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Roast of Peter Campbell

On the occasion of his 80th Birthday

Saturday 29 July 2017

Ladies and Gentlemen, I stand before you today to roast the man of the hour.  A roast is a humorous look back on the life of a man who has had plenty of time to make plenty of mistakes.  Let’s begin!

My first enduring (injuring?) memory of Peter was at the wedding.  I’m sure we must have met before then, but this is what sticks out for me.  Peter was walking Fiona down the aisle to me.  Previously, Fiona had asked her father for some advice about the ceremony, as she knew she would be nervous and might forget something important.  So, he told her, “it’s easy.  Just remember to walk down the aisle.”

“Ok, I’ll remember, ‘aisle’,” said Fiona.

“Then stop at the altar,” said Peter.

“Ok, I’ll remember, ‘altar’,” said Fiona.

“Then, we’ll sing a hymn,” said Peter.

“Ok, I’ll remember, ‘hymn’,” said Fiona.

It was most disconcerting to me, to hear my bride-to-be, as she was marching down the aisle, repeating over and over under her breath, “aisle-altar-hymn, I’ll alter him!”

I was still recovering from this turn of events, when they both arrived at the front of the church.  Peter looked at me.  I looked at Fiona.  Fiona looked at her Dad.  Then Peter looked at Fiona, I looked at Peter and Fiona looked at me.  I wasn’t sure if he was going to say a few words or not.  So we waited.  This went on for an uncomfortable period of time.  Eventually Peter took the hint and sat down.

My second memory of Peter was about a year later.  We decided to meet up about half-way between Otautau and Wellington, in Picton.  That’s half-way, isn’t it?

Fiona had researched and decided we would do the Queen Charlotte Sound mail-boat run.  It’s a leisurely tourist activity, exploring the nooks and crannies of the Sound.  An unexpected bonus of the trip was visiting a mussel farm, where the skipper took possession of a bucket of fresh mussels.  He was just about to boil them all up for us, when I requested he leave me a few uncooked.  I was happily smashing them open, when I happened to glance up to see Peter’s face.  The look of shock on his face projected the thought, “Into what form of barbarism has my daughter married?”

Our next encounter was on his home turf: the farm.  I’m still not sure to this day whether he was deliberately testing my limits when he suggested we go out on the quad bike.  Of course, that meant he would drive and I would sit in the back trailer.  He eventually looked back at some stage to discover, as he was throttling through the long grasses, my hay-fever had kicked in big time.  I had tears streaming down my face.  Disgusted, Peter took me back to house.

I extracted revenge on my final encounter on the farm; Peter decided to let this townie try to help him move his prize sheep.  “Somehow”, I managed to get in front of the herd.  They went the other way.  Peter sent me home, again.

Peter loves gadgets.  He loves upgrading to the latest and greatest.  Peter and I finally bonded.  He would buy the gadgets, then I would visit and help him set them up.  I’m not saying he’s technologically challenged, but I am saying there was plenty to do to keep me occupied on my one week’s vacation.

Peter has gotten involved in setting up the Otautau Museum.  A fitting place, for a dinosaur.

Peter is a gentleman farmer.  This doesn’t mean he farms gentlemen.  It means he now keeps gentlemen’s hours.

Peter finds it difficult to sleep.  He used to be a banker.  He would lie in bed, counting sheep, but then realised he’d made a mistake.  He’d spend the next four hours trying to find the error.

Peter was asked whether he would organise a special birthday party for his mother’s 90th.  His response?  “Awww, I thought we’d wait until her 100th.”

Ladies and gentlemen, as you know, it is Peter’s 80th birthday.  Please charge your glasses and be upstanding, so we can share a toast to Peter, before it’s too late.

To Peter, Before It’s Too Late!


Summary of Toastmaster Presidency 2017

04714198 MCBC Toastmasters


20 August 2016 – Club Humorous Speech

Participants: Nora Ah Poe, Tina Brockway, Jane Crosbie, James Hippolite, Barry Shaw, Florence David, Lynette Wall, Jane Crosbie, Ross Middleton

3rd: Barry

2nd: James

1st: Tina

3 September 2016 – Club Table Topics

Participants: Fiona Hippolite, Lynette Wall, Ruth Malo, Melanie Alican, Elliot Ikilei, Ashlyn Hart, Ross Middleton

3rd place: Elliot

2nd place: Fiona

1st place: Ruth

11 February 2017 – International Speech

Participants: James Hippolite, Ross Middleton, Molino Garcia, Jonas Kuhn

1st: James.  James went on to place 3rd in the Area contest.

11 February 2017 – Club Evaluations

Participants: Ashlyn Hart, Patrick Mariner, Lynette Wall, Molino Garcia, James Hippolite

1st James: James did not place in the Area contest.


