Holland Methodist Church

Notices

Daniel Fast

The Holland Methodist Church will be taking part in the  Daniel Fast that will be taking place from Wednesday, 26th to 29th February, 2020.

SOME REASONS TO FAST AS A CHURCH

1. Fasting helps to bring and keep us in the presence of God as we seek God for a special purpose.
2. It helps to empty us of what does not belong so that we may be filled by his Spirit.
3. It helps us to humble ourselves before God and declare our reliance on God as sovereign.
4. Fasting helps to focus our attention on those things for which we are praying.
5. It helps to remove ourselves from the natural, everyday activities, and enables us to give ourselves fully to our spirit focused goals or desires.
6. It helps to remove the distractions of the everyday routine that sometimes hinder the effectiveness of our prayers.
7. Fasting helps in the control and discipline of our lives.
8. It prevents us from being enslaved to habit. 9. It helps us to keep physically fit and prevents us from becoming overweight. By choosing to go without we gain something of greater significance or consequence.
10. Fasting helps to release the purposes and power of God in our lives, in the lives of those we are praying for, and in the life Church.

PRAYERS THAT CAN BE USED DURING THE FAST

An Evening Prayer
To you, O God, we offer the coming day’s devotion of prayer and fasting. Thank you for the example of Jesus. Grant that we may die to ourselves, but make us new in Christ. Feed the starvation of the soul, of thought, of will and after quiet rest of sleep, open our mouths to praise you in the morning. Through Jesus Christ your Son, our Light and our Strength. Amen.

A Morning Prayer
How great and gracious you are, God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit! We pray for your world – for righteousness, justice , peace, healing, hope and salvation. May the whole world know amazing grace and salvation through Jesus Christ our Lord, the Savior of the world. We dedicate today to the glory of your grace, to the good of your children, in the power of the Holy Spirit and in Jesus’ name. Amen.

A Mealtime Prayer
Thanks be to you, O God, for all your gifts, and especially those we shall not enjoy today. Thanks be to you for the inner nourishment of your presence and for new vigor in our prayer through this sign of fasting. Thanks be to you for family, children, friends, neighbors, church family, near and far. Thanks be to you for Jesus, the Bread of Life. Amen.

A Prayer for Breaking the Fast
To you, O God, we have offered this day of prayer and fasting. We pray for a world wide Pentecost, but especially in our Leeward Islands District and in each of our Circuits. Through the gift of your Holy Spirit empower us to be faithful ‘Andrews’ and Faith-Sharers of the good news of Christ Jesus. Grant the power of your Holy Spirit that we may serve you faithfully in the world, through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Amen.

(Prayers adapted from World Methodist Evangelism)

Suggested Menu

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday
Breakfast Fruits/Soup Fruits Fruits/Soup
Lunch Cooked

Vegetables

Soup Green Salad, Avocado
Dinner Soup Garden

Salad

Sautéed

Vegetables of Choice

Soup
Snack Fruit Salad Almonds/

Cashews

Dried

Fruits

Nuts
  Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Breakfast Fruits Soup Fruits Fruits/Soup
Lunch Sautéed

Vegetables of Choice

Fruits & Green Salad Spinach,

Tomatoes, Cucumber

Fruits, Bread, soup & Baked Potato
Dinner Garden Salad Baked Potato & Carrot  

Soup

 

Soup

Snack Soup Raisins & Peanuts Almonds/

Cashews

Nuts

 

PLEASE NOTE THATFruits & Vegetables can be fresh, dried, frozen, juiced or canned.
Nuts & Seeds – including but not limited to cashews, peanuts, almonds, sunflower seeds, sesame.
Foods can be cooked or used in their natural state.
Water & Tea (preferably bush tea).

This Menu is only given as a guide (suggested menu) items can be substituted based on availability, so you are free to make adjustments as and when necessary. N.B. The Fast is as far as possible free from ‘Rich Foods.’ Soups should be free of meat. Notice that bread is only on the last day as a transition

December – Advent’s Message

Sisters and Brothers,

It is already December and we are beginning another liturgical year- starting again the cycle from Advent through Nativity and Epiphany during December, January and February. The comforting and empowering truth is that as we travel through time, God is with us.

