Pastor’s Pen – 28 September

Dear Church,This Sunday we gather at St Margaret’s at 10.30am (PLEASE NOTE THIS IS CORRECT – information about St Andrew’s is incorrect) for our end of month combined service and shared lunch. This week we also take a little time to conduct the business of the Annual Meeting. I know that some of you will groan at the thought of a meeting but I trust you can come to this particular meeting with an attitude of thanksgiving and anticipation. This will be a time to hear some stories and to celebrate all that God is doing in our midst, and maybe, if we dare, to begin dreaming of what might be as we faithfully follow God in tomorrow.

I’ll be reflecting on Hebrews 11 and would encourage you to do likewise between now and Sunday. This chapter reminds us of some wonderful men and women of faith who achieved remarkable things. But the real point surely is that these men and women were actually pretty ordinary, they were weak and at times disobedient to God, yet they had faith and their faith was in God who they believed was trustworthy and who could do the impossible. Why else would they have stepped out of their places of comfort, taken the risks, exposed themselves to ridicule except that they believed that God was worth following no matter what. As we look back on our lives, either personal or corporate, where have we stepped out in faith? What has that cost us? What have been the results?
What I wonder is the new thing that God is calling you to, what is God calling us to? 
Do we have the faith to step out?
Services this Sunday: 30th September

30th

Manna Café – Queenstown Team 9am
Combined service and Annual meeting at:St Margarets – Frankton Ian Guy 10.30am

Combined service followed by SHARED LUNCH

ALPHA:     continues this Saturday. We are having some remarkable conversations. Plenty is going on in people’s lives.
Meals continue to be needed – please let Amanda or myself know if you can help. Also to those who have offered to help with meals: we do have enough for this week but we will need ongoing help. Also help is required to serve and clean up: please let me know if this is you! Can we also all be in prayer please for those participating in Alpha that God may use this time to reveal himself to them in fresh, deep and compelling ways.
COMING UP:
Special Guests:    The Fleck Family: Kenneth & Kim, Jenna & Shani, will be with us on Sunday 7th October, when they will speak at St John’s at 9am followed by St Andrew’s at 10:45am. Usually living in Chiang Mai, Thailand Kim and Kenneth head up the HIV prevention work of SIM in Asia with a focus on community transformation. Next Sunday Kenneth and Kim will introduce you to their work, share a little of their experience in Thailand and bring us a message from God’s word. You are also invited to contribute to a special offering in support of the Fleck family.
To understand more of their work view the video ‘Radical Grace from Kenneth Fleckor visit the Hope for Aids site.

General Assembly: I will be away from the 2nd to 11th October to attend the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand, plus have a few days leave. Murray Shallard will also be in attendance as will Pastor João Petreceli who will be an international guest of the Assembly representing the Presbyterian Church of Chile.
Fair Update: Saturday 27th October is our FAIR DAY!

Thank you to those who have donated ingredients for the marmalade making and to those who have made donations of money to help make goods for the Produce Stall- much appreciated.

Right now is the right time to be potting up seedlings from your garden and planting cuttings from bushes that are starting to grow again after their winter hibernation.

A new stall at the Fair this year combined with cheese rolls is a Cup Cake Stall. So we’ll be looking for support from the cup cake makers in our community.

We are on the lookout for someone to run the mini golf game – all the gear is supplied, so if this sounds like you please let a committee member know.

Like last year there will be a second ice cream and drinks stall in the show ring and we need 2 or 3 people to sell these goods. Let a committee member know if you are willing to help here. We need help from EVERYONE on Fair Day so please consider these requests.

