January / February 2010 Newsletter

Vision4Life – WELCOME TO YEAR OF PRAYERvision-4-life-logo-prayer1 (300 x 109)

In Advent 2008, we began the three year Vision4Life programme and this Advent we begin to focus on Prayer. Our recent Church Meeting decided to continue to include the sung “Welcome to the Word” in morning worship to help us focus on listening to God’s Word.


Meanwhile our studies of the Bible continue as follows:

BIBLE STUDY DATES: The morning Bible Study Group continue what has been a most interesting insight into the Old Testament led by Rev’d Helen using a book by Philip Yancey, “The Bible Jesus Read” accompanied by an instructive video.  The next two meetings will conclude this study and will be at 10.30am in the Goodwin Lounge on Thursdays 28th January and 25th February.  If you are able, please come along – you will be surprised how interesting it can be.

Open Bible (100 x 52)EVENING BIBLE STUDIES: For our Lent Bible Studies we have decided to again to make use of a Philip Yancey book – Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference?

The dates are Wednesdays 24th February and the 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st March at 7.30pm in the Garrett Room


Vision4Life – Year of PrayerPraying hands 2 (100 x 112)

As this is the Year of Prayer it has been suggested that members of the congregation could contribute short prayers for use on the weekly notice sheet.  If you would like to write a prayer, or find one in a book that you think would be suitable, please pass it to Margery for inclusion on the notice sheet. Thank you.

Margery Pitcher


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Lectionary Readings January & February 2010


January


3rd Jeremiah 31: 7-14; Psalm 147: 12-20; Ephesians 1: 3-14; St John 1: (1-9), 10-18

Epiphany Isaiah 60: 1-6; Psalm 72: 1-7, 10-14; Ephesians 3: 1-12; St Matthew 2: 1-12

10th Isaiah 43: 1-7; Psalm 29; Acts 8: 14-17; St Luke 3: 15-17, 21-22

17th Isaiah 62: 1-5; Psalm 36: 5-10; 1 Corinthians 12: 1-11; St John 2: 1-11

24th Nehemiah 8: 1-3, 5-6, 8-10; Psalm 19; 1 Corinthians 12: 12-31a; St Luke 4: 14-21

31st Jeremiah 1: 4-10; Psalm 71: 1-6; 1 Corinthians 13: 1-13; St Luke 4: 21-30


February


7th Isaiah6: 1-8, (9-13); Psalm 138; 1 Corinthians: 1-11; St Luke 5: 1-11

14th Exodus 34: 29-35; Psalm 99; 2 Corinthians 3: 12-4: 2; St Luke 9: 28-36, (37-43)

Ash Wednesday Joel 2: 1-2, 12-17 or Isaiah 58: 1-12; Psalm 51: 1-17; 2 Corinthians 5: 20b-6: 10; St Matthew 6: 1-6, 16-21

21st Deuteronomy 26: 1-11; Psalm 91: 1-2, 9-16; Romans 10: 8b-13; St Luke 4: 1-13

28th Genesis 15: 1-12, 17-18; Psalm 27; Philippians 3: 17-4: 1; St Luke 13: 31-35


March


7th Isaiah 55: 1-9; Psalm 63: 1-8; 1Corinthians 10: 1-13; St Luke 13: 1-9


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A father was reading Bible stories to his young son. He read, “The man named Lot was warned to take his wife and flee out of the city, but his wife looked back and was turned to salt.” His son asked, “What happened to the flea?”            Thanks to Trinity URC, Berkshire


AUTUMN FAIR 2009

A big thank you to all who supported our recent Autumn Fair on 28th November and especially those who worked so hard in planning and preparing for the event.  Cheques for £415.00 have been sent to both St Catherine’s Hospice and Derian House Hospice who we can be assured will make good use of our contributions.

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CHURCH FELLOWSHIP


At the meetings to discuss the Pastoral Review it was agreed that Fulwood URC needed a regular weekday activity for members and friends.  We currently have the weekly Hymn Practice on Friday evening and a Craft Group, which meets one Monday evening and one Tuesday afternoon each month but these activities will not appeal to everyone.


Our monthly Fellowship meeting met one evening each month with a speaker and was previously organised by Richard Smith so we now need to decide the future of the Fellowship meeting.


We would like everyone to consider the following questions and pass suggestions to Margery or Mac before the Church AGM in February so that a decision can be made.

  • When should the Fellowship meet? eg morning, afternoon or evening and which day would be best.
  • How often should it meet? eg weekly, twice-monthly, monthly?
  • What format should it take? eg a Speaker each time or a mixture of speakers, coffee & chat, meals out, devotional meetings, games eg beetle or dominoes so that there is a different theme each meeting.
  • Who will organise the programme? eg one person or a small group – the organiser(s) could be appointed for a year at a time rather than taking on the task open-ended.


