Readings for next Sunday, 3rd May:

Acts 8: 26-40            Psalm 22:25-31        1 John 4: 7-21            John 15:1-8    

Open Table is happening again TODAY at 5pm in Sidey Hall, Caversham.

All welcome to this family-friendly service – please bring finger food to share.

Ministry Opportunities: The proposed Caversham depot for the All Saints’ fruit and vegetable co-op is close to getting under way, but we need to have a few more people to ensure this will be viable. Could you help on a Thursday morning with packing and/or transporting packs to Caversham? Please talk to Jillian (ph 487 6307) or Bruce if you are interested in being involved.

World Vision Child sponsorship – A REMINDER….. If you have your name on the list to support this project, we welcome your annual $20 donation soon as this donor year finishes in July. Anyone else interested in contributing to our sponsored child in India is welcome to write their name on the list and make a donation – either pop it in the box on the back table of the Caversham Church or place in a labelled envelope and put in the Sunday offering plate/bag. Thank you to those who have already made their donation.

“Plod for God”: Tuesday 12th May, 7.30pm at Salvation Army Citadel, Princes St, Dunedin. All welcome to hear Claire Doorey speak – an evening of encouragement and fellowship. Claire, her husband and teenage children have recently arrived home after 13 years in Bangladesh; Claire taught at Grace International School there. Tickets ($10 cash) can be purchased from Manna Christian Bookstore or at the door – supper included. Organised by CWCI – Christian Women Communicating International NZ. Enquiries to Diane Grindlay (472 7721) or Helen Wilde (488 2563.)

Alongsiders: A seminar to empower everyday God-hearted people in our churches to take up the challenge and walk alongside the broken and vulnerable for as long as needed. Led by Mick and Ruby Duncan for Presbyterian Support Otago….How to offer support, how to do this safely and keep yourself healthy. Friday 22nd May, 7-9 pm and Saturday 23rd May, 9am – 4pm at Flagstaff Community Church. $35 per person; $30 per student. Lunch and snacks provided. RSVP by this Wednesday 1st May to  Carolyn at PSO (4700 836) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Faith Thinking 2015: upcoming courses offered by the Dept of Theology & Religion, some Dunedin Churches, and supported by Continuing Education at the University of Otago:

·        Forgiveness, Freedom and Faith: An Exploration of Christian Forgiveness as an experience of Freedom - Presented by Prof David Tombs (Centre for Theology and Public Issues, Department of Theology and Religion, University of Otago). Fri May 8, 7-9pm – Burns 2 (Albany Street), University of Otago. Sat May 9, 9am-12.30 - The Gathering Place, Knox Church, George Street.

·        Dealing with Conflict: Biblical insights and some skill training. Presented by Rev Helen Martin, Minister, Mosgiel Presbyterian Church. Thursday June 11, 7-9pm; Thursday June 18, 7-9pm; Thursday June 25, 7-9pm. Humanities Common Room (1W9), Arts Building, Albany Street, University of Otago.

Course costs $20. For further information go to: http://www.otago.ac.nz/theology/news/otago055227.html 

PLEASE REGISTER ONLINE AT www.otago.ac.nz/continuingeducation

 

This week:

Monday 27th                                     Parish Office closed – Anzac Holiday

Thursday 30th                 9.00am      St Margaret’s Community Playgroup

                                      11.30am     Lunch@Sidey

Friday 1st May               6.30pm      Youth Group at Caversham

Sunday 3rd May              9.30am      Morning worship & Sunday School-                                                                 Caversham

                                     10.30am       Morning tea at St Margaret’s Green Island

                                     11.00am       Morning worship at St Margaret’s Green Is

                                      12.15pm     Lunch at Mitchell’s, South Road,                                                                      Caversham

 

                                       1.45pm      Service at Radius Fulton Care Centre

Presbyterian Church Moderator’s Vanuatu Appeal:

We are accepting donations TODAY in support the Moderator’s Appeal for Vanuatu.

