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Fellowship NEWS
Sunday 27 February 1977

He humbled Himself to the manger,
And even to Calvary's tree;
But I am so proud and unwilling,
His humble disciple to be.

He yielded His will to the Father,
And chose to abide in the Light;
But I prefer wrestling to resting
And try by myself to do right.

Lord, break me, then cleanse me and fill me
And keep me abiding in thee;
That fellowship may be unbroken
And thy name be hallowed in me.


Only a deep hunger for real fellowship with God will make us willing to cry to God for His all-revealing Light, and to obey it when it is given.


WELCOME ... WELCOME ... WELCOME ...
Today we are very happy to extend to BROTHER STEPHEN MOORE & FAMILY a warm welcome in Christian Love.  We have been looking forward to your arrival and trust that God's Blessing and Presence may rest upon you as you minister amongst us.  Deuteronomy 33:27

THANK YOU
to all the kind folk who have worked so industriously over the past few weeks to make the manse ready for our new Manse Family.  The response to the call for workers was really good and the results speak for themselves.

At the time of printing this Fellowship News, the official welcome to the Moores has not taken place - but we thank all who have worked to make the welcome a good one.  Thanks also to the young people for their songs - tremendous, after such a hard time in practice!

BROTHER TONY BARNETT
is ministering today at both morning and evening services in Takaka.  He would value your prayers.
IT WAS A JOY
last Sunday to see Brother Gordon Jackett baptised and welcomed into Christian Fellowship at this church.  We wish him every blessing as he walks the Christian Life and seeks to do the will of his Saviour and Lord.

A TREMENDOUS TIME
was had by all who attended the Sunday School and Church Picnic at Quinney's Bush last Saturday.  The day was a beautiful one and a good crowd came together to enjoy themselves.  Although we didn't have the pleasure of seeing Mrs. Young go down the flying fox, we did see some of our "older" members enjoying a ride on the sacks behind the tractor.  Our sympathy to Jean Fenemor, who suffered the only major mishap of the day.  A nose-dive from the flying fox resulted in a broken wrist and torn ligaments in her ankle.  After a few sore days she is now feeling better, and is collecting autographs on her arm!

YOUNG PEOPLE
had a grand singing practice the other night - the best part being a mouthwatering pavlova for supper.  (This won't be the last such delicacy, will it Carolyn?)  If you don't want to miss out, be where the youth are on Youth Night.

THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
of the Church is to be postponed from next Wednesday, and will now be held on Wednesday, 9th March, 7:45p.m.

HAVE YOU RETURNED YOUR VOTING PAPER?
Remember, voting for Church Deacons closes at noon, next Wednesday, 2nd March.  Do it now!
LOOKING AHEAD ......
Tonight at 7 p.m.  Gospel Service.
Support our new minister by your presence.

Tuesday, 1 March Ladies' Bible Study, 9:45 a.m. at the home of Mrs. M. Christie.

Wednesday, 2 March Prayer Meeting & Bible Study resumes for this year.  This is an important facet of Church Life - not, as many think, an optional extra for the super-spiritual!  Aim to set aside Wednesday evenings this year to make time for prayer and Bible study with other brothers and sisters.
This week's meeting will be held in the home of Mrs. Horton, High Street, at 7:45 p.m.

Saturday, 5 March Young People meet for a "Surprise Night".  Keep your ears to the ground to find out how, when, and where it's all happening.

Sunday, 6 March District Fellowship Sunday - meetings at Redwood Hall, Richmond.
11:15 a.m. - Speaker, S. Moore, of Motueka.
2:00 p.m. - Speaker, D. Brown of Palm. Nth.
The offering will be used for students from the Nelson area who are at present training in Bible Colleges, so be prepared to give as the Lord leads.

Tuesday, 8 March Ladies' Bible Study meet at Mrs. Holyoake's.

Wednesday, 9 March Annual General Meeting, 7:45 p.m. in the hall.
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MESSAGE FROM TONY BARNETT ....
As my position here in Motueka as your interim minister comes to an end, I would like to express gratitude from both Norma and myself for your love and encouragement over the past few months.  There is an exciting spirit within the Church and God is honoured here, therefore it has been a pleasure to be part of it.  As Philippians 3 says, "Press on toward that goal" in the Spirit of God and even greater things will happen.
We will still be ministering in this area, with youth and with other churches, so it's not really Goodbye.
Thank you all very much and God Bless you all.
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FROM THE PRESTIDGE FAMILY ......
4 Frank Street,
Box Hill South,
3128, Melbourne.
Dear Christian Friends,
We were so thrilled to receive the Fellowship News this week and read of the news at home.  We all miss you very much.
We have been made very welcome over here.  We were met at the airport by Rod Brown and stayed with them at the College the first week before we moved out to the Wattle Park Manse.  We work one day for the Church, and one day I work at the Burwood High School where Debra goes, so we are praising the Lord for the way He has looked after us.  We are reminded of the verse in Philippians 4:19, and we've proved it's true with the way things have happened.  I have a job - which are hard to get full-time, let alone part-time.  And we have only had to buy a bed for ourselves, - we have been lent all the rest.
I guess you are all getting excited as the time for the Moore family's arrival gets close.  We know God will richly bless you all.  We will be attending our Church Family Camp next weekend as you meet the plane, and we will be thinking of you at this time.
Wattle Park Church sends greetings to you all at Motueka.
Congratulations to all you scholars who have had exam successes.
Yours in Christ,
David, Barbara and family.
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FROM THE TREASURER ............
Offering for 13/2/77  $113.91
Offering for 20/2/77  $122.15
Remember, our target is $135.00
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S.O.S.  SOMEONE IS NEEDED to conduct next Sunday morning's service here for those who are unable to go to Richmond.  If you are not going to Richmond, and could help in this way, please see M. Jeffries.
For those who will be attending the District Fellowship Services, take your own lunch.  Tea, cold drinks etc. will be supplied.  Transport can also be arranged if you require it.
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PLANNED TO SERVE:
6/3/77 Dist. Fellowship Sunday
Flowers/Cleaning: N. Jackett, M. Clark
Grounds: Christies

13/3/77 Youth Service
Flowers/Cleaning: E. Light, D. Trewavas
Grounds: L. Didcott, L. Jeffries
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