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7 to 13 February

7 to 13 February 2016

Letter from Hugh

It is hard to know where the previous week ended and last week began.          On Saturday I met with Frank Paine’s family in the morning and attended the opening of Christchurch North in the afternoon. Last Sunday was the start of Breakfast Church for the year and there was a great turnout at the 10am service. We then moved on to a barbeque at Chris and Helen Clayton’s place, which was a very pleasant early afternoon for those who attended. On Monday I alternated between procrastination and preparing the funeral service and then I was ready to start the new week.

Tuesday morning was the restart of Music and Movement and I also had an email from the Synod superintendent advising me of the Methodist church opening protocol I was required to follow. Therefore I spent a good part of the morning writing emails and a bit of worship preparation before it was time to go to Frank’s funeral. That was not without its drama with people from a large funeral of a student from Lincoln High School leaving as we began to arrive and the power going off between the two services. However, the power came on just in time for the carefully prepared slideshow and we were able to continue with lights, microphone and music. The feedback I have received has been that it was a good farewell to someone who has been very special to us.

Wednesday was our regular Bible Study Group and we had our fortnightly building meeting in the afternoon. We were not able to go through the building because it was full of plasterers, painters and other subcontractors, but we learned that they are still on target and will be working to get a code of compliance soon as possible after the end of March, but that process could take till the end of April.

A code of compliance is what we need to allow us to open the building to the public and the council is allowed to take twenty working days to complete that process. Therefore, although our builders feel confident they can facilitate this process reasonably quickly, our opening on 21 and 22 May is clear of any administrative holdups and before winter well and truly begins.

On Thursday morning I had a meeting that was postponed from Tuesday, then in the afternoon there was the first meeting of the Regional Forum of Cooperating Ventures. Like a number of the wider church meetings, there was a fairly full agenda as post-earthquake projects move forward. There were also indications of the struggles many smaller churches face with mission and administration, when they have limited volunteers with the skills required in a society that requires increasing accountability.                                                                              

Frank Paine

Frank died peacefully on Thursday, 28 February 2016. He was in his 92nd year. His funeral nnwas held on Tuesday 2 February 2016 at the Harewood Crematorium, Johns Road.

Frank was what we once called a gentleman. We do not use the term much now-a-days, not because there are no longer such men, but because the description seems a little old fashioned. But Frank was old fashioned in many ways, all of them befitting the gentleman he was.

Frank was old fashioned in the way he lived by principles that are not as common as they once were. That is, he was staunch in his faith and he lived it in an open, every-day way that was reassuring to those who knew him well. He was a good and faithful member of our parish and we will miss him. But he has earned his reward for a long life well lived. Our mourning is tinged with sadness, but it is with gladness that we remember his life and that he is now freed from the stresses of a world that seems to have gone to pot in many ways.

Frank was a man of many accomplishments. All who value parish life and history will know him as an author of the centennial history o the St Albans Methodist Church, 1994 and many articles in church papers He remained with the uniting parish when Merivale Church was sold and we focussed on one place of worship.

He was a fine, self-taught, organist and many of us will have enjoyed his playing on the big concert organ at Merivale. Sadly, the big organ became a victim of the earthquakes. The little organ at Aldred was a pale substitute by comparison and Frank did not much enjoy it.

Frank served his time on church leaders’ meetings and the parish council. He was in his early days a Sunday School teacher and a Bible Class leader. With the passing decades of his life he always seemed to find a place to slot into. Thus he was an archivist at the Methodist Connexional Office and the Arts Centre also found a use for his special skills. It tickled him that he was paid good money to do that job!

Frank was a source of profound knowledge of parish history and had a respect for old documents that told the story of our parish. He contributed many stories to the weekly bulletin, some of which may have become lost had he not rescued the documents. His knowledge of church music was exemplary.

Francis George Paine was always known to us as Frank. At an earlier stage of life he had a nickname, Mick, and he retained that name in the form of his E-mail address. It was a name he gained in his war service with the New Zealand Airforce.

His profession was in the printing industry where he was a compositor. His apprenticeship was interrupted by service in the New Zealand Air Force from 1942 to 1945. Music also featured in these year.

After his discharge he returned to complete his apprenticeship with Wilson and Horton.

This must be where he developed his love of the English language. He wrote an autobiography which covered his life to the age of 73. Most of us know him since then, at least for some of the years.

