There is a very big crane outside just metres from the offices here. It is lifting the big steel beams into place for the north side extension. Two hours ago the kitchen cupboards that have served us so well were loaded on a truck for Paeroa where they will make a good serviceable kitchen for their after school care programme at the churches’ Community Centre there.
Today a team led by Clive Holmes cleared the inner courtyard space – after it has been clogged with furnishings and clutter for weeks. You can come and sit there now and enjoy reading and a chat.
So much happens every day – I know your lives are so very busy and I pray for your work and your time with loved ones and the concerns you may have. I share some news.
A young couple who were married in our Parish last year are coping bravely and well with their very premature little boy. He is still so very ill but a real battler. We pray for this family unit and support them without getting in their way.
This Saturday night is the South American Party at the Church and Centre. – the invitation is to all. It’s a wonderful programme for the cost of $5 and will be a very interactive introduction - Zumba, live Brazilian music, a presentation from children of south American culture. There will be a meal on offer for a gold coin donation. 5pm to 8pm and enter through the south porch.
Sundays at Church – last Sunday was the Small miracles celebration at 9am and it was such a big crowd of good will, lively music and the joy of many little children. Thank You Susan Piaggi and your team of teachers, parents and Pre schoolers for making this morning possible.
This Sunday September 26th is a focus on Mission and in particular our Mission in Cambodia. Rupert Ross is coming from World Vision to report on the work in Cambodia which our church and Community Centre supports. We will also continue the theme on disability - Antonia Hannah has done such an inspiring job on this.
There will be a sandwiches and coffee/tea lunch after the second service at 11.30am for those who want to talk with Rupert. The Missions committee warmly invites all of you to stay.
Even though there is no kitchen we are having a help yourself area for coffee tea and biscuits. Hospitality is the cornerstone of our Sunday mornings so when you come on Sunday there will be a place to sit and a drink to have.
School holidays commence next week - preparations are full for the school holiday programmes and also the Assembly of the Presbyterian Church begins Saturday October 4th. I am going as your commissioner and Isabella Tedcastle is an observer. Check the website and also my article in the magazine on the Assembly to see if you would like to come to any of the evening sessions.
A Prayer Request for Children
The following letter has come to me from three of our people; Janet diamond, Bruce Cassey and Jacqui Riddle, is also about children. Each of them have contacts in the Middle East and they pass this letter on to you for urgent prayer. This letter is not about hope but describes hopelessness and evil. The second letter describes what we do not want to imagine.
It must not be real it is so horrible. We can do little else but pray for this situation. As a Minister whose calling it is to serve Christ and his church, I cannot believe what is being done in the name of religion. I feel sick and numb. Yes, I know there re thins I can do in my own neighbourhood and urge you to do to keep sewing seeds of hope and generosity. Pray for peace; pray for children everywhere and do all you can to be generous to those around you.
My love to you all.
“nothing is lost on the breath of God,.. nothing is lost forever…”
I have received these two emails from our missionary friends, one yesterday and one this morning. I just wanted to pass it on so that as many people as possible can pray specifically for our brothers and sisters. Much love and blessings
This is so sad...
A friend just got a text message from her brother asking her to shower him and his parish in prayer. He is part of a mission and ISIS has taken over the town they are in today. He said ISIS is systematically going house to house to all the Christians and asking the children to denounce Jesus. He said so far not one child has. And so far all have consequently been killed. But not the parents. The UN has withdrawn and the missionaries are on their own. They are determined to stick it out for the sake of the families - even if it means their own deaths. He is very afraid, has no idea how to even begin ministering to these families who have seen their children martyred. Yet he says he knows God has called him for some reason to be his voice and hands at this place at this time. Even so, he is begging prayers for his courage to live out his vocation in such dire circumstances. And like the children accept martyrdom if he is called to do so. She asked me to ask everyone we know to please pray for them. These brave parents instilled such a fervent faith in their children that they chose martyrdom. Please surround them in their loss with your prayers for hope and perseverance.
She was able to talk to her brother briefly by phone. She didn't say it but I believe she believes it will be their last conversation. Pray for her too. She said he just kept asking her to help him know what to do and do it. She told him to tell the families we ARE praying for them and they are not alone or forgotten -- no matter what. Her e mail broke my heart. Please keep all in your prayers. Thanks
This came this morning... Just a few minutes ago I received the following text message on my phone from Sean Malone who leads Crisis Relief International (CRI). We then spoke briefly on the phone and I assured him that we would share this urgent prayer need with all of our contacts.
"We lost the city of Queragosh (Qaraqosh). It fell to ISIS and they are beheading children systematically. This is the city we have been smuggling food too. ISIS has pushed back Peshmerga (Kurdish forces) and is within 10 minutes of where our CRI team is working. Thousands more fled into the city of Erbil last night. The UN evacuated it's staff in Erbil. Our team is unmoved and will stay. Prayer cover needed!"
Please pray sincerely for the deliverance of the people of Northern Iraq from the terrible advancement of ISIS and its extreme Islamic goals for mass conversion or death for Christians across this region. May I plead with you not to ignore this email.
Do not forward it before you have prayed through it. Then send it to as many people as possible. Send it to friends and Christians you may know. Send it to your prayer group. Send it to your pastor and phone him/her to pray on Sunday during the service - making a special time of prayer for this. We need to stand in the gap for our fellow Christians.
Love, light and blessings
Mema Team cl