Saint David’s Uniting Church
Rev. Dr. Phil Wall
Tel: 01443 300345 Mob: 07855090360
2nd December 2018
We welcome everyone who joins today, the first Sunday in Advent as we remember Prisoners of Conscience and World Aids Day. If you are a visitor or worshipping with us for the first time you are especially welcome.
Our service this morning is being led by Iestyn and the Peace and Justice Group. This Evening Phil will lead an Advent Compline which will include communion
Fair-traded tea and coffee will be served after this morning’s service and homemade 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.
Hark the Glad Sound
Hills of the North Rejoice
I have a dream a man once said
Go forth and tell!
Diary for the Week
Monday 3rd Language Class 9.30-13.00
Karate Clubs 16.30-19.30
Stamp Club 19.00-21.00
Tuesday 4th Kids Club at Church House
Wednesday 5th Ladies Guild 14.00 (see This Week…)
Thursday 6th Sing for Life Choir 18.30-20.00
Saturday 8th Glam Youth Choir 10am-12.30pm
Cantorion practice 10.30-11.30
Sunday 9th The second Sunday in Advent and our Family service at 10.45 will be led by Phil. Then at 6pm we will share in Advent Prayers for Peace.
Church Family and Pastoral News
People to hold in your thoughts and prayers during this week:
- All who find the season of Advent stressful rather than joyful, because of financial worries.
- Those who have lost loved ones in recent weeks
- All who are ill and those who care for them, both at home and in hospital
- We remember those of our fellowship who are unable to remember us.
- Members of our fellowship who are leading worship elsewhere.
If you should call into the Victoria room on Wednesday at 2pm you will be treated to an Afternoon of Christmas Music as Alison will entertain the Ladies Guild as she plays tunes old and new on the clarinet…..we will also have the opportunity to sing some seasonal favourites.
News from the Church Meeting
We were told that the lead replaced in the summer has been stolen from the roof! A temporary repair will need to be done!
We applauded news that the Mugs designed by Junior Church raised £54 and the Kids Club project at also raised £54. So our Harvest Appeal for the ‘Tent of Nations’ has benefitted by £108
It was decided that a committee be convened to look into the possibilities of employing a church worker funded by Enid Williams’ generous bequest. They will report their findings and suggestions to a subsequent church meeting.”
We were informed that work would begin on the gallery.
Gift Sunday, December 16th. Charities we will support with monetary donations this year along with gifts for Homestart and Adref this year are – locally,The Rowan Tree Cancer Charity and internationally, Save the Children Yemen Crisis Appeal
There are more homeless people in Pontypridd than there are beds in the two hostels, Sure Start are trying to help as many as possible by providing sleeping bags, one-person tents, thermal underwear, roll up mats and flasks for hot drinks and soup. Monetary donations are also welcome
In November we donated 23kgs and £45. But there is concern that the situation will worsen in the coming weeks leading up to Christmas and afterwards when demand for emergency food traditionally spikes.
The December/January edition of Reform is available today; If you subscribe please remember to collect your copy. If you don’t subscribe but would like to read it there is a ‘Spare’ copy, which can be borrowed!
The Christmas Greetings Board and card sorter will be in place next week You are invited to pin your card to the church family, on the board and give a donation to charity. If you can deliver cards to people who are unable to worship with us please do so
Flyers advertising our Christmas Services and Events are available, please take them and give them to your friends and neighbours so that more people will know when and where they can join us as we prepare to celebrate the birth of Christ.
Dec 9th am Rev Dr Phil Wall 6pm Advent prayers for peace
Dec 16th am Rev Dr Phil Wall 4pm Film & Chat
Flowers for December will be donated by
Brian & Marcia Hurley and Gwyneth James
Thought for the Week
A prison cell in which one waits, hopes,…and is completely dependent on the fact that the door of freedom has to be opened from the outside, is not a bad picture of Advent. —Dietrich Bonhoeffer