Dates for your Diary…..
BISHOP VICTORIA'S FAREWELL EUCHARIST. Sunday 15th April at The Transitional Cathedral at 5.00pm. All are welcome.
Please note the parish AGM has been set for Sunday 29th April in the Knox Chapel following the 9.30am Eucharist. Please note this date in your diary now! Please start thinking seriously about whether you might be prepared to let yourself be nominated for one of the appointments we will make at this meeting.
In order to vote at parish meetings you need to have your name on the Parish Electoral Roll. To be eligible to enrol, you need to be 16 years of age or over, baptised, a regular communicant, and not on the Electoral Roll of any other parish. The Churchwardens are about to up-date the Roll. If you are unsure whether your name is on the Roll, let one of the Wardens know. It can be checked for you. If you wish to update your entry and would like to see a copy of your original form, this could be sent to you and an updated form returned. There will be spare copies of the enrolment form on the table outside the Chapel for anyone who needs one.
ST LUKE'S WELCOMES THE VENERABLE HELEN ROUD
MESSAGE FROM THE BISHOP - Anglican e-Life 04 April 2018
"The Venerable Helen Roud is the Interim Priest-in-Charge of St Luke's in the City until further notice"
AN INTRODUCTORY LETTER FROM THE VENERABLE HELEN ROUD
"Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
I am delighted to serve you as interim Priest (0.5FTE), at this time in your parish and faith journey. It seems particularly fitting that we begin our journey together in the season of Easter, celebrating the new life we have in the risen Christ. I deeply appreciate the worship we’ve shared together in my first week and am starting to find my way around both the Knox plant and our liturgies. Many thanks to all of you for your warm welcome and encouragement, and especially to Jenny, Paul, Jim McKenna & Barbara who have helped me settle in.
A little information about myself: I was baptised, schooled and confirmed in the Roman Catholic tradition, and value the faith-grounding I received (even though my faith development included my questioning and moving away from this tradition in my teens). Later, I spent eleven years heavily involved in a small, eclectic and loving Union Parish (Presbyterian-Methodist-Church of Christ) which taught me a great deal about theological & liturgical differences and grace-filled community. My two daughters and two sons were raised in this faith environment. Through strong ecumenical links, I became involved in the Anglican tradition and was called to a spiritual home here. Looking back it was at times a roller-coaster spiritual journey – God’s ways are indeed ‘mysterious’.
I celebrate thirteen years of ordained ministry this year, having served in chaplaincy (both lay and ordained) at Churchill Aged Care Complex; in seven parishes across our diocese - in four different archdeaconries, both rural and urban - together with some Cathedral ministry. Prior to ordination, my working life included health research both in Endocrinology and Gerontology. My husband David (raised in the Methodist tradition) played in the Salvation Army Citadel Band and Chapel Brass until a recent business commitment has meant an interim move to Auckland. We lived for thirty-four years on five acres in rural Halswell where we raised our family and a wonderful menagerie of pets and livestock. We are proud grandparents to sixteen-month-old ‘Ahika Ahorangi’ (who lives north of Whangarei, and will become a big sister in July).
In my ‘spare’ time, I enjoy hill and beach walks, friends & family, puzzles of all sorts and the occasional movie. My downfalls are chocolate, coffee and a good Pinot Noir!!
As I am new to the parish and my grey matter will struggle to recall your names, please be patient with me!
I look forward to getting to know you all and sharing our faith journey together in Christ."
Our mid-week Eucharists are celebrated at 6.00pm on Tuesdays, 10am on Wednesdays, and at 9.30am on Thursdays. All services in the Chapel at the Knox Centre.
BEYOND THE PARISH…
City Mission Back-to-School Appeal. Details of this appeal have come to us later than usual. It is one St Luke’s have supported generously in the past and we would like to think it will do so again. This is an opportunity to support families in real need to give their children a
good start to the school year. The Mission has given some suggested gift amounts:
$900 provides a high school uniform with shoes and blazers
$360 provides a primary school uniform, from top to bottom
$155 provides for attendance at a school camp
$125 sets a high school student up with stationery, scientific
calculator,& back pack
$62 sets up a primary school student with back pack and stationery for
All contributions gratefully accepted.
OPEN FORUM WHITEBOARD NOTES
A copy of the entries made on the whiteboard during the Open Forum on 18 March are being circulated for information only. Please note, these are not decisions, but a valuable guide to Vestry as they consider the ideas and the next steps to be taken to secure the parish's future in the life of the diocese.
PASTORAL CARE: For pastoral matters contact any of the pastoral group: Francie Conolly (325 2832), Jenny Drury (366 3098), Michaele Watson (981 5675).
KEEPING IN TOUCH: If you would like to be on our parish e-list for occasional emails, or if you have changed your address or phone number(s), please send details to email@example.com Thank you.
ST LUKE'S WEBSITE: Information updates and sermons are posted on the parish web site: www.stlukesinthecity.org.nz
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