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Pastoral Letter 20 August 2015

Hi Table View Methodist Family,

New Members & Visitors 30 August

If you're new(ish) to Table View Methodist then please join us for coffee on Sunday 30 August from 4-530pm.  We will talk about what it means to be a Member of the Church, get to know some of the leaders and the minister and invite you to belong.  Children are welcome.

In 1 Kings 8 Solomon dedicates the temple in Jerusalem; he prays to God: "Even heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain you, much less this house that I have built..." (Verse 27)  Acknowledging that God can not be contained in a building - he asks that the building would be a real symbol of God's presence to the world.  Our church building - and our people are a symbol of God's presence in the world.  

Our youth pastor Iain testifies to a miracle that took place when he prayed for a young man who popped in to the office for prayer:

A few months ago a guy came to the church office looking for prayer. He was living on the street, and was struggling with substance abuse. I prayed for him, and he asked to become a disciple of Jesus...

I went to the TLC Outreach Projects office today to drop off 25 gift bags that the youth at Live Out Loud had made as a Women's Day outreach for a breakfast that is being held for the SAPS ladies tomorrow.  I saw the same guy who came to church all those months ago.

...he told me how he had been in the TLC program for three months now, and was completely clean. What is more, he had moved from living on the street to living in an informal settlement with a group of other people, who could hold each other accountable. 

I am so encouraged. Thank God for answered prayers, and for people who live out His will in the world.

I pray that as much as our building represents God's presence to people passing by, you as a Christian would be a sure sign of God's presence in the world where you are.  I pray that you would know the difference you make because of Christ in you.

This Sunday

At the 8 and 930am services I will be preaching on Ephesians 6:10-20 - The Armor of God.  At the 930 service we share the privilege of baptizing Harper; she is nearly 1 year old.

Parents of baptized children commit to care for them in body, mind and spirit, to ensuring that they are raised in the faith and life of the Christian community, and to setting before them a Christian example that they would learn the way of Christ.  

We the church commit to maintaining a life of worship and service that would help them to do what they have committed to do.  Pray for them and for our church as we commit ourselves to the work of raising disciples.

We will be baptizing again on 6 September; Harper is just slipping in early because her family has come from far away to be with her at her Baptism.

Alpha Course

The Alpha Course will begin on Thursday 3 September; we have about 50 people signed up so far - please continue to sign up this Sunday.  Can I ask that those who have done Alpha before and will be joining us on this Alpha Course meet together on Thursday from 27 August from 7-9 for prayer and some preparation.

International Food Fair 26 September 1-4pm

Fun(d) raisers are not all about raising funds.  They are about working together as a team, having some fun - and helping our church.  Sign up to help at one of the tables; get to know new people in our church community - and invite friends to support us on 26 September.

March for Fair Policing

In places like Khayelitsha there is 1 police officer for every 1043 people; in more affluent areas - with less crime as few as 178 people per police officer.  As members of God's family we have brothers and sisters in Khayelitsha.  They invite us to join them in a march for safety, equality and justice.  If you can't join - please pray.

​Psalm 82:3-4 "Defend the rights of the poor and the orphans; be fair to the needy and the helpless. Rescue them from the power of the wicked."

God bless,