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Fellowship NEWS
Sunday 10 April 1977

FROM THE PASTOR'S STUDY ....

There is a Spanish coin with a curious design: two upright strokes, a scroll across it, and some words.  The uprights represent the Pillars of Hercules, one of which was Gibraltar, and the other Abyla, on the African Coast, and the words on the scroll used to read "ne plus ultra", (nothing more beyond).  The ancients thought that there was nothing beyond the Pillars of Hercules -- that ships venturing farther would drop into the abyss!  Then bold mariners sailed through, and on, and on, and discovered other lands.  So the Spaniards changed their motto to "plus ultra", (something beyond).

Jesus went through the grim, barred gates of death in order to show us that there is something beyond.  The Love incarnate which triumphed over death will yet triumph over sin, and out of the world's vast confusions bring harmony and peace.

CHRIST IS RISEN !

AMONG OUR PEOPLE . . . . .

A WARM WELCOME

to all visitors who may be with us this Easter weekend.  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.

THE MOTUEKA COUNCIL OF CHURCHES
has developed a programme whereby the members of each of the participating churches have an opportunity to visit other churches in town.  In this way we have the ability to see and participate in the Sunday morning church services of other Believers.  So that each church can expect your visit and so that you can have a specific time to visit, the third Sunday of each month has been set aside for visiting other churches.  If you have an interest in such a programme, the Fellowship News will keep you posted as to which church is expecting exchange visits each month.  The church to be visited this month is the Church of Christ.  The date is 17th April.  You will be the host congregation.

Other proposed exchange dates are -
May 15th   Catholic Church - 10a.m.
June 19th   Motueka Uniting - 9:30a.m.
July 17th   Salvation Army - 11a.m.
August 21st   Anglican Church - 10a.m.

YOU ARE ALL INVITED !!
As was mentioned last week, the Moore family is grateful for the loan of all of those much needed household items until our own things could come.  Since our goods have now arrived, we would like to return your goods.  So, .... we are having a "Reclamation Party" this coming Saturday, 16 April, at 7:30p.m.  If you loaned anything to us, come and pick it up and enjoy the fellowship.  Even if you didn't loan anything, please give us your presence at our party.  There will be supper and maybe a few slides of the area in which we lived.  We look forward to seeing you Saturday night at 7:30p.m. at the Manse.
Signed - the Moores.

NO LADIES' BIBLE STUDY THIS WEEK
- Due to the school holiday on Tuesday, the ladies' morning study group will not meet this week.  However, we will be getting together again next week and would like you to join us if you haven't come as yet.

I know
There is no death, 'tis but a phantom fear
That haunts the soul apart from God.
Christ Rose.
The stone was rolled away, and echoing,
His voice startled Death's sentry guards.
"Behold,
I live for ever, and have cast the keys
Of Hell into the bottomless abyss."
Lift up ye heads, ye golden gates, for all
To enter in who will to walk the Way.
Christ lives, and round the Living Christ new worlds
Burn to their birth in light, new triumph songs
Make music mid the silent stars, and swell,
Like ocean's thunder on a sounding shore,
Life!  Life!  More Life!  Christ lives for evermore.

(G.A. Studdert-Kennedy, "Songs of Faith and Doubt")

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"IS THIS DIFFERENT??"
This is the question that many of you have been asking about many different things that we are experiencing here in New Zealand.  There are some differences and we find them to be very enjoyable.  But it must be hard for you to understand what we see.  So, next Sunday morning I will preside during the morning service, and we will have a Worship Service as Laurel, Marcy and I experienced in California.  We are not interested in trying to Americanize our Sunday Service, but we thought you might be interested to see and share in the type of service we used to have.  This will be a one-time occurrence, so be sure to be here if you are interested at all.  You will find, though, that all people everywhere worship God in very similar manner.
Hoping not to be too different,
      - Steve.
THIS WEEK AT OUR CHURCH ....
Tonight at 7:00p.m.  "Jesus' Opinion of the Church - Ephesus"
Come and support the Gospel Service.

Tuesday, 12 April Ladies' Bible Study cancelled for this week.  (Meeting again next Tuesday.)

Elders' & Deacons' Meeting at the Manse at 7:45p.m.

Wednesday, 13 April Mid-Week Bible Study, at the home of Alan Trewavas, High Street South.  Study section Phil. 1: 27-29.

Thursday, 14 April Boys' Brigade: Team Section meets in the hall, 6:30 - 8p.m.

Saturday, 16 April Reclamation Party at the Manse.

Sunday, 17 April - 9:50a.m. Bible School.
11:00a.m. Worship Service, "American Style". Sermon: "The example of Moses' Parents."
7:00p.m. Sermon: "Jesus' Opinion of the Church - Smyrna".
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THOSE SERVING:
This Sunday
President: D. Clark
Readers: O.T.- E. Repp; N.T.- M. Jeffries
Doorkeeper: E. Jackett
Helpers: L. Jeffries, R. Hunt
Organist a.m. E. Light; p.m. J. Fenemor
Flowers etc.: V. Jeffries, M. Whaley
Grounds: M. & P. Jeffries

17/4/77
President: S. Moore
Doorkeeper: L. Ray
Organist a.m. B. Holyoake; p.m. G. Holyoake
Flowers etc.: V. Fawcett
Grounds: F. King, E. Repp
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LAST WEEK'S STATISTICS ....
Number of Communicants - 74.
Offering received - $138.94.
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