Open letter from the minister

Categories: Church,Events,Newsletter,Outreach

Dear Friends,

Greetings to you once again! I hope that you are keeping well and well clear of the virus and finding constructive ways of spending the time in lockdown.
Below, as ever, you will find a programme of events going on next week. We seem to be into a kind of rhythm now with a fairly regular routine. We had a good discussion last week of the film The Two Popes, which is available on Netflix and to be recommended it you haven’t seen it. It raises interesting issues about forgiveness, truth and Holy Communion – and that is a cue for me to remind you that our service this Sunday includes a celebration of Communion: see below.
I would also say that during this crisis I have been contacted by people with time on their hands offering to help in any way. If any of you require any help with shopping or anything else that can avoid close contact do please let me know.
All good wishes for the week ahead,
Lance

WEEKLY
Sundays, 10.30 am (or any other time, it’s prerecorded)
For anyone who wishes to consider the text for this Sunday in advance it is Luke 24:13-35, the story of Jesus’ encounter with two disciples on the road to a place called Emmaus. Jesus is not recognised by them – until the end of the story as he breaks bread with them. This is a reminder that this Sunday we will celebrate Holy Communion and you are invited to have a piece of bread or a biscuit and a glass or juice so that you can participate.

On Sunday evening at 21.00 hrs we have our usual short evening prayers, Compline, as we do again on Thursday evening at 21.00 hrs: You can join us on ZOOM

Tuesdays, 08.45 am (ideally at this time, but any other time is also fine)
Psalm reciting. This weeks psalms are numbers 106-109

Wednesday evening at 19.30 hrs we have our (currently) weekly Bible Study, looking at the Book of the Acts of the Apostles. Join us on SKYPE

Thursday evening – Compline evening prayers at 21.00 hrs – see above, Sunday.

Prayer:
In a time like this there may be people who feel especially in need of prayer either for themselves or for someone else. There is a small group of people in the congregation who take it in turns in Sundays to be available after the service to pray for anyone in need – so, if you would like prayer or have a a particular prayer request please contact Margaret Richards on margaretanne_richards@hotmail.com and she and the others will pray accordingly.

A word about finance….
Please note that in this period when we are not meeting together there is a way of giving to the church on the website, www.ercadam.nl.
Remember too, that this Sunday, the first Sunday of the month, we always have a special collection for the Mulanje Mission Hospital in Malawi which our church supports. Every Euro donated in the context of the Corona-Crisis for Mulanje Mission Hospital will be matched 100% by our Partner Wilde Ganzen – please mention “Mulanje Mission Corona” when giving in the church’s bank account (NL44 ABNA 0547 6235 50).
Further details can be found here.

And that leads me to…
COMING SOON…
Next Sunday, May 10th, our preacher will be Dr Arie Glasz, Medical Director of the Mulanje Mission Hospital in Malawi. We will be delighted to welcome him!
And also, following on from that…

Tuesday, May 12th at 19.30 hrsDr Arie will give a talk on Zoom:
’A Global Pandemic: what does Covid 19 mean for Malawi?’ If you would like to participating, please send an e-mail to community@ercadam.nl.

God bless you all and keep us united as a church family – and safe and well.

Rev. Dr. Lance Stone