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People, not programs

He aha te mea nui o te ao, he tangata he tangata he tangata
 


 
 
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September 3, 2022

 

 

 

 

 

 
When you’re learning a language there is so much more to learn than just words or sentence structure. There’s also shared meaning and collective memory, so that simple phrases like, "Houston, we have a problem," "To be or not to be", “may the force be with you” or even "hulk smash” can carry worlds and worlds of meaning, beyond just the simple words. So when you’re trying to learn a language you have to study the culture and history too.

And when it comes to studying the New Testament, so much is encoded from the history and language and life of the Jewish people that went before, and from how God kept working and persevering with them. We study the Old Testament to get the in jokes in the new testament, to be in the know about God.
Let's talk about that...

 
 


THIS SUNDAY IN PERSON OR
STREAMING LIVE ONLINE!

Come and join the community, one way or another.

 
Key Scriptures: 1 Samuel 13-14, Phil 4: 1-9
 
Songs:
The Goodness of God
E Te Ariki
It is well (with my soul)

 
We have a Spotify playlist of the songs that are kicking around on a Sunday morning. A great way to familiarise yourself with our music:

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3nE64QSFnnQPN5XHRce9Nl?si=22dc6deaac4b4068
 
 
See you online or, in person
Arohanui The St St Team

 

 


A good group from the community have joined these classes. A great point of contact!



HAPPENING AT ST ST

May be an image of textProudly brought you by Creative Communities!!We will be exploring different printing techniques and printmaking with all upcycled materials. These are creative and fun methods to use to create your own beautiful artworks.

Our tutor, Lene, is a professional printmaker and artist.

When: Saturday 22 October, 2pm - 4pm
Where: St Stephen's Presbyterian Church, 65 Jervois Road, Ponsonby.

GO here to register
NB this is not a free session
https://www.facebook.com/events/443342927728196


Our first good yarns event went well. A great feel and some new connections made. Next Good Yarns - Sep 13 10am

Register your interest here: 
https://fb.me/e/1MiaaUjVL



Community Prayer & Listening Walk

A group of us have been walking around the neighbourhood. It's interesting seeing what you miss when you're driving. Being in tune prayerfully and being present in our God-chosen community is important.

What’s going on in our surrounding community? Let’s go for a walk and see, listening to the community, God and praying on the way! We are set to get back out walking, the first Wednesday of each month at 10.30am!!!!

Next walk September 7 @10.30am.

 


Rebuild News in Brief


STAGE 1 WAS ALMOST COMPLETE

Even more rot has been found in the church. Unfortunately, some of this rot is in important structural places. In some ways, it's good to find it now and deal with it. Rot of this nature does not happen overnight. Sadly, this means more time and more money. 
 
 
Fundraising Appears to Be Less On Track Than Previously Thought

Things were looking great but all the extra work/ economic situation is pushing up expenses. It is being loosely calculated that we need to raise another $700, 000ish. The economic situation is making some of the typical avenues a little more problematic. We have trust that the money will come in. If God desires this rebuild to happen, then it will. 

 
Please add fundraising for St Stephens into your prayers!!

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition  with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. Philippians 4:6  Stock Photo - Alamy
Start getting excited because St Stephen's 2.0 will be a thing of beauty and fit for purpose!

 



 
 


We love you guys and want to make sure everyone is getting the care, prayer and support they need. If you need us to prayer, be there or help in some way then please get in touch with us.

Some General Things to Pray For:

The church rebuild and all the connected finances and fundraising needed for that.

The spiritual vitality and numerical growth of St Stephens, especially so in these trying times.

The mission of St Stephens and our connection to our surrounding community.

Don't hesitate to email your prayer needs to minister@ststephensponsby.org.nz OR sessionclerk@ststephensponsonby.org.nz or phone Grant (0273601728) or Denise (0272866374)

Arohanui [much love]
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AUTOMATIC PAYMENTS
 

We highly recommend that you set up an AP for your offerings as it means we can 'bank' (pun intended) on knowing what is coming in. 

If you haven't received your tax refund letter please email Annabella: admin@ststephensponsonby.org.nz


Our Details
For general Giving:
Acc. Name: St Stephens Presbyterian Church
Acc. No: 38-9016-0798775-00

For our rebuild:
Acc: Restoration Fund 

Acc: 38-9016-0798775-01

Please put your number for the reference if you are part of our regular giving system.

 

IMPORTANT CONTACTS
 

Email: ststephensponsonby@gmail.com  
Minister: Rev .Grant Ridout, minister@ststephensponsonby.org.nz, 027 3601728
Session Clerk: Denise Hunter,  sessionclerk@ststephensponsonby.org.nz, 8141918

Finance / Admin : Annabella D'Lima , admin@ststephensponsonby.org.nz.     
 

IF YOU NEED PASTORAL SUPPORT IN THIS TIME DO NOT HESITATE TO CONTACT US             

                                            
 Arohanui the St St Team...
 

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