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October 5, 2021

Dear West View family

It’s been wonderful to re-connect with many of you who have returned to in-person worship these past few Sundays. For those who are yet to return, I remind you that our service times are 8h00 and 10h00, with Church Express being held monthly at 18h00.

Children’s Church and Rooted Youth will re-open with the final school term on Sunday 17October @ 10h00. Godly play also begins on 17 October at 8h00. Primary School kids can join with the adults for the first part of the 8h00 service and will leave for Godly Play before the sermon. All COVID-19 protocols remain in place and attendance is limited to 100 people per service. No pre-registration is necessary.

Men@Work this Wednesday 18h00

All men are invited to join us at 18h00 on Wednesday evening for a boerie roll and a conversation with Schalk and Johan from Betereinders. https://www.betereinders.co.za/ They will tell us about the work that they do and talk to us about the future of our young people. For more details contact Kobus de Jager 082 892 1971 or kobus@filteg.com Bring your neighbours and friends.

GraceWell Methodist Church seeks to employ an Office Assistant, Mon- Thurs 8h00 – 13h00; Sun 7h30 – 12h30 starting January 2022. For details or to apply, contact aletta@gracewell.co.za

Feedback from Strategic Planning Day on 18 September

Thank you for your prayers over and suggestions for our Strategic Planning Day on 18 September. Johan Greeff led us in an energetic engagement with a focus group of teens, young adults and young parents as we considered their needs and how we as a congregation can effectively minister to and with them. In addition to some great decisions in this regard, we are ensuring that our older members are also ministered to through home visits and telephonic pastoral care. There was a strong sense of the Holy Spirit’s inspiration at work on the day, due no doubt to your prayers for it. Watch this space!

Donation of Umbrellas

Thank you to Men@Work and an individual congregation member for the donation of two more picnic tables for the area outside the sanctuary. We’re looking for a donation of umbrellas to put up over the picnic tables on Sundays. These umbrellas can be branded (although not with ads for alcohol!) If anybody is able to arrange a sponsorship of some umbrellas, please contact me ian@westview.org.za 

Congregational Survey

Won’t you take 5 minutes to complete an online congregational survey. This will help us as we seek to address your needs. Click here to complete it

Condolences

We extend our condolences to James and Jemma Rogers on the passing of Jemma’s great-gran, to Ian and Jessica Mackey and Louise Donkin on the passing of Carol, and to Siphiwe Madi and his family on the passing of his sister. May the sure hope of the resurrection to eternal life sustain you all as we hold you in our hearts and prayers.

Finances

Tithes and offering for September totalled R407 000. This is R53 000, or 11.5%, behind budget. Our year-to-date shortfall is R103 000.

Confirmation Service

Please join me in praying for our Confirmands as they share their testimonies in worship services over the next few weeks leading up to their Confirmation Service on 7 November

Romans: The Gospel according to Paul

Don’t miss out on our next preaching and study series starting 17 October. Romans is arguably the most important letter in the New Testament. Join us as we discover the rich truths it contains.

Grace and Peace

Ian

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