The Eternal God who has always been and always will be, who has brought the Methodist Church Holland Circuit through thirty fruitful years, journeys with us, continually assuring, “I will never leave you nor forsake you”.

Enabled by God’s powerful, preserving, providing, protecting, peace giving presence, through the Holy Spirit who teaches and equips us for God’s service in our place and time, we can show our loving gratitude for the liberating, saving grace we have experienced in Christ.

In God, through God, with God, we can live out the theme of our Thirtieth Anniversary

          #Methodism.NL@30: Loving Service through Faith in Christ

The message of Advent ever renews our hope in God and calls us to be a people who wait actively on the Lord. This we can do through trusting God to help us serve those needing our witness. Even as we look forward to Christmas- the Season of Nativity, we can be deliberate about sharing the joy and peace we know in Christ, thus making a difference in the lives of others.

Of course, it is vital that we pay attention to our own spirituality, for growth in Christ makes us more ready to do the service which the Lord requires of us, whether in the worship and fellowship of the church itself, or through the ministries, the acts of service we render to others for God’s sake. During Nativity we often sing about the new-born Prince of Peace and pray for fulfilment of the angel tidings “Peace on Earth.” But if we do not know the inner peace which comes through a live relationship with Christ, the Prince of Peace, it is impossible to inspire peace to others who feel overwhelmed in the troubling peace-lacking situations that abound.

And then comes Epiphany and our focus on the varied ordinary ways in which God’s presence can be known among us. So, whether it’s big celebration time such as Nativity with its aura of the extraordinary- God taking on human flesh! – or in the ordinary rhythm of life, as time comes and goes, we are kept in grace by the Life Giver who calls us and gifts us for service so that the world may know indeed, that God is love.

Yours in God’s service,
Joan Delsol Meade, Pastor

7-DAY DANIEL FAST

Grounded in Christ: Loving-Serving-Rejoicing

Focus: Operation Andrew

Sunday 1st – Sunday 8th September, 2019

Dear Sisters & Brothers,

The Peace of the Lord be always with you. As we prepare to begin a new Church Year, the Leeward Islands District agreed to begin the Church year with a time of Prayer & Fasting from Sunday 1st September, 2019, at 5:00pm – Sunday 8th September at 2:00pm.   This will be a 7 day period based on the ‘Daniel Fast’ (Daniel Chapter 1 & Chapter 10) – where “Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s delicacies, nor with the wine” (vs 8). The secret to a Daniel Fast is to PURPOSE in your heart; that is, to make a vow as you enter the fast that you will purpose to follow the Lord in what you eat and drink. During a Daniel Fast you give up the things you enjoy eating and eat only what is necessary. Therefore, the Daniel fast is an expression of abstinence for the purposes of self-discipline.

During this Fast we seek for a more intimate relationship with God, a clearer sense of vision & purpose, and a deeper commitment to the ministry of the Church, while ridding our bodies of some of the self-gratifying foods and drinks. Our focus is completely on God, as we “take our eyes off the things of this world.” Let us set clear goals and be specific about what we want to achieve through this fast.

If for medical reasons you are unable to join us in the Fast, but you are interested in participating, partner with us each day in the Scripture readings and share the meditation themes, while joining us in prayer for the various prayer concerns.

Let us use this as a time to draw closer to God and to seek His divine will for our lives and His Church. Let us all commit ourselves to prayer for each other and our Church.

Derek C. O. Browne (Rev.), Secretary for Mission, Evangelism & Church Growth

SOME REASONS TO FAST AS A CHURCH

1. Fasting helps to bring and keep us in the presence of God as we seek God for a special purpose.
2. It helps to empty us of what does not belong so that we may be filled by his Spirit.
3. It helps us to humble ourselves before God and declare our reliance on God as sovereign.
4. Fasting helps to focus our attention on those things for which we are praying.
5. It helps to remove ourselves from the natural, everyday activities, and enables us to give ourselves fully to our spirit focused goals or desires.
6. It helps to remove the distractions of the everyday routine that sometimes hinder the effectiveness of our prayers.
7. Fasting helps in the control and discipline of our lives.
8. It prevents us from being enslaved to habit.
9. It helps us to keep physically fit and prevents us from becoming overweight. By choosing to go without we gain something of greater significance or consequence.
10. Fasting helps to release the purposes and power of God in our lives, in the lives of those we are praying for, and in the life Church.

