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This week we start a new series Our Money Story. Money is often a complicated, divisive and sensitive issue so it is reasonable to ask, why are we doing this? What we need to understand, is that our understanding of money impacts on our spirituality, just as all our other experiences do. This series will take us through some of the scripture that reveals what God's money story is and how we might transform our own understanding of money to be more inline with Jesus.

As part of our in person worship we will be creating a mandala. If you would like to do your own mandala as we move through this series, make sure you have printed out the mandala print from the newsletter and have some colouring pencils handy.

Today the theme is "remember" and we remember God's steadfast relationship with us through time and trials. We remember that Judas betrayed Jesus in exchange for money but was still invited to the table. We remember that the Israelites complained in the wilderness but were met with manna. Even in stories of desperation and deep betrayal we are gifted with God's provision - of the feast of enough, and the holy meal of remembrance.

Journeying with you, Dion

Sunday 6th February

In person @ 8am and Intergenerational at 10am

This week we return to 8am and 10am Services. The Wednesday service resumes at 10am.

Because of the return to Level Red we will do a Memorial Meal instead of communion, this along with morning tea will be safely served at the tables.

A "My Vaccine Pass: is required in all Traffic light settings for in-person worship. Online Services are available each week.

Our Money Story - Mandala

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Click the link below, to download the mandala colouring in for the series, Our Money story

    Online Worship - Sunday 10am

    Online worship goes live on Sunday at 10am with a YouTube Premier here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrVV6T5Q8KpEhj3IUQIT0gQ or click the button below

    Wednesday 9th February

    10am Communion @ St Mary by the Sea
    12noon Bible Study on Zoom here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/919265616

    Be Prepared for Covid-19

    Whilst we all have to wait and see what the impact of Omicron will be here in New Zealand, we know that this current out-break of Covid is unlike anything we have experienced before. The Government have produced a web page giving advice on how to make a plan for you and your family over this period. This can be accessed by searching- Be Prepared for Covid -19
    Included on this page is a printable checklist to help you and you family. If you would like St Mary by the Sea to be part of you readiness planning please let us know.

    Buddy Families

    SMbtS Buddy Family
    Can we at St Mary by the Sea be a buddy family to you?
    Do you need someone to:
    1. Call and check on you
    2. Pick up your prescription
    3. Pick up your click & collect grocery shopping from Countdown Browns Bay
    Please be in contact with Debbie at the office, office@stmary.co.nz or 09-473-8180 so we can arrange support for you

    Life at Red @ St Mary by the Sea

    Welcome Video
    Here is our Welcome back video to remind everyone what church life at Red looks like.

    Our Money Our Story

    Starting this week...

    Our Money Our Story
    We all have a money story, whether we recognize it or not. Perhaps we are living from a story of fear or shame. Or a story that the church is dying and no longer relevant. Or a story that our actions won’t have an impact. Or a story that we don’t have enough. Where might God be speaking a new narrative into the limited ones we have told ourselves?

    This series invites us to discover and tell our money stories in light of God’s money story of liberation and justice. This series encourages us to transform our stewardship practices into more full expressions of who we are and what we believe.

    This theme is intentionally direct—it invites us to name exactly what we’re talking about and not skirt around it. To speak of money is to invite tension into the room. We so quickly want to avoid it. It’s time to re-frame this. Money and possessions are one of the most common topics in scripture, and Jesus talked about money more than faith and prayer. Our money story, therefore, is a spiritual story. Thinking about God’s money story should be liberating, inviting, and transformative.

    As we begin the year, we invite you to remember, release, re-imagine, and restore your money stories so that you can write the one God is calling you to live into.

    Stay in the loop

    Wednesday Online Zoom Study Groups

    There is an online Zoom Bible study on Wednesday at 11:30 here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/919265616

    Scripture

    6th February 2022

    Exodus 16:1-18 - Luke 22:1-23

    Collect

    God of mission, you call us by name; as you send us out may we continue to follow you, listening to your word, living your life, and declaring your message; through Jesus Christ our Liberator, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

    Word for Today and Our Daily Bread

    Word for Today
    https://www.rhema.co.nz/the-word-for-today
    https://www.lifefm.co.nz/wordforyoutoday
    Our Daily Bread
    https://odb.org/subscription/nz/#

    Community Shop

    Now open Tuesday - Saturday inclusive 10am to 4pm.

