16 January 2019

 

Dear West View family 

 

I hope that each of you have had a great start to 2019. May the year to come be a year of God’s goodness and grace in your lives.

COVENANT SUNDAY
John Wesley’s first Covenant Renewal Services were held at 4am on 1st January in icy cold London! Whilst we don’t follow his example in the date, time or temperature of our Covenant Services, we treasure this practice of dedicating ourselves afresh to God near the start of every year. Our Covenant Renewal Services are this Sunday 20th January at all 3 services. Here is a study guide to help you to prepare for the Covenant Service. https://www.rootsontheweb.com/content/PDFs/346041/Methodist_Covenant_Prayer_study.pdf

MEMBERSHIP COMMITMENT FORM FOR 2019
As part of your Covenant Commitment, we invite you to fill in the response slip link here, which will be your commitment to membership of West View during 2019. In order to help you honour those commitments, I encourage you to be specific in your commitments. Write down the time you will set aside for your daily devotions, the devotional aids you will use, the amount you will tithe each week or month, the small group you will commit to. You will have an opportunity during Sunday’s service to bring your response slip to the altar as a sign of your commitment. If you can’t be in church on Sunday, you can also submit your response slip to the church office by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ALPHA 2019
The Alpha Course starts this Thursday evening, 18h30, with an information evening in the Luke Hall.

STAFF RESTRUCTURING
We welcome Phiwe Malinga to our staff team as our new receptionist, venues co-ordinator and membership database co-ordinator. Following a restructuring of our staff team, please note the new areas of responsibility for each office staff member:
Avril Sharpe: Operations Manager; Home Groups Co-ordinator
James Rogers: 4G Director; Youth and Young Adults Pastor; Spiritual Formation Co-ordinator
Jos Nicolson: Children’s Pastor; Property Co-ordinator
Lara Dickson: Assistant Youth Pastor
Nicola Atherton: Worship and Communications Co-ordinator
Lael Du Toit: Pastoral Care Co-ordinator; PA to ministers
Phiwe Malinga: Reception, Venues, Membership Database
Lianda Healy: Bookkeeper
Bakang Pitse: Finance Assistant
CHRISTMAS COLLECTION
Thank you for opening your hearts and purses to the vulnerable children served by Epworth Children’s Village. Your Christmas offering of R26 000 will make a huge difference to them!

FINANCIAL UPDATE
Tithes and Offerings during 2018 averaged R461 000/month. Our 2019 budget is a conservative one, requiring R460 000/month in tithes and offerings. Let’s make 2019 the year in which we exceed budgeted tithes and offerings, and so be in a position to grow God’s Kingdom and bring God’s life change in new and exciting ways.

Grace and Peace


 Ian

Senior Minister

Superintendent: Hennops River Circuit

 

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