PRAYERS THAT CAN BE USED DURING THE FAST

An Evening Prayer
To you, O God, we offer the coming day’s devotion of prayer and fasting. Thank you for the example of Jesus. Grant that we may die to ourselves, but make us new in Christ. Feed the starvation of the soul, of thought, of will and after quiet rest of sleep, open our mouths to praise you in the morning. Through Jesus Christ your Son, our Light and our Strength. Amen.

A Morning Prayer
How great and gracious you are, God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit! We pray for your world – for righteousness, justice , peace, healing, hope and salvation. May the whole world know amazing grace and salvation through Jesus Christ our Lord, the Savior of the world. We dedicate today to the glory of your grace, to the good of your children, in the power of the Holy Spirit and in Jesus’ name. Amen.

A Mealtime Prayer
Thanks be to you, O God, for all your gifts, and especially those we shall not enjoy today. Thanks be to you for the inner nourishment of your presence and for new vigor in our prayer through this sign of fasting. Thanks be to you for family, children, friends, neighbors, church family, near and far. Thanks be to you for Jesus, the Bread of Life. Amen.

A Prayer for Breaking the Fast
To you, O God, we have offered this day of prayer and fasting. We pray for a world wide Pentecost, but especially in our Leeward Islands District and in each of our Circuits. Through the gift of your Holy Spirit empower us to be faithful ‘Andrews’ and Faith-Sharers of the good news of Christ Jesus. Grant the power of your Holy Spirit that we may serve you faithfully in the world, through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Amen.

(Prayers adapted from World Methodist Evangelism)

 

Lenten Meditation 2019

This is part of the Lenten Booklet for 2019. Please click the link in order to follow the daily devotionals for Lent,(God’s Abundance) where you can find the daily devotionals for Lent.

The Lenten Booklet 2019 is published by the MCCA in collaboration with the United Methodist Women.
We thank Rev. Serna Samuels, Caribbean Regional Missionary, for her invaluable contribution to this ministry.

Every blessing!

Rev. Galbraith

Bishop, The Rev’d Everald L. Galbraith J.P.
President of Conference Methodist Church in the Caribbean and the Americas (MCCA)

Report from District Council

REPORT FROM 2019 LEEWARD ISLANDS DISTRICT COUNCIL

General Matters

  1. The Connexional Representative was Connexional Bishop The Reverend Everald Galbraith who presided over the Ordination of 4 Presbyters:
    • Rev’d Andrine Jennifer Joseph who had served previously as a deacon
    • Rev’d Ruth Pratt (a Bahamian) itinerant Presbyter stationed in the St. Maarten Circuit, and
    • Rev’ds Doris A. Lynch-Gibbs and M. Liana Richardson- Woods, Local Presbyters from the St. Maarten Circuit.

 

  1. Caren Richards-St. Rose, a Local Presbyter from the Dominica Circuit was transferred by a resolution of the District General Purposes Committee. She now serves the Antigua Circuit. Her husband is an Anglican Minister who has been stationed in Antigua over a year ago.

 

  1. The Connexional Faith and Order Committee has sent a number of position papers: These include:
  • A final statement answering certain questions concerning episcopacy (the practice of appointing bishops) in the MCCA.
  • Statements on (1) Baptism (2) Forgiveness and (3) Common-Law Unions. These papers are available to all members and your reflections on/ responses to these are invited.

 

  1. The Pastoral Letter to the Congregations which was read on 27th January is posted on the website and gives some idea of the atmosphere at District Council.

 

  1. The District Pastoral Committee and the District Pastoral Performance Review Commission have been appointed. All completed Pastoral Performance Review instruments for the 2017-18 Connexional Year should be submitted to the District Commission by 31st March 2019 at the latest.

