Well firstly I want to thank everyone that was involved in some way in yesterday’s Christmas Celebration Service. It was so good to see so many families join with us for the first time from our Elim Early Learning Centre and from our Music and Munchies group as well as many just checking out the church. It was great to see the place packed. I understand there was standing room only down the back!
Like many of us, I’ve personally had a busy run to the end of the year, but I truly do believe that we are finishing the year well. I’m believing next year is going to be a big year for us as we continue to outwork the new vision - “Connect – Equip –Influence.” I’m excited about all the possibilities that will come with the New Year.
In all my years of ministry in and outside the church one thought has never left me …”Be faithful in the little, be faithful in much.” The key to the Christian walk has always been to just be faithful. To be full of faith. As we look forward to a New Year, let’s look through the lens of faith – faith to dream big dreams, faith to take big steps. Faith is spelt R-I-S-K so take a few risks next year and see what God can do in you and through you.
When you pray your prayers of faith be very specific, be very detailed about it. I remember many years ago Taua and I were desperate to buy a house. So we decided to make a list of everything we wanted in a home. It was a detailed list. We wrote down things like … “I want to be close to a park … Open plan living … four bedrooms.” You get the picture! We would pray over our list in our cold two bedroom unit that we were renting. Two years after writing that list we were in a house auction on a property Taua really liked and we ended up being the only bidders and bought the property for a really great price. The first day we took possession of the house I walked around it and realised everything that was on our list was in this house. Isn’t that amazing! That’s God and the power of faith and the power of prayer.
So have a faith-filled holiday. Believe God and believe in the bigness of God. Nothing is impossible for Him!
Cheering you on in 2016.
Blessings and Love
Nu and Taua
Well what a great way to start the week. Being able to share the vision of our church for the next 10 years was a real win for me. If you missed out on Vision Sunday go online and listen to what was said. The exciting thing about this vision “Connect – Equip – Influence” is that there is a part for everyone to play. We can all be involved and engaged in this vision. So in the new year you’ll start seeing this featured around the building so that it’s always in front of us, reminding us of what we’re about. This next step is to see how this can be outworked and what specific things we can each be a part of.
Around this time of the year a couple of things can happen:
Have a great week; see you Sunday!
1 John 3:16-18 (NIV)
This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.
This week I had the privilege of spending a bit of time with Elim Senior Pastors from the top of the South Island to Central South Island. I shared at this meeting that one of the things I’m most proud of this year is that we are more outward focused as a church. We’ve supported Nvader, provided thousands of lunches for children in need, sent missions teams to Philippines and Fiji, supported missionaries to Brazil, provided child and parent support through our Music and Munchies programme, our holiday and afterschool programmes are growing, our Elim Early Learning Centre is growing and we are looking at setting up a C.A.P center in the future. There’s so much to be thankful for!
In John's letter he reveals what true love looks like. Using Christ as the ultimate example he says as Christ sacrificed his life, we too need to make sacrifices for each other. And then he really hits it out of the park with these words…"let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.”
I’m proud to say this is what I’m seeing in the life of this church. I see people practically showing their love for others. This is part of what it means to be a son and daughter of our Father God. Let me challenge you today to live out your love for God. Look for practical ways to love on people and by this revealing God's love for them.
Make sure you don’t miss this Sunday's services. I will be sharing about what I see for the future of this church. I can’t wait to share what God has placed on my heart and what he wants to be in the future.
Christmas Celebration Service
This year for Christmas we are doing things a little differently. In our build up to Christmas we have different children’s ministry areas sharing at our services starting with our Powerzone kids this Sunday. Then on the 20th December we will have an “all in together” church service followed by a community day BBQ after the service. On this particular Sunday we have invited children from our preschool and Music + Munchies programme who have not been to our church to perform at the service. This is an exciting new thing we are doing. So we need your support by spreading the word and attending the Christmas Celebration service yourselves. It’s great to think that unchurched families will be coming to our meeting, many for the first time because we’ve made a way for them to be there. Again another practical way to love on people.
Help needed for the Christmas Celebration
We need people to help with the set up and pack down of the BBQ area, marquees, tables etc. on Sunday Dec 20th. If you are able to help please let us know by contacting Ps. Phil Phil.Godsiff@chch.elim.org.nz
Welcome to Elim lunch
This Sunday after our morning service we have our Welcome to Elim lunch. If you’re new to church and haven’t been to one of our lunches you are invited!! Come and meet the team and hear from me as I share more about what I see for our church. Please RSVP Phil.Godsiff@chch.elim.org.nz for catering purposes.
Don’t miss this weekend, bring a friend.