Rev. Dr. Phil Wall
Tel: 01443 300345 Mob: 07855090360
26th February 2017
We welcome you all to our services today, especially if you are a visitor or worshipping with us for the first time.
We are pleased to welcome Rev James Karran this morning; but sadly this will be the last time he will lead our worship.
Many people know that it has been James’ long time vision to have a bar or pub that can be used as a mission base for the local community, to build up relationships and spread the ‘aroma of Christ’. This last year the door of opportunity has opened and he is going for it. In March James is opening an Ale House in Cardiff! We wish him well as we hold him in our prayers.
Iestyn Henson will lead our service at Church House this evening at 6pm when Communion will be shared.
Fairtrade coffee and tea will be served after this morning’s service and hand made cards will be on sale: all are welcome to join in this time of informal fellowship.
The Copper Pot is, as usual, on the table; so don’t take your ‘small change’ home with you, put it in the pot, where it will be used for local charities.
Hymns 242, 522, 235, 560
Readings Matthew 9:9-13
Hymns Separate hymn sheet
Readings Exodus 24: 12-18 Matthew 17: 1-9
Church Family News
Most will have heard that Enid sadly passed away a few hours after receiving Communion when Phil and Lynda visited her last Saturday. Enid was a loyal member of our fellowship: as well as serving as an Elder she was Ladies Guild president, attended PCT meetings and was Chair of WWDP. She was actively involved in organisations for Senior Citizens in Pontypridd. She will be missed by a large number of people.
Enid’s funeral will take place on 10th March, 1pm at the church followed by burial at Glyntaff.
We remember and pray for Gwenllian, who is at home following her operation; Anne and Vernon Coles as they wait for results of tests; John Henson, suffering with shingles, Caroline, still in hospital; Marilyn Young and Alma. Visitors would be welcomed by those unable to worship with us.
Mark Crowley will know this weekend if he has been successful in obtaining funding to work at Havard University for a year.
Phil is technically on annual leave 25 – 27th February but clearly can’t keep away (!) as he will be with us for the Radio 4 recording and Sunday morning worship. This week he will be teaching at Queen’s College, Birmingham for two days and will be attending Synod at Libanus, Mid Wales on Saturday. The Elders will deal with any urgent matters during this time.
Diary for the Week
Monday Language Classes 9am-1pm. Karate Club from 4.30 – 7.30pm
Tuesday Language Classes 9.30am 3pm. Kids Club 6pm at Church House
Wednesday Ladies Guild 2pm (see Diary). Rainbows at 4.45 & Guides from 6.30pm
Thursday Sing for Life Choir 6.30 – 8pm
Friday Lent Lunch at Castle Sq URC from 12-1.30 (See Diary)
Saturday Coffee Bar 10am – 12 noon. Cantorion 10.30 -11.30. Glam Youth Choir 10.15-12.30
Sunday Family worship, at 10.45 will be led by Rev Heather Weddell and Evening worship at 6pm will be led by our minister.
Dates for your Diary
Wednesday 1st March Ladies Guild
This week we will have a St David’s Day Special. We will have Poetry and Singing. Don’t forget your daffodils (or leeks!) We may even have Welsh cakes or Bara Brith!
Thursday 2nd March Harp Concert
What better way to celebrate St David’s day? – even if a day late! Merched Y Wawr Pontypridd have arranged this concert with talented harpists from the Royal Welsh College Music and Drama.
The concert, at St Catherine’s Church, starts at 7.30pm. Tickets are £8 (£5 concessions) at the door. More details from Cerys. Proceeds in aid of Urdd Eisteddfod 2017
Friday 3rd March Lent Lunch
The first of the Lent Lunches which are held to raise funds for Christian Aid will be held at Castle Square URC, Treforest from 12 – 1.30 pm. The suggested donation is £2.50 and Fairtrade goods will be on sale.
Lent books are now available at £5 each;– please see Lynda if you ordered one. Extra copies are available for those who didn’t sign up!
If you are intending to join a Lent Bible Study group, please sign up at the back now. Groups will be confirmed next Sunday (March 5th) and will begin that week.
Inter Cultural Weekend – 11-12th March
The intercultural weekend will commence at the church at 6:30pm on Thursday 9th March when we will be hosting a primary school concert focused on the themes of celebrating diversity, promoting unity and striving for peace. All welcome to attend – please speak to Lynda or Pam if you are willing to steward.
Saturday 11th: Twmpath. Tickets for the social event of the year are now available from Pam at £4 each. Dancing is optional!
One objective of the weekend is to engage with groups beyond the church in conversation about how we might promote peace, justice and hope at a time when we hear a lot about division, hate and fear. Though a challenging issue, we will be addressing this in fun ways so this is a great opportunity to invite friends and neighbours along. For more details on the events of the weekend, please see the leaflets at the back.
Would those going on this pilgrimage next year please pass their cheques to Lynda by Sunday March 5th
Flowers for March are being donated by
Gordon Thompson, Stephanie & Alan Hills, Marlene McCloy,
Doreen & David Marshman, Val Stone and Janet Bayliss,
Thought for the Week
‘Concepts create idols. Only wonder grasps anything.’ – St Gregory of Nyssa