Cake Sale Sunday, Boerie Rolls Friday 5-8pm & Thank you for your patience...

Hi Table View Methodist,

R25 For Boerie Roll, R15 for Cooldrink
Between 845 & 11am Service

Yesterday (Thursday) I finally handed in my thesis; 150 pages on the topic: Is that your (real) child? Adopted: The Sacrament of Belonging.  For those who are interested in these things here is the abstract (a short summary of the thesis), for those who aren't just skip past this bit:

Abstract: Is that your (real) child?  Adopted: The Sacrament of BelongingIs it possible to call the relationship between adoptive parents and adopted children real in the sense that a sacrament is real? This study is a reflection on Kelley Nikondeha’s book Adopted: The Sacrament of Belonging in a Fractured World (2017). Through qualitative analysis and reflection on available media and literature this study will explore: a) Some of the circumstances that lead to relinquishment through abortion, and abandonment, or to belonging through foster care and adoption in South Africa. b) Perceptions and ethical controversies related to the history and practice of transcultural and international adoptions. Through theological analysis and reflection on literature suited to the South African context it will explore the narrative aspects of Desmond Mpilo Tutu’s Ubuntu theology and practice and Methodist Theological Ethics as described by Stanley Hauerwas and D Stephen Long (2011). Exploration of these theological frameworks will yield three connecting themes namely blessing, belonging and progressing outlining a theology characterised by a positive ontology, an inclusive ethic and imminent eschatology. This framework of blessing, belonging and progressing will be used as a lens through which to reflect on Kelley Nikondeha’s narrative in order to understand the possibility of calling ‘the relationship between adopted parents and adopted children real in the sense that a sacrament is real.’
These last few weeks have been pretty exhausting, I've been writing from 6am to 11pm most days but I've learned a lot and hopefully done some helpful research for my field of study.  Now that the thesis is finally handed in I look forward to an exam on the thesis and then graduation in March at Stellenbosch University.  I can't 'publish' the thesis until it has been marked but if you'd like to read it (it's a bit technical, I will write a 'reader's version' in the future) please speak to me.
I couldn't have done it without your patience, I'm looking forward to having more time for the important stuff like visiting, chatting and being creative :)
This Sunday
I'm looking forward to sharing communion with you at 845 and 11am.  There will be cakes on sale after the 845am service and we will be having a bring and share meal after the 11am service which will be a special service of thanksgiving.  11am service is invited to come in traditional dress.
Boerie Rolls
On Friday night from 5pm to 8pm Boerie Rolls will be on sale at the church for R25 each.  Buy yourself some and why not phone a friend and tell them you'll be delivering boerie rolls to their house.  Cooldrinks will also be on sale for R15.  Please support our men from the 11am service in this fund raising effort!
Advent Sermons
On 1, 15 and 22 December I will preach on the themes:  Blessing, Belonging and Progressing / Faith, Love and Hope as we prepare for Christmas Day on 25 December.
Our Christmas Day Services will be at 745 and 9am.
Christmas Carols 6 December
There will be a Christmas Carols service with Sunday School pantomime on Friday 6 December.  I will confirm times on Sunday and inform you by email during the week.

God bless,
Rev Angus Kelly

Notices for Sunday 3 November

Communion This Sunday
I look forward to sharing communion with you this Sunday as we continue to reflect on the Apostle’s Creed.  This Sunday we will look at these lines:
He descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again.
He ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
An interesting difference between the creed used by Catholic churches and that by Protestant churches is the line: “He descended to the dead…”  In the Catholic creed it reads:  “He descended into hell.”  These differences might cause some confusion and are based on Ephesians 4:9-10:
(What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions[c]10 He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.) (NIV)
And 1 Peter 4:6:
For this is the reason the gospel was preached even to those who are now dead, so that they might be judged according to human standards in regard to the body, but live according to God in regard to the spirit. (NIV)
Stewards and Leaders
As we come to the end of the year we need to think about our plans for 2020 and our leadership for 2020.
Now that we have two Sunday Services we can try to ensure that we have 5 Stewards for each service.  The election and appointment of stewards is by nomination from the members of the congregation.
Society Stewards facilitate the running of the church; but they do not do this alone.  We also need to make sure we have leaders for our various mission groups and aspects of the life of our church.
Please pray for our Society Stewards and Leaders; we need all the help we can get and we need to be all the help we can be.
Also - pray with an open heart - how is God calling you to help the church next year:
Leadership                         Finances
Bible Study                        Sunday School
Youth Ministry                 Hospitality
Property                        Music
Pastoral Care                         Administration…
(And the list goes on.


Read Psalm 91:1-6, 14-16

"Whoever goes to the LORD for safety..." - Psalm 91:1
In John's gospel Jesus says: "I am the way... no one comes to the father but through me..."  This doesn't mean that Christians have some sort of access control - it is a reminder that Jesus himself is the gate keeper.  Not people.  Not institutions... the Psalmist reminds us that God doesn't turn anyone away.


Lord, I turn to you for safety.  Thank you for welcoming me into your loving arms.


Read Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15

Jeremiah is imprisoned for prophesying against the king.  His prophesy will come true.  Within the reality of a very negative situation...  The Kingdom about to fall - Jeremiah still buys property.  Anticipating God's rescue of his people.


Lord help me to have Jeremiah's insight.  To see the reality of present difficulties.  And to know your plans for the future.


Read 1 Timothy 6:6-19

...religion makes a person very rich, if they are satisfied with what they have.' - 1 Timothy 6:6
Are you satisfied with what you have?
Paul reminds us to be greedy for 'righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness...'. Do you work on these things as much as you work to get rich?


Lord help me to make righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness my first priority.


Read Luke 16:19-31

Jesus doesn't talk much about heaven and hell.  But when he does it has to do with justice.  A rich man who never shares with the poor man at his door ends up in 'hell' and the poor man ends up in 'heaven'.


Help me to have a right relationship with material things so that I can have a right relationship with human beings.  So that I can have a right relationship with you.


Read Luke 17:5-10

I feel bad for the servant who after ploughing outside all day has to get his master's meal ready.  Jesus invites us to have the attitude of humble servants - we should serve God because we are God's servants; not because we want some sort of a reward.


I just want to serve you Lord.  Help me not to have mixed motives.