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Joy and Celebration - 8 December 2016

Hi Table View Methodist Family,
I'm on leave at the moment - but I can't help sharing some good news with you.

This Sunday we explore the Advent Virtue of 'Joy' - What is it?  Where / how do I get it?  and How can I gift it?
Mr Mbulelo Bikwani will preach at 8am, Ryan Fernandez at 930am and Mr Malibongwe Vazi will preach at 11am.
Celebration
Last night Heather and I were greatly privileged to celebrate 'Ma' Johannah Keikelame's graduation from Stellenbosch University.  Dr Keikelame graduated with a PhD in Psychology. 


At the celebration last night we heard from Dr Johannah's family about how she and her sister traveled to school by donkey cart in the rural North West during the 50's and 60's.  How she qualified as an educator and then as a nurse. 
But her hunger for knowledge brought her back to university in the '90s.  At the age of 50, a working mother, Dr Keikelame redid her Matric and then went on to study Psychology, graduating with honours and progressing to Honours, Masters and now completing her PhD studies!  Students at UCT medical school have celebrated her part in teaching Community Medicine to forth years - and many of us see 'Ma' J - as a special 'mother figure' to all of us at church.
1 Corinthians 12:26 reminds us that '...if one member is honoured, all rejoice together with it.'  And so Dr Keikelame - we all rejoice with you.  And we thank God for the privilege of being a part of the body of Christ with you here in this place.  We look forward to supporting you and praying with you as you continue to follow God's call on your life.
Dr Keikelame's research focused on the experience of Epilepsy and its Psychological and Social impact on people especially in marginalized rural and township communities.  She advocates for the proper education, support and empowerment of people with Psychiatric conditions.
Dr Keikelame is also the chair of our Woman's Manyano at Table View Methodist Church.

Chaotic Carol Jam 17 December from 6pm to 8pm
On 17 December we will gather in the church garden or the church sanctuary (depending on the weather) for a picnic and carols and reading of lessons from the Christmas story.  Bring your instruments and dress as your favorite nativity characters - sheep, lions (we had several in our Christmas play), angels, shepherds, donkeys, Josephs, Marys, Wise Men - or just yourself.  Carol singing will start at about 7pm.

God Bless,
Gus
 
PS - I'm on leave until 16 December, please contact the church office between 9 and 1pm if you have any needs.

Christmas Fete this Saturday 10am- 2pm

Hi Table View Methodist,
Don't forget our Christmas Fete on Saturday!!!!

​Also - we will continue with our sermon series on the Advent Virtues.
Hope, Love, Joy and Peace.

As you journey through advent set up a wreath and speak with your family and friends about these virtues; What are they?  Where can you get them?  and How can you gift them?

New Year's Day
On New Year's Day we will have one service at 930am.  It will be a songs of praise service - with communion; a great way to start the year.  Please send me your song requests and we'll see how we can incorporate them into the service.
God bless,
Gus

Pastoral Note - 11 November 2016

Hi Table View Methodist Family,
I'll be with you this Sunday at 8 and 930, Mzimkhulu Seroto will lead the service at 11am.  I'll be talking about the book of Revelation this Sunday as we come to end of The Story.
Don't forget the Men's Conference 26 November, the Craft Market on 3 December and our Annual Society Meeting on 19 November at 8am.
Please keep myself and our local preachers in your prayers as we head up to Vredenberg for our last Local Preacher's Quarterly Meeting of the year on Saturyda - Pray for the 83 local preachers that serve our circuit, preaching the Word of God in diverse places every Sunday.

In other news:

What and interesting world we live in - Donald Trump is America's President Elect.  Nobody is really sure what this means because although he has said a lot of things - he doesn't seem to have much solid policy - or policy experience.  From what we do know, via the media is that he has pandered towards populist prejudice and his slogan 'Make America Great Again' has often been re-interpreted 'Make America Hate Again'.
In our own country politicians continue to seek to polarize people in order to achieve their ambitions.  I've been praying Psalm 146:3-7 -

    3      Do not put your trust in princes,
    in mortals, in whom there is no help.
    4      When their breath departs, they return to the earth;
    on that very day their plans perish.

    5      Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob,
    whose hope is in the LORD their God,
    6      who made heaven and earth,
    the sea, and all that is in them;
    who keeps faith forever;
    7      who executes justice for the oppressed;
    who gives food to the hungry.
- Psalm 146:3-7
We put too much faith in princes and mortals when we believe that they are A - The solution to all of our problems or B - The cause of all our problems.  God alone can save us.  No matter who is in charge of the material world - each of us need to ensure that Jesus is our Lord.  We need to live his way.  He makes it easier by offering the help of the Holy Spirit who strengthens and renews us.
So - remind yourself amidst the bombardment of news, negativity and positivity - that God has anointed you to represent him here on Earth - no matter who else thinks they're in charge; you're not going to solve all the world's problems - but with God - your little bit counts.
We want to be more like Jesus, we need all the help we can get and we will be all the help we can be.
From our Presiding Bishop, Zipho Siwa:
The Methodist Church of Southern Africa joins the South African Council of Churches in expressing our shock at what appears to be calculated "intrigue" in the goings on catalogued in the "State of Capture" report.
We acknowledge that the report is preliminary and inconclusive and that the Public Protector has recommended further investigation by a Judicial Commission of Enquiry. We support this call and hope that due processes will be expedited post haste. We find it very unfortunate that as mentioned in the report, the position of the Head of State is becoming increasingly untenable.
We call on all Methodists to commit to prayer and fasting for the nation of South Africa and all creation. We ask that Church bells throughout South Africa be rung at 12 noon for 7 days from Sunday 13 November, culminating in concerted prayer on Sunday 20 November 2016. We will, at this time, also pray for President Zuma and all those implicated in the report to interrogate their consciences and do the honourable thing by voluntarily stepping down for the good of the country should they be founding wanting. We acknowledge that in the event of their resignations, this will not dig us out of the political and economic quagmire we find ourselves in today but it will send out a clear signal to a commitment to a new dawn of statesmanship and political accountability.
We further ask all our members to engage in courageous conversations as we pray and seek to discern Gods will for the country, irrespective of our narrow and partisan political persuasions.
Statement released by the office of
Bishop Ziphozihle Siwa
Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa

God bless,
Rev Angus Kelly
Minister at Table View Methodist Church

Pastoral Note 3 November 2016

Hi Table View Methodist Family,
I look forward to sharing communion and worshiping with you this Sunday at 8, 930 and 11am.
See below for:  Men's Conference 26 November & Christmas Craft Market 3 December, also a video of our church from 1993-2003.

