Rev. Dr. Phil Wall
Tel: 01443 300345 Mob: 07855090360
16th December 2018
We give a warm welcome to all who join us for worship today; the third Sunday in Advent, and our ‘Gift Sunday’, when we bring our gifts for Adref, Homestart, The Rowan Tree Cancer Charity and Save the Children Yemen Crisis Appeal
This morning we are Seeking Joy in Beauty & Brokenness as Julie leads us in our Advent Service. We will also celebrate the Lords Supper and all are invited to share in the bread and wine.
For our film and chat, at 4pm, we will continue our reflections on the armistice anniversary by watching and discussing a film which dramatizes the events of the Christmas Day truce 1914. Certificate 12 – In English with some subtitles.
Fairtrade tea and coffee will be served following the morning service, and homemade Christmas cards will be on sale.
The Copper pot is on the table at the back of the church waiting for your coppers, which will eventually benefit local charities
Hymns: 334 May the mind of Christ my Saviour
Hope shines as the solitary star
Beauty for Brokenness…
193 Hail to the Lord’s Annointed
Readings: Philippians 4: 4-7 Luke 3: 7-18
Diary for the Week
Monday 17th Language Class 9.30-13.00
Karate Clubs 16.30-19.30
Carol Singing at Sainsbury’s 6pm
Tuesday 18th Kids Club at Church House
RCT Aspergers Support
Thursday 20th Sing for Life Choir 18.30-20.00
Friday 21st Carols at Pontypridd Care Home 3pm
Saturday 22nd Cantorion practice 10.30-11.30
Sunday 23rd ‘Finding Love in a Manger’ at 10.45 will be led by Phil and the Junior Church, and at 2.45pm we will meet at Showcase Cinema, see This Week…..
Church Family and Pastoral News
People to hold in your thoughts and prayers:
- All who struggle to cope at Christmas time for many different reasons
- People who will be away from family and those who have travelled to be with family.#
- All who will be alone at Christmas.
Thanks. Hettie says “ I thank everyone who has phoned, visited or sent cards. You have kept me going! I am determined to be back with you in the New Year as I miss everyone!
Double congratulations to Julie. Firstly, this week she received confirmation that she has been awarded a Diploma of Higher Education in Theology, Ministry and Mission with the Cambridge Theological Federation. She also received a positive interim placement report when meeting with Phil and Revd Dr Robert Pope from Westminster College, Cambridge. WELL DONE Julie! Robert also expressed the college’s thanks for the welcome, support and care which Julie has received in her placement with St David’s Uniting Church. So yey for Julie…and yey for us!!!
This Week and in the future……
This week you’ve two opportunities to spread some Christmas joy through singing – on Monday 17th December, we’ll be meeting at Sainsburys at 6pm and on Friday 21st at Pontypridd Care Home at 3pm, both expected to last about an hour. Come add your voice – or just a smile – as we share the wonder of Christmas…and feel free to wear a festive jumper too!
If you want to indulge in a little extra Christmas magic, join us on 23rd December for a trip to Showcase, Nantgarw to watch ‘Mary Poppins Returns’. Cert U. Meet in the foyer by 2:45pm.
If you want to attend the Anniversary Lunch on 20th January at 1.30pm at the Rhondda Suite, Heritage Park Hotel. The cost is £10.95 for Carvery and Dessert. Please sign the list soon as we have to give number by 2nd January.
Thanks to all who have saved in the Leprosy Mission ‘boxes’ this year. The total saved is £500.10: If you haven’t given your box to Pat, please bring it in soon!
Our Christmas Appeal forThe Rowan Tree Cancer Charity and Save the Children Yemen Crisis Appeal will remain ‘open’ until January 6th. Special envelopes are available: if you wish to ‘gift aid’ please write your name or number on the envelope.
Please remember to check the Card Sorter for your cards. If you can deliver cards to anyone who is unable to worship with us it would be much appreciated!!
A reminder! Please collect your Offertory Envelopes for 2019 TODAY. If you don’t have envelopes for your offering and would like them, please speak to Anne Coles.
Don’t forget to save the postage stamps from your Christmas cards, Amnesty International recycled them to raise funds.
Sure Start are trying to help homeless people in Pontypridd. Details of items requested are on the notice board– the need is urgent! Monetary donations are also welcome.
December 23rd Finding Love in a Manger-from Palestine to Ponty
10.45am Nativity Service with a global theme
Christmas Eve: 11:15pm at Church House,
Christmas Eve Cwtch and Communion
A time to be still and reflect on the events of this holy night
Christmas Day: 10am Christmas Day Thanks
We welcome families, friends, foreigners and all as we celebrate the birth of Jesus with presents and praise.
December 30th 10.45am A service of Carols and Readings
A chance to sing some more of our favourite carols
5.00pm at St Luke’s Rhydyfelin
A traditional service of 9 lessons and Carols
Flowers for December have been donated by
Doreen Marshman & Jean Davies, Gwyneth James
Marilyn Edwards and Brian & Marcia Hurley
Thought for Christmas
Christ was born in the first century, yet he belongs to all centuries. He was born a Jew, yet He belongs to all races.
He was born in Bethlehem, yet He belongs to all countries. – George W. Truett
There will be NO news sheet next week!
Peace and Joy to everyone this Christmas