Rev. Dr. Phil Wall
Tel: 01443 300345 Mob: 07855090360
27 November 2016
We welcome you all to our services today, the first Sunday in Advent as we share God’s news with everyone in our Amnesty International Service this morning and at Church House this evening – a discussion service & Communion – Advent & the Second Coming. World Aids Day is Thursday – Ribbons are available today. Both services will be led by our minister.
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 98, Christ be our light, We can make a difference, 73, 207
Readings Psalm 122; Matthew 25:31-46
Evening Worship – Advent & the Second Coming.
Diary for the Week
Monday Language Classes 9-11am. Karate Club from 4.30 – 7.30pm
Tuesday Language Classes 9.30am 3pm. Kids Club 6pm at Church House
Wednesday Ladies Guild 2pm (see Diary). Rainbows at 4.45 & Guides from 6.30pm
Thursday Sing for Life Choir 6.30 – 8pm
Saturday Coffee Bar 10am – 12 noon. Cantorion 10.30 -11-30. Glam Youth Choir 10.15-12.30
Sunday Gift Sunday (see Notices) Our Family worship at 10.45 will be led by Iestyn Henson and at 6pm we will join the Mayors Civic Carol Service at St Catherine’s.
Church Family and Pastoral News
We hold Loreen in our prayers as her husband, Ken, has an infection and is very frail. We also remember: Russell now on ward D4 at Ysbyty Cwm Rhondda; Caroline still on Ward 19 at the Royal; and Marilyn whose latest X-rays have shown that the fractures are healing – her next appointment will be in January. She is in good spirits! We also pray for Mark as he applies for grants (see below); for those who have had appointments cancelled, those who are dealing with upsetting family situations, those who are unable to share the joy of our advent services and others for whom this time of year holds sad memories.
Letter from Mark Crowley
I have some potentially exciting news to share with you. I have been invited to be a visiting scholar at Harvard University’s Centre for European Studies next year (from September) for a year. However, the position is unfunded, and my sabbatical salary would not be enough to sustain us in Boston for a year. So I have now begun the process of applying for research grants, which are prestigious but also extremely difficult to get. I would be grateful if you could share this news with all at St David’s, and ask for God’s blessing in helping me through this difficult process in the hope that I can obtain the award required to help me realise my dream of working at Harvard (and also letting Maggie and Anna enjoy the experience!)
Dates for your Diary
Wednesday 30th November Ladies Guild
This week we have a visit from Jayne Brencher, the former Mayor of Pontypridd, who will share her memories of her year in office. All welcome to join us at 2pm.
Sunday 4th December 3-5.30pm Christmas party
We will be hosting a Christmas party for our Syrian friends and all from our church who would like to celebrate with them. There’ll be treats, the screening of a family film and we’re even hoping for a visit from a man dressed in red who gets busy at this time of year (yes, the postman or Father Christmas, depending on the latter’s schedule). It would be good to see some members from the church there and even better if people could bring along something to share. Ideas and a sign-up sheet are at the back and please ensure all food items are vegetarian.
Advent Celebrations , Events and information
On December 11th alongside our morning service and invitation to Castle Square’s carols service (3pm) we will be hosting the Town Centre Churches Carols service at 6pm. We only host this every 4 years so it would be great if those who are free could attend and perhaps volunteer to help with the refreshments after the service or to be a welcomer/steward as we will likely be using the balcony. Sign up sheet at the back, as ever!
Daily Devotions for Advent
Daily Devotions from the URC will be sent out by email every day from the First Sunday of Advent. A team of writers from different places and perspectives are reflecting on a reading and offering a short prayer each day. for In order to sign up simply go to: http://tinyurl.com/URCDailyDevotions and complete the form. Even if you are reading this after the start of Advent, it’s not too late to sign up.
Open the Book
This is a scheme run by the Bible Society, whereby volunteers visit schools to present Bible stories in lively and informative ways using drama, mime, props costume and even the children themselves during assemblies and collective worship. St David’s has its own little band of volunteers who need your help in gathering together the necessary props and costumes, so if anyone has an old suitcase, suitable dressing up clothes (adults as well as children -Biblical themes only please!) or any pieces of material suitable for making into costumes or indeed any costume making skills, please contact Pam Mahoney.
Gift Sunday – 4th December
We will receive Gifts for disadvantaged children and teenagers, supported by Homestart and for the residents of the Mill Street hostel at our morning service. Our monetary gifts this year will be shared between ShareDydd and Enkiteng Lepa School in Maji Moto
ShareDYDD was started by the Destitution Working Group of Cardiff City of Sanctuary. The Group was formed out of a concern for the number of destitute asylum seekers in the Cardiff area, estimated to be currently up to 100. We are a network of individuals hosting destitute asylum seekers in the South Wales area.
We don’t turn people away from our support projects if they are not asylum seekers, and have worked with people from all backgrounds to find them places to stay. We do, however, recognise the unique situation that people seeking sanctuary are in, and the limits that they face due to having NRPF*.
We are an independent and confidential service for some of the more vulnerable people in our society and communities.
We are also involved in networks with other organisations and are aiming to tackle homelessness wherever it occurs.
We started as a network of individuals from different organisations aiming to tackle homelessness, but also recognising the uniquely difficult situation that people seeking sanctuary can be in, and prioritising support for those who need it the most.
ShareDYDD has nothing to do with the Home Office or NASS.
Enkiteng Lepa School.
Hellen Nkuraiya comes from a traditional Masai family – she was married off twice by her father – in exchange for cows – starting at the age of 9.
She has led a life of taking stands – against child marriage, female genital mutilation, and fights for education for girls, rights for widows and the end to life-long subservience for women.
Hellen founded the academically acclaimed Enkiteng Lepa School in Maji Moto and also widows’ villages in two communities where widows (who have no property, no rights and can never remarry) can find support, safety and community.
Hellen is helping to transform the lives of girls and women in Kenya. £200 will cover the living costs and education of one girl for one year.
Dec 11th am Rev Dr Phil Wall pm Town Churches Carol Service
Saturday Coffee Bar
Dec 3rd ???? and Janet Dec 10th Marcia
Flowers for December are being donated by
Doreen Marshman & Jean Davies, Marilyn Edwards,
Brian & Marcia Hurley and Gwyneth James
God of hope, as we light the Advent candles in preparation for our celebration of the birth of your Son, may the fire of your love burn away the dusts of our complacency.
May we be able to see the world as it really is and light anew the flame of our passion for justice. © Linda Jones
Thought for the week
‘Not all who wander are lost’ J.R.R. Tolkein