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MINISTER’S LETTER Autumnal ChangeAfter the early part of autumn this year, when we oftenenjoyedunseasonabletemperaturesinto theearly20˚C,autumnactuallyarrived overnightinmid-October,literally.Insteadof overnighttemperatureofamild15˚Corso,the earlymorningwasaround5˚C.Asweengaged intheBritishnationalpastimeoftalkingabout theweather,everyoneItalkedtosaidtheyhad turned on the heating, finally.Autumn is atime of change in the weather, often dramaticchangeasstorms,heavyrainandgale forcewindsheadinfromtheAtlantic, interspersedwithcold,crispandsunnydays– even if the wind is decidedly chilly.Thisseasonofchangehighlightswhatweall know,thoughareoftenabletoignore,thatlife moves on. Change sometimes takes place over a periodofyears-childrenandgrandchildren growingup,ourstrengthoreyesightorhearing becomelessrobust.Andsometimeschange takesplacealmostovernight–anadverse diagnosis,thelossofalovedone,anaccident that alters our circumstances.Inthewordsof1Peter1:21,“Through[Christ] youhavecometotrustinGod,whoraised himfromthedeadandgavehimglory,so that your faith and hope are set on God.”Inmomentsofuncertainty,ourhopeisn’t anchoredinfleetingcircumstancesbutinthe enduringpromiseofarisenSaviour.His resurrectionilluminatesthedarkestcornersof ourlives,remindingusthatevenintheshadow of despair, light finds a way to break through.It’sahopethatgoesbeyondwishfulthinking— it’saconfidentexpectationrootedinthe faithfulnessofourGod.ThesameGodwho breathedlifeintodrybones,whoturned mourning into dancing, and watches over us in
the settled times and time of challenge. Let’sbeawareofthehopewecarry,notjust inchurchbutintoourhomes,workplaces, andcommunities.Ourhopeisacontagious force,capableoftransformingtheordinary intotheextraordinary.Inthefaceof challenges,wecanbebearersofhope, spreadingitliketheautumnraininaworld parchedofthelife-givingwatersof encouragement.Whetherit’sasimple gesture,acomforting word, or ashared smile, let’sbeconduitsofthehopethatresidesin us.Aswenavigatethechallengesandjoysoflife, maythehopewecarrybeevidentinour words,actions,andthewayweloveone another.Let’sbeacommunitythatradiates hope,invitingotherstoexperiencethetrans-formative power of a living hope in Christ.Rememberthesewordsfrom1Peter1:21: “yourfaithandhopearesetonGod.”May this truth anchor us in the storms, guide us in themundane,andinspireustoliveboldly with unwavering hope.Revd David Rees
What the World NeedsWhatdoestheworldneedaswewelcomethe wintermonthsin?Itisironicalthatwithinaweek inNovemberwecelebratetwoevents.Whichis themostimportant?OnNovember5thwe celebratetheGunpowderPlotof1605,whenGuy FawkesandfellowCatholicconspirators attempted to blow up Parliament and assassinate James I of England.Why oh why do we do this tradition,routine, and remembering he did not succeed.Lessthanaweeklaterwecelebrate RemembranceDay.Thereasonweobserve RemembranceDayonNovember11thisbecause hostilities formally ended "at the 11th hour of the
11thdayofthe11thmonth"in1918.Buthavethe hostilitiesreallyendedworldwide.Theansweris NObecausethereisstillwarineasternEurope,in Israel/Gaza,CentralAfrica,Cameroon,Burkina Faso,Beninandotherplacesaswell.Whatare thesecountriesfightingfor?Democracy,fair government,freedomfromdictatorship,enough food, money, work! Do we appreciate what we have- no not really !AdaybeforeGuyFawkeswehaveahymnsingin theafternoonatStJohn’s.Letushopewesingthe hymnswithfreedom,joy,andHolySpiritasweare able to do this without any friction or restriction !Whattheworldneedsistheoneelementoflife whichishardtoachieve,evenindailylife sometimes-thatof PEACE.Soitwas notuntil1921 thatthepoppybecamethesymbolof Remembrance.AladynamedAnnaGuerinfelt certainthatshecouldarrangeforreplicapoppies to be made back in France and sold in aid of injured veteransandorphanedchildren.Shecameto London that year and persuaded the British Legion to have apoppy appeal on the 11th November. The poppiesofsilkorcottonweremadebyFrench widows and orphans and raised £106,000.So please wear apoppy with pride whether it is red, purpleorbothbecausethepurpleonestandsfor animals who worked in the wars.Thewhitepoppyisaflowerusedasasymbolof peace,worneitherinplaceoforinadditiontothe redremembrancepoppyforRemembranceDayor AnzacDay.Sopleasewearapoppyfor remembrancebutalsotoshowthatweas Christians must work and strive for World Peace.The first verseof the Poppy Field poem iswell known but not the following lines:We are Dead. Short days ago WE lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,Loved and were loved, and now we lie In Flanders Fields.SO as we enter November remember Philippians Chapter 4 verse 7God’sPeacewhichisfarbeyondhuman understandingwillkeepyourheartsandminds safe in union with Christ. Amen.Sara
