Loving Jesus, loving others

News Sheet – October 2019

Sunday:         Pray that our Harvest services will be a celebration of God’s goodness and generosity to us and an opportunity for us to be generous to others.

Monday:         Pray for Mike as he continues in his very intensive, demanding and exhausting basic training with the R.A.F.  Remember also Dawn and Lucy as they are separated from him at this time.

Tuesday:        As negotiations intensify this month regarding Brexit, pray for some way through to a greater degree of political normality.

Wednesday: This month is also likely to see same-sex marriage and extremely liberal abortion laws imposed upon Northern Ireland without the democratic approval of its people. Pray that consultation will bring balance and significant protections into place, especially to protect the most vulnerable in our society.

Thursday:      Pray for First Dromore Presbyterian Church as the members meet on Monday 7th October to potentially select a new minister. Remember Bobby as he chairs.

Friday:            Pray for the protection of all the A.E.A.D. staff in Burkina Faso.  Pray also for the government and security forces as they seek to work against militant groups, especially in the north of the country.

Saturday:       As we plan and work out exciting opportunities in Legacurry let us pray for vision, faith, and courage that God’s Kingdom may grow in this place.

Harvest at Legacurry
It’s almost Harvest time again! Could all gifts for Harvest please be brought by 7 p.m. on Friday, 11th October, when we’ll be decorating the church. We always need lots of volunteers on that evening, so could we please encourage you to consider helping out this year? Don’t worry if you don’t consider yourself to be artistic – there are lots of different jobs to be done.
Also, if you are willing to help with the Harvest Supper on Sunday 13th or supply some food for that event, could you please have a word with Frazer McCammond. Finally, we will need some helpers to distribute the Harvest gifts on Monday 14th, meeting at the church at 9.30 a.m.

Project Sunrise – Update
It’s now been almost a month since we launched Project Sunrise – our proposed 2020 Mission Trip to South Africa. Thank you to everyone for the great response so far! We’ve now set up a fundraising team who will be helping to plan events for the next ten months – watch this space!
Last week we shared the vision of the ‘Sunrise 100’ – an appeal for 100 members of our church family to commit to giving £10 per month for the next 10 months. If you think you could help with that, please speak to Robert McCullagh or pick up an information sheet in the vestibule.
Our Harvest offering from this year will also be given to this mission work.

Half-Term Family Fun NightSaturday 2nd November.
Here’s a date for your diary – the first Project Sunrise Fundraiser. We’ll have lots more details on this very soon but please plan to attend this, last Saturday of the half-term break event, for a night of family fun at Legacurry.

Destination Courses.If you would like to explore the basics of the Christian faith – two new, six week courses, have just started. For flexibility we’re running courses on Wednesday and Thursday evenings – both based at the home of John & Alison Sloan at Culcavey. If you’re interested in coming along, please have a word with Bobby, Alison, John or Graham McClellan.

Lisburn Food Bank DonationsLisburn Foodbank have issued an appeal for donations as their stock is very depleted. Many thanks to those from Legacurry who have already helped out. If you are able to make a donation of food, items can either be taken directly to the foodbank or left in the box supplied in the church vestibule.

The Old School Room
You may have noticed that building work has now started to improve the access into the recently renovated Old School Room. While this work is underway, for safety reasons, please do not use this area. We hope the work will be completed in a few weeks and this new space will be fully ready for use by our church groups and organisations.

Home Groups – New Term
This term in Home Groups we will be doing a series of studies from PCI called ‘Inside Out: Welcoming others as Christ welcomes us’: ‘Explore together what it means to be a welcoming church…
Most of us think our congregation is a welcoming place. But is it? How would we know? Who could tell us? What things, that seem familiar to us, might seem weird to others? What would it be like to come in as a visitor for the first time? Most importantly, what does it look like to welcome others as Christ welcomes us?’
We invite and encourage every member of our church family to take part in a home group. If you would like to find out how you can do this, please have a word with Bobby or with Suzanne Reid.

Senior Youth – Team Challenge Night
A night of ‘minute to win it’ games and a few added surprises on Saturday 19th October at 7:30 pm in Church Hall for all 5th year plus. Grab a postcard in the vestibule for all our events this term or contact Miriam Dickison, Peter Ferguson, Emma McCoosh for more information.

Church Weekend at Castlewellan – Thank You!
Many thanks to everyone who organised and attended our second Church Weekend. We had a great time – filled with fellowship, fun and superb teaching from our speaker Dr Trevor Morrow. If you couldn’t make it along, you can listen to all of Trevor’s entertaining and challenging teaching on our church website.