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Notices for Sunday 15th January 2017

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Notices for Sunday 15th January

9.30am HOLY COMMUNION: Welcome to our service this morning led by Sue and Matthew talks to us about Acts 10: 34-35 and 11:1-18 and Mark 12:13-14 .

6.30pm EVENING PRAYER (BCP): Our service this evening is led by Matthew and he talks to us about Ezekiel 2:1-3:4 and Galatians 1:11-end.

PRAYERS: Please continue to pray for the families of Mark Croxton, Shirley Harris and David Ison as they come to terms with their loss.

WANTED clean old sheets, blankets, curtains or other large pieces of fabric (cream, beige, brown or blue fabric – no florals and pyjama cord for costumes for passion play as soon as possible.  Please give to Lesley or Frances. Thank you.

POPPY APPEAL 2016 The amount raised for the Poppy Appeal at St Michael’s last  November was £57.22.  The total raised for our district was £25,320.55.  The British Legion have sent their thanks to all who contributed

GOOD MORNING SUNDAY – a new way to start your Sunday continues next at St John’s. Breakfast from 8.15 am, the Sunday papers, conversation, prayer and reflection.  On a busy Sunday, start the day with God and be fed and ready to go by 9:15! (Not on the 5th Sunday)

ST MICHAELS PCC meets next tomorrow evening 7..30pm in Church.

WHAT CHRISTIANS BELIEVE: New Year is a time for pondering and          reflecting on the past and wondering what the future may have in store for us. Christianity and other faiths often suggest that they can offer answers to these challenging questions – but do they and what do Christians actually believe in? Do you or know someone who wants to explore what Christians believe and what it means to be a Christian then this short 6 week course maybe for you/them, beginning this Tuesday (17th) at the home of our Curate Rich. Please pick up a leaflet in church.

You are invited to St Michael’s to  POP IN FOR COFFEE this Thursday (19th)       between 10am-12noon all very welcome.

Our next TGI takes place on Sunday 22nd January at St John’s 6-8pm.

CHURCHES TOGETHER IN NEWPORT – Week of Prayer for Christian Unity There will be a short (30 minute) service at St Michael’s on Monday 23rd January at 1.00 pm where we will be joined by members of other Newport churches as part of the events masking the national Week of Prayer for    Christian Unity.  Please do come and join us if you are able. (See poster).

PRAY FOR SCHOOLS: Please join us on Tuesday 24th January at Meeting Point House between 12.30-2pm to pray for our schools.  Bring your own sandwiches, cake and drinks provided.

AWAKENING on Thursday 26th 7.30pm at St. Mary & St. Chad’s Church,       Brewood. An evening with Ian McCormack. Ian will share his amazing testimony of his life-changing near-death experience after being stung by a box jellyfish. Worship, prayer ministry, refreshments and fun.   This is the first of what is hoped to be a monthly event.

‘COMPASSION’ presents CURRY & COMEDY on Friday 27th January 6.30-9.30pm at House of Prayer 6 Market Approach, Wellington TF1 1BW  with Steve Legg and Jane Alam Sheikh. Jane former sponsored child is teaming up with comedian Steve Legg to present this comedy tour. Tickets or enquiries  to Martin,  hawkecouriers@fsmail.net.

CAP MONEY COURSE starts 30 January. Spring clean your finances and get control of your money! This course is NOT just for people in un-manageable debt. Its for everyone. The course is free, confidential and personal circumstances are not discussed. Join the nearly 200 people who have benefitted from CAP Money courses run by St John’s Money Coaches. Starts at 7pm at St John’s on Monday 30 January and following two Monday evenings. For more  information, contact Vicky on 07971972961 or vickymuxton@blueyonder.co.uk.

SERVING IN THE POWER OF GOD: Led by John McGinley Regional Director for New Wine, Midlands Region.  A day of ‘Biblical teaching on Spiritual Gifts’ & ‘Practical application of Spiritual Gifts’ takes place on Saturday 11th February 9.30-3.30pm  at St James Church, Brownhills.  Cost £5 per person. Tea and coffee will be provided. There will be a bring and share lunch. To book a place please phone 01543 372187 or email stjames@stjameschurchbrownhills.co.uk

Monday 16th January 9.15am Morning Prayer in Church

Thursday 19th January 7.30-8am Early Morning Prayers at St John’s

WORSHIP, LUNCH & MUSIC takes place on the First Thursday of each month except January. The first WLM of 2017 takes place on Thursday 2nd February beginning with a service of Communion at noon followed by lunch and a recital.

A MEN’S BREAKFAST takes place on the second Saturday of each month 8.30am at The Whitehouse Hotel in Muxton.  Please let Simon T, Matthew or Lesley know you are coming.

PRAYERS FOR CAP: We continue to run a prayer time for the CAP Debt Centre on 3rd Tuesday of each month at St John’s 9am in the Acorn Room.

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 usually on the 4th Thursday of each month from 9.45am – 12noon.

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 Cedric Ayres and 6.30pm John Hornby

Coffee:  Heather Ayres & Janet Johnson                                     Laptop: David

Sidesperson: 9.30am  Anthony Warner and 6.30pm Mike Margerrison

Coffee:   Gill Holloway & Janet Marshall                                   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 WEDNESDAY.  Email: revrichcresswell@gmail.com

Acts 11:1-14

11 The apostles and the believers throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God. So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcised believers criticised him and said, ‘You went into the house of uncircumcised men and ate with them.’

Starting from the beginning, Peter told them the whole story: ‘I was in the city of Joppa praying, and in a trance I saw a vision. I saw something like a large sheet being let down from heaven by its four corners, and it came down to where I was. I looked into it and saw four-footed animals of the earth, wild beasts, reptiles and birds. Then I heard a voice telling me, “Get up, Peter. Kill and eat.”

‘I replied, “Surely not, Lord! Nothing impure or unclean has ever entered my mouth.”

‘The voice spoke from heaven a second time, “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.” 10 This happened three times, and then it was all pulled up to heaven again.

11 ‘Right then three men who had been sent to me from Caesarea stopped at the house where I was staying. 12 The Spirit told me to have no hesitation about going with them. These six brothers also went with me, and we entered the man’s house. 13 He told us how he had seen an angel appear in his house and say, “Send to Joppa for Simon who is called Peter. 14 He will bring you a message through which you and all your household will be saved.”

Acts 10:34-35

34 Then Peter began to speak: ‘I now realise how true it is that God does not show favouritism 35 but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right.

Acts 11:15-18

15 ‘As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit came on them as he had come on us at the beginning. 16 Then I remembered what the Lord had said: “John baptised with water, but you will be baptised with the Holy Spirit.”17 So if God gave them the same gift he gave us who believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I to think that I could stand in God’s way?’

18 When they heard this, they had no further objections and praised God, saying, ‘So then, even to Gentiles God has granted repentance that leads to life.’

Mark 12:13-14  Paying the poll-tax to Caesar

13 Later they sent some of the Pharisees and Herodians to Jesus to catch him in his words. 14 They came to him and said, ‘Teacher, we know that you are a man of integrity. You aren’t swayed by others, because you pay no attention to who they are; but you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth.’