Dates for December 2018, Jan 2019

Dates for December 2018/Jan 2019
Note Shared Services at 9.30 am from Dec 25.
NB Come to Quiet resumes in February 2019.
Sun 2 Dec 10 am Service Helene Muller St Aidans
Sun 9 Dec 10 am Service Rev Alf Taylor St Aidans
Sun 16 Dec 9.30 for 10 Breakfast and worship with Cafe Church Team St Aidans
Sun 23 Dec 10 am Service Anna Johnstone St Aidans
Mon 24 Dec 7pm Christmas Eve Service of lessons and carols Rev Warren Deason St Aidans
Tues 25 Dec 9.30am Christmas Day Service at St Lukes 16 Greenslade Cres Northcote
Dec 30 9.30 am Service Gerald Sharrock St Aidans
Jan 6 2019 9.30 am Service at St Lukes
Jan 13 9.30am Service Anna Johnstone St Aidans
Jan 20 9.30am Service at St Lukes
Jan 27 10 am Service and welcome to Rev Matt Chapman St Aidans

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Rosters – December2018, January 2019

Rosters December 2018/ Jan 2019
Elder Door Duty Cleaning Flowers
2 Dec Helene Andre&Robin Jet Cleaning Robin
9 Dec Rosemarie David & Rachel Dalia&
16 Dec Lynda Isabel &Robin Jet Cleaning Isabel
23 Dec Nan Linda & Jeanne Isabel
24Dec Robin TBA
Dec25 St Lukes St Lukes
30 Dec Dalia Betty&Edith Jet Cleaning Margaret
6 Jan St Lukes St Lukes Jeanne –
13 Jan Mary Cam & Val Windross Jet Cleaning Robin
20 Jan St Lukes St Lukes TBA –
27 Jan Robin Ann & Val Walby Jet Cleaning Robin

December 22, 2018 in Newsletter, Rosters by

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Grace Notes – December 2018, January 2019

