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Pastoral Note - 2020-02-16 (Lion's Head Saturday Morning)

Hi Table View Methodist Family,

First of all:
💘 Happy Valentine's Day 💖

Know that you are loved above all by God who knows you inside and out and loves you completely.

Sunday School

We always need help with teaching Sunday School.  Please speak to Isaac our youth pastor or to one of the Sunday School teachers to see how you can help.  We have excellent Curriculum Resources from Scripture Union - your lessons are already planned you just need to work out how to present them in ways that will work with the children.

You'll notice that the kids are beginning with the Easter Story already - you might have also noticed the Hot Cross Buns and Easter Eggs at the shops 🙄.  Easter Sunday is 12 April this year and we plan on having a sunrise service again at 630am.  The sun will rise at 7 minutes past 7 on 12 April.  I know that's planning ahead - but by the time we've had our Easter services our Sunday School children will have completed the Easter Curriculum for this year - and I'm sure they'll be able to teach us something!

Lion's Head Saturday Morning 15 February 830am

Tomorrow morning the Wesley Guild will be hiking Lion's Head.  I will go up ahead of them to offer them a short communion service at about 830am.  I plan to leave Table View at about 6am so if you're up to the climb you are most welcome to let me know I'd love to take you with (It takes about 90 minutes to get to the top).

Minister's Retreat 18-20 February

Please remember the clergy of the Western Cape as we travel to Goedgedacht farm for our annual Spiritual Retreat.  This retreat will be a reflection on the importance of Sabbath keeping.  Our retreat leader will be following Marva Dawn's 1989 book Keeping the Sabbath Wholly: Ceasing, Resting, Embracing, Feasting.  Sabbath reminds us to stop and remember and rejoice in what we have received.

So I look forward to worshipping with you on this Sunday as we stop to celebrate God's goodness to us.

Renovation of the Heart

This Sunday will be my last reflection on the renovation of the heart and I felt I needed to tie it all together in one piece - without taking up all your time in church.  So you can read a summary of the series here (on the church blog).  I've also emailed it.  If you'd like a print out I've prepared 20 copies but we can print more if there is need.

Roof

The South Easter has loosened a few rivets on the church roof and threatened to lift some sheets.  I sang Nearer my God to Thee as I climbed up to do some repairs.  But we need someone with the right equipment (and love of heights) to go over the roof and re-rivet those pieces that are coming loose.

God bless,
Gus