Weekly Notices for 11 March 2018



Liturgist – Penelope Stevenson   Preacher – Glynn Cardy   Duty Elder – David Boswell

Serving elders – John Trainor, Valmai Trainor, David Boswell, Lyn MacKinlay, Alexa Johnston, Noel McGrevy

Readers – Stephen Styants, Alexa Johnston   Intercessions – Bruce Miller

SLIKS – Rebecca Hayward & Alan Hayward   Organist – Grant Hutchinson

Hospitality – Curt & Megan Davidson, Lynn Maude, Olinda & Colin Woodroffe, Noel McGrevy



World Council of Churches’ Calendar – Austria, Liechtenstein, Switzerland

Within the Nation – FOOD.  Food producers, distributors and retailers; food cooperatives, home gardeners; restaurateurs and café operators; food bank operators; the malnourished – children, adults, the elderly

Within St Luke’s – Karen & David Fehl, Anna, Charlotte, Hamish; Jim Feist



1.  INTERFAITH PRILGRIMAGE.  Our first Interfaith Pilgrimage this year will be to the Zarathustrian Community (sometimes called Zoroastrian) on the evening of 21st March (their New Year's Day).  After church today at 11am, a leader from their community will come to St Luke's and talk about their faith and practice. 

2.  SOUP KITCHEN.  STOP PRESS!  On 16th March from 6pm, we will share a family meal of the kind Jesus and his friends ate in Galilee.  Flatbreads, hummus, olives, yoghurt, cheese, chickpea and lentil soup, dates, figs and grapes.  Bring along a companion if you would like to enjoy a relaxing evening together.  If you have a book or CD you would like others to enjoy, please bring them along for the exchange table.  Please sign the list at reception.  Cost $10. 

3.  WHAT’S IN A NAME?  On Sunday 18th March at 11am, you are invited to join a discussion about our name and, by implication, who we are and what we do.  The purpose of the meeting is to talk about the issue rather than arrive quickly at a conclusion.  As a way of introduction Colin, our Community Director, has penned the following:

Since starting as Community Director six months ago I have come across a large number of people in the community who have been confused by the name, “The Community of St Luke,” to describe the centre’s location and purpose.

A lot of people who call to enquire about The Community of St Luke assume that it is located in Mt Albert

The full purpose of the Community of St Luke complex is also not clear in our name. When ‘The Community of St Luke’ is written on a sign in front of the church it suggests to some that all of the activities that take place inside the buildings are religious. The name makes no reference to the fact that we have a complex of meeting rooms that are open to all the community, irrespective of their faith.For some who hear the name for the first time, The Community of St Luke can sound like an exclusive, religious order (it did to me the first time I heard it!).

I understand that St Luke’s ‘rebranded’ itself as “The Community of St Luke” in the mid-90s, with the ‘community’ consisting of (at its heart) the Sunday worshipping congregation, spreading out to embrace all the groups and individuals who use the complex. It’s a wonderful concept and works well for those who already know about it, or hear of it from current users. However from the outside looking in, the meaning is far from clear.

4.  THE SUNDAY ROAST, 18th March.  A monthly meal for people who live alone, so feel free to bring friends who also live alone.  Please book your meal by 10am on the previous Friday. You can sign the list at reception, or email Pamela.

5.  SEA OF FAITH invites you to hear Rev Dave Mullan on “From prostate cancer to voluntary euthanasia”.  Dave Mullan is a retired presbyter of the Methodist Church of New Zealand.  He is a passionate pioneer in Local Shared Ministry, consultant in small churches, publisher of niche market books, producer of prosumer video, deviser of murder mystery dinners and former private pilot.  Dave was diagnosed with prostate cancer 15 years ago and has been campaigning for the rights of terminal patients ever since.  He has just completed a submission for the Select committee hearings on the End of Life Choice bill.  Sunday 18 March 2018 at 7pm.  Occasional visitors are welcome at any meeting and a gold coin donation would be appreciated.

