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Hi [subscriber:firstname],
this week we celebrate the Trinity. With the coming of the Holy Spirit in power the disciples were empowered to go out. As they went out they testified to what God was doing in their life and community. And as they came back, they reflected on what God was doing. They discovered that God was working with them in three quite distinct, but coherent ways. God was working with them as the Father & Creator, and as the Son & Redeemer, and as the Holy Spirit & Giver of Life. They started to reflect on the different things God was doing, and they realised that this needed to be named. And the name was the Trinity. The Trinity reminds us that to God, relationships are critically important. The Trinity reminds us that we are different, and that this is good. We bring different skills and giftings to God's world and our uniqueness is valued and wanted, just as we experience God in unique ways. The Trinity reminds us of unity in diversity.

Journeying with you, Dion.

Trinity YouTube

If you can't make worship this week, you can catch the talk here:
2021-05-30 - Trinity

    Online YouTube Podcast

    Goes live on Sunday at 10am, here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrVV6T5Q8KpEhj3IUQIT0gQ or click the button below

    Mainly Music

    Fridays 9:30am start at St Marys

    Mainly Music runs during the school term if we are level 1. If you know of a local family with pre-schoolers please recommend this group to them. This group is open to all families with pre-schoolers. $4 donation per family asked.

    Able bodied helpers URGENTLY required

    Mainly Music is a great mission, it runs school term only on Fridays at 9.30am. It provides an educational quality time for careers and pre-schoolers. We need volunteers to move all the chairs to the side of the church so we have an activity space for the families. If you are able to help move chairs Thursday, to set up, or on Friday at about 10:30am, after the session, please call Meg Norton 473 8444.

    Wednesday Online Zoom Study Groups

    Wednesday afternoon online study group meets at 12:30pm on zoom. The invite for the study is here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/919265616

    Community Shop Volunteers Lunch

    We are holding a celebration / birthday lunch Sunday 6th June at 12 noon. All Community Shop volunteers and their partners are invited to a celebration birthday lunch and get together at St Mary by the Sea Church. Please put your name on the list at either the church or the shop if you can come. We look forward to seeing you all there.

    Community Shop

    Thank you to everyone for your ongoing support of the Community Shop.
    The Community Shop took $9,467. in April which is a wonderful sales total especially when considered that we had 3 days of closure due to public holidays. Expense's need to be taken off this total. Thank you to everyone who continues to support this mission.

    Celebrations

    If there is a celebration you would like added to our list or a one off event that you would like celebrated please let the office know. Email newsletter@stmary.co.nz

    Sunday 30th May

    Theme: The Trinity

    Scriptures:

    Isaiah 6:1-8
    Romans 8:2-17
    John 3:1-17

    Collect:

    Blessed Trinity, in the relationship of the Godhead you show us how to love, how to give unconditionally, and to reveal your truth. Call us to that model of transforming love. This we ask through Christ our Mediator. Amen.

    Church donations by Cheque.

    The BNZ, (the churches bank), will stop processing cheques from the 30th June 2021. After that date we will no longer be able to present cheques to the bank for clearing. Donations can be made via direct bank transfer, automatic regular payment or EFTPOS machine in church. If anyone would like information on any of these methods and how they work with your giving number please do not hesitate to ask. All of these options can be recorded against your giving number.

    Tax Returns for Donations.

    Thank you for all your donations over the course of the year. You should have all received your tax return by now. If you have not received, or have a query about your return please contact the office as a matter of urgency.
    Please Read.
    In line with our policy on saving financial and environmental resources, we would like to move to sending tax receipts were possible by email. If you are happy to receive future tax receipts by email please email the church office (office@stmary.co.nz) from the address you wish your receipt to be sent to with TAX RECEIPT as the subject line. This will be considered your authority to send subsequent years tax receipts to this address.

    A huge thank you for all the donations made over the course of the year. Without such donations we would not be able to continue the work of the church, providing opportunities for worship and service, along with the hosting of our much-valued community programmes.

    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 Clayton Christie at the 8am service, 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
    PJ appeal

    ATWC Winter PJ Appeal.

    The Anglican Trust for Women and Children is calling on all warm-spirited people to donate PJs to keep children warm this winter. New pairs of pyjamas or clean winter blankets are welcome at any of their Auckland offices. Donations can be dropped off at St Mary's office for collection. Please place in a bag marked clearly ATWC. All sizes are needed but larger sizes are always in demand.

    Studying Theology at the University of Otago

    The Theology Programme at the University of Otago offers many opportunities for the study of the Bible, the Biblical Languages, Church History, Ministry, Christian Thought, Chaplaincy and Pastoral Theology, both on-campus and to many students across Aotearoa New Zealand through our successful distance study programme. We are committed to serving Christian communities throughout the country.
    Semester 2 starts on July 12th and new enrollments are due by June 25th. For details of papers go to: https://www.otago.ac.nz/theology/study/papers/index.html#second-semester. Or see the poster on notice board.
    To enroll go to https://www.otago.ac.nz/study/enrolment/
    Takapuna Recital

    Music Recital at Takapuna Methodist

    A recital of music including Debussy and Ravel performed by pianist Andrew Ward at Takapuna Methodist Church 427 Lake Rd. Sunday 30th May at 6:30pm. Tickets $10 cash entry call Meghan Ward 021 437 434 for more details.

    Covid vaccine

    From late May the government is starting to roll out Covid Vaccinations for those in the population that are classed as Group 3. Group 3 covers those people aged over 65 or with an existing medical condition that would leave them more at risk should they catch Covid. If you are unsure if this applies to you, or you have questions about the vaccine and your medical condition, please speak to your General Practitioner or Healthline. They are the best place to get information and to advise you. The information from Healthline regarding the vaccination roll out is 'individuals will receive an invitation from their District Health Board DHB inviting them to book in for a vaccine. This invitation will come via email or text. Each District Health Board DHB is managing its own vaccine roll out so dates will vary slightly around the country and it may take a couple of months for all in this group to receive their invitation'. If you have concerns about how or when you will receive your invitation please contact your General Practitioner. If anyone is wanting support with booking a vaccination please feel free to contact the church office.

    Regular Information

    Worship

    Wednesday - 10am - informal communion from NZ Prayer Book
    Sunday - 8am - formal communion from NZ Prayer Book
    Sunday - 10am - intergenerational worship with communion

    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.

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    Contacts

    Office

    Debbie Rhodes, 09 4738180 office@stmary.co.nz
    Office hours, Mon to Thr 10am-2pm

    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
    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
    Ryan Waddingham, ryanwaddingham@gmail.com

    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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