Pastoral Updates – 5 August 2020

Good evening members, and friends. I trust you are all keeping well, warm, and safe during this lock-down period. It has been a while since I have communicated, but I have been extremely busy in other branches of our Church in the UPCSA, together with the leadership team which also includes Dr Rev Lungile Mpetsheni the General Secretary of the UPCSA who is a member of our congregation. We have been also been holding memorial services each week for the past couple of weeks, each week, for Ministers in our denomination that have been called to higher service, as a result as of what is playing out in our country and the world. Please pray for our Ministers in our denomination and all members throughout our denomination that they are protected during this time.

We remain aware that the number of COVID cases are still increasing by the thousands each day, and at this stage, we have less than 10 congregations in our denomination that have opened for Sunday Services. The leadership of the UPCSA and the Session of this congregation are continually engaging with government and local authorities as we monitor the situation going forward. We have already implemented a number of precautionary measures that will be put in place when the time is right to commence with church activities, including maintain of attendance registers, temperature taking with a thermometer, amongst others, all of which are legislated and promulgated in the law now.

The Session and Stewardship continue to meet on a regular basis, and tomorrow (Thursday 06th August 2020) will hold a combined Session and Stewardship Committee to ensure our congregation continues to run smoothly under the current circumstances. Please continue to hold both bodies in your prayers as they keep our congregation going under difficult circumstances.

We will also need to hold an Annual Congregational Meeting soon, as this too will be discussed tomorrow. We will communicate with the congregation next week regarding this and provide further updates in this regard.

I want to thank each and every member and friend of St Columba’s for what you have done so far and continue to do, and as that you continually pray for our congregation, our denomination, our country and the world at large as we battle to fight this pandemic.

Despite the difficult circumstances we face ourselves in, I am always reminded of the following: God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth gives way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea …—Psalm 46:1-2 (NIV)

In closing, on a lighter side, here is some trivia for those who are interested. The first person to complete all answers and to WhatsApp or SMS me them to will win a R 150 Gift Card.

Keep safe, stay warm, do not venture out unnecessary, and keep in contact with one another.

In the vineyard!
Session Clerk

1. When Samuel picked David as king, God reminded us that while people look at the outward appearance, what does God look at? Is it our motives, our attitude, our work done on earth or our heart?

2. What is the last book of the Old Testament? Is it Second Samuel, Matthew, Zephaniah or Malachi?

3. How many times did God call out to young Samuel in the night as he was lying down in the house of the Lord? Was it four times, three times, once or 20 times?

4. After Jesus was baptized, God said, “This is my son, whom I _____.” Is it whom I love, whom I will bless, whom I cherish or whom I have sent?

5. What instrument did David play? Bonus question: Name the king he played it for.
6. Finish this verse from 1 Thessalonians: Pray without ______. Is it doubting, crying, complaining, or ceasing?

7. After Noah got off the boat, what sign did God give to showed his promise to never flood the world again? Was it a dove, an olive branch, a rainbow, or a fire in a bush?

8. How many days and nights did Jesus fast? Was it 22, 40, 365 or 12?

9. Who was the first person to come upon the injured man in the parable of the Good Samaritan? Was it the tax collector, the innkeeper, the priest, or the judge?

10. Finish this verse: “In addition to all this, take up your shield of _____, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Is it Shield of Faith, Shield of the Spirit, Shield of Protection or Shield of Righteousness?

11. Which New Testament book has Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount? Is it Hebrews, John, Revelation or Matthew?

12. How many times does the Bible mention the word “snow?” Is it 24 times, five times, never or 12 times?

13. What did King Solomon ask God to give him? Was it prosperity, a new barn for his grain, fame, or wisdom?

14. What location does Jesus say to light a lamp for all to see? Is it on a hill, out in the open, on a stand or on a roof?

15. What piece of clothing made Joseph’s brothers jealous? Was it a coat, shoes, belt, or special headpiece?

16. How many days was Jonah in the belly of the big fish? Was it one, three, five or seven days?

17. How was Ruth related to Naomi? Daughter, sister, daughter-in-law, or cousin?

18. Out of the following, which did God NOT tell the Israelites to do to keep his commandments on their hearts? Teach the commandments to their children; Defend the commandments in response to the gods of the peoples around them; Talk of them when they sit in their homes, when they walk around, when they lie down and when they rise; Write them on the doorposts of their houses?

19. Noah sent two birds from the ark — what were they? (Bonus: Which did he send first?) Dove and a sparrow, dove and a pelican, dove and a raven, sparrow, and an eagle?

20. In what languages were most of the Old Testament and New Testament given in? Are they both in Greek, Greek and Latin, Latin and Hebrew or Hebrew and Greek?

Published by St. Columba's Presbyterian Church Hatfield

St Columba's Presbyterian Church in Hatfield, Pretoria, South Africa is a Christian Church. Our vision is to be a Christ-centred, bible-believing church that calls all to come and experience the love of Christ, in a welcoming and caring body of believers.

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