Join us from 8pm Christmas Eve for a communion service and 9am on Christmas Day for a celebratory communion service. For more information please contact the church office on 548 2515.
It’s the AAAFair’s First Birthday on Sunday. Not only will it be the usual gathering of talented creatives and artisans inside the Black Sheep complex there will be all the fun of a Birthday Party! There are three raffles during the day which runs from 11am to 3pm. Origina, local art and art craft , boutique clothing and homewares, botanicals and container plants – you could find that special Christmas gift and many of the stallholders are our own residents! You can also have some of the Black Sheep’s good food! Live music! No admission charge and sealed parking at the door. We’re inside if it rains! See you on Sunday!
The annual Waipuna Hospice Remembrance Tree appeal is underway. This is a lovely Christmas tradition to participate in.
This year there are sites across the region and we are looking for volunteers of outgoing demeanor, cheery disposition and positive energy. Shifts near to where you live are as follows:
Countdown, Bethlehem (26 Nov to 02 Dec.)
Nourish Café, Te Puna, (3-9 December)
Fresh Choice, Omokoroa (3-9 December)
Farmlands, Te Puna (22 December)
Countdown, Katikati (6-9 December)
Choose a date, time and location, invite a friend or rally the members of your group or club, and share some love this Christmas.
Please register your interest today by contacting Christine Ph. 552-4380 or email@example.com, then our roster coordinator will contact you regarding your preference for site, day and time.
Thank you in advance for your support.
The true heart of war service is reflected in the current Western Bay Museum exhibition in Katikati to commemorate the centenary of Armistice Day 1918.
Those Who Served is a collection of 25 original pastel charcoal sketches by New Zealand artist Geoffrey Fuller. This is the first time Fuller’s works have been publicly displayed and it is a privilege to have the honour of showcasing them, says Western Bay Museum Manager Paula Gaelic.
The sketches of New Zealanders in both World War One and World War Two portray the human story war as well as the genius of warfare as it was fought in the air and at sea.
The works follow the soldiers through Gallipoli, Flanders, the Northern Frontier, the Greek Campaign and Battle of Crete, to the Desert Campaigns in North Africa, the War in the Pacific, the Campaign in Italy and many battles at sea and in the air.
The drawings have been donated to Katikati Open-Air Art by the Fuller and Clarke families and are a tribute to the time, dedication and talent of Geoffrey Fuller.
Enormous care has been taken by Western Bay Museum staff to ensure each work is framed and mounted to the highest specifications to protect against atmospheric damage.
Paula is immensely proud of the standards set by the Museum – and says such meticulous care ensures the Museum establishes itself on the national stage for exhibitions such as Those Who Served.
“Western Bay people should be really proud of this museum because we do things properly. I can’t make people love museums but I can encourage people to come here and see what we do.
“For $3.74 per ratepayer a year across our district it is a small price to pay for such a great facility.’’
Those Who Served opened this month in commemoration of the centennial of Armistice Day 1918-2018. The exhibition will be open until February 2019.
Geoffrey Fuller (1925-2011) was an artist across many mediums and his works included postage stamp designs for New Zealand, Niue, Tokelau Islands and the Ross Dependency in Antarctica. His many artworks are held in private and public art collections around the world.
Fuller was commissioned in 1992 by Katikati Open-Air Art to create the mural in the Main Street depicting Ossie Openshaw’s 1930s garage. The 18 square metre mural is on the same site of the original garage.
Those Who Served has been made possible through the raising of $22,000. Paula Gaelic and Steve Graveson from Katikati Open Air Art worked together to source the funding and produce the exhibition. Funding came from Katikati Open-Air Art; Bay Trust; Katikati RSA Homewood Trust; Katikati Rotary and the Western Bay Museum.
Caption: Western Bay Museum Manager Paula Gaelic with the Armistice Commemoration exhibition `Those Who Served’.
GT Signs are running a fantastic incentive we hope will help motivate you to get you on board and join the race! Visit our Facebook page for more info about how to register and what you could win!
There are some awesome prizes up for grabs but you must be in quick – promotion period ends Sunday 4 Nov 8pm.
(Video below only available to play on Facebook page)
The Gospel in the Feasts
Did you know God created holidays? He created special celebrations that were object lessons, reminders, and PROPHECIES about the future.
The seven annual feasts of the Lord (Leviticus 23) provide a prophetic panorama of God’s wonderful plan of redemption, beginning with the sacrifice of the Lamb (Passover) and resolving with the final ingathering at the end of the age (Feast of Tabernacles).