    Thank you to everyone who shops at the Community store, with out you all this hard work would be to no avail. Your purchases not only help support St Marys Church but also go to providing financial support via food vouchers to local schools and to those in need in the local community.

    Community Garden

    Are you interested in being part of the St Mary by the Sea community garden? For more information, see the information on the Welcome Desk, or talk to Dianne Denman, or Nannette Randall at the 10am service. There is an expression of interest form here, and a brochure here. and on our website here: www.stmary.co.nz/garden
    anglican-missions-1
    On 15 January the underwater Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcano erupted leading to significant ash falls across Tonga and triggering tsunami waves. While electricity and mobile phone networks have been re-established on the main island of Tongatapu, communications with the outer islands are intermittent. The Tongan Navy has reported major damage in the Ha’apai Islands. Waves were estimated to be 5-10 metres in height and reaching 500 metres inland. The needs on the ground will be significant, especially in the northern more isolated islands. Pending assessments, the damage could include contaminated water and food supplies as a result of ashfall and damage due to inundation.
    Emergency Response
    Anglican Missions is working with The Anglican Diocese of Polynesia to replenish prepositioned relief supplies located at four Anglican churches in Nuku’alofa, along with assisting in a response and recovery project based on needs assessments from our communities in Tonga. They will provide regular updates on their website as well as on Facebook and Instagram.

    Celebrations

    Congratulation
    Happy birthday to Isaac Blundell who celebrates his 10th birthday on the 8th February. Many happy returns.
    Platinum Jubilee. Today, 6th February marks 70 years since the accession of Her Majesty the Queen. The 6th February is the Anniversary of the signing of Te Tiriti O Waitangi (1840).
    Best wished to all those students who will be changing schools or classes in the coming weeks, we wish you all the best for this new adventure.

    Regular Information

    Worship for Feb 2022

    Sunday - 8am - worship from NZ Prayer Book
    Sunday - 10am - Intergenerational worship
    Sunday - 10am - Online YouTube worship
    Wednesday - 10am - Communion @ St Mary by the Sea
    Wednesday - 11:30am - Online Zoom Bible Study

    Praying for Others

    Please send names for the Sunday Prayer-List by Sunday evening to Tony Nettleton, 027 278 1450 or prayer@stmary.co.nz Names can be sent at other times as required.

    Donations

    Online

    Vestry would like to encourage you to give to support our ministry. Giving and donations can be made to:
    St Mary by the Sea
    BNZ Browns Bay 02-0120-0047903-003
    Please reference your donation with your surname or giving number.

    EFTPOS

    The EFTPOS machine prints 2 receipts, the first is your copy, the second is printed by selecting MERCHANTS COPY on the screen. This second copy should always be left on the appropriate clip on the notice board. With out the second receipt it is not possible to know what the money was intended for. For Church Giving, you can either keep the first receipt or place it in the DONATION BASKET to go up to the altar for the blessing. Please write your giving number or full name on the second receipt if you want the donation added to your tax receipt. If you do not require your donation added to your tax receipt please write "NO TAX" on the receipt.

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    Debbie Rhodes, 09 4738180 office@stmary.co.nz
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    Rev’d Dion Blundell, Office:09 4738183 Mb:021 1378624 Hm:09 4732270
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    Priest Assistant

    Rev’d Jay Smith, 021 1045914 jay@stmary.co.nz

    Wardens

    Jean Coomer, 09 4780080 vicarswarden@stmary.co.nz
    Mark Van der ham, 021 2711207 peopleswarden@stmary.co.nz

    Synod Representatives

    Auriel Andrews auriel@kinect.co.nz
    Susan Haslam ejhaslam@xtra.co.nz

    Vestry Secretary

    Susan Haslam, 09 4150073 vestrysecretary@stmary.co.nz

    Vestry Members

    Bruce Rogers, bj_rogers@xtra.co.nz
    Chris Waddingham, waddinghamchris@gmail.com
    Jenny Cheer, jmcheer@xtra.co.nz
    Robert Stewart, Robby.stewart01@gmail.com
    Connie Strong, connie1057@gmail.com

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