Pastoral Letter - Synod 2015

Hi Table View Methodist,
I'm on my way to Synod in Stellenbosch tomorrow. Synod comes from syn which means 'together' and odos which means 'way'.  At synod representatives from Methodist Churches throughout the Western Cape gather to work out our 'way' 'together' or 'synod.'  Finding the way together is not always easy - but (by the grace of God) we've managed to keep going here in the Cape since 1829.
Part of the synod celebration is an exchange of pulpits.  This Sunday I will be preaching and worshiping at the Methodist Church in Bishop Lavis and Rev Ross Southern who looks after Tokai and Muizenberg Methodist Churches will be preaching and worshiping with you.  This exchange is a reminder of the fact that we are in partnership for the sake of the Kingdom of God with brothers and sisters in diverse situations and neighbourhoods.  I'll be sure to pass your love on to the people of Bishop Lavis; I pray that we will feel a strong sense of unity and partnership this coming Sunday.
Beyond finding our way together Synod is how we keep accountable to one another; the synod will ask me if I "Believe and preach our doctrine."  And if I "Observe and enforce our discipline."  Last week I spoke about the danger of 'blaspheming the Holy Spirit' - Synod is one of the ways in which we ask each other if we have been responsible in our preaching and our behaviour.
At synod we also make proposals about the doctrine and discipline of the Methodist Church which are taken to our annual conference of delegates from each synod.  Conference then makes the final decision on what changes are accepted / rejected / what resolutions we uphold.  We also form a part of the discernment process for candidates for ordination into ministry.  Please uphold us in prayer this week as we seek to discern God's will for our church in all of these matters.
Fellowship Sunday 7 June 4-6pm
Sunday 7 June is a communion Sunday.  In order to increase friendship and fellowship in our congregation I would like to encourage you to come and share a picnic tea / supper from 4-6pm.  Bring board games, snacks and soccer balls and spend some time being a church family.  We'll open the youth room for those who would like to play pool / table tennis.  All are welcome!
Tired Mom's Bible Study
Maybe we should think of a more 'positive' name for this.  But I've met a few moms who might identify. 

Moms are invited to come and join this Bible Study starting on Thursday the 4th of June meeting at the church from 7:30-8:30.  Heather (my wife) will facilitate, she writes:
  
For any moms who feel like they need an hours peace during the week or seldom get a chance to hear anything in church or any mom needing support, this is for you!

We will be starting an eleven week Bible study called "Walking with God in the Season of Motherhood" by Melissa B. Kruger. The book is on special at the moment at Cum Books in Canal Walk for R150 but you don't have to purchase the book to join (although it has daily devotions for you during the week). If you are unable to leave kids at home they are welcome to play with the toys while we have fellowship.

If you are keen, please contact the church office for more information.


Last Sunday's Sermon
If you can access dropbox please click here to download a copy of my notes from last Sunday's sermon.  To me sermons are meant to be momentary - a proposal rather than a statement; I don't really like putting them in writing.  I hope the sermon helps.
Finance
Please have a look at our income / expense statements for the year so far.  We are not taking in enough money to make ends meet; I know you are giving generously and I want you to know that we are spending conservatively.  You can view the income statement generated by FNB instant accounting here.  Please chat to Vivienne, Charmaine or Basi if you want more information about our finances.



JanuaryFebruaryMarchAprilMay
Income403,47372,79972,97291,15688,33278,214
Expense-457,828-85,878-91,597-99,551-92,905-87,897

-54,355-13,079-18,625-8,395-4,573-9,683
God bless,
Rev Angus Kelly