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Fellowship NEWS
Sunday 27 March 1977

FROM THE PASTOR'S STUDY .... On Prayer and Praying

One of the greatest short-comings of the average Christian comes in his prayer life.  Yet, no matter how tremendous an appeal is made for us to pray more, we don't do so for long.  Very quickly the challenge wears off.  And then where are we?  How is YOUR prayer life?  Maybe these words from Ray Stedman will help.

"We must either be praying or fainting - there is no other alternative.  The purpose of all faith is to bring us into direct, personal, vital touch with God.  True prayer is an awareness of our own helpless need and an acknowledgement of divine adequacy.  For Jesus, prayer was as necessary as breathing, - the very breath of life itself.  Although God certainly knows all our needs, praying for them changes our attitude from complaint to praise and enables us to participate in God's personal plan for our lives."


A WARM WELCOME
to all visitors with us this week.  We hope that you will be uplifted by the worship service this morning, be inspired by the teaching from God's Word, and feel the presence of God in the gathering together of His people.

HARVEST FESTIVAL
- Surely, God has provided richly for us all and our display of Harvest Festival goods this morning bears testimony to this.  These goods, and others, will be auctioned in the Church hall at 7:30p.m. tomorrow evening.  With Doug, Erich and Tony as super-salesmen, a fun-filled evening is guaranteed!  Please come.  (Ladies: volunteers are required Monday afternoon to prepare goods for sale please.)

FOND FAREWELLS
- From all of us, as Mrs. Maude Greet left on Wednesday to return home to Leicester, England.
Mr. & Mrs. Bulman of Harry Rankin Street have moved back to Nelson.  We have enjoyed having them worship with us and trust that Bob's health will improve during the coming days.  The Church here wishes them well.
And this is the last Sunday that Mr. Johnson (Heather Barrow's father) will be with us for a while.  He leaves tomorrow to return to Australia.

LAST SUNDAY MORNING
a presentation was made on behalf of the Church to Mr. & Mrs. Stan Glover, who have recently moved to Richmond to live.  They have faithfully served this Church and their Lord over many years, and in fact, Brother Stan has served 30 years as a Deacon, 6 years as an Elder, 21 years as Church Treasurer, and 17 years as Bible School Superintendent.  That's certainly some record!  We pray that they will be very happy in their new home and that God will richly bless them both.

CONGRATULATIONS
are in order as Mr. & Mrs. Lou Glover celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this past week.

YOUTH GROUP...
Saturday, 2nd April, 7:30p.m. ... Church Hall ... bring supper ... Watch Fellowship News and Noticeboard for further youth activity announcements.

"TRY-OUTS"
were held in town on High Street last Thursday for a street sweeper.  One of our Church members was the only one to compete for the job.  He was there with gravel (to make a mess), and a newly purchased broom and shovel.  Now the question is - Will he accept the position??

"COFFEE HOUR" SERVICE - Next Sunday Evening.
COME AND ENJOY THIS SPECIAL TIME OF FELLOWSHIP !

"THE PRAYER OF CYRUS BROWN"
By Sam Walker Foss

"The proper way for a man to pray",
Said Deacon Lemuel Keyes,
"And the only proper attitude
Is down upon his knees."

"No, I should say the way to pray",
Said Reverend Doctor Wise,
"Is standing straight with outstretched arms
And rapt and upturned eyes."

"Oh, no, no, no," said Elder Slow,
"Such posture is too proud;
A man should pray with eyes fast closed
And head contritely bowed."

"It seems to me his hands should be
Austerely clasped in front,
With both thumbs pointing towards the ground,"
Said Reverend Doctor Blunt.

"Last year I fell in Hidgekin's well,
Head-first", said Cyrus Brown,
"With both my heels a-stickin' up,
And my head a-pointin' down."

"And I made a prayer right then and there,
The best prayer I ever said,
The prayingest prayer I ever prayed,
A-standin' on my head!"
THIS WEEK AT OUR CHURCH ....
Tonight at 7:00p.m.  "What Does Christ Think of the Church?" Revelation ch. 1.

Monday, 28 March Boys' Brigade Company Section meets in the Presbyterian Hall, 7-9p.m.  (Note change of venue for this week.)

Monday, 28 March Auction Sale of Harvest Festival Goods, in our hall, commencing 7:30p.m.

Tuesday, 29 March Ladies' Bible Study, meet at the Manse, 9:45a.m.

Wednesday, 30 March Mid-Week Bible Study, at the Manse, 7:45p.m..  Study section Phil. 1: 12-18.

Thursday, 31 March Boys' Brigade: Team Section meets in our hall, 6:30 - 8p.m.

Saturday, 2 April Youth Group, 7:30p.m. at the Church hall.

Sunday, 3 April - 9:50a.m. Bible School.
11:00a.m. Worship and Communion. Sermon: "Advancing the Kingdom"
7:00p.m. Coffee Service.

Monday, 4 April C.W.F. Meeting - (Ladies, remember your gingham article!) At the Manse, 7:45p.m.
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THOSE SERVING:
This Sunday
President: R. Absalom
Readers: O.T.- A. Holyoake; N.T.- M. Stevens
Doorkeeper: G. Christie
Helpers: N. Hansen, E. Jackett
Organist a.m. B. Holyoake; p.m. G. Holyoake
Flowers/Cleaning: C. Repp, H. Jeffries
Grounds: D. Clark, Royce Absalom

3/4/77
President: F. King
Readers: O.T.- P. Barrow; N.T.- B. Clark
Doorkeeper: L. Jeffries
Helpers: L. Ray, G. Christie
Organist a.m. B. Holyoake; p.m. G. Holyoake
Flowers/Cleaning: B. Holyoake, J. Fenemor
Grounds: R. Hunt, Gordon Jackett
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LAST WEEK'S STATISTICS ....
Last Sunday's offering amounted to $129.44.
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