Sunday 4 December 2016 Advent 2 10am

WHILE OUR CHURCH BUILDING IS REPAIRED WE ARE MEETING EACH SUNDAY AT THE MINERAL & LAPIDARY CLUB 11O WALTHAM RD (NEXT TO WALTHAM SCHOOL) AT 10AM.

WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO WELCOME YOU.

 

WORSHIP FOCUS: Today our young people present A Children’s Christmas Celebration.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOTICES

Foot Clinic TOMORROW 1-4pm in Beckenham Methodist Church Hall. Please use entrance off Martin Ave.

 

CWS Christmas Appeal…you will have received an appeal envelope with your ‘Messenger’. These can be returned to church.

 

Garage Sale on site at 43 St Martins Rd THIS Saturday 10th Dec 9am – 12 noon. If you can help with sorting on Thursday & Friday mornings, please see Irene.

 

Wednesday Walkers 7th December: See Anneke for this week’s destination.

 

Crafty Crafters

Thursdays 10am – 12 noon at Beckenham Methodist Lounge. $3. This is a very friendly group and new faces are always welcome. Lyndsey McKay

 

Christmas Gifts for Waltham Cottage: Gifts for Men, Women, Teenage boys and girls and smaller children. Please DO NOT wrap the gifts as they are carefully chosen for each individual.  Donations of wrapping, paper and cards are also very welcome.  The box will be under the Christmas tree until 11th December. Home baked goodies also welcome next Sunday.

 

 

 

 

SERVICES FOR CHRISTMAS & BEYOND

 

Sunday 18th December 10am at CMLC Hall

Nine Lessons & Carols

 

Saturday 24th December Christmas Eve

7.30pm at CMLC Hall

11.30pm at Beckenham Methodist

 

Sunday 25th December 9.30am

Christmas Day Celebration ~

a combined service at Beckenham

 

Sundays in January

10am Combined Services

1st, 15th & 29th at CMLC Hall

8th & 22nd at Beckenham Methodist

 

 

 

Alpine Presbytery Earthquake Relief Fund…. The Moderator and Executive Officer of Presbytery have been maintaining contact with people in the areas affected by the earthquakes which happened at the beginning of last week.

 

People have asked how they can help in the aftermath of this devastating event. We are aware that there are significant concerns across parts of our Presbytery affecting Amuri Parish, the Hurunui, Kaikoura, the Awatere Parish and Blenheim.

We do ask that churches across our Presbytery encourage everyone to pray for people affected by this tragedy.

 

We also invite people to donate to a special Alpine Presbytery Relief Fund that will be created to support those most affected in the time ahead. Contact Gail at alpinepresoffice@gmail.com to request the bank account details, or post cheques to: Alpine Presbytery, P.O. Box 42120, Tower Junction Post Shop, Christchurch 8149. Our Moderator will monitor the use of this fund with the assistance of pastoral guidance from key leaders.

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Advent Sunday 27th November 2016 10am

 

WHILE OUR CHURCH BUILDING IS REPAIRED WE ARE MEETING EACH SUNDAY AT THE MINERAL & LAPIDARY CLUB 11O WALTHAM RD (NEXT TO WALTHAM SCHOOL) AT 10AM.

WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO WELCOME YOU.

WORSHIP FOCUS: Today we celebrate the first Sunday of Advent and light our candle of Hope

NOTICES:

A very warm welcome to all who worship with us today. Please stay for  morning tea following the service.

 

Last Thursday a new office was installed on the church site.  The building shifted from the back of the property will now need fitting out with a toilet to be installed and other improvements to create two offices.  Thank you to Tony Beasley and Warren Pettigrew and others who helped.

 

CWS Christmas Appeal…you will receive an appeal envelope with your ‘Messenger’. These can be returned to church.

 

Did You Know?: Offerings can be paid by direct debit – see Joan Macdonald for details.

 

Garage Sale on site at 43 St Martins Rd Saturday 10th Dec 9am – 12 noon.