Where has the year gone? I think it is true that the older we get the quicker
time seems to rush by.
I am told that the secret is to focus as much as possible on the present
moment, that is the only real moment we can count on.
It’s a bit like meditation really; something like following the silent
communion service we had with Warren last week.
David & Rosemarie
A Taste of India
Almost two months ago Rosemarie had to travel to Delhi on business. I
offered to be the ‘bag’ boy and we decided it was too far to go without
spending some time exploring. We chose a 14 day tour of Rajasthan – which
proved to be a wonder filled adventure. And no, we did not get sick or get a
Our tour included hotels, breakfast, a car and driver and local guides in all
locations – all for NZ$100 per day each. Lunch and dinner was an extra NZ
$10 per meal each, as long as you like Indian food. We loved it!
This area is referred to as the golden triangle and is well trod by tourists, but
at no time did we feel like we were two of hundreds. Being in the north the
land is quite dry but still capable of growing a large variety of crops.
The history is fascinating, the Moghul Kings who came south from Persia
ruled India for some 300 years from the 1500’s and had enormous wealth and
power. They left behind a legacy of palaces and forts that make most of those
in the UK look small. Of course the best known of these is the Taj Mahal, a
piece of architectural perfection built as a mausoleum to a king’s wife. The
fact that it is still in such good condition is testimony to the craftsmanship that
existed in this well ordered civilisation.
We visited Palaces, forts, rode a camel in the desert, rode an elephant, visited
temples, were blessed by a holy man at one of India’s pilgrimage sites, and
were taken to quite a few special shops that we would never have found
ourselves. Yes, we did buy quite a few items – clothing, carpet and jewellery.
The co-existence of old and new is fascinating to behold (tuktuk drivers
studying their smart phones!) as is the blend of religions. The women are so
colourful. Almost everyone seemed to have a job to do. And everywhere we
went the water seemed to be potable.
So don’t believe all the horror stories you hear, we suspect most of them
relate to 30+ years ago. But it’s not for everyone as it’s quite hot with lots of
Simon, Stephen & Rachel
Simon, Stephen and Rachel had a wonderful month on holiday in England.
We flew to Paris for a few days lapping up the culture; Eurostar to London for
8 days then drove around England.
We visited many Cathedrals, museums and historical ships.
Highlights for Stephen were the falconries, zoos and the squirrels and
lorikeets in Kensington Gardens.
I enjoyed meeting and staying with cousins in Leister and experimenting with
the acoustics in the Chapter House of York Minster Cathedral – no
microphones required there.
Simon was reminded of his visits as a child with his father to some old ships.
A publican in a town out of Salisbury identified my accent saying NZ women
are the only people in the world who say “Yisssss” (Yes).
A few days in Singapore on the way back enabled us to do more touristy
activities and break up the long flight.
We really enjoyed our travels and learned a lot along the way.
Just really an update regarding Bella…..things are going more smoothly at
home now after a rather rocky start! There has to be a phone contact with
Starship every Monday and she has to go in there every Thursday, and she is
having some schooling from Starship .
Andre & Helene
Andre and Helene enjoyed a lovely holiday cruise to Vanuatu, Fiji, Mystery
Island and The Isle of Pines. Helene flew to Sydney a week in advance to visit
her sister there. The two of had a wonderful time together and were able to
treat son Johan to a Sunday lunch with them. It is always good to catch up
with family. The cruise was decided on rather impulsively but it proved to be
just what we needed to give us a time of complete rest and relaxation with
many of the days spent at sea. Soon after returning home we were able to
celebrate the 18 th birthday of our grand-daughter Hannah who has just
completed year 13 at Northcote College and hopes to continue her studies at
Auckland University next year.
A small (but important) correction from last month: Title of ‘moving’
song in chapel in Queenstown: “You Raise Me Up” – did you spot the
Our Floral Afternoon on November 3 was very enjoyable – the beautiful
floral displays were striking, entertainment light and pleasant, good
fellowship and of course good afternoon tea. Our thanks to the
organisers. It was quite a day for me as the Long Bay Baptist Trust
held a dinner and entertainment for their tenants (me) in the evening.
Their Chinese members put on a lovely musical item in striking
costumes which was something quite different – very colourful.
A friend and I attended ‘Morning Melodies’ at Bruce Mason. The programme
by the Airforce Band was to commemorate Armistice Day 1918 (100 yrs) and
contributions were played by a Scottish piper and Marion Burns. The Last
Post was beautifully played by the lead trumpeter, just like Anzac Day – very
Another a poignant reminder for us all were the thousands of white crosses in
the Domain. Particularly heart rending were the smaller groups of crosses to
the memory of 2, 3, and even 4 sons from a family lost.
What a wonderful farewell her family had for Yvonne Mathieson on
November 28 – a fitting tribute to a wonderful lady – such a full life and so
interesting to us all. Good to meet up with her Guiding friends – still meeting
as the Trefoil Guild !
It’s that time of the year again when life becomes madly chaotic. It’s also a
time to stop and reflect on what is more important……..presents or the
presence of those around us.
I trust that you will all have a Merry Merry Christmas, keep safe and enjoy
the relaxation of the summer holidays.
Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the
imagination and life to everything.” ― Plato
God Bless
Story of Adam & Eve’s Dog
Adam and Eve said, ‘Lord, when we were in the garden, you walked
with us every day. Now we do not see you any more. We are
lonesome here, and it is difficult for us to remember how much you
love us.’
And God said, I will create a companion for you that will be with you
and who will be a reflection of my love for you, so that you will love me
even when you cannot see me. Regardless of how selfish or childish
or unlovable you may be, this new companion will accept you as you
are and will love you as I do, in spite of yourselves.

And God created a new animal to be a companion for Adam and Eve
And it was a good animal and God was pleased.
And the new animal was pleased to be with Adam and Eve and he
wagged his tail.
And Adam said, ‘Lord, I have already named all the animals in the
Kingdom and I cannot think of a name for this new animal.’

And God said, ‘I have created this new animal to be a reflection of my
love for you, his name will be a reflection of my own name, and you
will call him DOG.
And Dog lived with Adam and Eve and was a companion to them and
loved them.
And they were comforted.
And God was pleased.
And Dog was content and wagged his tail.
After a while, it came to pass that an angel came to the Lord and said,
‘Lord, Adam and Eve have become filled with pride. They strut and
preen like peacocks and they believe they are worthy of adoration.
Dog has indeed taught them that they are loved, but perhaps too well.’
And God said, I will create for them a companion who will be with them
and who will see them as they are. The companion will remind them of
their limitations, so they will know that they are not always worthy of
And God created CAT to be a companion to Adam and Eve.
And Cat would not obey them. And when Adam and Eve gazed into
Cat’s eyes, they were reminded that they were not the Supreme
And Adam and Eve learned humility.
And they were greatly improved.
And God was pleased.
And Dog was happy.
And the Cat . . .
didn’t give a shit one way or the other…….

