Congregational Letter – 26 December 2019

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Jesus

 

For us it is almost difficult to believe that this will be our last letter as the pastoral couple of Christ Church Tshwane to you as the congregation of Christ Church Tshwane. Even though 29 years seems a long time it actually has flown past rather quickly.

 

Few grasp that a downtown church is very different to a suburban, city, township or rural church. Maybe a railway station sums up such a church well … people come and people go … few stay for a long time. Jenny and I thank God for the core group of people, many who were here when we started. This group, together with those who were added to the group have been our joy and support.

 

Many people have helped us over the years and to name them would take far too much space and perhaps become boring reading … so in general we want to thank this congregation who have identified our calling and stood by us as faithful servants of the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Maybe we have hurt or offended folk during these years. We are sorry for this … and as said at the farewell lunch on the 8 December … please take whatever you have against us to the Lord … and whatever we have against ourselves we too will take to the Lord.

 

The Revd. Gerald Mbebe comes with his wife and 1 year old daughter on 2 January 2020. Welcome them. Pray for them. Support them. Show them the warmth that knowing Jesus radiates through you … that many people speak of.

 

Never relax when it comes to your progress in holiness, godliness and humble service. Inspired by God’s Spirit, Paul puts it like this … Ro 12:1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. Ro 12:2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

 

To the Church at Philippi he writes … Phil 2:12 Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, Phil 2:13for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.

 

We love you and will miss worshipping our King together with you … until we do so in the Land of Glory!

Don & Jenny Kirkwood

26 December 2019

Church News Letter – 6 December 2019

Dear Folk

God’s Word is to be our comfort and strength … but at the same time, it is an instrument Of God that does far more … 2Ti 3:16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 2Ti 3:17 so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

It is…

Ps 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.

And the reason God gives His Word to us is mainly … that we may grasp … how holy He is … so that we walk in His holiness!

Ps 96:9 Worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness; tremble before him, all the earth

I wonder whether we are able to how His holiness ought to CAUSE a holy fear within us to seek to live in His holiness daily?

1. Mid-Week and Sunday Night Ministries

As always, due to the school holidays, these ministries are in recess. The new pastor, Gerald Mbebe will inform you as to when these resume in 2020.

2. Sunday 8 December

At 9am we have Rev. Prof. Ray Potgieter from North West University as our guest speaker. Immediately after the sermon, before the benediction, a few people will be speaking. These will include our Area Bishop, Martin Morrison, the church council, Ray Potgieter and myself. Straight after this we go into the hall for a sit down meal.

2. Sunday 15 December

At 9am we eventually deal with the last three chapters of the Book of Genesis!

3. Sunday 22 & Christmas Day [25] December

Both services are at 9am and both will carry the Christmas themes.

4. Sunday 29 December

This will be my last sermon at CCT, completing 29 years of ministry as the rector.

5. Prayer Requests

1. Lindiwe’s Mom

As she recovers after a terrible accident. Pray also for Lindiwe as she cares for her mom.

2. Paul & Alta Robertson

Alta is bedridden and Paul cares for her.

3. Willie & Lea van Breda

Lea cares for Willie as his dementia progresses.

4. Dawn & Bob Hazzard

Bob faithfully travels through to the care center [Alphen Lodge] where Dawn is resident a few times a week. Pray for his traveling and safety. Dawn has had dementia for many years.

5. Gerald Mbebe and his family

Gerald becomes the new pastor of CCT under the rector-ship of Martin Morrison. Pray for him, his wife and daughter in their new role.

6. Many people are and will be traveling

As you are aware, we are in the silly season and we can expect many accidents and deaths on our roads. Pray for one another’s safety!

Should you be away and we do not see each other again … thank you for the privilege of pastoring you over the years. May His awesome grace and mercy be yours in abundance; May He grant you good health in body and soul; May you continue following and serving Him who is the Only, True, Living God … and may you look with eager expectation for His coming to take you home to glory.

With you for the greatest cause ever … eternity with Jesus! 

Tilll our path cross again …

Don & Jenny Kirkwood

Congregational Letter – 18 November 2019

Dear Folk

The great Hudson Taylor, God’s man to bring the gospel to China around the 1850’s was a small unassuming man. But because he had a great God and great faith in this God to provide all the resources for the needs of his missionary efforts in China … this unassuming man did the impossible for God and His gospel.