6.  END OF LIFE CHOICE BILL.  In the latest copy of our Presbyterian national magazine, SPANZ, there is an article on our MP’s End of Life Choice Bill.  This article reflects the majority opinion of NZ church leadership which is opposed to the bill.  However there is also a minority opinion, not reflected in SPANZ, that gives qualified support to David Seymour’s bill.   If you wish to read one such minority opinion this one http://www.anglicantaonga.org.nz/features/extra/3_eolc is by three Anglican bishops [one a former lecturer at Knox, and the other two former students there].  There are printed copies of this available on the screen bench.  Glynn also preached on this subject in 2015 http://christiansforve.org.au/tag/rev-glynn-cardy/

7.  AN EVENING SERVICE? There has been some discussion and interest expressed in exploring the idea of an evening service at St Luke's.  There are many things to discuss before such a service could happen: type of service, music genre, leadership etc; as well as time, day, and frequency.  On 25th March, after our morning service at 11am, those interested are invited to come together to discuss this.  If you are interested, but can't make it on the 25th, please email Glynn glynn@stlukes.org.nz

8.  OBOE & PIANO RECITAL.  As part of our Holy Week this year on Wednesday 28th March, 7.30pm, there will be music by Mozart - Clara Schumann - Benjamin Britten – Pasculli; played by oboist Thomas Hutchinson and pianist Betty Lee.  Door sales only: Adult $20, Student/Senior $15.  Music by.  More info about the performers can be found here.  Thomas’ family are well known in Auckland Presbyterian circles.

9.  PHOTO-BOARD.  As suggested at our Mission & Ministry discussions last year, we would like to create a photo-board for the entrance way into the church where photos of individual parishioners (with names underneath) can be displayed in order to assist, particularly new members, to know who is who.  You may have an existing photo of yourself suitable for this, or you may like Roger Williams to take one of you (thank you Roger for offering to do this).  Of course you may also wish not to have a photo of yourself displayed.  We are looking for someone to coordinate this small project.

10.  ADC GALA DINNER & AUCTION, Saturday 7th April, 6pm.  Microfinance is a lifeline in communities like Kalaymyo, Myanmar (where ZMF Bank operates), because of otherwise prohibitive interest rates.  Many people are forced to turn to loan sharks and pawn shops, where interest rates can exceed a frightening 200% per annum.  ADC's micro loans give skilled, enterprising communities another option.  You are invited to join the ADC team at this celebratory event.  If you would like to be part of a St Luke’s table, please contact Pamela.  Tickets are $140 pp.  More info here or check out ADC’s website www.adc.org.nz

11.  AUCKLAND HERITAGE FESTIVAL, 29th September – 14th October.  “Nga iwi o Tamaki Makaurau – celebrating the heritage of our people”.  The festival theme explores the heritage of our region and the people that made Auckland what it is today.  It celebrates how diverse cultures from all corners of the world have contributed to Auckland’s heritage; everything from travel and work, to entertainment, traditions and prominent buildings.  Applications are invited from groups who would like to stage an event as part of the heritage festival. This presents St Luke’s with a great opportunity to put on an event to promote understanding of our heritage, perhaps through a workshop, lecture or guided tour. If anyone is interested in forming a small working group to put an event together, please contact Colin colin@stlukes.org.nz or on 520 0199 to discuss further.


For our Prayers:

Marjory Ramage is recovering from a fever.
The family and friends of Mary Powell.  Mary’s funeral service was held yesterday in Epsom.

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


VISITORS: 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

SUNDAY 18th MARCH 2018
9.30am – Community Worship

Liturgist – Sue Olliff   Preacher – Glynn Cardy   Duty Elder – Geoff Olliff

Readers – Lynn Maude, Marjorie Blakeley   Intercessions – Rosalie Lockwood

Organist – Grant Hutchinson   SLIKs – Margaret Parr & Gill Maxwell


 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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