Minister: Rev. Dr Phil Wall
Tel: 01443 300345 Mob: 07855090360
1 December 2019
We welcome you all to our services today, the first Sunday in Advent as share God’s news with everyone in our Amnesty International Service, this morning, which is being led by Rev Ray Vincent and the Justice and Peace group and our Iona Advent Service with Holy Communion at 6pm this Evening.
Today is also World Aids Day- Ribbons are available. Please support it!
Tea and coffee will be served in the hall following the morning service, and the hand-made Christmas cards will be on sale, please join us for this time of informal fellowship.
Before you leave, please remember the Copper pot, and put your spare coppers in it. They will be put to good use by local charities.
Hymns: 198: Hark, the glad sound! The Saviour comes
548: When I needed a neighbour
We wait the peaceful kingdom
329: Make way, make way
Reading: Reading: Luke 4:14-30
Diary for the Week
Monday 2nd Language Class 9.30 – 13.00
Tuesday 3rd 50+ Forum Armchair Yoga 13.30-15.30
Kids Club at Church House 18.00-19.30
Wednesday 4th Believe in Bethlehem exhibition 12.00 – 13.30
Ladies Guild (see This week…)14.00-16.00
Guides & Rangers 18.30-20.00
Thursday 5th Sing for life choir 18.30-20.00
Saturday 7th Cantorion 10.30-11.30
Sunday 8th Our Minister will lead our Gift Sunday family worship at 10.45. (see Notices)
Events and New of Castle Square URC, our sister church
Monday 2nd Craft and chat 10:30am – 12noon
Tuesday 3rd Chewsdays Café 12 – 1:30pm
Wednesday 4th Ladies Guild. 2.30pm
Sunday 8th Castle Square and Friends Carol Service 2.30pm
Church Family and Pastoral News
We include this in the news sheet to inform our prayers.
- We think of those who are recovering have operations, especially Loreen, and for those who are having operations or treatment in the coming week or are waiting for results of tests.
- We continue to hold Claire & Rob in our Prayers, as Rob continues his treatment. Also Robert’s Mum
- Please remember those who are caring for family members who are ill
- We think of those for whom this time of year holds sad memories.
- All those affected by the London Terror attack.
- As we hold our ‘Faces of Hope ‘ exhibition we remember all who live in the countries of the Middle East.
Advent Greetings from Canada ~ My family are doing well. Audrey sends her best wishes and greetings. I share mine with the congregation. I think if you, all, often, although I’m terrible as following through with a letter or Facebook post. Peter de Jong
Special Days to remember
1st December World Aids Day www.worldaidsday.org/campaign/
25 Nov–10 Dec 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence.16dayscwgl.rutgers.edu/
This Week and in the future
Birds will be the topic of this week’s guest at Ladies Guild! In particular swifts as the title of RSPB’s Alan Rosney talk is ‘Swifts are in trouble’.
You are reminded that the balance for our Christmas meal is due.
We meet in the Victoria room at 2pm.
The ‘Believe in Bethlehem’ and ’12 Faces of Hope’ Exhibition including a display of international Nativity sets will be open to the public every Wednesday in December, 12:30 – 1:30
The PONT Christmas Concert featuring the Pontypridd Community Choir and the award winning school choir of YGG Llwyncelyn is at Temple Baptist Church at 7.30pm on Thursday 5th December. Tickets at the door: £5 Adults £3 Children.
Have you chosen your favourite carol or reading for our Morning service on Sunday December 29th yet? A service of Carols and Lessons is being planned; Michael, Bethan and Pam are waiting to receive your choices or suggestions! Please don’t leave it too late….they need to start planning!
Our Anniversary lunch will be held on 12th January the Heritage Park.
The deposit has been paid and the booking confirmed! The sign -up sheet will be on the table again next week!
As we start to receive Christmas cards, please remember to save the postage stamps and put them in the box, they will then be recycled to raise funds for Amnesty International.
Gift Sunday. This year we are supporting Displaced People in Action (DPIA) as our local charity, and Chora Chori, which helps Nepalese displaced and trafficked children, as our International charity. (pick up a leaflet to learn more!)Envelopes are available and donations can be gift aided.
Also gifts (NOT wrapped) will be received for disadvantaged children and teenagers supported by HomeStart and for the residents at Mill Street Hostel.
Between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019, the Trussell Trust’s food bank network distributed 113,373 3-day emergency food parcels in Wales. We were challenged to beat our October figure and we did it! In November YOU contributed and amazing 53.6kg of food and donated £185 in cash. THANKYOU! With Food Banks are braced for the busiest Christmas ever let’s see if we can do it again!
The Greetings Board and card sorter will be in place next week. If you would like to, we suggest you write one card for all your church friends and pin it on the board and give a donation to the charity of your choice. Please use the card sorter and don’t forget to check for ‘your’ mail.
PCW annual appeal towards mission and outreach work at home and overseas are now due. Please give to Lynda Bull TODAY.
Dec 15th 10.45 Rev Dr Phil Wall 16.00 Festive Family Film
Dec 22nd 10.45 Rev Dr Phil Wall – Nativity Service
Doreen Marshman & Jean Davies, Marilyn Edwards,
Porth Friends. Brian & Marcia Hurley and Gwyneth James
Thought for the Week
Hope is like water for the soul. It’s a necessity, something the soul cannot live without. Hope is what revitalizes us.
Tarek Al-Zoughbi. Taken from 12 Faces of Hope – A reason to move forward.