Minister: Rev. Dr. Phil Wall
Tel: 01443 300345 Mob: 07855090360
26th November 2017
We welcome all who join us for worship today, especially if you are a visitor or worshipping with us for the first time.
As Phil is enjoying his last holiday Sunday of the year in Cork on a pre-advent short break, we have great pleasure in welcoming Dave Kitchen to lead our worship this morning.
Our evening service at 6pm, at Church House will an Iona style service consisting of Bible readings, prayers and a short reflection.
There is a good selection of Home-made Christmas cards on display in the hall. Get yours today! Orders for ’special’ cards will be accepted.
The copper pot is on the table waiting for your ‘small change’, which will be used to benefit local charities.
Hymns: 354 Now thank we all our God
154 Give thanks with a grateful heart
221 I am a new creation
293 Lead is Heavenly Father
Theme: The Letters of Paul
An Iona Evening liturgy
Diary for the Week
Monday 27th Language Classes 9.30 -13.00
Karate Club from 16.30 -19.30
Tuesday 28th Kids Club 18.00 at Church House
Wednesday 29th Ladies Guild 14.00 -15.30 (see This Week…)
Rainbows at 16.45 & Guides from 18.30
Thursday 30th 50+ Forum 13.30 -15.30
Sing for Life Choir 18.30 – 20.00
Saturday 2nd Coffee Bar 10am – 12.00
Cantorion practice 10.30 -11.30
Glam Youth Choir 10.00 -12.30
Sunday 3rd 1st Advent Family Worship at 10.45 will be our Annual Amnesty Service and will be led by the Peace & Justice Group and our Evening worship, including Communion, at 6pm will be led by our Minister.
Church Family and Pastoral News
People to hold in your thoughts and prayers today and during this week:
- Margaret Johnson during these early days following Derricks funeral.
- Caroline who will be trying a temporary stay in Rhoose in December.
- Rachel Jones been unwell and the twins have also been poorly…..we wish them well in their new home in Coed Y Cwm.
- John & June King are also moving. We hope all goes well.
- Anne Coles… is making good progress and is in good spirits.
- Marcia as she copes with the frustration of not being able to drive due to a broken bone in her foot.
- People we know for whom this time of year holds sad memories.
- Those who are sharing their ministry with friends elsewhere:
Ray at City URC, Cardiff this morning and Ainon Baptist Church, Ynyshir this evening
Message from Anne Coles.
Thank you everyone for all your cards, flowers, gifts, visits, phone calls and prayers. I hope to be back in church soon. Anne xxxx
This Week and in the future:
It could be that we will be singing our way to Christmas in Ladies Guild this Wednesday as Kath and Dave will entertain us with a Musical Afternoon.
‘Are the prophets Jews, Christians or Muslims’ – Our very own Ray Vincent officially launches his latest book with a lecture unpacking this fascinating question on Wednesday 29th November at 7pm at the USW Chaplaincy – All welcome, refreshments provided.
Keep the Date. We have an invitation from the Cardiff Reform Synagogue to the Civic Menorah Lighting Ceremony at the Synagogue at 6.30pm on Sunday 17th December 2017. We are asked to arrive by 6.15pm
Chanukah is the Jewish eight-day, wintertime “festival of lights,” celebrated with a nightly menorah lighting, special prayers and fried foods.
An eight branched candelabra will be lit, with an additional candle added each night during the 8 day festival. Which this year starts on December 12.
The sign-up sheet will be available next week.
World Aids Day is held on December 1st every year. Get your ribbons today and show your support.
Advent Flyers which give details of ALL events as we Walk the Way from the first Sunday of Advent (December 3rd) to New Years Eve are available today. Take one home with you and note the dates in your diaries.
Tinned Fruit Packet Mash Rice Pudding
Tinned Meat Packet Noodles Jam
PCW Mission Appeal: Lynda Bull will gladly accept your gifts for the annual appeal for funds towards mission and outreach work at home and overseas.
Christmas party with our Syrian friends
The party to which ALL are welcome is on Saturday 9th December so it is time to start planning!
