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Sunday 27 March 1994
FELLOWSHIP NEWS
MOTUEKA CHURCH OF CHRIST
374 High Street

Senior Pastor: Tony Barnett - 528 9795
Associate Pastor: Brent Allred - 528 7411


MATTHEW 21: 6-9
The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them.  They brought the donkey and the colt, placed their cloaks on them, and Jesus sat on them.  A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road.  The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted,

"Hosanna to the Son of David!"

"Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!"

"Hosanna in the highest!"



HUNGER FOR LIFE
In case you haven't gathered from all the rumbling tummies, today is the World Vision 40 Hour Famine.  The Alpha Teen group camped out in the church Friday night and yesterday while they did the junior famine; the Youth Group is at Bethany Park this weekend as they endure 40 hours without food.  At 12 o'clock the famine will be over and we can enjoy a wholesome meal.  For multitudes of people the famine goes on.  Thank you to each person who has given money this weekend and to those who have gone without food.  Your efforts and generosity will help alleviate the pain and suffering for the starving and the homeless in Mozambique.  But once the weekend is over, let's not forget the anguish of those less fortunate than us.  Let's keep praying and helping in any way we can.

PRAY FOR DANIEL
As you are most probably aware, Daniel G. fell off a bridge into the Brooklyn River Wednesday morning and, as this was going to print on Friday, was still in a deep state of unconsciousness.  An operation on Wednesday was successful in removing lost blood and reducing swelling in the brain, but doctors are uncertain what other damage has been caused.  Please continue to pray for the Lord to bring complete healing to Daniel's body and for strength and peace for Mike, Bronwyn and Samantha at this time.  They have valued the tremendous prayer support of this congregation and others over the last few days.

This week ...
Tuesday ...
9:00am NOAH'S ARK PLAYGROUP meets until noon.
5:00pm ELDERS' MEETING at the church.
7:30pm MISSIONS COMMITTEE MEETING at the church
Wednesday ...
10:00am LADIES BIBLE STUDY at the manse.
3:30pm ALPHA TEENS BIBLE STUDY at the church
7:30pm HOME GROUPS meeting in the following homes:
    Max & Hazel J., 13 Titoki Place
    Martin & Pauline W., 214 Thorp Street
    Brent & Glenda A., 14 Clay Street
      EVERYONE WELCOME!
7:30pm SENIOR YOUTH BIBLE STUDY at Young's, 2 Boyce Street
Thursday ...
4:00pm 34.8 YOUTH BIBLE STUDY at the church for 3rd-5th formers
7:30pm MUSIC PRACTICE at the church for everyone involved in music next Sunday.
Friday ... GOOD FRIDAY
9:30am Combined Churches "Stations of the Cross" Walk down High Street
(see below for details)


TNT FAMILY CAMP
Today is the last day for registrations to be in for the TNT Family Camp at Bethany Park, 8-10 April.  If you plan to attend this camp (or come for just part of it) please give your registration form to Brent Allred today.


COMPUTER FOR LESLEY
Lesley F. wants a computer!  Actually, Parklands School wants it for Lesley to use in the school office.  You can help them get one for free by saving your blue Super Value dockets.  Please place them in the box in the foyer or give them to Lesley.  She'll love you for it!!

EASTER SERVICES
Thursday...
PASSOVER FEAST PRESENTATION
Discover what the different meanings the Passover (Last Supper) festival has had through the generations since the deliverance of the Israelites from Egypt, 7:00pm Salvation Army Hall, Greenwood Street.

Good Friday...
COMBINED CHURCHES WALK
The combined churches Good Friday service this year will take a slightly different form.  It will consist of a walk down High Street carrying a large wooden cross.  The walk will leave the Chanel Arts Centre (where the Baptist Church meets) at 9:30am, with stops at the Anglican Church, the Swan Hotel corner, and our own church for readings and singing, finishing at the Catholic Church at 10:45am for a brief service.  Everyone is welcome to join this walk in silence.  Please assemble by 9:20am at the Chanel Arts Centre.  The walk will proceed wet or fine.  (If you do not wish to take part in the entire walk, you could meet here at the church and walk just to the Catholic Church.)

Easter Sunday...
EASTER SUNRISE SERVICE
Kaka Pa Point, Kaiteriteri
commencing at 6:45am
Come and celebrate the resurrection of Jesus as the sun comes up.  Join with song, prayer and scripture in praise to our risen Lord.  Concluding with fellowship over a hot drink and not cross buns.  (Enquiries to Paul & Stephanie Herring, Salvation Army, xxx-xxxx.)

