NOTE! As many people were unable to join us last week because of the snow, several notices have been repeated!
Minister: Rev. Dr. Phil Wall
Tel: 01443 300345 Mob: 07855090360
17th December 2017
We welcome all who join us for worship today, the 3rd Sunday of Advent and our Christmas Communion Service. All are welcome to share in the bread and wine.
Today we Walk the way …..with the wise men as we bring our gifts for the mental health charity, Young Minds; Cristian to provide treatment for Cristina; Home Start and Adref; leaflets with full information are on the table along with gift envelopes. If you gift aid please write your name on the envelope.
This evening at 6pm we will Walk the Way…. with Fellow Seekers as we travel to Cardiff to share in the Menorah Lighting Ceremony at Cardiff Reform Synagogue (see This Week)
Fair-trade tea and coffee will be served after this morning’s service, we invite you to enjoy some light refreshments in the company of friends.
Colleen is unable to take any more orders for cards before Christmas, but there are plenty of birthday and Christmas cards available in the hall. Get yours today!
Our ‘Copper Pot’ is on the table waiting for your ‘small change’, the money is donated to ‘local’ charities; if you have any suggestions for a worthy charity please tell Claire Hughes.
Hymns: Joyful, Joyful we adore thee!
268 Jesus Christ is waiting
Some Ring Bells at Christmas
Readings: Genesis 18:1-10a; Matthew 2:1-12
Diary for the Week
Monday 18th Carol Singing at Sainsbury’s (see This Week)
Tuesday 19th RCT Aspergers Support Group. 19.00-21.00
Thursday 21st Sing for Life Choir 18.30 – 20.00
Saturday 23rd Coffee Bar 10am – 12.00
Cantorion practice 10.30 -11.30
Sunday 24th Phil will lead our Nativity Service, with the help of Junior Church. The service will also include the Baptism at Magdi & Susan. At 23.15 we will gather with all of creation for our Midnight Communion Service at Church House.
Church Family and Pastoral News
People to hold in your thoughts and prayers today and during this week:
- David Marshman as he adapts to new medication.
- Caroline has settled in to Bay View Lodge and is being well cared for
- Those who will be travelling to stay with family and friends for the festive season.
- ALL who will be alone at Christmas.
- Those who are sharing their ministry with friends elsewhere:
Ray at Castle Square this morning. Alan and Hywel also occasionally share their talents with other churches.
This Week and in the future:
We are invited to join Phil and the members of Castle Sq URC at their Christmas Carols service at at 2:30pm this afternoon. Mince Pies will be served!!!
It’s not too late for anyone who would like to join us for the Menorah Lighting Ceremony at the Cardiff Reform Synagogue this evening. We are asked to arrive by 6.15pm, so we will meet at 5.25pm to leave the church at 5.30pm.
On Monday 18th December we invite anyone who enjoys singing to put on their Christmas Jumpers and join us as we Walk the way ….with Christmas Shoppers by singing carols at Sainsbury’s while receiving donations for Christian Aid.
Advance Notice! The church meeting on Sunday14th January will be followed by our Anniversary Lunch at the Heritage Park. A ‘Sign-up’ sheet will be on the table from January 3rd and a deposit of £5 will be required.
Today is Gift Sunday. Envelopes for donations to our Christmas appeals are on the table, if you can Gift Aid please put your name on the envelope.
Update on Cristina’s (Cristian’s daughter) treatment. Her second month of treatment (intravenous steroid injections) started on November 28th. Already the treatment has shown signs of being very effective as Cristina has not needed the regular blood transfusions that she was having. The doctor even allowed her to go to the Kindergarden on December 1st, the Romanian national Day. She is also generally feeling better and happier.
Three further months minimum are, according to the doctor, needed. Our aim will be to try to provide the three months. Each month costs £1200 pounds.
Cristian keeps in regular contact with Viviane and sends photos which we are more than welcome to see.
The Christmas Cards Greetings Board is in place – you are invited to ‘post’ a single card to all your friends in church and give a donation to Charity. Please remember to check the sorter for ‘YOUR’ mail and if there are cards for people you can deliver to please take them today.
Remember to save the postage stamps from mail you receive and put them in the box, they will then be recycled to raise funds for Amnesty International.
The Ladies Guild had their Christmas lunch last week and everyone had a good time and all agreed that the meals were magnificent, our thanks to Marcia for arranging it! We look forward to our 2018 session which will start on January 10th. Pick up your Diary TODAY!………… Lynda
Thankyou to everyone who responded to our appeal last month; you gave a total of 34.9 kgs of food plus £5, this was gratefully received. Foodbank Shopping lists are on the table.
Dec 24th am Rev Dr Phil Wall 11.15pm Service at Church House
Dec 31st am The Park Ramblers No Evening Service
Saturday Coffee Bar
Dec 23rd Marcia Dec 30th CLOSED
Flowers for December are being donated by
Doreen Marshman & Jean Davies, Marilyn Edwards,
Brian & Marcia Hurley and Gwyneth James
A Prayer for Advent
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 CAFOD
“St. David’s Uniting Church acknowledges the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund for the repair to the stonework and roof of the building.”