 

  1. Superannuation: the Rev’ds Alberic and Joyce Rohan who are currently serving in the BVI Circuit, have both applied to superannuate, the husband after 45 years and the wife after 43 years of service

 

  1. Stations: Apart from the superannuation refereed to, there was only one change in ministers’ stations. Rev’d A. Carlwyn Greenaway will succeed Rev’d Nichola Barrett-Glasgow who leaves Aruba to return to her home District Jamaica at 1st September, 2019. A minister from Haiti is expected to replace Rev’d. J. J. Ralph Denizard who will leave the Guadeloupe Mission to return to Haiti.

 

  1. Dispensation to Administer the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper: Conference agreed to the Circuit’s application for a dispensation to be granted to Br. Alfred Glasgow to administer the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper.

 

  1. Resources and Development: In view of the significant financial hardships experienced by circuits in the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the District Budget for the triennium was revised. It is not possible to exempt the Holland Circuit from paying an assessment. Even the Guadeloupe Mission has started to make a contribution. The assessment for Holland is USD 4,400.00 per year. This is the smallest assessment , the next highest being Montserrat with an assessment of USD 7,750.00

Hurricane damages and claims: Category 5 Hurricane Irma of 6th and 7th September, 2016 devastated St. Maarten, St. Martin, Anguilla, BVI and St. Thomas/St. John.  The total claim submitted by these islands before any adjusting is US$5,695.071.89. The total losses exceeded the insured amount of US$2M and therefore payment was made to the Corporation of US$2M.

After adjusting the claims, the total agreed claims amounted to US$ 4,045,612.46. The Corporation agreed at its meeting in Antigua in January 2018 that an additional amount of US$1m would be taken from the reserves of the Corporation to assist with the claims for Hurricane Irma. A total of US$3 m was paid to the affected Circuits. The final pay-outs to Circuits were made in June 2018.

Hurricane Maria another Category five (5) storm followed. The circuits affected were Montserrat, St. Croix and Dominica. Total unadjusted claims submitted to date is US$ 2,035,595.55.

The total adjusted claims totaled US$ 1,194,288.22 and amount of US$1,119,288.22 was paid out after the deduction of US$75,000.00. This was paid to the affected Circuits by October 2018.

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The audit report for the Holland Circuit for 2016-17 was completed by Sis Emmilein Rombley & Bro. Ivan Glasgow. Bro Ivan Glasgow completed the report for 2017-18.

 

  1. Mission, Evangelism & Church Growth

Circuits are invited to embrace a model of invitation to increase the membership of the church by 60% over a five- year period (12% each year)- utilizing **OPERATION ANDREW based on St. John 1:40-41 … which seeks a commitment of each member to reach one person during the Year through Intentional witness.

This is a commitment to witnessing to, praying for, sharing one’s faith with, encouraging and leading (name of individual) to Christ. It seeks to address the Great Commission and our commitment to Church growth – while seeking to REVERSE the decline in membership. If only 10% successful, it would be more than we had before; BUT a 20-25% success rate is not impossible.

Reaching out beyond the membership of the Methodist Church is important, therefore, our focus must not be limited to delinquent members, though that is important. Positive growth will come from outside the regular membership of the Church.

Each Congregation should, therefore, schedule an Andrew Lord’s Day once per quarter – where all Andrews (members) invite their Peters (person praying for) to worship – Bible Study – Class Meeting – etc. (Even though we are encouraging them to join us in worship regularly – on this occasion we are emphasizing the work of Andrew). It is hoped that once the Peters (invitees) become regular attendees they too will have the desire to bring others along. (N.B. We must be extremely careful – with our attitudes as Methodists – that while inviting others it isn’t only to worship BUT to become a part of the Church family to share in the ministry of the Church. Let us not act as if they have come to ‘take over’ the Church.

This requires ongoing updates, reminders, follow-ups, etc. to sensitize of Operation Andrew; Prayer Meetings where we come in agreement with each other as Andrew’s, and seeking God’s help in reaching out and getting through to the Peter’s.

Council has requested that Methodist Position Papers (referred to above) be presented / distributed (in pamphlet form) to all Methodists and that discussions are held on same.