TREASURERS REPORTYouarethankedforOfferingsinSeptemberof £1,841anddonationstotheCommunionFundin October of £44.70 for the St Elizabeth Hospice.Wearealsopleasedtoreportanexcellenttotalfor our Harvest Gift Day which amounted to £2,310, to whichwillbeaddedGiftaidtaxrefunds-givinga total of around £2,800.As always, we are very grateful for generous and continued financial support.Mary A and Richard W A volunteeris needed stillas Coordinator for Fair Trade in St John’sCHURCH REPRESENTATIVE DUTY 4.30PM TO 6.15PM EVERY THURSDAYOur regular church rep who kindly sits on the church door every week while Rainbows are in the upstairs hallisgoingtobeawayfromJanuarytoearlyMay 2024.We are looking for someone, or several people, who would be willing to cover this duty until she returns. Ifwecouldget4or5peopletohelpitwouldmean onlydoingitonceamonth.Ifyouthinkyoucan helporyouwouldlikemoreinformationplease speak to me in church or call me on 719609.Mary AThe Church GardensPlanshavebeendrawnuptoreplantthefront gardenbutweneedyoursupportinbeingableto achievethis.Weneedsomesoilconditionerand somefertiliser.Soilconditionercosts£3-95per25 litrebagandwewillneedmostprobably10. Daffodilbulbsarecostingabout£6.99perbagand wewillneedplentytomakeashowaswellastulip bulbswhichcostanythingfrom3.95for7.Soifyou couldhelpusbypayingforabagitwouldhelpus greatly.Theshrubswillbesmallwhenplantedbutcould cost anything from £7.99up to £16 or £17so again wewillneedsomehelptoachievethebuyingof them.Youcouldalwaysbuyinmemoryof someone.We hope to beableto replant thisby theend of October beginning of November if we can obtain all
theresources.Thenwewillbelookingatbird boxes,soifanyofyoucanmakesomeitwouldbe lovely.ItisourchancetosupportGod’screation and show it to the local community.BENCHAspartofthereconstructionofthefrontgarden wewouldliketositeabenchonpavingslabs cemented in so that people at the bus stop can use it.ThebenchwouldbeboughtfromMarmaxwho makerecycledproductsmadefrom100%recycled plastic,maintenancefreeanddoesnotrotor splinteranditcomeswitha25yearguarantee.It comesinvariouscoloursandcanbecemented intotheground.Pleasehelpusbeabletoobtain this with donations. Thank you for your help!News of Members and Friends Pauline SPaulinehasnowmovedtotheLodgeResidential Home,Copdock,whichisdirectlyoppositethe cricket ground.Bible Study Two choices:1.OurNovemberZoomPastorateBibleStudywill beheldonTuesday14that10.30am,slightlylater in the month than you might expect, but this is still the second Tuesday. The lectionary Gospel reading forthefollowingSundaywhichwewilllookatis Matthew25:14–30,awellknownstorybutwith much for us to ponder and share. Do join us as we read,listenandchatandshareourunderstanding and thoughts.All are very welcome. WhenlogginginthemeetingIDis8899536542. Ifyouhavenointernetyoucanuseyourphoneby dialling02034815240or01304601196andwhen prompted enter the number 889 953 6542.Elaine2. ‘One Hit Wonders’ of the Bible’This is in room 4 inStJohn’s onthe 2ndand 16th November.Communion OfferingI list below the charities you may wish to support over the next six months:-November Embrace the Middle East December Embrace the Middle East
WearewatchingtheeventsunfoldintheHolyLand withhorrorandheartbreak.Together,weprayfor restraintandanendtotheviolence.Embracethe Middle East has launched a Crisis Appeal. Your gift will supportEmbraces’Christianpartnersinthe immediateaftermathofthishumanitariancrisisand tohelptohealthewoundsit’scausedacrossIsrael andPalestine.WeaskthatyouholdIsrael,Gazaand theWestBank(includingEastJerusalem)inyour prayers.January EmmausSuffolk February EmmausSuffolk March RNLIAprilRNLIShouldyouwishtoknowmoreaboutanyofthese organisations,theircurrentNewsletterscanbefound in the entrance lobby magazine rack.Thank you in anticipation of your support.Val VEco ChurchSadly,we’renolongerabletocollectblisterpackson your behalf. Superdrug, (Bury St Edmund's branch where there is an instore pharmacy) still receives them butonly1carrierbagofblisterpacksatatime, collected by a household.So we need to ‘recycle’/make use of the collection bin. Kathleen has suggested we collect wrappers with the logoRECYCLE AT LARGE SUPERMARKET – Don’t recycle at home.Thebiscuits availableafter morningworship arewrappedin suchmaterialsoplease make use of thecollectionbin available. If youdon’tvisitasupermarketthatoffersarecyclingbin, collectyourcleananddrywrappersfromhomeand bringthemalongonaSundaymorning.Thisincludes breadwrappers,somecrisppackets,clingfilmand plastic bags.PLEASE NOTE: Only clean, dry packets, free from food, should be left in the recycling bin.
