& Castle Square URC
10th October 2021
Today is the start of Prisons Week. Our service this morning will reflect this. There are currently 25 Christian denominations and organisations working together.
At 10:45am we have our monthly morning Zoom service which Phil will be hosting from his study. Those joining us are encouraged to bring their favourite mug to the service to aid a discussion (feel free to fill it too!). If you’re attending on church premises, feel free to take it to show others there too.
4pm at St David’s – this afternoon we have our Contemplative Communion Service which will be harvest-themed. The service will be live streamed.
Link for Live Stream – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1ftWuXHexnfFdo1FKwXBZA
Church Family and Pastoral News
We include this in the news sheet to inform our prayers.
- We are sad to report that Doreen Lewis passed away on October 2nd. We remember her family at this time and also her good friend Sheila. Although age 96 Doreen was active and belonged to many different groups. She will be greatly missed in church and by Ladies Guild.
- Sad news. Sheila Courtney of Castle Square Guild, passed away last week. We keep her family and friends in our prayers.
- We think of Marlene McCloy in her concern for her 3yr old great niece who has to have an operation on her hips.
- We ask your prayers for one of our on-line worshippers, Colin, whose wife, Jackie is waiting for surgery and has had her operation postponed, also Colin does not enjoy good health.
- Gill Miller had a fall last week; fortunately apart from a few bruises and being shaken up she is OK.
- We remember John Edwards and Sue Ruck as they recover from recent operations on their legs and hope for good news.
- We think of George and Linda in Cayman as they have had to have a large section of their roof replaced following Storm Grace. They are hoping to be able to travel again in the new Year!
- We pray for Phil and Simon as they attend the URC Synod next Saturday.
- We think of those who have been away from their homes for a while and are now safely back home.
We congratulate Alison Jones who last Sunday completed the virtual Cardiff Half Marathon, she started in the sunshine and ended up saturated, but happily smashed her goals. Well Done Alison!
Pam Mahoney’s grandson Gruff has been chosen to play the voiceover part in an S4C pre-school animation “Odo” who is a little owl. As you can imagine, he’s well excited and Pam is delighted!
Birthdays this week
Just two birthdays that we know of this week: TODAY (10th) is Diana’s birthday – if she were able to worship with us, she would have loved us singing to her. On Saturday 16th Maralyn Tomlinson will be celebrating her birthday, hopefully – in style!
People who remember the late Phyllis Davies will be pleased to hear that her grandson Rhodri along with Gareth Mahoney and others took a 30km trek through the beautiful Brecon Beacons on October 2nd; they were walking with one goal in mind – to stop cancer in its tracks.
Marlene McCloy, who celebrated her birthday recently says – ’Thankyou’ for the cards and gifts I received. They were much appreciated. Marlene
A reminder for Castle Square people
The weekly conference call will be today (10th) at 2.30pm. Don’t be late or you’ll miss all the news!
Immediately after the zoom service today and before the morning service next week, we will be screening the recording of a presentation that outlines our plans for our Community Saints project. We hope it will inspire us all to be thankful for the saints in our midst and to ‘do the little things’ that make a big difference.
Film and chat.
This Wednesday, (13th) we’ll be hosting our second weekday film afternoon. Why not come and check out Marlene Rayner’s choice as we travel back to 19th century Vienna where a magician uses his abilities to secure the love of a woman far above his social standing!
Gathering refreshments – 1:30pm; ~ Film screening – 2pm; ~ Credits roll – 3:45pm (at which time you’re welcome to head home or stay for a post-film chat).
Next Sunday’s services – 17th October.
Castle Square will be meeting at 11 am for an informal service in the church hall led by Revd Ray Vincent.
St. David’s Uniting Church will be meeting at 10:45 am for a harvest service with Holy Communion.
After both these services, all are invited to the Heritage Hotel for a shared church lunch at 12 noon – we are asked to arrive by 11.55am. Please contact Marcia Hurley at email@example.com or 07814440929 by Monday to book and pre-order your food. We will be seated on tables of six and facemask must be worn when not seated.
Those wanting to contribute to the harvest service can bring food items to St. David’s Uniting Church next Sunday or might choose to show our thanks for the blessings which God gives us by donating to one of many charities which provide food and drink to those in need, such as to our local foodbank (https://pontypridd.foodbank.org.uk/), Christian Aid (https://www.christianaid.org.uk/appeals/key-appeals) or perhaps the David Griffiths School in Madagascar (https://moneyformadagascar.org/about-us/the-welsh-connection/)
URC Synod of Wales gathering.
Next Saturday, (16th) Phil, Simon, and friends from cross Wales will gather at The Metropole Hotel in Llandrindod Wells for the first gathered meeting in 18 months. All are welcome to come along or to pray for the event and those leading it.
It’s that time of year again! I you have a Leprosy Mission box please can you arrange to get it to Pat by the end of November. If you choose to send a cheque, please make it payable to St David’s Uniting Church and give it to Pat. or give Pat a call.
We have a fantastic group of volunteer Couriers – occasionally they take a week off – we would like some extra people to cover on an occasional basis.
We also need a volunteer to print the newsletter when Marcia is away – it would require being available from between 7.30pm – 9pm on a Friday Evening to print and then to deliver to Phil’s bench for the couriers to collect.
If you can help with either of these, please contact Marcia.
A Thought for the Week
Believe you can, and you can.
Belief is one of the most powerful of all problem dissolvers.
When you believe that a difficulty can be overcome,
you are more than halfway to victory over it already.
Norman Vincent Peale 1898-1993