The LINK September – October 2017
Welcome to this edition of the Link; I hope you enjoy reading about the latest happenings in our parish life. Spring is in the air and for gardeners things start to get busy with planting and preparing for summer crops and ornamentals.
Need something new in your garden? We can help! On Saturday the 16th September our annual Plant Sale is on at St Stephen’s Wai-iti Rd. This is a major fund-raising event for our parish so we appreciate your support. The South School Kapa Haka group will be here again entertaining as well as a cake stall. Come early for some bargain plants (starts 9am) The Gleniti Play Centre who share our site will also be holding their gala day so it promises to be a great time for the community to gather on our patch.
On Sunday 1st October we will be having a Combined Service/Annual General Meeting at St Stephens, 10am (note time difference). Aside from the usual AGM items (election of office bearers, approval of budget etc) we want to celebrate the achievements of the past year and look forward in expectation to what the Lord will do amongst us. I encourage you to be there if you can.
The following weekend we will host the Alpine Presbytery gathering at Trinity. Our presbytery covers a very large area – from the Waitaki River to the top of the South Island and includes the West Coast! So our gatherings are a special time to draw people from across our far flung parishes for encouragement, fellowship, resourcing and a small amount of business. It is open to all (you don’t have to be a minister or elder).
For registration details see https://goo.gl/forms/1Llw26jeaJ4VyMlU2 or phone the Presbytery office 03 420 1400. Registrations are essential if you want to be fed.
Finally, I’d like to encourage you to participate in the upcoming general election if you can. I would never tell you who to vote for but I do believe it is our right and responsibility to vote. This was not always the case; we live in privileged times.
So don’t waste this opportunity to shape the future direction of our nation.