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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