Blurb – 1st September 2019

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Have you ever wondered what Pastor’s talk about when they get together? Yes there are the regular day to day things that we always talk about and then there are the occasional discussion topics like the mistakes we have made at weddings and funerals (yikes). And then there is the stuff that we talk about that we just find unpleasant or that we dread. Amongst Baptist circles there is a familiar lament heard about Member’s Meetings! The dread of the Members Meeting – sadly, historically, the Members Meeting has developed into a time and place when people have jostled for power, tried to dominate with their particular ‘insights’ and it’s not been uncommon for there to be arguments and disagreements! BUT and that’s a big but… that is not my reality now.

For the last few Members Meetings it’s been a very rewarding and encouraging time that we have spent together. We are learning to focus on ‘we have the capacity to hear and discern the mind of Christ in our midst’ and it is creating unity and togetherness. Sunday’s evening together was just that – a time of unity as we came together to discuss our values and priorities for next year. At the end of the evening we had agreed on where God is leading us – what we need to focus on – what He is inviting us into – and it doesn’t stop there, as we will need to be courageous and change! I want to warmly thank those who came, for your involvement in prayer and discussion. You are a blessing as we seek to outwork our faithfulness to Jesus as a family.

Blessings, Kevin

Blurb – 18 August 19

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A man sat at a metro station in Washington DC and started to play the violin; it was a cold January morning. He played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, since it was rush hour, it was calculated that 1,100 people went through the station, most of them on their way to work. Three minutes went by, and a middle aged man noticed there was musician playing. He slowed his pace, and stopped for a few seconds, and then hurried off. A minute later, the violinist received his first dollar tip: a woman threw the money in the hat and without stopping continued to walk. A few minutes later, someone leaned against the wall to listen to him, but the man looked at his watch and started to walk again.  The one who paid the most attention was a 3 year old boy. His mother tagged him along, hurried, but the kid stopped to look at the violinist. Finally, the mother pushed hard, and the child continued to walk, turning his head at times. This action was repeated by several other children. All the parents, without exception, forced them to move on. In the 45 minutes the musician played, only 6 people stopped and stayed for a while. About 20 gave him money, but continued to walk their normal pace. He collected $32. When he finished playing and silence took over, no one noticed it. No one applauded, nor was there any recognition. No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the most talented musicians in the world. He had just played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, on a violin worth $3.5 million dollars. Two days before his playing in the subway, Joshua Bell sold out at a theatre in Boston where the seats averaged $100. This is a real story. Joshua Bell playing incognito in the metro station was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste, and priorities of people. The outlines were: in a commonplace environment at an inappropriate hour: Do we perceive beauty? Do we stop to appreciate it? Do we recognize the talent in an unexpected context? One of the possible conclusions from this experience could be: If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world playing the best music ever written, how many other things are we missing?

Kevin Robertson

Blurb – 11th of August 2019

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Mark 6

35 Late in the afternoon his disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. 36 Send the crowds away so they can go to the nearby farms and villages and buy something to eat.”

37 But Jesus said, “You feed them.” “With what?” they asked. “We’d have to work for months to earn enough money[g] to buy food for all these people!”

38 “How much bread do you have?” he asked. “Go and find out.”

They came back and reported, “We have five loaves of bread and two fish.”

When Jesus asked the disciples what they had, they could have said that they had nothing. All too often I feel like I have nothing to offer anyone, let alone God.

In Zechariah 4:10 it says 10 Do not despise these small beginnings.

The child who brought his 5 loaves and two fish could have thought that this was not enough, as there were five thousand men there. But God used this small amount of food to feed everyone who was there and there was some left over.

So no matter what you have, give it to God. He can multiple it to feed five thousand.

Andrew Thomas

Blurb – 28th July 2019

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Sasha is coming home! She is between courses in her degree with YWAM’s University of the Nations and will be with us for a couple of months. For those who don’t know… Sasha is one of our overseas missionaries that we as a church and some individuals support. It’s going to be great to have her back and for her to be able to reconnect with us all.

Because her finances are tight we want to bless her while she’s here and so the Connect Team have decided to have a fundraising dinner… with a twist!

Introducing … ‘The International Food Festival.’ This will be an event you won’t want to miss! Imagine experiencing food from all around the world without leaving the country.

But we do need your help. We have people from many different nations in our church community and are asking people to volunteer to make a dish representing their culture. We envisage that mostly it would be finger food and/or small dishes so that people can sample a little bit from all the countries’ cuisines. We will pay for any costs to make the food.

And of course we will need people to buy tickets and invite friends, family and neighbours to come along and support this fundraiser for Sasha. So please save the date … 31st August. 

Cheryll Robertson

Blurb – 4th August 2019

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Hi there,

Last Sunday I had the opportunity to spend some time with our Golden Oldies and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I also spoke with my Mom last week (who is also a golden oldie) and she was very sad, as her brother passed away, and then there was great excitement in our staff lounge about the birth of little Olive and last but not least, my daughter took me to the movies to go see The Lion King.

The whole circle of life in one week!!! It made me think about my own life… Will I be found having spent my days on Earth being uncompromisingly righteous?

So bear with me as we read 2 Peter 2: 4-10

For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but sent them to hell,[a] putting them in chains of darkness[b] to be held for judgment; if he did not spare the ancient world when he brought the flood on its ungodly people, but protected Noah, a preacher of righteousness, and seven others; if he condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah by burning them to ashes, and made them an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly; and if he rescued Lot, a righteous man, who was distressed by the depraved conduct of the lawless (for that righteous man, living among them day after day, was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard)— if this is so, then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials and to hold the unrighteous for punishment on the day of judgment. 10 This is especially true of those who follow the corrupt desire of the flesh[c] and despise authority.

