Rev. Dr. Phil Wall
Tel: 01443 300345 Mob: 07855090360
25th February 2018
We welcome everyone who joins us this morning as we celebrate with a Gymanfa Ganu. If this is your first visit, we hope you will enjoy the experience and feel the warmth of our welcome.
‘To sing is to pray twice’ – St. Augustine. After the success of last year’s gymanfa ganu and the many requests to make it an annual service of worship, today it is our great pleasure to welcome back friends of the church Darya Brill-Williams and Jonathon Gulliford as they lead us in our service of praise this Sunday before St. David’s Day.
This evening our service at Church House will include the celebration of the Lord’s Supper, and discussion.
After all the singing this morning much needed Fair-traded refreshments will be served in the hall. Please join us and catch up with friends old and new! Hand-made cards will be on sale, with Mothering Sunday and Easter approaching take a look at the cards available!
Diary for the Week
Monday 26th Language Classes 9.30-13.00
Karate Clubs 16.30-19.30
Discovery group at the home of Margaret & Chris.
Tuesday 27th Kid’s Club at Church House
Wednesday28thLadies Guild 14.00 -15.30 (see This Week…)
Rainbows & Guides 16.45-20.00
Thursday 1st 50+ Forum (Social) 13.30-15.30
Sing for Life Choir 18.30-20.00
Friday 2nd PCT Christian Aid Lent Lunch (see This Week..)
Women’s World Day of Prayer 2pm (see This Week…)
Welsh Hearts Concert 7pm (see this Week..)
Saturday 3rd Cantorion Practice 1.30pm
Concert with Glam Youth Choir & Cantorion(see This week.)
Sunday 4th Our 10.45 Family Service will be led by Rev Simon Walkling and our Evening contemplative worship at 6pm will include Communion
Church Family and Pastoral News
People to hold in your thoughts and prayers today and during this week:
- Cristian and Cristina (see Notices)
- Those who are lonely or unwell.
- Claire’s Husband Rob waiting for an operation
- Mark Crowley hoping for a good result following an interview
- Those who are sharing their ministry with friends elsewhere:
Ray at Bryn Seion Baptist, Ystrad Mynach this morning and Iestyn at High St. Merthyr this evening
This Week and in the future:
Ladies Guild this week will have the pleasure of hearing from Alison Jones about ‘her life and her clarinet’ We meet at 2pm in the Church.
PCT Christian Aid Lunch this week will be held at St Dyfrigs Church, Treforest on Friday from 12.00 – 1-30 pm. Suggested donation is £2.50.
All God’s Creation is Very Good! Is the theme for this years’ Women’s World Day of Prayer on Friday 2nd March. Services will be around the world will using a service written by the women of Suriname in South America. We are reminded that we have responsibilities in caring for this wonderful world we live in. Suriname asks us to pray for conservation and the protection of wildlife, as well as for the situation in Suriname and concerns for the future. Join us at Norton Bridge Methodist Church at 2pm
Celebrate St David’s Day – A Song for St David’s Day on March 2nd arranged by Welsh Hearts featuring all your favourite songs of Wales, with a spectacular line up of choirs and singers from all over the Valley, don’t miss this wonderful night, bringing the community together in the heart of RCT.
The concert in our church starts at 7pm tickets are £5. Pay at the door.
Another St David’s Day Celebration with The Glam Youth Choir and Cantorion who are giving a concert on Saturday March 3rd, at 4pm which will include Tea, Welsh cakes and dancing!!
Saturday 3rd March – URC Synod, Llandrindod Wells. Anyone who would like to accompany Phil to this council of the church please speak to him.
Two Saturday Coffee mornings 10am – 12noon: March 10th hosted by Iestyn for Save the Children and March 17th hosted by Phil calling ALL budding art and crafters out there, to help prepare some of the materials that we’ll use this holy week. If you can spare the time, please come and join us for coffee and cutting out! Both are. Put the dates in your diary now!
Before leaving Pontypridd to return to Canada Peter said to Phil ‘My experience with St. David’s Uniting is second to none, and I truly appreciate everything you and the congregation have done for me over the past few years.I will truly miss everyone. I will speak of you and everyone at St. David’s Uniting fondly and often.’ We have also received a ‘farewell letter’ – it’s an interesting read! Copies are on the table.
Lent and the FoodBank -A Challenge: While lent is typically a time when people give something up for 40 days, it’s often the other way around with many people committing to support something by giving rather than (or, as well as!) giving something up.
Foodbank has a 40p for 40 days challenge, and they are asking people to join them in taking small actions to transform lives by giving up 40p for 40 days. If you choose to accept the challenge Alan will accept your contributions.
News of Cristian and Cristina: On Monday we sent Cristian the fifth and final installment of £1200 pounds for the treatment of Cristina ‘s condition (Henoch-Schonlein purpura). We have had to bridge the deficit to make it to the full amount. We had to send it then as Cristina’s fifth month of treatment was starting on the 19th and the fee has to be paid up-front.
Some of you may like to give us the amount for the fifth month which you had committed to or you may want to make a contribution anyway.
As soon as Cristian was able to cash the money gram at his post office, this is the message that he sent us:”Thank you very much for help. I paid the hospital, you are so good. With your help, Cristina is my pre-child again! We love and respect you”.
Cristian means: With your help Cristina is the child she was before her illness.
A letter of thanks has been received from Pontypridd Street Pastors to thank the Park Ramblers for their donation of £85 to their fund. The money will be used towards buying supplies such as bottles of water, flip flops, tissues, wet wipes, to name just a few of the things needed when they go out on patrol.
Mar 4th am Rev Simon Walkling 6pm Contemplative service
Mar 11th am Rev Dr Phil Wall 6pm Iona Style Service
Flowers for March are being donated by
Val Stone, Gordon Thompson, Doreen & David Marshman,
Marlene McCloy, Stephanie & Alan Hills and Janet Bayliss