NOVEMBER & DECEMBER 2014 + JANUARY 2015

NOVEMBER & DECEMBER 2014
+ JANUARY 2015
CONTENTS
3 THE MAIN EVENTS in the life of the
church during November, December & January.
Get involved and build some great friendships.
4 FINANCIAL UPDATE A summary of our
giving in the last quarter. For more information
see the info desk.
5 GIFTS FOR KIDS We have partnered
with Tu Tama Wahine to give presents to children
and families in our community who are likely to
not receive anything for Christmas.
6
The Year that was 2014 A look
back at all the awesome, wonderful crazy things
that have happened this year.
7
NOV CALENDAR with key events: Guest
Speaker: Carl Butler, Alphacrucis New Testament
Intensive, & New Faces Lunch.
8 DEC CALENDAR ‘Tis the Season to be
jolly! It’s all about Jesus! Christmas is here and we
are rejoicing. Join us for our Christmas Eve
service.
9
JAN CALENDAR with the annual Church
BBQ’s at Merrilands Domain & Ngamotu Beach.
10 LEADERSHIP TEAM get to know our
leadership team, department heads, connect
leaders and the ministries that we support.
WELCOME
Our mission is to be a significant
Pentecostal church committed to
the people of this
region for Christ
REACH
BUILD RELEASE
and
them to multiply this process
STEVE & PIP BATTEN
SENIOR PASTORS
People must wonder what a pastor does all day! Do you?
Ministry by many pastors is a far cry from that of a generation ago. For me it's a constant juggle
of personal connection with God, staff, leaders and people both within and outside the
congregation. Aspects of spirituality, management and leadership both locally and nationally
constantly threaten to overwhelm my world. I must distinguish between the urgent and the
important.
An important participation I have been involved in for the last month is a series of three hour,
fortnightly conversations entitled, How Communities Awaken; a master class on active
citizenship hosted by Tu Tama Wahine. You will remember that some of our leaders met with this
organisation earlier this year regarding our annual role in supporting vulnerable children under
their care every Christmas with gifts. This has been a fantastic ongoing conversation.
Part of active participation is meeting with another attendee to discuss where we are at! They
come from all walks of life. Many have never met with a pastor before, but each has
endeavoured to connect with what they think I do and what I believe, always with a story of
personal spiritual connection. Many have an interesting theology of God and the church. For
the most part this has not been positive!
These conversations have confirmed how quickly our society has shifted from foundational
Christian belief to an interesting mixture of pseudo spiritual concepts repackaged into postmodernist ideas. A response to having a relationship with a single knowable God is.. “Well that's
great for you!”
Dave Mann of the Hope Project is totally right! However what I have found positive is the
discipline of active listening, and asking simple questions. I refuse to preach! In every case my
colleagues have gone away reflective, appreciative and with a commitment to re-examine
their belief in the light of new information. May I encourage you to take advantage of the Hope
Project Booklets that have arrived in your street and letterbox this week and make a
connection! You will be encouraged!
Blessings over you and your household
Steve & Pip
NEW FACES
LUNCH
ALPHACRUCIS
NEW TESTAMENT
GUEST SPEAKER
SEAN DU TOIT
2 November 2014
After Morning Service
6 - 8 November 2014
Thurs 7-9pm, Fri & Sat 9am - 4pm
9 November 2014
10am & 6:30pm Services
If you’re new to church we would
love to get to know you and help
you get connected into the life of
the church. The New Faces Lunch
is hosted by our leadership team
in the church café after the
morning service. It is a great
opportunity to get to know the
pastors, staff and elders of
citywestchurch. The food is
always high quality and there is
no cost to register. There are
limited spaces available so be in
quick. To register for this lunch
please put your name down at
the info desk or email:
[email protected]
This is a NZQA accredited Level 4
intensive on the New Testament.
This paper provides students with
foundational skills of interpreting
the New Testament, and
communicating the message,
principles and values. Led by
Alphacrucis Lecturer Sean du
Toit. You can complete this
intensive for credits or just to
improve your knowledge of the
New Testament. To register for this
course please see the
information desk. There will be
administrative costs and you will
need to bring your own lunch.
Sign up today!
Sean is a lecturer at Alphacrucis
College New Zealand. He will be
taking the New Testament
Intensive during the week but he
will also be speaking at both of
our Sunday Services. Sean is a
husband to Sue, a father to Ava,
a PhD candidate at Otago
University, and trying to be a
faithful follower of Jesus. Sean is
from Somerset West, a town in the
Western Cape of South Africa.
Sean loves to study and preach
the word of God and can speak
Koine Greek. You can follow
Sean’s blog by going to
kiwimadepreaching.com.
