Rev. Dr. Phil Wall
Tel: 01443 300345 Mob: 07855090360
4th March 2018
Had the weather been different we would have been welcoming Rev Simon Walkling to lead our worship…..but due to the extreme weather conditions….the decision was made for reasons of safety to cancel all services.
Worshippers are instead encouraged to check up on neighbours, enjoy the wonder of God’s creation and the gift of shelter, pray for those most vulnerable in these weather conditions and for those who are helping them; and to enjoy the Sabbath rest.
However as the sermon and the news sheet had already been prepared they are being sent to as many as possible by email.
The news sheet is posted every week to our website, and sermons are posted whenever possible.
If there is anything of interest to people who do not have email, please pass on the information. Normal service will be resumed next week!!
Diary for the Week
Monday 5th Language Classes 9.30-13.00
Karate Clubs 16.30-19.30
Pilgrimage meeting (see This Week….)
Tuesday 6th Kid’s Club at Church House
Wednesday 7th Ladies Guild 14.00 -15.30 (see This Week….)
Rainbows & Guides 16.45-20.00
Thursday 8th Sing for Life Choir 18.30-20.00
Friday 9th PCT Christian Aid Lent Lunch (see This Week..)
Saturday 10th Save the Children Coffee Morning (see Notices)
Sunday 11th Our 10.45 Family Service which will include Communion will be led by our minister and at 6pm we will share in Iona style worship.
Church Family and Pastoral News
People to hold in your thoughts and prayers today and during this week:
- ALL who have been affected by the snow and cold weather
- John and June King who have a new grandson, Ieuan King, a son for Owain and Cat.
- Our Syrian Friends and Cristian (see Notices)
THANKS! Janet Bayliss says, ‘Thank you for the flowers, cards and messages I have received from the church members after my operation and another stay in hospital. It has meant a lot!’
A phone call has been received from Alma asking for her thanks to be passed on for the visits, flowers and care shown in recent weeks…….THANKS
This Week and in the future:
At the time of writing, the pilgrimage preparation evening is still expected to go ahead at the church on Monday 5th at 8pm and is expected to last no more than an hour. Pilgrims will be contacted beforehand if this is to change.
In Ladies Guild this week we will hear about the life a famous welsh poet, see where he lived and how his home has been saved. If our meeting has to be cancelled everyone we be contacted. We meet at 2pm in the Church.
PCT Christian Aid Lunch this week will be held at St Marys Church, Glyntaf on Friday from 12.00 – 1-30 pm. Suggested donation is £2.50.
March 17th hosted by Phil. Join us for coffee, cutting out and tracing simple pictures that we’ll use this holy week. If you can spare the time, please come
News of our Syrian friends. The devastating bombardment of Eastern Ghouta – a suburb of Damascus – has reduced it to what has been described as “hell on earth”. The town used to be the home of three of our Syrian families. They have close family members who are still living there – sisters, brothers, nieces and nephews. From day to day they have no idea whether or not they have survived.
Last Sunday the Mum of one of our families received a desperate text from her sister – she and her children were hiding in a basement in Ghouta, had not eaten for three days and had no prospect of escaping. As you can imagine their hearts are breaking.
Please pray that they may be given the strength to cope with whatever happens to their loved ones and also for a cease fire.
Just to keep you up to date with what Cristian is doing, here is the situation.
When Cristian returned to Romania the job which he had been promised on his return folded after just a few weeks and he has been earning a living doing building work, which he cannot rely on because of the harsh winter conditions. So he is planning to return to his position at the factory where he was working in Tonypandy. He is talking of starting on March, 26th! We may therefore see him back in our midst on a Sunday quite soon.
As part of his London Marathon fundraising for Save the Children Iestyn is organising a Coffee, Cake and Craft Morning on Saturday March 10th 10am – 12.30 If you can’t make it, but would like to sponsor Iestyn, the link to Iestyn’s fundraising page is https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-display/showROFundraiserPage?userUrl=IestynHenson&pageUrl=1
Lent and the FoodBank -A Challenge: Foodbank has a 40p for 40 days challenge, and they are asking people to join them in taking small actions to transform lives by giving up 40p for 40 days. If you choose to accept the challenge Alan will accept your contributions.
There won’t be an official Cantorion rehearsal until April 14th but singers can join the Glam youth choir on a Saturday morning if they want to.
Mar 11th am Rev Dr Phil Wall 6pm Iona Style Service
Mar 18th am Rev Dr Phil Wall 4pm Film & Chat
Flowers for March are being donated by
Val Stone, Gordon Thompson, Doreen & David Marshman,
Marlene McCloy, Stephanie & Alan Hills , Janet Bayliss
and Jean & John Davies
Thought for the week.
We should love not only with words, but concretely, with facts; and we should love one another. My dear children, if you do this, if we all do this, universal brotherhood will spread, solidarity will blossom, goods will be distributed more justly, and the rainbow of peace will shine over the world, the world which, in a few years, will be in your hands. –
Chiara Lubich, Founder of the Focolare Movement.