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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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August 19, 2022

thoughtful grace quotes
 

 

 

 

 

 
Saul is doing alright (for now) and Samuel is about to clock off as Israel's leader. Samuel's final speech is interesting. The words of a man who wants to end well. What can Samuel's speech communicate to us? 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 8
 
Songs:
Remember
The Blessing
It is well (when peace like a river)

 
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

 

MEETINGS

Next Board of Managers: Tuesday August 23 7.30pm @St St
 



LEARN HOW TO WEAVE AND ALL ABOUT THE TIKANGA (PROTOCOL) OF MĀORI WEAVING

Marewa has 11 years experience of teaching Raranga Harakeke/ Korari weaving. She has a certificate in Traditional and contemporary Māori weaving.

There are three sessions, each lasting 3 hours. Ensure that you book for all three.

The cost is $30 per session. 

Book here: https://www.picktime.com/StStephensPonsonby


Please bring cash or pay into the following account:

Acc. Name: St Stephens Presbyterian Church
Acc. No: 38-9016-0798775-00

Open to all. Limited to 10.



SAVE THE DATE!!
A BOOKING WILL BE MADE IN THE PONSONBY AREA TBC




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://www.picktime.com/StStephensPonsonby



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 ALMOST COMPLETE

Stage 1 is set to be completed by September. There have been some unwanted but unignorable issues, including some areas of rot in the base plate. I'm sure there's some Christian lesson around building on a firm foundation? 🤔 😜

This has slowed down progress, and will inevitably raise costs. At this stage, we are unsure as to exactly what these unexpected costs will be.

The changeover between contractors (from Stage 1 to Stage 2) appears to be going smoothly thus far, as contracts are negotiated.
 
 
Fundraising Appears to Be On Track

Another extra unexpected $100, 000 has popped out of the 'woodwork' from our insurance.

Our fundraising is slowly getting there. So far, outside of insurance or church savings, we have raised:

Givealittle:                    $9,199
Individual Donor:          $180, 000
Individual Donor:          $10, 000
Individual Donor:          $7,000
Praise Jesus Concert: $12, 759
Lotteries                      $300, 000
Jervois Trust               $85, 000
Misc Donors               $8, 3950

Estimated total raised outside of insurance and church savings: $612,348

We are so thankful to all who have contributed thus far.

We estimate that we need to raise another $400-500, 000. There are more donations and opportunities on the horizon. This is doable! 
 
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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