Donations of books, plants, kitchenware, china, hardware and furniture very welcome. Volunteers to run a sausage sizzle needed also. If you can help with sorting on the Thursday & Friday mornings, please add your name to the list on Irene’s clipboard. See Irene if you can help on the day too.

Wednesday Walkers 30th November: Meet 9.30am at the empty section being used as a carpark in Fitzgerald Ave next to Little Pom’s Cafe, on the corner of  Kilmore Street. All welcome. Janette & Cyril 021 161 1178.

 

Crafty Crafters

Thursdays 10am – 12 noon at Beckenham Methodist Lounge. $3. This is a very friendly group and new faces are always welcome. Lyndsey McKay

 

2017 Fundraising Calendars – only a handful left! Contact the Office. $20.

 

Christmas Gifts for Waltham Cottage

Gifts for Men, Women, Teenage boys and girls and smaller children. Please DO NOT wrap the gifts as they are carefully chosen for each individual.  Donations of wrapping, paper and cards are also very welcome.

The box will be under the Christmas tree until 11th December. Home baked goodies could also be received on the 11th

Thank you for supporting Adrienne and the Cottage staff as they make Christmas a happy time for so many families.

 

The Risingholme Singers are presenting Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols, on Saturday 3 December in St Michael and All Angels Church, Oxford Terrace, at 7.00 pm. Tickets $15 from John Shanks.

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Sunday 20 November 2016 10am

WHILE OUR CHURCH BUILDING IS REPAIRED WE ARE MEETING EACH SUNDAY AT THE MINERAL & LAPIDARY CLUB 11O WALTHAM RD (NEXT TO WALTHAM SCHOOL) AT 10AM.

WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO WELCOME YOU.

 

WORSHIP FOCUS: Reign of Christ. This morning’s worship service has been prepared by our study group.

 

We remember in our prayers this day all those affected by Monday’s earthquake in North Canterbury, for the victims, the injured, the displaced, all those who work in disaster relief.

 

NOTICES

Notes from the Session Meeting 

 

Temporary Office – to be moved 10.30am Thursday 24 November.  The office will then be fitted out.  Thanks to Tony Beasley and Warren Pettigrew.

October Breakfast – went really well. It was agreed to hold these regularly in 2017 with parish groups responsible for organising.   19 March  Men’s Group  21 May Young People 20 August 15 October

New Venue for Worship – is working well.  Please be aware that it is a transition to start attending a new venue and if you know of someone who might like to come, offer to bring them for their first time.

Education:  Look out for showings of the video Te Rongopai – The beginnings of Christianity in New Zealand after worship on Jan 29th and Feb 5th next year in preparation for Waitangi Day.  This excellent video tells us that Christianity had a very important part to play in the history of our nation and in particular with the relationship between Maori and Pakeha.

Look out also for Lenten Study Groups in Lent 2017.

Mission – Tanzanian Lunch enjoyed by those who participated with about $900 total raised.  That is a great result.  Thanks to Barb and others involved.

Worship – We will be uniting with Beckenham Methodist for services on Christmas day and in January 2017.

 

2017 Fundraising Calendars – only a handful left! Contact the Office. $20.

 

Garage Sale on site at 43 St Martins Rd Saturday 10th Dec 9am – 12 noon.

Donations of books, plants, kitchenware, china, hardware and furniture very welcome. Volunteers to run a sausage sizzle needed also. If you can help with sorting on the Thursday & Friday mornings, please add your name to the list on Irene’s clipboard. See Irene if you can help on the day too.

 

 

Did You Know?: Offerings can be paid by direct debit – see Joan Macdonald for details.

 

Wednesday Walkers 23rd November: Meet 9.30am on the corner of Gloucester St & Woodham Rd. We will have a walk through the Red-zone (PLEASE WEAR CLOSED SHOES)  and finish with coffee at the Crossroad Cafe. All welcome. Anneke 328 7459.