Baptism, Confirmation and Reception into Membership
This Sunday at all of our services we will be celebrating reception into Membership.  Membership of the Methodist Church is:

...based upon a personal experience of the Lord Jesus Christ, brought about by the Spirit, ranging from the earliest signs of Divine Grace in the soul to its crowning blessedness in the joy of ‘perfect love’, and upon a sharing of such gifts of grace with others seeking or enjoying a similar experience.
All persons are welcomed into membership who sincerely desire to be saved from their sins through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and show the same in life and conduct, and who seek to have communion with Christ Himself and His people by taking up the duties and privileges of the Methodist Church.
Having turned away from evil, and turned to God, trusting in Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour and in the Holy Spirit as Helper and Guide we ask every member to make the following commitments:
Will you commit yourself to the Christian life of worship and service, and be open to the renewing power of God?
Will you seek the strength of God's Spirit as you accept the cost of following Jesus Christ in your daily life?
Will you witness, by word and deed, to the good news of God in Christ, and so bring glory to God?
Will you so maintain the Church's life of worship and service so that together we may grow in grace and in the knowledge and love of God and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord?
We respond to these questions:  With God's help I will.
So please pray for our confirmands: Michael Laughton, Ian Watson, Zukiswa Tsengiwe and Sanda Saliwa.  And reflect again on your commitment as a Christian to being a part of the body of Christ here in this place, what it means to grow in grace together and to help each other along the way.
Men's Ministry Conference
On Saturday 26 November all the men in our congregation are invited to our Men's Conference.  Please encourage each other to attend; I think this will be an important and encouraging event for all of the men at Table View Methodist.  Wives - encourage your husbands to attend.  Men, encourage your friends to come along.  Bring your sons, fathers and brothers.  We all need more of God's help.

    Stand at the crossroads, and look,
    and ask for the ancient paths,
    where the good way lies; and walk in it,
    and find rest for your souls.
       - Jeremiah 6:16
Leadership
Nomination forms for Society Stewards are available in the foyer.  We need to finalize our nominations before the Annual Society Meeting on 19 November at 8am.  Each of our 8, 930 and 11am services are invited to elect three stewards.
At each of our services we need service team leaders to co-ordinate our various ministries.  Please help our stewards to find the right team leaders... many hands make light work!
Christmas Market 3 December
I was watching a slideshow of the church's history from 1993-2003 and I came across this flier advertising a similar market on 3 December 1994!  So our Christmas Market is happening 22 years later - to the day.
Inline images 2
You can watch the video of slides from 1993-2003 here, see if you recognize anyone.  You can also watch the video on our website www.tvmethodist.co.za

God bless,
Rev Angus Kelly

Baptism and communion 2 October 2016

Hi Table View Methodist Family,
I look forward to worshiping with you at 8, 930, 11 and 630pm this Sunday.

At Baptism I ask the congregation to preach this sermon to those being baptized:
For you Jesus Christ came into the world; for you he lived and showed God's love; for you he suffered death on the Cross; for you he triumphed over death, rising to newness of life; for you he prays at God's right hand: all this for you, before you could know anything of it. In your Baptism, the word of Scripture is fulfilled: 'We love, because God first loved us.'

It is important that these words are not just words - but that they define our ministry as a congregation.  Our attitude to those whom we meet - those whom we baptize.
For each person we see we must remember: For you Jesus Christ came into the world...  If we treated people like we knew that - the world would be a better place.
We'll be baptizing and celebrating communion at 8 and 930; communion only at 11 and 630pm.
Youth Ministry
Sunday School and Youth Activities are on a break for the school holidays.  Our youth pastor, Iain Uys is heading up to George to write his candidate for ministry exam this weekend.  Keep him in your prayers.
Please bring your children to church, especially for Baptism and Communion this Sunday - I'll do my best to keep the sermon short.  Feel free to bring soft toys and colouring in (no noisy toys!).  Let them sit on the floor if they like.  Bring them to the front to witness the baptism; help them to know that Baptism means that they are also a part of God's family at Table View Methodist. 
Gideon's Bibles
On Sunday 9th Gideon's Bible distributors have asked to come and speak at our 8 and 930am services.  I've got a weekend off that Sunday - so I'll see you again on 16 October; Iain will be on duty when he returns from his exam.
Music Evening 21 October
There will be a planning meeting for the music evening on 4 October at 7pm.  Please chat to George Courie for more information.
Prayers
Members of our church work at the various universities and schools in the Western Cape.  Some of our members are students, some are police.  As we watch the news we might only see the radical edges of protests and policing; in the middle of all this are real people... the people who we baptize.  The people we sit next to in church on a Sunday; people who want to work together for the coming of God's Kingdom.
Please pray that our country and all those in power in various spheres of governance would work diligently and justly to find workable solutions.
Pray that we wouldn't only see the extreme edges - but that we'd learn to see beyond the hype in the media to the real problems at the heart of conflict in our land.  God can work through us to make a huge difference in the situation in our land.
God bless,
Rev Angus Kelly

Pastoral Note - The Teaching of Jesus

Hi Table View Methodist Family,
 
I look forward to worshiping with you at 8am, 930am, 11am and 630pm this coming Sunday.  Everyone is always welcome.  Our 930am service and 11am African Language + English service both have Sunday School.

