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DEC/JAN 2011/2012

magazine Inside Life

WELCOME “A Promised Gift”

I read the story of a woman who in her hurry to complete everything before Christmas purchased 50 Cards without looking at the message inside. She quickly signed and addressed all but one and then dropped them into a mail box glad that another pre-Christmas task was complete. Can you imagine her dismay when later in a quiet moment she took the time to read the message in the final card? It said: “This card is just to say a little gift is on its way!” No doubt there were 49 people wondering what happened to their presents! How wonderfully different is the Christmas story! Many years before the Saviour was born God spoke through Isaiah the Prophet saying, “The virgin will be with Child and will give birth to a Son, and will call Him Emmanuel (Isaiah 7: 14)l” God kept His word and it was just as the Prophet had said! 33 years later after rising from the dead Jesus ascended back into heaven in a cloud while a large crowd watched. As they gazed upward an Angel appeared and said to them, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into Heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into Heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into Heaven”. That’s a promise you can rely on! Jesus’ returning has been the great hope of Christians in all ages. It speaks of the completion of God’s gift to us, the righting of wrongs for all and the establishment of a KINGDOM that will have no end and has had no equal. Certainly a worthy gift for anyone, a gift worth receiving and a gift that everyone should know about…as we enter 2012 let’s commit afresh to seeing people receive this great ‘gift’! “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift (2 Corinthians 9: 15)”!

featured event

December 24TH - 7:30pm @ The Life Church Penrose Auditorium

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE The tree is decorated and the shopping done. Its now time to reflect on the reason we celebrate this special season. Come and spend a few hours with us at The Life Church as we come together to sing carols and enjoy some special items performed by some talented people. Afterwards stay around to chat with others as we provide a scrumptious supper, before heading home to wrap those last few presents. PRICE: FREE MORE INFORMATION: www.thelifechurch.co.nz

www.thelifechurch.co.nz

PENROSE

OTARA

Sunday Service: 9:30AM 60 Rockfield Road Penrose, Auckland

Sunday Service: 10:30AM 201 Preston Road Otara, Auckland


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NOTICES working bees

CHRISTMAS DAY SERVICE DECEMBER 25TH - 10am TLC Penrose El Shaddai Worship Centre are hosting the Christmas Day service in the TLC auditorium. Come along and celebrate the miracle that was the birth of Christ.

JANUARY DATES CHURCH PRAYER MEETING JANUARY 19TH - 7pm TLC Penrose Our all church prayer meetings are held on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month. We will be taking a break over the Christmas period but will be back on the 19th.

MOVING FORWARD WITH EXCELLENCE

DECEMBER 3RD - 9am TLC Otara Many hands make light work, so bring your own two hands, and join with us in giving our newest venue a bit of TLC treatement!

MENS BREAKFAST DECEMBER 10TH - 7:30am TLC La Vida Cafe Come and enjoy a great breakfast and awesome company before the last Penrose working bee of the year. Cost is $5. DECEMBER 10TH - 9am TLC Penrose Its been a good year with a lot of projects progressing well, but we need your help. As this is the last working bee for the year, we want to finish well, so come along as there is always plenty of work to do!

NEW YEARS EVE SERVICE DECEMBER 31ST - 9pm - 1am TLC Penrose El Shaddai Worship Centre are hosting the New Years Eve service in the TLC auditorium. If you have not made plans yet, then book this one in! Always a lively and exciting evening of singing, performances and activities for the whole family.

NEW YEARS SERVICE LIFE GROUP OTARA A great place to meet and do life together. We meet weekly on Wednesday evening at 7pm. For more information including the venue for the week, please feel free to contact us. We look forward to meeting you.

JANUARY 1ST - 10am TLC Penrose TLC are hosting the first service of the New Year at the Penrose campus. The perfect way to start the year as we meet with others to share our vision and goals for the New Year.