Background information:

 “The Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand is launching Pacific Vision: Vanuatu, a fund that will assist the Presbyterian Church of Vanuatu in their vision of mission and service to the people of Vanuatu. Rather than an emergency aid fund, money raised for Pacific Vision: Vanuatu will go toward supporting projects and initiatives that empower the long-term, sustainable development of the Vanuatu people. This will be vital for the development of the church post-cyclone. We urge congregations to give generously to this appeal for Pacific Vision: Vanuatu and for your prayers of intercession for this nation.”

 

 

School Holiday Programme: will be held at Caversham from tomorrow, Monday 13th to Friday 17th April. Mary would appreciate support in the form of snack foods for the children, and/or any other help you can offer. Please contact Mary on 455 6265.

 

A thank you from the Fruit Tree Harvest Group (Caversham): “Dear Mary and Coastal Unity – THANK YOU all SO much for the jars! We made 24 preserves, 78 jams and 22 crumbles for local families and the Presbyterian Support Otago Foodbank.”

 

World Vision Child sponsorship: If you have your name on the list to support this project, we welcome your annual $20 donation any time. This donor year finishes in July. Anyone else interested in contributing to our sponsored child in India is welcome to write their name on the list and make a donation – either pop it in the box on the back table of the Caversham Church or place in a labelled envelope and put in the Sunday offering plate/bag.

 

Ministry Opportunities: It is proposed to set up a Caversham depot for the All Saints’ fruit and vegetable co-op. Could you help on a Thursday morning with packing, transporting packs to Caversham or money handling? Please talk to Jillian Criglington (ph 487 6307) or Bruce if you are interested in being involved.

 

Firewood & pine cones for sale: Margaret Forbes’ grand-daughter, Caitlin, is fundraising for a school trip to Japan. Caitlin has dry pine for sale at $60 a metre (delivered and stacked), as well as bags of cones for $5. Phone Margaret at 456 4555 or Caitlin Stewart on 486 2605 (evenings.)

 

Faith Thinking 2015: upcoming courses offered by the Dept of Theology & Religion, some Dunedin Churches, and supported by Continuing Education at the University of Otago:

·        Going Deeper into the Gospel of Luke. Presented by Dr Deborah Bower, Synod of Otago & Southland Church Leadership Support Advisor. Friday April 17th, 7-9pm and Sat April 18th, 9-12.30 in Burns 5 (Albany Street), University of Otago.

·        Forgiveness, Freedom and Faith: An Exploration of Christian Forgiveness as an experience of Freedom - Presented by Prof David Tombs (Centre for Theology and Public Issues, Department of Theology and Religion, University of Otago). Fri May 8, 7-9pm – Burns 2 (Albany Street), University of Otago. Sat May 9, 9am-12.30 - The Gathering Place, Knox Church, George Street.Course costs $20. For further information go to: http://www.otago.ac.nz/theology/news/otago055227.html 

PLEASE REGISTER ONLINE AT www.otago.ac.nz/continuingeducation

 

 

This week:

Monday 13th                  8.30am       Holiday Programme starts at                                                                              Caversham

                                      7.00pm       Caversham Property Committee in St                                                      Andrew’s

                                      7.30pm       St Margaret’s Property Committee

Tuesday 14th                  1.30pm       St Margaret’s Presbyterian Women

Wednesday 15th            7.30pm       Resourcing for Mission

Thursday 16th               11.30am      Lunch@Sidey

Sunday 19th                             9.30am      Caversham Morning Worship &                                                                        Sunday School

                                      10.30am     Morning tea at St Margaret’s

                                      11.00am     Morning Worship at St Margaret’s

 

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Congregational Meeting: there will be a short congregational meeting after this service to vote on Session’s proposal that Pam Macdonald and Alaina O’Byrne be ordained as Elders.

 

Presbyterian Church Moderator’s Vanuatu Appeal:

To enable our parish members to support the Moderator’s Appeal, we are accepting donations AFTER THE PARISH SERVICE TODAY and also on 5th and 12th April. We will forward these donations to PCANZ on your behalf.

