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Dear Friends,
 
I recalled this week the time Norma and I went to Somerleyton Hall and Grounds in Lowestoft.  It is a great place to visit.  After touring the house and the grounds, we ventured into the maze and there is a picture of it above.  We did struggle to find the centre of the maze and then to find our way out.  It looks easy from above, but when you are in a maze it is far from easy.  I remember that we kept coming up with "rules to follow" and yet time and time again we came to a dead end.  To be honest it was other people who helped point us in the right direction.  

Life can be like that.  It can feel like a maze sometimes, where we are unsure what is next, what to do, and what is just around the corner.  We can be surrounded by all kind of "high hedges" and people saying do this, do that, listen to this or that, etc...   The Apostle Paul exhorts us to keep our eyes on the true and lasting prize of Christ's crown, sceptre, palace, treasure, robes, and heritage. Christ deems his happiness completed by His people sharing it as co-heirs (Romans 8:16–17) and He offers it to all who come and follow Him with faith and trust.

The Apostle Paul says, "And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air. But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified." (1 Corinthians 9:25–27). Let's keep running Christ's race in the maze of earthly life, keeping our eyes on Jesus, who is the prize. 

This Saturday/Sabbath we will once again assemble together as one church, with people in the Lowestoft Church building, with people on Zoom and with others watching via Facebook. The Family Service will start at 11.15am.  We apologise for the problems on Zoom and Facebook last Saturday, and ask for your patience as we are on a learning curve for live-streaming from the church building.

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

- Pastor Mark Borrett
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Lowestoft Church Building
54 Saxon Rd, Lowestoft, NR33 7BT
 
Friday Night Children’s Sabbath School at 6pm on Zoom. Pastor Mark Borrett will lead out. Make sure your children join for fun and bible learning!  

Friday Night TeenStudy@GYL at 6pm on Zoom. Janna Wilkerson will lead the discussion in a break out Zoom Room.

Friday Night Adult Sabbath School at 7pm on Zoom. Errol Victorio will lead our study. 

Friday Night Earth's Final Conflict by Mark Finley at 8pm on YouTube. Tonight's Topic: A Movement of Destiny.  Click for the Lesson 2 Study Guide

Saturday Sabbath Service at 11.15am at the Lowestoft Church Building and on Zoom. Pastor Michael Walker will share a message. There will also be a children's story by Pearl Walker.

Monday Night Bible Study and Prayer Meeting at 7.30pm on Zoom.  We will  have a second look at Mark Finley's second episode on Earth's Final conflict using the Study Guide (see Friday Night). 
 
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Starting in January 2021, we are looking for one or more persons to take on the role of Children's Sabbath School Superintendent.  The position includes planning the rota of teachers, planning the curriculum (with lots of online help)  and celebrating children's birthdays.  Many thanks to Izzy Clarry for doing this for so many years! Please let Pastor Mark know if you are interested in helping with any part of this critical role for our children. 
Click here for the latest Pastoral Newsletter from Dr Emmanuel Osei, President, South England Conference (SEC) of Seventh-day Adventists.
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 Enid Flemming and Thelma Thurtle as they celebrate that 90th Birthday.
  • Pray for Phillip Franklin and his health, both mental and physical. 
  • Pray for David Nichols, who is having treatment for cancer.
  • Pray for Colin who has undergone a leg amputation, and for his rehabilitation. 
  • Pray for Christine Matthews after the loss of her son.  
  • 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 - Jan through August
Great Yarmouth.  £15,567. 22.6% down from same period last year.
Lowestoft.  £4550.  26% 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

(January through September)
 
YTD Totals      5045.84         4784.82

 
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