Since the Church is a part of the family of God, and since the Church is a family comprised of families, Council decided on the following:

  1. A Data Base be Developed in Circuits to identify:
    – Different types of families in the respective congregation: single- parent, nuclear, extended etc.
    –  Factors/issues affecting and or impacting families- separation, migration; parent- children conflicts.
    – Important milestones: marriages, wedding anniversaries, etc.
  2. We emphasize Parental Responsibility/Children’s Obedience to parents as divinely instituted.
  3. The Sanctity of Marriage as a divine Institution be promoted.
    It is hoped that over the next five years we develop our data base to inform us where we are and to better prepare us to carry out ministry effectively.
    Further, within the next year, give feedback on the establishment and operation of the Data Base; and in subsequent years on the development and expansion of the same.

Long Service Certificate Application: Council has requested from the Connexional Conference the long service award for 40 years service as an Accredited Preacher for – Bro. Alfred Glasgow

New Syllabi for MCCA Preachers

A new syllabus is available for each of the following 5 examinations which preachers are required to sit from the 2019 -20 Connexional Year. The subjects are: Old Testament, New Testament, Christian Doctrine, Worship & Preaching and Methodist History.

Period of Prayer & Fasting to Start New Connexional Year

It was decided to have a time of **PRAYER & FASTING: to begin the Church Year (Daniel Fast – based on Daniel chapters 1 & 10)

Sunday 1st September – 5pm with supper and Breaking the Fast on Sunday 8thSeptember with Lunch at 2:00pm.

Suggested menu will be provided – to include fruits, vegetables, nuts, juice, water, tea (bush preferable)

A daily scripture reading will be given for devotional / meditation – and focused prayer concerns (specific areas / along with those presented by Circuits)

Zoning of the District was agreed to as a means of streamlining and making more efficient use of resources. However more consideration is being given re groupings giving consideration to ease of travel, language, time zones, etc.

Zone 1 –               USVI / BVI

Zone 2 –               St. Maarten, St. Martin, Anguilla, St. Eustatius, Guadeloupe

Zone 3 –               Antigua, Montserrat, Dominica, St. Kitts, Nevis

Zone 4 –               Curaçao, Aruba, Netherlands 

 

  1. Christian Education

Youth Encuentro 2019

The 6th MCCA Youth Encuentro is scheduled to be held in Belize City, Belize/Honduras District from July 22-28, 2019.  The theme for this gathering is “Methodission: Forever Fired Up for Christ!”.The Holland Circuit will not be represented.

Formation of District Youth and Young Adult Commission: This will happen at the Encuentro. Since Holland will not be present, it makes sense to name a member for this Commission in advance of the Youth Encuentro.

Upcoming Dates for Women’s Ministry.

July 9 – 13:
Women Executive Meeting in St. Maarten

July 2020:
MCCA Women Quinquennial Seminar to be held
In July 2020 in Trinidad
North America area Meeting (TBA)

July 2021:
World Federation of Methodist & Uniting Church

Women to be held in Sweden

12.The next meeting of the District Council is scheduled for January 10 – 17, 2020 in the Curacao Circuit. The District Ministerial Council will start on Friday 10th January and The District Council will commence on Sunday 12th January with the Welcome Service.

Discipleship Lesson 3A

FOR TUESDAY 12TH FEBRUARY, ROTTERDAM WILL LOOK AT THE FIRST PART OF DOTA
LESSON 3 (MANUAL 1). THIS IS FROM THE DOTA WEBSITE BUT MEMBERS WILL BE
HELPED WITH THIS. IF YOU REALLY CANNOT ATTEND PLEASE FOLLOW WITH IS.

  1. Prayer
  2. Worship (15 minutes):
    Focus on Characteristics of God.
    This session: God is great and powerful.
    Read Job 38:4-5 (Earth); 8-11 (Sea); 31-33 (Constellations); Isaiah 40:12 (Measuring); 25:25 (The starry host)
    Consider:
    – the number of stars
    – the distances to the stars
    – the sizes of the stars
    – the greatness and power of God

    We now take turns to worship God (in one or two sentences) in his characteristic of being great and powerful.

