Minister: Rev. Dr. Phil Wall
Tel: 01443 300345 Mob: 07855090360
15th October 2017
Welcome to this year’s all-age harvest thanksgiving service. If you are a worshipping with us for the first time you are especially welcome.
Our food donations will be going to the local food bank whilst this year’s harvest offering is going to the Presbyterian Church of Wales’ Christian Aid Appeal; ‘Typhoon of Love’ for the Philippines. Envelopes and Gift Aid forms are available.
Fairtrade coffee and tea will be served in the hall after this morning’s service and all are welcome to join in this time of informal fellowship.
Homemade cards will be on sale in the hall, if you would like a card for a special occasion, just ask!
The Copper Pot is, as usual, on the table; so don’t take your ‘small change’ home with you, put it in the pot, where it will be used for local charities.
Hymns: Praise God for the harvest
241 If I were a butterfly
534 We plough the fields, and scatter
571 You shall go out with joy
Readings: Leviticus 23: 39-43 The Messsage
A ‘Bring & Share’ Service
Church Family and Pastoral News
People to hold in your thoughts and prayers during this week:
- All who are in hospital and those who are concerned for them.
- Kath Couchman who has hurt her ankle again!!!
- Bethan, as she waits to have the plaster removed and will be able to drive again.
- All who have had hospital treatment or are still waiting for results.
- Give thanks for our minister and remember the many Churches who don’t have one.
Diary for the Week
Monday 16th Language Classes 9.30-13.00, Karate Club from 16.30-19.30
Tuesday 17th Kids Club 18.00 at Church House. RCT Aspergers Support group 19.00
Wednesday 18th Ladies Guild 14.00-16.00. Rainbows at 16.45 & Guides from 18.30
Thursday 19th Sing for Life Choir 18.30 – 20.00
Saturday 21st Coffee Bar 10am – 12.00. NO Cantorion practice this week
Glam Youth Choir 10.00-12.30
Sunday 22nd Family Worship at 10.45 will be led by Our Minister (see Notices)
At 18.00 we will share Iona Worship and Communion at Church House.
This Week and in the future:
Don’t forget!- Songs of Praise, today at 16.15 on BBC One will be coming from Pontypridd, including a small feature on our work with our refugee friends. If you miss it you can see it on BBC iplayer. Most of this was filmed when Graham Kendrick was in Pontypridd in July.
The topic for this weeks Ladies Guild meeting is ‘Helping disadvantaged children’. Trudy Fisher, from Action for Children, will be our guest speaker. on Wednesday October 18th at 2pm.
Discovery Group – the next meeting is on Monday 23rd October at the home of Chris & Margaret Morris
Reformation Remix – This Bible Society presentation celebrates the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s 95 Thesis. Be moved, inspired, entertained & changed as Dai Woolridge and Sound of Wales cover hundreds of years of church history through song, story and spoken word.
Date & Time: Sat 28 Oct 2017 at 7pm (doors open at 6.30pm)
Location: Temple Baptist Church, Gelliwastad Road, Pontypridd CF37 2BP
Tickets: are FREE, but a voluntary donation of £5 per person is suggested. No booking required, just turn up!
It lasts 1.5 hours and has a 15 minute interval. Get a flavour of it at
A Remembrance Concert will be held on Saturday October 28th. More details next week
A date for your Diary! The quarterly Church Meeting will be held on Sunday October 29th following the morning service. If you are unable to attend please let your Elder know. The Agenda will be available next week!
Next Sunday we will continue to reflect on the themes of our stewardship of creation so if you have any harvest or creation-themed hymns you’d like us to use in our worship, please speak with Phil’.
Volunteers required, to help out on the reception desk, morning or afternoon, in the Chaplaincy Meeting House, at the University. More next week!
Saturday Coffee Bar
Oct 21 & Oct 28 Volunteers urgently needed
Harvest – a short history
Harvest is from the Anglo-Saxon word hærfest, “Autumn”. It then came to refer to the season for reaping and gathering grain and other grown products. The full moon nearest the autumnal equinox is called the Harvest Moon. So in ancient traditions Harvest Festivals were traditionally held on or near the Sunday of the Harvest Moon. This moon is the full moon which falls in the month of September.
An early Harvest Festival used to be celebrated at the beginning of the Harvest season on 1 August and was called Lammas, meaning ‘loaf Mass’. Farmers made loaves of bread from the fresh wheat crop. These were given to the local church as the Communion bread during a special service thanking God for the harvest.
Nowadays the festival is held at the end of harvest, which varies in different parts of Britain. Read more at: http://www.faithandworship.com/Harvest_
Oct 22nd am Rev Dr Phil Wall pm Iona Worship & Communion
Oct 29th am Rev Dr Phil Wall (Church Meeting) NO Evening Worship
Flowers for October are being donated by
David & Doreen Marshman, Sharon Burgess,
Marlene McCloy, Gordon Thompson, Val Stone,
Brian & Marcia Hurley, Anita Instrell, Margaret Morris.
Thought for the week
Make me a tree, Lord, Sturdy, Deep rooted, Useful,
Support to those in need,
Shelter to those who are weary,
Fruit for those who hunger.
Make me a tree, Lord, Sturdy, Deep rooted, Useful.
© John Birch (found on www.faithandworship.com)