Background information:

 “The Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand is launching Pacific Vision: Vanuatu, a fund that will assist the Presbyterian Church of Vanuatu in their vision of mission and service to the people of Vanuatu. Rather than an emergency aid fund, money raised for Pacific Vision: Vanuatu will go toward supporting projects and initiatives that empower the long-term, sustainable development of the Vanuatu people. This will be vital for the development of the church post-cyclone. We urge congregations to give generously to this appeal for Pacific Vision: Vanuatu and for your prayers of intercession for this nation.”

 

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Readings

for next Sunday, 5th April (Easter Day):

Acts 10: 34-43 or Isaiah 25: 6-9                        Psalm 118: 1-2, 14-24

1 Corinthians 15:1-11  or  Acts 10:34–43         John 20:1-18  or Mark 16: 1-8

 

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End of Financial Year: the personal financial year ends this Tuesday 31st March. A reminder that all receipted charitable donations over $5 are eligible for a 33.3% tax rebate. Should you wish to make an extra donation to the parish in the current financial year, please ensure this is into the office before Tuesday.

 

This week is Holy Week: Services in our parish are as follows:

Thursday 2nd April        7.30pm       Maundy Service at Caversham

Friday 3rd April             9.00am       “Walk of the Cross” - meet at shark bell,

                                                          St Clair Esplanade                                                                                                     10.00am     Good Friday Service at Caversham Baptist                                                                         Church, corner South Rd & Surrey St

Sunday 5th                   9.30am     Easter Day Service at Caversham

                                   1.00am    Easter Day service at St Margaret’s Gr Is

 

Holy Week at First Church: Tuesday 30th, Wednesday 31st March and Thursday 1st April at 7pm - a half hour service reflecting on the events of the day. Good Friday 2nd April - 10am - worship at the foot of the cross. All welcome.

 

Knox Church is holding half hour Holy Week services at 5.30 p.m this Monday 30th to Wednesday 1st April; 7 p.m. on Maundy Thursday, 2nd April and a longer service at 10 a.m. Good Friday with a Roman Catholic-Presbyterian Dialogue Vigil at 7 p.m. Good Friday.

 

 

This week:

Today                         1-4pm        Youth Fundraising Car Wash at Caversham (CANCELLED)

                                  4.30pm       “Open Table” at Sidey Hall

                                                    (bring food to share)

Thursday 2nd April        9.00am       St Margaret’s Community Playgroup

                                  11.30am     Lunch@Sidey

                                  7.30pm       Maundy Service at Caversham

Friday 3rd April             9.00am       Meet at shark bell, St Clair Esplanade, for                                                                                           “Walk of the Cross”

                                  10.00am     Good Friday Service at Caversham Baptist                                                                                          Church

Sunday 5th                   9.30am     Easter Day Service at Caversham

                                  11.00am    Easter Day service at St Margaret’s Gr Is

                                  12.15pm   Lunch at Mitchell’s, South Road, Caversham

                                  1.45pm     Service at Radius Fulton Care Centre

 

Next Week:

Monday 6th April                          Office closed

Tuesday 7th                                Office Closed     

                                  7.30pm     Caversham Property Committee in office

Wednesday 8th            10.00am     Pastoral Committee (Caversham/ St Clair)

                                 2.00pm      St Clair Friendship Group

                                 7.00pm      Session in St Andrew’s Lounge

Thursday 9th              11.30am     Lunch@Sidey

Saturday 11th             9.00am      Caversham Market

 

 

Readings

for next Sunday, 12th April:

Acts 4: 32-35            Psalm 133              1 John 1: 1 – 2:2        John 20: 19-31 

 

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Presbyterian Church Moderator’s Vanuatu Appeal:

To enable our parish members to support the Moderator’s Appeal, we are accepting donations AFTER THE PARISH SERVICE TODAY and also on 12th April. We will forward these donations to PCANZ on your behalf.