Our society's vision / mission statement is:
 
We want to be more like Jesus, we need all the help we can get.
 
This Sunday I want to talk about the teachings of Jesus - and I've got about 20 minutes to do it; so I won't be able to cover everything he said.  I'll look at the Beatitudes of Matthew 5-7 and I invite you to read through them before Sunday.
 
Do we take Jesus advice?  Do we really want to be more like Jesus?  Is it even possible?
 
The good news is that the help we need is offered to us through the Holy Spirit, through the scriptures and through the community that surrounds us and helps us to be the people we were created to be.

If you want to catch up on recent sermons go to this website:
http://tableviewmethodist.blogspot.co.za/p/sermons.html
 
Baptism, Confirmation and Reception in to Membership
 
On the first Sunday in October we will be baptizing and on the first Sunday in November we will be confirming and receiving into membership those who are committed to the journey of discipleship with us.
 
Whether you are a member or a visitor I believe that we as a church should treat everyone as equal.  The decision to be a member of a church is about committing yourself to its ministry and mission.
 
Feel free to chat to me about what this means.
 
Fun(d) Raising Events

In order to meet our budgets we need to put on a few fund raising events. 

24 September - International Food Fair  No need to wash up or cook on that day - just come to church and sample some of our offerings.
 
21 October - Musical Evening (R40 including Boerie Roll)
 
3 December - Christmas Craft Fair
 
Serenity Prayer Series - January to February 2017

I'm planning a sermon series on The Serenity Prayer for next year.  Hopefully we'll get some fridge magnets made etc and hand them out at our Christmas and Advent services inviting all our visitors to join us for the series.
 
Think about how you can support this initiative.

Maybe you can form a small group with some friends to meet during this series to support and pray for each other inviting others to join?

How can we teach our children in Sunday School about accepting what can not be changed, changing what can, living one moment at a time, coping with hardships, surrendering to God and finding true joy?
 
Maybe you have a testimony to share with us about acceptance, change, joy in adversity, serenity and hope?
 
Alpha Course 2017
 
More planning ahead - I would like us to offer the Alpha Course starting 16 February 2017; it will be on Thursday Nights from 7pm.  The course will run until 11 May with breaks over the Easter Holidays etc.  I would like to encourage all Bible Study Groups especially to get involved in supporting, facilitating and leading the Alpha Course.
 
God bless,
Rev Angus Kelly

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Rev Angus Kelly
Tableview Methodist

BAPTISM, CONFIRMATION, MEMBERSHIP

BAPTISM, CONFIRMATION, MEMBERSHIP
 
Next Baptism Service:  2 October, 8am, 930am and 11am
Next Confirmation Service: 6 November, 8am, 930am and 11am
 
How do I become a member of the Methodist Church?
 
What is Membership?
A member of a church is someone who is in 'fellowship' with that church.  Membership is partnership.  The Greek word in the New Testament is koinonia; it implies partnership and an intention to work together to achieve a goal.
  Our goal is discipleship; we work together to become and to make disciples.  We do this in response to Jesus' great commission in Matthew 28:19-20 -

"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” - Matthew 28:19-20
  A disciple is a student.  We are students of Jesus.  We want to learn to be more like him in heart, mind and soul.  In the earliest life of the church Christianity was simply called: 'The Way'  Our way, is the Jesus way.
  But following Jesus is not just about learning - it is about relationship.
  When we come to believe that Jesus is Lord (The Son of God) and we invite the Holy Spirit to come and live in our hearts we begin to realize that we are God's children.  Paul describes the characteristics of the children of God in Galatians 5 when he describes the fruit of the Holy Spirit:
  '...love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control....' - Galatians 5:22-23
  Our Methodist Rule book, The Book of Order describes the conditions of membership as follows:
  "Membership... is based upon a personal experience of the Lord Jesus Christ, brought about by the Spirit, ranging from the earliest signs of Divine Grace in the soul to its crowning blessedness in the joy of 'perfect love.'" - Book of Order 3.1
 
It is hard to describe what the earliest signs of Divine Grace in the soul are - but I think that means the slightest twinkle of God's love reaching the heart of a person and a gentle resolve to follow Jesus more closely.  Our relationship with Jesus grows from our noticing him in the distance - to the point where we are his most intimate disciples.
 
Membership of the church is there to help us on that journey from the beginning of discipleship - calling out to Jesus - to the point where we follow him most closely and call others to join us.
 
Is there a difference between attending a church and joining a church?
 
Before you become a Christian it is OK to 'attend' church.  But once you become a Christian you should 'join' a church.  The New Testament encourages us to "bear one another's burdens" (Galatians 6:2); Acts describes the earliest Christians as being 'devoted to fellowship' (Acts 2:42).
 
As long as you simply 'attend' church you are not taking full responsibility for your part in the community.  And you are not following the example of the earliest Christ followers who were devoted to the fellowship - they played their part in the partnership.
 
JOINING THE CHURCH
Baptism, Confirmation and Reception into Membership

BAPTISM
 
In Acts 2 when people came to believe in Jesus they asked Peter:  "What should we do?"  his response was:  "Repent and be baptized every one of you... and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit." (Acts 2:38)
 
The Methodist Church baptizes both children and adults; but if you have been baptized as a child we may not baptize you a second time.  Baptism is a sign of God's grace given for you - the washing away of your sins - the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.  We encourage parents to bring their children for baptism and when they bring their children for baptism to commit to raising those children in the faith.
 
If you have already been baptized but not been confirmed we invite you to be confirmed.
 
