Dear West View family
Yesterday’s worship services were holy moments of encounter with God, and I continue to receive feedback from many of you who were challenged and helped by them. We worship a God who doesn’t need be asked twice to shower us with His grace, wisdom and power. Praise God for God’s faithfulness.
WEST VIEW’S RESPONSE TO XENOPHOBIC VIOLENCE
Following yesterday’s appeal for donations, please bring your donations to the church office during office hours (8am to 3:30pm) during the course of this week. We require blankets, soya mince, rice, maize meal, baby formula, and plastic forks and spoons. On Friday we will take all that has been collected to those Methodist Churches in Johannesburg which are providing assistance to those who have fled xenophobic violence.
Starts on Wednesday evening @ 7pm in the Sanctuary. A 7-week long course exploring the basics of the Christian faith, cost of material is R40. All are welcome.
MOTHERS DAY TEA on Saturday 9th May at 10am
R50pp for this MWA Fundraiser. Contact Clara 073 095 4235 or Gail 082 470 2505 to book your seat
UPINGTON OUTREACH from 11th to 18th July
There are still a few spaces open on the team. The first training session is on Saturday 9th May, 2pm to 4:30pm. Cost: R2 500. The team will be running the Kidsgames curriculum for the children in an Upington township (see http://www.kidsgames.com/en/gameshome.aspx) For more details, phone Richard 084 490 4821.
A FUTURE FOR US
We have finally broken the logjam that had developed in getting our various bonds consolidated into one bond. This has opened the way for us to submit our application to Tshwane for the consolidation and rezoning of our erven. We await the result of this application.
WEST VIEW FINANCES
We praise God and thank you for your generous tithes and offerings during March. God is faithful, and you are generous. Here is the latest table showing how giving in March has eliminated our shortfall, and left us about 3% ahead of budget. Let’s stay faithful in our giving, so that West View can be resourced to do the work that God has raised us up to do:
|Tithes and Offerings||January||February||March|
|Actual||394 000||394 000||556 000|
|Budget||435 000||435 000||435 000|
|Accumulated (Shortfall)/Excess||(41 000)||(82 000)||39 000|
WEST VIEW COLLEGE OPEN DAY on Friday 24th April from 6:45am to 9:00am
If you’re looking around for an excellent Christian primary school for your child, why not come along to the 2016 Grade R and Grade 1 Open Day this Friday morning. Check out https://www.facebook.com/WestViewCollege?fref=ts for more details.
ITHEMBA COUNSELLING CENTRE UPDATE
Ithemba continues to offer counselling and courses to the West View congregation and to the broader Centurion Community. In addition to these core services, Ithemba is reaching out into vulnerable communities with the healing love of Jesus Christ:
- Victim Empowerment Centres have been established at SAPS Wierdabrug, SAPS Olivenhoutbosch, Mamelodi Hospital and Mooiplaas. Trained volunteers offer support to victims of gender-based violence. Support groups and the services of a Social Worker are also offered.
- Funding from the South African government has enabled us to increase the staff at Ithemba to seven people.
Visit the Ithemba FaceBook page to be inspired by the latest news. Don’t forget to ‘Like’ the page. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ithemba-Social-Counselling-Centre/1480295892191655?fref=ts
With warm Christian love
Rev Ian France
Superintendent: Hennops River Circuit