Sunday 1 October 2017

                                                                                   

THIS MORNING, 9.30am

Liturgists – Penelope Stevenson, Christina and Frazer Wright,
                    Natasha and Samantha Needham
Preacher – Glynn Cardy   Duty Elder – Ken Hulls
Reader – Glenda Tabuteau   Intercessions – Rebecca Hayward
Organist – Stephen Vincent   Flowers – Margaret Agee

Hospitality – Ken & Bridget Hulls, Penelope Stevenson, Muriel Carruthers,

                        Roger Williams, Gill Maxwell, Rachel Goffin

THIS WEEK WE PRAY FOR

World Council of Churches’ Calendar – Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela

Within the Nation – MONEY.  Money lenders; mortgage brokers; bankers; accountants; economists; shareholders; stockbrokers; insurance workers; service and manufacturing industries; the extremely rich; people in serious debt; the destitute

Within St Luke’s – Graham Wallace; Hunter Wells; Valerie Whitlock; Roger Williams

NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 1 OCTOBER 2017

1.  TODAY IS PET SUNDAY.  Welcome to all our furry friends – past and present.

2.  BETTY FLETCHER.  This Monday, October 2nd at 1 pm, the funeral of Betty Fletcher will be at St Luke’s.  Betty is the wife of the late Bill Fletcher, who was the son of William John Fletcher.  It was William and his brother Jim who were very generous at the time of our church’s construction.  William also gave the Communion Table and the Bell.  Please keep Betty and Bill’s children – Mark, Andrew, and Kirsty and their families in your prayers.  Glynn also took the funeral on Saturday of Lew Johns.  Please also pray for his wife Gail, and his children Philip and Vicki.

3.  FIRST N THIRD MORNING TEA, Tuesday 3rd October, 10.30am.  All welcome.

4.  MYSTERIES OF THE UNIVERSE II concludes on Wednesday 4th October at 7.30pm.  Einstein deduced that past present and future all exist within the universe, - calling what we experience as a time as an illusion, though a pretty real one nevertheless. How did he come to that conclusion, something that also explains gravity, black holes and more.

5.  ST LUKE’S AGM SUNDAY 8th OCTOBER, 11.15am.  Our communion Sunday in October will be the 15th.  The Annual Financial Report and annual reports from the conveners of all St Luke’s teams are available on the screen bench today.    The parish contact booklet will now be available on Sunday 15th October.  Any changes of address, email or phone numbers to Pamela.

6.  ST LUKE’S DAY, SUNDAY 15th OCTOBER.  The choir will be singing the Hamilton Mass, a guest preacher [Peter Matheson], and a shared community lunch afterwards.  The theme of the service will be the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.  Who brings what for the community lunch to follow. 

7.  UPCOMING LECTURES.  

On Tuesday 17th October 7.30pm, in conjunction with St Helier’s Presbyterian, we will be hosting a lecture by Peter Matheson titled "How do we speak about God?  Authenticity for Martin Luther and for us." 
On 2nd November 7.30pm, Hal Taussig, a professor for many years at Union Theological Seminary in New York, will be with us.  His topic is " The First, Second, and 21st Centuries: More Spirit, Less Rules.”

8.  DOROTHY BROWN MEMORIAL LECTURE, Friday 13th October, 7.30pm.   Presented by Maire Leadbeater, long time peace activist: “Nuclear free New Zealand at 30: historic achievement compromised by ‘follow the leader’ foreign and defence policy”.  All welcome – no bookings necessary.  Bishop Selwyn Chapel, Holy Trinity Cathedral, Parnell, Auckland.

STUDY DAY, Saturday 14th October, 8.30am to 5pm.  More information on the notice board in reception.

9.  CONSULTATION ON MISSION AND MINISTRY.  In November we will be offering three opportunities for parishioners to come together to share views about what we could do/offer in future, what has been good in the past, and what we could do better.  This will significantly help Parish Council as we launch into 2018.  We are calling this ‘Consultation on Mission and Ministry’.  In order that we hear from as many people as possible, there will be two after church discussions [11 am on November 4th and 19th], and one mid-week discussion [7.30pm November 14th].  As with our recent consultation on pews/chairs, the intention is that everyone has the opportunity to attend one of these discussions. 

10.  VISITING ELDER PROGRAMME.  We have now instigated a Visiting Elder Programme in the parish.  31 of our elders have offered to each be in contact with a small group of parishioners three times per year.  The intention of the programme is to keep in touch with as many people as possible.  Please note it is not a reporting or feedback system – indeed the conversations you have with a visiting elder are confidential, unless you wish something to be told to me or the Pastoral Care team [and then it will also be treated confidentially].  If you don’t wish to be contacted by an elder please inform me.  My hope is that for both the elder and the person being visited/contacted the experience will be enjoyable.  Kind regards, Glynn

 

Notes from September Parish Council Meeting

Pews and chairs. After listening to the thoughts and opinions voiced at three meetings to discuss changing the seating in the church, the Parish Council unanimously passed the following motion for consideration at the Annual General Meeting on Sunday 8 October.

MOTION:  That this AGM approves in principle the removal of up to 12 pews from the transept, and replaces this amount of seating with quality chairs which fit with the beauty of the building and the existing furniture, providing that this does not compromise the existing acoustic which is particularly suitable for music. Further, that Parish Council authorise a small team to research not just appropriate chairs, but also increasing the ease of moving the existing pews, cushioning for pews and the cost of and potential funding for each of these stages; and reports back to a Special General Meeting before proceeding with removal and purchases.

It was also agreed that we will have voting papers and scrutineers ready should anyone request a secret ballot on this motion; and that we wish to retain the elders’ chairs and not destroy any pews which may be removed. 

Parish Clerk:  We are delighted that Ken Hulls has agreed to be our new Parish Clerk and we thank Alexa Johnston for her work as interim Parish Clerk.
A theme for 2018. We discussed and approved Glynn’s proposal that our theme for 2018 be around the issue of justice, the NZ justice system, and assistance to prisoners and their families. We will seek partnership projects in this area with groups like Presbyterian Support Northern and the Society of Friends. 
Social Justice Team.  We are very pleased that Pip Colgan has joined our Social Justice team. Pip brings considerable experience as well as connections with a number of other groups including Auckland Action Against Poverty.
New members. On Friday 10 November at 5.30pm, we will have an early evening of fellowship for new members – and old ones! This will be hosted by Parish Council and we look forward to seeing you there.

 

 SUNDAY 8 OCTOBER 2017
 
9.30am – Community Worship
Preacher – Glynn Cardy  

Organist – Grant Hutchinson

Volunteers required to be Liturgist, Pray-er and Readers!

 

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: ALEXA JOHNSTON am.johnston@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 Pamela pamela@stlukes.org.nz

NEWCOMERS: If you would like to know about the Community of Saint Luke, including membership, or simply to join the mailing list, please fill out the blue “Welcome to St Luke’s” form (in pews) and put in the box on the screen bench

 

 

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