Volunteers will be needed to help set up the hall and arrange the food.. There will also be other ways in which people can assist.
Donations to our Syrian Christmas Party Fund should be given to Beverley by December 1st.
Leprosy Mission – A reminder! If you have a Collection Box please can you give it to Pat Howell. If you don’t have a box and would like help the work of TLM Pat will accept donations.
GIFT SUNDAY – 17th December – WHO WE ARE SUPPORTING THIS YEAR
Christmas is a time when we celebrate the greatest gift of all – the gift of love, the gift of God, come to us in swaddling clothes – so it’s only appropriate that this season is also one of sharing that love with others.
Every year at St David’s Uniting we collect gifts for ADREF and HOMESTART and we choose two charities for monetary gifts.
There are as many women as men to cater for this year.
There are 12 residents in the Hostel plus all those who come to be helped by Street Smart. There have been 36 homeless women and men referred to Street Smart in Mill Street since 3rd October – many are sleeping out in the open – under bridges, or out of the way in shop doorways.
Here is a list of suggestions for Christmas gifts-
Toiletries – necessities such as shower gel, shampoo, deodorant, Body spray, Facial wipes, tooth brush, toothpaste, brush and comb, packs of underwear —– luxuries such as nail varnish, lipstick, eyeshadow, makeup bags
Small back packs in which to carry personal belongings.
Warm hats, gloves. socks and scarves. Plain colour t-shirts (unisex)
Chocolates, sweets and biscuits.
Home-Start is one of the leading family support charities in the UK.
Home-Start volunteers help families with young children deal with the challenges they face. They support parents as they learn to cope, improve their confidence and build better lives for their children.
Families struggling with post-natal depression, isolation, physical health problems, bereavement and many other issues.
We can help by donating toys and games which are given to the children either at Christmas or on their birthdays. Gifts should NOT be wrapped, but if you wish they can be put in a gift bag.
We have two recipients of our Christmas project one international and one in the UK. Special Christmas Donation Envelopes are available.
The first is CRISTIAN on behalf of his daughter Cristina.
Here is the background which led to our supporting them.
Cristian is a young man from Romania who has worked in Wales and worshipped with us on a Sunday for a number of weeks. He has now gone back home, concerned about his young daughter Cristina (aged 5) who is suffering from Henoch-Schonlein purpura.We have decided to support and help to finance the treatment which will make her better. Cristian has been advised that Cristina needs a minimum of 5 months of intravenous steroid injections, three times a week, dispensed in hospital.
Cristina has so far received one month of treatment (financed by us) which has already shown some benefits since she has not needed a blood transfusion this month.
We are in the process of sending the second month instalment. Ideally we would like to finance 5 months altogether, costing around £1200 each.
Some of us have committed to a monthly payment. The amount is of course decided by the contributor and can be stopped at any time.
The other alternative, if you are interested in giving a contribution, is to give a single donation as a Christmas gift.
Many thanks to any one who chooses to support little Cristina.
Following our worship focus and listening campaign on mental health this year, we agreed to support the Guides’ work with the charity Young Minds.
Just as our body’s can become unwell, our minds can become unwell too. And just like with physical illnesses, treatment and support is available.
Young Minds nationwide project promotes trauma informed practice that helps professionals to support children and young people who have experienced distressing or disturbing times. Young Minds exists so that young people have the strongest possible voice in improving their mental health. They need our help to make sure that voice is heard.
Dec 3rd am Advent Amnesty Service pm Rev Dr Phil Wall
Dec 10tham Rev Dr Phil Wall pm Film & Chat
Saturday Coffee Bar
Dec 2 Adrian Dec 9 Volunteer needed!!
Flowers for December are being donated by
Doreen Marshman & Jean Davies, Marilyn Edwards,
Brian & Marcia Hurley and Gwyneth James
Thought for the Week
Take time to be aware; it is the opportunity to help others. Anon
“St. David’s Uniting Church acknowledges the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund
in the ongoing repair to the stonework and roof of the building.”