Pastoral Letter 2015-03-05

Hi Table View Methodist Family,

I'm looking forward to worshiping with you this Sunday at 8, 930 and 11am.  The scripture readings for this week are Psalm 19, Exodus 20:1-17, 1 Corinthians 1:18-25 and John 2:13-22.  Psalm 19 ends with the words:

"No one can see his own errors; 
deliver me, Lord, from hidden faults! 

Keep me safe, also, from wilful sins; 
don’t let them rule over me. 
Then I shall be perfect and free from the evil of sin. 
 May my words and my thoughts be acceptable to you, O Lord, my refuge and my redeemer!

- Psalm 19:12-14
The Psalmist reflects on the perfect and wise instruction of God - asking God to deliver him from 'hidden faults!'  The law of God holds a mirror up to us and exposes our weaknesses and faults.  God doesn't do this to us to punish us - but rather to set us free.  We stress that God loves us and forgives us before we respond to that love.  He gives us his law, his Son, his Holy Spirit to help us to live in his love. 
I look forward to reflecting on this with you on Sunday.
Society Stewards
On Monday night we had an induction meeting with our new society stewards and have asked them to head up some of the portfolios of work that we need to get done as a church.  There will be one society steward to represent each portfolio at each of the 3 morning services


8am
930am
11am
1 - Spiritual Formation (Discipleship)
Rodney
Jacques
Basi
2 - Mission and Extension
Joe
Charmaine
Philasande
3 - Youth
Vivienne
Pete
Busi
4 - Justice and Service
Rodney
Karin
Basi
5 - Property
Joe
Karin
Philasande
6 - Finance
Vivienne
Charmaine
Basi
Society Staff / HR
Andrea
Jacques
Busi

I've also asked them to begin reading an excellent book on leadership by Rev Adam Hamilton entitled Leading Beyond the Walls, available on kindle and at www.loot.co.za.  It is a very practical guide to Developing a Church with a Heart for the Unchurched.
Please keep our leadership in your prayers as our church moves forward.
Memorial Garden

Joe Taljaard and Karin Franklin (among others) have been hard at work establishing our new memorial garden.  With the donations that we have received we have been able to erect our fence (the Sunday School loves being able to play outside), erected a jungle gym and we have started to put up plaques.



Thank you for the hard work, the fund raising, and the donations!
I hope that we will be able to dedicate our memorial garden on the Easter Weekend.

Sad News
I'm sad to let you know that Uncle Tom Adams passed away last night; Tom was 94 and passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family. I will email next week to let you know the time of his memorial service.  We give thanks to God for the gift of people like Tom to our church.


Car Park Security

​ A couple of weeks ago someone thought a radio was stolen from their car; Harrod who diligently watches over our cars while we are at church was quite devastated.  But the radio turned up and it was all a misunderstanding.  Please remember to thank Harrod when you come to church on Sundays.

God bless,
Gus


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Rev Angus Kelly
Tableview Methodist