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November 24, 2021

Dear West View family

ADVENT @ WEST VIEW

This Sunday we launch our Advent Series “What Are You Waiting For? : Listening to Your Longing”. In the four weeks leading up to Christmas, we’ll explore our longing to be truly alive, our longing to matter, our longing for kindness and our longing for acceptance. Daily Devotions for the series are available on our website and on WhatsApp and will take a different form to normal. We’ll offer daily spiritual practices that will enable you to integrate Sunday’s message into your soul and life. The daily practices will build on Sunday’s message, so I encourage you to take notes as you listen to the sermon. Each day’s spiritual practice will build on the previous one, and I encourage you not to miss out on any one day. To subscribe to the WhatsApp group, save 072 537 2384 as a contact, then send your name via WhatsApp to the number. If you’re worshipping online, I encourage you to create your own advent wreath for use as a family or individually during your advent practice.

MEN@WORK YEAR END SOCIAL

Join Men@Work @ Springvale Scout Hall on Thursday 25 November, 6pm for our year end social. Boerewors rolls on sale for R25, BYO drinks.

CHURCH EXPRESS WORSHIP

Join us this Sunday @ 6pm for our final Church Express for 2021. The Youth Worship Band will lead us in a time of deep worship with Holy Communion.

OUTDOOR CAROL SERVICE, SUNDAY 5 DECEMBER @ 6pm

Come along with friends and family for our outdoor Carol Service and picnic on Sunday 5 December @6pm. Bring a picnic basket or buy food and refreshments from the W.A. Weather permitting, we’ll picnic outside while we sing Christmas carols as the sun sets. If it rains we’ll picnic in the sanctuary.

STAFFING @ WEST VIEW

We say farewell to Nicola Atherton who leaves our staff team to pursue her calling as an Art Teacher. Nicola has been a huge blessing as Communications and Worship Co-ordinator for the past 7 years and we wish her well in her new vocation.

James Rogers will be stepping into the role of Worship and Spiritual Formation Pastor, and so we have a vacancy for a Youth Pastor. For information on this position, click here…

16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM

Tomorrow marks the start of 16 Days of Activism to end violence against women and children. I invite you to prayerfully consider ways in which you can be an advocate or an ally in the struggle for a world free from Gender Based Violence. We celebrate the work of Khuluma Family Counselling in countering GBV. You can find out more about Khuluma’s programmes here https://www.khulumafamily.org.za/ Join me in praying daily during this year’s 16 days of Activism Khuluma’s staff, volunteers and clients, especially for Director Alida Boshoff.

THE FOURTH WAVE

COVID-19 infections rates in Gauteng are increasing at an alarming rate. The fourth wave is probably days away and is predicted to last until early February. It’s not too late to get vaccinated! Act now to protect yourselves and your loved ones, and please continue to practice mask-wearing, physical distancing and hand-washing.

NOMINATION OF NEW SOCIETY STEWARDS

Nominations are open for the two Society Steward positions that are now vacant. Please prayerfully consider if there is somebody who is spiritually mature and wise, with a proven track record of serving at West View, whom you might nominate for election at our Annual Society Meeting in January. You can read the requirements and download the nomination form below. Nominations should be submitted by 30 November 2021.

Grace and Peace

Ian

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