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Notices – December 2018, January 2019

St Aidans Presbyterian Property Trust
It became apparent last month that some members of the
congregation were not up to date with the details of how
Iona Close works and how it differs from most other
retirement housing options. ( A better deal !!) Recently there
have been several vacancies in the units, some of which
are now under contract. Colin Reid has kindly provided this
An introduction to Iona Close
St Aidan’s Presbyterian Property Trust was established in 1980/81 as a
Christian not for profit outreach project. The Trust provides ‘niche’
independent retirement housing for the elderly, with the worries of property
management lifted from their shoulders.
As a charitable organisation, run by volunteers, aiming to make very modest
surpluses which are reinvested back into the activities of the Trust. (The
Trusts “Statement of Service Performance” is available from Colin or the Ed).
The Trust is the owner of the property at 4 Woodside Ave., Northcote
comprising nine self-contained cottages.
Each cottage is available for persons over the age of 55 years of good health
on a ‘licence to occupy’ basis. Briefly each resident enters into an agreement
with the Trust to provide an interest free loan equating to the value of the
cottage. The Trust as part of that agreement provides the cottage in good order
and condition for the exclusive use of the resident. Further the Trust manages
the grounds and provides for the maintenance of the exterior of the cottages
so that a consistent and comprehensive standard of the Close is maintained.
Each cottage comprises two bedrooms (one double), a lounge dining area,
kitchen, laundry and lock-up garage (with automatic door opener). The
cottages are fully carpeted with vinyl, laminate board or tiles in the service
areas. Drapes and light fittings are provided by the resident.
The Trust acts as agent for the residents in the payment of rates, building
insurance, water, exterior security lighting, ground maintenance and exterior
maintenance. In turn each cottage is levied a ‘service charge’ to cover these
particular outgoings. The service charge is currently $525.00 per month. The
service charge is by automatic payment from the resident to the Trust and the
amount of the charge is reviewed annually and adjusted to actual expenses.
The resident is responsible for personal contents insurance and general
internal maintenance of the cottage together with the cost of power and
telephone. A handyman is available to the residents, and a gardener cares for
the grounds. However, those residents who wish may look after a small plot
outside their cottage.
The Trust repays the loan to a departing resident on the basis of the unit’s
current valuation, a unique provision for a retirement village. Other retirement
villages usually repay based on the original loan value. Consequently, over a
period of years the resident’s capital value is seriously eroded. When a
resident wishes to vacate a cottage the Trust, upon written notice, has the
cottage valued by an independent valuer to determine the CURRENT value of
the ‘licence to occupy’. The resident is paid a cash settlement of 85% of
current valuation, decreasing by 2% per year of occupation over the first five
years to 75% of market valuation. Note that repayment of the interest free
loan is not 85% to 75% of the original loan, but 85% to 75% of current value.
Vacated cottages are then refurbished before being made available to the next
No pets are permitted.
A copy of a standard residential agreement outlining financial responsibilities
of the resident and the Trust is available.
Intending future occupants wishing to be included on the waiting list are
encouraged to lodge their name and address via the Trusts e-mail
Feel free to contact the Trust’s Chairman Tim Wood, phone 021784472
No meeting in December but there will be a BBQ on Sat
Jan 19 hopefully on a warm dry summer’s evening.
Contact Dale: 428 3793 or
who organises the bookings.
Contributions brought to the weekly Sunday services are
taken to the Salvation Army depot 430 Glenfield Road.
Most wanted items this month are UHT milk and women’s toiletries.
Also general pantry stocking before the holiday season.
NB Fresh fruit or vegetables e.g. potatoes, carrots, onions delivered to
the depot Monday, Wednesday, Friday mornings from 9.30 am would
be appreciated too.

