This weeks lectionary reading is Phillipians 2 1-13. The next few weeks are taking us through the start of this letter. At the risk of repeating something Tristan may say I would like to direct you to this portion at the end of the passage.
Therefore, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed me, not only in my presence, but much more now in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
It carries the sentiment of the entire lectionary passage, that we should be humble, obedient, always thinking of others and that we should be concerned with our own salvation. It is however, the last line that sticks in my mind "to will and work for his good pleasure". We tend to take as much pleasure in seeing someone's face when we pass them a gift as we do in receiving one. In the same way it is a great pleasure to be called to obey God's will and to serve him in mission. As Christians we receive so many gifts from our God. The chance to give back is one we should grasp willingly, with passion and zeal. I will talk more of the zeal, energy and joy of faith next Sunday so for now, suffice it to say we should be overjoyed to be called to obedient service in him.
We have had another exciting week! Josh and Beth have signed up to after school clubs. Beth will be learning "multi-skills" (I'm not sure what that is either but I am hoping there are no "multi-tools" invovled in it!). Josh has decided to undertake a four week basektball course. Raiders here we come !!
It's always good to hear back from you and I was very pleased to discover that I am not the only country music fan, you know who you are :-)
As always With our love
Jon, Helen, Josh and Beth
HARVEST Di has asked me to include the notice below concerning harvest at EMCC.
Hello, Sunday 11th October would have been our Harvest Festival. It has been suggested that gifts for the Foodbank can be left at the Church on Saturday 10th October between 10a.m and 12 noon. There will also be a collection during the week – day and time to be agreed. If you would like to donate PLEASE choose an item/s from the list below, which has been copied from the Plymouth Foodbank website. Donations of money are also welcomed.
ITEMS URGENTLY NEEDED
Tinned Rice Puddings
Squash – orange, apple/blackcurrant etc
Treats – sweets
Wet wipes (Baby friendly)
Instant Hot chocolate
Deodorant – Male & Female
Washing up liquid
They DO NOT WANT
Pasta, Soup, Beans, Tinned Vegetables or Milk.
Thank you for your support.
An Introduction to the Chislett-McDonalds...
First, let me say how delighted Ruth and I are by the welcome we have received in the Plymouth and Devonport Circuit. There has been a real sense of peace and a 'knowing' that this is where God has called us and placed us.
A bit about us. We have been married for 35 years and have two adult children, Simon and Charis. Simon is a physicist completing a PhD, and Charis is both finishing an anthropology masters degree and beginning training to become a teacher. They are currently at Durham University. Ruth is a Driving Examiner. All three of them are musical people, playing a variety of instruments between them; trumpet, French Horn, clarinet, piano and guitar. The nearest I get to this is blowing a whistle when I am refereeing football matches. I have found that refereeing keeps me grounded and gives links into the community, so you will see that l will be refereeing most Saturday's. My other hobby is cooking. Oh, and one other passion is pilgrimage, particularly the Camino de Santiago (500 miles from the Pyrenees and across Northern Spain on foot to Santiago de Compostella).
And now, the main event! We are desperate to see people come into a living, loving relationship with our living, loving Lord Jesus. In church terms, l really do not buy into stories of continuing decline. God is able, God is good. And God longs for people to know him! It is my hope, dream, prayer and certainty that God has great things planned for both the Circuit and all the local churches; so that definitely includes Elburton Methodist Church. Three word slogans seem to be in vogue at the moment. Here's one I appropriated from a friend as a slogan for church and Circuit...Bring, grow, go. BRING people into the life of the church. GROW in faith together, and GO and get others.
We are so pleased to be joining with you. You are in our hearts and prayers.
Andy and Ruth (Simon and Charis)
FROM THE ARCHIVE
For those of you who share my interest in history here is an old map of Elburton from 1856. Can you find the spot where EMCC now stands? Take a look it's a great little map.
CONTACTING OUR MINISTER
Rev Andy Chislett-Mcdonald
You can find all our services on our Church website here
Tristan and I would love to receive your formal feedback please. We need one formal review for each service we submit as a part of our portfolios so if you are able to compete a form now and then that would be great! You can find them here :-)Feedback
Thank you !
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For those who would like to we are continuing our Wednesday prayers, starting at 7pm we are each praying at home. We end at 715 with the Lord's prayer. You can find out more on our website.
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A circuit video
Our new Performing arts enabler has prepared a video telling of some of the things happening across the circuit during lockdown. You will also see a short message from our new superintendent. Many thanks to Josh for the idea of passing something between us all!
JAM & IMPACT
JAM & IMPACT are now taking their summer break, we will be returning in September to a Zoom near you.
Please remember Denise hosts a coffee morning at 1030 each Saturday on Zoom, please get in touch for zoom details.