Hi Table View Methodist Family,This Sunday we continue talking about our purpose statement: "We want to be more like Jesus, we need all the help we can get, we want to be all the help we can be."
The scriptures set for this Sunday Mark 13:1-8 and Hebrews 10:11-25 might help us to understand what it means to be helpful. In Mark Jesus warns about the coming destruction of the temple - a symbol of social, economic, political turmoil; Christians are counseled to hold firmly on to the faith and the gospel of Jesus. Telling the good news. Hebrews 10 ends with:
"And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching."
Basic monthly priority budgets for 2015 and 2016:
|1 Circuit Assessment||45,800.00||46,900.00|
|2 Staff & Salaries||26,700.00||29,583.00|
|3 Housing Allowance||11,280.00||12,150.00|
|4 Water and Refuse||2,300.00||1,800.00|
|6 Other Expenses||4,200.00||5,000.00|
Break down of 2016 essential expenses:
1 - Circuit Assessment: R46,900
Per month - things to consider and prioritize...
R10,000 - Save to build / buy a manse
R55,000 - Employ a second minister (preferably Xhosa speaking)
R1,200 - Insulate ceiling above Office and Sunday School (R14,000)
R5,000 - Maintain Roof R60,000
R1,000 - Advertise our church on social media etc.
R5,000 - Improve Kitchen R60,000
R4,500 - Purchase chairs R54,000
R10,000 - Air conditioning R120,000
On Tuesday night I went out to Paarl to chair the Manyano Center Board Meeting - the Manyano Centre is in its 30th year; if you've ever been there it is a retreat centre with room for about 400 visitors. Established by a church with about 40 members. A testimony to what people can do when they partner with God to realize Kingdom dreams.
At the Alpha Course tonight (12 November) we will discuss 'How Can I Resist Evil?' Two more sessions to go after that.
Please remember to pray for rain! And the economy of our country. Pray for students who are writing exams; especially for those who distressed and threatened by some of the fees must fall protesters.
I'm glad to report that some of our members have been hard at work putting up a pergola over our memorial garden. Thank you for the fund raising and the effort!
Eventually we will grow a vine over the pergola to shade the memorial garden as a reminder of our hope in Revelation 7:16 "The sun will not beat upon them, nor any scorching heat."
I look forward to seeing you on Sunday.Gus