 

Background information:

 “The Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand is launching Pacific Vision: Vanuatu, a fund that will assist the Presbyterian Church of Vanuatu in their vision of mission and service to the people of Vanuatu. Rather than an emergency aid fund, money raised for Pacific Vision: Vanuatu will go toward supporting projects and initiatives that empower the long-term, sustainable development of the Vanuatu people. This will be vital for the development of the church post-cyclone. We urge congregations to give generously to this appeal for Pacific Vision: Vanuatu and for your prayers of intercession for this nation.”

 

Baptisms – next Sunday at the Café Service we will be baptising Arthur O’Byrne, Shannay Nicholls and Rebekha Knauf.

 

School Holiday Programme: will be held at Caversham from Monday 13th to Friday 17th April. Mary would appreciate support in the form of snack foods for the children, and/or any other help you can offer. Contact her on 455 6265.

 

Ministry Opportunities: It is proposed to set up a Caversham depot for the All Saints’ fruit and vegetable co-op. Could you help on a Thursday morning with packing, transporting packs to Caversham or money handling? Please talk to Jillian (ph 487 6307) or Bruce if you are interested in being involved.

 

Faith Thinking 2015: upcoming course offered by the Dept of Theology & Religion, some Dunedin Churches, and supported by Continuing Education at the University of Otago:

·        Going Deeper into the Gospel of Luke. Presented by Dr Deborah Bower, Synod of Otago & Southland Church Leadership Support Advisor. Friday April 17th, 7-9pm and Sat April 18th, 9-12.30 in Burns 5 (Albany Street), University of Otago. Course costs $20. For further information go to: http://www.otago.ac.nz/theology/news/otago055227.html 

PLEASE REGISTER ONLINE AT www.otago.ac.nz/continuingeducation

This week:

Today:                              12.15pm     Lunch at Mitchell’s, South Road

                                        1.45pm     Service at Radius Fulton Care Centre

Monday 6th April                 Parish Office closed – Easter Monday

Tuesday 7th                        Parish Office Closed    

Wednesday 8th                   10.00am     Pastoral Committee (Caversham/ St Clair)

                                         2.00pm      St Clair Friendship Group

                                         7.00pm      Session in St Andrew’s Lounge

Thursday 9th                      11.30am     Lunch@Sidey

Saturday 11th                     9.00am      Caversham Market

 

 

Next week:

Sunday 12th                         9.30am       Café Service & Sunday School; baptisms

                                          10.30am       Morning tea at St Margaret’s Green Island

                                          11.00am       Morning worship at St Margaret’s Green Island

Monday 13th                        8.30am       Holiday Programme starts at Caversham

                                          7.30pm       St Margaret’s Property Committee

                                          7.30pm       Caversham Property Committee in office

Tuesday 14th                       1.30pm       St Margaret’s Presbyterian Women

Wednesday 15th                   7.30pm       Resourcing for Mission

Thursday 16th                      11.30am      Lunch@Sidey

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Caversham Neighbours DayTODAY in Kew Park, noon to 3pm. Stalls, activities for all ages, sausage sizzle, local information and the chance to break assorted world records! Don’t miss out on this community event. 

FOUND: a pair of ladies glasses (pinkish frames) and two Bibles (left at Café service last week?) – one is NRSV and the other is a Good News Bible. Please collect from the office.

Harvest Thanksgiving: NEXT SUNDAY, 29th March will be a combined parish Palm Sunday Service at St Margaret’s Green Island at 11am and will also be our Harvest Thanksgiving Service. We invite people to bring along both non-perishable food items and garden/ orchard produce to this service; these gifts will then be donated to the Presbyterian Support Foodbank. There will not be a service at Caversham next Sunday morning.

It would also be appreciated if people could bring along a small plate to share for morning tea, which will be served from 10.30am before the service.

