Saint David’s Uniting Church
Rev Vaughan Rees
Tel c/o 07575 576468
2 March 2014
We welcome everyone to our services today. This morning, with Haydn Blackey leading our worship, we will celebrate St David’s Day. We give a special welcome and say ’thankyou’ to Haydn for accepting our invitation.
This evening Iestyn Henson will be leading our worship, which will be an Introduction to our Lenten Studies. The service will include the celebration of the Lord’s Supper when we will share bread and wine together. All are welcome.
Fairtrade tea and coffee will be served in the hall following this morning’s service, and Traidcraft items and books will be on sale. Please stay and meet with friends over a ‘cuppa’.
Don’t forget the Copper pot which is waiting for your spare change, which will go to help a local charity.
Hymns Dros Gymru’n gwlad, Tydi a wnaeth y wyrth, 288, 321
Readings Philippians 3:8-14, Matthew 5:13-16
Hymns 227, There’s a Spirit in the air, Scripture is a conversation, 127
Readings Psalm 1; Matthew 5: 28-36; Romans 3: 21-26
Diary for the Week
|Today||Cantorion meet at 5.10pm|
Church Meeting 7.30pm
|Tuesday||Lyn’s Funeral 2pm.
Kids Club 6pm
|Wednesday||Ladies Guild 2pm (see Diary)
|Thursday||Lenten Study 3pm, first of the series. (see Notices)
Youth ‘Grwp’ at Church House
Sing for Life Choir, AA
|Friday||Women’s World Day of Prayer 2pm|
|Saturday||Coffee Bar 10.00am till Noon.|
|Both our Family Worship, 10.45am at Church House and our Evening Service, 6pm in Church will be led by Rev Kim Fabricius of Swansea.|
Church Family News
Our thoughts this week are for Chris as she waits for her operation; Margaret’s Dad and Catherine’s Mum and their families in their concern for them. We ask your prayers for them and all who care for them. We continue to keep Michael and Ruth and their families in our prayers as they prepare for Lyn’s funeral on Tuesday
We rejoice with Ann & Chris Matthew on the birth of their first grandchild – a girl ( Lexi Anne) born on Tuesday 28 February.
Dates for your Diary
Monday 3rd March Church Meeting
Our Church Meeting will be held at 7.30pm. The agenda at the moment includes:
Buildings, The budget for 2014, News from DPIA, Church Twinning!
A request from Elinor. Eldership Group Report
Minutes of the meetings on Nov 25 and Dec 9 and the full agenda are on the table.
Wednesday 5th March Ladies Guild
We have a change to our advertised programme. Royston Griffiths, a competitor in this year’s National Eisteddfod is going to give us a taste of what he will be singing. We will be his ‘audience’! All are welcome.
Friday 7th March Women’s World Day of Prayer
‘Streams in the desert’. Has been prepared by WDP Egypt.
Egypt: A place where history flows across every location like the Nile River flows through its land. A place where history speaks to us calling us to remember our past. Egypt has been both a place of exile and a place of refuge. It is a place where streams flow through desert lands bringing with them the fertile nutrients needed for plants, trees, and all forms of life to flourish. However these streams are not only the physical rivers that we can dip our feet into. In the 2014 service we are invited to seek the streams of living water which Jesus offers.
The guest speaker is Katherine Hewitt. The service is at 2pm
Saturday 15th to 29th March Picturing Ponty/Llunio ein lle
Picturing Ponty is a community arts project, organised by our church with support of a grant from the United Reformed Church.
The Banners are up! All the photographs are in! Only 3 weeks to go! We need people to ‘man’ the Exhibition when it is open to the public. (two people for each slot) We need people to serve coffee at the Launch Day, and we need help to move chairs on Saturday morning 8th March. Please volunteer where you can!
Saturday 22nd March, URC Spring Synod
Posters advertising the Spring Synod in Cardiff are on the Notice Board. There will be plenty to enjoy – lots of opportunities for fellowship, and of course some business, all set within the context of great worship. As usual, there will be activities planned for children and young people – if you would like to go please put your name on the list and we will arrange transport to suit the numbers.
Friday 28th March ‘Ponty’ Churches Social
Apologies for any confusion over the date! Come along and enjoy an evening of entertainment and food with friends from other churches.
There will be a charge of £2.00 per person, (free for children) and the proceeds will be split between Christians against Poverty and Namatala, a Primary School in Mbale. Please add your name to the list on the table so we can have an idea of numbers.
Dates of Services Please note the change of venue for the following services.
Sunday 30 March – Mothering Sunday
Morning service will be at Church House
Evening Service is a Uniting Churches Service
and will be at Cowbridge.
Sunday 13 April – Palm Sunday service will be in Church
FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT 24TH February – 9th March:
How can you make bananas fair?
Most supermarkets sell bananas so cheaply in the UK that many farmers and workers who grow them are trapped in poverty. If all supermarkets are unable to make pricing work for both consumers and farmers, it’s time for the government to step in. We want them to urgently investigate the grave impact of unsustainable pricing and act to protect the farmers and workers who grow the UK’s favourite fruit. An online petition has been launched at http://foncho.fairtrade.org.uk/
Foncho is a banana farmer from Cienaga, Colombia. He’s part of a Fairtrade certified co-operative called Coobafrio.
Foncho wants to help all banana farmers and workers like him to get a fair deal for their produce, so he’s coming to the UK to ask us to lend our support this Fairtrade Fortnight
Lenten Studies 2014
We will be holding a series of Lenten Studies this year, using characters, themes, some words and music from ‘Les Miserables’ (both the book and the musical) and linking these to Bible passages, with help from a book produced by Anglican Priest, Rev Jonathan Meyer. This evening’s service will be an introduction to the series, and hand-outs are available. If you have a copy of the musical on DVD and would be willing to put it in a shared ‘library’, please would you let Iestyn, Alan or Marcia know (the more copies we have, the better!).
The proposed study dates are as follows:
Thursday 6th March at 3.00pm
Thursday 13th at 7.30pm
Thursday 20th at 3.00pm
Monday 31st March at 7.30pm
Monday 7 April at 7.30pm TBC
Flowers for March are being donated by
Gordon Thompson, Marlene McCloy, Margaret Johnson, Doreen & David Marshman,
Stephanie & Alan Hills, Val Stone, Janet Bayliss and Pam Mahoney
Thought for the week
We are born broken. We spend our lives mending. Grace is the glue.