Taua and I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a favour of God filled New Year. We have been so blessed this year by the generosity and encouragement given to the church over the course of 2014. I’ve truly felt a change in the church, especially in the last 6 months, and I’m believing for even greater things in 2015. Ps Phil tells me in the last 12 months we have grown in our membership by 9%. This is truly amazing. I think a lot of the credit for this growth has to go to the people that make this church what it is.
I would again like to thank all of our amazing volunteers who gave hours upon hours of service to the church this year. To the wise Elders, who continue to support me and the church and to the amazing Elim Church staff, who work above and beyond every week for this great cause.
We appreciate you love, support and prayers, your generosity and service. I believe God’s hand is on us and I know His plans for us in 2015 are going to be greater than anything we’ve seen before. So keep praying for us and for each other as we continue to walk this journey together.
Invite someone and we’ll see you there.
Blessings Nu and Taua
10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.
I will never get tired of this story. It was the beginning of the redemption of my soul and that of every man, woman and child. This is why it was such good news for us today. The promise of the Messiah, the Lord, was fulfilled in his arrival.
I can remember with my own children there was great excitement as we waited for the girls to arrive. Taua and I had lots of questions…what they would look like? What type of personalities would they have? How would we cope? Questions raced through our minds a million times over. But once they arrived and we saw them for the first time none of those questions seemed important. All that did matter was that they were here and that was enough to fill our hearts with love, joy and excitement.
This Sunday we celebrate the arrival of Christ Jesus. The promise, the Messiah, the Lord, the Good News to all men.
I want to encourage you to join with the rest of our church family this Sunday 21st of December at 10am for a time of real celebration. We will sing carols, hear the Christmas story in the form of a play by the children and after the meeting we will have a BYO Picnic at Hagley Park by the pools together as a church family.
It’s been another big year for all of us, a lot has happened so let’s take time out of our busy lives and reflect again on the Good News of the arrival of Jesus Christ.
Love to see you there and invite your friends and family they will not be disappointed.
Blessings and Love, Nu and Taua
Sunday night saw the coming together of 5000 believers from churches all over Christchurch. It was an amazing sign of unity and faith and love. The story of how the Gospel reached the shores of Aotearoa was explained and you could not help but be amazed at how God used so many people to see the message of forgiveness and Grace spread throughout the country. Rev Samuel Marsden preached the first Gospel message on Christmas Day in 1814. And today the Gospel is still being preached. Our amazing National Anthem was sung by all 5000 in attendance. The words of the Anthem, a prayer of declaration over the nation…God Defend New Zealand!
I believe there are great things ahead for us as a Church in the City and as a Nation. I believe the Churches in the City will be at the forefront of seeing a fresh move of His Spirit throughout the nation. It’s time to get excited about the Church and to get on board with what God is doing. Let’s not miss this opportunity to live out our faith in these last days.
God Defend New Zealand – God Save New Zealand!
Blessings Nu and Taua
This year we’ve tried something a little different here at Elim Church. For the first time we had 7 families dedicating their children on Sunday. It was such a great day for the families and the children. One mum commented after the meeting saying she was trying really hard to hold back the tears. This is one of the fun parts of my role. To be able to stand with families from our church and agree over the blessing of their children. It was so much fun!! Keep an eye out for the next Dedication Sunday and get your family booked in.
Also today we received an enormous thank you card from the children of Woolston Primary School who had received lunches throughout the year. It was so cool to read some of the messages they wrote. I am so proud of all those that helped make these lunches this year. Thank you, thank you, and thank you. One child wrote “I hope you come back next year!!” I hope so too. If you would like to be involved in this small but powerful way of blessing children in need then please contact the office and ask for Paula Marsden.
This Sunday we have Baptisms, I understand we have 7 people being baptised which is just so great.
If you’ve yet to be baptised and have been thinking about it for a while why not do it this Sunday.
Bring you gear and talk to Ps Phil before the 10am service.
I just have to say “I love this Church! !” I believe God’s hand is all over us and next year is going to be the best year yet. So keep praying and believing for great things.
See you this Sunday.
Blessings Nu and Taua