 

Crafty Crafters

Thursdays 10am – 12 noon at Beckenham Methodist Lounge. $3. This is a very friendly group and new faces are always welcome. Lyndsey McKay

 

Christmas Gifts for Waltham Cottage

Gifts for Men, Women, Teenage boys and girls and smaller children. Toiletries, clothing,  toys, stationery, smellies,  books…all the things that you like to receive at Christmas. Please DO NOT wrap the gifts as they are carefully chosen for each individual.  Donations of wrapping, paper and cards are also very welcome.

The box will be under the Christmas tree from next Sunday 27 until 11th December. Home baked goodies could also be received on the 11th

Thank you for supporting Adrienne and the Cottage staff as they make Christmas a happy time for so many families.

 

Rod Donald Memorial Lecture: Creating Sustainable Urban Communities: Lessons for rebuilding Christchurch’s Communities presented by Simon Kingham UC Professor of Geography. Sunday 27th November 2016 4.30 – 6.00pm at The Atrium, Netball Centre, Hagley Ave. All welcome. Entry by koha.
To reserve a seat please contact:chchgreens@greens.org.nz
The Risingholme Singers are presenting Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols, on Saturday 3 December in St Michael and All Angels Church, Oxford Terrace, at 7.00 pm.  This will be a stunning concert, accompanied by harp. Tickets $15 from John Shanks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My friends in the Alpine Presbytery.

 

This last Monday, in the early hours of the morning, our lives were once again shaken by the earthquakes in North Canterbury and the Kaikoura coast. At present we are unable to make physical contact with people in Waiau, Kaikoura and parts of the Awatere Flaxbourne parish.

On your behalf I have been in contact with each of the Ministers in the parishes badly affected by the earthquake and aftershocks offering our support and prayers.  At present Kaikoura is isolated from the rest of New Zealand, and the Rev Dawn  Daunauda, of the Awatere Flaxbourne Co-Operating parish, informs me that she is unable to travel to offer pastoral support to the people in Flaxbourne and the Kekerangu areas. My experience tells me that the damage to homes and property, plus the isolation and aftershocks will place great pressure on relationships as people struggle to cope with everyday tasks.

 

Within the next week, when needs becomes clearer and we are able to receive advice from those on the ground in the affected areas, the Presbytery Council will advise you of how we can all best assist. With so many at General Assembly in Dunedin and communications with the Rev Alistair McNaughton in Kaikoura intermittent, we are restricted in our normal decision making processes. However this does not stop us spiritually supporting each other through prayer and providing as much human love and support as we are able to in the current circumstances. Please remember in your prayers those affected by the devastation affecting those in North Canterbury (who have already been suffering the effects of a two and a half year long drought) and Marlborough. Please also pray for those in the lower North Island who also have been affected.

 

PS: Please also remember in prayer those at General Assembly in Dunedin.

 

David

Moderator

Alpine Presbytery

 

 

 

 

 

We have sent greetings from St Martin’s and the assurance of our thoughts and prayers to Presbyterian parishes in the quake affected areas.  Some responses have been:

From the Rev Nancy Jean Whithead at Amberley and Cheviot….

Thank you for the greetings, prayers and thoughts from St. Martin’s.   They are much appreciated.

On the whole things are OK.   Our people in Cheviot, who all live in the village or Gore Bay, say there has been minor damage but nothing that they can’t deal with.  It is the area immediately north – Parnassus, Conways Flat and Spotswood where things are not good.  Far worse than Cheviot is Waiau – part of Amuri Parish.  Houses have been destroyed and there is no power, water or cellphone coverage.  A number of our people have family there and the Amberley Probus group is organising baking etc. to go up there soon.   

From Helen Clyde Smith at Hanmer….

