La Côte Anglican Church Weekly Bulletin

Reflection and prayer for week of 1 to 8 May 2016 from Julia

We continue to reflect together on the theme of giving and stewardship, leading up to our Gift Day at Pentecost. One of the main ideas emerging for us is that everything in life is from God, and that we seek to give back to him something of that gift. Deuteronomy 8 has some very useful verses:

11 Be careful that you do not forget the Lord your God, failing to observe his commands, his laws and his decrees that I am giving you this day.12 Otherwise, when you eat and are satisfied, when you build fine houses and settle down, 13 and when your herds and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase and all you have is multiplied, 14 then your heart will become proud and you will forget the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery….17 You may say to yourself, ‘My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.’ 18 But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.

We are urged not to forget that all we have is not of our own making. We must see ourselves as stewards of the treasures of our lives, as our faithful God has given us the ability to produce our wealth and has offered it to us on trust. These treasures and wealth may be our time and our talents, as well as our money.

Prayer for the week

Let us be faithful stewards
of our time, our talents, and our money
so that our treasure is in heaven
and our giving pleases God
- for all we have comes from him. Amen.

 

Sunday 15th May 2016
10.00Pentecost Sunday and Gift Day Celebration – We will be celebrating with a joint La Côte Church service in the Temple de Crassier. – Hopefully you are all now becoming aware of our focus for this Eastertide season – on thanking God for his extravagant love for us in Christ, and on our gifts to God in response. Please take a look at the flyer with all the details for our Gift Day. You can either glance at the front and back of this flyer if you are in a hurry. If you would like to know more, then read the two middle pages. There will be hard copies of the flyer at church to take away. Do please speak to members of our Church Council if you would like to know more about this.

 

Sunday 1st May 2016 – Feast Day of Saint Philip & Saint James
16.00 – Holy Communion in Gingins

Sunday 8th May 2016 – Easter 7
10.00 – Service at the Word in Divonne
16.00 – All-Age Baptism in Gingins

 

Next Week

Sunday 1st May 2016
Anytime between 19.00 – 22.00Musical Drop-In chez Ted Talbot, route de Duillier 9b, 1270 Trelex – Any questions, please call Ted on 079 202 31 12.

Tuesday 3rd May 2016
09.30 – 11.00Morning Bible Study group chez Jacky and Vincent Coo in Chavannes-de-Bogis – Continues its study of the gospel of Mark.

 

An important request

We are still looking for a new treasurer for La Côte Church.
La Côte Church Council would like to express their profound thanks to Craig Thompson who has been our Church Treasurer for the last two years. As he now wishes to step down, we are looking for someone or several people to replace him in this important role in our church life. We would be delighted to discuss any of the following options:

  1. A short term replacement – where someone steps in on a temporary basis while we look for a permanent treasurer. The length of this replacement can be agreed in advance.
  2. Someone who would like to learn the role of treasurer.
  3. Someone who would like to take on the role of treasurer and who has experience in this area already.

If you would like to know more about what the role entails or simply discuss this further – please contact to a member of our finance team. Craig Thompson email  ; Geoff Senogles email  ; Philippe Chambeyron email  ; Liz Bramley email  ; Lexa Nicholson  email   ; Mark Warren email  OR Carolyn email  or Julia email .

 

Events elsewhere...

Tuesday 3rd May 2016
19.00 Roses of Isfahan at Holy Trinity Church in Geneva – Part 2 of presentation by Joachim von der Lahr on the Silk Road with collection in support of the Holy Trinity Organ Appeal.

Friday 6th May 2016
18.30 – 21.30 – Conference with Rod Wilson (President of Regent College in Vancouver) at Westlake Church in the foyer (5th floor) in Nyon – Conference in English in 4 parts: activism & burn-out / identity & behaviour / limitations & deficiencies / unity and diversity. All welcome. The flyer is here.

 

Asylum Seekers

Urgent need for backpacks and …
… clothing in good condition (mainly casual) for young men, along with shoes, belts, hats, scarves, gloves and wallets.  A few more duvets and single bed linens are still needed for individuals being transferred to private accommodation.  If you have any questions, please contact Anne Dyer on 022 369 11 17. Thank you!

Is there room in your inn?
Do you have a studio, apartment, or room for rent? Next time it is empty, would you consider renting it to a refugee at the market price?
Do you have a spare bedroom in your home? Would you consider allowing a carefully selected refugee to live in your home for an agreed period of time? You will be paid for this service by Canton Vaud.   If you wish to know more, please contact Joy email .

Could you help serve a meal on just one or more evenings between now and June in Nyon?
A local restaurant is providing a meal once a month for 50 asylum seekers in Nyon and volunteers are needed to set up, welcome, serve, clear up, etc.  The remaining dates are May 10th and June 7th and the place is the basement of Westlake Church. If you could help with one or more of the meals, please speak to Carolyn email  or Joy email , or contact Cathy Overly directly email .

European Refugee Crisis
Please find an article on the European Refugee Crisis, written by Duane Poppe, a member of our church. This summary follows the discussions and outcomes of a recent conference on the crisis, which brought together governments, NGOs and faith-based organisations.

Secondly, if you would like to know more about how to help locally with refugees, there is another file explaining what is going on in the La Côte area.

Finally, Duane has also provided a sample letter should you wish to contact your political representative / MP concerning the refugee crisis.

 

 

Need help with odd jobs or in the garden?
Strong, hard-working, trustworthy young men (Eritrean refugees) available on a regular or casual basis, no job too small. Have work permits, accident insurance, and references.  Contact:  Joy email  and Duane Poppe email  for recommended rates and availability: Or Laura Lafortune email .