His writing was informed by a simple elegance that is not often met in today’s internet world. As a result, he is easy to read and enjoy.

It may seem overindulgent to mourn seriously someone who had had a long life of mainly good health. It may seem we do not wish them to have their reward in heaven. Frank’s life was so deeply involved in his family and faith that we feel the pangs of passing.

You will be missed, for your seat will be empty. (1 Samuel 20: 18) It was said by Jonathan to David in a different context, but in another sense it will be how we will feel about Frank Paine.

News

Meetings in February

F P A C: Tuesday, 16 February at 7.30 pm. 58A Bainton Street, Bishopdale.

Parish Council: Wednesday, 24 February at 7.30 in the parish lounge.

Reports to be presented to the meeting should be in the parish office by Wednesday 17 February if they are to be distributed along with the agenda. Alternatively, you may email the bulletins to me at—bbaillie [at] xtra [dot] co [dot] nz

Lent—2016

The first Sunday in Lent is 14 February. A feature of this Lenten period will be an emphasis on the work of the Christchurch Methodist Mission. The focus on 14 February will be social services. CMM provides services on our behalf to people in many different life situations. During Lent 2016 we will feature some of these situations in the course of our Sunday services

Naturally, CMM looks to churches like ours, and people like us, to be the source of its power and energy. At a time (almost all of the time) when money is in short supply, CMM looks to us to help financially.        But there are other ways, just as important, that we may help and you may read about some of these in the leaflet that was enclosed with this bulletin.

Lent is a time for contemplation. It is a time of hope that together we may make a difference in a world that is largely indifferent to the needs of vulnerable people.

Jill Hawkey, the Executive Director of CMM, asks us to ‘… consider what we may do to promote CMM’s work in the community. …. Serving those who are most vulnerable in our community is a mission that we share in common.’

Building report

It is still hard to see inside the building (see last week’s bulletin) and much of the action is still there. The partitioning is in place and the wallboard has been attached. Bales of pink batts can be seen through one or two windows, so that is being, or has been, taken care of. Some exterior work is being done, including at the entrances. The front should be completed soon, which will give a good street’s eye view of the church. When everything is complete, including the landscaping, the property should look very attractive to passers-by, much more so than did Aldred.

Chairs for the new church

The chair proposed for the new church has been on display for two weeks and a chair with arms was displayed last week.

The chairs will cost $90.00 each ($105.00 with arms).

You may like to consider making a donation for the purchase of a chair. If that appeals to you, make it through the usual offering during a Sunday service. It will be added to your overall offerings for the yearly tax receipt.

The present set of chairs will be used elsewhere throughout the complex.

For any other information please talk with Jennifer.

Progressive Spirituality NZ Conference

·        Friday to Sunday, 6-8 May 2016.

·        St Paul’s Presbyterian Church, Napier.

·        Cost: $90 if paid before Easter; thereafter $110.

From the Bush Telegraph – February 2016

(The electronic newsletter of the Presbyterian Church)

As usual, we include some of the items from the newsletter. If you would like to read the full newsletter, ask for it at the parish office.

From the Moderator’s Desk

The Right Reverend Andrew Norton opens the February newsletter with his column, in which he writes—

A Matter of Faith

I am in the process of finalising two papers as a result of the feedback on last year’s white paper A Matter of Faith. I plan to publish the papers shortly.

Part I Green volunteers: your voice is a summary of the feedback from of over 90 submissions totalling 63,000 words. The response was huge, and is both hard hitting AND hopeful.

Part II Green volunteers: a way forward is an invitation to be part of a movement for the reformation of the Church. This is not a plan for tinkering with our structures, but a call for hope to take up home in our attitudes beliefs and actions. It is one of those road signs “Caution: God at work here”!

Refugee quota: what can one person do?

You have seen the images on TV. Now is the time to take action. Amnesty International is encouraging individuals and churches to make submissions asking the government to increase New Zealand’s refugee quota.

