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Fellowship NEWS
Sunday 24 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 Deadly Orthodox Church of God in Christ -

Have you never heard, "I have come that you might have LIFE more abundant"?, and "Obedience is better than sacrifice"?  How you weary me with your endless rounds of rituals and dogmas, all paraded in my name, while you live lives of shallowness and sham.

Don't you know that my name is used as a common curse word among the children of this world because of you?  Why should they think I am someone special when you don't?  They see you play your "churchy" games, fight your petty squabbles, use your worldly methods, all while you disdain my resources and fail to believe my Word.  What else could they think?  They could only say, "Who needs this dead Christ and his cross?  I want to LIVE!"  And all the time I long to give them life.

Do you really know what it is to live?  Go back to my Word.  It tells you how.  They must see Me, alive in you.

JESUS CHRIST
The Firstborn from the Dead.


FROM THE PASTOR'S STUDY ....
In speaking with Tony during the week, I learned that he had a little problem in coming home from Takaka last Sunday night.

The problem was a heavy fog on the Hill that allowed him to see only two metres in front of the car.  He said, "As if that wasn't bad enough, occasionally there would be a patch of road where there was no centre line at all!"  Well, that worried Tony and scared one or two of his passengers.  And rightly so!  It is a long way down the side of that hill, and with no guard rail and zero visibility, you try to be very careful.

I can sympathise with everyone in that car because I have been in a very similar situation.

But this all causes me to think.  Life is not an easy thing to get through.  There are occasionally some very tricky stretches and it is a long way down if we miss our footing.  And yet, it seems that very often we prefer to go over these dangerous roads of life in a thick fog.  In fact, it is almost as if some of us carry around our own fog making machine.  Why do we do it?

We really don't like living in a fog.  We do realise that it will finally do us more harm than good.  But we want that protective cover that will allow us to hide our real selves from other people and from God.  Somehow, we think that walking in a fog is worth the risk if we can just keep everyone (especially God), from seeing us as we really are - unable to make it on our own; bruised and battered from failure; needing a clear view of life.

This is what the Gospel is all about.  God tells us that we can stop pretending with Him.  He knows all about us.  He has seen everything we have ever done, (even those horrible things we have tried to hide the most), and He says, "I love you anyway."

"Come to me, all of you who are weary and over-burdened, and I will give you rest!  Put on my yoke and learn from Me.  For I am gentle and humble in heart and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."

Are you tired of trying to go it alone?  Then quit!  Give up!  It doesn't matter whether you are already a Believer or not.  If you haven't put your load onto Christ, then the fog hasn't lifted.  Do you want to have clear skies?  Want to see what is down the road and what is on each side?  Do you want to really see life?  Then place your mis-placed confidence squarely on Christ.  Then the fog will lift.

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.

SPECIAL THANKS
to Eric Williams for his willingness to come and share with us today from the Word of God.  This enabled Steve to preach at Rutherford Street this morning, and help in their need of a preacher due to the resignation of Fred Rees for health reasons.  Please remember to pray for the Rees family and for the congregation at Rutherford Street in their times of need.

PRESTIDGE FAMILY SPECIAL OFFERING
This may be placed in the offering plate in the front porch.  Remember, next Sunday is the day set aside for receiving this offering.

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED
to help with the door-to-door Collection for the Leper Mission.  This collection will be made on August 13th.  The more helpers there are, the less time each one will have to spend going from door-to-door.  If you will minister in this way, please contact Steve and let him know you are willing to give some time to share with those in need.

NEW TELEPHONE NUMBER -
Please note that B. Fenemor's number is 546K.

THE TRINITY .....
What does it mean that Jesus Christ is God, the Holy Spirit is God, and the Father is God?  The Bible states that there is only one God.  Do you understand it?  Since we want to know the God of the Universe as well as possible, we will want to understand this Trinity idea as well as possible.  If you have been puzzled by this, you will want to be at next Sunday's morning service, where we will attempt to gain a better understanding of the God we worship.

CHURCH PARKING LOT ....
After some experimentation, it has been determined that we can make the best use of the parking area by parking at right angles to the fence, rather than at an angle.  Parking is getting more difficult and we ask your help in this matter.

WE ARE SORRY
to learn that Mrs. Griffith suffered a fall recently and pray a special blessing for our aged members and those of our number who are unwell.
THIS WEEK AT OUR CHURCH .....
Tonight at 6p.m.  Teachers' Institute at the Manse.
at 7p.m.  Gospel Service - "Praying Together"

Monday, 25 July Boys Brigade: Company Section meet in the hall at 7p.m.

Wednesday, 27 July 9:45a.m. Ladies' Bible Study at the Manse. (Creche for children.)

Wednesday, 27 July 7:30p.m. Prayer & Bible Study at the home of Mrs. Bourne, Thorp Street.

Thursday, 28 July Boys' Brigade: Team Section meet in the hall at 6:30p.m.

Sunday, 31 July - 9:40a.m. Bible School.
11:00a.m. Worship and Communion - "The Trinity, Is it Scripture?"
6:00p.m. Teachers' Institute.
7:00p.m. Gospel Service
Sermon: "Power or Weakness?"
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THOSE SERVING:
This Sunday
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

31/7/77
President: A. Trewavas
Readers: O.T. - R. Absalom; N.T. - F. King
Helpers: E. Jackett, B. Clark
Doorkeeper: T. Barrow
Organist a.m. B. Holyoake; p.m. G. Holyoake
Flowers and Cleaning: A. Absalom, A. Bisley
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FROM THE STATISTICS DEPARTMENT:
Number of Communicants - 58
Offering Received $139.26 (17/7/77)
Offering Received $129.92 (10/7/77)
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Minister: Steven Moore, 374 High Street, Motueka. Phone 634