PRAYER AND PRAISE

 Pray that the Lord would heal Jim Baker of all his cancer and other illnesses, and restore the strength of his youth. Pray that Jim’s family find strength and peace over the Christmas season. May they enjoy the blessings of the Lord, be they big or small and that their love for each other would sustain them all. Praise the Lord that Sharilyn's Dad's scans have come back showing no signs of Cancer in the area of concern. Please pray that the Lord would draw new families to our church this Christmas season through ministries like the Community Christmas Celebration. Christians in Egypt are calling on believers around the th world to make 12 December a day of prayer for the nation. A number of important church leaders from all denominations believe that God is preparing for a major revival in the Middle East with Egypt as the epicentre. Pray for an end to the violence and that God will accomplish His will and purposes in the country. Pray, too, that churches and believers will demonstrate the love of Jesus.

West Harbour Alliance Church 145 Moire Road, West Harbour, Waitakere 0618 (09) 416-8991 www.whac.net.nz

Pastoral Team
Pastor Matthew and Sharilyn Mordaunt 832 3922

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Elders Board
Jacob Lauaki – Joh Remiens – Barry Thomas

Executive Committee
Tom McKean (Treasurer), Naren Nanjan, Pauline Thomas, Matthew Mordaunt, and a representative from the Elders Board.

WEST HARBOUR ALLIANCE CHURCH
11 December 2011 www.whac.net.nz

Church Office

416 8991 Pastor Matt’s office hours are 9am – 11.30am Sun-Tue, Thurs & Fri. If you would like to drop by outside these hours, please ring the church before you come.

Are you new to this facility?
We know that it can take a lot of energy to attend a new church, so please note that:   The toilets are located down the passage to the right as you exit the sanctuary. The Preschool ministry begins at the start of the service in the Creche, and 5-13 year olds are dismissed part way through the service for Sunday School. Information on who we are, as well as on all of our ministries are available online at www.whac.net.nz Each week, we share a cuppa together after the service, and would love for you to stay for a chat.

ROSTERS for December/January
Date 11 18 25 01 Preacher Worship Leader Pianist Sharilyn Aeran Aeran Sharilyn Media Pauline Sophie Moya Natalie m/tea Sharilyn Valasi Esther Mele Lawns Matt Jacob Jacob Ofa

Kids Christmas Bethany Matt Tom Matt Matt Matt

Communion: 18 December 2011 Matt Mordaunt 01 January 2012 Matt Mordaunt
If you would like to include any bits and pieces for the weekly Newsletter, please email Pastor Matt at: mordaunts@orcon.net.nz, or phone the church office. Helping people move from brokenness to wholeness in Christ “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; He rescues those whose spirits are crushed” Psalm 34:18

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TODAY
10.30am – Morning Worship
Led by: Topic: The Children Christmas Presentation

You can be a BIG part of it too!
The Community Christmas Celebration is a chance for all of us to get involved in blessing and helping our community; to truly be a part of something that the Lord will use to build bridges of faith into the lives of those around us. As such, we're looking for people to help in the following ways:       Three people to help bake and assemble gingerbread houses, and bag lollies the week leading up to the Celebration. Three people to fill water balloons and prepare a craft for the kids the day of the Celebration. Four people to work in the kitchen, cutting meat, fruit and dessert the day of the Celebration. Two people to set up the hall the day of the Celebration. Three people to help the magician/ventriloquist during the service by supervising, plus lead a craft. A small army to help clean up following the Celebration.

The Community Christmas Celebration, 17TH December 2011
This year, our celebrations will feature fabulous carols, guest musicians, a children’s entertainer, a sumptuous meal, and our very own church choir! This is an “invite everyone you know to join you” evening that starts at 5:00 with punch in the foyer. The evening is completely free, however, please plan to bring a salad and dessert to share with our guests.

Please stay for a cup of tea or coffee in the hall or for prayer with an Elder in the Sanctuary.
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Christmas Weekend
With Christmas being a Sunday morning, we know that many of you will be spending time with friends and family all over NZ. And so, to make life a little less hectic, we will be hosting identical services on Christmas Eve from 7:00 (followed by a light supper), and Christmas morning from 10:30 (starting with morning tea). You are all welcome to join us at whatever time suits you best.

MINISTRIES FOR CHILDREN at WHAC
Ages 0-1 Ages 2-4 Ages 5 - 13 If you need to take your infant out of the service, a play area has been set up in the foyer for your convenience. The Preschool ministry begins at the start of the service, and is located diagonally to the left as you exit the sanctuary. Kids club takes place in the hall during the sermon. A notice will appear on the screen when it is time to dismiss your children.

Tonga in 2012
Last winter, 13 people from Alliance churches in Auckland spent 10 God-filled days in the Kingdom of Tonga, and we're doing it again in 2012! We'll be working with a ministry for disabled children, a local and vibrant Tongan congregation, and with the powerful Christian radio ministry in the capital city. If you'd like to find out more about what's to come, an information meeting is being planned for you in early February.

Prayer at WHAC
Prayer night: Join us in the church 15 December 2011 Focus: Families in Crisis at Christmas Please note, this is our last meeting until February 2012

It's a real joy and honour and blessing to be a part of something like our Community Christmas Celebration. Thank you for giving your time to help in it!

Coming up next week:
We're going to be looking into the dark side of the nativity and what it implies for us, because the manger wasn't the only messy and complicating aspect of Christ's birth.

BIRTHDAYS COMING UP .....
Alyssandra Lim-Yip - 13 December Dianne McGowan - 13 December Sarah Skellon - 20 December Bruce Carter - 26 December

Home Groups
Home Group will resume in the New Year

MEETINGS COMING UP.......

Executive Committee 25th January 2012