CONFIRMATION (AND ADULT BAPTISM)
 
In the case of those able to answer for themselves, or come for baptism of their own volition we encourage them to be confirmed at the same time.  Confirmation is a public declaration of your faith in the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  It is also a sign of your desire to receive the Holy Spirit.
In the confirmation service we ask you:

"Do you turn away from evil and all that denies God?"
and
"Do you turn to God, trusting in Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, and in the Holy Spirit as Helper and Guide?"
Your answer to these questions should be: "By the grace of God I do."
 
We then ask you to affirm your faith in the Father, Son and Holy Spirit as described in the Apostle's Creed.
 
Having affirmed your faith you are invited to kneel and the minister lays his or her hand on your head and prays that you would be filled with the Holy Spirit and strengthened for discipleship.
 
RECEPTION INTO MEMBERSHIP
 
If you have already been baptised and confirmed then there is no need to be baptised or confirmed again.  But we do ask those who would like to commit to fellowship in the Methodist Church:
 
Will you commit yourself to the Christian life of worship and service, and be open to the renewing power of God?
 
Will you seek the strength of God's Spirit as you accept the cost of following Jesus Christ in your daily life?
 
Will you witness, by word and deed, to the good news of God in Christ, and so bring glory to God?
 
In return we ask the church community to commit to you:
 
Will you so maintain the Church's life of worship and service that these brothers and sisters may grow in grace and in the knowledge and love of God and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord?
 
WHAT NEXT?
 
If you would like to be baptised,
if you would like to have your children baptised,
if you would like to be confirmed,
if you would like to be received as a member,
then be sure to speak to me, or contact our church office between 9 and 1pm so that we can arrange the necessary preparation.
 
Next Baptism Service:  2 October, 8am, 930am and 11am
Next Confirmation Service: 6 November, 8am, 930am and 11am
 
Also: If you want to baptize your baby but the baptism robe is going to be too small if we don't do it soon enough.  Or if your friends and family are coming from far away and they'll be here on a specific weekend - then please speak to me so we can see if we can make a special arrangement for baptism at one of our other Sunday services.
 
God bless,
Rev Angus Kelly
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Rev Angus Kelly
Tableview Methodist

Evening Service - Every Sunday Except the Last Sunday of the Month

Hi Table View Methodist Family,
This Sunday there will be communion at 8, 930, 11 and 630pm!!!

First of all I'd like to thank you for praying for and providing for our youth's visit to Marsh Memorial Home last Sunday.  The Youth and the Staff from Marsh said it was wonderful.  So we'll be sending our team through on the last Sunday of every month.
Evening Service, This Sunday, 630pm
We'll be starting our evening service up again.  Every Sunday except the last Sunday of the month.
The evening service will be a bit different.  We're calling it 'Unplugged'.
Unplugged means simple: 
No dress code (even for the minister).
Come in your bowling gear, beach gear... pajamas might be crossing a line, but you're welcome to wear slippers.

Sometimes there won't be a sermon.  Just a Bible reading and some quiet time to pray about it.

The instruments and music will be 'unplugged' (all acoustic.)

We're going to use songbooks - members of the service are welcome to choose the songs from our songbook as we go.

Sometimes we'll meet outside in the garden if the weather is nice.

The service will probably be about 45 minutes instead of the full 1 hour.

Unplugged is also a confession - we are 'unplugged' and we need to reconnect with God before we start the week.
The Story
In The Story this Sunday we will focus on the story of Esther (Chapter 20 of The Story, or the book of Esther in the Bible).  We're focusing on Esther because Tuesday is Women's Day.
The following week we'll go back to chapter 19, The Return Home.  For Chapter 19 read Ezra 1-6, Haggai 1-2 and Zechariah 1 and 8.
The Story 20 - Esther Discussion Starters:
What do you think of Beauty Contests?  Was Esther taken as a slave bride?

When was the last time you faced a threatening situation?  What was your reaction?  Why do you think Esther was courageous?
In what ways have you experienced God's faithfulness in your life?
What steps can you take to show that you trust in the faithfulness of God?

God bless,
Rev Angus Kelly



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Rev Angus Kelly
Tableview Methodist

Table View Methodist - Souper Bowl, Sunday School, The Story Chapter 17

Hi Table View Methodist Family,
This Sunday Sunday School begins again and we resume our reading of The Story with Chapter 17, The Kingdom's Fall.  Mr Iain Uys is preaching at 8am, Mr Ryan Fernandez at 930am, and Mr Bambelela Ngxaki at 11am.  I will be preaching and serving communion to the Methodist Church in Brooklyn (Near Milnerton, not New York!)
The Story - Recap...

We remember how the Israelites formed a nation of 12 tribes that later became divided when Solomon's Son Rehoboam took over.  The Judeans and the Benjaminites held on to Judah (in which Jerusalem is located) and the rest formed Northern Israel which later became known as Samaria.
Samaria fell to the Assyrians in about 720BC and Judah fell to the Babylonians in about 586BC.
It seemed that the nation that God had formed to be a light to the world had been snuffed out.  The passages in Jeremiah and Lamentations that describe the horror of Jerusalem's destruction haunt us with hopelessness.  Judah and Israel had allowed themselves to be led to this destruction by their idolatrous and compromised Kings.
God had sent prophets, messages, opportunities a plenty - but the people never responded.  They ended up reaping the consequences of their disobedience.
I'm so glad The Story doesn't end there.  In the next few weeks we'll read about how God didn't give up on his people through the stories of people like Daniel, Jonah, Esther.  How God makes it possible for the nation to return and rebuild the temple.
God never gives up on his people, God will not give up on you or me.
Psalm 85:9 celebrates: "You are ready to rescue everyone who worships you, so that you will live with us in all of your glory."
Monday night Bible Study begins again this Monday, 25 July at 730pm.  Everyone is welcome to join us.

