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Notices for Sunday 26th February 2017

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Notices for Sunday 26th February

9.30am MORNING WORSHIP: Welcome to our service this morning led by Sue and John begins a new sermon series ’The Art of Neighbouring’ beginning with ’Neighbouring – Literally!’. Romans 15:1-4 and Luke 10:25-29

6.30pm HOLY COMMUNION: Our service this evening is led by Rich and Paula talks to us about 2 Kings 2:1-12 and Mathew 17:9-23.

FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT – 27th February to 12th March has now arrived and gives us the opportunity to highlight what the Fairtrade movement is all about. Do look at www.fairtrade.org.uk for a wealth of information and please consider choosing Fairtrade products when you go shopping. We can all make a difference.  Maybe you could support the 90kg Rice Challenge! (see below).

PASSION FOR LIFE: Please pray for our Women’s evening. Pray for Wendy Perry, Jo Lefroy, Gill Banks and Les Trotman who are leading on this event. Pray that the team can create an evening that will create a step forward in faith. Pray also for Alison Foxall who is the speaker for the evening.

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.

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.

90KG RICE CHALLENGE: JTS  is a fair trade organisation set up to facilitate the import and distribution of fairly traded products to the UK and are         continually searching for new fairly traded products to bring to the UK market. They work with farmers’ associations to support farmers as they develop their businesses and to keep them motivated with a promise of good markets for their produce. They work with fair trade supporters in the UK to ensure that as African farmers increase their volumes there will be a growing market in the UK and Europe for their produce. Their delicious Kilombero rice hails from Malawi. The rice is bought through NASFAM, the largest independent, smallholder-owned membership organization in Malawi. It provides training, farm inputs and a fair price for their products to its members. St John’s and St Michael’s are supporting this challenge ….you can purchase brown or white rice from the church office or on a Sunday.                www.jts.co.uk/90kg-rice-challenge

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.

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.

Our next TGI SUNDAY for our young people takes place on Sunday 19th March 6pm in Church.

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.

LILLESHALL MONUMENTAL RUN: Again we have the monumental race – this year on 2nd April.  Church members are invited to take part in any aspect, tots and toddlers, fun run or main race – running not your thing, then marshalling (need several around St Michaels Church!).  Monies raised this year are being given to Cricket club, school and scouts.  Help support Lilleshall community, get fit and have fun!  If you want to help with marshalling please contact            andrew-helen@tiscali.co.uk or text 07766808226


Monkey’s Amazing Journey – Raising funds for charity in memory of David Ison: Would you like to join Matthew 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.   Matthew is 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.

Monday 27th February 9.15am Morning Prayer in Church

Thursday 2nd March 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.

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 Mike Margerrison

Coffee:  Clive & Julie Nelson                                                          No AV available

Sidesperson: 9.30am Fran Taylor and 6.30pm Geoff Lott

Coffee9.30am Janet Marshall/Volunteer                                   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

Romans 15:1-4

15 We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves. Each of us should please our neighbours for their good, to build them up. For even Christ did not please himself but, as it is written: ‘The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me.’For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the    Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.

Luke 10:25-29 The parable of the good Samaritan

25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. ‘Teacher,’ he asked, ‘what must I do to inherit eternal life?’

26 ‘What is written in the Law?’ he replied. ‘How do you read it?’

27 He answered, ‘“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind”; and, “Love your neighbour as yourself.”’

28 ‘You have answered correctly,’ Jesus replied. ‘Do this and you will live.’

29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, ‘And who is my neighbour?’