Congregational Meeting: there will be a short congregational meeting after the combined service at St Margaret’s on Sunday 29th March to vote on Session’s proposal that Pam Macdonald and Alaina O’Byrne be ordained as Elders. See short profiles of these two people elsewhere in the notices.

Ministry Opportunities: It is proposed to set up a Caversham depot for the All Saints’ fruit and vegetable co-op. Could you help on a Thursday morning with packing, transporting packs to Caversham or money handling? Please talk to Jillian (ph 487 6307) or Bruce if you are interested in being involved.

Christian Broadcasting Assn (CBA) will be presenting the ‘real Easter message’ on Newstalk ZB and Radio Sport network from 6am to 6pm on Good Friday, and need our help to cover the costs of this broadcast. Donation envelopes are enclosed with your bulletins today, or you could phone 0900 80 222 to make a gift of $20 charged to your phone account.

A Letter from the Moderator – Vanuatu Appeal

“The Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand has a long-standing partnership with the Presbyterian Church of Vanuatu (PCV). In solidarity and in partnership with the PCV, we are launching Pacific Vision: Vanuatu, a fund that will assist the PCV in their vision of mission and service to the people of Vanuatu. Rather than an emergency aid fund, money raised for Pacific Vision: Vanuatu will go toward supporting projects and initiatives that empower the long-term, sustainable development of the Vanuatu people. This will be vital for the development of the church post-cyclone. As a Church, we currently have six people from New Zealand Presbyterian parishes working in Vanuatu with the PCV:

We urge congregations to give generously to this appeal for Pacific Vision: Vanuatu and for your prayers of intercession for this nation.”

To enable parish members to support the Moderator’s Appeal, we will have collection plates available after the parish services on Sundays 29th March, 5th and 12th April where donations can be placed. We will forward these donations to PCANZ on your behalf.

End of Financial Year: the personal financial year ends on 31st March. A reminder that all receipted charitable donations over $5 are eligible for a 33.3% tax rebate. Should you wish to make an extra donation to the parish in the current financial year, please ensure this is into the office before Tuesday 31st March.

A Letter from the Hospital Chaplaincy Administrator: “We would like to take this opportunity of thanking the members of your church for the help you gave us at the Hospital Chapel last Sunday. It is appreciated that it is not always easy to gather together a group of people for this purpose. We also realise that each of you has made a real sacrifice of time and energy and perhaps had to miss out on your own church service to be at the hospital. Please convey to all your members our sincere thanks for their contribution. Without the help of groups such as yours our hospital worship services would be difficult to maintain Sunday by Sunday. We trust that you all got the same satisfaction of joy from your efforts as the patients and staff did from being able to share in the worship of God while here in hospital.

Yours sincerely, Frances.”

Dunedin Presbyterial Region: The first meeting for 2015 of will be held at 1.30 pm this Tuesday 24 March in the McLean Room, First Church of Otago.  Our guest speaker will be Rev Dr Kerry Enright.  A warm invitation is extended to all members as well as anyone from your parish, to join us on this occasion. Afternoon tea will be served.

 

This week:

Monday 23rd                   Parish Office closed – Anniversary Day Holiday

Thursday 26th                  9.00am     St Margaret’s Community Playgroup

                                        11.30am     Lunch@Sidey

                                        7.00pm     Easter Choir practice in Caversham Church

Friday 27th                         6.30pm      Youth Group

Sunday 29th                       11.00am     Combined Parish Service at St Margaret’s;   Palm Sunday; Harvest Thanksgiving

                                        1-4pm         Youth Fundraising Car Wash at Caversham

                                        4.30pm       “Open Table” at Sidey Hall (bring finger food to share)

 

Easter Services:

Thursday 2nd April              7.30pm       Maundy Service at Caversham

Friday 3rd April                   9.00am       Meet at shark bell, St Clair Esplanade, for “Walk of the Cross”

                                       10.00am     Good Friday Service at Caversham Baptist Church

Sunday 5th                        9.30am     Easter Day Service at Caversham

                                       11.00am    Easter Day service at St Margaret’s Gr Is