I’m not a great fan of Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Women’s day or any other Contrived Day. We are adopted into God’s family and as children of God, with transformed hearts, we should treat mother, father, women, neighbour, granny, child etc. very well Every Day. So on this Women’s day, I wish to pay tribute to my husband, who has supported me for nearly 40 years, so that I can be the woman God intended me to be.
Not only does he put up with my hours at home in front of my laptop, but he supports the work in many ways: he sees to the printer when I don’t have time to figure the silly machine out; he posts parcels on Saturday mornings when I have to work; he changes the bulbs and fixes old collapsing desk drawers; he is my Mr Fix-it generally, but specifically my sounding board and the voice of reason when my emotions supersedes logic. So, on this Women’s day, I say that we should all give thanks to the Lord, for designing the family – the perfect support system we need to serve him well.
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New children’s books:
I was given some more children’s books as samples; this time some board books. Once again, I allowed my 2-year-old granddaughter to test-drive them. She enjoyed the furry friend books, but only in passing. She loved the slide & play board books, but those were also forgotten when she discovered the water doodle books. When the pages are painted with water, the colours come up and reveal a detailed picture. She loved those. When the page dries, the colours disappear, and you can start again. Each time she comes to our house, she wants to paint the pages again. Yesterday she saw that the water tub was empty. She went into the kitchen and fished out my folding step, figured out how to unfold it, stood back from the sink to assess where the tap was, placed the step accordingly, climbed up and realised that she still couldn’t reach the tap. At this point she turned round and appealed for help. Lots of fun!
These books are available at Good Neighbours now, but will only be delivered to Augustine on Monday afternoon; available on Tuesday.
Bear and his Furry Friends in Noah’s Ark; Panda and his Furry Friends in creation. Features ears and bellies with fur to feel. R85 each.
Creation Slide & Play; Noah’s Ark Slide & Play. Features 3 sliders on each page to complete the picture. R70 each.
Creation Water Doodle Book; Noah’s Ark Water Doodle Book. Features reusable pages to finger-paint with water to bring up the colours. R65 each.
Faith ABCs by Carolyn Larsen. A book of the basic Christian doctrines for 8-12-year-olds. Hardcover; 136pp; R65
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Joe Thorn titles:
At a recent conference, we heard Joe Thorn as one of the guest speakers – a great encouragement to hear him put the Word of God and books about the Word of God in their rightful places. Joe has written five books. For two of them, the deal was buy-one-get-one -free and I will pass on the same deal to you. But I can’t do that yet as the free books haven’t arrived yet. More about those in the next newsletter. The three that are now in stock (all paperback; R65 each):
The Heart of the Church The Character of the Church, The Gospel’s History Message and Meaning. What is the confession of a true and biblical church? The Heart of the Church answers with the gospel. 112pp
The Character of the Church, The Marks of God’s Obedient People. Dispels confusion by describing the five elements of a biblical church 131pp
The Life of the Church, The Table, Pulpit and Square. Answers this critical question: “Why does the church exist, and how does it shape my life?”112pp.
Available at Good Neighbours now; available at Augustine on Tuesday.
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Hosted by Mukhanyo Theological College and Midrand Chapel.
Calling all pastor’s wives, elders’ wives and wives/fiances of future pastors’ or elders’ wives:
There are many conferences for pastors to be equipped, and a number of conferences for women in general, but how many are there for the support and equipping of the wives of men in the ministry?
Ladies, this is a conference for you. Join Mukhanyo Theological College and Midrand Chapel for a day event to strengthen and equip you for the task of supporting your husband in the ministry. Four dynamic speakers with many years of experience as both wives and women’s ministry leaders, will present four sessions dealing within some of the challenges of pastors’/elders’ wives.
Date: Saturday, 6th October 2018
Venue: Midrand Chapel, 152 Pitzer Road, Midrand
Contact: 012 333 9993; 011 339 1223
08h30 – 09h00 – Registration
09h00 – 09h20 – Welcome (Wynie Malan)
09h20 – 10h20 – Supporting Your Husband in the Ministry (Sue Sammons)
10h20 – 10h40 – Tea/Coffee Break
10h40 – 11h40 – You, Your Children and the Church (Delmarie Blackbeard)
11h40 – 12h40 – How to Organise a Woman’s Fellowship (Wynie Malan)
12h40 – 13h30 – Lunch Break
13h30 – 14h30 – The Pastor’s Wife and Hospitality (Megan Wooley)
14h30 – 15h00 – MTC Mission and Vision and closing (Wynie Malan)
Cost: R60 per lady
Join us for a day of fellowship, learning and encouragement as you seek to faithfully serve the Lord in this often difficult and thankless task.