Paul once wrote these words to a church: I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. (Philippians 1:3–6). Are those first Christians he wrote to still alive today? No. Does the church that he wrote this letter to still exist now? No. And yet, has ‘the day of Christ Jesus’ (meaning the day when the Lord comes in glory) arrived yet? Also no. So in what sense is God still working in the lives of people who are no longer alive? At the very least it means this: that death is not the end of life for those who are in Christ, and that the perfecting work of Christ in the lives of believers is not thwarted even by the death of those believers, but will be completed when he comes. God is both the consummate beginner and the ultimate completer. We are told that nothing in all creation can separate us from his love; equally, nothing (even death!) can derail his plans to complete all his purposes for us, because these too are an expression of his great love. We look at the world and at times look at ourselves and get a sense of unease because we know intuitively that things are not all they were supposed to be. Yet Paul calls us to confidence even in the face of imperfection; confidence that God is on the case, and he will perfect all that is still lacking. So let us be confident!
This Sunday 16 February…
SHAPED to Serve... Last week we looked at our spiritual gifts. This Sunday will be exploring the unique heart that God has given you as he has shaped you for service. Come along!
mainly music for young children is every Tursday at 10am in the church. Newcomers are welcome.
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!
Kids Programs This Sunday
Spark is our program for older preschool to year 2 kids, led by Margaret Stewart.
Blaze is for kids in years 3-5, led by Olwyn Dickson.
Ignite is for young people in years 6 and above, led by Grace.
Ignite Social Night: Gold Class @ RBC
Come along on Friday 14 February, as we are treated to a night at the movies (at church). We'd love to see you there!
Ignite Youth Group Term 1 Planner
Ignite is back for the year! If you have not been already, and would like to be notified about what is going on with Ignite, please contact the church office. You will then be emailed the specific details (times, locations, cost etc) on the Monday the week of the event.
Easter Camp and eCamp are also coming up and there will be more info about this coming soon.
Office Hours Next Week
Please note that the office will be closed on Thursday 20 February.
Men’s Breakfast Saturday 7 March. Our speaker will be Stan Yee. Stan will talk about Henry Jackson-Yue, the second Consul to New Zealand from Nationalist China, and the hardships of the early Chinese, and how they were helped by the Rev Alexander Don in the gold mining days of the 1880s in Roxburgh. Share a cooked breakfast, coordinated by chef supremo Lindsay M. We'd love to see you there. Please consider inviting a friend.
Our annual GROW Camp will be held on Saturday 14 - Sunday 15 March. This year we are privileged to be having a guest speaker, Phil Halstead, a lecturer at Carey Baptist College. You don't want to miss out so please reserve these dates for this special time together.
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.
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!
Important Dates coming soon…