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Dear Friends,

Greetings from California.  It has been a blessing to spend time with family and friends not seen for too long. I am looking forward to being back with you later next week.  As I write, California is heading into stricter lock down due to pressure on emergency beds.  The restrictions are similar to the Tier 2 and 3 rules in England, where "mingling" with other household bubbles indoors is prohibited.  Our Church Boards decided some time back that if our Districts went into Tier 2 or 3, we will meet online only.  Our Districts are now in Tier 2. So all meetings will continue to be online only at this time. Be assured we will continue to monitor the situation and review decisions.

It is one of those paradoxes of the gospel (good news), where it says "he has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty" (Luke 1:53). God lifts up the hungry (the humble), often people with "not much" to contribute, people who look unimpressive, people who can be morally messed-up, people who hunger and thirst for righteousness, people who are looking for something better, people who even stand at a distance from God.  If that is how you feel, take heart, God promises to fill you with good things.  Such will not be sent away empty, they will be filled, that is God's promise.

But there is another side, "the rich (proud) he has sent away empty".  We may be proud in thinking too much of our achievements or we may, be proud in thinking too little of ourselves and wallowing in our failures.  A different kind of pride. But we will miss out on those good things that God wants in us. How can you fill someone that is already full? 

Our Family Service will be on Zoom and Facebook this Saturday/Sabbath at 11.15am. Errol Victorio will share a message. At 3pm, Church Family Fellowship will be an interesting and uplifting programme as we share stories behind the hymns that we sing.  We encourage everyone to attend.

Blessings to you all in the name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

- Pastor Mark Borrett

 
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Church Services and Events
 
Friday Night Adult Sabbath School at 7pm on Zoom. Dean Campbell will lead out. 

Friday Night Earth's Final Conflict by Mark Finley at 8pm on YouTube. Click here for the Study Guides

Saturday Children’s Sabbath School at 10am on Zoom.  Make sure your children join for fun and bible learning! 

Saturday TeenStudy@GYL at 10am on Zoom. Janna Wilkinson will lead the discussion in a break out Zoom Room. 

Saturday/Sabbath Family Service at 11.15am on Zoom. Errol Victorio will share a message. There will also be a children's story.  

Saturday/Sabbath Church Family Fellowship at 3pm on Zoom.  Join for an interesting and uplifting programme as we share stories behind the hymns that we sing. We encourage everyone to attend.

Monday Night Bible Study and Prayer Meeting at 7.30pm on Zoom.  We will have a second look at Mark Finley's latest episode on Earth's Final conflict using the Study Guide (see Friday Night). Luka Mhishi will lead out. 
 
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Sermon Series starts Saturday / Sabbath December 12th at 11.15am
 
Prayer Requests
 
“Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God” - Phil.4:6.
  • Continue to pray for protection of all those serving on the frontline. 
  • Pray for our elderly and infirmed members - also vulnerable at this time.
  • Pray for our young families, children & young people, to stay close to the Lord and each other.
  • Pray for those looking for work or struggling in work.
  • Pray for Val Ruddick and her ongoing health. 
  • Pray for Lidia and her family in Poland.
  • Pray for Omen, the brother of Luka Mhishi, and his health. 
  • Pray for Phillip Franklin and his health, both mental and physical. 
  • Pray for David Nichols, who is having treatment for cancer.
  • Pray for Colin and for his rehabilitation.   
  • Pray for those who have shown interest in the church.
  • Pray for our ongoing return to our church buildings. 
  • Pray for the leadership of our church & for our Government for wisdom in directing the affairs during this critical period.
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Thank-you for your giving to the South England Conference of Seventh-day Adventists and to the Local Churches. As you can see from the figures below giving is down in tithe compared to last year.  We ask for your prayerful consideration in this matter. You can give at the Lowestoft church on Saturday/Sabbath or on-line at https://sec.adventist.uk/contact-us/donate/  Please include your gift aid number.  You can also send cheques to our Church Treasurers or contact the Pastor or Elders if any help is needed. Tithes and Offerings are an act of worship and an act of faith. 
2020 Tithe Report - January through September
Great Yarmouth.  £16,577. 26.7% down from same period last year.
Lowestoft.  £5,317.  23.1% down from same period last year.

2020 Local Giving Report - Great Yarmouth
                       2019              2020
July                 547.90           346.20
August            834.34           529.81  
September      693.61           1192.00
October           581.23.          1590.45

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Totals             2657.08          3658.46

2020 Local Giving Report - Lowestoft
                       2019              2020
July                 239.13           310.00
August            134.37           50.00  
September      344.97           110.00
October           155.21           634.00
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Totals              873.68           1104.00
Click on the picture for the latest Pastoral Newsletter from Dr Emmanuel Osei, President, South England Conference (SEC) of Seventh-day Adventists.
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