Thursday, September 14, 2017

Pastoral Note from Rev Angus Kelly 14 September 2017

Hi Table View Methodist Family,

This Sunday we look forward to a visit from Rev Michelle Schrader who serves at the Central Methodist Mission in Cape Town (Just next to Green Market Square).  I will lead worship and Michelle will preach at 8, 930 and 11am on the topic:

Finding Peace in a High Anxiety World

Over the past two weeks we have been looking at the topic:  Antidotes to the Out of Control Life; you can access the sermons on the church website via www.tvmethodist.co.za or click through the links below:

3/9 - Slowing Down in a Hurry up World - Sermon - Study Guide
10/9 - Remember Rule #6 - Sermon - Study Guide
17/9 - Finding Peace in a High Anxiety World - Sermon - Study Guide
24/9 - Why less is usually more - Sermon - Study Guide

Remember that each week we will also hand out a short study guide for you to use in your private devotions - or preferably with a small group.

These study guides are also available via the above links.

Thanks from the Wesley Guild

Dear TVMC Family

We would like to send our outmost appreciation to the congregation for helping us with donations for our girls hamper drive. We donated 25 hampers to young girls in Lingelethu, Malmesbury during our mini-circuit consultation which took place on 1-3 September. We would like this initiative to be an ongoing thing as Gods work never stops.

Deuteronomy 15:10 
"Give freely to the poor person, and do not wish that you didn't have to give. The Lord your God will bless your work and everything you touch."

Regards
Wesley Guild (Table View Society)

Poor Fund / Love Boxes

On Communion Sundays we take up an offering for our Poor Fund / Love Fund.  These funds are spent on behalf of the congregation by the Communion Stewards and the Minister.  On principal we use the money to buy basic food and toiletries to make up love boxes for those in need.  Although these boxes do not contain luxuries they can help a family to meet their basic needs for a week.

If you are in need, or if you know of someone who is in need we would like to help you by providing a love box.  Please speak to the communion stewards / helpers at your respective service, your requests will be treated in the strictest confidence:

8am - Anne Stolke, Maureen Williams, Maria Kobrinowski
930am - Tamra Dierdricks, Cheryl and Hilton Madden, Edmond Deane
11am - Pumla Hashe, Johannah Keikelame
"So then, whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all, and especially for those of the family of faith." - Galatians 6:10
Junior and Senior Youth This Friday
Junior Band Practice will happen at 5pm, Junior Youth at 530pm and Senior Youth at 730pm.
God bless,
Gus

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Pastoral Note - This Sunday, Remember Rule #6

Hi Table View Methodist Family,

This Sunday

I look forward to worshipping with you this Sunday at 8, 930 and 11am.   This Sunday we continue our sermon series:  Antidotes for the out of Control Life.

Sermon Audio from last Sunday is available on the church website; www.tvmethodist.co.za or you can click through here:

3/9 - Slowing Down in a Hurry up World - Sermon - Study Guide
10/9 - Remember Rule #6 - Sermon - Study Guide

The scriptures for this Sunday are:   Exodus 18:13-26 and Luke 10:25-37.

Please use the study guide, provided in the notices or available at this link for your further study.  One of the nice things about listening to the sermons on line is if you click in the bottom right hand side of the video you can speed up the preacher!

I hope and pray that this sermon series will encourage us to slow down - to find our peace in God - and even if busyness is unavoidable; we will learn and discover ways of being present to God.

Next Sunday we will be privileged to host Rev Michelle Schrader who will be visiting us from the Central Methodist Mission in Cape Town.  Her topic will be: "Finding peace in a High Anxiety World"

Food Fair 25 September and Ladies Breakfast 7 October

Please remember our food fair on Monday 25 September.  These events are more fun raiser than fun(d) raiser - it is a wonderful opportunity for us to work as a team and get to know each other in the congregation.  Please diarise it - and come Hungary!

Our Ladies Breakfast is 7 October - R30 for a full breakfast and inspirational talk from Rev Merilyn Innes. 

Youth and Youth Band

I look forward to practicing with the junior youth musicians and singers on Friday evening from 5pm.

Junior Youth is from 530pm to 7pm (Grade 1-6) and Senior Youth from 730-930pm (Grade 7 up).

Music Team

Our music team could use your voice and your talents.  Please contact the office or speak to one of the band on Sunday if you would like to join us for practice.  It will be especially good if we have a full compliment of singers on Sunday mornings - you can join us for either the 8 or the 930 services.

Following these links you can now see which songs we have planned, and listen to them on Youtube.com:  8am Service Plan930am Service Plan (The YouTube videos can use a lot of data.)

