KNOWING AND GROWING IN CHRIST
SERVING AND SHARING CHRIST
As the nights draw in and the summer becomes a fond
memory our thoughts turn to the season of Thanksgiving
which includes Memorial services, Remembrance celebrations
and of course Harvest time.
At the beginning of October Harvest prominently features
in our schools and churches and offers a time to reflect on
Gods generosity in his abundant provision in creation.
Harvest wouldn’t be the same without the classic harvest songs, below is a timeless classic and one of my favourites. I suggest that we use it as a framework to help us reflect and give thanks for ‘all good things around us’ and to pray for those who are less fortunate, for Gods love to be shared in the world more and more.
We plough the fields and scatter He only is the maker
The good seed on the land, Of all things near and far;
But it is fed and watered He paints the wayside flower,
By God's almighty hand: He lights the evening star;
He sends the snow in winter, The winds and waves obey him,
The warmth to swell the grain, By him the birds are fed;
The breezes and the sunshine, Much more to us, his children,
And soft, refreshing rain. He gives our daily bread.
All good gifts around us We thank thee then, O Father,
Are sent from heaven above; For all things bright and good,
Then thank the Lord, The seed time and the harvest,
O thank the Lord, Our life, our health, our food.
For all his love. Accept the gifts we offer
For all thy love imparts,
And what thou most desirest,
Our humble, thankful hearts.
Have a blessed season of Thanksgiving.
If you feel yourself giving time, effort and feel under pressure remind yourself:
Mother Teresa's ‘Anyway’ Poem
People are often unreasonable, illogical and self centered;
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies;
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
CTDD ANNUAL QUIZ
Join us at The Church of the Holy Spirit on Friday 4 October at 7.30pm
Refreshments provided. Bring your own alcohol if you wish. Teams of 6 – can St. Andrew’s provide a team?. Let Paul know if you are able to be part of a team. There will be a collection for CAFOD.
HARVEST THANKSGIVING 13 OCTOBER
This will be a family service and as in previous years, tins,
packets, (especially biscuits, porridge, tinned meat and fish
with ring pulls if possible, and washing powder) brought for
the thanksgiving will then be given to The Sheffield Cathedral
CHRISTIAN AID BOOK SALE
A reminder that our annual Giant Book Sale & Coffee Morning is to be on Saturday 26 October this year. It will be held in the Civic Hall from 10am. to 12noon. You can help in four ways:-
Go along to the event to buy some books, have a coffee and buy a raffle ticket to support Christian Aid. There will also be a Traidcraft stall selling Christmas cards and many other items.
FIRST AID COURSE
There are a few places left on a free First Aid Course in St. John’s Church Hall on Saturday 9 November.
There will be instructions on the use of a defibrillator. More info and to reserve a place contact Sybil Naylor asap.
Make a note of the date in your diaries Friday 8 November at 7.30pm here at St. Andrew’s
Wonderful evening of music, songs and fun starring local celebrities :-
Glyn Madden (Keyboard), Ian Price (singer -songwriter & guitarist) Esther Morrell & Olivia Ford (singers), Ben Lunn (Musician) and the play ‘Dinner for one’
£10 (to include soft drinks and nibbles)
For tickets contact: Keith 07817656126, home 01142891366.
Maggie 01246 415423
Keith and others will be doing a sponsored walk on Sunday 6 October also for Nepal.
THE LUGTIGHEIDS ARE COMING TO DRONFIELD!
“Who are they” many will ask?
Linda grew up in Dronfield, went to St Andrews, Gosforth and Henry Fanshawe Schools, and to St Andrew’s Church, before going to Edinburgh University and becoming a Vet.
After working in 3rd World Countries as a student, she first spent 12years in Bolivia, by then married to husband Pete, joined one by one by their 4 children. After 12yrs in Apolo Bolivia, they knew it was time to move on, and are now living on a small island in Indonesia.
Their aim is to provide work and a sense of achievement, as well an income, for the local people, and have set up a Chocolate Business, from growing the beans to producing delicious chocolate bars and other products.
Would you like to meet them? – this is your opportunity!
They are in Dronfield from 19th October to 17th November, and would love to meet up with all their Dronfield friends old and new and to come to our Dronfield Churches, so do make contact with them through Tony Bethell (01246 413276).
It was good to see the family worshipping with us last Sunday and below is their itinerary whilst in the UK.
26 - 28 September: Borders area and Edinburgh
29 September -13 October: Ellon, Aberdeenshire (Ellon and Peterhead Baptist Churches).
15 -16 October: Northern Ireland.
17 -19 October: Perthshire.
20 October: Whaley Bridge.
21 October -14 November: based in Unstone.
3- 4 November: Bramhall, Cheshire.
5- 6 November: Hertfordshire area.
14 November: return flight to Indonesia.
Pete UK mobile 07840 475420 Linda UK mobile 07598 923594.
There is “Open House” at the Bethells at Ramshaw Lodge, Unstone on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th October from 2 - 7pm – do come and see them then.
THE GIDEONS UK – WHO ARE THEY?
You must have stayed in a Hotel or on a Cruise Boat, or been in Hospital and found a Bible at the bedside. Or remember one of your Children being given a small pocket sized New Testament at School.
Gideons give away the Bible in different sizes and languages in over 200 Countries in our world. Places people can’t reach, where as Christians we can’t spread ourselves thinly enough to take God’s message of salvation to all people, either in a crowded city in the 1st world, or a remote spot in the 3rd world, His word, the Bible can do just this.
The North Derbyshire branch started in 1973, and thanks to the support of our secondary schools, since then have given about 18,000 New Testaments to Dronfield’s Y7 pupils – have all our Churches between them had a similar outreach in this time?
At present there are just 12 Gideons in North Derbyshire. They are so grateful for support in many ways.
i) Your prayers for the continuing welcome in our Schools, Hospitals, Care Homes and Hotels. That the Bibles & New Testaments will be read, and their message change lives.
ii) Financial support. Our Lord is very faithful, but there are often times when we could do more if we had more money.
iii) Invitations to come to your Church, either to a Sunday Service or a weekday meeting to tell everyone about our work, so that they can support “with understanding”
iv) To become a Friend of Gideons, praying for us, receiving our magazine twice a
year, and being invited to our annual Friends Rally each May.
v) To consider joining us, becoming a Gideon with us. Men and Women of all ages are so welcome – truly “the harvest is great and the workers few”. It’s a wonderfully rewarding ministry – but you won’t know how much until you try it!
In GB& I, we have a central office at Lutterworth, which guide us in training, encourages us, provides the materials we need, order our Testaments & Bibles, and generally look after us. At 1st, the invitation was to “Business & Professional people”, but for many years now everyone has come under this umbrella, & all are very welcome.
To know more about any aspect of Gideons, contact Jill Bethell on (01246) 413276.
Looking forward to hearing from you….
Many thanks for the wonderful contribution from your church for the Massai Rescue Girls. I can confirm the £500 has been received.
We have worked with Pastor David Kereto in Kenya for many years and have recently taken on more of a role working with the Massai Rescue Girls. This is a challenging, heartbreaking situation but it is good that we can tell these girls they are not forgotten and there is a great God who loves them.
The money will be humbly and carefully spent. All money given to the fund is used in Kenya and no money is taken out for administration in the UK.
Thank you again.