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    Wednesday October 22, 2014  
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These are my final musings as I am now off on sabbatical for 9 months. Our Bro Lance Henry and Sister Sharon Nash should keep us updated whilst I am away.

Our Swallowfield Transformational 5K Walk/Run (ST5K) held on Saturday was thoroughly enjoyable. It was such a delight to see children, teens, adults and our elderly share in this special event. We started with warm ups and bang on time for the run/walk in perfect conditions. The weather was great, the route scenic and company delightful. Many thanks again to all who helped to organize the event, all our sponsors, and all who contributed to making the day a success.  THANKS Swallows! Below are pictures to savor.

 

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On Sunday, we hosted our anniversary services. We recounted our history, shared some special Swallow stories and highlights from the year past. We read Scripture, worshipped, heard our choir, were ministered to from the Word (see Reflections below), shared communion and more.

In between our services we unveiled the mural on the outer wall of our Transformational Oasis and dedicated the Oasis to God and to the service of our community and church.   We again thank our artists led by our Bro. Frank Wong for their splendid work.  Below are pictures.

 
 

Reflections

Last Sunday our message entitled “Looking unto Jesus” was brought to us by Dr.Wayne Henry from Hebrews 12: 1 -14.

Dr. Henry began by encouraging us to understand and discern the times that we are living in. We are up against the spirit of the enemy who seeks to intimidate and silence the church and who tries to control and manipulate us into doing things that are displeasing to the Lord. It is crucial, therefore to ensure that we are in tune and in step with God or we may find that it becomes convenient to compromise and make excuses for denying God.

  1. We must guard against allowing distance to come between us and God. If we are not careful, we stop doing the things that we used to do when our relationship with God was new and full of passion (e.g. regular times of worship, study, prayer and service) and we make the excuse that “God knows my heart”. But this excuse is dangerous, for intentions alone are not enough to keep us faithful to God.

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This Week

Thursday
Believers' Meeting
6:00p.m. at #5

Sunday
Worship Services
Speaker: 
Dr. Burchell Taylor
7:30a.m. 
Speaker: Dr. Wayne Henry
10:45a.m.

Youth Christian Education (Y.C.E) Classes
18-23 years at #9
9:30a.m.



Sunday
Adult Christian Education (A.C.E) Classes
9:30 a.m.
Click Here for ACE brochure

Sunday School
3-6 years at #9
7-12 years at #5
10:45a.m.

Sunday School (Teen Time)
13-17 years at #5
9:30a.m.

Coming Up

TENT - All young adults 19 to 30ish are invited to a special TENT Outreach Day on Saturday October 25th.  We will meet at #5 at 11:30a.m. to distribute food to the elderly in our community. Come on out and show your support as we Connect, Grow and SERVE.

MISSIONS CONFERENCE – Our Annual Missions Conference takes place from Sunday, November 02 to Sunday, November 09.  There will be music, panel discussion, skits, exciting testimonies and stimulating preaching. There will be special guests from the USA and ‘Yaard’.  Come see and hear the story of a Swallow who grew up in a girl’s home and is now a missionary to the Worl’!

PRISON MINISTRY (CAKE SALE) – After both services next Sunday, October 26th there will be a cake sale put on by the prison ministry.  This is in aid of Christmas treats for the Wards at Rio Cobre and Metcalfe Streets.  Donations are accepted and can be handed in at the Church Office with a note of reference.

"Las' Las' Lick fi True"

Yes, I am definitely now off on sabbatical. Our Bro Lance together with our Elders Team will continue to provide pastoral oversight for our community of faith. Our Sister Sharon Nash will serve as our acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) bearing responsibility for our staff and administration. She will be ably assisted by our acting Chief Operating Officer, Angela Plunkett and our Executive Team and staff.

Please join me in praying for our leadership team as they guide us in this new season.

I also crave your prayers for my family and me for this season. I really appreciate all the expressions of love and support given me as I transition.

Finally, I challenge us with the words of the writer of Hebrews:

24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.  Hebrews 10:24 &25

I ask that we excel in loving God, loving each other and lovingly serve.

In Christ’s love,
David