Stan writes re the Group who went to Cambodia Jan 18th -Jan 31st
Home again – safe and well.
We appreciated your support and prayers and following us on Facebook and the blog. N extract from what I wrote to the members of our travelling group.
“It was my privilege to lead such an interesting group. Thank you for your cooperation and willingness to fit in with each other, and as the days unfolded, the evolving itinerary.
This journey was completely different to the previous Thailand ventures. On the plus side, never before have any of our church groups experienced such high-quality accommodation and for the most part, food. On the down side, we had been prepared for a lot of restrictions regarding access to visiting children. We had been used to staying at Pakpingjai and working alongside the children at their hostel, which we had built.
So, I was apprehensive at the beginning of this journey because of the limitations that I was told would be put on our party. In the event most of the expected restrictions never eventuated. World Vision and their approach to their projects impressed me. I know that their restrictions all have a basis in their long experience.
The other projects we visited were all inspiring in their own way. However, in this country of great need we will not be able to support everything.
Our Mission Committee along with the Church Council has agreed in advance that the project we will support is the Takeo ADP Project. It is an area comprising 26 villages. I know from my conversation with Sina Nong the Project leader that what they would most like us to do is to sponsor children.
With this in mind it will be our aim to sponsor 20 children. So we are looking for twenty households or individuals who will sponsor a child $45 a month which will all go to Community Development in this one area of Cambodia. I think that Churchill Park School might help with this total as 4 of the intermediate teaching staff were in our group.
Understanding the implications of all that we have seen will take a while.
I have no doubt that our relationships with Cambodia will grow and that in two years, a party like ours will venture back.
I have a very good DVD on Angkor Wat, which I will organise to show for any who wish to come for an evening at the Centre or I can bring it to you if you call me at home PH: 585 1084.
We will continue to share our insights and pictures of what we experienced together. Everyone who came was a wonderful representative of New Zealand and of the spirit of Reaching Out and Welcoming In.
Warmest greetings – Stan
From Rev Pauline
We have many things to look forward to this year. I don’t want to say anymore about the Redevelopment until we have the result for the Resource Consent. I just don’t have the stomach for anymore ‘maybes’ and telling you we are still waiting.
It is simply too galling. I wonder how it is we succeeded in having so many leaky buildings and hopeless constructions in Auckland when we have so much red tape and overbearing details to get permission to do anything. It is as if we have an oversupply of compliance mentality and processes and an undersupply of practical intelligence and ability to make things happen. (This is my view only; not the official view of the Church & Community Centre)
The High Tea that you can’t miss! This Friday!
It is Hats and High Tea
Hosted by Andrea Perez & Sonia Wingard
With beautiful food and live classical entertainment from Flavio and Marcello
3.00pm - 4.15pm Friday 21st February
Cost: $10 please book - Andréa or Sonia 575 6098 or email: email@example.com
MEN – Stan Stewart is brushing up his Blues Bothers hat so I think men are very much included in the High Tea and Hats event programme.
This coming Sunday Night Church Feb 23rd
Mark and Brenda Laurent in Concert 6pm.
This couple brings an inspiring message and a very professional presentation. This is our first e-soul evening church for 2014. Come and enjoy the informality and the inspiration. See website www.sthelierscentre.org.nz
A NEW BEGINNING at the Centre - important for the future.
East and Bays Music Academy and Performing Arts Centre
We have officially made a start. Flavio Villani with his team and the support of the Centre, has been working on this and developing aspects of it for some time, and so we have finally launched the Academy.
I am excited and nervous for this venture. Our children need music at a depth and so do our adults. The Academy will provide a framework to experience and love music; to love singing and to enjoy many forms of music. Whilst some aspects will focus on children and young people, the Academy will also include opportunities for adults to gain proficiency and participate in the concert programmes.
There is a brochure to explain more about the East and Bays Academy and Performing Arts Centre. Please firstname.lastname@example.org for a copy.
