Pastoral Letter - 2015-08-27

Hi Table View Methodist Family,
On Tuesday afternoon I joined a group of NGOs in their march to parliament demanding that government respond to the Khayelitsha commission of enquiry.  A year after the enquiry exposed deficiencies in policing in Khayelitsha it seems that nothing has been done.  I went in order to pray and to listen.  I probably would not have gone if I had not been reading James' letter in preparation for preaching over the next 6 weeks.
The Letter of James (30 August - 27 September)
Spiritual maturity, moving your faith from your head, to your heart, to your hands.
As I read through James and various commentaries and articles about the background to the letter I've tried to imagine what James would say to our church if we invited him to visit.  How would he encourage us?  How would he challenge us?  How would he challenge me?  Why don't you read the letter and ask yourself the same questions.
This Sunday I'll invite 'James' to tell us a bit about himself and how that will help us to understand his letter.

Alpha Course - 3 September
If you've done Alpha before and you'll be joining us from 3 September please come and join us for a training session this evening from 7pm.  Please pray for all of us going on Alpha - that we would grow in faith and understanding and that we'd increase fellowship in our church.
Its not too late to sign up - so please let us know if you'd like to come by registering via our website - or filling in the forms on Sunday.

Junior and Senior Youth 530-7 and 730-930
Last week the junior youth learned about the armor of God - and had a lot of fun playing various games.  Bring your kids, invite your friends to bring theirs - and support all of our youth leaders in your prayers.

Communion Stewards & Love Fund (Input and Ideas)
On Communion Sundays we take up an offering to help the poor / struggling in our community.  The stewards of the poor fund decide how that money should be spent; they also make arrangements for communion and assist the minister in offering pastoral care to the congregation.
This is a vital ministry - James 1:27 reminds us that 'Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress...'
The nominated communion stewards will meet on 8 September from 7-830 to begin forming some guidelines and procedures that should govern our use of this fund.  Perhaps we should pack grocery boxes?  How do we help most effectively when people go through times of financial distress?
If you have any ideas please mail them to admin@tvmethodist.co.za

Voluntary Help Wanted (Pray about it...)
People to count money after the service.
Musicians and trainee Musicians to join the worship team.
Singers for 11am service choir.
Help clean the church in December (caretaker on leave).
Be available to pray for people after Sunday services.
Help with admin tasks from time to time (Name tags, envelope stuffing etc.)
Operate the sound desk and slide show on Sundays.
General maintenance of our church buildings and gardens.
Welcome people at the door on Sundays.
Make contact with visitors who are interested in joining our church.

Anything else you think we need help with?
Food Fair Fun(d) Raiser
Please sign up to help at the food fair on 26 September; get to know the congregation, help us have fun and raise some funds.  Invite your friends and family.
Cape Welsh Choir
Don't forget the Cape Welsh Choir concert on 9 October.
God bless,
Rev Angus Kelly