Souper Bowl 12pm, Saturday 23rd July

Come along to our Souper Bowl fun(d) raiser.  A nutritious bowl of soup R15 and desert R10; Tea and Coffee for Free.  There will be a jumping castle, hot dogs, pancakes and great fellowship.  Its not too late to bring an entry into the soup competition.
I look forward to seeing you there.
Evening Service Beginning Sundays in August, 630pm
We want to give everyone the opportunity to join us in worship every Sunday; so from August we will begin a small, informal evening service that will meet every Sunday except the last Sunday of the month.  We will not be following The Story at our evening services; so the theme / sermon will be a little different.  Please consider coming to the evening service every now and again in order to help build up the numbers.
On the last Sundays of the month our youth pastor and youth worship team have been invited to lead worship at Marsh Memorial Children's Home.  This is an important ministry opportunity for us as a church; so please keep it in your prayers.
Youth
Junior youth kicks off again this Friday evening at 530pm and Senior Youth from 730pm.

Facebook Page
If you're on Facebook, please like Table View Methodist's Facebook page: www.facebook.com/tableviewmethodistchurch  If you see posts that you like, share them by clicking Share.
Snapscan
To try and minimize the amount of cash that we handle as a church (on church premises) we have signed up with Snapscan to help us to collect donations and payments.  If you are a smartphone user who uses your phone for payments you can download the Snapscan app via the Google Play or Apple store.  You can find our Snapscan code in the notices and in the foyer of the church.
If you don't know what Snapscan is - don't worry - the other methods of collecting are all still in place!
Here is our Snapscan Code for Offerings...

For those who are interested, Snapscan charges us a 3% transaction fee (R3 of R100) and deposits the funds into our account on the next day.

God bless,
Rev Angus Kelly

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Rev Angus Kelly
Tableview Methodist

Pastoral Note - 7 July 2016

Hi Table View Methodist Family,
I returned to work today to finish preparing my sermon for Sunday and write this note.
Firstly - thank you for the vacation time.  We had a wonderful time with family, staying in Jeffrey's Bay; celebrating my nephew's 21st, my 40th, my brother in law's 50th and my mom's 70th birthdays.  (Lots of cake!)
The gospel for this Sunday is Luke 10:25-37, The Parable of the Good Samaritan, told in response to the lawyer's question:  "What must I do to inherit eternal life?"  I look forward to worshiping with you as we reflect on this passage at 8, 930 and 11am this Sunday.
Passing of Faith Adams and Margaret Hodgkiss

I was sad to hear of the passing of Margaret Hodgkiss last week and I'm also sad to tell you that Faith Adams passed away on Wednesday morning 6 July.  Those of you who knew Faith and Margaret will know that they were both instrumental in founding and building up the Table View Society and they will be sorely missed.

Faith Adams' memorial service will take place at the church next Saturday 16 July at 2pm.
Evening Service from August, 6pm
From August we will be starting up our evening Service every Sunday except the last Sunday of the month.  The service will take place at 6pm and we will meet in the foyer or the Sunday School hall.  If you want to commit to being part of the team that will make the evening service happen - please let us know.
On the last Sundays of the month Iain and the youth worship team will be leading worship and preaching for the children at the Marsh Memorial Home in Rondebosch.  We will keep you informed as this ministry develops.
God bless,
Rev Angus Kelly

Cape of Good Hope District Synod - Report of the Listening Committee 2016

Under the theme "A transforming discipleship movement - shaped for mission" the 187th Annual Synod of the Cape of Good Hope District of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa gathered in Namaqualand on the occasion of the bi-centenary celebrations of Methodist witness here.

References to the beginning of the work of God in Namaqualand reminded synod that our business is to be in mission, aware of the real danger of becoming an institutional body that has only its own self-
interest at heart. We heard the call to heed the signs and the danger of becoming a dying church.

Synod heard the consistent challenge to re-discover our humanity and be a people who align with
God's mission in the world.

The Presiding Bishop, and the Bishop, in their addresses, challenged us to rediscover our identity and align with God's mission to the world that all may live fully human as children of God. Our Bishop, Rev Michel Hansrod, asked if we were John Wesley’s greatest nightmare, “A dead sect”. A son of Namaqualand, Rev John Stewe, invited the Synod, and the whole church, to allow God's Spirit to be our guide.

We heard of the sacrifices made by so many, for the sake of mission, especially in the Namaqualand community. Eleven cyclists rode from Nuwerus to Springbok, a distance of 200 kms, and raised funds for the Synod Legacy Fund for mission and ministry in Namaqualand. Synod remembered the many who had, sacrificially, given of themselves and their resources to share in God's mission over the last 200 years. A very special sacrificial offering was a gift of R 4000 collected by pensioners from the Eastern Cape, sharing from their meagre resources with others. Together the people called Methodist have raised R 250 000 for the Legacy Fund enabling mission to continue in Namaqualand.

Synod acknowledged the sinfulness of the exclusion of women from the ministry of Word and Sacrament for so many years and gave thanks for those who sacrificed a great deal to help us discover that God's mission includes all. We celebrated the 40th anniversary of the ordination of women in our church. A powerfully bible study by Rev Nomsa Nomqolo challenged us to acknowledge the continued discrimination against women in our churches, and repent. We recognised that, to be shaped for mission, we must ask whom we continue to exclude from the ministry.

We were again reminded that to engage in God's mission we need to care for the wounded (charity) and engage those who do the wounding (justice).

Synod celebrated the acceptance of four young people who are seeking to candidate for the ministry of Word and sacrament. We gave thanks to God for the continuation of God’s mission through the acceptance to proceed to ordination, for three probationer ministers.

We were privileged to have the Presiding Bishop, Rev Ziphozihle Siwa, in our midst on the occasion of his re-election. We celebrated too with the re-election of Rev Yvette Moses as Vice-chairperson of our District.

Synod acknowledged that too often our processes are more bureaucratic than discerning and this was evident even during synod business. We expressed the need to find ways to be more discerning in all our church life in order to be more shaped for mission.

