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Fellowship NEWS
Sunday 17 July 1977

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

LETTERS TO THE 20TH CENTURY CHURCH
(From "When All Else Fails" by Bob Smith)

To the First Battleground Church of Christ -

Of Christ, you say?  There will come a day when I shall do battle, but now is not the time.  Who asked you to start the fight?  I could have fought instead of dying - and this is still the day for dying!

Do you remember what it was that won your heart?  Was it not the appeal of love?  I have no greater power, and neither do you.  So won't you use my love and my power?  How many lonely, longing hearts have you turned away?  Oh, I know, you've won a few; I've read the statistics in your year-end reports.  But how many have you turned away?

JESUS CHRIST
The Almighty


FROM THE PASTOR'S STUDY .......
I recently came across this article in the Mairangi Bay Church of Christ Newsletter, and felt it tied in well with the topic we have been discussing on Sunday nights.  Let me share it with you.

PRAY OR PREY ???
We love to sing about the Beautiful Garden of Prayer.  Was Gethsemane a beautiful place of prayer?  For Jesus it was.  For Simon Peter, who slept instead of praying, it was where he fell prey to Satan.  Jesus reminded the disciples to pray lest they fall prey to temptation.  Pray or you will pay when you fall prey.

Prayer was natural for Jesus.  For the disciples it was different.  Why?  Because Jesus lived in complete fellowship with God and He longed to talk with His Father.

Have you prayed today?  If not, you are not like Jesus.  If you feel the nearness of God, talking to Him is as natural as breathing.

If you do not pray you have already fallen prey to the Evil One.  He has made you sleepy spiritually like the disciples in Gethsemane.  He has made you concerned with the affairs of this life and unconcerned about the Kingdom.

Children rush to their loving earthly parents with their joys and with their pains.  They need their parents' love.  Do you hasten to tell your Heavenly Father of your joys, sorrows, distresses and victories?  Have you prayed today or have you fallen prey today?

God cares.  He desires to hear you talk about your need and your love.  Christians pray.  Luke-warm Christians fail to pray because they have fallen prey to this world.  Non-Christians commune with their fellows in sin; the Christian communes with God about sin.  The worldly brag about their exploits in sin; the Christian thanks God for victory over sin.

Sin will separate you from prayer, but prayer will separate you from sin.

The inner closet, the chapel, the church, the prayer room, or anywhere can be a beautiful place of prayer if you and God are there.
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DON'T PRAY FOR OPPORTUNITIES EQUAL TO YOUR POWER;
PRAY FOR POWER EQUAL TO YOUR OPPORTUNITIES !


A WARM WELCOME
to any 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.

CHURCH PARKING LOT ...
As you will have noticed, we have a new neighbour on the section next to the Church.  Because we all like to have good neighbours and be good neighbours, the Church Board requests that all members with cars be careful not to park on our new neighbour's grass.  (Remember - it isn't ours any longer.)  We hope to put in some type of kerbing soon, but in the meantime, we leave it to you to draw an imaginary line from the end of the fence to the power pole.  Now, try not to cross over that line please.

SPECIAL REQUEST: ...
The Children's Church Programme, which is conducted in the Manse during the sermon time, is going well, but your help is needed.  Some special materials will be required for future crafts.  You are asked to please save the following items -
1.  Empty detergent bottles - or others of similar shape or size.
2.  Cardboard tubes - left over paper towels, toilet rolls etc.
3.  Empty yoghurt containers.
Laurel Moore or Gwenyth Didcott will be happy to receive your contribution.  Thank you.

SPECIAL OFFERING -
Please remember our quarterly Special Offering for the Prestidge Family will be taken on July 31st.

CALLING ALL LADIES ...
An invitation has been received from the Anglican Ladies to attend an afternoon of fellowship at St. Thomas's Hall, next Tuesday, 19th July.  There is to be a short service at 2p.m., and this is to be followed at 2:45p.m. by a meeting with Guest Speaker, Mrs. Humphries, from Braemar.

CHOIR FOR CONFERENCE ....
Have you handed in your name to Mrs. Light yet?  She will be pleased to hear from any who are interested in joining with other District Churches to form a Conference Choir.

PLAN NOW TO ATTEND
the 1977 55th Annual Conference of the Associated Churches of Christ in New Zealand.  This will be held at the Annesbrook and Rutherford Street Churches on October 20th - 24th.

A NUMBER OF YOUNG PEOPLE are away today - assisting Tony with Sunday School and Church Services over the Hill, in Golden Bay.
THIS WEEK AT OUR CHURCH .......
Sunday Evening at 6p.m.  Teachers' Institute at the Manse.
at 7p.m.  Gospel Service - "Prayer & Everyday Life"

Monday, 18 July Boys Brigade: Company Section meet in the hall at 7p.m.

Tuesday, 19 July Anglican Ladies invite our members to an afternoon of fellowship, commencing at 2p.m. (Further details elsewhere)

Wednesday, 20 July 9:45a.m. Ladies' Bible Study at the Manse.

Wednesday, 20 July 7:30p.m. Prayer & Bible Study at the home of D. Clark, Boyce Street.  Study section: Ecclesiastes 4.

Thursday, 21 July Boys' Brigade: Team Section meet in the hall at 6:30p.m.

Sunday, 24 July - 9:40a.m. Bible School.
11:00a.m. Worship and Communion.
6:00p.m. Teachers' Institute.
7:00p.m. Gospel Service
Sermon: "Praying Together"
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THOSE SERVING:
This Sunday
President: L. Jeffries
Readers: O.T.- R. Hunt; N.T.- A. Holyoake
Helpers: R. Trewavas, T. Christie
Doorkeeper: L. Ray
Organist a.m. G. Didcott; p.m. J. Fenemor
Flowers and Cleaning: V. Fawcett

24/7/77
President: B. Fenemor
Readers: O.T. - M. Jeffries; N.T. - E. Repp
Helpers: P. Fenemor, A. Whaley
Doorkeeper: A. Trewavas
Organist a.m. B. Holyoake; p.m. G. Holyoake
Flowers and Cleaning: M. Christie, H. Glover
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LAST SUNDAY'S STATISTICS:
Number of Communicants - 64
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