SEPTEMBER 2015

Dear people belonging to God

 

We've just passed the halfway mark on the 40 Days of Love campaign, and it is thrilling to see how God is using this series to impact people’s relationships with the transforming love of God. We have been created in love and for love, and God’s deepest desire is that we experience the joy of a life lived in love.

 

ART AUCTION FOR MISSION

THE BISHOP OF THE LIMPOPO DISTRICT, THE REV. THEMBA MNTAMBO WOULD LIKE TO warmly invite YOU to an auction of contemporary art

at

the Willows Country Lodge,

Plot 21, Lynnwood road, the willows, pretoria   

GPS Co-ordinates: 25  46'02.34"S   28  18'48.60"E

On the 12th September 2015    

At 6pm

 

The auction is being held to raise funding TO ESTABLISH MISSION WORK IN THE NORTHERN PART OF THE DISTRICT (LEPHALALE, MUSINA, MASHOBYE IN THE TZANEEN AREA AND MAUN IN BOTSWANA)

The contemporary art is by various well known South African artists

Our auctioneer will be Mr Michael Bernardi of Bernardi Auctioneers

MR. OMAR VALLEY WILL GIVE A BRIEF TALK ON SOME OF THE ART

RSVP by 10th September 2015

Renny 082 653 4356

Cheryl 012 804 0087

 

TOO BIG TO MISS: A STUDY OF DAVID THROUGH THE EYES OF A RUGBY FAN

Our next preaching series begins on Sunday 4th October, and spans the 2015 Rugby World Cup. We’re looking at some of the unforgettable moments of the ’95, ’99 and 2007 World Cups. We’re also looking at life lessons from one of the ‘big’ characters in scripture – David. We’ll discover that God is bigger than the opponents that threaten us. This will be a great series to invite your friends and family members, who need to discover the God who is bigger, to come along to.

Sunday 4th October Bigger than the Giants
Sunday 11th October Bigger than the Crowd
Sunday 18th October Bigger than Brokenness
Sunday 25th October Bigger than Injustice
Sunday 1st November Bigger than Defeat.

 

GOLF DAY 2015

Our Golf Day raised just over R30 000 towards Children’s ministry and missions. Thank you to our Fundraising Committee for organizing a wonderful day. Thank you to all who supported the day.

 

FINANCIAL UPDATE

As at 30th August, we are R259 375 ahead of budget on giving through tithes and offerings. It is an awesome thing to be part of such a generous congregation. Thank you for your sacrificial yet joyful giving to God’s work. The Finance Committee and the Executive have considered how best to use this surplus, and have approved the following:

25% is being spent on overdue maintenance of our property; 25% is being spent on maintenance and upgrade of our I.T. systems; 25% is being transferred to Future For Us, and used to pay down our bonds; and 25% will be held in reserves. 

 

YOUTH PASTOR VACANCY

Zuko Mnyamana will be leaving our staff team in December 2015, to pursue God’s call on his life to work in education. This opens up a vacancy in our Youth, Children and Family Ministry Cluster.

Please see the attachment for more information on this vacancy.

We’re thrilled that Zuko will be staying on as a member of our congregation, and will be volunteering in ministry amongst young adults.

 

WEST VIEW COLLEGE

Applications are open for 2016, for both the pre-school (toddler – Grade R) and the primary school (Grade 1 – 5, growing up to Grade 7 by 2018). Phone the school at 012 654 5882 for more details.

SECOND-HAND CLOTHING

Don’t forget about Ditshego as you spring clean your wardrobes. Bring your donations of old clothes to church on Sunday, or drop them off at Ithemba House during office hours.

 

PRAYER MINISTRY AT WEST VIEW.

I am convinced that there is a link between the spiritual renewal taking place at West View right now, and our renewed focus on prayer. Family Cross Prayers, the Healing and Prayer Ministry teams, the Prayer Box, Prayer Letter, Prayer Chain, Quiet Days, Intercessors praying during our worship services – all these initiatives are opening us up to the things of God. Let us continue to “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Jesus Christ” (1 Thessalonians 5:16).

 

VISIT TO THE UNITED STATES IN NOVEMBER

In my new role as the South Africa Co-ordinator for Duke Divinity School Internships, I will be visiting Duke University in early November to interview candidates for the 2016 Internship Programme. I will take your greetings to Victor Greene. I will also be spending a few days at Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, and Hyde Park United Methodist Church in Tampa, Florida, renewing old friendships, and learning all I can about church leadership from these two outstanding congregations. I will be away for the first two weeks of November.

 

Grace and Peace

 Ian

Senior Minister

Superintendent: Hennops River Circuit

  

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