Leliefontein Methodist Mission was the venue for the bi-centenary celebration and we gave thanks to  God for the many who obediently served God and served the call to mission.

As we prepared to return home we remembered the words heard during synod: The church does not have a mission; God has a mission for the church. We leave to discern how we can serve God’s mission in the world.

Pastoral Letter 19 May

Hi Table View Methodist Family,
 
First of all - thank you so much for your wonderful response to the needs of the créche at the Atlantis Methodist Church.  We were able to take one bakkie load through on Wednesday.  One of our cell groups has started making soup to be frozen in 2l containers and distributed to Atlantis on a weekly basis.


Our freezer / fridges at church are not in such great condition - if anyone has a spare fridge or deep freeze in good working order and you'd like to donate it to the church we will use it to store frozen soup for distribution to the Atlantis créche.  If we get too much soup I'm sure we'll be able to help other schools with their feeding programs.
 
This Sunday at 8, 930 and 11am we will continue with our journey through The Story, we are on Chapter 14, a Kingdom Torn in Two.  If you are following in your Bible read 1 Kings 12-16.  If you'd like to buy a copy of The Story we have a number of books in stock at R70 each.
 
I'll be preaching at 8 and 930 and Rev Thembi Mpofu will be here to lead the 11am service.
 
Last Sunday we remembered the dedication of the temple under the reign of Solomon.  The beautiful image of God's fire coming down to consume the sacrifices reminds us of the gift of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.  The Spirit sets people on fire - giving them a sense of God's love, God's salvation and God's call on their lives.  But as we read chapter 14 of The Story we see how quickly even Solomon loses sight of the gifts of God's grace.  The greed of Solomon's son Rehoboam results in Jeroboam leading 10 tribes out of the alliance that had formed under Samuel, Saul, David and Solomon.  Jeroboam's insecurity leads him to lead the people of Israel into idolatry.
 
As we read the Old Testament we learn a lot about God's patient persistence in calling the people he loves to himself.
 
Men's Ministry
Men of the congregation will be meeting from 8am to 9am in the youth room on Saturday morning 21 May for prayer, encouragement and fellowship.  Everyone is invited.  They meet every second Saturday.
 
Synod 2016
On Sunday Afternoon I will be on my way to Synod in Namaqualand, I'll try to share more of the story of the Namaqualand mission while I'm on my way.  In celebration of 200 years of ministry in Namaqualand some of our ministers are cycling the last 200km to the synod destination.  I'll be driving a support car and fixing their punctures.
 
Please pray for our Synod as we meet to discuss the work of the church; discern the call of candidates for the ministry - and seek the Holy Spirit's help in guiding us into the future.
 
Because of Synod there will be no Bible Study this Monday or next Monday night.

Youth
Don't forget Junior Youth from 530-1900pm on Friday and Senior Youth from 1930-2130pm.  Also - we need Sunday School teachers at our 930 and 11am services.  Please chat to Iain if you can help.
 
God bless,
Gus

Pentecost 2016, Pastoral Note

Hi Table View Methodist Family,

This coming Sunday is Pentecost Sunday.  You can read about Pentecost in Acts Chapter 2.   Jesus' disciples were gathered together (probably praying) when the Holy Spirit filled the room - and they saw what looked like tongues of flame resting on their heads.

We also continue reading The Story, we're on Chapter 13; reading about the life of King Solomon.  One of the things that Solomon did was carry out David's plans to build the temple in Jerusalem.  It was relatively small, about 90 x 30 feet.  When they had finished building the temple and were dedicating it they brought a tremendous amount of sacrifices.  2 Chronicles 7:1 tells us that:

"...fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the glory of the Lord filled the temple."
- 2 Chronicles 7:1

St. Paul invites us to:

"...present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship."
- Romans 12:1

Of course the disciples did not get burnt up by the Pentecost flames; but something a bout them changed.  They offered themselves to the Lord as living sacrifices.  They were changed by God, filled by the Holy Spirit they were set free and empowered to serve him.

When we gather to worship we invite the Holy Spirit to fill and renew us just like the Holy Spirit filled and renewed the disciples.  We ask God to help us to become the living sacrifices that we are called to be - in the power of the Holy Spirit.

I look forward to worshipping with you at 8, 930 and 11am this Sunday.  You can read chapter 13 of The Story or in the Bible: 1 Kings 1-8; 10-11; 2 Chronicles 5-7; Proverbs 1-3; 6; 20-21.  In anticipation of next Sunday: 1 Kings 12-16.

The Story

We have copies of The Story in stock for R70 each.  The retail price in stores is about R150, if you need a copy or want to give it to someone as a gift please 

Atlantis Creche

The Methodist Church in Atlantis has a Creche that looks after about 80 children.  They were receiving government funding but there seems to have been a bit of an administrative crisis.  A team from the circuit is investigating the crisis - but in the mean time this crisis means they have no money to buy food for the children.

In response to their plea for help we have just about emptied our food pantry to help them.  May I ask that you bring peanut butter, samp, mielie meal etc. to church on Sunday so that we can load up a bootfull / bakkie to help them.  Rev Pam Elwood is overseeing the work at Atlantis and she will work with the Society Stewards there to see that the food is properly distributed.

Food Pantry

We collect food to distribute to people in need in our congregation, but we also try to help our community where possible.  Distributions from the food cupboard are made by the communion stewards and the minister.  Please take note of the list of suggested items at the entrance to the church.  The ladies groups will be making up food parcels targeted at keeping hunger at bay for a family of four for a week.

God bless,
Rev Angus Kelly


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Rev Angus Kelly
Tableview Methodist

Pastoral Note - 2016-04-14

Hi Table View Methodist Family,

I hope you're enjoying the Autumn sunshine.  This Sunday as we continue our journey through the Bible we pay attention to the stories of Hannah, Eli, Samuel and Saul; next week we will start looking at the famous king, David.  See you at 8, 930 or 11am.

