Pastoral Note - 12 November 2015

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."
- Hebrews 10:24-25
Are we a community that helps people to hear the good news about Jesus?  Do we 'provoke one another to love and good deeds'?
I get the feeling churches are meant to be provocative communities - calling each other to be more helpful; and helping one another to good and be loving.
I look forward to worshiping with you at 8am, 930am and 11am this Sunday.
Annual Society Meeting
The annual society meeting is a chance for the society to engage with what we have achieved over the past year and begin planning, dreaming, listening for what we are called to do in the future.  Every member is welcome to be a part of the Annual Society Meeting.
How do you know if you are a member?
Do you want to be more like Jesus?
Do you need all the help you can get?
Will you be all the help you can be?
Are you committed to partnering with this community through the good times and the bad times?
Then I think you can count yourself a member; please chat to me if you would like to make it official (angus@tvmethodist.co.za).
Budget for 2016
The finance committee consisting of our treasurer Charmaine DuToit, and representatives from the 8am and 11am services, Vivienne Cameron and Basi May met to discuss our report for 2015 and our budget for 2016.  We think we will need about 6.5% more money next year to meet our minimum requirements.
There are things that we would love to be able to do if we had more money.  Advertise, build a bigger kitchen, buy / build / save up for a manse, employ a second minister (to help the society and the circuit), various pressing maintenance projects...  These things need to be prioritized.
Basic monthly priority budgets for 2015 and 2016:


20152016

91,880.0097,333.00
1 Circuit Assessment45,800.0046,900.00
2 Staff & Salaries26,700.0029,583.00
3 Housing Allowance11,280.0012,150.00
4 Water and Refuse2,300.001,800.00
5 Electricity1,600.001,900.00
6 Other Expenses4,200.005,000.00

Break down of 2016 essential expenses:

1 - Circuit Assessment: R46,900
2 - Staff Salaries, SARS, UIF and Bonus Allowance etc. R28,4003 - Minister's Housing & Cell Phone Allowance R12,1504 - Water and Refuse Expenses R1,8005 - Electricity R1,9006 - Other necessary running expenses about R5,000
If we had extra money we could dream of doing some of these things:

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

It is up to us to pray about these things, to think and listen to each other and the Holy Spirit and work out together what is best for the Kingdom of God.
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.
Alpha Tonight

At the Alpha Course tonight (12 November) we will discuss 'How Can I Resist Evil?'  Two more sessions to go after that.
Prayer Points

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.
Memorial Garden
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."
God bless,
I look forward to seeing you on Sunday.
Gus