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Prayer Hour

An invitation is extended to the congregation to join Ryan in a prayer hour from 07:30-08:30, Mondays to Fridays. There will also be a prayer hour on a Thursday from 18:30-19:30.

Women’s Retreat – 2016

The Women’s Retreat will be held at the beautiful Kwaggasrus from 9-11 September 2016.

Book your place now – confirm deposit of R200 by 27 May 2016.

Cost is R750.00 and you can make monthly payments of R120.00 – R200.00 to alleviate any financial strain.

Please RSVP to Vanessa at 083 447 2171 or e-mail simplybe.womensretreat@gmail.com

Holy Week Schedule

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Holy week starts on 20 March (Palm Sunday) and services will be held at TUC as follows:

20 March – Palm Sunday – 0800 & 0930 services
21 March – Service at 1900
22 March – Service at 1900 – Jews for Jesus (PASSOVER MEAL DEMONSTRATION ONLY)
23 March – Service at 1900
24 March – Tenebrae Service at 1900
25 March – Good Friday Service at 0800
27 March – Sunrise Service at 0600 Normal service at 0830

Feeding Scheme

We are truly desperate for someone to help out at the Feeding Scheme on a Tuesday (2 people required) and on a Wednesday (1 person required and also to give a lift to the second person). If we do not get volunteers, we might have to close the Feeding Scheme on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. This is such a worthy cause and is subsidised by the congregation and Consulmet and it would be very sad to close for two days because of lack of volunteers.

Can you assist with the everyday requirements for the Church?

If you are in a position to assist with everyday requirements of the church, we always need:

  • Furniture polish
  • Handy Andy
  • Pilchards (for gardener and cleaner)
  • Toilet paper
  • Coffee/Tea/sugar/long life milk for office staff, including gardener and cleaner: Also used for funerals.
  • Reams of copy paper for the photocopier
  • Red Appletizer (for communion)
  • Toilet Duck or Domestos
  • Air freshener
  • Jik
  • Brasso

Office Email Address

Just a reminder that the office e-mail address is: admin@trinityunited.org.za. Some members are still using the old address and these e-mails do not reach us. Personal & confidential e-mails for Ryan should be sent to: minister@trinityunited.org.za.

Employment available: After-care teacher MES Kempton Park

MES Kempton Park is in need of a teacher for the after-school centre, in the afternoons from 1430 to 1700. The suitable candidate must help about 20 children with their homework and exam preparation. If you are interested, or maybe know someone who is interested, please contact Lilly Franks at 011 024 4580 or send an email to lilly@mes.org.za. Compensation at an hourly rate available. For more information about the After-school, visit: www.mes.org.za.

GREAT EXPECTATIONS

A poem by the late Dave Turk

Go into this new day with confidence
There is so much for us to achieve.
Rejoice in the things which God has prepared
And the blessings that we will receive.

There are so many things which we pass by
As we focus on what needs to be done.
We don’t see the flowers under our feet,
All we see is the race to be run.

We can still reach the goal that we aim for,
But enjoy every step as it’s made.
The time that it takes to look to the side,
Could reveal that Jesus has some to our aid.

If we open our eyes even wider,
And take note of the things we pass by,
Our journey becomes a pleasure,
Which makes us feel we really can fly.

God didn’t make us to rush through the day,
And not share what He wants us to see.
If we make time to let Him show us,
We’ll find blessings He gives you and me.

There are so many promises Jesus made,
And all we must do is believe.
We need to have faith and expectations,
Then His grace is what we will receive.

PASTORAL MATTERS

To help the church minister to it’s congregation, we would ask you all to please let Ryan or the church office know when someone is in hospital or has a family member who has passed, needs a visit, or for whatever other reason. The reason for this request is that the church sometimes only hears of an illness or need long after the event. Your help in keeping us advised keeps the family church feeling and would be much appreciated.

Testimonies

If anyone has testimonies that they would like to share at our Celebration Service on 6 December, please contact Ryan.

What will your Christmas gift to Trinity be this year?

The Thank Offering here at Trinity is an annual offering in which we invite you to give a special financial gift to the work of our church.

Due to the financial constraints we have had to deal with during 2014/2015, your thank offering will be used toward the ongoing work of God in our community and in this church.

Please give generously to this appeal. It is a very practical way of saying thank you to God for the ministry of this church in your life and in the life of our community.

Advent: Traditions, and History

The start of the Christmas season
by Holly Hartman

Advent is the period preceding the Christmas season. It begins on the Sunday nearest November 30, the feast day of St. Andrew the Apostle, and covers four Sundays. Because the day it begins changes from year to year, so does the length of each Advent season. In 2015, Advent begins on 29 November.
The word advent, from Latin, means “the coming.” For centuries, Advent has been a time of spiritual reflection as well as cheer and anticipation. Even as the Christmas season has become more secular-with advertisers urging holiday gift-givers to buy and buy some more-Advent still brings joy and the observance of ancient customs. Christian families find quiet moments lighting candles in the Advent wreath, and children use Advent calendars to count the days until Christmas.

The History of Advent
Advent has probably been observed since the fourth century. Originally, it was a time when converts to Christianity readied themselves for baptism.
During the Middle Ages, Advent became associated with preparation for the Second Coming. In early days Advent lasted from November 11, the feast of St. Martin, until Christmas Day. Advent was considered a pre-Christmas season of Lent when Christians devoted themselves to prayer and fasting. The Orthodox Eastern Church observes a similar Lenten season, from November 15 until Christmas, rather than Advent.
Many Christians still view Advent as a season to prepare for the Second Coming of Jesus. In the last fifty years, however, it has also come to be thought of as a time of anticipating the Nativity, on Christmas Day.

Advent Wreaths
Advent wreaths have their origins in the folk traditions of northern Europe, where in the deep of winter people lit candles on wheel-shaped bundles of evergreen. Both the evergreen and the circular shape symbolized ongoing life. The candlelight gave comfort at this darkest time of the year, as people looked forward to the longer days of spring.

Later, Eastern European Christians adopted this practice. By the sixteenth century, they were making Advent wreaths much as we know them today. An advent wreath traditionally contains four candles-three purple and one rose. Purple dyes were one so rare and costly that they were associated with royalty; the Roman Catholic Church has long used this colour around Christmas and Easter to honour Jesus. The three purple candles in the Advent wreath symbolize hope, peace, and love. These candles are lit on the first, second, and fourth Sundays of Advent. The rose candle, which symbolizes joy, is usually lit on the third Sunday.
Sometimes a fifth candle is placed inside the Advent wreath. This candle is lit on Christmas Day. It is white, the colour associated with angels and the birth of Jesus.
Because Advent wreaths are an informal celebration, not all are the same. Instead of purple candles, some people use blue, which recalls the colour of the night sky before daylight returns. Others use all white candles.

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