Dates for March – March 2016

Tuesday 1 2pm Renewal Team
Tuesday 1 7pm Come to Quiet
Sunday 6 10am Kids n All
Monday 7 10am Drop Inn Morning with residents from Regency & Shoal Bay Villa
Monday 7 5.15pm Yoga
Wednesday 9 7.30pm Finance Team meeting
Monday 14 5.15pm Yoga
Wednesday 16 7.15pm Church Council Meeting
Saturday 19   Working Bee at Church
Sunday 20 9.30am Café Service Palm Sunday AND

Special Congregational Meeting

Monday 21 5.15pm Yoga
Thursday 24 7pm Maundy Thursday @ St Georges

2 The Terrace, Takapuna

Friday 25 9am Good Friday Service @ St Aidans
Sunday 28 10am Easter Sunday and Holy Communion
Sunday 3 10am Kids n All
Monday 4 10am Drop Inn Morning with residents from Regency & Shoal Bay Villa
Monday 4 5.15pm Yoga
Tuesday 5 7pm Come to Quiet


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Rosters – March 2016

Duty Rosters

  Elder Door Duty Cleaning Flowers
March 6 Lynda Cam & Val Jet Cleaning Anne W
March 13 Mary Andre & Robin Val &Cam Anne W
March 20 Liz Isabel & John Jet Cleaning Margaret
Good Friday Robin TBA    
March 27 Bruce Betty and ? Rachel & Nan Margaret
Apr 3 Nan Cam & Val Jet Cleaning Isabel

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Can you help? – March 2016

Can you help?

In late April I am due to go to Vanuatu with Rotary to help on a project rebuilding a school that was demolished by Cyclone Pam. Mbossung is on the island of Ambrym, off the coast on Santo in the north of Vanuatu.

As part of our ‘mission’, volunteers have been asked to bring any of the following to be given to the local people:

  • Reading glasses
  • Bibles (they all go to church on Sunday)
  • Balls – any size from tennis to soccer

Any donations will be gratefully accepted but keep in mind I also have to take food to supplement what the locals will feed us plus tools and clothing and some bedding.

I am due to leave Auckland on 23 April, returning on 4 May (hopefully before Number 3 grandson has arrived!). If you have any questions please just ask me.   Many thanks in advance,


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Grace Notes – March 2016

I love the summer – the heat of the sun, the singing of the cicadas and the smorgasbord of nature’s perfumes, the feel of sand between the toes and the coolness of a paddle in the sea.

Colin and Pat also love the summer and have been able to take advantage of some perfect sailing weather to get out in the Gulf with their boat.

They also enjoyed a small winter interlude when they travelled to Meribel in the French Alps where at 1750 metres above sea level they were surrounded by snow. Meribel has the largest ski resort in the world extending over four huge valleys, 20km from perimeter to perimeter. Colin had organized a party for the trip and all enjoyed good weather, good skiing and good company.

Continuing with the summer theme – Rosemarie and Ralph enjoyed their brief holiday to Noosa. The tropical sea seduced Rosemarie into the water for a swim which seduced the sea lice to feast on fresh flesh. I suspect Rosemarie is still feeling the after effects.

Rosemarie and Ralph were able to catch up with dear Rita in Queensland while they were there. She lives with her son, daughter-in-law and grandson in close proximity of Noosa and has settled in well. She formed a friendship with another lady of senior years and enjoys a level of independence with the benefit of close family relations under the same roof.

From Edith. The Harbour was a hive of activity during Anniversary weekend with all the pleasure craft on the water, helicopters overhead, activities on Queens and Princes Wharf and the ‘Golden Princess’ cruise ship towering over all.

The summer was also a time for the Fyfe Clan to gather for their ‘Thanksgiving/ Awards’ Dinner, all enjoying their time together as a family before departing to their respective homes. Three into new jobs – one at Starship, one in TV filming and one in Fashion Retail.

Another summer event happened at Waihi Beach when Liz and David’s daughter Pip married Adam; the service officiated by Alf at the Hansen’s beach house.

Bruce and Betty also experienced perfect summer weather when they travelled to Wellington to see the Edinburgh Tattoo. Bruce was highly impressed by the standard of performances by both the local and visiting groups. The NZ Army Band, the Swiss Drumming Band, the girls marching teams and the NZ/Scots Band (50 – 100) of them, none put a foot wrong. The precision of each step was impressive. Most of all Bruce commented on the Maori Tableau which presented with 300 members doing haka and poi dancing, all exactly together in movement with the music.

Cam wants us to know that his vege garden will no longer be producing fine vegetables for much longer, he is turning it into a croquet lawn. Good luck with that Cam.

Alf showed us some slides of his time away at the PCANZ retreat. He writes that there were eight Presbyterian ministers at the retreat led by The Rt. Rev. Andrew Norton Moderator. They stayed at the Linds Ridge Hutt, situated at 5,000ft on the Dalrachney Station Omarama, Central Otago, above the Lindis Pass.

The spectacular environment and the connection with the landscape gave these ministers the opportunity to escape from the busyness of ministerial life, to slow down and reconnect with their inner souls. Alf’s own affinity with poetry in those Alpine surroundings was certainly nourishment for his soul. I believe food and fine wine were also a contributing factor to the enjoyment.

Now for some ‘Parental Brags!

Lynda’s son Nick has passed his Degree in Archaeology with Honours and will now move away from home to live in Christchurch for 18months. Well done Nick. Not quite yet the empty nest Lynda, with two still at home with you.

Yvonne’s granddaughter Naoko has gone to live in Spain for a few months where she will be teaching English.

Robin, who turns 74 on 1st March (Happy Birthday), tells me his daughter Rebekah has achieved a diploma in Sign Language. Apparently Maori, English and Sign are the three official languages in NZ. Congratulations Rebekah.

Dalia says that Barbora has been selected to take part in the World Day of Prayer. She has an acting and reading part for which she has been working very diligently.

Birthdays this month: Jocelyn (18th), Nan ( 21st), Malcolm (24th), Cam (?)

There are no wedding anniversaries recorded for March.

I will sing to the Lord all my life,

Make music to my God while I live. – Psalm 103.


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From the Kid’s Corner – March 2016

From the Kid’s Corner

Happy Birthday to Joseph and Rose who are having a birthday in March.

With Easter falling on the last weekend of March, we are not having a Friday Fun Night this month – watch out for details of the next one.

Lynda – for the Kids Friendly Team

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