A recent group outing from our Church and Community Centre which included dining out for lunch, resulted in 11 people getting food poisoning. All have recovered except Yvonne Cossar who spent a couple of days in hospital and our Jean West who is still quite poorly. Janet Brown has followed this up with the restaurant on our behalf and also Public Health. They are investigating.
New Service at St Andrew’s Village: Patsy Cochrane one of our elders, is the part time Chaplain at St Andrews Village. She began a new ministry there for which she required our Parish support. Once a month in the Dementia Unit (House 5) t Andrews Village, we will hold a service for the residents and their family members. We commenced yesterday at 2pm with a small team of Wendy Ashton, Ian and Shirley Kilgour. I led the service with Patsy. There were 40 people at the service and it was such an encouraging and uplifting experience. We hope others can assist us. It will be help on the third Sunday of the month. Next service is March 16th at 2pm
Dingle Dell picnic and church was such a lovely day. Thank you for all the work so many of you did to make it such a success. Dingle dell looked glorious and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky on Sunday 2nd February
Godzone – our Sunday morning programme for children and young people has started back with a zing. We have several new families.
Friday Night Bands and practicing your instruments have started - Svet Kralev, Alistair and Kathy Louis lead these evenings.
Saturday Night Youth Group, Tween Scene for 8 to 12 is back –this Saturday 22nd Feb 6.00pm abut 20 young people between the ages of 8 and 12 come led by Joshua Yang. .
Children’s Choir recommenced this week - every Wednesday at 5.15pm. This is a very lovely group and Marcelo from the Music Academy is now assisting Raewyn Dakers and Kathy Louis
Music n Movement - for preschoolers - every Thursday
Glendowie Community Centre: There are a growing variety of programmes at this Centre and these will increase.
From Alan Jamieson– Church Council Chairman - at present in Vietnam
Greetings from Ho Chi Minh City; it is hot and very sticky but we are not surprised at that. We are surprised at the size of the city estimated to be anywhere between the official figure of 8 million and 12 million and it seems as if 80% of them are on the road riding motorbikes and scooters making road crossing for pedestrians an art form.
I look forward to meeting with Pauline and our leadership team at Church Council on Thursday February 27th 7.30pm
When I was unwell recently. I was very aware of how fortunate we are when there is someone else in the house to care for us and to simply be with us. We can take it for granted and maybe forget to say how much we appreciate them. Even to have someone to care for in the same house as you is like a privilege.
I do believe the gift of Gods’ love and saving power is in the completeness of relationships that uplift and that are tender and mutually giving. When we give of ourselves to one another – it brings life and hope. For all those who live alone – I hope this letter gives you comfort and encouragement. You are brave even though you might not have chosen to be alone.
Electronic media - Facebook, emails, twitter - do not need to diminish the power of relationships. Perhaps it is a self-revealing announcement to the world that beyond everything, we need to be in touch, however we can do it. To know we are ‘never alone’ even when we are very much on our own, and to live content with that is a courageous life.
So many different people and situations to pray for:-
· Some settle their children into school & pre-school
· Some care for grandchildren and taking them to their different activities;
· Some care for partners whose memory has gone and whose needs are constant. Some parents
have very disabled children who need them every hour – they worry for the future.
· Some facing restructuring at work and are worried and anxious.
· Some can’t find a job at all.
· Some are very new to New Zealand; their future is uncertain, they feel lost
· Some feel too old and too tired and wonder what their purpose is
Remember – even when things are going very badly; there is power in you, when you are fully with people; not distracted. Focus on them and who they are and what they are saying to you. They will be blessed and so will you. The love of Jesus Christ can be very present in our conversations
“Jesus said; “I am the good shepherd… I know my sheep by name and they know me.” John 14.
“A leader. . .is like a shepherd. He stays behind the flock, letting the most nimble go out ahead, whereupon the others follow, not realizing that all along they are being directed from behind."
― Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom
Come and see me in my office or I can come and see you. Call on the phone or email and make a time. I’d like that.
Rev Pauline Stewart
027 271 6182 Ph. 575 6098 or Home 585 1084
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