God bless,
Rev Angus Kelly

Office Email Office Phone 0215571143

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Rev Angus Kelly
Tableview Methodist

Friday, September 1, 2017

Pastoral Note - 3 September

Hi Table View Methodist Family,
 
On 3 September we will begin our sermon series:  Antidotes for the Out of Control Life:
 
This series is based on a series preached by Rev Adam Hamilton at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection (www.cor.org)
 
3/9 - Slowing Down in a Hurry up World - Study Guide
10/9 - Remember Rule #6
17/9 - Finding Peace in a High Anxiety World
24/9 - Why less is usually more
 
Every week there will be a study guide in your notices and available online atwww.tvmethodist.co.za.  The study guide includes some homework exercises and some discussion questions for small group work. 
 
Why not get some friends together?  Or do the discussion guide with your family / spouse some time during the week?
 
UPDATE YOUR DETAILS - If you haven't yet done so please update your details for our new database.
 
Communion 
 
This Sunday we will also receive communion together.  Because of the new seating arrangement we will receive communion by 'intinction'.  
 
This means that servers will stand at the front of the church. 
- The first server will hand you a wafer with the words: "The body of Christ." (Don't eat the wafer.)
Move to the next server and dip the bottom third of the wafer into the cup as the server says "The blood of Christ".
Then eat the wafer.
(If you eat the wafer before you have dipped it don't worry the server can give you another wafer.)
 
I hope to have the rail up by the next communion service.  Please let me know if you're handy with tools and woodwork - we might need to organize a work party in the next few weeks.  Sometime today or next week we will receive about 20 good quality pallets that will make a solid foundation for our new platform.
 
Building Rearrangements
 
One of our members who is an architect is going to help with proper drawings and renderings that will help us to see what we can do with our building.  I've made a youtube video for you to look at too, you will find it at www.tvmethodist.co.za or (here).
 
The plan is:
1 - Make our 'hall' look and feel more like a church.
2 - Open doors on the left and right for access to the memorial garden and what will become a fellowship garden on the right.
3 - If we need to expand seating we can build a gallery and expand into the youth room area.
 
We are blessed on some occasions to be filled to capacity at our 930am service.  Expanding seating into a gallery is much cheaper than building a bigger building but all suggestions are welcome for more discernment and prayer.
 
Youth Group Tonight
 
There is junior youth tonight at 530pm.  Senior youth will be traveling through to Edgemead to meet with the youth at St Marks Methodist.  You're welcome to contact Iain for more details.

There will be no junior worship team practice tonight - I have overcommitted myself this weekend.  Sorry.  We will meet again next Friday at 430pm.
 
Wesley Guild Consultation

The Circuit Wesley Guild Consultation takes place this weekend at Lingelethu (Malmesbury).  We will be confirming and robing new guilders on Saturday afternoon.  Please pray our guilders will be inspired and blessed this weekend - that God would speak to each of them through the power of the Holy Spirit, that they would be set free to work for the coming of The Kingdom of God in our circuit.

Ladies Breakfast
 
Rev Merilyn Innes will address our ladies breakfast on 7 October, tickets are R30 available at church on Sunday.
 
God bless,
Rev Angus Kelly
 
 
 
 
 
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Rev Angus Kelly
Tableview Methodist

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Antidotes for the Out of Control Life

In September 2017 Table View Methodist will be following the series 'Antidotes for the Out of Control Life' this series is based on a series preached by Rev Adam Hamilton at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection (www.cor.org).

3/9 - Slowing Down in a Hurry up World - Sermon - Study Guide
10/9 - Remember Rule #6 - Sermon - Study Guide
17/9 - Finding Peace in a High Anxiety World - Sermon - Study Guide
24/9 - Why less is usually more - Sermon - Study Guide

Friday, August 11, 2017

Pastoral Note - 11 August 2017

Hi Table View Methodist Family,

Thank you for allowing me some time off to get my bearings.

Small aeroplanes have little mirrors on the wing.  The pilot can look out on the wing and get a view of his aeroplane; I'm not sure what they would look for?  Are the wheels down or up?  Is the plane still in one piece?  Or maybe its just for taking selfies.  Such a simple tool for doing an important job.



​On Sunday 30 July I had an experience at the Dunoon Society that traumatized me more than I realized.  I'm not a tough guy (although I might some times do an unconvincing job of pretending to be).  I don't believe my experience was dangerous; I know that the peace and love of Christ goes with me wherever I go.  But some people tried to intimidate me, preventing me from preaching and serving communion.  

I thought I was OK after the event, but Heather (my wife) saw that I was not.  I took my day off on Monday and wrote down a report for my bishop on Tuesday. On Tuesday I also received the news that one of our bishops, Rev Thembinkosi Fandaleki had been murdered in Umtata.  The news shocked me; a reminder that angry people do reckless things and raising a lot of 'what ifs' about my experience at Dunoon on Sunday.  

Heather forced me to go to the Dr who booked me off for 10 days.  I had no intention of following his advice.