  3. Sharing (15 minutes)                         [QUIET TIMES]
    Matthew 8:1 – 11:24 Take turns and share (or read from your notes) in short what you have learned from one of your quiet times out of the assigned Bible passages.
    Listen to the person sharing, take him/her serious and accept him. Do not discuss what he shares.
  4. Teaching (60 minutes)                      [GOSPEL]
    Concepts of the Gospel  (Part 1)
    When we share the gospel with people, we must be able to explain the words we use. Help people to understand the concepts of “sin”,, “death” and “judgement”, why Jesus Christ is the only way to God the Father”, and the meaning of “faith in Jesus Christ”

    (l)  The Message of the Gospel
    Creation (Genesia 1:26)
    The Fall (See Isaiah 59:1-2): The consequence-estrangement (separation) from God.
    Universal Sin, This holds for all humans (Adam’s descendants) Romans 5:12, 17-19; 3:23
    The law of sin and death Romans 6:23; 8:2-3; 2 Thessalonians 1:8-9
    The failure of human efforts (works righteousness) Galatians 3:10-11; James 2:10; Romans 8:7-8; Ephesians 2:8-9
    One-Way Jesus (John 14:6)
    All God’s initiative (Romans 5:8)
    The need for a human Saviour (John 1:1, 14, 18
    His reconciling death (Philippians 2:5-8; 1 Peter 2:24; 3:18)
    Christ’s invitation demands a choice (Matthew 11:28-30)

    (ll) The Meaning of the word sin in the Bible
    The gospel says, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23)
    Psalm 51:1-4 in the original language uses three words for ‘sin’:
    (1) transgressions (Hebrew: pesha) i.e. crossing over boundaries, “willful disobedience,” rebellion. See Judges 21:25
    Transgression means to cross over the limits or boundaries that are set by God. The limits or Transgression also means to deliberately rebel against God.

    (2) iniquity (Hebrew: awon) i.e. Charles Wesley’s “inbred sin”
    Iniquity means to subtly change the reality as GOD sees it.
    To twist God’s truth.
    Iniquity also means to twist or distort the truth of God as he has revealed it in the Bible
    And

    (3) sin (Hebrew: chata’at), i.e. “Missing the mark,” falling short of the goal” (Greek hamartia)

    But because all people in the world fall short of God’s perfect standard, they are lost and need a Saviour. Even the people who live exemplary lives and do many good works, still fall short of God’s perfect standard (Romans 3:10-12, 23).
    Nobody qualifies! Nobody will be saved by his religion, by keeping the law or by his good works. Nobody is good enough! Sin does not simply mean ‘committing a crime’ or ‘doing something evil’. It means missing GOD’s goal and falling short of GOD’s perfect standard.

    Sin means to miss the goal of GOD for your life.

    Sin also means to fall short of the perfect standard of GOD.

    The root of sin is self-centredness, self-sufficiency or independence from GOD.

    The fruit of sin is doing what is wrong and not doing what is right. The fruit of sin grows out of the root of sin. The fruit of sin is to do what God has forbidden and not do what God has commanded.
    For lists of sins, see Mark 7:20-23; Romans 1:28-32; Galatians 5:19-21; Titus 3:3 and Revelations 21:8.
    What God has commanded see are John 13:3-35; Luke 6:27-28; Colossians 3:18 – 4:1; Hebrews 3:12-13; 12:14-17; James 1: 27; Peter 2:11-12.

Combine Covenant Service

On 7th January, 2018 there will be Combine Covenant Service in Amsterdam at 13:30 at Kerkgebouw “De Weerenkapel”, Het Breed 2, 1025 HR Amsterdam-Noord.
There will be no service in Rotterdam.

The following service in Rotterdam will be held on 14th January, 2018 at 10:00 am.

Op 7 januari, 2018 wordt de dienst “Combine Covenant Service” in Amsterdam gehouden om 13:30 uur. Op het adres: Kerkgebouw “De Weerenkapel”, Het Breed 2, 1025 HR Amsterdam-Noord.
Er wordt geen dienst gehouden in Rotterdam.

De eerst volgende dienst wordt op 14 januari, 2018 in Rotterdam gehouden om 10:00 uur.