& Castle Square URC
Minister: Rev. Dr Phil Wall
Tel: 01443 300345 Mob: 07855090360
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2nd August 2020
So, we are in August and you are reading the weekly newsletter! So what? you ask! In normal times there wouldn’t be a newsletter in August. BUT these aren’t normal times. This is the 20th joint newsletter that has been published and they are set to continue.
It may be that a new type of service will be held in the future but there will still be people who will choose to stay at home and we completely understand that.
We make just one appeal…PLEASE… share your news with us. Let your Elders or their Buddies know if you have anything to share when you have your weekly chat!
As you are aware Phil is on leave so we have another guest to lead our reflection. We are blessed with people who are willing to help during these strange times. This week it is Iestyn, who was in Swansea when he wrote this week’s reflection. We are grateful to him for spending his free time so that we can benefit from his message to us.
Church Family and Pastoral News
We include this in the news sheet to inform our prayers.
- We continue to support Claire with our prayers as she slowly moves forward in her life.
- Now that hospitals are starting to resume postponed appointments, we think of those who have will be seeing specialists, having pre-op appointments or scans – and will then have surgery or treatment. We think especially of Alan, Chris Morris and Brian.
- We are pleased to report that Bernice is recovering well after the operation on her hip and femur. She has been moved to a rehab ward in the Royal Glamorgan and is now allowed one visitor for an hour each day. She has been down in the dumps but this is making her feel a bit better.
- Lorna Jones, a member of the Castle Square Guild had a heart operation this week and is recovering well. Thanks to all the members and friends for their care and concern.
- We pray for those for whom this week has sad memories, we ask that they may remember the happy times and be aware that they are in our thoughts.
- Many will be sad to hear that Teg Lewis of St Catherine’s passed away on Wednesday, We remember his wife Jane and the family at this sad time.
Birthdays this week …. Just one birthday again this week….Pat Howell celebrates her birthday on Thursday. There are no doubt others with birthdays, we hope all who are celebrating have a good time.
Something to think about!
I never think about the future. It comes soon enough.” Albert Einstein
Used Postage stamps
We are still collecting stamps for Amnesty International, even with these restrictions, so please check your mail, cut off the stamps – leaving a small border – and save them in an envelope. If you live in Graigwen they can be left in Phil’s bench. If you would like them collected contact your Elder and it will be arranged.
Something to make you laugh!
A little girl asked her mother, “How did the human race appear?” The mother answered, “God made Adam and Eve and they had children, and so was all mankind made..” Two days later the girl asked her father the same question.. The father answered, “Many years ago there were monkeys from which the human race evolved.” The confused girl returned to her mother and said, “Mom, how is it possible that you told me the human race was created by God, and Dad said they developed from monkeys?” The mother answered, “Well, dear, it is very simple. I told you about my side of the family and your father told you about his.”
Phil’s challenge to us last week was ‘What item of clothing says something about you? If you were an item of clothing …what would you be? A pair of boots, a dinner jacket, a pair of tracksuit bottoms, or an item from your cupboard that reminds you of a special occasion or a special day or even a special person. – so which item of clothing says something about you?’ Well, perhaps we’ve got used to wearing the same clothes or we are having difficulty in remembering! We received one within and hour of the video being posted, and another 6 days later!
You only had to look out of the window early last week to know that it’s the holiday season, the rain was coming down and the kids are off school. Last Weekend campsites, B&B’s, Hotels with shared facilities opened so many people have been planning a holiday. The challenge that Sue and Phil have come up with is to share a holiday or a day out memory. It could be a memory of somewhere local or further afield. It might be that you’ve got a photo that you could share with someone else. Perhaps you could share that memory with someone on Church Chat, or Church Facebook page, on the phone or in a garden. If you are meeting up with anyone take a photo along with you, it would be a way to start a conversation about the good times. Things have been limited for all of us and it’s good to look back with thanksgiving to better times when it was possible to go on holiday or get on the bus or train without a mask! This week if you meet with someone in a garden, or if you have a phone conversation, share a memory!
Do you know your bible?
1.What is the only book of the Bible that does not contain the word ‘God’?
Ruth Songs of Solomon Esther
2.The phrase ‘God never gives you more than you can handle’ is where in Scripture?
Nowhere Psalms Proverbs
3. What is the shortest book of the Bible?
Philemon 2 John Titus
Thought for the Week
‘Faith is what someone knows to be true, whether they believe or not’ Flannery O’Connor
Quoted by Nadia Bolz-Webber in her book @Cranky, Beautiful Faith