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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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October 14, 2022

 
 

 

 

 

 

 
This week we take a break from 1 Samuel for a New Testament breather. Next week will be the conclusion of our Highlighting 1 Samuel series.

This Sunday we explore Colossians 2. Everyone seems to be looking for that thing that will bring us satisfaction and peace. Paul tells us that our fullness comes in Christ and to be weary of Christ-less philosophies. But does this mean that we should only ever fill ourselves with 'Christian things?' Is self-help, for example, wrong?

In Christ, we have fullness. But, what does that mean? How do we find this fullness and where should we avoid looking? Let's talk about that...

THIS SUNDAY IN PERSON OR
STREAMING LIVE ONLINE!

Come and join the community, one way or another.
 
Key Scriptures: Colossians 2: 6-23
 
Songs:
He Reigns
E Te Ariki
It is well


 
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

 


Our AGM is happening this coming SUNDAY! 5 minutes after the service.

 
We will also be asking for congregational approval to commence stage 2 of the rebuild i.e. the internal works.

The AGM reports are available here:

 
WE WILL BE STREAMING OUR AGM AND IF YOU ARE A REGULAR PART OF THE LIFE OF ST STEPHENS YOU CAN VOTE VIA OUR NORMAL FACEBOOK SERVICE STREAM.

We will have someone monitoring your online votes and/ or questions.
 

Please note that Grant will be on leave from Monday Oct 17- Tuesday 8 Nov
Please contact an Elder if you need anything.

 
HAPPENING AT ST ST


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 - NOV 8 10am 

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


OUR HOSPOP SPACE IS LOOKING GORGEOUS
Watch this space as we offer hospitality to our community!







Rebuild News in Brief

HISTORICAL INADEQUATE REPAIRS AND STRUCTURAL ROT

As the layers of the church are peeled back more and more issues are being found. Inadequate structural repairs from the past have been discovered which need to be rectified as well as considerable rot.

Some of this rot is due to poor design e.g. concrete ramps without considerable drainage pooling water into the framework. Some is simply indicative of the age of the building. As we keep finding more and more 'surprises' our costs keep rising and in this economic climate that is not ideal. 

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As kaitiaki (stewards) of this toanga (heritage treasure) we need to be responsible and ensure that we do things properly without cutting corners. Cutting corners is a false-economy and someone, somewhere ends up paying for it. 

This means that our fundraising goalpost keeps moving. We do have some ideas up our sleeves and we are not in an impossible spot just yet but it will possibly require some flexible and forward thinking.
 
 
STAGE 2 (Internal Works)
 
We have almost secured N-Col for stage 2 and are in the signing of contracts and agreement phases with them. The timeline for completion keeps moving due to unforeseen issues. However, we hope to have N Cole starting on stage 2 this November. The tentative completion date is August 2023. 

 
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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