St Francis e Letter 7 December 2014
Bicycles and Cooler Boxes
Over this last year we have assisted three people find some employment by providing them with “pre-used” bicycles. The bicycles have been mainly used to deliver newspapers. The difference in attitudes and self image of the individuals who have benefitted has been wonderful to see. I have had further requests for for bicycles. If there are other bicycles out there doing nothing please consider passing them on to me to pass on to Bongani and Eugene.
I also have a need for a cooler box for some one who would like to sell food on the side of the road. If you have one that you have no further use of please bring it to the church.
Well done to the Rock n Rollers and their shadow puppet show telling the Christmas Story last Sunday.
Please consider helping at this important event, to be held on Tuesday 16 December. There is a schedule at the back of the church listing menu items for the lunch and the help that is required. Please put your name next to what you can bring or help with at the lunch. Please phone the office if you need any further information.
Sunday Duties: To see if you are on duty click here. Please notify the parish office if you are unable to do a duty. If possible arrange with some else to do your duty but please still notify the parish office.
Readings: The lectionary readings for this Sunday 7th December 2014: Isaiah 40: 1-11; Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13; 2 Peter 3: 8-15a; Mark 1:1-8
7.30 am Celebrant: Revd Cynthia Botha Sermon : A talk by Mike Honnet on eco sensitive giving this Christmas.
At 9.30 am Celebrant: Revd Tim Gray Sermon: Revd Tim Gray
Please note: Services during the week are Eucharists on Tues at 5.30 pm, Wed at 9.30 am and Fri at 7 am.
NB: Youth Service at 9.30 am on the 30 November.
Bishop Brian Germond
Many thanks to Bishop Brian for the reflective and challenging bible studies from the gospel of Luke.
Christmas and Candles go together – add some oranges, spices and fruit and you have a Christingle! Christingle is a celebrationof Jesus as light of the world in anticipation of Christmas. Join in a joyful festival of carols and verse with the St Francis Singers on Sunday 7th December at 5.00 pm. Young and old, mums, dads and kids will all enjoy this perfect start to Christmas. Christmas refreshments will be served afterwards. A retiring collection will be taken.
Please look at the notice board for a list of things and involvements that would be helpful in bringing the project to fruition e.g. being on a roster to look after the garden, providing seeds or equipment etc. For more information contact Simon Ridgeway.
JSA Operation Relief
Operation Relief is an ecumenical programme which provides weekly food parcels to homeless people. If you have plastic bags which need to be recycled please bring these to the church. The one condition is that the bags are clean! Operation relief uses 600 plastic bags a week for food parcels and other hand outs.
The Council has approved the purchase of a Grand Piano for our music ministry and outreach programme. A piano has been ordered and is on the high seas. It looks like it will only arrive in February 2015. Please contact Ruth on 082 903 5819 or Louise on 083 275-7072 if you would like to make a donation toward the piano in memory of someone or simply because you you know the music will be wonderful.
Please note: The Knitting group meets on each Thursday at 10.30 am except for the first week of the month when they join the Wednesday service for tea .
Youth and Rock n’Roll: No more youth activities until 2015 except for Christmas Services
Rock n’ Roll: Every Sunday at 9.30 am
Friday Nights: 4 pm for younger Youth and 6pm for older Youth
NB Parents – Please drop/fetch your children within the parking area. Yvette can assist you with the code.
Visit the Young Peoples page.