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July 24, 2020

Dear West View family

It was a moving experience to see the response to our Guard of Honour from some of the 500 staff who changed shift at Unitas Hospital last Saturday morning. One nurse knocking off from the night shift, after driving past us and reading our posters of appreciation, pulled her car onto the pavement, and returned to us to express appreciation both for our presence and for our words of encouragement. She spoke, with tears in her eyes, of the challenges that she and other staff are facing, how often the only feedback they receive from the public is when things go wrong, and of how much our presence meant to her. It was also moving to hear a participant in the guard of honour express how participation in the morning banished her feelings of helplessness in the face of the pandemic, and renewed her spirit as she blessed the health workers alongside her sisters and brothers in Christ. Together with the Bottles of Hope which many contributed to Ditshego, this Mandela Day gave me a beautiful picture of what being the Body of Christ looks like during a pandemic. Our church building may be closed, but the Body of Christ doesn’t close. In fact, in times of crisis, the Church awakens to her mission to share the love and hope of God.

TUESDAY EVENING AND WEDNESDAY MORNING ZOOM BIBLE STUDIES

If you wish to receive the link to one or both of my Zoom Bible Study Groups, then WhatsApp text ‘Tuesday Bible Study’ and/or ‘Wednesday Bible Study’ to the West View WhatsApp Channel (072 537 2384). Your name will be added to a list of recipients who will be sent the link each week. Starting August, the link for these groups will no longer be sent to the whole congregation.

FREEDOM FROM FEAR AND VIOLENCE WEBINARS

The Hennops River Circuit of which we are part is hosting two webinars as part of our Freedom from Fear and Violence Campaign. The first webinar, this Monday evening 27th July at 19h30, is aimed at men. The second webinar on Monday 3rd August at 19h30 is aimed at women. The details of the webinar are as follows…

SUPPORT KHULUMA’S TEKKIE TAX 2020 CAMPAIGN

Tekkie Tax Day will be celebrated on Friday, 31 July 2020. You can support the wonderful work of Khuluma Family Counselling in one or more of the following ways:

  1. Take hands with Khuluma Family Counselling us and Make the Circle BIGGER with the new “One for All and All for One” sticker (R10)
  2. Choose your badge for a cause close to your heart. You can choose from Animals, Bring Hope, Children, Disability and Education (R10)
  3. Make your Tekkies proud and lace them up with a set of the uniquely branded Tekkie Tax shoelaces (R40, includes a sticker)
  4. Get your 2020 Campaign t-shirt – available in denim blue and light grey (Adults R100, Kids R80) and

Order the above from Khuluma Family Counselling via email (heidi@westview.org.za) or telephone (012 660 3532) OR come in on a Monday to Khuluma as we are at the office every Monday.

Grace and Peace

Ian

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