Bold and arrogant, they are not afraid to heap abuse on celestial beings;

In conclusion: Salvation belongs to our God, it is impossible for my fleshly nature to please God. It is only when I turn my back on my own flesh when the Holy Spirit convicts me and I respond to that conviction daily in obedience that I become the uncompromisingly righteous bride of Christ.

Cindy van Sittert

Blurb – 30th June 2019

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Have you ever been on a road trip with Kevin in his ute? I have, and let me tell YOU it is exciting! Kevin, Mark, Robin and I drove to Lower Hutt for the annual Baptist LEAD conference and Jess flew down to meet us. The conference is usually just for the ‘big wigs’ or as Kevin calls himself – senior chair movers, but this year they opened up the gates and let in the rest, and even yours truly.

It seems like we are pretty Baptist here at HBC, we seem to be on brand with what the leaders are promoting. Appreciate diversity, build up young people, have women in leadership roles, spend time in prayer, spend time adoring God. Baptists are part of the wider body of believers, but in a post-denomination world there is still something good about us. Charles Hewlett simplified it to 4 points: We love the word of God, we love Jesus, we believe that everyone matters – that together we can discern the will of God, and we believe in freedom of belief.

One great thing about the conference was hearing the many pastors speak, a diverse group of men and women and different ethnicities. One pastor spoke about her experience as a new convert leading a home church in China. She would study her Bible for 6 hours a day so that she could teach others what was in it. She said that we can only give people what we have, a shallow faith means we have a shallow faith to share, a deep faith will mean that we can share a deep hope. That ‘deep calls out to deep’. Jesus is what we have to share… how can we share him if we don’t know the bible or spend time with him?

One thing that I will be working on is spending time reading my bible. When pastors speak to each other they use scripture like shorthand.

“I was dealing with [insert tragedy], then I remembered: Isaiah 40:31, Romans 3, and Galatians 5”. And all the pastors murmur in agreement. Yes. Amen. That’s #biblegoals.

There’s plenty more to share and some funny stories from our trip, if you want me to tell you about it give me a call or catch me after the service.

Renee Snell

Office lady.

Blurb – 7th July 2019

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It has been an extraordinary journey becoming part of the HBC family. It has felt like coming home to a familiar place that feels right. I believe this is not because of the building, the nice carpet or lilac walls, but praise the Lord, because the holy spirit is welcome and at work in us.

I would like to share something I read recently. Barclay wrote that it is quite possible to see the unhappiness of others and to think – perhaps even unconsciously, that it has nothing to do with us. However, we must learn to act for the help of others. Seeing and feeling should turn into action, and that is so for a very special reason. In that “whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine” said Jesus, “you did for me”. (Matt 25:40)

I believe God has called my wife Anita and I to HBC, I have had nothing but confirmation that I am where I should be. I look forward to collectively sharing these blessings with you, those who join us and with anyone else that I can. I look ahead to what God will do and as Gary says…love you guys.

Wade Limpus

Blurb- 21st of June 19

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Kia ora.

The observant will have noticed that the garden at the church has a rather large hole dug in it. And the more observant will have also seen that there is a corresponding hole at the back of the church! We have had a problem with our waste water and it has been caused by crushed pipes under the auditorium and all concerned reckon this was caused years ago when the extension was built. The drain layers have thrust a new pipe under the building but have also found further problems with the rate of fall. Basically this has been a ticking time bomb ever since the re-build. The original quote to fix all of this was about $12,000 – now it will increase by a few thousand due to having to dig further and lay more new pipe to get the required fall so that the waste flows well.

There was talk about needing a loan (mortgage) to pay for this work but the Elders are in agreement that we should try to live within the tension of being realistic and living by faith and believing that we love a God who supplies our needs. At this stage we are using a previous gift from a family to cover the first $10,000 and the rest will come from giving. Once the work has been completed Cheryll will be re designing the garden and doing a re-plant. This is just to keep you all up to date with what’s happening.

Blessings, Kevin

Blurb 21st May 2019

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there are days against which
no war can be made,
the sky dances like fire,
the hills are alive with colour,
and everything is Grace.
even death’s cool grip
seems much less cold,
you know its icy fingers, slick,
have no eternal hold,
and possibilities abound,
for every door, shut firmly,
now is found,
open to a dazzling redesign
of time and space.

all you need are open hands,
and a thankful heart
to let the truth sink in,
to weave this new awareness
through your bones
in response to Him,
and teach your lungs
a new song in new tones,
so that on some future hopeless day,
you have it in your memory to recall,
that everything is Grace,
and Grace is all.

Mark Day

Blurb 26th May, 2019

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Came across these 2 quotes this week re children – what do you think? (Kevin)

Do not ask your children to strive for extraordinary lives. Such striving may seem admirable, but it is a way of foolishness. Help them instead to find the wonder and the marvel of an ordinary life. Show them the joy of tasting Tomatoes, apples and pears. Show them how to cry when pets and people die. Show them the infinite pleasure in the touch of a hand. And make the ordinary come alive for them. The extraordinary will take care of itself. ― William Martin

“Do you have agendas for your children that are more important than the children themselves? Lost in the shuffle of uniforms, practices, games, recitals, and performances can be the creative and joyful soul of your child. Watch and listen carefully. Do they have time to daydream? From their dreams will emerge the practices and activities that will make self-discipline as natural as breathing.” ― William Martin

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