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Notices for Sunday 12th February 2017

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Notices for Sunday 12th February

9.30am MORNING WORSHIP: Welcome to our service this morning led by Matthew and David continues our series based on the Acts of the Apostles    today looking ‘Paul’s speech to the Athenians’. 1 Peter 3:13-17 and Acts 17:15-34

6.30pm HOLY COMMUNION: Our service this evening is led by Matthew and Heiko talks to us about Isaiah 35:3-6 and Mark 1:32-45.

NAME DAY: We will be having a name label day today, this helps us to get to know each other and also to welcome visitors.

PASSION FOR LIFE: Please pray for our youth events. Pray for Thom Foster, Kathy Tagg and Rich Cresswell as they lead on this area. Pray for the daily workshops and the Saturday night concert. Pray for plenty of support from our church members during the week, for all the people who are delivering workshops, music/band and technical support.

WANTED:  Orange, red and green fabric also faux leather brown or black. Please give to Lesley or Frances. Thank you.

Also we are looking for donations towards the ‘Passion for Life Activity Days’ please take a look at the list on the welcome table.  Donations will be gratefully received by Ellie or Lesley. Thank you.

There will be a talk by Mala Tribich, a Holocaust survivor, at Newport Girls High School, Wellington Road, Newport TF10 7HL tomorrow evening (13th) at 4.30pm. The event will last for about one and a half hours and open to all who have a ticket. These can be obtained by emailing the school at         schooloffice@nghs.org.uk

SHONTAL THEATRE GROUP presents ‘It’s only a few quid…’at The Telford Whitehouse Hotel, Watling Street,  Wellington TF1 2NJ 2pm on this Wednesday (15th).  Intended to be hard hitting and thought provoking drama about  the hardship faced by a young mother who encounters the attentions of a loan shark. Pick up a leaflet with further details and how to book a free place or please speak to Jane Preston.

FORGET ME NOT FILMS: Do you like watching old musicals while enjoying a cup of tea and a slice of cake?  If so, join us  this Thursday (16th) at 9.30am to watch ‘An American in Paris’.

You are invited to St Michael’s to POP IN FOR COFFEE this Thursday (16th)between 10am-12noon all very welcome.       (NO Pop-In in March  due to Lent)

This years FILM FEST for our youth groups takes place on Friday 17th    February 7pm-Saturday 18th 7am.  Pick up a letter from church or speak to Thom.

HEALING SERVICE: Our next Healing Service takes place Sunday 19th  February  6.30pm here at St John’s.  All welcome to join us at this quiet        reflective service.

HOLY LAND VISIT: Have you always wanted to visit the holy land? Would you like to see some of the places we read about in the Bible? Then this may be for you … read on! A friend of David Pierce, the Rev Dr Alan Munden, is planning to lead a 7 – 10 day visit to Israel in October/November 2017.  Cost is likely to be in the region of £1800 (single room supplements about £300) depending on the numbers going. Alan has been to Israel five times already and is familiar with many of the ‘must see’ sites.  Apart from the Dead Sea area the weather will be fine and sunny. There is much walking involved! David is intending to go and would like to know if any church members would be interested in joining him. To find out more please phone David on 850231.

SEWING SATURDAY:  We are planning to have a sewing morning making the costumes for the Passion Play.  If you have a sewing machine and/or like  sewing please join us on Saturday 4th March 9.30am-noon at St John’s. Also if you are interested in helping to cut out garments please speak to Lesley 670033.

TEDDY BEARS’ PICNIC: Our next Teddy Bears’ Picnic is on Sunday 5th March starting 3:00pm here at St Michael’s.  For children up to five and their families.  Bring a cuddly toy and a picnic.  For more information, speak to Rich, Thom, Kathy or Jenny Cresswell.

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY: Quiz night 7.00pm Sunday 19th March Raising funds for Lilleshall Pre-School Entry £1 per person.  Further quiz details Ellie 07830524321.  See poster in Church.