I am pleased to inform you that there have been no reports of significant damage to property or injury to any person in Hanmer Springs. As with most areas around the central points of the earthquake lots of broken and damaged falling items from shelves etc. Nothing too significant.  The road in is now fully cleared but only open one way as a precaution from aftershocks causing further slips. Trucks have been allowed to go over the bridge.  So Hanmer Springs is in good heart and getting on with it. 

Sadly this is not the case for our neighbours with Rotherham to Waiau and all surrounding area very impacted so I am sure the Amuri co-operating parish will need support. A number of houses and buildings destroyed with land damage and road issues in the Waiau district.

Contact with the St Paul’s parish in Kaikoura has been intermittent but they have been working hard to provide meals for tourists and support for each other.  They have even been organizing movies at the church to provide light relief.

 

Dugald

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Sunday 13th November 2016

WHILE OUR CHURCH BUILDING IS REPAIRED WE ARE MEETING EACH SUNDAY AT THE MINERAL & LAPIDARY CLUB 11O WALTHAM RD (NEXT TO WALTHAM SCHOOL) AT 10AM.

WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO WELCOME YOU.

 

WORSHIP FOCUS:

Your Sisters Orphanage in Tanzania

Your Sisters Orphanage was started in 2011 by an American woman, Libby Bailey, her partner Frank Mollel, and his Masai family. Now it is divided into three parts, each complementing the other:

Creative Community Programme (CCP) was implemented to provide the women of Kisongo village area, where the Orphanage is located, a means towards economic self-sufficiency. Around 20 women sew together at the Orphanage and make lovely bags, aprons and children’s clothes. These items are sold in safari lodges and shops.

 

Orphanage for Girls

The “Your Sisters” orphanage is a sanctuary for young girls who have been orphaned or abandoned. It is their home, where they receive love, nurturing care and support in a family environment. Each child receives nutritious meals, clean water, and comfortable shelter as well as clothing, health care, and access to quality education.

 

Volunteer & Travel Groups

Volunteers can come and take part in programmes with the orphans, or the women; and combine this with a climb up Kilimanjaro or relax on the beaches of Zanzibar.

 

NOTICES

2017 Fundraising Calendars still available. $20. Please see Charlotte Houston or Judith Mackay.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Garage Sale on site at 43 St Martins Rd Saturday 10th Dec 9am – 12 noon.

Donations of books, plants, kitchenware, china, hardware and furniture very welcome. Volunteers to run a sausage sizzle needed also. If you can help with sorting on the Thursday & Friday mornings, please add your name to the list on Irene’s clipboard. See Irene if you can help on the day too.

 

Wednesday Walkers 16th November: Contact Sonya 339 7038 for this week’s destination.

 

Articles now required for next ‘Messenger’ please. Deadline Friday 18th November. Email contributions to Anneke:  anneke.howie@gmail.com

 

Session meets this Wednesday 16th November 7.30pm at Merchiston, 75 St Martins Rd.

 

Crafty Crafters

Thursdays 10am – 12 noon at Beckenham Methodist Lounge. $3. This is a very friendly group and new faces are always welcome. Lyndsey McKay

 

Christmas Gifts for Waltham Cottage

Gifts are required this year for the Cottage to give out to their clients.  Gifts for Men, Women, Teenage boys and girls and smaller children.

Please DO NOT wrap the gifts as they are carefully chosen for each individual.  Donations of wrapping, paper and cards are also very welcome.

Toiletries, clothing,  toys, stationery, smellies,  books , in fact all the things that you like to receive at Christmas.

The box will be under the Christmas tree from Sunday 27 November – 11th December. Home baked goodies could also be received on the 11th

Thank you for supporting Adrienne and the Cottage staff as they make Christmas a happy time for so many families.

 

Do You Enjoy Singing? Bill Irvine is organising a small group to sing during the service on Sunday 18th December.

Please talk to Bill today or ring him on 338 1651 if you would like to be part of the group.  Rehearsals will be arranged  to suit everyone.

