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Hi ,
we continue to pause our in-person worship until hospital numbers start to decline.

We are excited to continue our Lent journey with you. Our theme this week is Full to the Brim - Under God's Wing. Psalm 27 and Luke 13:31-35 which we read today testify to God's care for us. In Luke Jesus laments the treatment he has received in Jerusalem, and says, look I've been treated bad, but I long to show you a better way and to gather you in, in safety, like a hen gathers her chicks. We hear in our readings today that we are loved, wanted and cherished by God. No matter how much we try to separate ourselves from God, God will run to protect us. Whether that is Jesus the mother hen, or Jesus the Good Shepherd going after the one lost sheep. God’s love for us is fuller than we can imagine.


Journeying with you, Dion

    Online Worship - Sunday 10am

    Online worship goes live on Sunday at 10am with a YouTube Premiere here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrVV6T5Q8KpEhj3IUQIT0gQ or click the button below
    Please join us for morning tea on Zoom afterwards here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/919265616

    Ukranian Emergency Appeal - Tearfund

    My name is Andrew Robinson and I have the privilege of leading Tearfund's disaster and conflict activities. I absolutely believe the Church has a vital role to play in times of crisis and that we are called to be generous in our prayers and our giving.

    By now you’ve likely seen the gut-wrenching images of the war between Ukraine and Russia. As a father, watching on in horror as the situation continues to escalate by the hour, my thoughts and prayers are with every child and family facing imminent danger — cold, shocked and terrified. Your church can send help.

    Did you know that more than 70% of Ukrainians identify as Christians? We know that hundreds of thousands of families have already fled in search of safety. We also know that Ukraine is experiencing a harsh winter, exacerbating the struggle for families without access to power, food and water because of damage to key infrastructure.

    Our European partners are mobilising as we speak—preparing to help refugees as they arrive in neighbouring countries. Meanwhile, inside Ukraine, work is underway to supply vitally needed medicines to struggling health providers. Now is the time to act. Your church’s donation today will help us deliver urgent medical supplies and support vulnerable Ukrainian children and families. I have made a quick video to sum up the situation.
    tearfund-ukranian-appeal YouTube Clip
    Please pray with me for the people of Ukraine, asking for peace and an end to this brutal war. The Bible says, “The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.” Psalm 9:9. We cling to that verse today.

    In response to this crisis, we invite you to join us for a one-hour Zoom call as we share the latest information from our partners and lift this situation and the people of Ukraine to God in prayer. Click here to secure your spot here on Monday, March 7 at 7.30 pm.

    Thank you for trusting us with your donation.

    You can donate here: https://www.tearfund.org.nz/ukraine or by bank transfer, using the following: Account number: 12-3024-0505787-01 Code: 210-22 Ref: 1025124

    Andrew Robinson
    Disasters and Conflict Lead at Tearfund New Zealand

    In person worship paused

    Now that the severity and significance of this out break is understood Vestry met on Wednesday 3 March, and have decided to continue to pause in person worship until case numbers start to decline. This means only online worship will be offered for Sunday 6th & 13th March. Vestry will review this, on Wednesday 16th March.

    Emergency Medicine and Community Care numbers across the Auckland region continue to experience a surge in Covid cases. There is a serious shortage of staff due to the outbreak. The number of Covid patients continues to increase in Hospital and HDU/ICU.

    Given that any risk of spreading Covid at worship can only be mitigated by not having worship on Sunday this week in person, we believe that the safer option is to opt for an online service.

    Dion

    Lent Resources

    We have a range of resources below, these can be emailed to you, dropped off or posted. Be in touch if you would like some of them. - Dion

    Devotional Books

    suitable for teens and adults.
    lent-book

    Devotional Cards

    suitable for all ages as a conversational prompt or personal reflection.
    devo-cards

    Wellness Wheel

    This is a spiritual practice to help us head through Lent with intent.
    wellness-wheel

    Gratitude Vessel

    We a practicing Gratitude over Lent, through daily filling in a Gratitude Vessel, download it here.
    Gratitude Vessel

    Lent-in-a-bag

    A resource for household bubbles - it contains a weekly reflective activity based around the Sunday scripture and is suitable for all ages. You'll get all the special objects you will need plus all of the above.
    household-bag

    Social Media

    Watch our social media accounts for a daily prompt for reflection and prayer.
    Facebook facebook.com/stmarybytheseanz
    Instagram instagram.com/stmarybythesea/
    Twitter twitter.com/StMaryByTheSea

    Wednesday 16th March

    10am Communion @ St Mary by the Sea is paused.
    12 noon bible study, on Zoom here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/919265616

    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

    Stay in the loop

    Scripture

    13th March 2022

    Gen 15:1-12,17-18 - Ps 27 - Phil 3:17–4:1 - Luke 13:31-35

    Collect

    God, steadfast in love and purpose, your Son was not diverted from Jerusalem and the cross. Amid all business and distraction keep us focussed on your purpose. In times of uncertainty or anxiety, steady us. 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. AmenAmen

    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, without 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. In February we took just over $8,700. Expenses have to be taken from this.

    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
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    March/April 2022 Magazine and Prayer Diary
    Free bi-monthly magazine Barnabas Aid includes news and features on the persecuted Church, along with updates on projects that we are supporting. It also contains a daily Prayer Diary that you can use to guide you in your prayers for our suffering brothers and sisters.
    Please contact your national Barnabas Fund office if you would like to receive Barnabas Aid magazine with Prayer Diary by post.

    Celebrations

    Happy birthday to Margaret Rocard and Trevor McCracken, Ngaire Bailey and Nanette Randall. Carter Newman celebrated his birthday last week and Fitu Tima turned 5 on Friday. Happy Birthday Fitu and we hope that your first days at school go well.

    Regular Information

    Worship for March 2022

    Sunday - 8am - worship from NZ Prayer Book (paused)
    Sunday - 10am - Intergenerational worship (paused)
    Sunday - 10am - Online YouTube worship
    Wednesday - 10am - Communion @ St Mary by the Sea (paused)

    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.

    Feedback

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    Contacts

    Office

    Debbie Rhodes, 09 4738180 office@stmary.co.nz
    Office hours, Mon to Thr 10am-2pm. Working from home whilst at Level Red.

    Vicar

    Rev’d Dion Blundell, Office:09 4738183 Mb:021 1378624 Hm:09 4732270
    dion@stmary.co.nz

    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
    Connie Strong, connie1057@gmail.com

    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
    Susan Haslam ejhaslam@xtra.co.nz

    St Mary by the Sea

    PO Box 89-082, Torbay, Auckland, 0742
    168 Deep Creek Rd, Torbay, Auckland, 0630
    www.stmary.co.nz
    office@stmary.co.nz
    Thanks for reading. See you soon!

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