& Castle Square URC
Minister: Rev. Dr Phil Wall
Tel: 01443 300345 Mob: 07855090360
Admin email: [email protected]
10th May 2020
Christian Aid week. 10-16 May – Love never fails. Coronavirus impacts all of us. But love unites us all.
As this virus spreads across the world, love rises up in response. You’ve already shown incredible kindness to your neighbours. Now is the time to reach out to your neighbours both near and far.
Your love protects. From storms, from drought, and now from Coronavirus. Your love protects our global neighbours battling the spread of this illness. Your love protects. With soap, clean water and medical supplies.
By supporting us this Christian Aid Week, you can reach out and protect more of your neighbours today.
Taken from the Christian Aid website.
Our Christian Aid Week Project!
We are creating a Christian Aid Coping with Covid Cookbook! Our aim is to send it out during Christian Aid week! Hope fully Bethan has received all your recipes! Here are the details for ordering and donating!
To order – Please state how many copies you want and in what format – PAPER or DIGITAL send to [email protected] or phone 01443 403692. There’s no limit to the number of copies. £7 recommended donation but feel free to give more/less as you are led. ALL proceeds to Christian Aid! Orders needed by 12th May.
To Donate – A JustGiving fundraising site has been set up – just follow the link – you can also read the story!! https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/christianaidcookbook A target has been set, let’s smash it!
For those without internet access cheques, payable to Christian Aid can be sent to: Christian Aid Covid Cookbook
97 Merthyr Road, Pontypridd CF37 4DD
Phil’s midweek challenge
‘What have you learnt during ‘Lockdown?’ or What has it taught you? Have you discovered a new skill or a new recipe, maybe you’ve rekindled a new passion! or a new skill! Perhaps you’ve learnt more about yourself and how you see the world. Feel free to share your experiences with Phil or your Elder!
Church Family and Pastoral News
We include this in the news sheet to inform our prayers.
- We especially keep Vena, Mari and Jane and the family in our prayers as they prepare for Wynne’s funeral on Friday (15th May) at 1.30pm. Please take time to pause and remember Wynne and the family at this time.
- Jane Jones is still not as well as she would like to be.
- Edith Thomas who is in hospital having broken her hip after a fall some weeks ago is now having physiotherapy.
- Hilary Grinter has been unwell with sciatica
- We are pleased that Delene Huish has tested negative for Covid 19 although she is still not well.
- We give thanks for technology and those who have helped us to embrace it!
- We remember the postmen/women, the van drivers who deliver our groceries, or other items whether they are family members or neighbours. Many would be ‘lost’ without them
Val …Thankyou to all my church friends for remembering my ‘BIG’ birthday. All the cards and phone calls gave me great joy. The chats on the phone these last weeks have helped us along this journey. Take care. God Bless! Val S x
This week in appreciation alley, we welcome Bethan Walkling. As elder for communications at St. David’s Uniting Church, Bethan has been heading up our ICT work throughout the lockdown and has put in many hours ensuring the videos go online and adhering to Phil’s strict rules about his on-screen persona (one day, the unedited versions will be released!). This week she has surpassed herself in her work on the Christian Aid Coping with Covid Cook Book for which she has been interviewed for Christian Aid Wales (https://en-gb.facebook.com/ChristianAidCymru/). Diolch yn fawr Bethan – we offer our sincere and ongoing thanks for all you’re doing.
Birthdays this week!
Only a couple of people that we know of celebrating their birthdays this week, Eli Bond on 15th and his grandmother, Del Doyle, on16th. Eli will be 7, as they live in the same house they can celebrate together! Hope you have a good day! 🤫 There is one other birthday! – some guy by the name of Phil Wall – Monday 11th Happy Birthday Phil!
Something to make you smile…..
Q. What do you call a deer with no eyes?
A. No I dea!
Q. What does a cat say when he stubs his toe?
A useful Phone Number. Daily Hope 08000 223 444
Age Cymru is offering a check-in-and-chat telephone service for the over 70’s in Wales who live alone. It is hoped that the initiative will help provide some reassurances to older people, answer basic queries and link people to local services and support during Coronavirus outbreak. All you have to do is call Age Cymru Advice.
Final Responses to Mid-Week reflection for memorable meals
Thanks to all who shared their memories!
This was in chapel, we were raising money for improvements to the church building. Lee Suan offered to cook a Chinese meal in the hall and we sold tickets. We served a delicious Chinese banquet which raised a good sum for the fundraiser.
Members of approx. 6 churches in the Pontypridd area made the coach journey to Oberammagau in 1990.
Following the play we travelled on: a memorable meal (snack) was when we took a cable car ride to the top of Mount Titilus ..where after walking through a glacier we had refreshments on the terrace of the restaurant at the top of the mountain followed by a quick Gymanfa of English and Welsh hymns which was enjoyed by all including visitors
The lunch to come with my fellow Park Ramblers to celebrate my Birthday!
The first meal that I and my future wife (we were both students), had together as a two-some in1959. We decided to be very courageous. We were both fussy eaters. A Chinese Restaurant had just been opened; we were to be served by Chinese people as well eating Chinese food. But we enjoyed it all, especially perhaps the lychees and ice-cream for dessert, and the China tea in little cups. All new to us, but would soon become a regular feature of our lives. In latter years I came to understand that our adventurous assignation had been a communion service.
A Thought for the Week
“Your mind can only hold one thought at a time. Make it a positive and constructive one.” H Jackson Brown Jnr
If the ‘news’ sometimes seems ‘old’ it is because our deadline is late Thursday evening
to enable the couriers to print and deliver for the weekend.