Dear West View family
At this halfway mark in 2015, I invite you to celebrate with me the 6 months that have been:
1. We started the year with 251 members in 25 Home Groups. To date, we have 325 members in 36 groups. We celebrate that 74 more people are growing in faith and community through their participation in home groups. God calls us to be a congregation of circles, not rows. Life change happens best in community.
2. Ongoing growth of our missions: Ithemba, Ditshego and West View College all continue to grow in size and influence. Between them, these 3 missions now employ over 70 people, and continue to expand their impact and reach. When I think of these missions, I am reminded of what Jesus said about the Kingdom being like a tiny mustard seed which grows into a giant tree, giving shelter to many.
3. Sunday worship attendance is slowly creeping up, both at the adult services, and at Rooted Youth and Children’s Church. The introduction of the Godly Play Children’s Ministry at 7h45 and 18h00 has made these services more appealing to families.
4. After the 0% growth in tithes and offering from 2013 to 2014, and a slow start in income in the first quarter of 2015, it is encouraging to see that we are now ahead of budget on giving for 2015. The financial update further on in this newsletter unpacks this uptick further.
5. We have finally made a breakthrough in negotiating with the banks for the consolidation of our various home loans. This has removed the final obstacle for submission of the consolidation and rezoning application to Tshwane Metro. The application has now been submitted, and we await feedback from Tshwane on its progress. An architect is busy working on a development plan for our campus, to accommodate future growth.
All praise to God for empowering us to grow into our vision of being a changed people, who are changing our world in the name of Jesus Christ.
VASBYT: A study in the book of Philippians
The Afrikaans word is vasbyt; the isiZulu word is bambalela. When life gets tough, we are called to persevere with joy and faith. This Sunday marks the launch of our new 5 week preaching series, a walk through the book of Philippians. Daily devotions will be posted on our FaceBook page, and study material relating to the Sunday message will be made available to Home Group Leaders.
EVENING WORSHIP COMMUNITYTIME
Throughout the July government school holidays, we’re inviting all who worship at 18h00 to stay behind after worship for a special time of ‘chillaxing’ after the worship service. There’ll be fires, there’ll be food, and there’ll be fellowship.
WEST VIEW COLLEGE 2016
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). Visit www.westviewcollege.co.za for more details.
CHILDCARE DURING HOLIDAYS – WORSHIP SERVICE ATTENDANCE
This Sunday (28th June) there will be no children’s church at 07h45 or at 18h00 but there will be a special programme at 09h45 where children will get a “taste of holiday club”. Our holiday club leaders will be ready to receive children age 4 – grade 7 for a vibrant preview of the “Knights and Princesses” holiday club. We will also be giving parents the opportunity to register for holiday club on Sunday for a quicker drop-off on Monday morning. We hope to see your children and their friends there!
For the following two Sundays during school holidays (5th and 19th July) there will not be a children’s programme at any of the three services. However, children will be catered for through activity packs and a Children’s Address. We strongly urge parents to consider bringing their children to worship on these Sundays so that they can experience corporate worship with the rest of the congregation.
From the 29th June to 3rd July the youth of the church run a vibrant holiday program for children aged 4 to Gr 7. It is a wonderful time for the youth of the church to connect and to teach the children of our community about God. Running a programme filled with games, crafts, worship, teachings and facilitating healthy interactions between the youth and children.
BISHOP THEMBA’S SKYDIVE
Bishop Themba’s skydive was a great success. The retiring collection at West View raised R2 900, contributing to the total amount of R83 000 raised by the Limpopo District. This money forms the basis for a special mission fund to make possible the planting of new churches in strategic areas around the Limpopo District.
MOOIPLAAS CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY CENTRE
The growth of both Ditshego and Ithemba’s work in Mooiplaas has brought us to the place where we believe God is calling us to purchase a property adjacent to Mooiplaas, which can be a Christian Community Centre serving this impoverished community. If you have any contacts for land/property in the Johann St area of Raslouw (West of the R55), or if you or your company feel called to contribute towards this vision in any way, please contact me. Donations to this project qualify for 18A tax exemption.
Our 2015 budget is conservative, a 0% increase on our 2014 budget. This was made possible by the fact that 2015 is a ‘gap’ year between Athol retiring, and his replacement, Rev Siphiwe Madi, arriving in January 2016. However, your giving in 2015 has been generous rather than conservative. As at 1st June, income through tithes and offerings was 6% ahead of budget. May Tithe Month tithes and offerings were a full 17% ahead on budget! We are using the surplus income for overdue upgrades to our I.T network, and on property maintenance.
We have purchased two generators to enable worship and ministry to continue during load-shedding. Thank you to the anonymous donor who covered the cost of one of these generators.
CONGRATULATIONS PHINEAS HLONGWANE
We’re delighted to announce that our gardener, Phineas Hlongwane has been promoted to the position of Driver/Handyman for Ditshego. Congratulations Phineas!
1. West View College is seeking to employ an administrative assistant with immediate effect.
- This is a contract position for a committed Christian, and requires previous Administration experience. Proficiency in MS Office and excellent people and time management skills as well as a love for children and education is a must.
2. West View Methodist Church is seeking to employ a gardener from 01 September 2015.
- This is a fulltime position for a committed Christian, and requires contactable references and relevant experience.
Ditshego’s stock of second hand clothing is depleted, and the need is great. If every West View member cleared through their cupboards, and donated 3 items of clothing, we’d be well placed to serve the needs of the poor. Bring your donations of old clothes to church on Sunday, or drop them off at Ithemba House during office hours.
Our annual golf day is just 2 months away on Friday 28th August. Find attached a flyer with details of this not-to-miss day in our church calendar and attached to this mail, and how you can help support it.
Please pray for the team from West View travelling to Upington to run a holiday club to children from an impoverished community from 11th – 18th July. May God use our team to impact young lives with the saving love of Jesus.
Grace and Peace
Superintendent: Hennops River Circuit