The members of the Embroidery Group are holding their annual
display of work done during this year in the Lindisfarne Lounge on
Friday 7th December at 10.30 am.
Friends and members of the congregation are invited to attend to view
the embroideries and other handwork. Morning tea will be served. August 2017 Page ? of ? 8 17
You are invited to a “Taste of India” evening
Adventurers and would be adventurers,
come and hear Rosemarie and David share some of the highlights of
their recent adventure in India,
at a fund-raising dinner in support of Lifeline.
Ever wanted to be a Maharaja or Maharani?
T onight’s the night
Feel free to come suitably attired – we will!
For $20 enjoy:
• A glass of wine/beer/juice and nibbles
• A two-course meal including desert
• Tea/Coffee
• A night of entertainment and fellowship
Please advise if you have any special dietary requirements.
We ask you to make a donation to Lifeline.
There will be a donation box and envelopes to enable tax deductible donation receipts.
Date: Saturday 8 December 2018
Time: 7pm
Place: St Aidans Presbyterian Church, 97 Onewa Road, Northcote
RSVP to Rosemarie – by Friday 1 December
Please pay the meal cost of $20 per person on arrival
We meet again in the New Year, starting on Friday 15 February at 9.30
am. New members are welcome. Help is given by the other members.
Pat Reid, Embroidery Group
22 October 1928-24 November 2018
We are sorry to have to report the death this month of Yvonne who
has been a member of the church in Northcote all her life. We will
remember her passionate pursuit of social justice, her long term
involvement in the Guiding Movement and her keen interest in her
family and everything around her. Our thoughts and prayers are
with her family at this time.
Look wide and think of others.
March 7, 1923 – October 25, 2018
Father Thomas Keating who is regarded as the spiritual mentor of
our Come To Quiet group died on 25th October 2018 at St Joseph’s
Abbey in Spencer Massachusetts at the age of 95.
The October edition of The Contemplative Outreach Bulletin brings
tribute to him in this way:” He modeled for us the incredible riches
and humility born of a divine relationship that is not only possible
but is already the fact in every human being. Such was his
teaching, such was his life. He now shines his light from the
heights and the depths of the heart of the Trinity.”
Father Thomas was instrumental in developing the method of
Centering Prayer which we use during our meetings. He was a
great proponent of spiritual unity as this commentary from him on
Romans 12:5 bears out:
So we, though many, are one body in Christ
and individually parts of one another. Romans 12: 5 August 2017 Page ? of ? 9 17
” … This was Jesus’ way of manifesting the love of God – becoming
one with us in order that human beings might become one with
God … In the Christian tradition love is the bottom line: “Love God
with your whole heart, mind, soul and strength and your neighbor
as yourself.” The same God is in others as in us. All humans
basically are equal and, if they consent, are inserted into the
Mystical Body of Christ to serve each other and to build-up the
Body of Christ in every possible way.”
Fr. Thomas Keating, That We May Be One: Christian Non-Duality
We join with the world-wide community of practitioners of
Centering Prayer in mourning the passing of this great man.
Helene Muller

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Important Notices from Church Council – December 2018, January 2019

Important Notices from Church Council
Services in December and January
Please note the arrangements for services during
December and January. Our Sunday services at
Saint Aidans will start at the usual time of 10 a.m.
until December 23 rd . From December 30th until
January 20 th , services will start at 9.30 a.m. whether
at Saint Aidans or Saint Lukes. Saint Lukes
Methodist Church is at 16 Greenslade Crescent,
New Minister
We are delighted to welcome Rev Matt Chapman
who will be our 60% stated supply Minister initially
for the next year. Matt will start with us on January
14 th , and we look forward to him becoming part of the
Community of Saint Aidans.
Christmas Giving
Thank you to everyone who has contributed gifts to
go to children staying at de Paul House, and food,
particularly food treats, for Salvation Army foodbank.
The boxes full of goodies already look great.
Stationery Packs
Last year we discovered these were a good way to
help local children get off to a good start with their
school year. The cost of stationery for a Primary
School child is at least $50 each and some do not
have this cash in hand. Please make your
contribution in a marked envelope and Willow Park
School Northcote will use it to get a stationery pack
to some of their needy children.

Mary and Joseph
Once again, Mary and Joseph will travel from home
to home in the Community of Saint Aidans, arriving
back in Church for our Christmas Eve service. If you
would like to host the travellers, please put your
name on the list.

Floral Affair
Thank you to the wonderful team who organised this
event, and to everyone who contributed with flowers,
food, music and your attendance at what was an
excellent afternoon of fellowship, enjoyed by all. The
amount raised has yet to be confirmed, but should
be around $2000.
Meeting of three congregations
Saint Aidans Church was well represented at this meeting,
and, although it started slowly it ended up being a positive
conversation. It was agreed that each congregation should
put forward a small group to work with the other
congregations, and Saint Aidan’s Task Force will shortly
meet with groups from Saint Andrews and Zion Hill Church.
Health and Safety
Our Health and Safety Team have to produce an annual health and
safety hazard identification review. If you are aware of anything that
you think might be a health and safety hazard, please talk to Rachel
Hurr, John Railton or anyone on Church Council. Thank you.
Christian World Service
For the past few years, members of the congregation
have donated to CWS Christmas Appeal. Donation
envelopes for this year will be available during
December, and you are welcome to make an
individual donation, or through your Church offering.

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