In preparation I invite you to read Chapter 10 of The Story or 1 Samuel 1-4, 8-13 and 15.  In these chapters we reflect on Samuel's call to be a prophet and priest.  We learn about the rise of King Saul - who turned out to be a bad choice for King; and Samuel then anointing David to be Saul's successor.

For Sunday 24 April read chapter 11 of The Story or 1 Samuel 16-18; 24; 31; 2 Samuel 6; 22; 1 Chronicles 17 and Psalm 59.

As we get back to the intrigue and politics of history I find it helpful to keep remembering Ruth and Boaz and how their simple faithfulness is the usual way in which God works in the world.  If you would like to catch up on last Sunday's sermon - or any others in the series most of them are now posted on our website www.tvmethodist.co.za 

Freedom Day Potjie Kos Competition Wednesday 27 April
I'm getting hungry for the Potjie Kos Competition on the morning of Freedom Day, 27 April - food will be cooked by 12pm; a serving of Potjie Kos will be R25; there will also be Boerie Rolls, a Jumping Castle and lots of fun.  Proceeds of the Potjie Kos Competition will be used to maintain our church property (roof repairs, alarm system upgrade / reprogramming... and other necessary tasks.)

Ascension Day Service and Fellowship Thursday 5 May
On the evening of Ascension day we will hold a service followed by a bring and share supper (more details to follow).  This will be a great opportunity to get to know people in the congregation.  What we want you to do is find out who sits in your seat at the other services on a Sunday morning.

'Service' Stewards
To be an effective church we need all hands on deck - they say church is like a soccer match where 40,000 people desperately in need of exerted watch 22 people desperately in need of a rest.  So we need folks to join our team of helpers and exercise their ministry of help at whichever service they most often attend.  We divide our tasks into various 'missions'.  See a brief description of some of the tasks below... You might have other ideas and you're welcome to bring them!

Speak to your Society Stewards about where you can help.
8am - Rodney Rhoda and Joe Taljaard
930am - Karin Franklin and Jacques Kellerman
11am - Busi Zigqola and Gilbert Rapoo

Discipleship
Small group and Bible Study Leaders, including Men's ministry, YMG and various ladies groups etc.
Sunday Scripture readers.
Worship planning, preparation and presentation.
- Banners, flower arranging, sound mixing, video presentation.

Evangelism
Door stewards (welcome)
Visitor greeters (give people who visit our church a call to welcome them)
Advertise - sign boards, website, newspapers, PR.
Outreach and missionary support.

Youth
Sunday School and Nursery Duty
Communication about Friday youth ministry / youth events
Youth pastor support

Pastoral Care
Communion Stewards.
Visiting and praying for the sick and distressed.
Offering prayer after the Sunday Services.
Noticing needs.
Distribution of food parcels etc. from our grocery cupboard and poor fund.

Justice and Service
Engaging social and environmental issues.
Making peace in our communities.
Help us to be 'Christian Citizens'

Catering and Hospitality
Catering for Alpha Courses etc.
Serving tea and cookies on the last Sundays of the month.
Packing food parcels for the Pastoral Care team to distribute.

Property
Maintenance and improvement of our buildings and grounds.
Work parties.  Painting parties.
Electricians, plumbers, architects, builders, town planners...
Planning and dreaming - how can we use our land to bless the neighbourhood?
Cleaning the church when the caretaker is away.

Finance
Counting the Sunday offerings after the service.
Banking the Sunday Offerings.
Ticket and book sales administration (for fund raisers and church courses like The Story.

God bless,
Gus







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Rev Angus Kelly
Tableview Methodist

Easter, Good Friday and Holy Week

Hi Table View Methodist Family,
We have been reflecting on John's gospel - chapters 14-16 at our Holy Week Services.  Jesus tells his disciples: 

"If you love me, you will keep my commandments.  And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever." - John 14:15-16

The commandment that Jesus has just given to his disciples is the commandment to "Love one another as I have loved you."  Loving Jesus is not that difficult.  Loving 'one another' is more difficult.  To help us - Jesus sends the Holy Spirit. 
The Holy Spirit also leads us into truth.  This truth is the truth that God loves us and has adopted us as his children.  It is the truth that our sins can be forgiven - God's love for us revealed on the cross is truthJesus reminds his disciples: "You did not choose me, I chose you."  He reminds us that he does not 'give as the world gives' - the world gives conditionally - expecting something in return.  God, in Jesus, gives unconditionally.
As you journey through Good Friday to Easter Sunday I want you to know that you are loved by God.  And that God has chosen you to be his witnesses.  To share that love and forgiveness with others.
Our Tenebrae service takes place at 7pm on Thursday night.
On Good Friday there is an hour long service at 8am.
And a two hour service from 930am-1130am where we will reflect on the seven words spoken by Jesus on the cross.
On Easter Sunday we will celebrate the resurrection with communion at 8, 930 and 11am.
Freedom Day Potjie
On 27th April we will be making and selling potjie kos as a fun(d) raiser.  Please let us know if you would like to make a potjie for us to sell...
More details to follow.
God bless,
Rev Angus Kelly

Holy Week and Easter

Hi Table View Methodist Family,
I went to the doctor to fix my throat on Monday and he sent me home for the week; which is a good thing because besides doing some extra sleeping I've been able to think pray about Holy Week.
I look forward to journeying through Holy Week with you from Palm Sunday to Resurrection Sunday.

20 March - Palm Sunday
In Holy Week we celebrate the final days of Jesus' life (from Palm Sunday to Good Friday).  Palm Sunday presents us with the opportunity to follow the procession of Jesus and his disciples all the way to the temple in Jerusalem where rightful Kings would be appropriately anointed and enthroned.  Services will take place at 8, 930 and 11am.

