Pastoral Letter 19 Feb 2015

Hi Table View Methodist Family,
This Sunday marks the first Sunday in Lent.  Lent is a time of preparation for Good Friday and Easter - often people choose to fast in some way or another - or they choose to take up something new.  If you haven't already done it, why not sign up to receive Read Think Pray every weekday morning at 6am (click here) or 5am (click here).  That way you can start your day by reading one of the scriptures that inspired our worship on the previous Sunday.
Our scriptures for this coming Sunday are Genesis 9:8-17, Psalm 25:1-10; 1 Peter 3:18-22 and Mark 1:9-15.  The Genesis scripture reminds us of God's covenant with Noah; the rainbow is a reminder of God's commitment to never again send a flood to destroy the earth (Gen 9:11).  The story of Noah is a story of hope - although the world was full of evil and God regretted what he had created (Chapter 6:7); but Noah walked with God - and God remembered Noah and saved humanity; giving Noah and his family a fresh start.  And God promised (with the rainbow) never again to give up on humanity.
Lent is a time of hopeful repentance - repentance is not about beating yourself up.  It is about turning away from the negative of evil and brokenness - and towards the positive - of the coming of God's Kingdom.  I pray that this lent time would be a time of positive repentance as we turn again to Jesus and pray that his Kingdom would come in our hearts - and in our land.
Some sad news is that one of our members, Lee Eades passed away on Monday afternoon.  She had a severe stroke on Saturday.  Lee is survived by her children Cami and Sascha (both were confirmed here at Table View Methodist during Vic Smith's time); Lee was only 59 so her passing is a shock to her family.  Please keep them all in your prayers; the funeral will take place at Table View Methodist Church today (19 Feb) at 3pm.  Lee was an estate agent at Leapfrog Table View.

ELECTION OF SOCIETY STEWARDS
 
Thank you for nominating stewards to lead our congregation.  Here are the nominations (some have withdrawn):
8am - Rodney Rhoda, Andrea Byleveld and Vivian Cameron (Two needed)
930am - Karin Franklin, Jacques Kellerman and Tamra Diedericks (Two needed)
11am - Philasande Macwili, Busisiwe Zigqola, Mbulelo Bikwani, Nonthuthuzelo Thomas (Three needed)
Stewards that continue to serve are:
Joe Taljaard (8am), Charmaine DuToit (930am), and Peter Soule (6pm / Youth).

This would bring our total count up to ten which is the maximum amount of Stewards that our Book of Order allows.  Robert Herbst is travelling in Europe this year and so we'll give him a sabbatical.

Please pray for these people as we help them to discern God's call on their lives to help lead his church.
GNATTERING KNITTERS
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Every Friday morning a group of ladies get together from about 10-12pm to Knit and Chat.  Above is a picture of them visiting the Tygerberg Hospital children's ward on Christmas day to give children knitted toys.  At the moment they are making up gift packs for residents of Huis Zonnekus and they are looking for: Soap, Toothpaste, Washcloths, and Body Cream.  Their target date is Mother's Day, if you can't knit I'm sure they'll still enjoy your company.

BARTER TEA:
One of our members, Kristel Havenga is passionate about helping animals and she is organizing a 'barter tea' on 21 March from 11am till 1pm.  As far as I understand, you bring something to help an animal (food, collars, leashes, muzzles etc.)  And in exchange you might get some tea and cake. Inline images 1

God bless,
See you on Sunday at 8, 930 or 11am.
Gus