Two people offered at the last Church meeting to help organise a Fellowship but they are already doing several tasks for Church – is there anyone else out there willing to give a little time to help organise the fellowship and/or support the meetings?  You can help to make this meeting a success.


Please let Margery or Mac know your views .  Thank you.

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EMERGENCY TELEPHONE NUMBERS !!telephone (100 x 100)

When –

You are sad – phone John14

You have sinned – phone Psalm 51

You are facing danger – phone Psalm 91

People have failed you – phone Psalm 27

It feels as though God is far from you – phone Psalm 139

Your faith needs stimulation – phone Hebrews 11

You are alone and scared – phone Psalm 23

You are worried – phone Matthew 8:19-34

You are hurt and critical – phone 1 Corinthians 13

You wonder about Christianity – phone 2 Corinthians 5:15-18

You feel like an outcast – phone Romans 11:25-30

It feels as if the world is bigger than God – phone Psalm 90

You need Christ like insurance – phone Romans 8: 1-30

You are leaving home for a trip – phone Psalm 121

You are praying for yourself – phone Psalm 87

You require courage for a task – phone Joshua 1

Inflation and investments are hogging your thoughts – phone Mark 10:17-313

You are depressive – phone Psalm 27

Your bank account is empty – phone Psalm 37

You lose faith in mankind – phone 1 Corinthians 13

It looks like people are unfriendly – phone John 15

Paul’s secret for happiness – phone Colossians 3:12-17

With a big opportunity / discovery – phone Isaiah 55

To get along with other people – phone Romans 12


Alternative Nos:

For dealing with fear – call Psalm 47

For security – call Psalm 121:3

For assurance – call Mark 8:35

For reassurance – call Psalm 145:18


All lines are available 24 hours a day               Anon


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Smiling Face (100 x 106)EQUALITIES COMMISSION / HEALTH & SAFETY EXECUTIVE:

A SELECTION OF GUIDANCE ON FESTIVE SONGS – SOME POST-CHRISTMAS SMILES??


While Shepherds Watched
While shepherds watched
Their flocks by night
All seated on the ground
The angel of the Lord came down
And glory shone around

The Union of Shepherd’s has complained that it breaches Health and Safety Regulations to insist that shepherds watch their flocks without appropriate seating arrangements being provided, therefore benches, stools and orthopaedic chairs are now available. Shepherds have also requested that due to the inclement weather conditions at this time of year that they should watch their flocks via cctv cameras from centrally heated shepherd observation huts.

Please note, the angel of the Lord is reminded that before shining his / her glory all around she / he must ascertain that all shepherds have been issued with glasses capable of filtering out the harmful effects of UVA, UVB and Glory.


The Rocking Carol
Little Jesus, sweetly sleep, do not stir;
We will lend a coat of fur,
We will rock you, rock you, rock you,
We will rock you, rock you, rock you:

Fur is no longer appropriate wear for small infants, both due to risk of allergy to animal fur, and for ethical reasons. Therefore faux fur, a nice cellular blanket or perhaps micro-fleece material should be considered a suitable alternative.   Please note, only persons who have been subject to a Criminal Records Bureau check and have enhanced clearance will be permitted to rock Baby Jesus. Persons must carry their CRB disclosure with them at all times and be prepared to provide three forms of identification before rocking commences.


Liittle Donkey

Little donkey, little donkey on the dusty road
Got to keep on plodding onwards with your precious load

The RSPCA have issued strict guidelines with regard to how heavy a load that a donkey of small stature is permitted to carry, also included is guidance regarding how often to feed the donkey and how many rest breaks are required over a four hour plodding period. Please note that due to the increased risk of pollution from the dusty road, Mary and Joseph are required to wear face masks to prevent inhalation of any airborne particles. The donkey has expressed his discomfort at being labelled ‘little’ and would prefer just to be simply referred to as Mr. Donkey. To comment upon his height or lack thereof may be considered an infringement of his equine rights.

We Three Kings
We three kings of Orient are
Bearing gifts we traverse afar
Field and fountain, moor and mountain
Following yonder star

Whilst the gift of gold is still considered acceptable – as it may be redeemed at a later date through such organisations as ‘cash for gold’, gifts of frankincense and myrrh are not appropriate due to the potential risk of oils and fragrances causing allergic reactions. A suggested gift alternative would be to make a donation to a worthy cause in the recipient’s name or perhaps give a voucher.
We would not advise that the traversing kings rely on navigation by stars in order to reach their destinations and suggest the use of RAC route finder or satellite navigation, which will provide the quickest route and advice regarding fuel consumption. Please note as per the guidelines from the RSPCA for Mr Donkey, the camels carrying the three kings of Orient will require regular food and rest breaks. Facemasks for the three kings are also advisable due to the likelihood of dust from the camels hooves.


Rudolph the red nosed reindeerSmiling Face 2 (100 x 100)
Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer
had a very shiny nose?
And if you ever saw him,
you would even say it glows.

