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26th February 2017

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Notices for Sunday 26th February

8.15am GOOD MORNING SUNDAY: Start your Sunday with breakfast from 8.15 am, the Sunday papers, conversation, prayer and reflection.

11am HOLY COMMUNION: Welcome to our service this morning led by      Barbara and Matthew. John begins a new sermon series ’The Art of Neighbouring’ beginning with ’Neighbouring – literally!’. Romans 15:1-4 and Luke 10:25-29

FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT – 27th February to 12th March has now arrived and gives us the opportunity to highlight what the Fairtrade movement is all about. Do look at www.fairtrade.org.uk for a wealth of information and please consider choosing Fairtrade products when you go shopping. We can all make a difference.  Maybe you can support the 90kg Rice Challenge! (see below).

PASSION FOR LIFE: Please pray for our Women’s evening. Pray for Wendy Perry, Jo Lefroy, Gill Banks and Les Trotman who are leading on this event. Pray that the team can create an evening that will create a step forward in faith. Pray also for Alison Foxall who is the speaker for the evening.

WANTED:  Orange, red and green fabric also faux leather brown or black. Please give to Lesley or Yvonne. Thank you.

We are also looking for donations towards the ‘Passion for Life Activity Days’ please take a look at the list on the welcome table.  Donations will be gratefully received by Lesley or there is a box under the table in church.  Thank you.

PIANO FREE TO A GOOD HOME – Would you like an upright piano, completely free of charge?  We’ve been asked if we can find someone who’d appreciate it.  You would need to arrange your own collection from Apley.  If you are interested, please contact Rich.

ST JOHNS LUNCHCLUB takes place next this Friday (3rd) at 12noon.

90KG RICE CHALLENGE: JTS  is a fair trade organisation set up to facilitate the import and distribution of fairly traded products to the UK and are continually searching for new fairly traded products to bring to the UK market. They work with farmers’ associations to support farmers as they develop their      businesses and to keep them motivated with a promise of good markets for their produce. They work with fair trade supporters in the UK to ensure that as African farmers increase their volumes there will be a growing market in the UK and Europe for their produce. Their delicious Kilombero rice hails from Malawi. The rice is bought through NASFAM, the largest independent, smallholder-owned membership organization in Malawi. It provides training, farm inputs and a fair price for their products to its members. St John’s and St Michael’s are supporting this challenge ….you can purchase brown or white rice from the church office or on a Sunday.   www.jts.co.uk/90kg-rice-challenge.

SEWING SATURDAY:  We are planning to have a sewing morning making the costumes for the Passion Play.  If you have a sewing machine and/or like  sewing please join us on Saturday 4th March 9.30am-noon and/or Saturday 11th March 1-5pm at St John’s. Also if you are interested in helping to cut out      garments please speak to Lesley 670033 or Yvonne.

SPRING CLEAN DATES….Saturday 4th from 10am (during rehearsals so we can’t go in the main hall) and Sunday 5th March after Church and if need be Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th March.  Main jobs are:- cleaning kitchen, bathrooms, walls if possible and skirting boards…preparing Church so all nice and clean in time for Passion for Life…

TEDDY BEARS’ PICNIC: Our next Teddy Bears’ Picnic is on Next Sunday(5th) starting 3:00pm at St Michael’s.  For children up to five and their       families.  Bring a cuddly toy and a picnic.  For more information, speak to Rich, Thom, Kathy or Jenny Cresswell.

MEMORIAL SERVICE: St Michael’s and St John’s would like to invite you to a joint Memorial Service Sunday 12th March 4.00pm at St Michael’s Church.  It will be a service of remembering loved ones and a thanksgiving of their lives.  If you would like to add a name to the ‘Naming List’ in remembrance then please speak to Lesley 670033. Please join us for refreshments after the service.

Our next TGI SUNDAY for our young people takes place on Sunday 19th March 6pm at St Michael’s Church.

Quiz night 7pm Sunday 19th March Raising funds for Lilleshall Pre-School Entry £1 each.  Further quiz details Ellie 07830524321.  See poster in Church.

AWE – Encountering God in Prayer: Come and be part of an evening of worship and prayer as we prepare for our “Passion For Life” week. Join us for any part of the evening on Saturday 25th March between 700 & 9.00 pm. Quiet zone, worship zone, reflective zone, conversational prayer zone Puddings and         refreshments served from 7.00 – 7.20 pm.