CONTACT: Bruce and Dayna Grey (09) 265 2667 (021) 918 593

HEALING ROOMS KIDS CHRISTMAS SERVICE & PRIZE GIVING DECEMBER 11TH - 9:30am TLC Penrose Its been a busy year within the Kids ministry but we have had a blast, and now its time for us to share something special with you. Come along and be prepared for a special day along with a prize giving for our wonderful kids! A great time to invite Grandparents and family to share in this special day.

EVERY SATURDAY - 10am - 12pm TLC Penrose - Opposite the Auditorium This year has seen us start this wonderful ministry to our community and church family. Our last Saturday for the year will be the 17th of December and we will begin again on Saturday the 21st of January. If you would like to know more about the ministry please contact Chris Starrenburg chris.starrenburg@thelifechurch.co.nz

CHURCH OFFICE CLOSED 28th December - 13th January Our hard working staff will be taking a break over Christmas. If you have an urgent need please make contact with one of our Church elders and they will be happy to assist you.

MAINLY MUSIC FEBRUARY 10TH - 10am TLC SPORTS CENTRE Starting on Friday the 10th of February, we will be hosting Mainly Music on site at TLC Penrose. It will be held in the Sports Centre and is run every Friday of the school term. It’s a lot of fun for the kids and we are excited to be able to offer this to our community. Its a great ministry opportunity and the best part is, it doesn’t take much to be a part of it. If you would like to be involved in anyway, please contact us using the details below. PRICE: $4 per family MORE INFORMATION: Suzy Just (021) 670 917 Natalie Jones (021) 386 628 mainlymusic@thelifechurch.co.nz

WANT YOUR EVENT FEATURED HERE ? Email us with your request at media@thelifechurch.co.nz Let us know the date, time and some details about what you’re doing and we will do our best to include your event here so that everyone knows about it! If you have any other media ideas or requests, or you would like to be invloved in this exciting area of Church service, then email us and let us know. We would love to hear from you!


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MY STORY ALISHA RANE “The day I came to the Lord, was a day I found peace” ALISHA RANE

I accepted Jesus because when I hit rock bottom the only direction to look was up. I knew that the life I was living was not a good one. So when a family member invited me to say the sinner’s prayer, I figured I had nothing to lose, so I said it. It was only after I said it, that I realised the love God has for me. I think that that is what God does with a stubborn heart; I now realise that for me to be lifted up, I had to be broken down. Before Jesus, I felt lost, and I never felt like I belonged or fit in anywhere, I had nightmares all the time and I lived every aspect of my life in fear. The day I came to the Lord, was a day I found peace and I felt like I had come home to a place I always belonged.

OUR VALUES

IT’S WHO WE ARE AND ARE CALLED TO BE GOD’S GRACE GROWTH SPIRITUAL GIFTS SMALL GROUPS GOOD STEWARDSHIP GO GLORIFY GOD

We value ‘GOD’S GRACE’ the wonder of seeing God touch a life & make a person his child. Our highest value is to see people be ‘born again’, coming into relationship with God through Jesus Christ. For more information on our values and vision, please visit our website where you can discover more about our journey, we hope you will join us.


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YOUTH Ages:

13-18

Rod Schick - Youth Director (Penrose) rod@thelifechurch.co.nz 0273658388 David & Carol de Thiery - Youth Leaders Otara (027) 341 3213

coming up..... An exciting year lays ahead for youth....…We welcome the Otara team and youth to TLC. In 2012 there will be HEAPS happening as we step into areas we have not before. If you are 13-18 years then you need to be part of what we are doing. Events coming up… PENROSE >> 3-4th December

Youth vs Wild Camp (Penrose) Our end of year camp to wrap up a fantastic year and to look forward to a new year for youth.