 

General Assembly meets this week in Dunedin.  Incoming Moderator Rev Richard Dawson

has identified five key areas. Go to www.pcanzassembly.org.nz/prayer for more

 

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Sunday 6th November 2016

WHILE OUR CHURCH BUILDING IS REPAIRED WE ARE MEETING EACH SUNDAY AT THE MINERAL & LAPIDARY CLUB 11O WALTHAM RD (NEXT TO WALTHAM SCHOOL) AT 10AM.

 

WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO WELCOME YOU.

 

WORSHIP FOCUS:

 

Sunday 6 November 2016

Today we celebrate All Saints Sunday….. we remember those who have died and have been embraced in the love of God.  During the service there will be an opportunity to light a candle for those you wish to remember.

 

 

WHAT’S HAPPENING…

St Martin’s Day 11 November….From the late 4th century to the late Middle Ages, much of Western Europe, including Great Britain, engaged in a period of fasting beginning on the day after St. Martin’s Day, November 11. This fast period lasted 40 days, and was, therefore, called Quadragesima Sancti Martini, which means in Latin “the forty days of St. Martin.” At St. Martin’s eve and on the feast day, people ate and drank very heartily for a last time before they started to fast. This fasting time was later called “Advent” and was considered a time for spiritual preparation for Christmas

 

Please remember William Penwell as he walks the Te Araroa trail from 14th November  to raise money for the Fred Hollows Foundation (a non-profit aid organisation that aims to restore sight to those who are unable to access adequate eye care)

If you would like to donate, go to https://givealittle.co.nz/fundraiser/williampenwell

 

NEXT SUNDAY 13th NOVEMBER we will have an update about Your Sisters Orphanage in Tanzania which this parish supports. Following the service you are all invited to a lunch to raise funds for the Orphanage. $5 per person. Last chance to sign up today. For details, see Barbara Meier.

 

2017 Fundraising Calendars still available. $20. Please see Charlotte Houston or Judith Mackay.

 

Garage Sale on site at 43 St Martins Rd Saturday 10th Dec 9am – 12 noon.

Donations of books, plants, kitchenware, china, hardware and furniture very welcome. Volunteers to run a sausage sizzle needed also. If you can help with sorting on the Thursday & Friday mornings, please add your name to the list on Irene’s clipboard. See Irene if you can help on the day too.

OFFICE CLOSED Friday 11th November (Show Day)

 

Wednesday Walkers 9th November: Meet 9.30am at South Library carpark, river end for a walk around Beckenham Lake.  All welcome. Sonya 027 253 3397

 

Crafty Crafters

Thursdays 10am – 12 noon at Beckenham Methodist Lounge. $3. Work on your own craft project or learn a new one. This is a very friendly group and new faces are always welcome. Lyndsey McKay

 

Christmas Gifts for Waltham Cottage

Gifts are required this year for the Cottage to give out to their clients.  Gifts for Men, Women, Teenage boys and girls and smaller children.

Please DO NOT wrap the gifts as they are carefully chosen for each individual.  Donations of wrapping, paper and cards are also very welcome.

Toiletries, clothing,  toys, stationery, smellies,  books , in fact all the things that you like to receive at Christmas.

The box will be under the Christmas tree from Sunday 27 November – 11th December. Home baked goodies could also be received on the 11th .

Thank you for supporting Adrienne and the Cottage staff as they make Christmas a happy time for so many families.

 

Do You Enjoy Singing?   If so Bill Irvine would like to hear from you.  He is organising a small group to sing during the service on Sunday 18th December.

Please talk to Bill today or ring him on 338 1651 if you would like to be part of the group.   He will arrange rehearsals to suit everyone.   Many thanks.

 

PARISH OFFICE: Wednesday & Thursday 9am – 12 noon, Fridays 9-11am

Ph 332 6192. Email: stmartpresch@xtra.co.nz. Website:www.stmartins.org.nz.

INTERIM MINISTER: Rev Dugald Wilson 380 5024; dugaldwil@gmail.com

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