Indonesian Earthquake

Over 800 people are estimated to have died, thousands have been made homeless and over 1.5 million individuals are affected by the recent 7.5-magnitude quake and 18ft tsunami waves hitting parts of Sulawesi.

Appeals for aid are in place with work already being done:

Christian Aid is supporting the delivery of food, shelter, clean water, sanitation and other relief supplies in the city of Paul and the district of Donggala, two of the worst-hit areas.  This is coordinated by YEU and CWS, fellow members of the global ACT Alliance network (a global alliance of 146 churches and related organisations working together in over 120 countries).

Similarly, requests for prayer support have been made by many religious and faith leaders, including the General Secretary of the World Council of Churches, Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, and the President and Vice-President of Conference, Rev Michaela Youngson and Bala Gnanapragasam.

Appeal from the Methodist Church in Britain and All We Can.

What a Wonder-Full World! – Perth Theatre

Saturday 3rd November 2018

An “entertaining and thought-provoking evening of music, film, drama and conversation about the wonder of life and the big questions” will be presented in association with the Presbytery of Perth and the Sir John Templeton Foundation (donors of an annual national Prize for contribution to the field of spirituality).

Some tickets (£13.50 and £10) are still available from the Box Office (01738 621031).

All We Can harvest appeal

All We Can Harvest
Harvest donations to support the work of the Methodist Relief and Development Agency can be made through return of envelopes in the offering plate in the next 2 weeks. Total so far (excluding Gift Aid additions) – £68.00.

All We Can harvest donations

Donations to support the work of the Methodist Relief and Development Agency can be made through return of envelopes in the offering plate over coming weeks.

Total so far (excluding Gift Aid additions) – £68.00

Piano downstairs

The Stewards Team has undertaken a consultation by email this week to ascertain whether there is general agreement to our passing on the piano in the “L” shape room to the Eagles Wings organisation, a group referring people to the ClothesBank. (The suggestion arose out of a ClothesBank experience.) If anyone has knowledge that the piano was donated by an individual or family (possibly in Ward Road days), please advise Sue Marshall-Jennings or any Church Steward as soon as possible.  Similarly, please express support or concerns about this proposal to the Stewards Team as soon as possible.  Please spread the word to anyone who may have not have been included already by this consultation.

 

Traidcraft stall

Last week, Traidcraft informed supporters that it was likely, that after consultation, Traidcraft would cease to trade at the end of the year. Clearly, this is not welcome news, but we are told that trading has been difficult, and carrying on seems not to be an option.

Margaret would welcome conversation about whether you wish the Fairtrade stall to continue, and what products you would like to see. Not all she sells is Traidcraft!

Meantime, there are new catalogues from Traidcraft. Please take one, and return with your order!

Dundee Pride

Dundee Methodists had a great day out at Pride. A great event attended by 8000 people. Our Minister, Rev Nick Baker was humbled and proud to address the 3000 assembled in City Square alongside a minister from the Scottish Episcopal Church. Nick thanked the Pride supporters for the their courage and support over many years and encouraged people to remember God’s love is for all people.

Rev Nick Baker addresses the City Square crowds

All are welcome at Dundee Methodist Church.

The Methodist Church in Bulgaria and proposed law changes

“At the annual meeting of the European Methodist Council gathered in Copenhagen from 7th-11th September 2018, the members of the Council were shocked to hear in detail of the proposed changes in Bulgaria law which will have serious impact on and severely limit the work of the Evangelical Methodist Episcopal Church in Bulgaria and the Church of the Nazarene (member Churches of the European Methodist Council ) and of all other churches with a membership less than 1% of the population.

The European Methodist Council therefore expresses its great concern of the violation of the Bulgarian Constitution’s provision of the separation of Church and State and of the right of independence of all religious organisations provided by the Bulgaria Constitution.”

The United Methodist Church in Central and Southern Europe covers churches in 16 countries, including Bulgaria.  The Bulgarian Methodist Church is  concerned that proposed amendments to the Religious Denominations Act would dramatically affect whether United Methodists could receive international support essential for their operation as churches, also possible effects about those allowed to serve as pastors.  The proposed changes would give the Religious Confessions Directorate control over donations, religious institution accreditation and education.

More details – or ask Sue Marshall-Jennings.