Turning Tides – Wellington – 12-14 May 2017

  • Keynote speaker: 2015 World Champion of Public Speaking, Mohammed Qahtani of Saudi Arabia.
  • Banner Parade
  • District Council Meeting: voting on new national Executive
  • International Speech Contest: hearing the best of the best.
  • Dinner & Dance

Hold on to Your Dreams – Invercargill – 18-20 November 2016

  • Keynote Speakers: Mike Alsop, John Parsons
  • Humorous Speech Contest
  • Banner Parade
  • District Council Meeting: deciding to split the country into 2 districts.
  • Dinner & Dance


Competent Communicator (6)

  • James Hippolite
  • Barry Shaw
  • Fiona Hippolite
  • Molino Garcia
  • Florence David
  • Steve Lamb

Advanced Communicator (2)

  • James Hippolite (ACB)
  • Jane Crosbie (ACB)

Competent Leader (3)

  • Fiona Hippolite
  • James Hippolite
  • Ruth Malo


10 new members:

July 2016 Ashlyn Hart
Steve Lamb
March 2017 Amit Sharma
April 2017 John Chen
Manju Malik
May 2017 Desiree Crosby
Eva Hutchison
June 2017 Manu John
Sonia Ng
John Barben


  • Iliganoa (Nora) Ah Poe
  • Tina Brockway
  • Jane Carswell
  • Florence David
  • Manohar David
  • Min Hu
  • Steve Lamb
  • Christine MacDonald
  • Trish Stack
  • Fritz Tuaa
  • Joe Tuilua
  • Lynette Wall

New Executive

Role Start 2016 End 2017 New
President James Hippolite James Ruth Malo
VP Education Tina Brockway Jane Crosbie Jane
VP PR Melanie Alican Ruth Melanie
VP Memberships Barry Shaw Barry Amit Sharma
Treasurer Barry Barry Manju Malik
Secretary Christine MacDonald Warren Christie Barry
Sargent-At-Arms Molino Garcia Molino Patrick Marriner

Distinguished Club Programme

How did we achieve it?

Goals to Achieve    Goal    To Date Status
Education (A maximum of 6 will count toward DCP credit.)
1 Competent Communicator (CC) awards 2 2
2 More Competent Communicator (CC) awards 2 4
3 Advanced Communicator (ACB, ACS, ACG) awards 1 1
4 More Advanced Communicator (ACB, ACS, ACG) awards 1 1
5 Leadership Awards (CL, ALB, ALS) or Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) award 1 1
6 More CL, ALB, ALS, or DTM award 1 2
7 New members 4 4
8 More new members 4 6
9 Club officers trained June-August 4 6
Club officers trained December-February 4 5
10 Membership-renewal dues on time Y 2

Jeremiah: Make No Excuses

Sunday Service

  • 16 July 2017
  • Pastor Al Hall
  • Jeremiah: Make No Excuses

Overview of Jeremiah:

  • A young priest
  • Called to be a prophet
  • Given a message for Israel & the nations
  • About the consequences of their sin
  • Invading army Babylon would destroy the city
  • Message of justice: warning, uprooting & tearing down, judgement
  • Book written by a guy Baruch
  • A collection of sermons, poems & essays from Jeremiah
  • Also stories about Jeremiah

Differences between priests and prophets

Feature Priest Prophet
Job description Prescribed Unpredictable
The audience Individuals Nations
The message Welcome Unwelcome
Support From the offerings Unknown


The answers to all our excuses

The excuse The promise
The task is too tough God has chosen you!
I don’t have what it takes God always equips those he calls!
The time is not right God with us!
A dangerous message God rescues and God prevails!
Let’s talk about it… God’s power through obedience!


Has God called you?

  • Then He will fulfil his purposes in you
  • He will equip you
  • He will enable you
  • He will protect you
  • He will Accompany you

Are you obeying His commands?

  • Then He is with you to protect you.

Are you obedient to what He asks you?

  • Then He will accomplish His purposes, no matter how people react.



Terrifying, But Awesome…

Sunday Service

  • 9 July 2017
  • All in service
  • Jaime Spurdle (former children’s pastor here)
  • Terrifying, But Awesome…
  • Worship!

Romans 12:1

  • And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice – the kind he will find acceptable.  This is truly the way to worship him.

What should we give to Him?

  • Heart – to love what He loves
  • Eyes – to see and follow Him
  • Ears – to hear and understand Him
  • Mouth – to speak praise to Him and speak for Him to others
  • Hands – to do His work and express His creativity.
  • Feet – to take His Word and stand on injustice

Here I am!

  • Take me…
  • Use me…

Romans 7:21-24

  • It happens so regularly that it’s predictable. The moment I decide to do good, sin is there to trip me up.
  • I truly delight in God’s commands, but it’s pretty obvious that not all of me joins in that delight. Parts of me covertly rebel, and just when I least expect it, they take charge.
  • I’ve tried everything and nothing helps. I’m at the end of my rope.  Is there no one who can do anything for me?
  • The answer, thank God, is that Jesus Christ can and does.

Matthew 5:29-30

  • If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.  And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away.
  • It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.

Hebrews 12:1

  • …we must get rid of everything that slows us down, especially the sin that just won’t let go.


James says:

  • Sounds like a great introduction to a potential Christian version of Alcoholics Anonymous.
  • Letting go of the addictions which hold us back.
  • Great teaching from Jaime today.
  • Hard work making it relevant to young and old in the “All In” service today.
  • Excellent attempt, showing 2 videos:
    • People Are Awesome, at the start; and
    • Pandas Are Cute, in the middle.




