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.


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:  


Location Preacher Time


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!


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

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