26th November 2017

 

THIS MORNING, 9.30am

Liturgist – Pam Elgar   Preacher – Glynn Cardy

Readers – Joan Hardy, Margaret Seagrave

Intercessions – David McNabb

Flowers – Anne Baird   Organist – Stephen Vincent

Hospitality – Pam Elgar & David McNabb, Tom & Margaret Agee, Nick Paschalis, Judith Ray, Kay Fenwick

                                                                                                                              

THIS WEEK WE PRAY FOR

World Council of Churches’ Calendar – Brunei, Malaysia, Singapore

Within the Nation – FAITH.  Leaders of the churches;  leaders of other faiths;  people of faith; theologians and teachers; evangelists; ministers and priests, rabbis, imams; members of religious orders; critics of religion; sceptics; atheists; those searching for meaning; the new spiritualities and their followers; people without hope

Within St Luke’s – The musicians – Stephen Vincent, Grant Hutchinson, Tim Carpenter, Jill Stotter,

                                  Kathryn Jones, Margaret Seagrave, the choir

 

NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 26th NOVEMBER 2017

1.  AGAPE MEAL, mid-week communion this Wednesday.

2.  REVERSE ADVENT CALENDARS.  As we start to approach Christmas, we would like to invite community members to consider an alternative to the kids’ traditional chocolate advent calendar.  The alternative is called a reverse advent calendar. It’s a simple, but really nice idea, and ideal for families with children or grandchildren.  Instead of the kids opening a cardboard window each morning and grabbing a chocolate treat, they add a gift of non-perishable food to a Christmas box, so that on Christmas Day they have a box full of 25 food items that they can bring to church for donation to the Presbyterian Foodbank.  Advent food boxes can be left in Colin’s office until arrangements can be made for delivery to the foodbank.

 

3.   WHITE RIBBON CAMPAIGN.  You will see around the Community Centre, and on our billboard out front, that we are again supporting the anti-domestic violence White Ribbon Campaign.  The emphasis this year is on raising our boys to show respect.  There is a pamphlet and white ribbon to collect in the foyer.

4.    Our condolences to Tim Carpenter whose grandfather, the Reverend Theo Carpenter, died last week.

5.   MISSION AND MINISTRY.  Thank you to the large number of parishioners [70+] who participated in the Mission and Ministry consultations this month.  The extensive notes taken at these meetings are now in the process of being collated and summarized, and then an action plan will be developed.  Some suggestions can be implemented straight away [like having a list of parishioners to pray for in our Sunday notices, and the posting on the noticeboard and website the full minutes of the Parish Council].  Other suggestions will need some discussion and planning for.

6.   DONATION BOX.  Beginning next Sunday [3rd December] the Worship Committee, following the Mission and Ministry consultations, is again to trial the suggestion to have a donation box for our cash and envelope offerings, rather than pass around collection bags during the Offertory Voluntary or Offertory Hymn.  This donation box [a larger one than we previously used] will be in the entrance way as we come into church.  There will continue to be an Offertory Voluntary/Hymn, at the end of which the food and donation box will be brought forward.  The purpose of this change is to provide a more hospitable atmosphere to visitors.

7.  MULTI-FAITH CALENDAR OF RELIGIOUS FESTIVALS 2018 are available from the Religious Diversity Centre web site for only $20 posted:   http://www.rdc.org.nz/store/

8.  PRESBYTERIAN SUPPORT NORTHERN AGM, 2pm on 30th November at their office, 111 Great South Road.

9.  COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS’ LUNCH Tuesday 5th December, 12.30pm  For those who arrange flowers, count money, serve on teams / committees / council, cater for events, fix things that are broken, guide, serve, sing, play an instrument, teach, tidy, weed ... anyone who voluntarily gives time and talents to enrich the life of our community is invited to lunch.  Please sign the list at reception or RSVP to Pamela pamela@stlukes.org.nz by Monday 4th December.

10.  ST LUKE’S SENIORS CHRISTMAS MORNING TEA, Thursday 14th December, 10.30am.  A festive treat awaits all St Lucans who are 70+ years young.  If you would like to come along and share good coffee, Christmas treats, and a good natter, please sign the list at reception, indicating if you require transport.

11.  HOSPITALITY FOR DECEMBER & JANUARY.  Please sign the lists at reception if you would like to be part of the hospitality team for either month. 

For our Prayers:

Please remember these members of our community:

Ann McKenzie is in Auckland Hospital in a serious condition.
Karl Woodroffe [grandson of Olinda and Colin] is now out of intensive care in Brisbane and beginning the long journey towards recovery
Alison Miller is coming to the end of her treatment and is doing well.
Margie Sadler

Please note that the people above have given permission for this information to be shared.

 

PARISH COUNCIL NOTES

-Action on upgrading the signage at the front of the church are under way with proposals due to be received in next two weeks from a designer /supplier of ‘corporate’ frontages.

-Substantial progress has been made on establishing the Music Pillar and in particular finding the person to take the lead in coordinating and developing the pillar. This will be announced shortly.

-  Worship Committee decided that the offertory box, rather than collection bags, would be trialled again

- The Sunday service this coming week [26/11] Glynn and Colin with present the progress on the Social Justice mission theme for 2018 “ leaving Prison for good”, and what is planned regarding the other pillars in 2018.

 

-The three Mission and Ministry consultation meetings have been very successful with 70 plus persons attending and providing very helpful input. The extensive notes taken at these meetings are now in the process of being collated and summarized, and then an action plan will be developed.  Some suggestions can be implemented straight away, other suggestions will need some discussion and planning for.

-The need for improving communications and marketing across the spectrum of the community’s activities, including steps to increase membership was discussed and first stage of a plan for improvement agreed.

-Parish council vacancies were discussed and steps set out to fill the existing two vacancies.

NOTE: Effective this month the minutes of Parish Council meetings will be made available on the Community’s website, with hard copy available in reception for those without access to computers.

 
ADVENT SUNDAY 3 DECEMBER 2017
 
9.30am – Community Worship
 

Liturgist – Penelope Stevenson   Preacher – Glynn Cardy   Duty Elder – Alexa Johnston

Readers – Alexa Johnston, Anne Baird   Intercessions – Barbara Smith

Organist – Grant Hutchinson

SLIKS – Pageant Practice

 

130 Remuera Road, Remuera, Auckland 1050  

Community Centre & Church Office: Phone 520 0740

Website www.stlukes.org.nz     Facebook www.facebook.com/stlukesNewmarket

 

Minister: GLYNN CARDY  021 545 969; glynn@stlukes.org.nz

Community Director: Colin Rose  520 0199  021 987 220; colin@stlukes.org.nz

Administrator: PAMELA DAY  520 0740; pamela@stlukes.org.nz

Parish Council Convener: DAVID McNABB; dmcnabb@unitec.ac.nz

Parish Clerk: KEN HULLS kenhulls@xtra.co.nz

Envelope Secretary: MARGARET TIBBLES, 846 7682 (h); margtibbles@gmail.com

 

PASTORAL.  If you know of anyone needing support, a listening ear, a phone call or a visit at home or in hospital,

please contact Pamela pamela@stlukes.org.nz

 

 

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