Sunday Service

  • 2 July 2017
  • Pastor Arnie Hall
  • Temptation

Temptation is

  • A trial in which we have a free choice:
  • Of being faithful to God
  • Or unfaithful to God

What Temptation Does:

  • Hurts us; and
  • Hurts others



  • Hurts our own body
  • Hurts our family


  • Damages our integrity
  • Damages our relationship with others

James 1:13-17

  • And remember, when you are being tempted, do not say, “God is tempting me.”
  • God is never tempted to do wrong, and he never tempts anyone else.
  • Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away. These desires give birth to sinful actions.  And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death.
  • So don’t be misled, my dear brothers and sisters. Every good and perfect gift comes down from the Father who created all the lights in the heavens.  He does not change like shifting shadows.


  • Our own desires: us!
  • Temptation <== This is the key battlefield. Win here.
  • Entices us
  • Drags us away
  • Sinful actions
  • Sin grows
  • Death

Jesus did 2 things:

  1. Resisted the devil
  2. Used the Bible


NZ Baptist Missionary Society

Sunday Service

  • 11 June 2017
  • Pastor Martin Campbell (from Belfast)
  • Missions


  • Born & raised during The Troubles
  • Moved to London, to work in an oncology unit.
  • Met Joyce in Glasgow.
  • Married 1993.
  • Alasdair born 1996.
  • Moved to Afghanistan 1997.
  • Moved to NZ 2007.
  • Moved to Afghanistan 2010.
  • Moved to NZ 2013.
  • Strangely at home in an airport.
  • Missionary kids have a 3rd culture.  They fit into a lot of places, but never really feel at home anywhere.

Eastwest College

  • Established 1966
  • Gordonton

Trees as models:

  • Christian diversity: One trunk with a broad spectrum.
  • Christian churches: Mutual support with other trees
  • Holding up the fruit bearer: The supports aren’t bearing fruit, but they are necessary to enable the fruit bearing trees.  Supporters enable missionaries.
  • Growing in hard places: A tree can establish, even in rock.  Like Afghanistan.  Needs patience, perseverance; weather the winder.

Isaiah 25:4 & Hosea 14:4-8

Mark 4

  • The parable of the mustard seed.

Jonah 4

  • Mission is the awakening of the conscience
  • And the conscience informed by the Holy Spirit.
  • It is not right for us Christians to be angry about our lack of covering (our government leaving our Christian Heritage) when there is a world that needs the gospel.

Jonah’s understanding of God

  • …is focused on his own (or his people’s) prosperity – a conflict with God was inevitable.
  • …a sense of righteousness superior to God’s righteousness – a conflict with God was inevitable.

Don’t make our children the centre of our universe

  • Make God the centre.
  • Our true legacy should be to model this to our children.
  • Else, they will not know True North. They will think they are the centre of the universe.



3 Pillars: Pentecost

Sunday Service

  • 4 June 2017
  • Pastor Al Hall
  • Three Pillars (significant events in the life of a Christian)
  • Pillar 1: Transfiguration
  • Pillar 2: Ascension
  • Pillar 3: Pentecost

The Book of the Acts of the Apostles, Chapter 2

  • The people came running: there was a spectacle
  • The wind came from heaven
  • The flames came from a single source and landed separately on them

Top 9 things about Pentecost

9. Pentecost Sunday occurs 50 days after Easter

8. The Bible records the Pentecost in Acts 2

7. Pentecost comes 10 days after the ascension of Jesus Christ

6. Pentecost is also known as “The Birthday of the Church”

5. Pentecost fulfils Jesus promise to send the “counsellor” & “spirit of truth” in in John 16:5-15

4. Pentecost launches the large-scale spreading of the gospel after Jesus ascension: some 3,000 people were baptised

3. In Western churches, Pentecost is usually represented with the colour red, which symbolises the Holy Spirit.

2. Jews also celebrate Pentecost, but not for the same reason. The celebration observes God giving the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai 50 days after the Exodus.

  1. Pentecost is celebrated by us today!

(Some) Characteristics of the Holy Spirit (as demonstrated at Pentecost)

  • Rowdy
  • Surprising
  • A bit out of control
  • Powerful
  • Supernatural
  • Effective
  • Cross cultural
  • Transforming
  • Personal and collective



Church like this (result of Pentecost):

  • Devoted to learning (putting it into practice)
  • Sharing meals (intimate and restorative)
  • A sense of awe (observing God at work)
  • Miraculous signs and wonders (participating in His will)
  • Met & fellowshipped together (spend time, do stuff, be accountable)
  • Shared everything (e.g. kids clothing exchange)
  • Shared with those in need (more to come)
  • Worshipped together (collective prayer is powerful)
  • Met in homes (be a rebel: go against our current societal norms; be daring and vulnerable)
  • Great joy and generosity
  • Praised God
  • Enjoyed good will of the people
  • The Lord added to those who were being saved (otherwise, what is the point?)