We will have our own celebration service at the usual time of 10am.
There will be no evening service.
HE IS RISEN!


THIS IS LOVE
On a rough wooden cross, at the 'Place of the Skull'
True love was displayed by the death of a man.
"Give up your life for your friends", he says.
This is love!

"Crucify him!  Crucify him!" screamed the crowd.
Bleeding and beaten, whipped by his guards,
Jesus stood innocent - waiting - silent.
This is love!

What had he done for this accusation?
Healing the sick, feeding the hungry;
Bringing life-changing hope to the hurting, the lost.
This is love!

Betrayed and deserted, forsaken by God,
Hands reaching out, pierced through the heart,
Vying for me, he hung on the cross.
This is love!

"If you love me, obey my commandments," he says,
"Take life to the nations, hope to the lost;"
"Share the good news, give up your 'self'."
THIS IS LOVE!
      - Joan Shuker
FROM THE MISSIONS COMMITTEE
Thank you to those who filled out the Missions Survey Form.  We received 14 responses, which gave us an indication of where mission interest lies in the church.

One new project the Missions Committee has decided to become involved in is a Community Sponsorship with World Vision.  We have decided to support an agricultural development project in Banan, Cambodia.  We'll be promoting this project over the next couple of weeks.  In the meantime, here is a brief profile of where our $20 each month will be spent.  This is a great opportunity to show mercy and be a light in a dark place, which Jesus says we are to be in his Sermon on the Mount.

CAMBODIA Banan
Agricultural Development Project
During the past 30 years, Cambodians have endured war, bloodshed and genocide. Now there is new hope for many people in Barrambang Province.  Community sponsorship helps 10 villages improve food production, and provides health care and education.
World Vision workers dig wells, maintain canals and irrigation systems and support health education and economic development.  They also establish demonstration gardens for vegetables, fruit and firewood, and teach farmers how to make their own compost.
World Vision educates people about the danger of landmines in the area, and a demining agency clears farmland of the lethal devices.

SCRIPTURES FOR ECUADORIAN INDIANS
To the outside world, they were Anca savages, but they have always called themselves Waorani, which means people.
All seventy Waorani from Tawaeno village came to the celebration of their New Testament recently.  An equal number of Waorani visitors came from seven other communities.  At 7:30am they gathered at the river bank to witness the baptism of 13 new believers.  A communion service followed and then flights arrived with guests from the outside world.  SIL Director, David Underwood, paid tribute to all those who have sacrificed over the years to make the Waorani New Testament a reality.  The supreme sacrifice was made in 1956 when Jim Elliot, Pete Fleming, Ed McCully, Nate Saint and Roger Yonderian were speared to death by the Waorani on the banks of the Curaray River.
When the President of the Waorani Federation received God's Word, he said, "We no longer want to live like the old ones who killed each other and outsiders. We want to live by what God says.  Since I was a small boy, I heard that we were going to get this Book.  Now we have it!"
BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK
T. Lane 29 March
G. Laing 30 March
H. Jeffries 30 March
R. Graham 31 March
H. Repp 1 April
B. Overbeek 3 April
One birthday that was kept secret last week was that of P. Graham's on Thursday.  Hope you had a good day, Pete !
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CHURCH SERVICE PLAN
Due to the planned workshop for presidents next Tuesday (see below) and any changes or additions that might come from that, it has been decided to hold off printing the next quarter's plan until May.  The newsletter will continue to contain a list of those planned to serve the following Sunday.  If you want to know if you are on during April, please check the current plan for the first four weeks - the plan for the first four weeks of April will be the same as the first four weeks of January, with the exception of April 3 which is printed here.
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PLANNED TO SERVE NEXT SUNDAY:
PRESIDENT: D. Grant
READERS: M. Gentry, A. Young
HELPERS: S. Barnett, W. Overbeek, K. Johnson, C. Ewers
GREETERS: A. & B. Holyoake
WORSHIP LEADER: B. Allred
KEYBOARDS: G. Allred, M. Osborne
FLOWERS & CLEANING: D. & B. Grant, G. Didcott
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WORKSHOP FOR PRESIDERS
An evening training workshop is being planned for next Tuesday, 5 April, for all current presiders and those who may wish to serve in this ministry.  It will be held in the church, starting at 7:30pm.  If you are unable to come, please contact Tony.
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MOTUEKA CHURCH OF CHRIST
374 High Street, Motueka. 528 9795