Minister: Rev. Dr Phil Wall
Tel: 01443 300345 Mob: 07855090360
2 February 2020
We give a warm welcome to everyone who joins for worship today.
Our service this morning is being led by Rev Ray Vincent while Phil is at Castle Square. We look forward to an inspiring service with him.
Phil will lead our evening service, which will include communion, it will be held in the Victoria Room, please use the hall entrance.
Fair-trade tea and coffee will be served after this morning’s service and Handmade greetings cards will also be on sale.
Don’t forget! The Copper pot and the Foodbank Boxes are waiting for your donations.
God is in his temple
261: Jesu lover of my soul
558: Who would think
321: Love divine
Reading: Malachi 3:1-5 Luke 2:22-40
Thought for the Week
“When you think all is lost, the future remains.” Robert H Goddard
Diary for the Week
Language Classes 9.30-13.00
Karate Clubs 16.30-19.30
Kids Club at Church House
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 Rev Dr Phil Wall.
Following the service and a short break we will have the Church meeting.
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 think of Maggie, Mark and Anna as they mourn and were unable to go to the funeral. Words can’t describe how they must be feeling.
- Chris Fennell is in hospital having broken her knee after a fall at home.
- Chris Morris is getting stronger and will have an operation date soon.
- We continue to remember Rob and Claire as they cope with everything.
- Edith as she settles into The Willows care home in Mountain Ash.
- Those who are in constant pain and those waiting for operations.
- Those of our fellowship who are housebound or do not remember us.
- Our friends at Temple Baptist as they prepare to welcome their new pastor next weekend, and Peter as he settles into life in Pontypridd.
News from abroad
After we offered prayers and thoughts last week for the people in Wuhan and particularly that Maggie’s family would be spared the problems dealing with the virus, we were shocked to hear that Maggie’s parents died in a house fire that weekend. Mark says. They were two wonderful people, and were so warm to me. They loved their children and grandchildren deeply.
Thanks from Hilary. ‘I would like you all to know that the cards, phone calls, and messages I’ve received since Haydn has been in hospital have been a great comfort to me, they have kept me going! THANKYOU X
This Week and in the future
Last week in Ladies Guild the promised surprise with Marilyn and Phil took the form of 20 questions which Phil had to answer…there was much laughter! Our diary for this week shows February 5th ‘Macular Degeneration’ when we will welcome David Stoneman as our guest speaker.
An Invitation from Temple Baptist Church: ‘There will be an induction service for our new pastor, Peter Roberts at Temple Baptist Church, Gelliwastad Road at 3pm on Saturday 8th February followed by refreshments. Please come and celebrate the start of this new chapter in the life of our church.’
Will those who intend going please add your name to the list for catering use.
Our Church Meeting is on February 9th, following the morning service. The minutes of the last meeting are on the notice board. The agenda will be available before the meeting. Two items that will be discussed are Eco Church and Lent Activities. If you are unable to be at the meeting please sign the Apologies sheet which is on the table.
Our Games Evening was a great success, all ages playing a variety of games and we raised £75.
The birthday meal for January/February was held last Thursday at the Blueberry and was attended by 5 people. If anyone was unable to attend make a note of the March Dates, you can join that instead. The dates are Wednesday 4th March 6.30pm, Sunday 15th March 1pm or Thursday 26th March 1pm. The sign-up sheet will be available soon.
Last Sunday was World Leprosy Day. www.leprosymission.org.uk. If you have an interest in Leprosy, we have Leprosy Mission collection boxes available and we receive updates on how the money is spent.
On Monday, Phil was invited to City Hall to represent the Church at the annual Holocaust Memorial Day in which victims of all genocides were remembered. As part of the service, all were invited to join in the prayer below – co – written by Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and Senior Imam Qari Asim. This week, you might want to make it your prayer too…
Loving God, we come to you with heavy hearts, remembering the six million Jewish souls murdered during the Holocaust. In the horrors of that history, when so many groups were targeted because of their identity, and in genocides which followed, we recognise destructive prejudices that drive people apart. Forgive us when we give space to fear, negativity and hatred of others, simply because they are different from us. In the light of God, we see everyone as equally precious manifestations of the Divine, and can know the courage to face the darkness. Through our prayers and actions, help us to stand together with those who are suffering, so that light may banish all darkness, love will prevail over hate and good will triumph over evil. Amen
The amount of food donated for January was 33.32 kgs. Alan also received £135 in cash. The people who volunteer at the foodbank have said that our cash donations have been a tremendous help as they are able to much needed items.
Feb 16th 10.45 Rev Dr Phil Wall 16.00 Film & Chat
Feb 23rd 10.45 Dave Kitchen
Hilary & Haydn Goodfellow, Elsie Bennett, Madeline Howells, Pat Howell, John King, Jan