LILLESHALL MONUMENTAL RUN: Again we have the monumental race – this year on 2nd April.  Church members are invited to take part in any aspect, tots and toddlers, fun run or main race – running not your thing, then marshalling (need several around St Michaels Church!).  Monies raised this year are being given to Cricket club, school and scouts.  Help support Lilleshall community, get fit and have fun!  If you want to help with marshalling please contact             andrew-helen@tiscali.co.uk or text 07766808226

Monkey’s Amazing Journey – Raising funds for charity in memory of David Ison: Would you like to join me in bringing David Ison’s Monkey on part of his epic journey from Wales to Lilleshall Monument on 1st July.  The whole journey will start in Wales and take in the coast of the Netherlands   before some climbing in wales  and canoeing on the Severn brings him to Shrewsbury.   I am coordinating a cycle ride from Shrewsbury to Muxton on the afternoon of 1st July.  All funds raised will be divided between The Severn Hospice,     Macmillan’s and The Brain Tumour Charity. Book the date and contact Matthew to register your interest. – more details to follow.

Tuesday 28th February 8.30-9am Morning Prayer in Church

Thursday 2nd March 7.30-8am Early Morning Prayers at St John’s

A MEN’S BREAKFAST takes place on the second Saturday of each month 8.30am at The Whitehouse Hotel in Muxton.  Please let Simon T, Matthew or Lesley know you are coming.

PRAYERS FOR CAP: We continue to run a regular prayer time for the CAP Debt Centre, monthly on the 3rd Tuesday at St John’s in the Acorn Room 9am.

FORGET ME NOT FILMS: Do you like watching old musicals while enjoying a cup of tea and a slice of cake?  If so, join us usually on the 4th Thursday of each month from 9.30am – 12noon.  (16th February)

PATHFINDERS: School Years R-Y6. Meets every Thursday at 5pm during term time at St Michael’s. Tea served at 5.05pm.  Come and join the fun £2 per      session includes food. Email to help with catering.

SPARK: meet during every Sunday service except Church Praze services. For ages 10+. Term time only. Please see Thom for further information.

BLAZE: A new mid week 11’s-14’s group. It takes place between 6-7:30pm on Wednesdays at Lilleshall memorial hall. Contact Thom for further details.

SUB:ZERO – cafe style youth club for School years 7+ at St John’s 4-6pm on Friday’s during term time. followed by

ABSOLUTE:ZERO approx 5.30pm (during Sub:Zero)…..A chance to ask        questions about God and about being a Christian…

FUSION: (14 – 18 year olds) will meet weekly at the home of Thom Foster 3A Fieldhouse Drive, Muxton. The meeting time is Sunday evenings 7.15 – 8.30pm during term time. We meet for Bible study, prayer and discussion. Call 670760 for info.

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Sidesperson:  Jean & Philip Baker              AV: Rob                Coffee:  Ann Lockley

Chairs: Richard S, Mike & Terry                                   Communion:  Geoff & Vicky

Sidesperson: Dora Gurd                 AV: Dan               Coffee: John & Wendy Perry

Chairs:  Dave W, Tony & Steve                                             Counting: Colin & Jean

CHURCH ADMINISTRATOR: Normal Office hours Monday and Friday

9.00am – 3.00pm and Tuesday 9.00am – 1.00pm.

Email:  admin@stjohnsmuxton.org.uk   Web: www.stjohnsmuxton.org.uk

MATTHEW’S DAY OFF is usually FRIDAY  Email: matthew.lefroy@tiscali.co.uk

RICH’S DAY OFF is usually WEDNESDAY  Email: revrichcresswell@gmail.com

Romans 15:1-4

15 We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves. Each of us should please our neighbours for their good, to build them up. For even Christ did not please himself but, as it is written: ‘The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me.’For everything that was    written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.


Luke 10:25-29 The parable of the good Samaritan

25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. ‘Teacher,’ he asked, ‘what must I do to inherit eternal life?’

26 ‘What is written in the Law?’ he replied. ‘How do you read it?’

27 He answered, ‘“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind”; and, “Love your neighbour as yourself.”’

28 ‘You have answered correctly,’ Jesus replied. ‘Do this and you will live.’

29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, ‘And who is my neighbour?’