Amnesty International says: “The NZ Government will review the annual refugee quota in the first half of 2016. The need for an increase could hardly be clearer – right now we have the largest number of people forced to flee their countries since the WW2. In spite of this, there are currently no positive indications that the government will look positively at a review. Recently we saw the government approve a small temporary increase to the quota in response to a large chorus of voices – including the Presbyterian Church. While this was a welcome and overdue first step, to achieve a larger and permanent increase we will need to demonstrate widespread support once again.” Read more and make your voice heard at www.ourvoices.org.nz. [You will recall that the parish contributed to A Matter of Faith last year when it was issued. The compilation of the feedback will be of great interest to us. B.B.]

Some CWS news

Also included in the Bush Telegraph is news from Christian World Service. Here are three brief articles—

World Day of Prayer

Forty hours of prayer will begin around the globe on Friday, 4 March. World Day of Prayer services in Aotearoa New Zealand are organised by local women in your communities. This year’s services have been prepared by Cuban women who add their special flavour to worship. Please support this movement of women praying and taking action.

Double the Quota

CWS supports the campaign to increase the number of refugees New Zealand resettles each year. Amnesty International is collecting messages of support to pass on to the government – there is no formal submission process. New Zealand churches have a long tradition of welcoming refugees.

Pray for Syria

CWS is grateful for people and parishes who supported the Syria Appeal. Our partner, the Department of Service to Palestinian Refugees, says that support has been a “lifeline” to refugees. We encourage you to consider a special fundraising effort this year.

We ask you to pray for the people of Syria and the talks due to begin. CWS supports a global appeal signed by UN agencies and ACT Alliance (Action by Churches Together) of which it is a member. The World Council of Churches and UN recently hosted a conference on coordinating the response to Europe’s refugee crisis.

Touchstone

The February 2016 issue has arrived. Be in quick for your copy.

There are two articles on page 3 about physician assisted dying and dignity in death. Read both and also consider the ICBM paper referred to on page 11.

Page 3 also includes an article on palliative care ‘the right response to dying.’

The Progressive Spirituality conference in May is mentioned on page 7

‘Watch your language’ is a familiar theme, this time a confession by the Rev Peter MacKenzie, the UCANZ executive officer, soon to depart these shores.

Touchstone is always a good read, even if you disagree with some of the views.

Epworth Books

The February recommendations have arrived. The book of the month selected by EB is -

Meeting God in Paul. Rowan Williams. SPCK. Ref 306484. $27.99.

‘Fresh insights into Paul’s revolutionary message by one of the world’s greatest living theologians. Rowan Williams explores the essentials of Paul’s thought for complete beginners – as well as for those who’ve read Paul’s letters many times before and want to see them in a fresh light. Written at a highly accessible level, this book would make a perfect gift for anyone thinking about confirmation, while also appealing to people who are curious as to why Paul has had such a profound influence on Christian history and belief. (Includes a Lenten reading guide and questions for reflection or group discussion).

There is a good selection of other books for Lenten studies, including something of a surprise in ‘A Beautiful Friendship,’ a discussion of themes of sacrifice, repentance, suffering loss and hope, based on the classic Humphrey Bogart-Ingrid Bergman film ‘Casablanca.’ If this is one of your favourite films, it may be a good study for you. (EB ref. No. 315001.Price. $22.00).

Rosters and Lectionary

14 February                 Liz Whitehead

M Steward                        Ernie French

D Steward                         Bill Delaney

Organist                            Diane Comyns

Reader                               Averil Cullen

Morning Tea                   Lynette Garnett

                                           Jennifer Delaney

Lectionary

Deuteronomy  26: 1—11.  Psalm   91: 1-2, 9-16. Romans 10: 8b—13. Luke  4: 1—13.

 

21 February                 Rev Hugh Perry

M Steward                        Eleanor Monson

D Steward                         Bill Pearcy

Organist                            Diane Comyns

Reader                               Eleanor Monson

Communion                    Jennifer Delaney

                                             Bill Delaney

Morning Tea                   Raewyn Perry

                                             Margaret Angus

Lectionary

Genesis 15: 1-2, 17-18. Psalm  27. Philippians 3: 17—4: 1. Luke 13: 31—35.

28 February Rev Hugh Perry

M Steward                        Rev Bob Coates

D Steward                         David Monson

Organist                            Diane Comyns

Reader                               Pam Popenhagen

Morning Tea                   Margaret Norton

                                             Eleanor Monson

Lectionary

Isaiah 55: 1—9. Psalm 63: 1—8. 1 Corinthians 10: 1—13. Luke 13: 1—9.

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