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Notices for Sunday 1st October 2017

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Notices for Sunday 1st October

9.30am HOLY COMMUNION: Welcome to our service this morning led by  Matthew (welcome back :))  This morning he talks to us about Philippians 2:1-16a and John 10.11-18

6.30pm NOW WORSHIP: Welcome to our monthly contemporary service this evening led by Rich. Hosea 10:1-8.

PLEASE NOTE: We have a second joint service coming up on 15th October, so there will be no 9:30am service that day.  (However, there will be communion at the 6:30pm service).

CONFIRMATION SERVICE :  Please join us for a bring & share lunch after the Confirmation service at St John’s TODAY approx 12.30/1pm….bring a plate of food to share.

WORSHIP, LUNCH & MUSIC takes place this Thursday (5th). We begin with a service of Communion at noon followed by lunch and a recital from Chris Harris (Baritone).

DEBT COACH – CHRISTIANS AGAINST POVERTY DEBT CENTRE – TELFORD If you know anyone who might be interested in becoming a debt coach to assist the Centre Manager, Jane Preston, please bring this advert to his/her attention. Full details are available on request from: captelford@gmail.com or by calling Jane Preston 07910 779345. Closing date for applications 6/10/17

WOMEN’S EVENINGSt John’s are holding a women’s evening on Saturday 7th October 7.30pm. We welcome guest speaker Rev’d Sharon Lord, wife and mother who trained as a midwife then took a very different career path….. Tickets £5 to include supper and a glass of wine 670033 available from Lesley.

BRYN HAWORTH IN CONCERT: Bryn is an acclaimed slide guitarist and singer songwriter who has been delighting audiences with his own unique brand of rock, country and gospel blues for over 35 years.  He will be performing at St Michael’s on Saturday 14th October 7.30pm.  Tickets are £7 available from Angie Vann 606008 or Lesley 670033.

Our next Healing Service takes place on Sunday 15th October 6.30pm at St John’s. A quiet reflective service.

DEMENTIA FRIENDLY CHURCHES: There are two good opportunities coming up to help make our church more dementia-friendly. Firstly, a FREE four week course with a focus on making and keeping links with those affected by dementia will be running at St Andrew’s Church Hall, Church Aston on Tuesday evenings from 7.30 to 9.30 pm starting on 17 October. Secondly, there will be a FREE day training session on dementia friendly worship on Saturday 28 October from 9.30 am to 4 pm at St Thomas’ & St Andrew’s Church, Doxey, Stafford. If you are interested in either of these events, please contact Jo Lefroy.

BRIGHT LIGHTS PARTY: Calling all ages 5-11 – Come to our Bright Lights on Sunday 29th October from 4-6pm at St John’s Church. The fun packed       evening will include Songs, Activities, Games and Food.

SHROPSHIRE CHURCHES DAY CONFERENCE is being hosted by the Bishop’s of Shrewsbury and Ludlow ‘A REASON FOR HOPE’ on 18th November 2017  (0930 Registration) taking place at Holy Trinity Centre Meole Brace with guest speaker Revd Dr  Michael Lloyd …for further details please look on www.trinitychurches.org/hope. Tickets are £8 if booked by the end of October.  Lunch is available for an extra £5. To book go on.. https://trinitychurches.churchsuite.co.uk/events/usruu8d8  (Poster on noticeboard)

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD SHOEBOX APPEAL:  It is time to start thinking and collecting bits and pieces for the shoe box appeal. The Shoe Box service will take place on Sunday 19th November 11am at St John’s.  Ready to fill boxes will be available shortly.  Knitting patterns are also available from the office.

DO YOU BUY YORKSHIRE TEA? Please continue to collect the bar codes from boxes of Yorkshire Tea Bags to help buy wheelchairs via the Wheelchair     Foundation UK.  Thank you

Monday 2nd October 9.15am  Morning Prayer at St Michael’s

Thursday 5th October 7.30-8am Early Morning Prayers at St Michael’s

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).

WORSHIP, LUNCH & MUSIC takes place on the First Thursday of each month (except August) and every week during Lent. We begin 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.

You are invited to St Michael’s to  POP IN FOR COFFEE on the third   Thursday of each month between 10am-12noon all very welcome

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

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. (October film will be a week earlier on 19th)

PATHFINDERS: School Years R-Y6. Meets every Thursday at 5pm during term time at St Michael’s. Tea served at 5.05pm.  Come and join the fun £2 per      session includes food. Email to help with catering.

SPARK: meet during every Sunday service except Church Praze services. For ages 10+. Term time only. Please see Thom for further information.

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

SUB:ZERO – cafe style youth club for School years 7+ at St John’s 4-6pm on Friday’s during term time. followed by ABSOLUTE:ZERO approx 5.30pm (during Sub:Zero)…..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.

THIS WEEK

Sidesperson: David Lawrence

Coffee9.30am Janet Marshall & Helper and 6.30pm Chris Leyden

NEXT WEEK

Sidesperson: 9.30am Cedric Ayres and 6.30pm Mike Harris

Coffee: Delia Brown & Sylvia Jukes

CHURCH ADMINISTRATOR: Normal Office hours Monday and Friday

9.00am – 3.00pm and Tuesday 9.00am – 1.00pm.

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

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

RICH’S DAY OFF is usually WEDNESDAY  Emailrevrichcresswell@gmail.com

Philippians 2:1-16 Imitating Christ’s humility

Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:

who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death –  even death on a cross!

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

Do everything without grumbling

12 Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed – not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence – continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfil his good purpose.

14 Do everything without grumbling or arguing, 15 so that you may become blameless and pure, ‘children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.’ Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky 16 as you hold firmly to the word of life.

John 10:11-18

11 ‘I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. 13 The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.

14 ‘I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me – 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father – and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 I have other sheep that are not of this sheepfold. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd. 17 The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life – only to take it up again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I        received from my Father.’