Rev. Dr. Phil Wall
Tel: 01443 300345 Mob: 07855090360
29th January 2017
We welcome, everyone who joins us for worship today, especially if you are a visitor, or worshipping with us for the first time.
As part of our commemorating Holocaust Memorial Day, we are delighted to welcome Mark Stone to our service this morning. Mark is the Chairman of Cardiff Reform Synagogue and a keen enthusiast for Inter Faith dialogue who is blessing us with his reflections, stories and presence today.
Following the morning service we will have our Church Meeting which will begin at 12 o’clock, feel free to grab a cuppa and bring it back into the sanctuary. All are welcome to attend. There is NO evening service.
The Copper Pot is, as usual, on the table; so don’t take your ‘small change’ home with you, put it in the pot, where it will be used for local charities. Any ideas for worthy recipients should be given to the treasurer.
Hymns 363, 139, 252
Readings Micah 6:1-8; Matthew 5:1-12
Church Family News
We are sad to report that Jan Bayliss’s mother died on Tuesday, we hold Jan and the family in our prayers at this time.
We are pleased to hear that Marilyn Young has had her body brace removed and now just has a neck support, this is great news! Caroline is due to be transferred to Llandough for further treatment and rehab. We are also very pleased that following recent surgery John Attwood has had good reports. Brenda Jones has not been well and may have to receive extensive dental treatment. John Henson is coping with the shingles pain and is a bit better.
We have missed other friends from our fellowship recently as many have colds and coughs.
We remember all these people, those who are concerned for them and those who care for them in our prayers.
News heard after the news sheet was printed.
Simon’s Mum passed away on Friday. We pray for Simon, Sue, Bethan, Ben and the rest of the family at this sad time.
Russell Howells passed away in his sleep early on Saturday morning. Russell had been unwell for a while. We hold Michael, Mary and Rhiannon, and Richard in our prayers.
Diary for the Week
Monday Language Classes 9-11am. Karate Club from 4.30 – 7.30pm
Tuesday Language Classes 9.30am- 3pm
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 Our Family worship, at 10.45 will be led by Rev Simeon Baker and our evening service which will include communion will be led by our minister.
Dates for your Diary
Wednesday 1st February Ladies Guild
Our guest speaker’s subject this week is ‘Animation’ whether that will be in relation to animated films or liveliness in the way somebody speaks or behaves will be for you to discover when Robert James joins the ladies at 2pm in the Church!
There are two amendments to the church directory: Russell’s address is
Greenhill Manor, Duffryn Road, Pentrebach, CF48 4BE,
Jayne & Rogers phone number is 790834
‘Special’ birthdays and anniversaries
If you are aware of anyone celebrating any special birthdays this year or any special Anniversaries could they let Colleen know so that a card can be made to celebrate their special event.
Jan 31st– 1st Feb – URC ‘Walking the Way’ meetings in London
Feb 2nd Synod of Wales minister’s day in Cardiff
Feb 4th Elder’s Away Day in Cardiff
Feb 5th am Rev Simeon Baker pm Rev Dr Phil Wall
Feb 12th am Rev Rosa Hunt pm Film & Chat
Saturday Coffee Bar
Feb 4th Kath Couchman & Janet Bullock Feb 11th Help required!
Flowers for February are being donated by
Hilary & Haydn Goodfellow, Elsie Bennett,
Madeline Howells, Pat Howell,
John King, Margaret Morris
Holocaust Memorial Day 2017
Extracts from Communities Secretary Sajid Javid speech at the national event marking Holocaust Memorial Day
“72 years ago the world learned of the liberation of Auschwitz and the full horror of the death camps.
And as we looked at the devastation wrought on the Jews of Europe, we swore that we would never let genocide happen again.
We failed. Genocide happened in Cambodia. It happened in Rwanda.
The 20th century ended with genocide in Bosnia.
The 21st century began with genocide in Darfur.
Faced not only with such unimaginable evil, but also with our repeated failure to learn from it, it’s easy to ask “How can life go on?”
I find the answer in the words that one young victim of the Holocaust wrote in her diary. “I still believe people are really good at heart”.
Anne Frank was right. People can be good. We can be better.
We just need to be reminded of our failings, and not permitted to forget what happens when hatred is left to grow unchecked. So, life can go on because life must go on. Because we must remember………..
It began with words. With discrimination. With ordinary people not standing up to hatred. And that’s a message that’s as relevant today as at any time in our history.
……… in the words of Zigi Shipper, one of 112 Holocaust survivors whose testimony has been recorded for the memorial project:
“I beg the young people, whatever you do, do not hate.
Hate will ruin your life.”