Join Nigel Christensen and discover how these ancient holidays are GOOD NEWS for all followers of Jesus, whether Jew or Gentile.
OMOKOROA | 4 NOVEMBER | 10 AM
Omokoroa Peninsula Baptist Church
334 Omokoroa Road, Omokoroa
RSVP: Howard Cross at 027 737 4018
Discover the Roots of the Lord’s Last Supper
Have you ever wondered why Jesus used bread and wine to talk about his sacrifice for us? Explore Jesus’ last Passover meal for yourself and find out!
This sermonic demonstration of the ancient Passover Seder meal powerfully reveals the sacrificial ministry of Jesus as the Lamb of God, and uncovers the roots of the Christian communion, using the very elements God prescribed for the Seder itself. The 1-hour demonstration is an unforgettable journey through the “Last Supper,” which was, in fact, the Messiah’s last Passover Seder…until He returns!
Discover how this ancient holiday is GOOD NEWS for us today.
OMOKOROA | 3 NOVEMBER | 7-9 PM
Omokoroa Peninsula Baptist Church
334 Omokoroa Road, Omokoroa
RSVP: Howard Cross at 027 737 4018
Hi everyone, We just need a few more Marshalls and for each one we will donate $30 to the Omokoroa Fire Brigade and First Response Team. So if you have no plans on the morning of Sunday 11th Nov (and are not doing the event itself) we would love to have you help out. Here are some details:
It is super easy to be a Marshall – most of you will just need to make sure people are going in the right direction. A few of you will be at road crossings but the event is well sign posted and competitors have to give way to traffic. We will give you full instructions and a high vis. vest so all you need to do is direct and encourage people as they go past. You will need a cell phone to keep in touch with your coordinator and in case there is a first aid issue. For those of you who Marshalled last year – there is no bike event this time so it is only runners and walkers!
If you would like to know more or are keen to help please email Tammy Bruce at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you don’t have access to email you can call Catherine on 02102459106. You can find out more about the event at www.runrunrun.co.nz. Thanks for your support.
Breakfast with the gulls at Maketu is the adventurous twist for this year’s annual meeting of the Maketu Ongatoro Wetland Society (MOWS) on Saturday 10 November.
The Annual General Meeting of MOWS is part of a morning with the birds at the Maketu Monument Reserve next to the Maketu Surf Club, starting at 7.30am.
It’ll pay to arrive early to make sure you don’t miss out on the guided tours of the shorebird breeding colony and a complimentary breakfast for everyone who takes a tour.
Trips across to the colony will be run every 20 minutes run by the Maketu Surf Lifesaving Club from 7.30am to 9pm. Adult lifejackets will be provided and parents of smaller children are asked to bring along their child’s life jacket.
Hosted by MOWS and sponsored by Western Bay of Plenty District Council and the Bay of Plenty Regional Council the morning is a great opportunity to view the impressive breeding colony of shorebirds, including the critically endangered black-billed gull and New Zealand dotterel.
Breakfast with the gulls is all part of MOW’s ongoing awareness of promoting the importance of the dune systems for providing habitat for wildlife, including the NZ Dotterel and black gulls.
Dune planting days are a highlight for local primary and intermediate students and are followed up with a public advocacy campaign where students design dune protection posters.
At breakfast with the gulls there’ll be a coffee cart on site and a complimentary breakfast from 8-9am for everyone who takes a tour, followed by the AGM at 9.15am in the Maketu Surf Club.
The event is free but koha is appreciated for the continuation of the many projects that MOWS does around the Maketu area and with local schools.
Registration for Breakfast with the Gulls can be done via Facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/552045841885532/ or email: Tania@maketuwetlands.org.nz
If the weather doesn’t oblige, the day will be postponed until 24 November with updates on Facebook.
The BOP Tree Crops Association is having their big annual TREE SALE this coming Saturday, 21 July at the Katikati A&P Showgrounds on Major St., Katikati. If you need/want fruit and nut trees for your garden our tree sale is the place to shop. The selection includes several hundred types of fruit and nut trees plus many assorted plants will be available also. The sale starts at 10:00 AM and closes at 12:30 PM so if you want the best selection you need to be there early. All sales are cash only. For enquiries you may contact Elizabeth at 07-549-2795. Looking forward to seeing you this Saturday.