Heather is a good wing mirror.  She informed my bishop of my intentions to return to work without my landing gear down.  He called and ordered me to follow the Dr's orders.  I'm glad they conspired for me.  I've had time to pray; to check my wing mirrors; to remember how Jesus calls me to love others as I love myself. 

Acknowledging that my capacity to love; to care; must come from a place of knowing that I am loved and the I am cared for by God, and that is exemplified in the way that I care for myself.

It is a great and precious privilege to have a wife who stood up for my soul when I wasn't going to.  A bishop who cared enough to call and 'discipline' me.  So many of you who have kept me in your prayers.  Colleagues like Iain, Di and Cathy at the office; all of our Society Stewards and Rev Kevin Needham who stepped in to help me know that I should stop trying to do everything and be everything to everyone - even when my 'heart' is not right.

Some might be shocked and disappointed with the fact that there are ever conflicts in the church.  Unfortunately the scriptures testify to a church that has often been in conflict.  We must not let conflicts within our churches deter us from the goal of the Kingdom of God to which Christ has called us.  

As Paul and James write to the churches of the New Testament they constantly have to warn them not to be tricked in to conflicts.  Paul reminds us: 'Put on the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.' (Ephesians 6:10) The Greek word is almost the same as 'methods' - an acknowledgment of the reality that evil makes clever plans to thwart God's good plans.

Please keep praying for the church.  Keep praying for our bishop, superintendent, ministers, the Circuit Stewards and other leaders in our circuit.  Pray especially for our Presiding Bishop Ziphozihle Siwa.  The church's outspoken role in calling for Zuma to step down, in exposing aspects of 'State Capture' to parliament through the work of the South African Council of Church's is a practical and spiritual battle.

The 'Race Baiting' fanned by organizations like Bell Pottinger and used as political rhetoric is an attempt to trivialize the real and material issues of injustice and brokenness in our country.  We need to pray for leaders who will lead us into justice with tremendous grace.  

We need to have Christ centered; Holy Spirit enlightened conversations about how the church can be an agent of change and transformation.  In all of this we need to 'stand against the wiles of the devil' who loves to see people suffer, who loves to perpetuate injustice, who delights in the prospect of egotistical world leaders unleashing 'fire and fury' on each other.

These past two weeks I realized that my experience on 30 July was a moment on the front lines of a spiritual battle.  The devil loves a divided church.  In that battle Paul calls on us to 'take the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one.'  (Ephesians 6:16)  Flaming arrows are cruel weapons; they start fires that start more fires; the make us doubt ourselves, our purpose; God's love...  The super natural shield of faith quenches those arrows and makes them powerless on Sunday.

I look forward to worshipping with you on Sunday as we celebrate the work of Women in the church (in honour of women's day on 9 August) Women of the church will be leading prayers and Bible readings at all services.  Ms Siyathokoza Mesatywa will preach at 930am and facilitate the Women's Manyano's preaching at the 11am service.

God bless,
Rev Angus Kelly

Friday, July 21, 2017

Sideways Church, Sermon Series, Prayer and Praise Evening...

Hi Table View Methodist Family,

This Sunday: 

Jacob's brother, Esau, wanted to kill him.  Jacob's parents told him to flee - alone in the wilderness, afraid of his own family he lies down to sleep.  He has a dream; a ladder set up between heaven and earth, angels ascending and descending.

A reminder - that wherever we go, God is always there.  Are you mindful of God's presence?  Do you pay attention to God's Holy Spirit?  Do you see what God is doing?  

I see that ladder in the work of our knitting group who shared blankets with babies in Tygerberg hospital, our care bears group who are making up disaster buckets to be distributed when houses are raised in fires.  We see that ladder in a community that cares for one another.  We see that ladder when we stop in our busyness to pray - to re-set our minds and hearts to God.

(Gnatty knitters sharing blankets at Tygerberg hospital)
If we know that God is with us through our most harrowing experiences we might find the strength, the power, the grace to get through them. Our scriptures for Sunday are: 
  • Genesis 28:10-19aPsalm 139:1-12, 23-24
  • Romans 8:12-25  and
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  • Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43.

  • I look forward to worshiping with you at 8 and 930am, Ms Siyathokoza Mesatywa will lead our 11am service.

  • Evening of Prayer and Praise 20 October

    Our Men's group will be organising an evening of prayer and praise on 20 October.  Speak to the men's group about the hymns and songs you would love to sing on the evening, it will be a chance to sing and pray together... pencil the date in.

    Sermon Series

    Over the next few months I will be partnering with one of my colleagues, Rev Sean McGuigan from Durbanville Methodist to plan sermon series and share some resources. This is a sketch of our plans for August, September and October:

    August - Wrestling With God - Life lessons from the stories of Jacob

    September - Antidotes for the Out of Control life; finding balance and peace in a busy world.

