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5th March 2017

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Notices for Sunday 5th March

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

11am MORNING WORSHIP: Welcome to our service this morning led by      Jan. Matthew continues our sermon series ’The Art of Neighbouring’ with ‘The time factor!’.  Luke 10:38-42.

Our next Teddy Bears’ Picnic takes place TODAY starting 3pm at St Michael’s.  For children up to five and their families.  Bring a cuddly toy and a picnic.

ELECTORAL ROLL REVISION:  Our Electoral Roll is due to be revised on   Friday 17th March and displayed on Sunday 19th March.  Please could you check the Roll on display in Church that all your details are correct and please write any corrections/deletions on the list or inform Lesley.  If you wish to be added to the list please fill in an application available on the welcome table and hand into the Church Office (Lesley) no later than 9am on Friday 17th.

FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT – 27th February to 12th March …Fairtrade items will be available to purchase this Sunday and next.  Maybe you can also support the 90kg Rice Challenge! (see below). Together we can make a difference.

PASSION FOR LIFE: Please pray for our serving in the community. Pray for Vicky and Alan as they lead on this event. Pray for their organisation skills and for the support of our church family in proving service

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

Could we ask all members of the congregation if they wouldn’t mind donating a crème egg (or similar size) to give to all the young people that come along to the Passion for Life Activity Days….

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.

SPRING CLEAN DATES  Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th March times to be confirmed.  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…

A MEN’S BREAKFAST takes place this Saturday (11th) 8.30am at The Whitehouse Hotel in Muxton.  Please let Simon T, Matthew or Lesley know you are coming.

SEWING SATURDAY:  If you have a sewing machine and/or like sewing please join us on Saturday 11th March 1-5pm at St John’s. We are planning to finish making the costumes for the Passion Play.

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.

The next at7 Worship Service  is Sunday 12th MARCH @ Market Drayton Methodist Church with speaker The Rt Revd Mark Rylands.

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.

GAMES NIGHT:  You are all invited to a games night on Friday 24th March at St John’s, from 7.30pm. There will be a short beetle drive at 7.45pm for    everyone to join in together. Bring your own drinks and nibbles and any games you want to play! Please let Jenny Cresswell know if you’re planning to attend, although not essential.

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 7.00 & 9.00 pm. Quiet zone, worship zone, reflective zone, conversational prayer zone Puddings and         refreshments served from 7.00 – 7.20 pm.

Do you have a friend or neighbour in Muxton who would appreciate some practical help? In the run-up to Passion for Life we would like to offer help e.g. tidying a garden, simple DIY, taking rubbish to the recycling centre, changing high light bulbs, simple sewing tasks and whatever else is required (if possible). We would probably be available from 1 to 11 April and will work in pairs or small teams. Please speak to Vicky ideally before weekend of 25 March so we can make arrangements. If YOU could offer practical help, please also speak to Vicky. Tel: 604034 or 07971972961 or email vickymuxton@blueyonder.co.uk.

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 7th March 8.30-9am Morning Prayer in Church

Thursday 9th March 7.30-8am Early Morning Prayers at St John’s

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) meets weekly at the home of Thom 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: Dora Gurd                 AV: Dan               Coffee: John & Wendy Perry

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

Sidesperson:  9.30am Geoff & Mary Dakin and 11am The Rawson family

AV: 9.30am Tony and 11am James                          Communion:  Wendy and Sue W

Coffee:  9.30am Sheila Price and 11am The Hartridge family

Chairs: Jon and volunteers please

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

Luke 10:38-42

At the home of Martha and Mary

38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, ‘Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!’

41 ‘Martha, Martha,’ the Lord answered, ‘you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed – or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.’