Guest Speaker
CARL BUTLER
CHRISTMAS EVE
SERVICE
Church
barbeques
15 November 2014
10am & 6:30pm Services
24 December 2014
7:30pm Service
14 January 2015 @ 6pm &
21 January 2015 @6pm
Early in 1997 God began to lead
Carl into an itinerant ministry. With
the fire of God burning in his heart
he began ‘Fan the Flame’
Ministries. Carl is a zealous
preacher with a burning
enthusiasm for revival and stirs the
Church into action. Carl has now
travelled to over 40 countries,
spoken in well over 400 churches
as well as outdoor crusades, and
ministered to many thousands of
people. Another aspect of the
ministry has been Carl's role in
supporting, encouraging and
mentoring many pastors and
leaders across the globe.
“Therefore the Lord himself will
give you a sign: The virgin will
conceive and give birth to a son,
and will call him Immanuel.”
Isaiah 7:14
Come join us on Christmas Eve to
celebrate the birth of Jesus,
Saviour of the world. This will be a
great service for the family with
some of your favourite Christmas
carols, a great Christmas
message and supper to follow.
There will be no services on
Christmas Day. Take the
opportunity to connect with
friends and family. ‘Joy to the
World, the Lord is come!’
Pack up the rug & cricket set &
bring the whole family to our 2
family BBQ’s! These events are
great fun with games & activities.
Bring your own food to cook on
the BBQ. If the weather is warm
then bring your togs & towel and
go for a dip. Parents please
remember you are responsible for
the safety of your children. If the
weather is bad then please
contact your connect group
leader.
VENUES:
14 January - Merrilands Domain
21 January - Ngamotu Beach
For more information on the church and its ministries please go to:
www.citywestchurch.org.nz
or find us on facebook | facebook.com/pages/citywestchurch
FINANCIAL UPDATE
JULY
2014
AUGUST
2014
SEPTEMBER
2014
Target
Tithes & Offerings
$32,000.00
$40,000.00
$32,000.00
Actual
Tithes & Offerings
$39,987.78
$47,252.66
$33,957.22
Target Mortgage
$2,600.00
$2,600.00
$2,600.00
Actual Mortgage
$355.00
$370.00
$270.00
Missions Offering
$3408.40
$3093.30
$2321.00
Thank you church for your ongoing generosity! If you would like to give through our envelope
system please see the information desk. If you would like to give by automatic payment our
account number is: 15-3953-0270716-00. Please include your name and tithe number in the
reference.
EVVIECE
SE R
OCOMELET
ADORE
US
HIM
It excites me to think for that for 5 Christmas’ now as a church we have been able to directly meet the needs of
children and families in our community who are likely, for various reasons to not receive anything for Christmas.
As a community and as a nation we are continually bombarded with horrific statistics about the on going
abuse of woman, children and families in this country.
The newest statistics recently released state that is 2013 there were 148,659 reports of child abuse or neglect to
Child Youth and Family. Of those, 57,766 were Police Family Violence call outs involving children and 22,984
were substantiated child abuse and neglect. I often read through these statistics and think, what on earth can I
do about this. Then I’m reminded of one of my favourite stories in the bible. Its where Jesus is on his way to Jairus’
house as Jairus’ 12 year old daughter was dying. On the way the crowd is going crazy and Jesus meets the
woman with the issue of blood, who has had bleeding for 12 years. Jesus met Jairus on the journey. Then on his
way to Jairus’ house, he met the woman with the issue of blood, on the journey. And both people were set free!
It is unrealistic to think that we can meet every single need for every suffering person. This is the overwhelming
part. 148,000 reports of child abuse or neglect. How outrageous! BUT….and there is always a BUT… you can
meet one need. Maybe you could meet 2 or 3 needs. And this is what I love about our house. We all work
together to meet the needs of the community on our back door step, on our journey.
This year we have an amazing opportunity again to meet the needs of children and families in our community
at Christmas by purchasing gifts for 0 to 18 year olds. These gifts go directly to children and families who
currently work with a Whanau Worker or Social Workers at Tu Tama Wahine.
In 2013 we were able to directly hand deliver gifts to 220 children who are associated with the organisation and
this was continually met with heartfelt thanks and tears.
I was recently challenged by this quote by Oscar Wilde – the smallest act of kindness is worth more than the
greatest intention.
citywestchurch you are incredible!!