Arohanui
Ian

Pastors Pen – 21 September

Dear Church,
Driving across to Alexandra on Tuesday I was reminded of how much there is to give thanks for. God is good! In the busyness of life we sometimes lose sight of this most basic of truths; so it is good to slow down, to stand back, and to give thanks to God. I confess I often find it hard to take time for this – but when I do I am sure that it is good for me and I believe also that God is pleased.
Too often our prayers are reduced to a shopping list, but prayer should be far more than that. Prayer is a time to adore God, to thank God, to humble ourselves in confession, to listen and hear God’s words of forgiveness and affirmation, and a place to bring our needs to God.
In our church services this Sunday we will be celebrating communion at St John’s, St Margaret’s, and St Andrew’s, then next week we gather at St Margaret’s for our monthly combined service, annual meeting and shared lunch.
Church Services this Sunday: 23rd September
Manna Café Team 9am
St Margarets – Frankton Murray Shallard 9am
St Johns – Arrowtown Ian Guy 9am
St Andrews – Queenstown Ian Guy and YWAM team 10.45am
Remember 30th Sept, combined at St Margaret’s, includes the annual meeting and shared lunch.
Please note copies of previous sermons are normally posted on our Facebook page or on in our web page. Feel free to look, to comment, to share.

ALPHA:     continues this Saturday. Thankyou also to those who have offered to help with meals: we do have enough for this week but will need ongoing help. Also help will be needed to serve and clean up: please let me know if this is you! Can we also all be in prayer please for those participating in Alpha that God may use this time to reveal himself to them in fresh, deep and compelling ways.
COMING UP:
Special Guests:    The Fleck Family: Kenneth & Kim, Jenna & Shani, will be with us on Sunday 7th October, when they will speak at St John’s at 9am followed by St Andrew’s at 10:45am. Usually living in Chiang Mai, Thailand they work to combat HIV and AIDS with the support of SIM NZ
General Assembly: I will be away from the 2nd to 11th October to attend the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand, plus have a few days leave. Murray Shallard will also be in attendance as will Pastor João Petreceli who will be an international guest of the Assembly representing the Presbyterian Church of Chile.
Fair: Saturday 27th October is our FAIR DAY!
Donations of the following can be made from now on by leaving them at the St Margaret’s kitchen:
  • Oranges, lemons, grapefruit for marmalade.
  • Frozen Fruit for Jam
  • Packs of Grated Cheese for Cheese Rolls  
Possible changes to the definition of Marriage: This is an issue that has caused considerable debate up and down our nation. Currently the proposals are at a select committee before coming back for further debate by parliament.
Now is the time for you to have your say. There are a number of ways of doing this.
You can write to an MP. Letters through the post seem to carry greater weight than emails. Write to: (Name of MP, Parliament Office, Private Bag 18 888, Parliament Buildings, Wellington 6140).
  • be very brief. Long letters will not be read.
  • state clearly in the opening your reason for writing: ie “I write to express my opposition to the Bill currently before parliament that seeks to change the definition of Marriage.
  • be moderate, fair and reasoned.
  • in composing your letter try to think with the mind of a non-Christian. Do not fill your letter with Christian jargon or scripture quotes.
You can also make a submission to the select committee that is currently working on this proposal.  Go to http://www.parliament.nz/en-NZ/PB/SC/MakeSub/4/1/c/50SCGA_SCF_00DBHOH_BILL11528_1-Marriage-Definition-of-Marriage-Amendment.htm
Here you can learn about the submission process and at the bottom of the page there is a link to an online submission form. 
If this is a matter that you feel strongly about then I urge you to let our politicians know how you feel.
Arohanui
Ian

Pastor’s Pen – 14 September

Dear Church,It is spring! believe me that is correct even though it doesn’t always feel like it. Spring speaks to me of life, and new life, so what better time to discuss the life we have in Christ. Spring reminds us that death does not have the last word, this is also Paul’s message based upon the resurrection of Jesus he believes that we too will live again. And this is not just a simple resuscitation we’re talking about resurrection means transformation. Recognisable, physical, but transformed – that sounds good to me.

So think about it.
  • What does resurrection mean to you? 
  • How does it affect your living today?
  • How does it affect the way you face the future?

Please note copies of previous sermons are normally posted on our Facebook page or on in our web page. Feel free to look, to comment, to share.PS The Web page has undergone a facelift. Check it out for yourself. The best way to find it is to actually do a search on Google – I believe you’ll find it easily. And the more searches the better as this increases the rating of the page.

