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November 12, 2021

Dear West View family

UPDATE OF COVID-19 AND CONGREGATIONAL LIFE

We celebrate the hiatus in the pandemic that we are enjoying right now. Yesterday in Gauteng, a mere 98 people tested positive for COVID-19. Compared to the 11 000+ new infections that Gauteng experienced in the peak of the third wave, this is good news indeed. It has been wonderful to see so many of you back at in-person worship. Service times are 8h00 and 10h00 and we continue to practice the COVID-19 protocols (physical distancing, mask wearing and sanitising).

We’re busy planning for 2022 and we anticipate – due to the vaccination rollout and the warm weather – a mild fourth wave in January/February. The hope is that by the time the fifth wave hits us in the winter of 2022, new breakthroughs in the treatment of COVID-19 will significantly reduce hospitalisations and deaths due to the virus. COVID-19 will become endemic rather than a pandemic, and we will learn to live with it as we live with other viruses, getting an annual jab to offer us some protection.

In the meantime, we continue to practice the legislated protocols to ensure that we do indeed experience a mild fourth wave and that we guard one another’s health and honour the sacrifice of our healthcare workers.

W.A. CHRISTMAS MARKET THIS SUNDAY

The Morning W.A. is holding a Christmas Market after both morning services this Sunday 14 November. Gifts and Sweet Treats galore. Support the W.A. as you do your Christmas shopping.

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.

WEST VIEW COLLEGE – PRIMARY SCHOOL
Invites applications for the following post
GRADE 4-7 MATHS AND TECHNOLOGY TEACHER

The successful candidate must have proof of:
SACE Registration, 5 years (preferable) appropriate teaching experience.

Click here for more information.

CAROL SERVICE

Join us 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 will picnic outside while we sing Christmas carols as the sun sets. If it rains we will picnic in the sanctuary!!! Bring along your friends and family.

YOUNG ADULTS SURVEY

If you’re 18-35, won’t you please give 5 minutes of your time to click here to complete a short survey being conducted by the Limpopo District Re-Imagining Group. 

CONGREGATIONAL SURVEY & ONLINE WORSHIP

Thank you to all who completed the congregational survey. We have the results and will be processing them shortly. Please note that, in line with the decision taken last year, our online presence will continue beyond the pandemic as part of our strategic mission to be a congregation where life change happens.

NOMINATION OF NEW SOCIETY STEWARDS

We express our gratitude to Mphiks Simelane and Aliza Graham for serving us faithfully as 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 here. Nominations should be submitted by 30 November 2021.

FINANCES

Tithes and Offerings for October were R455 541.78, R4 458.22 below budget for the month. Thank you for your faithfulness in giving towards God’s work at West View.

Grace and Peace

Ian

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