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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.
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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