Guests:    YWAM have a small team in town for the next 2 weeks. During that time they will be taking part in worship, especially at St John’s, St Andrew’s and Glenorchy, and may visit other services as well. They would also like to help out where they can by doing some work: so if you have firewood needing to be stacked, a garden weeded, windows washed or something similar please let me know and I’ll see if they still have time in their schedule.
ALPHA:
Has started with a rush, wonderful last Saturday to be inundated as guests kept on arriving, more than we had expected.
Thankyou to those who have offered to help with meals: we do have enough for this week but will need ongoing help. Also help will be needed to serve and clean up: please let me know if this is you!
ANNUAL MEETING – Sunday 30th September – reports are overdue NOW, please send to Jean immediately.
COMING UP:
Special Guests:    The Fleck Family: Kenneth & Kim, Jenna & Shani, will be with us on Sunday 7th October, to share of their work. Usually living in Chiang Mai, Thailand they work to combat HIV and AIDS with the support of SIM NZ
General Assembly: I will be away from the 2nd to 11th October to attend the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand, plus have a few days leave. Murray Shallard will also be in attendance as will Pastor João Petreceli who will be an international guest of the Assembly representing the Presbyterian Church of Chile.
Fair: Saturday 27th October is our FAIR DAY!
Donations of the following can be made from now on by leaving them at the St Margaret’s kitchen:
  • Oranges, lemons, grapefruit for marmalade.
  • Frozen Fruit for Jam
  • Packs of Grated Cheese for Cheese Rolls  
PRAYER:
  • Pray for Alpha, that people will be open to the gospel; that God will enable understanding; that participants will know they matter to God and to us.
  • Pray for the young man who I just met with; a young man seeking to turn his life around and to live for God. He confessed and asked to receive Jesus, we prayed, now he needs the support of Christian friends, worship, discipleship and commitment. Praise god he has made a beginning!
Arohanui
Ian
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Pastor’s Pen – 7 September 2012

Dear Church,
 
Sad news this week with the death yesterday of John Manson of Arrowtown. Westray and their daughter Fiona are supporting one another and are also well supported by the church and Arrowtown community. John’s funeral service will be held at St John’s on Monday at 2pm.


This week we conclude (for a time) our following of Joseph’s story.
Much has changed in his life: from rejection, slavery, prison and now power. And here we now see him reunited with his brothers. Clearly it’s not an easy meeting, you sense Joseph wrestles with his emotions, surely part of him wants justice or is revenge a better word, let kinship is strong, and love and responsibility is also present.
We all have a choice when it comes to dealing with our past: we can stay in the pain – we can increase the pain and shut the door on healing; or we can choose a better way, God’s way.
The text this week is Genesis 42: 1-29, 36-38 I also encourage you to continue reading to Genesis 46: 7
Arohanui

Pastor’s Pen 17 Aug ’12

Dear Church,
 
I’m late, I’m late – had you noticed?
It’s been one of those weeks.
Please remember to keep your good quality, copyright free, images of the churches and diverse activities of our whole church coming in. Shots of the wider area from the ground or air would also be useful. Can you please share what you have by emailing them to me asap. 
This week Geoff will be leading the folk at Frankton while I continue with Joseph’s story at Arrowtown and Queenstown. The readings this week are all of Genesis 39 & 40 – so get reading now. See if you notice what the text is saying about God; what it says about Joseph; and what it says about life? (Just a small question!)
Arohanui

Ian

Please note copies of previous sermons are normally posted on our Facebook page or on my own page. Feel free to look, to comment, to share.

This week:  also note Messy Church this Sunday – more info below.

