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