    October - Resisting Evil - What does it mean to clothe yourself with the armour of God?

    By working together, and drawing on resources from other well resourced Methodist Churches all over the world we should be able to produce some helpful Bible Study / Discussion resources to help us with these series.

    I always welcome your questions and suggestions.

    Re-arranging the Church / Property Development Proposal

    If you missed church last Sunday you will be surprised to find that your chair has been moved when you come this Sunday.

    Instead of facing the stage the seats are now arranged in an arch and the altar is on the left hand side of the building.

    There are quite a few reasons for the changes:

    Worship

    The Christian Church traditionally gathers around the Word and the table of the Sacrament.  Our altar is our table of fellowship and communion - the place from which we remember Jesus body given for us and his blood that was shed. With the new arrangement all participants in the service, worship team included, gather around the table.

    When it comes to music it is important that we as a community can hear each other sing.  As much as we are singing to God, our songs are an opportunity to testify to each other of what God has done and is doing in our hearts and lives.  To hear each other's voices in worship is very important.  By arranging ourselves in a curve we should become more aware of each other's voices in worship.

    As far as community and fellowship goes; I have noticed that when we all face the same way we only see the backs of each other's heads.  With the new arrangement you should see at least 2/3rds of the congregation's faces from wherever you sit.  You might be surprised to see these familiar faces in the mall, at school, at work - and know and recognize each other as a are part of Jesus' community.

    Property

    For a long time our church has planned for the building in which we currently worship to become a hall when we build a 'proper sanctuary.' 

    To build a 'proper sanctuary' is a very expensive once off expense but to transform our current hall into a properly beautiful place of worship (a sanctuary) is not beyond our reach.  It is possible to do the work in phases; ensuring that each step of the transformation is done properly and not 'on the cheap'.  This is also easier to manage in terms of fund raising etc. because those who contribute to new windows, doors, AV equipment / lighting will see their contributions realised quickly and effectively.

    If in the future we need more seating the youth room can be transformed into a gallery etc.  Instead of building an entirely new sanctuary we can then focus on one day building a fellowship hall on the Cognac Road side of our current church building.  This fellowship hall could incorporate a proper kitchen, Sunday School rooms etc and a cloistered garden linking it to the church via sliding doors installed where the stage currently stands.

    Once we've developed a proper parking lot extending up to the cross in our field we still have property left over... please pray and offer your suggestions for what to do with that land.

    Some suggest creating an attractive play park for our community.

    Some suggest building modest retirement cottages.

    Others have suggested we build a school.

    We need to receive all the ideas that come our way and pray together to know how God would want us to steward our gifts.  All of these ideas are suggestions.  When in our hearts we feel God's Amen to these suggestions lets go where we are led.

    God bless,
    Rev Angus Kelly

    Wednesday, May 24, 2017

    Ascension Day 9am, Potjie Kos - Saturday 1230pm

    Hi Table View Methodist Family,

    We've got a busy week ahead with our Potjie Kos Competition on Saturday; and Ascension Day - our Ascension Day Service is on Thursday at 9am.

    Ascension Day (Thursday 25, 9am)

    Rev Trevor Ruthenberg (one of our retired ministers) will preach at the Ascension Day service.  We will be joined by the folks from the Table View United Church; last year they invited us to join them there.  There will be a light tea after the service.

    Ascension Day is celebrated 40 days after Easter Sunday - in accordance with the tradition of Acts 1:3 which describes Jesus ascending to heaven and instructing the disciples to wait in Jerusalem for the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.  We celebrate Pentecost on Sunday 3 June.

    Potjie Kos (Saturday 27th 1230pm) (R30 per serving)

    We will be having our Potjie Kos competition this Saturday; cooking starts at 830 and serving at 1230pm.  You're free to prepare your potjie at home if you want to and bring it along at 1230pm (Although you might not be eligible for the competition if you do).

    Please let Jacques Kellerman know if you would like to contribute to the Potjie:  Contact the church office for Jacques' details.

    This Sunday

    This Sunday we will continue our series on The Will of God, with a concluding sermon:  How do I know the will of God for my life?  I look forward to worshipping with you at 8, 930 and 11 this Sunday.  

    Holy Spirit Bible Study (Thursday 8 June, 730pm)

    Please join us during the month of June for a Thursday Night Soup and Bible Study on the person and work of the Holy Spirit. We'll serve soup and rolls at 7pm, listen to a presentation from 730-8pm and then have a time of discussion ending at 845pm.  

    730pm 8 June - Who is the Holy Spirit?
    730pm 15 June - What does the Holy Spirit do?
    730pm 22 June - How can I receive the Holy Spirit?

    Alpha groups:  Try to get yourselves together for a meal some time in the weeks leading up to the Holy Spirit Bible Study.

    God bless,
    Rev Angus Kelly
    (Minister at Table View Methodist)