Rev. Dr. Phil Wall
Tel: 01443 300345 Mob: 07855090360
5th March 2017 First Sunday in Lent
We welcome you all to our services today, we especially welcome Rev Heather Weddell of Cowbridge United Free Church, who is leading our morning worship, and Richard & Sarah who are joining us this evening.
Our evening service will include the celebration of Holy Communion.
Fairtrade tea and coffee will be served after this morning’s service, the Traidcraft stall will be open and handmade cards will be on sale, do take this opportunity to see what is available and enjoy fellowship with friends.
Please don’t forget to put your ‘small’ change in ‘Copper Pot’.
Hymns I will trust in you alone, 235, 231, 442
Readings Matthew 4: 1-11 (ICB), Psalm 32 (NLT)
Hymns 313, 518, 469
Church Family News
Enid’s funeral will take place on 10th March, 1pm at the church followed by burial at Glyntaff. Refreshments will be served in the hall.
We ask your prayers for, Sue & David Skym, Anne & Vernon Coles, Margaret & Derek Johnson, Gwenllian, Sue Walkling, John & Valerie, Alma, Marilyn Young and Caroline.
We think of Mark as he copes with the disappointment of obtaining funding to work at Havard University and we rejoice with Cyril who became a great-grandfather on 24th February when Baby Noah was born to Brennig and his wife.
Diary for the Week
Monday Language Classes 9am-1pm. Karate Club from 4.30 – 7.30pm. Stamp Club 7-9pm
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 Children’s Concert – Intercultural Event – see inside
Friday Lent Lunch at St Mary’s Glyntaf from 12-1.30
Saturday Coffee Bar 10am – 12 noon. Cantorion 10.30 -11.30. Glam Youth Choir 10.15-12.30
Sharing Food and Culture at 4pm. Twmpath at 7pm –Intercultural Events see inside
Sunday Gymnafa Ganu at 10.45 and Family Film at 4pm
Dates for your Diary
Wednesday 8th March Ladies Guild
Due to unforeseen circumstances we have changed the programme! We will continue to celebrate our welsh culture in poetry, song and scenery!
Friday 10th March Lent Lunch
The second of the Lent Lunches to raise funds for Christian Aid will be held at St Mary’s Glyntaf, Treforest from 12 – 1.30 pm. This will be the 1st for them. The suggested donation is £2.50. Fairtrade goods stall.
We have heard from Hellen in Kenya – she was overwhelmed by the generosity of our gift after the Christmas Appeal and wants everyone to know how very surprised and grateful she is.
Our gift has enabled Hellen to rescue another 20 girls and provide a safe place for them to live, receive some education and start a new life.
Daily reflections for Lent are available at £5 each – please see Lynda if you ordered one. Extra copies are available for those who missed signing up!
Our Lent groups are starting this week – Mondays at 7:30pm and Thursdays at 10am. Please speak to Margaret, Lynda or Phil if you would like more information on these.
In June, we are planning on welcoming a number of our friends into membership. If you are thinking about becoming a member of St David’s Uniting Church or want to know more about what it involves, please speak to Phil, Iestyn or your elder in the next couple of weeks.
If you missed our recent radio appearances, you can listen again at https://www.mixcloud.com/RhonddaRadio123/reflections-15217/ for Rhondda Radio or on the BBC iplayer for our Radio 4 service.
Inter Cultural Events
Thursday 9th March 6.30pm The intercultural weekend will commence at the church 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 March 12 – 3pm: 5-a-side Football Tournament at Pontypridd RFC, Sardis Road. Do you know a group of 5 players aged 16 or over of any gender and ability who might like to take part?
Sharing of Food and Culture 4 – 7pm: – Eric Eugene Murangwa from the charity ‘Football for Hope, Peace & Unity’ – a Rwandan refugee whose life was saved by his teammates – will be introducing and screening his 30 minute film ‘Soccer: My Saviour’ which retells his incredible story and subsequent desire to use football to promote peace and unity in communities across the UK and Rwanda. All are very welcome to attend the free screening.
Saturday 11th at 7pm Twmpath at the Muni. Tickets for the social event of the year are now available from Pam at £4 each. Dancing is optional! Come along and enjoy the music or just enjoy the spectacle!
Sunday 12th March at 10:45am: Inter Cultural Cymanfa Ganu Our morning service will take the form of a morning of praise as we host a classic Cymanfa Ganu alongside a few hymns that reflect the Inter Cultural theme of the weekend.
4 pm: Family Film Screening Come along with your cinema snacks to our free screening of this fabulous family film which reminds us that we really are ‘Together. Stronger’. Cert. PG English language with Arabic subtitles.
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 would be a great opportunity to invite friends and neighbours along.
Flowers for March are being donated by
Val Stone Gordon Thompson, Doreen & David Marshman,
Marlene McCloy, Stephanie & Alan Hills and Janet Bayliss,
Thought for the Week
“The Lord measures out perfection neither by the multitude nor the magnitude of our deeds, but by the manner in which we perform them.”
St John of the Cross