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From the Desk of Jen Botha

Thinking aloud with my pen…….



1 August 2014

Good morning to you all!

I hope and trust that you are well!

There have been so many activities at the church in the past few months, and it is time that we catch up again.

I would like to express my sincere thanks to you all for all the love and support that you show to all of us here at the church.  Thank you for praying for us on a daily basis, and thank you for all the blessing that you shower on us by helping when we put out a need, for pouring tea at occasions here at the church and for always being with a hug and a friendly smile, a pat on the back and a hug!! 

Finances:  Thank you for blessing us here at the church by giving your tithe and offering so freely and generously.  We have decided to make August our Thanksgiving month, and we ask that for this one month of the year we all pay our tithe, and that we give a once off thanksgiving offering.  We have so much to be so grateful for, and we need to just turn back and say thank you.  Will you all join me in this as we give our thanks to our Lord and Saviour.  In many of our churches this is known as Rhona, and I invite you all to be a part of this.  This money will go in the funds for the building so that we can start the enlarging of the sanctuary as soon as possible.  Envelopes will be available at the church on Sunday. Please put your thanksgiving contribution in the envelope and put in the offering bag, or do and EFT with the reference as your name and thanksgiving.

Feed-a-friend:  Our next pack will be on Friday 22 August 2014.  For a change we want to pack on the Friday evening, join with the youth and have a glorious time packing the food  for the needy.  Please would you come along and help us on the evening.  We will start at 6:30 and pack until about 8:30pm.  We will have boerewors rolls ready and available so that we can have a bite to eat and then get cracking with the food packing!  Please come and join us.

Bishop Themba Mntambo:  The Bishop came to preach at our church on Sunday 27 July 2014.  Thank you Rev Themba for blessing us here at Midstream.

Worship and sound:  We invite you to come and join us in the worship team.  If you sing, play an instrument or love doing the technical things, please come and join us.  This is a vital part of our ministry and we welcome all to come and join us.

Sunday School and Teen Church:  We need more help at the Sunday School and Teen Church.  If you can assist in any way, please speak to Charine and Shaun.  They will welcome you with open arms into this ministry.

Prayer requests:  we have included the knee-mail cards into the bulletin every week.  Please make use of them if you have a prayer request or a need or thanksgiving.  We pray over every one, and treasure them.

Blankets:  Thank you to all the folk who have knotted the blankets.  These blankets will be delivered to Kairos for the weekend in August.  Thank you to all.

Country Market:  This happens in October this year.  We can make a huge difference if we all work together, and so I invite anyone who would  like to be a part of this venture to speak to Heinz or myself, so that we can get working on our country market.  All ideas are very welcome!  We would like to make this even more successful that the market we held last year. 

Youth camp:  This will happen on 3 – 5 October 2014.  We invite all young people to come and be a part of this camp.  Shaun would love to know that you will be joining us.  A full, busy programme is in the planning and I am looking forward to that event.

I would like to express my sincere thanks to Shaun and his team of young people who so efficiently planned and ran the Holiday Club this year.  It was a superb effort and was so well received.  Judging by the reaction of the children after spending a week at the church, we will definitely be doing this again.  Thank you Shaun and all the young people.

Shoes:  Thank you to all who contributed in any way  to the shoe project that we had this year.  Thank you especially to Grant Beukes  for organising the shoes for us.  So appreciate that Grant.  Thank you to Des Fry and the folk at Nedbank for their generous contribution, it is also greatly appreciated. Thank you Shaun!

Alpha:   we had a very successful Alpha 2014 this year.  Thank you to Michelle for organising, cooking, teaching and doing all the work for us.  We really appreciate all that you have done.

We would like to follow up by running the Network course in the near future.  I will let you all know when that will be happening.

Again let me say thank you!  Thank you to you all for all that you are and all that you mean to me.  I am so grateful to have you all in my life.  You are so special and important to me.  Please pop into the office and come and have a cup of something with us. We would love to see you here.

Pray our Lord and Saviour hold you in the palm of His mighty Hand.  God bless and keep you now and always

With my love







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