As you are aware, pastor Don had planned to start a new area of employment in Rochester at the beginning of February, and for him and Melody to move in to a flat near to the job. There were some unexpected last-minute hitches relating to the job and accommodation, so the elders asked if Don would like to continue in his role as pastor until the matters could be satisfactorily resolved. Don was happy to continue as pastor, and anticipates that he will move to new employment in the next few weeks.
Sunday 3 February sees the beginning of Missions Week at CEFC. As most will already know, these weeks are set aside so that we can pray for the missionaries whom we support, plus have an opportunity to receive updates on their valuable work. In this respect, on Sunday 10 February you will be able to hear Helen give an update of the work she and Alastair do for OM Ireland at the Bring & Share fellowship meal that has been arranged immediately after the morning service. Please do stay if you can and use the opportunity to have fellowship and encourage one another.
On Tuesday 12 February, our church seniors can enjoy fellowship over a cup of tea or coffee together with a variety of scones, tea cakes and crumpets. This takes place at 10.30am, immediately after the prayer meeting. Later in the month, on Tuesday 26 February, there is another opportunity for them to meet, this time over lunch which will be served at approximately 12.30pm.
There is an opportunity for the ladies to meet together in the church lounge on Saturday 16 February at 10.30am for a time of fellowship and prayer after enjoying a cup of tea or coffee and cake and pastries. These meetings have proven invaluable in the past, so please do come along if you have the time. Ladies, please don’t forget to complete the questionnaire you have been given and place it in the box on the top of the PA cupboard.
The week beginning Monday 18 February brings the school half term holidays. The Tuesday morning prayer meeting will still take place at 9.30am, however, the usual midweek groups won’t take place. Instead, there will be an extended Communion Service on Thursday 21st at 8pm.
Please continue to remember others known to us with family caring responsibilities and all those with on-going health challenges who would appreciate prayer for strength and encouragement.
You will be aware of other situations from your Midweek Groups that need prayer, but we also encourage you to use the prayer diary to pray for others in the church.
Missed a service? Listen online. Whether you’re helping in Sunday School, Beginners or Crèche, or are away for a week, all our sermons are recorded. It’s a great way of catching up on any you may have missed. Find them on our website under ‘Sermons Online’ where you can either listen online or download and listen at a later date.
The March 2019 newsletter will be available on Sunday 3 March. Please send any Home news/prayer items to Julia D by Thursday 28 February to ensure inclusion.
Prayer is the window that God has placed in the walls of our world.
Leave it shut and the world is a cold, dark house.
But throw back the curtains and see His light. Open the window and hear His voice.
Open the window of prayer and invoke the presence of God in your world.