"Happy 40th, Rob!" So said the sign that was 6 story tall and plastered on the side of an Auckland high-rise in February last year ... along with a smiling face of the man in question ... Rob Harvey. He knew nothing about the sign, which was visible to 1.6 million Aucklanders, until he got a call on his way to work. At first he didn't believe it. It must be a hoax! But then he was sent a link to a Herald article featuring the sign in all its glory. Turns out, his work colleagues had pitched in to pay for this remarkable birthday celebration, which stayed up for the full 24 hours of his birthday. Rob had been wanting to keep his milestone day 'on the down-low', but took the gesture well. "I'm very grateful for all the birthday love … I just wish they could have chosen a more flattering picture," he said. I love this story because it reminds us of the power and importance of celebrating significant events ... and the added importance of doing it together. Community enhances celebration, and in cases such as Rob's, actually drives celebration. The bible is full of invitations, exhortations, opportunities, motivations and even commands(!) to grab some people and start partying, all the while basking in the goodness and greatness of God's love and favour. This year, periods of 'community deprivation' have reminded us again of how good community is. So, let's come together this Sunday ready to party and ready to enjoy celebrating God together. There will even be balloons! I look forward to seeing you there.
This Sunday 11 October…
The Joy Of The Lord!: Come along as we celebrate God's goodness to us, focusing on that amazing truth - 'The Joy of the Lord is Your Strength!'
Kids Programmes This Sunday
All our kids programmes are back this Sunday at 10am in the church! Spark is our program for older preschool to year 2 kids, Blaze is for kids in years 3-5, and Ignite is for young people in years 6 and above. See you there!
‘I Wonder’ Series
Murray has been running a little weekly video blog called 'I Wonder', where he is taking a few minutes each week to chat a bit about God, Jesus, Life the Universe and Everything! You can find them all on our YouTube channel here. Feel free to share them with friends.
Ignite Youth Group
Stay tuned for the Ignite term 4 planner coming soon!
Due to voting in the church lounge, mainly music will not be happening next week. Instead, we will return for term 4 on Tuesday 20 October at 10am in the church. We look forward to seeing you there! Newcomers are welcome. You can check out all our recorded sessions on our Facebook page by clicking here.
Revelation Small Group Series
The Revelation Small Group Series are studies looking at Jesus’ messages to the seven churches and asking what they mean for us today. This follows on from the Revelation sermon series and starts on Wednesday 21 October at 7:30pm. There will be five studies: 21, 28 Oct, 18, 25 Nov, 2 Dec. Enquiries contact the church office.
Young Adults Home Group
Every Thursday 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!
Myth-busters Small Group
Myth-busters is a 5 week series exploring what the Bible actually says about some key topics rather than what we think it says. Please contact the office if you are interested.
SHAPE Small Group
Pastor Murray will be leading a SHAPE Small Group series, looking at how God has wired you for service. Please register your interest by contacting the office.
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.
Thursday Morning Home Group
Home Group in the church lounge on the third Thursday of the month at 10am. After morning tea we do a bible study and pray together. Contact the office for more information.
You can check out all our Sunday services during the lock-down from our YouTube channel by clicking here.
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