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Fellowship NEWS
Sunday 17 April 1977

FROM THE PASTOR'S STUDY ....

If you are a parent, or will be one in the future, you should realise the role that you play in the lives of your children is important.  Now I am sure that we all know that we have a great deal of responsibility as parents raising children, but do you know what your role is as a "Christian Parent"?

The Christian Parent is not just aiding children to grow up, but is involving them in a transformation process, - transforming them into the likeness of Christ.  You are building disciples along the lines of Luke 6:40.  You are the person that your children are becoming like.  You are their model and Christ is your model.  If your children grow up to be like you, will they be a likeness of Jesus Christ?

Remember, it is never too late to begin to be Christ-like!

AMONG THE SAINTS . . . . .

A WARM WELCOME

to all visitors with us this week.  We hope that you were uplifted by the worship service this morning, were inspired by the teaching from God's Word, and felt the presence of God in the gathering together of His people.  We encourage you to join with us again in this evening's service and pray that you will feel free to visit us again.

AND A SPECIAL WELCOME
to our guests from the other churches in Motueka.  We are glad that you were able to come and share in our worship service this month, and we look forward to meeting with you in your worship service as your turn to share comes along.

WELCOME BACK
to all those who were on holiday over the Easter weekend.  We hope that your celebration of the Lord's triumphant conquering of death through His resurrection was as exciting and meaningful as it was to those of us who remained behind.  Let us strive to carry the meaning of Easter with us each day, and not just relegate it to one day of the year !

TONY BARNETT
is preaching at the Church of Christ in Takaka this morning, at Collingwood this afternoon, and back again at Takaka tonight.  This is a very gruelling schedule and he would appreciate your support in prayer.  So, right now, before something else comes up and you forget, bow your head and pray for God to bless Tony's ministry today.  We do miss not having Tony with us all the time, but feel privileged to be able to share him with other churches in need of his ministry.

A SPECIAL OFFERING
will be taken next week for David and Barbara Prestidge and family.  David is studying for the ministry at Glen Iris College in Australia and it was decided at the Annual General Meeting to contribute to his financial needs by taking up a special offering every three months.  If you would like to contribute, a plate will be left in the front porch.

ENGAGEMENT CONGRATULATIONS
and best wishes to Deborah Stevens and Dr. Keith Davies, whose engagement was announced last week.

CHANGE OF TIME
Please note, the Wednesday evening Bible Study group will begin meeting at 7:30p.m. instead of 7:45, as from this week.

GOD HAS A GOAL FOR PARENTS
by L.O. Richards.

God's goal is something we can glimpse at in the Old Testament.  God is shown not only doing sweeping things - like creating, judging sin, and planning His coming kingdom.  God is also revealed to be deeply concerned about what is happening within individuals.  God's work in our world has a personal focus.

Some have read the Old Testament superficially and summed up that focus as "obedience".   God gave law.  His people were to obey.  Thus, what God wants from people -- God's goal for us -- is quick, unquestioning obedience.  Some Christian writers have picked up this idea and said to parents, "It's the goal of a parent to get his children to obey.  To first obey him, and then to learn to obey God."

There is truth in this idea, of course.  But while there is truth, the understanding is superficial.  And the notion that "our goal is to get our children to obey" is easily warped into something hateful and untrue.  For God's goal is not that we should obey Him.  Obedience is instead a sign that God's real goal is being reached.

God's goal for us is that we love Him.  How fully the rest of Scripture echoes this thought.  Jesus said that love is the law's greatest commandment.  (Mt. 22:6-40).

God's great goal is not that people should obey Him.  We might obey those we hate if we fear them enough !  God's goal is that we might love Him and then be moved by love to obedient response.  God's goal for us focuses on our heart; our innermost motivations rather than our overt behaviour.  And so must our concern as parents focus on the motives, the attitudes, the values, the character of our children.

You and I will not always be with our children to see that they behave as they should.  When we are not there, their behaviour will spring from what is in their hearts, from their character.  And so what a parent must care about is just what God cares about, - the character, the heart.  What we must seek to nurture, just as God seeks to nurture it in us, is LOVE.

THIS WEEK AT OUR CHURCH ....
Tonight at 7:00p.m.  "Jesus' Opinion of the Church - Smyrna" (Rev. 2: 8-11)

Monday, 18 April Boys' Brigade Company Section, 7p.m. in hall.

Tuesday, 19 April Ladies' Bible Study, 9:45a.m. at the home of Mrs. G. Didcott.

Wednesday, 20 April Prayer Meeting and Bible Study, at Mrs. Stade's home, Brooklyn, at 7:30p.m.  Study section Phil. 2: 1-11.

Thursday, 21 April Boys' Brigade: Team Section, 6:30p.m. in hall.

Sunday, 24 April - 9:50a.m. Sunday School.
11:00a.m. Worship and Communion.
Sermon: "How to Make Decisions." (Acts 7:20-22, Heb. 11:24-26) Remember Prestidge offering.
7:00p.m. Sermon: "Jesus' Opinion of the Church - Pergamum". (Rev. 2: 12-17)
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THOSE SERVING:
24th April
President: M. Jeffries
Readers: O.T.- M. Stevens; N.T.- A. Holyoake
Doorkeeper: A. Trewavas
Helpers: T. Christie, R. Trewavas
Organist a.m. B. Holyoake; p.m. G. Holyoake
Flowers/Cleaning: M. Christie, H. Glover
Grounds: Fenemors
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CAN YOU HELP, PLEASE? ....
On Friday, 13 May, Motueka is to stage a Market Day, when local organisations are able to hold stalls on the pavement in front of the shops.  The C.W.F. Ladies have decided to join in the show and will be running a stall - and your support would be appreciated.  Some of the funds raised will be given to this year's C.W.F. Dominion Project which is to provide translations of the New Testament for the Ellice Islands.  All the usual saleable articles are required - jam, preserves, baking, plants, garden produce, sewing, novelty items, "White Elephants", etc.  Also there will be a Lucky Dip for children and small items for this (approx. 30c value) would be welcomed.
Gweneth Didcott will be pleased to answer any queries you may have and also to receive articles for the Lucky Dip.  Thank you.
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