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Sunday 3 December 2000
Welcome to our Father's House.  We trust you find this a great time of sharing together around the Lord's Table and in His Word, and enjoying fellowship with the Saints.  If we can assist you today please make your request known to the door stewards or one of the Elders.  If you have no church home and you wish to consider this as: "the place of the planting of the Lord" then please see Fred King, our church co-ordinator.


From the Word: Others Being Important
"Regard one another as more important." -- Philippians 2:3

Here are some words that should keep you on your toes. - and on your knees:  Listen, "Do nothing from selfish or empty conceit, but with humility of mind let each of you regard one another as more important than himself; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interest of others.
Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus." (Phil. 2:3-5).
That's how Jesus lived, and you should strive to live that way too.  I say "strive" because it runs contrary to all that's in your carnal nature.  Just because you were gracious yesterday is no guarantee you'll be the same today.

Grace is like a garment - you've got to practise putting it on every morning.
You say, "But how can I live like that?"  By deciding to put others first!  By looking for ways to support them and encourage them.  Everybody you'll meet today is fighting a battle of some kind, and you may be the only person capable of speaking "a healing word" to them (Proverbs 16:24).  Don't let them down!
Humility of mind is an attitude!  It determines ahead of time, "I care about those around me.  I don't always have to be first.  I'm going to let someone else win for a change."
It prays, 'Lord help me to curb my fierce competitive tendencies and turn that energy into loving and lifting at least one other person today.  Show me how You would do it, then help me to do it in Your name.  Amen.'

From "The Word for Today" by Bob Gass - August, September, October issue. Friday, September 29th 2000
Free copies of the daily devotional are available through Rhema Broadcasting Group.



Announcing... Romans 12: 1 & 2
"Therefore, I urge you brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God - this is your spiritual act of worship.  Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind."

Today 10am: Ross Bartlett is speaking.
"Tonight at 7": Ross Bartlett "If my people... He gives greater grace"
ALL WELCOME

The week ahead:
Today:
9:30am - Prayer for the service
10:00am - "Worship service" Ross Bartlett
"If my people... Clothe yourself with humility"
6:30pm - Prayer for the service
7:00pm - "Tonight at 7" Ross Bartlett
"If my people... He gives greater grace"
Tuesday:
9:00am - Intercessory prayer meeting at the church
( Prayer for schools and the nation, and the church fellowship and planning. All welcome. Tuesday & Friday. )
5:00pm - Elders meeting at the church
7:30pm - Youth group meet at the church for practice.
Wednesday:
9:45am - 1st, 2nd and 3rd weeks of the month. 6th, 13th & 20th Dec., Robertson's home group meets at 170 Queen Victoria St.
6:30pm - Tasman home group meet at Rua's, Goddard Rd. for Pot Luck tea.
7:30pm - King's home group at 9 Motueka Quay.
Thursday:
1:30pm - Ladies group meets at Gweneth D.'s home, 456a High St.
6pm-7pm - Prayer at the church, every 2nd and 4th week of the month
7:30pm - Music practice at the church for those who want to be involved with the music on Sunday.
Friday:
9:00am - Intercessory prayer meeting at the church.

Our Youth will be taking the evening service on the 10th December.  We look forward to dance, drama, singing and the word presented in a different way.  Come and support our young people and encourage their ministry.

"Alpha teens - Christmas Disco - Christmas theme"

Dancing, Clowns, Supper, Guest Speaker & Prizes
When: Friday 15th December 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Where: Motueka Rec. Centre
Cost: $1.00 each
Come dressed in something to do with Christmas.

LUNCH LUNCH LUNCH LUNCH LUNCH LUNCH LUNCH LUNCH
17th December after church - 1pm approx. - cost $5.00 per meal - BBQ
A fundraising event by the youth. - All welcome.

Christmas Food Bank
It is that time of the year again - your help with the Christmas food parcel items would be much appreciated over the next three weeks.  Please leave in the basket situated at the back of the church which is set aside for donations.
Suggested items:
tea bags - tinned fish - biscuits
fizz drinks - Christmas puddings - cakes etc.
suitable Christmas novelty items.
Thank you.

BIBLE SOCIETY CHRISTMAS CARDS
See the display of Bible Society Christmas cards available on the front table and place your order today.  Only $5.95 for a packet of twelve.

Please pray for:
* Ross and Glynda as they continue to minister to the people of our congregation.
* J. Hovenden as he recuperates from his operation, for healing and relief from pain.
* the Youth Group and Alpha Teens.
* the Elders and the Board members.
* B. Holyoake who has not been well.
* the intercessory prayer warriors, for strength and discernment.
* the music ministry and all of those involved, to serve as to the Lord.
* the Food Bank, Gweneth and Lawrie.
* all of those who are sitting end of year exams.

Persecuted Christians need GOD'S WORD
Those being tortured and persecuted, homes burned, churches destroyed... etc. cry to you for help.
21 days of prayer & $21 for Bibles.  Further info on back board.

THE MIRACLE MAKER.. A film
An animated presentation of the Greatest story ever told.  See it at your nearest cinema theatre now!!!!  Limited season.  See church notice board.

An invitation to all our church women.
The Anglican women are extending an invitation to you to attend their carol and social evening on Tuesday, 5th December at 7:30pm at St. Thomas's Church, 101 High St., Motueka.
There will be an informal carol service in the church, followed by supper and fellowship in the parish centre.  Please feel free to bring a small gift for a child to be distributed to the needy in our district at Christmas and label boy or girl and age intended for.  See notice on board.

Tasman Home Group
will be having a "Pot Luck Tea" on Wednesday 6th December 6:30pm start.

Congratulations to N. Pickett (Harris) for obtaining her teaching certificate.  Well done.

2 BEDROOM HOUSE -- For Rent -- phone xx xxx xxxx
Birthdays & Anniversaries
G. Bartlett 3 December
T. Fifita 4 December
P. Shirley 5 December
A. Rua 6 December
-- Everyone, have a neat day!
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The December calendar is included with your news letter.
Feel free to add to this as events become known.
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The Service Plan for 10th December 2000:
Preaching: 10:00am Ross Bartlett; 7:00pm The Youth
Helpers: E. Repp, P. Shirley, A. Rua, G. Rua, S. Tucker, D. Tucker
Greeters: M. & P. Whyte
Host Family: M. & P. Whyte
Cleaning & Flowers: M. & H. Jeffries, C. Repp
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Church Elders: Max Jeffries, ph. xxx xxxx
Fred King, ph. xxx xxxx (Co-ordinator)
Robbie Tucker, ph. xx xxx xxxx
Martin Whyte, ph. xxx xxxx
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MOTUEKA CHURCH OF CHRIST
374 High Street, Motueka, Tasman District (03) 528 9795