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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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November 25, 2022

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'The emergence of John was like the sudden sounding of the voice of God. At this time the Jews were sadly conscious that the voice of the prophets spoke no more. They said that for four hundred years there had been no prophet. Throughout long centuries the voice of prophecy had been silent.' Let's talk about that...
 
This weeks Art Work: Saint John the Baptist by Alvise Vivarini
ca. 1475. Tempera and oil on panel. 48.5 x 33.5 cm. Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid. 





THIS SUNDAY IN PERSON OR
STREAMING LIVE ONLINE!

Come and join the community, one way or another.
 
Key Scriptures: Matthew 3: 1-12
 
Songs:
Beautiful Things
Te Ariki
Way Maker
Come all Ye Faithful


 
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

 

Tauwhiro Taiohi - Youth Workers in Secondary Schools (YWiSS) 

We will be taking gifts this year again for YWISS - presents for teenagers aged 13-17 years. The last date to drop them off at the church is Sunday 4 Dec.

How to Give Better Gifts, According to Science | Everyday Health
 


 
Please Note there will be no Service Christmas Day (next... Service will be Jan 1 2023)


Paying Attention is an Achievement - keller

VERY IMPORTANT CONGREGATIONAL MEETING AFTER CHURCH DECEMBER 11
See below for info...


Rebuild News in Brief

THE STEEPLE 
 
Our church is most definitely 'the gift that keeps on giving.' It has come to light that our steeple is in need of a huge amount of restoration work. Once again considerable structural rot has been found, as well as historical sub-par repairs that need to be remediated. It is in such a state that the work will need council consent. This, once again, increases costs and time. This has been estimated to cost $300, 000+ but it is very likely to exceed that number.
 
 
 
FUNDRAISING REALITIES & CONGREGATIONAL MEETING

As things stand, we face a massive shortfall. If we were only dealing with restoration due to the fire we would have been fine. However, now that we have almost another million added to costs due to rot and water damage we find ourselves having to utilize our assets.

On top of these costs, we also have to face the reality that our big hall is in need of some major costly repairs, our middle hall is not entirely fit for purpose and the manse has some significant work needing to be done too. 

In order to put St Stephens in a financially better place and to ensure that we have adequate funds, we will be seeking permission from the congregation and from Northern Presbytery and the Presbyterian Church Property Trust to sell up to 800m2 of our land. This land is likely to be the garden behind the hall and the footprint of the hall too (which will potentially be sold/ demolished).

Our initial proposal to sell just the garden area may not raise the capital that we need, and we need to face the reality that our big hall is a liability to us at the moment.

 By doing this we can cover all our costs, have a renewed worship space and have money in the bank to make our remaining facilities much better and fit for purpose.
 
QUALITY OVER QUANTITY! 

A motion will be put to the congregation in a congregational meeting after the service on Sunday December 11.
We need everyone to be present so that we have the strength of numbers when we present our congregational vote to the Presbyterian 'powers that be.'

We will make it possible for people to join online too!

At this meeting we will also ask for permission to apply for a loan (hopefully interest free) of $1.7 million as a stop-gap. If the land sale is approved that loan will then be paid off in full!

Unfortunately, at this time (bar a miracle 👏) these seem to be our only options. 

* Please pray that if this is right that all the boxes get ticked by the appropriate parties...

*Please pray that if this is not right that a miracle occurs... (we need one)

 
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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