St Augustine's Church, Douglas, Isle of Man

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Welcome to St. Augustine's Church Newsletter for Sunday 29th October
31st October, what will you celebrate?
Tuesday is the 31st of October. Many people will celebrate Halloween, but for Christians, Tuesday is much more significant. Five hundred years ago on 31 October 1517, Martin Luther wrote his '95 Theses'. This document challenged several practices of the Roman Catholic Church, particularly the taking of money for the forgiveness of sins. The actions of Luther and his supporters, lead directly to the establishment of the Protestant church and the confirmation that forgiveness is the free gift of God.
Last week's sermon
[ Sunday 22nd October ] 
You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time. You can even fool yourself some of the time or you can fool yourself all of the time. The church at Sardis was dead, but it was fooling itself and others that is was alive. It couldn't fool God. The readings are Deuteronomy 30: 15-20, Revelation 3:1-6 and Luke 12:35-40. Listen here> 

At the end of the current sermon series, love letters to the seven churches of Revelation, we will have a special service of repentance.

This week's Sermon
As Jules is away in the UK, we will take a break from our sermon series from the book of Revelation.
Instead, Trevor Paterson will give give a talk entitled 'missing the obvious'

There are two homegroup sessions each week, Monday afternoons 2:00 - 3:30 and a repeat session on Wednesday evening 7:00 - 8:30, held at David and Barbara 's home, 11 Victoria Rd, Castletown. The bible studies are on friends in the bible.
Congratulations to Hilary who was 60 on Monday

Jules would like to give his appreciation to GeoffSmith.im for his help in getting Jules through his driving test.
31st October is also Halloween. If you would like to know more about the Christian Response to Halloween, there is a good article Here>

On Tuesday, several members of our congregation joined a demonstration outside Tynwald, for the start of this parliamentary session, during which the Abortion Bill will be debated. 

Tea and Coffee Rota

Thank you to all those people who signed up for the coffee rota. The fellowship time after the service is an important part of our ministry. 

On duty this week David and Barbara
Coffee rota

Beyond Balfour, Discussing the History and Politics of the Balfour Declaration
Speaker: Dr Moriel Ram (Ben Gurion University and UCL)
Date: Saturday November 4th, 7 pm
Place: Claremont Hotel, Douglas
Open to the public, Free Entrance.  
Light refreshments will be served after the talk. Presented by the IOM Friends of Israel and UJIA

Prayer Points and Prayer Requests

Lord, we pray for Gail Light, who is still in ward 8 at Nobles hospital. Her medical treatment has concluded and she is hoping a place can be found for her in sheltered accommodation.

We continue to pray for Bill Mummery, that he might have relief from pain.

We give thanks for Rosemary, Elisa and Sean as they take on the roles normally done by Ros, as she visits family in the Solomon Isles.

We thank God for the all the new faces in the congregation and the return of others.

We pray for the home group meeting which takes place tonight (Wednesday), and again on Monday afternoon. Thank God for all those who attended on Monday.

And Finally.....

This Sunday the clocks go back one hour, so please reset your sun dials before going to bed.
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