16 August 2020. What's Happening
Parishioners will receive an invitation to a Zoom meeting for Sunday. If you don’t get the invitation email Helen to be added to the list.
WE REMEMBER IN PRAYER
Parishioners no longer able to worship with us: Heather Carter, Jenny and Pat Blood, Molly Jenkins, Jean Jackson and Jerome Elkind
Parishioners and friends: Jeremy Thompson, Thérèse Kelly, Jean Brookes, Jeremy Younger, Win & John Blyth, Jose Alburo, Harry Hepple, Xuan Lu, Marcus Alexander, Sidney Neale, Jeffrey Murray, Keith Murray, Rose Christie-French, Paul White, Philip, Antonina Tuala, Bishop Jim White, Roger Mark, Barry Clayton, Sarah Weston, Jake Milbank, Adaline Wetherall, Elle Estcourt, Ruth Spelman, Eleanor Houston
With the City Mission we pray for the Winter Appeal
With the Anglican Communion we pray for the Scottish Episcopal Church
With the Anglican Missions Board we pray for the mission of Parishes in New Zealand
With the Diocese of Auckland we pray for the Parishes of Papatoetoe, Otahuhu and Mangere East and the Tongan and Samoan congregations
CANCELLED Sunday, 16 August, 2.30pm – St Matthew's Chamber Orchestra
CANCELLED Tuesday 18 August, 12.10pm – The Pettman National Junior Academy of Music Concert Series continues with the August selection of music.
CANCELLED Monday, 24 August, 7.30pm – Symphonies Fantastiques
A concert of four schools' orchestras: Diocesan Chamber Orchestra; Sebastian Squad (St Cuthbert’s College); Westlake Symphony Orchestra; Auckland Grammar Symphony Orchestra
POSTPONED Sunday 30 August, 4.30pm – Viva Voce "All Spaced Out"
Subject to change due to the COVID-19 Alert Level
CANCELLED Thursday 20 August – the Living Wage Forum
POSTPONED Sunday 23 August – End of Life Choice Bill discussion
Sunday 30 August – Parish Forum with Vestry
21-24 September – The Labyrinth
Sunday 27 September – St Matthew’s Day, preacher Bishop John Bluck
The new Vestry had a training day on Saturday 25 July, and met the following week. We have restructured our committees and given Vestry members portfolios instead. We’re keen to share this work and follow up the post lockdown survey on Sunday 30 August, in an after church forum.
END OF LIFE CHOICE REFERENDUM DISCUSSION
POSTPONED Depending on the COVID-19 Alert Level, we hope to meet on Sunday 23 August 11.45am in the office meeting room 198 Federal St. As we prepare to vote in this referendum we will pick up our discussion which we started last year led by our medical professionals. We will hear what is actually included in the Bill and reflect together on what we want to know before voting. Two websites you can explore to gain a more in depth understanding of issues around the Act are www.yesforcompassion.org.nz and www.riskylaw.nz. Holding opposing views with respect to the proposed Act, each presents their argument.
The End of Life Choice Act itself can be read on the following website: http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/2019/0067/latest/DLM7285905.htm
CREATION SEASON IN SEPTEMBER
Three Sundays in September we will focus on the care of creation. Our service will be shorter to allow for more after church discussion in table groups or on Zoom.
We hope to have the Labyrinth from Monday 21 – Thursday 24 September, leading up to St Matthew’s Day on 27 September. There will also be some stations to focus on the Season of Creation which will lead into this.
The installation will be on Sunday 20 September at 5.00pm and the pack out on Thursday 24 September at 7.00pm. As usual we will need volunteers during the week – if you are available and keen please let Pip know.
WHAT THE TEAM ARE UP TO THIS WEEK
Depending on the COVID-19 Alert Level – the Finance committee meets on Wednesday, Thursday the Synod team will be attending a Pre Synod meeting with other parishes.
ELECTRONIC GIVING OPTIONS
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