August

Location Preacher Time

19th

Manna Café Team 9am
St Margarets – Frankton Geoff 9am
St Johns – Arrowtown Ian 9am
St Andrews Queenstown Ian 10.45am
CONTAINER SORTING – in the morning – Saturday 9:30am – St Margaret’s. A short working bee to sort the containers in preparation for the Church Fair. I’m promised it won’t take long!
Tonight!  6 to 8pm.    Finishes next week – so if you haven’t been yet then next week is it. You really need to experience this! 
Coming up:  
Alpha Course! OK this is sneaking up on us now. We’ll have invitations at all 3 churches for you to take and give to someone from this week.
The group will begin Sept 8th. 
We are seeking to provide an environment in which people can come and enjoy a good meal, develop friendships and explore the deep questions of life and what our Christian faith is about. Over 8 weeks we seek to introduce people to Jesus and encourage them to place their trust in him. The teaching will be in English but will be supplemented by leaders available to answer questions and discuss the issues in Korean, Spanish, Chinese, Portuguese and English!
Your help is needed.
  • please pray and consider who you can invite.
  • interested in helping run small groups – then let me know!
  • able to help by preparing meals, serving, cleaning up – please contact me.
  • wanting to help pay for resources (Cost will be about $600, more or less depending on numbers – advertising, study books, follow up resources etc) – speak to me.

Look out for this one! THIS SUNDAY!!!!

MESSY CHURH – MINI OLYMPICS FAMILY GAMES

St John’s Church Hall – Arrowtown.  Sunday 19th August from 4pm

Please bring children!!! and finger food for a shared meal.


Saturday 27th October is our FAIR DAY!
Donations of the following can be made from now on by leaving them at the St Margaret’s kitchen:
  • Oranges, lemons, grapefruit for marmalade.
  • Frozen Fruit for Jam
  • Packs of Grated Cheese for Cheese Rolls
Please feel free to share this email with others you believe will be interested.

Remember you can also find us on the Web, either our own site http://www.wakatipuchurch.com/Wakatipu/Welcome.html or connect on Facebook
As a regular member of the groups and congregations associated with Wakatipu Community Church you are very important to us. These emails are sent out to keep you informed and to encourage your participation. If for any reason you’d prefer not to receive this type of communication please let me know by reply email.

Pastor’s Pen 10 Aug ’12

Dear Church,
 
I need your help! The church website is currently undergoing a facelift. To make it look good we are in need of good quality, copyright free, images of the churches and diverse activities of our whole church. Can you please share what you have by emailing them to me asap. Any serious photographers out there – please get clicking.


This week I continue following the story of Joseph and draw some lessons from it for how we deal with the difficult things of life. Obviously much of what we see in the story is unhelpful at one level – Joseph, his father, and brothers seem to know how to get it wrong. Sadly we are not so different, and often find ourselves paralysed in the face of adversity or allowing that adversity to warp us and lead us into making decisions that have no logical base at all.
Joseph’s brothers got it wrong – how can we make sure we get it right. Reading from Genesis 37:11-36, Psalm 73 is also valuable reading.
Arohanui

Ian

Please note copies of previous sermons are normally posted on our Facebook page or on my own page. Feel free to look, to comment, to share.

This week:  

August

Location Preacher Time

12th

Manna Café Team 9am
St Margarets – Frankton Deborah 9am
St Johns – Arrowtown Ian 9am
St Andrews Queenstown Ian 10.45am
CONTAINER SORTING – Saturday 9:30am – St Margaret’s. A short working bee to sort the containers in preparation for the Church Fair. I’m promised it won’t take long!

Tonight!  6 to 8pm.     Half-way, only 3 nights to go.  There’s a few photo’s on our Facebook page for those of you so inclined.


Coming up:  
Alpha Course! OK this is sneaking up on us now. We’ll have invitations at all 3 churches for you to take and give to someone from this week.
The group will begin Sept 8th. 
We are seeking to provide an environment in which people can come and enjoy a good meal, develop friendships and explore the deep questions of life and what our Christian faith is about. Over 8 weeks we seek to introduce people to Jesus and encourage them to place their trust in him. The teaching will be in English but will be supplemented by leaders available to answer questions and discuss the issues in Korean, Spanish, Chinese, Portuguese and English!
Your help is needed.
  • please pray and consider who you can invite.
  • interested in helping run small groups – then let me know!
  • able to help by preparing meals, serving, cleaning up – please contact me.
  • wanting to help pay for resources (Cost will be about $600, more or less depending on numbers – advertising, study books, follow up resources etc) – speak to me.

Look out for this one!

MESSY CHURCH – MINI OLYMPICS FAMILY GAMES

St John’s Church Hall – Arrowtown.  Sunday 19th August from 4pm

Please bring children!!! and finger food for a shared meal.