Good morning to you all!!
It is hard to think that the second month of this year is almost at its end!! Time flies so quickly and before we know it…..
It is so good to be in the house of the Lord, and better is one day in His courts than a thousand elsewhere!(Psalm 84:10) Those words from the Psalmist ring so clearly in my heart and life, and I trust in your life too.
This year has already been momentous and exciting.
We have had our first Dinner/Dance led by the Silver Tops and a Touch of Class. This group of talented musicians entertained us to the most beautiful music, and we could dance the night away. I pray that there be many more such occasions where we at the people of this church can just enjoy each other’s company. Sing and dance and be merry. How good and how pleasant it is when the brethren dwell together!! (Psalm 133:1)
There are so many things happening at the church at the moment, and I would just like to bring us all up to speed.
On Saturday 22 February, we gathered in the Sanctuary just to spend some time learning about Prayer, and spending some time in quiet and reflective prayer. Thank you to all who came and enriched my prayer life! I so appreciate your time and effort, and your willingness to come to the house of the Lord. The best place to be in on our knees, because that is where the start of change begins! Thank you Petro!
This year Ash Wednesday happens on Wednesday 5 March. This is the start of Lent, and we gather in the Sanctuary at 7pm to celebrate the start of Lent. This is a very special service, and I invite you all to come to the Sanctuary for this service.
The youth also begin their 40 days without shoes on 5 March. They are raising awareness around children who do not have shoes to wear to school, especially in the winter months. I urge you to sponsor one, or more, of the youth in this project. They will go without shoes for 5 hours every day for 40 days, and the money they raise, will be used to purchase shoes for the less privileged. We, as the adult congregation can also participate, and I encourage you to come without shoes to church on Sunday 9 March in support of the Youth. This will cost you a donation, which we will put in the bottle in the front of the church. Please would you join me in this venture?
Lent culminates on Easter Sunday – 20 April 2014.
We have been invited to be a part of the Midstream Primary School Fun Day on 12 April 2014. The Grill Shack will be operating, making and selling Hamburgers and Pancakes. Please would you volunteer to come and help on the day. This is such an opportunity to be a visible presence in the community. Please contact Heinz - 082 469 2872, Thato 072 333 6373 or Moira 082 659 1474 if you can help.
The week of 13 April to 20 April is such a beautiful and uplifting week.
13 April – Palm Sunday
14 – 16 April – Services at 7pm
17 April – Thursday, Jews for Jesus leading us in the Passover Meal, and then we will have the Tennebrae Service and the Night Prayer Vigil will commence after that.
18 April – Good Friday, service at 8am
20 April – Sunrise service at Midstream – 6am, after the service we will have coffee and Hot Cross buns, and then a morning service at 9am
This is such a busy time, but such a blessed time, and I look forward to all of you attending these services!
For the Passover Meal, we need hosts and hostesses for the evening to prepare the food and the tables for the Passover meal. Please would you let me know if you are willing to be a part of this beautiful service.
We will begin Alpha on 24 April 2014. This will happen on a Thursday evening from 6:30pm until 9pm.
Many of us have done Alpha in the past, and it is so beneficial to do it again. We need to grow in our knowledge of the Lord. In Hosea we read: my people perish for lack of knowledge. I pray that we do not get there!
We need to tell people who do not come to Church about the Alpha course and then offer to come with them. This is the way that we can all assist in growing our community. It is an essential way to encourage people to come to church.
We need folk to help us with small groups and with the cooking and serving of dinner at 6:30pm. Please let me know how and where you would like to help us in the service.
We have marked this year as a year of growth, spiritually and physically. Please come and be a part of this ministry.
Golf Day: 23 May 2014
We had a very successful Golf Day last year, and we look forward to a more successful day this year. We will be playing at the Centurion Country Club on Friday 23 May 2014. I invite you all to be a part of this day with us. You can help us by: Sponsoring a hole at R2200, entering a four ball – R2000, sponsoring prizes (4 of a kind please). Assisting with the goodies for the Goodie Bags – we need 140 of each item, or donating cash towards the purchasing of prizes.
We also invite you to come to the dinner if you are not a golfer. We would like to have as many of our congregation attend this dinner and enjoy the evening with us. Children are most welcome! We will have some things to keep the young ones busy and also a Kiddies Menu for them.
The success of this event really depends on all of us getting involved and doing a little. Every drop fills the bucket! This money that we raise will be used towards the extension of the Sanctuary, an important project that needs to happen soon.
We have started a new series called “Losing my Religion” and this has been a dynamic and challenging series, and I am grateful. God really speaks to us as we draw closer to Him. We will continue this series for another two weeks before we embark on the next series which will be “Dare to make a difference”.
There are many avenues of ministry that you can get involved in – Women of Worth, Hospital visiting at Care@Midstream, Feed-a-friend, Prayer Warriors, Saturday Morning Prayers, Distribution of clothes, Quiet retreats, Alpha, Fundraising and Home Groups. Please get involved in something, this church needs you!
We have been speaking about starting a Bible School next year. This would be a time when folk can come and learn more about the Bible, study at a deeper level and deepen our own spirituality. Would you let me know if you are interested in doing this Bible School. This is something that we all need.
Please keep in contact with me at the office or at home. I really would like to get to know each of you on a more personal level. There is always time for a cup of something, and a chat. The office door is open, please come in!
God bless and keep you in the palm of His mighty hand, now and always
With my love
All people CAN be saved. We are all equally the objects of God’s love, and no one is beyond the reach of Christ’s saving grace.
‘For it is by his grace you are saved, through trusting him; it is not your own doing. It is God’s gift, not a reward for work done.’ (Eph. 2:8)