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Notices for Sunday 19th February 2017

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Notices for Sunday 19th February

9.30am HOLY COMMUNION: Welcome to our service this morning led by Rich and Jon continues our series based on the Acts of the Apostles today looking at ‘Paul’s Testimony before Agrippa’. Luke 21:10-19 and Acts 26:1-8, 19-23.

6.30pm EVENING PRAYER (BCP): Our service this evening is led by Rich and he talks to us about Proverbs 8:1,22-31 and Revelation 4

PASSION FOR LIFE: Please pray for our Easter café. Pray for Judith Myers, Di Baxter and Jeanette Taylor as they plan the afternoon. For Steve Hedges and Anne Plant who are contributing musically. Pray that the team get exactly the correct balance between fellowship and worship.

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.

HEALING SERVICE: Our next Healing Service takes place this evening 6.30pm 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.

PIANO FREE TO A GOOD HOME – Would you like an upright piano, completely free of charge?  It belonged to Chris Hutton (a member of our church family who died last year), and we’ve been asked if we can find someone who’d          appreciate it.  You would need to arrange your own collection from Apley.  If you are interested, please contact Rich.

PRAYERS FOR CAP Debt Centre continues this Tuesday (21st) at St John’s in the Acorn Room 9am.

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.

MEMORIAL SERVICE: St Michael’s and St John’s would like to invite everyone to a joint Memorial Service Sunday 12th March 4.00pm at St Michael’s Church.  It will be a service of remembering loved ones and a thanksgiving of their lives.  If you would like to add a name to the ‘Naming List’ in remembrance then please speak to Lesley (Office 670033). Please join us for refreshments after the service.

AWE – Encountering God in Prayer: Come and be part of an evening of worship and prayer as we prepare for our “Passion For Life” week. Join us for any part of the evening on Saturday 25th March between 700 & 9.00 pm. Quiet zone, worship zone, reflective zone, conversational prayer zone Puddings and         refreshments served from 7.00 – 7.20 pm.

DAVID ISON: Would you like to join me in bringing David Ison’s Monkey on part of his epic journey from Wales to Lilleshall Monument on 1st July.  The whole journey will start in Wales and take in the coast of the Netherlands   before some climbing in Wales  and canoeing on the Severn brings him to Shrewsbury.   I am coordinating a cycle ride from Shrewsbury to Muxton on the afternoon of 1st July.  All funds raised will be divided between The Severn Hospice, Macmillan’s and The Brain Tumour Charity. Book the date and    contact Matthew to register your interest. – more details to follow.

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 20th February 9.15am Morning Prayer in Church

Thursday 23rd 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).

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 9.30am – 12noon.   (16th February)

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 Anthony Warner and 6.30pm John Hornby

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

Sidesperson: 9.30am  Cedric Ayres and 6.30pm Mike Margerrison

Coffee:  Clive & Julie Nelson                                                     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

Luke 21:10-19

10 Then he said to them: ‘Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. 11 There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.

12 ‘But before all this, they will seize you and persecute you. They will hand you over to synagogues and put you in prison, and you will be brought before kings and governors, and all on account of my name.13 And so you will bear testimony to me. 14 But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves. 15 For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict. 16 You will be betrayed even by parents, brothers and sisters, relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death. 17 Everyone will hate you because of me. 18 But not a hair of your head will perish.19 Stand firm, and you will win life.

Acts 26:1-8,19-23

26 Then Agrippa said to Paul, ‘You have permission to speak for yourself.’

So Paul motioned with his hand and began his defence: ‘King Agrippa, I consider myself fortunate to stand before you today as I make my defence against all the accusations of the Jews, and especially so because you are well acquainted with all the Jewish customs and controversies. Therefore, I beg you to listen to me patiently.

‘The Jewish people all know the way I have lived ever since I was a child, from the beginning of my life in my own country, and also in Jerusalem. They have known me for a long time and can testify, if they are willing, that I conformed to the strictest sect of our religion, living as a Pharisee. And now it is because of my hope in what God has promised our ancestors that I am on trial today. This is the promise our twelve tribes are hoping to see fulfilled as they earnestly serve God day and night. King Agrippa, it is because of this hope that these Jews are accusing me. Why should any of you consider it incredible that God raises the dead?

19 ‘So then, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the vision from heaven. 20 First to those in Damascus, then to those in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and then to the Gentiles, I preached that they should repent and turn to God and demonstrate their repentance by their deeds. 21 That is why some Jews seized me in the temple courts and tried to kill me. 22 But God has helped me to this very day; so I stand here and testify to small and great alike. I am saying nothing beyond what the prophets and Moses said would happen – 23 that the Messiah would suffer and, as the first to rise from the dead, would bring the message of light to his own people and to the Gentiles.’