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Fellowship NEWS
Sunday 8 May 1977

Pastor: Steven Moore, 374 High Street, Motueka. Phone 634

FROM THE PASTOR'S STUDY ....

Saturday, 7th May 1977 - 10a.m.
I sit here at my desk, having waited until the last possible minute before turning over the "Fellowship News" to be typed up and run off.  The paper is usually all finished and turned over to Lesley by Thursday afternoon.  But not this week!  Why?  Because the Pastor didn't get his article finished in time.  In fact, he didn't even get it started in time.  And what was the hold-up?  It was because Sunday, the 8th of May, 1977, is Mother's Day.

Now, wait!  Before you draw up papers to have me deported, let me explain.

First, let me explain that I have nothing against mothers.  After all, my mother is one.  In fact, I even have a mother living in my home - she is my wife.

Second, allow me to say that I have nothing against there being a special day set aside for honouring mothers.  I think it is great.  Mothers deserve some recognition.  In fact, I don't think they get enough.

(... continuing)
But back to the point.  Why the frustration on my part concerning Mother's Day?  Well, it started when I realised that I would need to put something in the "Fellowship News" about Mother's Day and suddenly realised that I didn't have any of those glib poems or eye-misting stories or pithy remarks that you always hear on Mother's Day.

"Why not", you ask.  "Aren't all ministers supposed to have a book of illustrations and sayings for special occasions?"  Yes, they are.  And, yes, I do.  But apparently my source was written before Mother's Day was instituted on a world-wide basis.

So here I sit.  What do I do?  Well, when all else fails, turn to the Bible.  Mother is mentioned over 350 times in the Bible.  There must be some good material there.  Unfortunately, either the verse just doesn't apply or Mother and Father are mentioned together.  Now what?

Wait!  I remember one place .. where was it?  Oh, yes - II Timothy 1-5.  Paul says to Timothy, "For I am mindful of the sincere faith which dwelt first within your grandmother Lois, and your mother Eunice, and I am sure that it is in you as well."

What kind of man was Timothy?  Paul writes to the church at Philippi, "I send Timothy to you.  I have nobody else here who shares my genuine concern for you.  They are all wrapped up in their own affairs and do not really care for the cause of Jesus Christ.  But you know Timothy's worth."

You see, Timothy put God and God's people before his own interests.  Paul seems to be saying that Timothy is the kind of man he is because his grandmother and his mother were that kind of people.  They lived on a basis of faith in God and they taught Timothy how to live on the same basis.

Here we see three generations of Godly people, resulting in one of the most effective pastors that Christianity has ever seen.  And why?  Because a mother depended on her Heavenly Father to properly raise her child.

I don't know that I am in the mould of Timothy, but my mother and my grandmother are in the mould of Lois and Eunice.  So are Marcy's mother and grandmother.

Mothers, thank you !  And may God pour His love and strength upon you.
H A P P Y    M O T H E R'S    D A Y
(Now, what will I write about next year . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ?)

AMONG OUR PEOPLE . . . . .

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 NEED YOUR HELP !
We are finding that we are running short of our green "Songs of Praise" Song Books.  If you have one of these song books with the Church's name stamped on it, will you please return it to the Church.  Thank you.

SCHOOL HOLIDAY CANCELLATIONS ...
The Tuesday morning Ladies' Bible Study will not meet for the next two weeks of the May School holidays.  Likewise, there will be no Sunday School for two weeks, nor any Boys' Brigade (Team and Company Sections).

PLEASE ALTER YOUR PHONE BOOK -
Mr. & Mrs. A. Holyoake have yet another change of phone number!  Would you please note their new number is 1367K.

STRAW VOTE.
If any are interested in beginning an Adult Choir for our Church, please speak with Laurel Moore.  If there is enough interest, we will see about getting a choir started.  (What about it, Mrs. Horton?)

MARKET DAY STALL . . . . . . . NEXT FRIDAY, 13TH MAY
Arrangements are well in hand for our C.W.F. Stall which is to be situated outside "Reliance" - (everyone knows where that shop is !) - commencing at 9a.m..  All donations of goods for sale will be gratefully received and it would be helpful if you could price all articles ready for sale.  (You know what your things are worth.)

If you are going away for the holidays, non-perishable goods may be left with Gwenyth Didcott or Lesley Fowler in advance - and if you would like anything collected, please phone 998 or 1995 before Friday.  Otherwise, please deliver to the stall any time from 9a.m. onwards.

(G. Didcott would be pleased to receive any pieces of coloured wrapping paper or bags, suitable for wrapping the lucky dip parcels.)

Be sure to be in town Friday - Support our stall - and also see our Minister racing up High Street with a washing machine !!  He'll appreciate your support too !
THIS WEEK AT OUR CHURCH ....
Tonight at 7p.m.  Gospel Service - "Jesus' opinion of the Church - Thyatira" Rev.2:18-29.

Tuesday, 10 May Elders' and Deacons' Meeting, at E. Jackett's home, Lower Moutere, at 7:30p.m.

Wednesday, 11 May Prayer Meeting and Bible Study, at the home of Mrs. Bourne, Thorp Street, 7:30p.m.  Study section Phil. 2: 25-30.

Friday, 13 May "Market Day" Stall - outside Reliance - 9a.m.
Thank you in anticipation of your support.

Sunday, 15 May - No Sunday School during the May School Holidays.
11:00a.m. Worship and Communion.
Sermon: "Being Remade by God." (Ex. 4:27-14:21)
7:00p.m. Gospel Service. Sermon: "Jesus' Opinion of the Church - Sardis".
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THOSE SERVING:
8/5/77
President: L. Jeffries
Readers: O.T.- A. Trewavas; N.T.- R. Absalom
Helpers: N. Hansen, A. Holyoake
Doorkeeper: A. Holyoake
Organist a.m. B. Holyoake; p.m. G. Holyoake
Flowers etc.: A. Horton, B. Stevens
Grounds: -

15/5/77
President: B. Fenemor
Readers: O.T. - P. Fenemor; N.T. - F. King
Helpers: P. Jeffries, A. Whaley
Doorkeeper: M. Stevens
Organist a.m. G. Didcott; p.m. J. Fenemor
Flowers etc.: L. Moore, H. Barrow
Grounds: Christies
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LAST WEEK'S STATISTICS:
Number of Communicants - 66
Offering Received - $162.99
Film offering - $9.50
Final total for Prestidge Appeal - $90.50
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Minister: Steven Moore, 374 High Street, Motueka. Phone 634