Well done St Peters! Your generosity is wonderful.
Earlier this quarter, I set a challenge of collection 80 Christmas gift parcels for the children who FAMSA (Families or South Africa) work with.
And you did it! You reached the target.
We collected 12 school bags (with school shoes) and another 68 shoeboxes filled with stationery, toiletries and toys.
Here are the pictures from the collections and the party:
The deadline day was 6 December to drop off all the collected parcels. That morning after packing and sorting we had reached 71 packages. I was thrilled! We had set a HIGH goal of 80.
I sent out “thank you and congratulation” messages. Because you all deserved it. Your generosity was incredible!
AND THEN – after that message, one of our members at St Peters messaged me saying that they would bring anoter 9 gifts so that we could reach our goal. Amen!
80 children were blessed by your kindess. Tose children matter. They have a future. They are loved. And our little actions of kindness, reminded them. They are worth it!
I was thrilled at how the Christmas Play turned out this year. For me it was a sort of culmination (I really just wanted to use that word) of a great year with the children of our Sunday School. Thanks to the cast (kids and adults) who acted and for Dylan doing the sound and data. It was a great little production. The main message asking two things:
- What gift do you bring to Jesus this year?
- Could your offer your whole life as a gift to Jesus?
On Saturday 28 November, some ladies from the CWF and our church went to drop off blankets that were made (by various folk in our community) at Thuthukana.
Thuthukana is situated in Leslie. It is a drop in centre that runs a creche and other social welfare services.
Thanks to those ladies who went along on Saturday. And to those who made the blankets.
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ Matthew 25: 14
My friends at The Sanctuary Centre produced these excellent Christmas stories two years back. The perspective offered from the various characters of the Christmas Narrative is brilliant! Feel free to download the PDF.
- Use it will your cell groups (home groups)
- Use it in the office place. Maybe print it, pin it up on the notice board at your work?
- Or use in your own personal devotions.
I am very certain this will give you a fresh approach to Christmas this year! Click on the links to below to open / download any of the 3 stories
- From Elizabeth: meditation_elizabeth_grace_born_in_the_wilderness
- From Joseph: meditation_joseph_on_the_run_with_the_baby_deliverer
- From the Shepherds: meditation_shepherd_devotional
We’re trying this out. Click on the image to go to this week’s “Magazine style” notices:
We’d love to print LESS notices each.
(click on the image to go to this week’s notices!)
The bible is full of stories
You and I are full of stories
The Jesus story is still compelling
But how do we tell it?
magic open book of fantasy stories
THIS SUNDAY 5pm
At the church lapa!
(St Peters United Church)
See you there!
Our music team played at the Christmas Party at Silver Jare in Bethel. Here are two pictures from the party:
Here are some fitting verses that go with:
Matthew 18:20 “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”
Hebrews 12: 28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, 29 for our “God is a consuming fire.”
We also captured Amazing Grace in a .video (click on the word video or click below):
As requested… some of you asked for shoe size specs for the Famsa Shoe Box gifts. Here are two images of different shoe size requests. Kids sizes and teens sizes.
Thanks a million for helping:
Here is the low down of what we are looking for for the Christmas shoe box collection we do for FAMSA
Also here are the list of the children we are reaching out too. You can do three things with these names:
- Pray for each of them by name.
- Knowing their age, may also help with what shoe size to get.
- Like the lists (genealogies) that are no omitted in the scriptures – because each person matters. These people matter too:
“But now, this is what the LORD says– he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.” (Isaiah 43: 1)