In a short while 7.30pm the monthly meeting of our Church Council will commence.10 of your elders with Minister, Treasurer and Operations Manager meet.
Budgets are a big business item and so is ensuring we have a good plan to complete all aspects of the redevelopment and pay for them. There are a lot of decisions to make. The new Centre requires more tasks in terms of management and infrastructure and Andrea our Community Centre Manager is taking maternity leave from the middle of August.
The end is near: The actual Redevelopment Project has a number of small aspects still waiting to be completed. However the big task still ahead of us is the Lift connecting the new Johnston Hall with the new Centennial Hall. A team is working on selection of the furnishings for the Lounge, Bay Room, Library, and extra chairs for the upper hall. Wherever I look I see things that still need to be done but I also see progress.
Dont forget the list of things Clive sent to you abut a month ago asking if you would like to make a donation towards those items needed but not in the Redevelopment budget. We had a great response but we still have many items on the list Please direct any enquiries to Clive Holmes or Gill Blower in the office 575 6098. At this stage the mortgage is our top priority.
Sale of House: Please pray that the sale of the house we were gifted for the Redevelopment and which has been budgeted for in our Budget will go through successfully. The auction is July 1st Barfoot and Thompson; 1 Waiohuia St Greenlane . Here is a Barfoot website link http://barfoot.co.nz/546962promoting the property and Stuart Crosbie has been looking after this specific project on behalf of the Church Council. Direct all enquiries through to Alan Jamieson our Church Council Chairperson
News of Happenings
Joint Baby Shower for Andrea Perez and Lena Blume this Sunday at 2.30pm in the lounge. Come and wish them well.
Amnesty International Film Night – uplifting and very current “Mary meets Muhammad” in Centennial Hall this Sunday afternoon at 4.30pm to 6.30pm Includes Soup N Rolls evening meal Donation for Amnesty is essential suggested $10. Bookings to Jeanette Millar Ph 521 2050
Third Sunday of Night Church will be led by Simon Casey. The trio of Simon, Andrew Lienert and Joshua Yang have brought a great initiative in more reflective worship and the response has been positive and popular. 7.00 - 7.45pm. Sunday 28th July.
The Youth Conference – Talk To Me This great initiative by our Church and Community Centre in our Centenary year is about to happen. 80 are registered. at this stage. Good on you team led by Dr Anna Storck, Stan Stewart, Peter McClure, Sarah Pidgeon, Peter Chatteris. 3-6 July is almost here!
Change of plans for Catering for Talk To me: Frann Sawtell was leading this but now due to a bad fall is still coping with the aftermath of concussion. So the team will pick up the responsibility. If you can assist in anyway with support in this area without imagining you have to cook for all of these people, please contact the Minister or Gina Marandola via the Office - 5756098
We have time to reconfigure the job and we all hope Frann is well and strong soon.
Other Pastoral matters:
We pray for
Margaret South, Andy Picot’s Mum – Sue Picot, Wendy Ashton, Joan Morton, Ian Sincliar- Ross
These people are treasured and praying for them, sending loving thoughts and visiting them, when appropriate, is important.
We welcome home
Bill and Lynn Duncan from their travels
Susan Piaggi our Small Miracles Director on her return form Europe and visiting family overseas.
Thank you Ingrid de Villiers for stepping so well and ably into Susan’s shoes for the month.
Gifts: These last three months we have received a legacy of $160,000 and a gift of $20,000 to assist with the extra costs of the Redevelopment and furnishings. This has been such an encouragement and such a practical boost. We thank these people who want to remain anonymous at this time.
One enduring image of my pastoral work this week is a student’s hand holding a pen. The pen is poised but isn’t moving to write the words. The student’s mind has a flood of thoughts but they are not in an order and there is no confidence to make that first step to start writing. It is easier then to copy and use others’ thoughts because when you look at that printed page it all seems so complete and easy.
I pray for this young person. This is the skill that she needs – we all do. To find the courage for both writing down and speaking out what you think you want to say is not easy. It takes support and inner strength and being prepared to fail a few times. Eventually the power to write what you really want to say can come.
Many are like this young person. This week I pray for all in this situation especially students.
Pray for the work of our Centre – our church and our community centre. It is the lives of people we pray for.
You have my love and care
Rev Pauline Stewart