Saint David’s Uniting Church
Minister: Rev. Dr Phil Wall
Tel: 01443 300345 Mob: 07855090360
16 February 2020
Welcome to our services today. A special welcome if you are worshipping with us for the first time. Phil, our minister, is leading our worship this morning. We will also celebrate the Lord’s Supper, when all are invited to share in the bread and wine.
At this afternoon’s Film and Chat at 4pm for Valentines weekend we will be watching a romantic mystery which takes a look at magic, miracles and murder! Certificate PG. Please join us!
Fairtrade tea and coffee will be served following the morning service and cards will also be on sale. As usual the copper pot is on the table waiting for your ‘small change’, and the FoodBank boxes are also available for your donations.
337 Morning has broken
447 Sing to God new songs of worship,
We Your children
Thanks for friends who keep on loving
Deuteronomy 30:15-20; Matthew 5:21-37
Thought for the Week
“Let your heart guide you. It whispers, so listen closely.” The Land before Time.
Diary for the Week
Language Classes 9.30-13.00
Karate Clubs 16.30-19.30
RCT Aspergers support Group.19.00-21.00
Ladies Guild 14.00 -15.30 (see This Week…)
Sing for Life Choir 18.30-20.00
Our Family Service at 10.45 will be led by Dave Kitchen.
Events at Castle Square URC, our sister church
Craft and chat 10:30am – 12noon
Chewsdays Café 12 – 1:30pm
Church Family and Pastoral News
We include this in the news sheet to inform our prayers.
- We remember those who ‘work’ every Sunday: the organists, Cantorion, the readers, the flower arrangers, Junior Church staff, those who give a welcome at the door, and coffee makers
- We give thanks for ‘good’ news and we remember those for whom news has not been so good.
- There are several people who are unable to worship with us because of illness or family responsibilities. A phone call or visit would let them know they are not forgotten!
- Those sharing ministry elsewhere this morning: Ray at Castle Square and Iestyn at Abergavenny this morning and Merthyr Vale this evening.
Special Days This Week
20th February World Day of Social Justice www.un.org/en/events/socialjustice day/
This Week and in the future
CAKE meeting – The Christians Against Knowing Everything group will meet at Clwb-y-Bont, at 7:30pm on Monday 17th. This month, we will be considering the nature of suffering in God’s creation. All welcome to attend.
Rosemary Scadden is the speaker in Ladies Guild this week: when she visited us before, when we learnt about ‘scarves’! Her topic this week is completely different… Women in service between the wars. Join us at 2pm in the Victoria Room and find out what they did!
The first meeting of Graigwen Book Club, will be on Monday 24th February at 7.30pm – the venue will be chosen when numbers are known! So, if you’ve been thinking about joining the group, let Phil know soon!
We have received an invitation to one of the 2020 Christian Aid Gatherings at Park End Presbyterian Church, Cardiff (CF23 6EG) on Saturday, 7 March between 10am – 1pm. This means you’ll be home in time for the rugby!
The Gathering will be an opportunity to be inspired, enthused, encouraged and challenged to step out in faith this year to support our brothers and sisters who are living on the front line of the climate crisis.
Cynan Llwyd will share his experiences from his recent trip to Kenya, which is the focus of Christian Aid Week, you will have the opportunity to share fundraising ideas and hopes, while learning about priorities for prayer & action. All are welcome. If you would like to go give your name to Lynda or RSVP by 2 March: firstname.lastname@example.org / 02920 844646
20-22 February Phil will be leading a conference ‘Meandering off the Path’ looking at the URC Walking the Way project.
News from the Church Meeting
Christmas Appeal – £7,507 plus £123.75 raised by gift aiding.
Gift aiding, we remind folk that tax payers can gift aid either by having envelopes or contributing by direct debit and filling in a form. Any tax payer can have envelopes. Any amount can be gift aided so long as enough tax is paid to cover it. Speak to Anne Coles for further information, forms or envelopes. Gift aiding is an easy way for the church to get income- for every £1 given the church gets an extra 25p.
Eco Church – the meeting agreed to:-
- Twin the toilets in the Church and Manse.
- Use environmentally-friendly cleaning products.
- Make better use of the copier by, where possible, making 2 sided copies and copying in mono rather than colour.
- Reduce paper use by:-
- trialling sending documents for Church Meeting by email, hard copies will be available for those without email.
- trialling printing 1 copy of the news sheet per household and encouraging more to have it on line.
- Plant the ‘garden’ with wildlife friendly plants. Dorothy has volunteered! Would you like to join her?
Anyone with ideas of how to make the exterior of the church seem more alive to make themselves known to Sue Walkling!
Our Live Lent: Care for God’s Creation books have come in so if you signed up for one please see Lynda. A couple of extra copies were ordered in case those who wanted one didn’t sign up. Copies cost £2.
Mar 1st 10.45 Iestyn Henson 18.00 Rev Dr Phil Wall
Mar 8th 10.45 Rev Dr Rosa Hunt
Flowers for February will be donated by Hilary & Haydn Goodfellow, Elsie Bennett, Madeline Howells, Pat Howell, John King, Jan Bayliss