You and I have the exact same God … and we too are unassuming … the question is … do we have great faith in our great God? Do we have faith to believe this great God of ours is able to provide all the resources we need to do His work here on earth where He has placed us?

You too are able to do the impossible, doing what God wants you to do for His glory and His Kingdom.

As the pace hots up and increases as we hasten towards the end of the year, I want to remind you of a few matters:

1. Sunday 24 November

At 9am we look at Genesis chapter 46 & 47 in our second last message in the Book of Genesis.

At 6pm we have our Children’s Church Play and Gift Presentation followed by a Bring ‘n Share Fellowship meal / refreshments in the hall. If each family could bring a plate of eats to share it would be great.

2. Sunday 1 December 

At 9am Lutic will bring God’s Word to us and at 6pm we have our annual Carols & Readings Service where Dieter will preach.

We cannot determine the weather and call for a picnic … so we ask again that everyone brings a plate of eats to share.

3. Sunday 8 December

Ray Potgieter is our preacher at 9am. Following the service we will join in a fellowship meal for all present. Our area bishop hopes to be present for a while.

From the 8 December our Evening Worship is in recess due to the holiday period.

4. Wednesday Night Bible Study Gathering 27 November

This evening will take the shape of a Bring ‘n Share Fellowship as it is the last study for the year and the last study I’ll be taking.

5. Prayer Requests

Please continue in prayer for Lindiwe’s mom. She came out of hospital today but is unable to walk at this stage. The damage done to her body is so much that recovery will take a long time. Lindiwe is with her in KZN for the next few weeks.

Paul & Alta, Willie & Lea and Dawn & Bob remain on our prayer list.

Pray for Gerald Mbebe and his family as they ready themselves to take over the pastoral ministry here at CCT from January 2020.

With you for the greatest cause ever … eternity with Jesus!

Don

Congregational Letter – 17 November 2019

Dear Friends

Can you believe we have reached 16 November … it was January 1 just a while ago! Time flies! Because time flies I want to share some information with you for tomorrow’s worship services at Christ Church Tshwane.

1. At 9am we have John Annadale as our speaker.
John has preached for us over the past few years and has always been a blessing to the soul and a challenge to our gospel walk.

2. At 6pm I am speaking about “The Reality of Eternity”
We will be opening up Luke 16v19-31. This is NOT a parable. This is a real story with profound meaning for you and me and all people living in all times. After the evening service we have a meal and fellowship.

May I invite you to join us for both meetings … and especially for the evening one? Bring with you people who are unsaved or confused about the gospel or starting to show interest!

With you for the glorious gospel of the Lord Jesus. May He be exalted and pleases because we meet in His majestic name.

Don

MMM Creche and School

Dear Folk

As you are aware, the church based school, Motivated Marvelous Munchies is hosted at CCT.

We have recently appointed Denise James as our principal. She is responsible for the finances and admin work.

We are in need of the following:

1. Laptop or Computer

We need a reasonably fast machine with windows 10 and Microsoft Office installed. Could someone donate one of the above please?

2. Smartphone

People upgrade their cellphone contracts regularly. Is there someone who could donate a good condition second hand smartphone?

3. Router

We need to have a data source and feel that initially it would be prudent to go the route of a ‘pay as you go’ sim card … but would need a router that could accommodate a sim card. Could anyone donate this please?

We know that you would like to be in prayer for the school as well as help where you can.

The school is a registered Non Profit Company.

Thank you for considering the above prayerfully.

Don

Our Daily Bread – Devotional Books

Dear Folk

Trust that by grace you are well and loving following the Lord Jesus.

Please receive the attached order form for the “Our Daily Bread” devotional books.

Until we have all the orders in we cannot give you an accurate price. The reason for this is that the more we order the cheaper it becomes. So, as you see below, the actual price is R75 each …

Please note that each book costs R75.00

If we purchase 24 you get it for R65

If we buy 34 you get it for R60

If we buy 43 you get it for R55

We cannot purchase a huge amounts and be left with books next year, so, you have a guideline … The high price will be R65 per book … yet if we are able to purchase more you will pay less.

May I suggest that you consider giving devotional books as Christmas Gifts.

Order cut off date will be on Sunday 20 October 2019.

Love in Jesus
Don