The Palm Sunday procession stops short of the temple; Jesus is not anointed and enthroned as he should be.  We are invited to examine our lives.  To ask ourselves: Is Jesus Lord of my life?
21-23 March - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 7pm
During Jesus final week he crammed in a lot of teaching for his disciples and people in the temple courts.  According to John's gospel; after Judas left the Passover meal (John 13:27) Jesus spent the evening instructing the disciples.  On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from 7pm to about 745pm we will reflect on some of Jesus teachings on that evening.
24 March - Thursday 7pm
On Thursday evening we will gather in church to reflect on Jesus last supper with the disciples.  We know that at the end of Thursday night all the disciples had left Jesus - and so we leave the church in silence and darkness at the end of the service.
25 March - Good Friday 8am and 930-1130am
On Good Friday we will hold two services.  At 8am a short service of worship focusing on the passion of Christ.  And from 930-1130 a service reflecting on the seven words that Jesus spoke from the cross.  Reflections on the words will be led by me, Iain Uys and Mbulelo Bikwani.
27 March - Resurrection Sunday
On Easter Sunday we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus with Communion at 8, 930 and 11am.
Use Holy Week as an opportunity to listen more closely to what God is saying to you.  On Palm Sunday Jesus weeps for Jerusalem saying:

“If you, even you, had only recognized on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes..."  - Luke 19:42
and
"...you did not recognize the time of your visitation from God.”  - Luke 19:44
Take this opportunity to recognize how God has spoken to us and work out how you will respond with the way you live your life.
If you'll be away this Easter - I pray that you have safe journeys and come back rested and restored.
God bless,
Gus

Pastoral Note, Holy Week, Easter

Hi Table View Methodist Family,
This Sunday at 8, 930 and 11am we take a look at the book of Judges. 

In Judges we read about famous and interesting Bible Characters like Gideon, Deborah and Samson (The Judges).  A Judge is essentially a 'justice bringer' someone who is called to restore balance between people and between people and God.  Jesus says: "Blessed are the peacemakers..." He introduces a New Testament version of being a 'Judge' or a justice bringer; a peacemaker.
How can you make peace within yourself and within the world you live in?  Let us pray about that as we reflect on the scriptures this Sunday.
In preparation for this Sunday I invite you to read chapter 8 of The Story or the following excerpts from scripture: Judges 2-4, 6-8, 13-16.
Sunday 20 March is Palm Sunday - so we will be taking a break from The Story until next term when we will start with Chapter 8 (The book of Ruth) on 10 April.
Holy Week 20-27 March
Holy week begins with Palm Sunday as we remember Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem.  From Monday to Wednesday there will be short Bible Study services from 7pm

I'm sorry that we won't have day time services this year - please offer lifts to those who can't drive during the day; and ask for lifts if you need them.
At our Holy Week Services we will reflect on John 14:15-16:15; some of Jesus' last words to the Disciples during the last week of his life about the coming of the Holy Spirit.

Monday - Thursday 7pm:
21/3 Monday - The Promise of the Holy Spirit (John 14:15-31)
22/3 Tuesday - The Fruit of the Holy Spirit (John 15:1-17)
23/3 Wednesday - The Advocacy of the Holy Spirit (John 15:18-16:15)
24/3 Thursday - Tenebrae Service
The Tenebrae Service reflects on the last evening of Jesus' life.  Jesus was abandoned by his disciples on the Thursday Evening and so everybody is encouraged to leave the church in silence after the service is finished.

Good Friday (25/3) - 8 and 930-1130am
On Good Friday we will hold a traditional Good Friday service reflecting on the crucifixion of Jesus at 8am. From 930 to about 1130 on Friday we will conduct a multilingual / multicultural service reflecting on the Seven Words of the Cross.
(Our Good Friday offerings are for the Ministerial Students Fund - a fund that helps us to train clergy for ministry in the Methodist Church.)

Easter Sunday (27/3)
On Easter Sunday we will celebrate the resurrection of Christ with Communion at all three services, 8, 930 and 11am.  If you want to get baptized on Easter Sunday, or you want your baby to be baptized on Easter Sunday please contact Di at the office before the end of the week so that we can make arrangements to meet before Easter Sunday.
Church Finances
Every month we need about R95,000 to meet the bare minimum requirements of our society, we need this money to pay:

1 - Circuit Assessment:                                         R47,500   
2 - Salaries and Housing Provision for Minister   R42,500
3 - Bare Minimum Running Expenses                  R5,000
In January and February our incomes were about R90,000 meaning a loss of about R10,000 for the year so far.
It would be great to increase our monthly income by R15,000.  Some of us give as much as we can already; some of us can afford to give a little more.  Pray about what you can give to the church to help us with our mission and work. 

If 5 more people give R1,000, 10 more people give R500 and 20 more people give R250 a month our target will be met.  You might be reluctant to give because you can't see your way to bringing in a full tithe.  Every cent helps; give what you can and start this month!
The church's bank details are:
Account name: Methodist Church of Southern Africa - Table View
Bank: First National Bank
Account: 5923 000 5827
Branch Code: 203 809
This is our income and expenditure for 2013, 2014, and 2015:


201320142015
IncomeR1,016,721R1,181,819R1,075,097
ExpenseR1,239,780R1,131,564R1,110,289
In/Out-R223,059R50,255-R35,192
Since coming to Table View I have helped you to curb your expenses; but I haven't been very good at increasing your income.  From 2010-2013 the society was overspending by about R200,000 per year. 

In 2014 we gained R50,000 but we also increased our lay staff salaries and our Circuit contribution for 2015 resulting in a loss of R35,192 in 2015.
Although it is great that we have trimmed a lot of fat in 2014 and 2015; spending about R21,000 less in 2015 than 2014 is not necessarily a good thing.  We should be spending money to improve our ministry to the community of Table View; we should be putting money aside for future investments.
God bless,
Rev Angus Kelly