Friday 10th February

Youth Launches

Rod Schick YOUTH DIRECTOR

KIDS Ages 6 - 12

Ages 3 - 5

SUNBEAMS Ages 6months - 2

This December all the Life Church kids will be banding together to present a small Christmas item based on the Nativity scene. Each group is busy learning lines, practising songs and trying on costumes. Also keep your eye out for the brand new names for each kids church age group. Finally, Kids church will be taking a break over the summer holidays and this will give the children the opportunity to participate in and enjoy ‘big church’. The Kids church team Gay, Kenaz, Kezia, Reynold, Sharon and Sylvana


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JOURNEYS TO MAXIMISED LIFE

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Jesus only ever preached one sermon, and it was a long sermon, covering 3 chapters of the Bible. At the end of this sermon he said that “everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.” Matthew 7:24. All of us want to have a good foundation in our lives that we can build upon, yet sometimes we miss applying the principles, because we do not know what they are or have maybe forgotten what they are. The Pathways ministry would love to help you discover or rediscover the truth of God’s word and apply it to you daily life. With this in mind we are looking at launching a series of Bible studies (‘By the Book’) in 2012. These will possibly be hosted on a Sunday evening, (date and time to be confirmed). The first ‘By the Book’ we are looking at doing is “The Beautiful Attitude” Matthew chapter 5-7.

Debbie Hill PATHWAYS DIRECTOR

COURSES coming up.....

The Parenting Course A course deisigned for Parents, step-parents, prospective parents or carers of children aged 0 - 10 years. Covers such topics as • Building strong foundations • Meeting our children’s needs • Setting boundaries • Teaching healthy relationships • Our long term aim

PRICE: FREE COURSE DATES & TIME:

Term 2 : 23rd April - 26th June Term 4: 15th Oct - 11th Dec

The Marriage Course Youth Alpha The Marriage Course is for any couple who wants to invest in their relationship, whether you have been together 1 or 61 years and whether you have a strong relationship or are struggling. PRICE: FREE COURSE DATES & TIME:

Term 1 : 7th Feb - 3rd April Term 3 : 16th July - 25th Sep

The Alpha Course

Youth Alpha is an evangelistic course that is being used by groups all around the world to help young people meet Jesus. Over 8, 9 or 10 weeks the course looks at topics from ‘Who is Jesus?’ and ‘Why did Jesus die?’ to ‘How & why should I read the Bible?’

Ever wondered what it’s all about? The Alpha Course is an opportunity for anyone to explore the Christian faith in a relaxed setting over ten thought provoking weekly sessions

PRICE: FREE COURSE DATES & TIME:

Term 1 : 7th Feb - 3rd April Term 2 : 24th April - 26th June Term 3 : 16th July - 25th Sep Term 4: 15th Oct - 11th Dec

Term 3 : 16th July - 25th Sep

PRICE: FREE COURSE DATES & TIME:


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WHATS

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DECEMBER

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TLC Penrose Prayer Meeting 7pm

03 TLC Otara Working Bee 9am TLC Penrose Healing Rooms 10am

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TLC Penrose

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Celebration Service

9:30am TLC Otara

TLC Penrose Healing Rooms 10am

Celebration Service

10:30am

TLC Penrose

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10 TLC Penrose Working Bee 9am

TLC Penrose Elders Meeting 7pm

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TLC Penrose Prayer Meeting 7pm

Christmas Service

9:30am New Peoples Lunch

12pm TLC Otara Celebration Service

10:30am

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TLC Penrose

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TLC Penrose Directors Meeting 7pm

Celebration Service

9:30am

24 TLC Penrose Christmas Eve Service

7:30pm

TLC Otara Celebration Service

10:30am

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31 El Shaddai @ TLC Penrose

El Shaddai @ TLC Penrose

New Years Service

Chirstmas Day Service

9am - 1am

10am

www.thelifechurch.co.nz

Postal PO Box 24377 Royal Oak Auckland 1345 NZ

Penrose 60 Rockfield Rd Penrose Auckland 1061 NZ

Otara 201 Preston Road Otara Auckland 2023 NZ

P: (09) 918 1699

F: (09) 579 5150

E: info@thelifechurch.co.nz

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