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In response to Stephen Wood,
Religion is based on rules and
regulations that have impossible
A personal faith is gained because
the recipient has experienced a life
transformation and come to believe
strongly in God, and have a
relationship with Him through
To clarify some of your apparent
misconceptions: People don t
necessarily believe in a particular
god because of their nationality or
There is evidence all around the
world of people changing their faith
against that of their family and
country, many times in threat of
The Biblical references you quote
from Dueteronomy are Old
Testament and were superseded by
the New Testament -- when Jesus
spoke in Mark ch 13 v 31 Love your
neighbour as yourself. No other
commandment is greater than this.
There is also historical proof that
events in the Bible took place and
there are multitudes of accounts of
miraculous healings, and events that
have occurred through prayer and
belief in God.
A great theologian of the Bible
once said to an equally great atheist,
If at the end of my life you are
proven right and God does not exist,
then I will die and lose absolutely
nothing, but if at the end of your life
you find out that I was right and God
does exist and there really is an
eternal glory for those who believe
then you have lost everything.
We would like to say thank you to all
the generous sponsors of the 2012
Fernside School Stars for a Night.
We approached businesses for the
first time to sponsor an act or
provide auction items and we were
overwhelmed with the support we
We also received generous support
from local businesses for raffle items,
which was greatly appreciated.
It was a great community evening
which raised $5400. Sharon Ward
Fernside Star for a Night Committee
We need a new anthem, but not
another hymn-sounding one like
David Smith s. It s too repetitive.
Have a national competition and
let the country decide.
Maybe Fair Go might be
interested in hosting such a
competition, as they do for the ad
NEW COURTS: Gordon Smith is delighted with the new courts and looking
forward to increasing membership.
Anyone for tennis?
BLUEPRINT: A mounted tableau of
the original 1982 task blueprint and
THE CLARKVILLE community
tennis courts are ready for
action after a facelift to its
surfaces at a cost of under
The backers are now calling
for more members.
The multi-purpose courts
which are also marked horizon-
tally for netball and with a con-
crete wall for ball hit practice,
are firmly rooted in the com-
Tennis club life member Gor-
don Smith, promoter and insti-
gator of the courts, said the
28-year-old surfaces had rea-
ched the stage where deterio-
ration was evident.
If we had carried on without
doing something we would have
had to rip up all seal and start
all over, he said.
Mr Smith was a member of
the original committee who
established the courts. The
start-up project became a mam-
moth community effort.
The committee, comprising
netball, tennis and the adjacent
local hall and school managed to
raise $24,000 in a couple of
years after the first meeting in
The tennis club started with
30-odd members forming two
juniors, two intermediates and
one senior team.
It has since dwindled to six
Mr Smith is encouraging the
wider community to come along
for a few games, practice their
hits and hopefully join the team.
It is a community courts, it is
not club-owned and the new
courts have been laid for the
enjoyment of the community,
The new courts are located
beside Rice Park which includes
a pavilion, toilets, playcentre
and hall. The grassed area can
be hired for picnics, caravans
and other recreation. The com-
plex is run under the Clarkville
Funding for the original
courts was raised through car
club rallies, dances, gambling
evenings in the hall, council
grants and other activities.
We did a lot of work on the
courts ourselves, initially. My
wife, Nellie, was the scone and
raspberry jam cooker on the
Those courts did wonderfully
well over the years.
Money for the new courts was
raised over those years by player
levy and court hire.
That money was invested
and accumulated, Mr Smith
The new green reseal was laid
by Brian and Julian Falls, local
residents who were involved in
the original project and who now
own the Flexipave business. The
new courts were one of their
Prospective new members are
invited to check the hall website:
clarkville.org.nz or call Dianne
Payne on 03 312 8588 or email
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