Rev. Dr. Phil Wall
Tel: 01443 300345 Mob: 07855090360
18th February 2018
We welcome all who join us for worship today, for either our morning service, as we gather for the first Sunday in lent, or for our Film and Chat (details in This Week…) this afternoon at 4.00pm. We give a special welcome to those who are visitors and to those worshipping with us for the first time.
Our minister is leading our morning worship which will include the celebration of the Lord’s Supper, when all are invited to share in the bread and wine.
Fair-traded refreshments will be served in the hall following the morning service and hand-made cards will be on sale. All are welcome to stay.
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 local charity please tell Claire Davies.
Foodbank Boxes are in the church and the hall. Monetary donations can be given to Alan!
Hymns: 363 O God beyond all praising
301 Let us talents and tongues employ
478 The God of Abraham praise
Readings: Genesis 18:1-10
Diary for the Week
Monday 19th Language Classes 9.30-13.00
Karate Clubs from 16.30
Discovery group at the home of Margaret & Chris.
Tuesday 20th RCT Asperger’s Support 19.00-21.00
Wednesday 21st Ladies Guild 14.00 -15.30 (see This Week…)
Thursday 22nd 50+ Forum (Social) 13.30-15.30
Sing for Life Choir 18.30-20.00
Friday 23rd Lent Lunch at Castle Square URC (see This Week..)
Saturday 24th Cantorion Practice 10.30-11.30
Sunday 25th Our 10.45 Service is our Annual Gymanfa Ganu when Darya Brill-Williams and Jonathan Gulliford will lead the singing. Our 6pm service at Church house will be a table discussion with communion.
Church Family and Pastoral News
People to hold in your thoughts and prayers today and during this week:
- Our ‘New Friends’ as they settle into new homes. (see Notices)
- Those who are travelling or facing a change of surroundings.
- People in residential care
- Friends in hospital or waiting for appointments
- Those who are sharing their ministry with friends elsewhere:
Ray at Castle Square this morning and Glyn Street, Ynysybwl this afternoon
This Week and in the future:
At this afternoons film and chat we will be watching an uplifting drama based on a best-selling book which tells the story of a father who experiences tragedy and subsequently believes he meets God. Cert.12A.
Raza Prince the leader of the South Wales INTERNATIONAL Search and Rescue team is the guest speaker at Ladies Guild this week; and he is bringing some of his team with him. He led the team when they flew to New Zealand after the earthquake in Christchurch. They are always on stand bye to fly anywhere in the world. We meet at 2pm in the Church.
On Thursday 22nd February, 7:15pm there is a trip to Showcase to see the 13 Oscar-nominated fantasy drama ‘The Shape of Water’ (15).
Meet at 6:30pm for a coffee and catch up or by 7:15 in the foyer.
This week’s PCT Christian Aid Lunch will be held at Castle Square URC, Treforest on Friday from 12.00 – 1-30 pm. Suggested donation is £2.50.
An Excursion to see ‘Sunset Boulevard’ at the Millennium Centre has been arranged for Friday 2nd March, 7:30pm. Tickets can still be purchased – please speak with Phil or Lynda if you want to join others for dinner beforehand.
Song for St David’s Day. A concert 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.
Featuring: The Gentleman’s Songsters Choir, Glam Youth Choir, Shauana Beth Barnhouse, Caitlin Mae and Kaci James
The concert starts at 7pm tickets are £5. Pay at the door.
Proceeds from the event will go towards the RCT100 Appeal, helping to place 100 Defibrillators throughout the Rhondda Cynon Taf.
The Glam Youth Choir with Cantorion are giving a concert on Saturday March 3rd, in the afternoon; Tea and Welsh cakes will be served. Time TBC
On some Sunday morning’s during Lent we will follow Dr Meg Warner’s book ‘Abraham: A Journey Through Lent’ – and all are welcomed and encouraged to attend Meg’s free talk on the Wednesday evening of holy week (March 28th) entitled – ‘I will give you all this land’ – Justice, the Biblical Land Debate and the Current Refugee Crisis”.
Another update on our ‘New Friends’. The two Syrian families who arrived just before Christmas are beginning to settle in. Nahla and Samir and their two children Madji and Maya live in Treforest and Sohair and her two little boys live in Porth.
The young people have started school and the adults have begun English lessons with us on a Monday morning. Through gifts and donations we have been able to supply them with many of the items of good quality household goods and clothes that they needed when they arrived.
Since they arrived in Wales, several of our families have lost loved ones in Syria as a result of the conflict and just two weeks agok –Ulfat the mum of the family who live in Tonypandy -heard that her father had died suddenly in the Refugee Camp in Lebanon. As you can imagine she is heart-broken – it’s even more distressing because she is so far away. Please keep Ulfat and Wael and the family in your prayers.
Feb 25th am Gymanfa Ganu 6pm Table Discussion at Church House
Mar 4th am Rev Simon Walkling 6pm Contemplative service
Flowers for February are being donated by
Hilary & Haydn Goodfellow, Elsie Bennett,
Madeline Howells, Pat Howell,
John King, Jan Bayliss
A Thought for Lent
“Everything in life has its own time. There is time to celebrate and there is time to mourn. This is the time for reflection and transformation. Let us look within and change into what we ought to be.” — Aaron Saul