Juliette A asked me to share this with you. She does not know who wrote it but it more than speaks for itself.
John B Editor
I Corinthians 13 - a paraphraseIf I talk a lot about God and the Bible and Church, but if I fail to ask about your needs and then help you, I'm simply making a lot of empty religiousnoise.IfIgraduatefromseminaryandknowalltheanswerstoquestionsyou'llneverthinkofasking,andifIhaveallthe degreestoproveitandifIsayIbelieveinGodwithallmyheart,andsoulandstrength,andclaimtohaveincredibleanswerstomy prayers to show it, but if I fail to take the time to find out where you're at and what makes you laugh and cry, I'm nothing.If I sell an extra car and some of my books to raise money for some poor starving kids somewhere,and if I give my life for God's service andburnoutafterpouringeverythingIhaveintotheworkbutdoitallwithouteveroncethinkingaboutthepeople,therealhurting people-themumsanddadsandsonsanddaughtersandorphansandwidowsandthelonelyandhurting-ifIpourmylifeintothe Kingdom but forget to make it relevant to those here on earth, my energy is wasted, and so is my life.Hereiswhatloveislike-genuinelove. God'skindoflove.It'spatient.Itcanwait.Ithelpsothers,eveniftheyneverfindoutwhodidit. Love doesn't look for greener pastures or dream of how things could be better if i just got rid of all my current commitments. Love doesn't boast.Itdoesn'ttrytobuilditselfuptobesomethingitisn't.Lovedoesn'tactinaloose,immoralway.Itdoesn'tseektotake,butit willinglygives.Lovedoesn'tloseitscool.Itdoesn'tturnonandoff.Lovedoesn'tthinkabouthowbadtheotherpersonis,andcertainly doesn't think of how it could get back at someone. Love is grieved deeply (as God is) over the evil in this world, but it rejoices over truth.Lovecomesandsitswithyouwhenyou'refeelingdownandfindsoutwhatiswrong.Itempathiseswithyouandbelievesinyou.Love knows that you'll come through just as God planned, and love sticks right beside you all the way. Love doesn't give up, or quit, or diminish or go home. Love keeps on persevering, even when everything goes wrong and the feelings leave and the other person doesn't seem as special anymore. Love succeeds 100 percent of the time.That, my friend, is what real love is!
SomethingverylargehasbeencreepingthroughIpswichonaSundayMorning, andmorearecomingsoon.FortunatelyforusAdrianCwasupandaroundearly enough to photograph the first one.
Advent and Onwards Singing Group
Doyouenjoysinging?StJohn’sandCastleHillarelookingtogettogetheragroupofsingersto providesomemusicalitemsatsharedservices.Sundays3rdDecemberat14:30@StJohn’sand17th December at 18:00 @ Castle Hill. A sign up form for rehearsals is available in the vestibule.
Advent Carol Service 14:30 No Morning Service
Thought for the Day
Desmond Tutu, South African Anglican bishop and theologian (1931-2021)
To get in touch and send contributions to Advance please use the email:firstname.lastname@example.org Please note the deadline for theDecember Advance is 24th November
After Service Coffee Rota
Services at St John’s URC are at 10:45 normallyDate Service Leader(s)
Morning Worship Sara Pells
Morning Worship Rev David Rees
Morning Worship Rev Peter Ball
Morning Worship and CommunionRev John Cook
DateCoffee Rota Names
Jill B and Jenny12NovLesley and Brian
Gwen and Jill L
26NovMargaret N and Pauline03Dec Maureen and Jenny
“If you are neutral in situationsofinjustice, you have chosen the side ofthe oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.”
Morning Worship and Communion Rev John Cook
10DecDorothy and Colin
02NovBible StudyRoom 4 10:3004NovHymn Sing2:30 pm16NovBible StudyRoom 4 10:30 am
Advent Carol Service
2:30 pm 10 DecCommunion
Instead of 3rd Dec
Carol Service Castle Hill
Shoe Box AppealWe will be asking for donations to supplyShoeBoxesprovidedbyLinkto Hopeataround£20perbox.More details during October. The money hasto be with them before 5th November.LinktoHopehavevolunteersatWorthingHQwhowillchoose items,packashoebox,wrapitandevenputagreetingscardinit on our behalf.