We’re writing this from Dunedin, where we are gathering with New Zealand’s Baptist leaders for our annual gathering—the Hui. This year our theme is ‘The Grace of God TE AROHA NOA O TE ATUA’. Sam and several leaders from the Cambodian fellowship will also be joining in the Hui, as well as taking time for a retreat. Thanks for your prayers as we’ve gathered to discern the mind of Christ with the wider Baptist body.
This is our first week of ‘Low Waste November’, a church-wide initiative that has come out of a growing awareness of the importance of God’s call for us to be stewards of creation. By engaging in this month of reducing our waste we are exercising the spiritual discipline of simplicity, as a community found in Christ.
"Throughout church history followers of Jesus have given up the clutter of life to leave larger spaces for loving God and neighbour. Simplicity creates margins, spaces and openness in our lives. It honours the resources of our small planet and our own capacities. Simplicity asks us to let go of the tangle of wants so we can receive the simple gifts of life that cannot be taken away. Simplicity invites us into these daily pleasures that can open us to God, who is present in them all." (Adele Calhoun, Spiritual Disciplines Handbook)
We’d love to hear how you’ve been engaging in Low Waste November! Why not share a post on Facebook, or send us an email about what you’ve been doing?
As another response to that call to be good stewards of creation, this is the last edition of our monthly Papanui Baptist newsletter. Given the majority of people now have access to emails, we’ve shifted our primary means of communication to the weekly Papanui Paper Plane, which you’ll receive either by email or by print out if email isn’t an option. If you’re not already getting these, please be sure to let us know and we’ll get that sorted. This change will result in less printing (which also helps our printing bill!), and more regular communication. We’re also exploring other means of communication, such as a quarterly ‘Dream Night’—a space for us to come together and share about what God’s doing in our community, and where we think we’re going. Stay tuned for information about the first Dream Night in early 2017!
We’re meeting Sunday 20th November immediately after our 10am worship service for our Annual General Meeting, and your attendance is requested. Members and non-members are all welcome. Annual Reports will be made available at the Welcome Desk from the 13th, and the proposed 2017 Budget is available from today, or by email request to Mark Winter.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. (Eph. 3:20-21)
Ngā mihi nui, Sarah and Elliot Rice (Co-Pastors)