Monday 13th February 9.15am Morning Prayer in Church

Thursday 16th February 7.30-8am Early Morning Prayers at St John’s

WORSHIP, LUNCH & MUSIC takes place on the First Thursday of each month except January and weekly during Lent, beginning with a service of  Communion at noon followed by lunch and a recital.

GOOD MORNING SUNDAY at St John’s. Breakfast from 8.15-9.15am, the Sunday papers, conversation, prayer and reflection. (Not on the 5th Sunday).

BLAZE: A new mid week 11’s-14’s group. It takes place between 6-7:30pm on Wednesdays at Lilleshall memorial hall. Contact Thom for further details.

PATHFINDERS: School Years R-Y6. Meets every Thursday at 5pm during term time at St Michael’s. Kids activities including games, sports, craft and worship. Tea served at 5.05pm.  Come and join the fun £2 per session includes food. No need to book but email to help with catering. ellie@wkjproperty.com.

SUB:ZERO – cafe style youth club for School years 7+ at St John’s 4-6pm on Friday’s during term time. A chance for young people to meet with friends,  relax and have fun inc games like pool & table tennis, Xbox Kinect and a tuck shop followed by ABSOLUTE:ZERO approx 5.30pm…..A chance to ask questions about God and about being a Christian…

FUSION: (14 – 18 year olds) will meet weekly at the home of Thom Foster 3A Fieldhouse Drive, Muxton. The meeting time is Sunday evenings 7.15 – 8.30pm during term time. We meet for Bible study, prayer and discussion. Call 670760 for info.

Sidesperson: 9.30am  Fran Taylor and 6.30pm Mike Harris

Coffee:  Delia Brown & Sylvia Jukes                                          No AV available

Sidesperson: 9.30am Anthony Warner and 6.30pm John Hornby

Coffee9.30am Janet Johnson & Heather Ayres                    No AV available

CHURCH ADMINISTRATOR: Normal Office hours Monday and Friday 9.00am – 3.00pm and Tuesday 9.00am – 1.00pm.

Email:admin@stmichaelslilleshall.org.uk Website www.stmichaelslilleshall.org.uk

MATTHEW’S DAY OFF is usually a FRIDAY.   Email: matthew.lefroy@tiscali.co.uk

RICH’S DAY OFF is usually a WEDNESDAYEmail: revrichcresswell@gmail.com

1 Peter 3:13-17

13 Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? 14 But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. ‘Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.’15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, 16 keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behaviour in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. 17 For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.

Acts 17:15-34   Paul in Athens

15 Those who escorted Paul brought him to Athens and then left with instructions for Silas and Timothy to join him as soon as possible.

16 While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, he was greatly distressed to see that the city was full of idols. 17 So he reasoned in the synagogue with both Jews and God-fearing Greeks, as well as in the market-place day by day with those who happened to be there. 18 A group of Epicurean and Stoic philosophers began to debate with him. Some of them asked, ‘What is this babbler trying to say?’ Others remarked, ‘He seems to be advocating foreign gods.’ They said this because Paul was preaching the good news about Jesus and the resurrection. 19 Then they took him and brought him to a meeting of the Areopagus, where they said to him, ‘May we know what this new teaching is that you are presenting? 20 You are bringing some strange ideas to our ears, and we would like to know what they mean.’ 21 (All the Athenians and the foreigners who lived there spent their time doing nothing but talking about and listening to the latest ideas.)

22 Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and said: ‘People of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious. 23 For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: to an unknown god. So you are ignorant of the very thing you worship – and this is what I am going to proclaim to you.

24 ‘The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. 25 And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. 26 From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. 27 God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. 28 “For in him we live and move and have our being.” As some of your own poets have said, “We are his offspring.”

29 ‘Therefore since we are God’s offspring, we should not think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone – an image made by human design and skill. 30 In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. 31 For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to everyone by raising him from the dead.’

32 When they heard about the resurrection of the dead, some of them sneered, but others said, ‘We want to hear you again on this subject.’ 33 At that, Paul left the Council. 34 Some of the people became followers of Paul and believed. Among them was Dionysius, a member of the Areopagus, also a woman named Damaris, and a number of others.