The team at church are busy getting things ready for our biggest weekend of the year. Over 200 women have registered from all over the South Island and from other churches in the city. I am excited about what God is going to do this weekend in the lives of all those who attend the conference, I believe your lives will be different because you came.
For those who aren’t able to attend do not fret, there is a special 10am service with Marlinda Ireland as our guest speaker she is such an gifted communicator, who moves prophetically and has a real heart for worship. Also on Sunday we have an amazing young girl from our church who will be singing at our 10am, Oceana Olsen who featured in NZ’s Got Talent, she will totally leave you in awe.
And at the 5pm service this Sunday we have former NBA player American import Matt Rogers from the Canterbury Rams Basketball Team sharing his story of how he came to know Jesus and how he came to be playing basketball professionally here in NZ. We might even get have the hoop set up for a bit of one on one, if anyone is keen. At the 5pm we will also have an extended worship time for those who need a bit more soaking in the Presence of God.
So lots happening. Invite your friends and family. This is definitely one weekend you don’t want to be away from church so make sure you don’t.
It’s hard to know which I’m more excited about at the moment. The Replenish Conference for all the wonderful women in our church and from around the South Island or our Missions Trip to the Philippines. Both I know will be life changing. Both will be God honouring and both will be milestones for us as a church.
It’s great to know that Replenish Conference is solely dedicated to focusing on the needs and issues of Women in our church. Ladies can come and just receive from God without the worries of kids and things that need to be done. They can connect with other women and make new connections or they can come with friends and have a special “girls” weekend. It’s unlike other conferences in the sense that it is truly about women being ministered to and loved on completely. At this year’s conference, besides our main speaker from the US Malinda Ireland, we have Ps Phil and Bronny Godsiff, sharing of their challenges of trying for years to have a baby to finally adopting baby Nile. This alone is worth the price of the conference. Also we have a special “girlettes” programme just for the teens. If you know of anyone in Years 9-13 then bring them along. Make it a mother and daughter weekend. The girls will have their own breakout elective and area during the conference just for them. We want to make sure our teens feel absolutely loved just the way God the Father wants it to be. So if you haven't done so yet, register and get your teen girls registered too. It will be a life changing weekend for you all.
As for the Missions Trip to the Philippines, we are absolutely excited about going and know that God will be with us and open our eyes to the many opportunities to really impact the lives of the people there. The team have been meeting regularly, getting to know each other and praying for each other. We are a small team of four, made up of one Music student, two experienced in business and myself. We each bring different talents and gifts to the team and compliment each other really well.
One of the things we want to do on behalf of the church is to bless Ps Edgar and Beth Martin who run a small church there. They have sent through a list of children in their church and I would love it if we could take a small gift for each child that could fit in an A4 zip-lock plastic envelop. I would also love to be able to give a monetary gift from Elim Church to bless Ps Edgar and Beth who live by very simple means. If you would like to help out with either of these then please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org , I would love to hear from you.
Thanks for being such a faith filled, generous church; you really are a blessing to the body. See you Sunday. Nu
This week in preparation for Sunday’s message I was re-reading through Romans 8 and came across this wonderful passage in verse 28: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him who have been called according to His purpose”.
It's mind blowing to know that in all things, the God of the universe “works” for our good. God is never idle; He is always at work on our behalf, working for our good. Yet I get the feeling sometimes that many of us take this for granted. We just assume He will, because He’s God. I think passages like this are there to remind us of Gods great strength through His demonstrations of humility and love for us all. He doesn’t have to, yet he does. God is willing to get involved in our lives, to get dirty alongside us and to work with us through it all.
So how do you respond in return? Do we muck in or step back? Do we say God you take over or do we say God let’s do this!
Mathew Henry once said …”We cannot without God, and he will not without us”.
Let’s give God all the praise for what he is doing for us and then let’s be determined to roll up our sleeves and get in alongside him. God and us together is a partnership designed in heaven to last an eternity.