Happenings 27 June 2019

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Just thinking…

From the Otago Daily Times comes the true story of a young man who was required to write a response to the following question in order to gain admission to New York University: Are there any significant experiences you have had, or accomplishments you have realised that have helped to define you as a person?

His answer: 'I am a dynamic figure, often seen scaling walls and crushing ice. I have been known to remodel train stations on my lunch breaks, making them more efficient in the area of heat-retention. I translate ethnic slurs for Cuban refugees. I write award-winning operas. I manage time efficiently. Occasionally I tread water for three days in a row. I woo women with my sensuous and godlike trombone playing. I can pilot bicycles up severe inclines with unflagging speed and I cook 30–Minute Brownies in 20 minutes. Using only a hoe and a large glass of water, I once single-handedly defended a small village in the Amazon Basin from a horde of ferocious army ants. I enjoy urban hang gliding. On Wednesdays after school I repair electrical appliances free of charge. I am an abstract artist, a concrete analyst and a ruthless bookie. Critics worldwide swoon over my original line of corduroy evening wear. I don’t perspire. I am a private citizen yet I receive fan mail. I have been caller number nine and have won the weekend passes. I bat 400. My deft floral arrangements have earned me fame in international botany circles. Children trust me. I can hurl tennis racquets at small moving objects with deadly accuracy. I once read Paradise Lost, Moby Dick and David Copperfield in one day and still had time to refurbish an entire dining room that evening. I sleep once a week; when I do I sleep in a chair. While on vacation in Canada, I successfully negotiated with a group of terrorists who had seized a small bakery. The laws of physics to not apply to me. I balance. I weave. I dodge. I frolic and my bills are all paid. On weekends to let off steam I participate in full-contact origami. Years ago I discovered the meaning of life but forgot to write it down. I breed prize-winning clams. I have won bull-gifts in San Juan, cliff-diving competitions in Sri Lanka and spelling bees at the Kremlin. I have played Hamlet, performed open-heart surgery and spoken with Elvis.
But I have not yet gone to college'.
He was accepted.

We all long to live lives of significance. Ironically, many of us miss the fact that because our loving Creator God handcrafted us, we are already significant. Because we are objects of his love, we are already valued, from the youngest to the oldest. Maybe we need to start looking at ourselves a little bit more through his eyes.

In Him

This Sunday 30 June…

Kindergarten Service... We welcome the children and families of the Remuera Baptist Kindergarten today! We hope you have an amazing time with us and thanks to the kids and staff for all their work to prepare for today.

Kids Programs This Sunday

This Sunday kids will be staying in during the service because it is our Kindy Service!

The Non-Pub Pub-Quiz

This Saturday 29 June at 6:30pm, we will be having our 'Non-Pub Pub Quiz'! Bring $5 and get a team of 3-8 together (or we will put you in a team on the night). Pizza and ice-cream will be provided ... and remember, this is a GLOW event - so bring some friends! Register with Murray.

mainly music

mainly music for young children is every Tuesday at 10am in the church lounge. Please note that next Tuesday will be the last mainly music for term 2. We will then begin again on Tuesday 23 July.

Soup & Toast

Our next Soup and Toast shared lunch will be on Sunday 7 July after the service. Please stay for a hot cup of soup with us.

faith @ 6:30pm

This Sunday 30 June we have our next faith @ 6:30 service. Come along at 6:30pm for an all-age service where we play games, worship and learn about God. This time we be having a discussion about how to be a first century church in the 21st century.

Leisure for Pleasure

Next Tuesday, 1pm in the church lounge. There is friendly company, card and board games, quizzes, music or bring your own handcrafts. With afternoon tea to follow. All are welcome!

Prayer Service

The next Prayer Service will be held on SUnday 7 July from 7pm in the church. Come along to pray with us.

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!