Pastoral Letter - 2018-02-22

Dear Table View Methodist Family,

During the season of Lent we will be reflecting on prayer.  Learning to pray from the Bible's leading characters.  Sermons and discussion notes will be available on the church website www.tvmethodist.co.za.  The series is inspired by a similar series preached by Rev Adam Hamilton at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Kansas.

This Sunday our focus is on Elijah, whom James calls: "A man, just like us".  The scriptures for this Sunday are

From Moses example I encouraged you to:
1 - Pay Attention.
2 - Argue with God if Necessary (Dare to say "No!" but be ready for God to argue with you.)
3 - Pray for your enemies and those who you struggle to forgive.
4 - Listen more than you speak.

I look forward to exploring the lessons we might learn from Elijah this Sunday at 8, 930 and 11am.

Condolences

I'm very sorry to share the sad news that Arthur Stolke passed away on Wednesday morning. Arthur and Anne were at Groote Schuur on other business when Arthur started to feel poorly. Dr's and nurses did all that they could to help him - but weren't able save him.

A memorial service for Arthur will take place this Monday at 11am.

As many of you know Arthur and Anne were among the founder members of the Table View Society. Please continue to lift Anne up in your prayers.

As we remember Arthur we give thanks for the hope that we have in Jesus - this week the evangelist Billy Graham also passed away and I love his words:

Someday you will read or hear that Billy Graham is dead. don't you believe a word of it. I shall be more alive than I am now. I will just have changed my address. I will have gone into the presence of God.

Dedications and Inductions

On Saturday 24 February at 2pm the Cape West Coast Circuit at will celebrate the dedication of the Witteklip Church Building in Vredenberg. Rev Michel Hansrod (our district bishop will lead the dedication). Please keep the Witteklip Society in your prayers as we give thanks for the gracious ways in which God has provided for us. As the church is dedicated we remember Mr Gilbert Perez who played an instrumental role in helping the Witteklip Society with their building project.

The dedication starts at 2pm and the Witteklip Church Building is on the corner of Saartjie Baartman and Kootjies Kloof Streets in Witteklip.
The induction of our two new circuit ministers - Revs Kganyape and Masoabi will take place at the Witteklip Society on Sunday 25 February at 10am.  Please keep them in your prayers as they commit themselves to ministry in the Cape West Coast Circuit; and we join with their congregations in pledging our support for their ministry.

Mission Theme - Welcome

One of the words that Jesus offers his disciples - in a parable of the judgment of the nations - Jesus announces to those who are 'sheep', who have shown themselves to belong to his Kingdom:

I was a stranger and you welcomed me in.
- Matthew 25:34

The following people have volunteered to 'champion' our welcome ministry at Table View Methodist:  8am - Bronwyn Courie; 930am - Tony Demmer; 11am - Gilbert Khoza.  Each of these ministry leaders will need a team of:

Door Stewards: Greet people at the door and help them to find their way (especially if they're visiting for the first time.)
Data Capturers:  People who will make sure we get the details of those who visit and want to keep in touch with Table View Methodist Church.
Callers:  Once people have shared their details with us we would like someone in the congregation to give them a call, let them know that they are welcome, and find out if they have any pastoral needs.

I could rephrase Jesus' words from Matthew 25:34 - 

I was a stranger and you welcomed me.
(I didn't belong.  And you let me know that I belong.)
- Matthew 25:34

If you're a regular at Table View Methodist, even if you're relatively new here, then you are a part of the team tasked with helping others to know that they are welcome and beloved.

You have no idea what difference your kindness might make.

God bless,
Rev Angus Kelly