You are advised that under the Equal Opportunities for All policy, it is inappropriate for persons to make comment with regard to the ruddiness of any part of Mr. R. Reindeer. Further to this, exclusion of Mr R Reindeer from the Reindeer Games will be considered discriminatory and disciplinary action will be taken against those found guilty of this offence. A full investigation will be implemented and sanctions – including suspension on full pay – will be considered whilst this investigation takes place.

Thanks to Vivien Manners


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THE VERY FIRST VALENTINE CARD (A Legend)

The Roman Emperor Claudius II needed soldiers.  He suspected that marriage made men want to stay at home instead of fighting wars, so he outlawed marriage.  A kind-hearted young priest named Valentine felt sorry for all the couples who wanted to marry, but couldn’t.  So secretly he married as many couples as he could – until the Emperor found out and condemned him to death.  While he was in prison waiting execution, Valentine showed love and compassion to everyone around him, including his jailer.  The jailer had a young daughter who was blind, but through Valentine’s prayers, she was healed.  Just before his death in Rome on 14 February, he wrote her a farewell message signed ‘From your Valentine.’  So the very first Valentine card was not between lovers, but between a priest about to die, and a little girl, healed through his prayers

Thanks Rushill URC Bath

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MOBILE PHONE vs. BIBLEMobile phone (100 x 107)

I wonder what would happen if we treated our Bible like we treat our mobile phone?

What if we carried it around in our purses or pockets?  What if we flipped through it several times a day?

What if we turned back to go get it if we forgot it ?

What if we used it to receive messages from the text?

What if we treated it like we couldn’t live without it?

What if we gave it to Kids as gifts?

What if we used it when we travelled?

What if we used it in case of emergency?

This is something to make you go… ”Hmm. Where is my Bible?”

Oh, and one more thing.

Unlike our mobile phone, we don’t have to worry about our Bible being disconnected because Jesus already paid the bill.

Makes you stop and think, “Where are my priorities?”

NO REJECTED calls!

NO FLAT BATTERY!!

NO “pls call me’s” because He will call on you ALL THE TIME!!!

Anon

Thanks to Port Sunlight Church


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Operation Christmas Child (100 x 81)Operation Christmas Child 2009

Thank you to all who supported the Christmas Shoe-box Appeal. Some 500-550 boxes were collected by ourselves and friends at Christ Church, Longridge.  By the time you read this Newsletter, Rev’d Helen will be about to depart for Belarus as part of one of the distribution teams and we look forward to hearing her first hand accounts of the smiles that our boxes will have brought.

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Craft scissors (100 x 94)THE CRAFT GROUP

Those who formed the Craft Group to make cards etc for the Autumn Fair enjoyed the experience so much that we have decided to continue to meet both in the afternoons and evenings. Even visitors who came have asked if they can come again!  The next meetings are:

Monday     11th January at 7.30pm

Monday     8th February at 7.30pm

Tuesday  23rd February at 2.00pm

Monday     8th March at 7.30pm

Why not give it a try!!

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CHURCHES TOGETHER IN FULWOOD & BROUGHTON

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Services:

Monday              18th January          7:00pm        St Anthony’s

Tuesday             19th January          7:00pm        Our Lady & St Edward’s

Wednesday        20th January          7:00pm        St Cuthbert’s

Thursday            21st January          12 noon        St Clare’s

Friday                22nd January         12 noon        St John Baptist

Saturday            23rd January          12 noon        Fulwood URC

Sunday              24th January          3.00pm         Christ Church

(Songs of Praise & Signing of Covenant)

Monday             25th January          12 noon         Fernyhalgh


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The things that children say …


Three children were in a school playground boasting about their respective fathers.

One said: ‘My daddy’s a teacher and he makes us clever for nothing’.

The next said: ‘My daddy’s a doctor and he makes us well for nothing’.

The third said: ‘My daddy’s a minister and he makes us good for nothing’.



A little girl was taken to church for the first time by her grandfather. When it was time for the offering, and noticing how people were putting money in the offering plate, she decided that she should offer her grandfather some advice and, at the same time, save him some money. So, in a loud whisper she instructed him: ‘You don’t have to pay for me, grandfather,

I’m still under five’

‘Lord,’ said a little boy in his prayers, ‘if you can’t make me a better boy, don’t worry about it; I’m having a good time as I am.’

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WHAT DO YOU SEE?

Three people were visiting the Grand Canyon — a painter, a preacher, and a cowboy…

Looking over the massive canyon, each one verbalized his observation:

“Incredible!” the painter said. “I’d love to paint a picture of this!”

The preacher waved his arms and cried, “Glory! Look what God has done!”

The cowboy exclaimed, “I’d sure hate to lose a cow down there!”


Thought: What do you see when you look at your situation? An illustration of God’s handiwork, or just somewhere to lose a cow?

Thanks to Beaconsfield URC Bucks

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