"Messenger" newsletter FEBRUARY

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VERNON ST / CHURCH ST . LEIGH. WN7 1BH

Website :  www.leighbaptistchurch.org.uk

Contact:  admin@leighbaptistchurch.org.uk

Pastoral leader:  Mrs Val Hulme

 

       FEBRUARY 2019

 

The following friends will lead services in February

 

FEB  3rd  10.45am Mr Graham French (Radcliffe)

FEB 10th 10.45am  Val Hulme    12.30pm Church Meeting

FEB 17th 10.45am  Rev Jane Gilpin (Radcliffe) then 12.30pm  Lunch Service  (t b a)

FEB 24th 10.45am (Communion)  Val Hulme

 

DATES FOR DIARY:

Tuesdays 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th, Prayer Meetings 11.15am

Coffee and crafts: Friday  Feb 1st   10am -12    £3

Deacons Meeting    Tue 19th 1.30pm

 

Coffee Morning   Sat 9th Feb  10.30 am to 12 noon.     

Church Meeting. Sun Feb 10th  12.30pm

Monday 25th Network Meal at Farnworth Baptist Church 7pm for 7.30pm for Church Leaders.

Coffee and crafts: Friday MARCH 1st   10am -12    £3

WWDP  Friday March 1st Women's World Day of Prayer in OUR CHURCH,  Leigh Baptist, 7.30pm. Please let Val/ Jean know if you can help serve refreshments. Rehearsals for readers on MON 11th Feb and choir on 18th & 25th Feb. All at 7.30pm.

FLOWER DONORS                       Feb 24th   Mrs K W                                                     

BMS birthdays

Feb 1st  Mrs O M    Feb 21st David W

FELLOWSHIP NEWS AND CONCERNS

Hilda Hill’s funeral took place in late January and was led very well by our Pastoral Leader, Mrs Val Hulme. Our longest enrolled Church Member, Hilda was a stalwart of church life and remained proudly independent until recent months. Never one to complain about her many ailments she retained a sense of fun and humour and a quiet way of passing on a blessing (or strawberry jam!) She will be missed by all, as the last representative of the Pitchford family. We send our condolences and prayers to Gillian, Graham and Jacqueline and the wider family.

 

We also ask you to remember in prayer those we know living with chronic debilitating conditions and those that have serious procedures to face on their road to recovery.

 

BMS Prayer requests. As well as our financial support BMS world mission needs our prayers and support:

PERU  - give thanks for the work of Laura-Lee Lovering at a BMS supported training centre. Pray for the people who attend the centre to learn how to care for the land.  Pray for Regiane Clark and the Peruvian Baptist Social Action Department.  Pray for God’s provision for their disaster preparation training , flood relief and medical ministries. Pray also for Daniel Clark training pastors from remote towns. Pray for faithful leaders in Peru’s churches.

 

NEXT  BIBLE STUDIES SERIES.  Our next bible study series will start on TUE 12th March. Meeting at 1pm for soup and sandwich (provided) and study from1.30pm to 2.30pm.

 

RECKLESS LOVE:    We appreciated the first preacher’s visit of Andrew Hunter recently He illustrated his theme of  “lost and found”  with the following new song, read as a poem. It is worth reading again.

 

Before I spoke a word, You were singing over me                                                                                                  You have been so good to me                                                                                                                      Before I took a breath, You breathed your life in me                                                                                      You have been so kind to me

Oh the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God                                                                 

It chases me down, fights ‘til I’m found, leaves the 99                                                                                        I couldn’t earn it, and I don’t deserve it, still You give yourself away                                                                Oh the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God

When I was your foe, still Your love fought for me                                                                                           You have been so good to me                                                                                                                                When I felt no worth, You paid it all for me                                                                                              You have been so kind to me   

There’s no shadow You won’t light up                                                                                                            Mountain you won’t climb up  coming after me                                                                                       There’s no wall you won’t kick down                                                                                                                                                                  Lie you won’t tear down  coming after me

Oh the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God                         

It chases me down, fights ‘til I’m found, leaves the 99

And I couldn’t earn it, I don’t deserve it, still You give yourself away

Oh the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God

Caleb Culver, Cory Asbury, Ran Jackson © BETHEL music publishing

 

On The Subject of LOVE......................

 

SAINT VALENTINE: The Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred. One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When his actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death. Other stories suggest that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons, where they were often beaten and tortured. Although the truth behind the Valentine legends is murky, the stories all emphasize his appeal as a sympathetic, heroic and–romantic figure. By the Middle Ages, Valentine would become one of the most popular saints in England and France.

 

 

All Material for March edition to John M by FEB 17th Please.


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