Michelle Ramage
Tu Tama Wahine O Taranaki
CHARGED YOUTH CAMP
BEYOND MONTH PLANES
BEN&DEE MOVE TO THAILAND
FIJI MISSIONS TRIP
UNITED YOUTH EVENT
EASTER WITH RAY MOXHAM
YOUTH FLUORO NIGHT
ALPHACRUCIS OT INTENSIVE
MOTHERS DAY SERVICE
FATHERS DAY SERVICE
BEYOND MONTH TESTIMONIES
BONFIRE ON TOP FIELD
STEVE @ TU TAMA WAHINE
MAINLYMUSIC 10th ANNIVERSARY
THANKS PARTY
MAINLYMUSIC 10th ANNIVERSARY
NEW CAFÉ DOORS
WORSHIP TEAM RETREAT
THANKS PARTY
CROSS STRING ART
NOVEMBER 2014
S
M
T
W
T
F
1
30
4
5
6
New Faces
Lunch
12noon
Encounter
6am
Connect
Groups
Worship
Team
Baptism
PM
DNA
7pm
Charged
Youth
7 - 9pm
11
12
13
Encounter
6am
Connect
Groups
Worship
Team
2
9
3
10
Guest
Speaker:
Sean Du Toit
7
Alphacrucis Alphacrucis
NT Intensive NT Intensive
7 - 9pm
9am - 4pm
14
17
Defining
Moments
PM
19
20
Connect
Groups
Worship
Team
25
26
27
Encounter
Day
6am, 12noon
& 7pm
Connect
Groups
Worship
Team
Encounter
6am
Guest
Speaker:
Carl Butler
23
18
24
YEAR 7 - 13
Charged
Youth
7 - 9pm
8
Alphacrucis
NT Intensive
9am - 4pm
15
Carl Butler
Seminar
Charged
Youth
7 - 9pm
16
S
21
22
28
29
DECEMBER 2014
S
7
M
T
1
2
8
W
T
F
S
4
5
6
12
13
18
19
20
24
25
26
27
Christmas
Eve
Service
6:30pm
Christmas
Day
Boxing
Day
Connect
Groups
Encounter
6am
Partner with
the Vision
7pm
Charged
Youth
7 - 9pm
9
10
Encounter
6am
Connect
Groups
Charged
Youth
Christmas
14
15
16
17
Encounter
6am
Connect
Groups
Last night
Worship
Team
Worship
Team
Christmas
BBQ
Term 4
Ends
21
22
Thanksgiving
Service
28
No Night
Service
23
No
Encounter
29
30
31
No
Encounter
New Years
Eve
WORSHIP&
CREATIVEARTS
Our Worship & Creative Arts team offers many
opportunities to serve in areas of creative giftings.
Including all areas of sound, lighting, video, dance,
drama, and music, you don’t even have to be
creative. There’s sure to be an area you can get
involved in! If you have a heart for the creative arts
then we would love to talk to you. See Chris Hobby for
more info.
JANUARY 2015
S
4
M
5
No Night
Service
11
18
25
T
T
F
S
1
2
3
7
8
9
10
13
14
15
16
17
Encounter
6am
BBQ @
Merrilands
Domain
6pm
Worship
Team
23
24
30
31
6
W
No
Encounter
12
19
26
20
21
22
Encounter
6am
BBQ @
Ngamotu
Beach
6pm
Worship
Team
27
28
29
Encounter
Day
6am, 12noon
& 7pm
Connect
Groups
Worship
Team
Charged
Youth
7 - 9pm
SIGN UP TODAY AT THE INFO DESK
THE TEAM
SENIOR PASTORS
Steve & Pip Batten
ELDERSHIP
Steve & Judy Walsh
Kevin & Heather Gray
Louise & Neil Barnes
Hayden & Sharna Markham
YOUTH PASTOR
BEYOND
SUPPORTING INTERNATIONAL MINISTRIES
Kenya
Robin & Margaret Aim
Indonesia
Sam & Carol Soukotta
Philippines
Max & Dorothy Chismon
Thailand
Valerie Bateup
Cambodia
Mark & Janice Somerville
Solomon Island Bible School Solomon Islands
Mark & Katrina Trewavas
Thailand
Morgan & Rachel Burne
WORSHIP PASTOR
Chris & Bonita Hobby
PRAYER & WOMENS PASTOR
OFFICE MANAGER
FINANCIAL ADMINISTRATOR
ADULT CONNECT GROUPS
Wednesday 7.30pm
Paul & Nicki Butler
Christine Hobby
Ps Steve Walsh
Colin & Carole Hillenaar
ADULT CONNECT GROUPS
Thursday 7.30pm
Jaques Malan
MEN’S CONNECT GROUP
Wednesday 7.30pm
Foley Moors
Pip Batten
Jasmine Hickford
Judy Walsh
027 349 0908
021 149 9287
754 6211
757 9338
SUPPORTING LOCAL MINISTRIES
Kem & Jo Price - Apostle to Churches of N.Z.
Southern Cross Bible College
New Generation Youth
Life Focus New Plymouth
WOMEN’S CONNECT GROUP
Wednesday 10.00am
Margo Beale & Wendy Rumble
758 1739
or 027 919 3985
YOUNG ADULTS Wednesday 7.30pm
Tony Smith
753 5841
YOUNG ADULTS Wednesday 7.00pm
Sarah Dally
027 361 1507
027 667 8760
YOUNG ADULTS Monday 6.30pm
Aileen Lamorena
022 057 3532
CHARGED YOUTH
ROAR (Year 7 - 10) @ 7pm - 8:30pm @ citywestchurch
LAUNCH (Year 11 - 13) @ 7pm - 9pm @ citywestchurch
021 217 6189
Morgan Burne
022 086 3344
or church office 751 3659
For more details see the info desk or citywestchurch.org.nz
contact us
Location
Postal
Phone
Email
Web
62c Poplar Grove New Plymouth
PO Box 5023 New Plymouth
06 751 3659
[email protected]
www.citywestchurch.org.nz
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