Pastoral Letter 12 March 2015

Hi Table View Methodists,

As I write to you I pray that you would be a blessing to the world around you; wherever you are, as God uses you to share his good news with the world.  You have no idea what a difference you might make in someone's world today - by simply being the loving, caring, Christ filled person you're meant to be.

I also know that most of us will not have been as good an influence as we had hoped we would be this week.

Whatever happened this week - I know God wants to strengthen you for another week.  I pray that when you join us for worship you will receive grace and power from God, given through the Holy Spirit as we worship together, as we pray and listen to God's word explained; as we ask the Holy Spirit to help us.  I hope it will be just the encouragement you need to keep on living as God has called you to live.

I believe that God wants you to join us at 8, 930 or 11am this Sunday.  And I'm looking forward to seeing you.

Our scriptures for this Sunday are Numbers 21:4-9; Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22; Ephesians 2:1-10; and John 3:14-21.

Don't read Numbers if you're scared of snakes :)

Outdoor Chapel and Cross

I'm looking for two nice thick solid pieces of rugged wood that we can use to erect a life size cross in the field adjacent to the church.  I want to create an outdoor chapel (maybe later we can get some stones or logs for people to sit on). The idea would be to create a space where people walking past the church would be able to take some time to reflect and pray.

And I think that standing out on our sandy field in the heat of the sun might give us an idea of what it was like to stand next to the cross on Good Friday.

A life size cross would be made of a cross beam about 6 feet long; and the upright pole would be about 9 feet from the ground.

I welcome your feedback!

(We own the field adjacent to the church and hope to use it some time in the future to expand our sanctuary; but in the mean time I would like us to use it a bit more.)

Holy Week 31 March - 5 April
Holy week is a time of preparation for Good Friday and Easter Sunday; from Monday to Wednesday we will hold services of prayer and meditation at 10am and 7pm.  I've asked Mbulelo, John and Iain (our local preachers) each to lead us in reflections the trinity revealed to us through the cross.

What does the cross teach us about the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ (31 March), the Love of God (1 April), and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit (2 April)?

On Thursday 3 April we will hold a Tennebrae Service from 730pm; at the Tennebrae we read an account of the last night of Jesus life and extinguish seven candles; leaving the church in darkness and silence.

Next week I will confirm the times of our Good Friday and Easter Sunday services.

Finances
We had a finance committee meeting last night - ideally it will be the finance committee who report to you on the financial situation etc. for Table View Methodist.  Here is a link to our latest income / expenditure statement produced by our software - click here.  Our income for the month so far is about R39,000; we need about R100,000 per month to cover our expenses.

In the months of January and February we took in R71,000 and R75,979 so we've got some catching up to do.

Thank you very much for supporting your church here in this place.

God bless,
Rev Angus Kelly
(Table View Methodist)