, and trust in our great ‘And then God’!

In Him, 

Murray

This Sunday 10 February…

This Sunday we will giving some time to reflect on the last few weeks, to ask some questions, and to provide a number of avenues in which people can approach God in worship.

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.

The World Day of Prayer

The World Day of Prayer 2019 service will be held on Friday, March 1, at 10am at St Lukes Presbyterian Church, Remuera Road. The theme is "Come - Everything is Ready", based on Luke 14:15:24 (The Wedding Banquet). The service was prepared by the woman of Slovenia, one of the smallest countries in Central Europe, which gained its independence from Yugoslavia in 1991.

mainly music

mainly music for young children will begin this Tuesday 12 February at 10am. Feel free to just come along if you're new as you can register there! For more information about mainly music, click here.

Night Of Prayer

CHANGE OF DATE! 7:30-9:30pm, Sunday 10 February in the church auditorium
Next Sunday, we are setting aside some time to seek Jesus as his church for the year ahead. Please come along!

Office Hours

Please note that the office will only be open on Monday 11 February from 8am-2pm next week.

Church Family Picnic

Unfortunately due to the sadness of the week it has been regretfully decided to cancel the picnic scheduled for this Sunday 10 February.

SAVE THE DATE

GROW Camp is back again this year! Reserve March 9-10 March for this special time this year.

CHANGE ME

The next Prayer Service will be held on Sunday 3 February at 7pm. All are welcome.

Home Groups

Wednesday Night Home Group
Home Group at the home of Paul and Ruth Ungemuth every second and fourth Wednesday at 7:30pm. Each week we share in supper, do a bible study and pray for each other. Will begin on Wednesday 13 February. 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. After morning tea we do a bible study and pray together. 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. We have a shared lunch which is then followed by a time of prayer and doing a bible study. 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 of what we have going on. We'd love for you to join us!

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

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