& Castle Square URC
Minister: Rev. Dr Phil Wall
Tel: 01443 300345 Mob: 07855090360
Admin email: firstname.lastname@example.org
4th October 2020
We welcome to everyone who is reading this newsletter! In Wales, there has been some good news – people living alone in areas under local lockdown can meet one other household indoors. This indeed good news as many of our members and friends live alone.
As Phil is today joining an online conference entitled ‘Evolving Faith’ our good friend and fellow church member, Rev Ray Vincent is our ‘Guest’ preacher today.
Our zoom service will start at 10.45am and will be recorded and uploaded later to YouTube so that you can watch and worship at any time. The Sunday zoom service details are the same every week and you can phone in to listen along.
On a laptop or tablet this is the link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89461145366?pwd=S3ExNTVjdGVGdXlGVlNQc2k3eldudz09
To join via telephone in the UK(usual rates apply) call 0203 901 7895 and then enter the following details:
Meeting ID: 894 6114 5366; Passcode : 845360jo5. To join via the app the Passcode is Worship
Church Family and Pastoral News
We include this in the news sheet to inform our prayers.
- We send our love and condolences to Martha following the death on 26 September of her sister in Scotland.
- We hold Bernice, who is still in hospital, and her family in our prayers: she is quite poorly. We send our love.
- We remember Ann Powell who has suffered another family bereavement – her sister-in-law died last week.
- Cerys is recovering slowly – she is receiving therapy as her mobility is restricted and she gets very tired.
- We pray for Sue Salmon who as she has to stay immobile because of fractures, is still in Royal Glam.
- Chris Fennell is also still in the Royal but manages to keep cheerful despite the situation! Please pray for her.
Both Sue and Chris were due to be moved to Ysbyty Cwm Rhondda.
- We know there are others who are struggling with the restrictions that lockdown imposes.
- As universities have started a new term, we pray for the students, who are in a new environment and for all the staff who will be teaching and caring for them.
Birthdays this week …..Today 4th October Andrea Zuica, Tuesday 6th October Bethan Walkling, Wednesday 7th October Alan Hills and Majdi Kajo (15) and Saturday 10th Diana Hayns who will be 80! Congratulations Diana!! We wish these friends a very Happy Birthday!
A huge thanks to Simon and Sue for creating and putting up our harvest banners, with the help of a few creative church members. For the fruits of all creation, thanks be to God!
Something to make you smile
When a mother saw a thunderstorm forming in mid-afternoon, she worried about her seven-year-old daughter who would be walking the three blocks from school to home. Deciding to meet her, the mother saw her daughter walking nonchalantly along, stopping to smile whenever lightning flashed. Seeing her mother, the little girl ran to her, explaining happily, “All the way home, God’s been taking my picture!” © God’s Little Acre
Sharing Good News
Congratulations to Aisha who has achieved a Distinction in her MA in Contemporary Dance from London Contemporary Dance School.
Gwenllian will soon be driving again! Having surrendered her driving license following a stroke she has had it returned ~ so once her car has been checked over, she will be able to venture out again. Take care Gwenllian!
Ben has finally moved! We wish him well in his new abode; he now has his own space again! His address? It’s where Bethan was living!
Catch up on YouTube
On Monday last week we held our first discussion on the subject ‘Why there is hope’. We heard from local Councillor Jayne Brencher and Anglican theologian Rev Dr Andrea Russell on why, in spite of pandemics and lockdowns, they still had hope. It was followed by a Q & A session. If you didn’t join in the zoom it’s well worth watching on YouTube. To watch it go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPjFQrxzHLI Our next discussion evening will be on 21st October, 7:30 – 9pm in which our guest speakers will lead a discussion on ‘Black Lives Matter in Wales’. Join us if you can!
At the last mid-week reflection in September we were encouraged to give money to Christian Aid or the local Foodbank in place of our usual harvest gifts. The ‘fruits’ that were created from last week’s challenge now decorate Church house and Banners have been hung outside our churches. We were also invited to pray for those we had shared houses with and it encouraged people to look at their family trees. As the reflection was recorded on the last day of the season of creation Phil introduced us to Grumpy Graham – Phil created Graham when he visited the shop in New York…he chose the nose, eyes, colour – everything – his whole look! Phil says that beneath the green, Graham has a heart of gold…and reminds him of Psalm 139 You are fearfully and wonderfully made whatever we are God still looks on us with love, we are made in the image of God sculpted by the sculptor! Which brings us to this week’s challenged we are asked to send in photos of our creations, they can be absolutely anything, God is a creator, we can ALL be creative too! It could be something knitted, drawn, written, baked, composed even one of your children that you had a role in creating! Take a photo and send to Marcia by Tuesday morning
…the sharing of the harvest is not just, and many go hungry. To help address this sin, we are encouraging church members to make harvest donations, either to their local foodbank (pontypridd.foodbank.org.uk/) or to the Christian Aid Autumn Appeal (christianaid.org.uk/appeals/key-appeals/global-neighbours-autumn-appeal).
Your Suggestions Please!
Last week we asked for your suggestions to Nadia Boz Webbers question in her book ‘Accidental Saints’
‘What is the difference between Peter and Judas?’ ~Nadia’s suggestion is ~ Judas died before the resurrection and didn’t live to hear the loving words of forgiveness that Peter did.
What are your reactions to such a suggestion, -shock, – disbelief, – disgust, – agreement ?
Thought for the Week
One who boasts of being a self-made person relieves the Lord of a lot of responsibility! Anon