March Birthdays We would like to wish all those born in March, a happy birthday. We pray for grace and favour in this year in Jesus Name. Olumide Michael Adeleye Kola Adeyeye Omolola Akinbami Nan Heasley Pastor Chris Ifonlaja Joy Ifonlaja Lyn Lomami David Oyebode Joseph Ricketts Funmilola Shanu Sunday Showunmi If we have missed your name on this month’s list of celebrants, please alert us.
Fundraising Initiatives As part of our launch of the Building Fund Campaign we will be undertaking a number of initiatives that will aid in raising much needed funds for the purchase of our building. Below is a list of some initiatives we are starting with. We encourage everyone to take part in at least one of the following, even children.
Let’s get building!!! What we can do? Create a money-o-metre measure. Approach Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Asda for bag-packing Collect items from people to sell at car boot sales Sell cakes at markets Sponsored walk and donation forms Pennies in a Jar Bring old mobile phones and to trade in for cash If you are interested in taking part in any way or if you have other suggestions, please see Sis Sherley or Sis Sindy or contact the Church Office.
Regular Meetings 1. Sunday School @ 10am, Europa Hotel 2. Worship Service @ 11am, Europa Hotel
3. Monday Prayer Meeting @ 6.30pm, Andras House 4. Wednesday CFG’s @ 6.30pm…Various Addresses 5. Friday Bible Study & Prayers @ 6.30pm, Andras House 6. Last Saturday of every month, School of Disciples @10am, Andras House Please note: From March onwards Watchnight services will take place on 2nd Fridays rather than the 1st Fridays. For more details on any of the above, please go to the church website… www.placeofvictoryni.org
Community Fellowship Group Addresses South Belfast: Runnymede Drive, Belfast, BT12 6LZ. Please contact the church office for full address University Quarter: Starbucks, 90 Lower Lisburn Road, BT9 6AG City Centre: Andras House, 60 Great Victoria Street, BT2 7ET North Belfast: The Streat Café, University of Ulster, BT15 1ED East Belfast: Bendigo Street, BT6 8GD Holywood: Please contact the office for details Lisburn: Donard Drive, Lisburn, BT28 1UU Newtownabbey: Derryhill, Newtownabbey, BT37 9JD
Basket of Love Ministry!!! Calling on you to donate imperishable foods for the basket of love storehouse. The food will be available to any members who need it. Please bring whatever you have to the church office, Andras House. For more details, see Sis Lara
ECCLESIA MONTHLY NEWSLETTER OF PLACE OF VICTORY FOR ALL NATIONS, BELFAST MARCH EDITION Relationships… In February, our services focused on relationships. When it comes to relationships, the heart of the matter is a matter of the heart and, as is often the case with matters of the heart, such issues are emotionally charged and people will continue to hold very strong views. These strong views have been shaped by various experiences and behaviours that we have seen modelled for us by close family members. Often, the only way to change our views is to have new experiences of love!
Whilst others have been fortunate to have had a good experience in their relationships, some are getting hurt, others have been hurt and some people are ignorant of the pain that their destructive behaviours inflict on others. Whatever previous experiences we may have had and, no matter how we are faring in our current relationships, there is always room for improvement. One relationship that holds the key to every other relationship is our relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ.
PVN DATES FOR YOUR DIARY Sat 25th Feb, School of Disciples Lecture @ Andras House, 10am Tues 28th Feb, Members Evening @Andras House, 6pm Wed 29th Feb, End of Fasting: Holy Communion Service and Love Feast @ Europa Hotel, 6pm Frid 9th March, Watchnight and Holy Communion Service @ Europa Hotel, 10pm Sun 18th March, Mothering Sunday @ Europa Hotel, 11am
The relationship with our heavenly Father, through the person of Jesus Christ, is extremely crucial to the holistic wellbeing of any individual. Our Lord Jesus Christ understands what we have gone through and are going through Heb 4:15 “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.” He was despised; He was rejected and continues to be rejected by some. Throughout His adult life, He was ridiculed; many did not believe Him; some saw Him as a fraud and close members of His family did not honour Him and some betrayed Him.
Frid 30th March, PVN Café Live @ Caffé Nero, 6.30pm
The question is: How was He able to love when He suffered so much? It is easy to attribute that to His divinity, but we must remember that He also experienced humanity whilst on earth. If we are able to answer this question, perhaps we would be able to apply some of the principles learnt to our lives.
RCCG DATES FOR YOUR DIARY 5-11 March, Missions Week
Firstly, He received an abundance of love from God, the magnitude of which was far greater than the hate, pain and suffering He received at the hands of man. We can decipher this from some of the statements that He made and the way in which He lived in constant fellowship with the Father. For instance: John 17:26- 'And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them';
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Date to be confirmed: Careers Seminar
@ Europa Hotel
31st March, School of Disciples Lecture, @ Andras House, 10am
31st March, National Sunday School Regional
12-16th April, Ordained Ministers Conference 16-22 April, Pastors Appreciation Week 17th April, Workers Rally, London 20-21 April, Festival of Life, London
As we mark the end of this season of Fasting and Prayer, we welcome you to join us for the
Love Feast On Wednesday 29 February @ The Europa Hotel From 6pm Holy Communion Service followed by Love Feast: You don’t want to miss this!
…Transforming Lives, Influencing Change…
From Page 1… John 3:35- 'The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand'; John 5:20- 'For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth Him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel'. Secondly, His unusual ability to forgive: He was able to forgive because He blamed our behaviour towards him on ignorance – Luke 23:34: 'Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.' He thought the best of humans. He believed that if we knew better, we would do better; He spent more of His ministry life teaching. Even after healing, He often paused to teach. Thirdly, He was a 'hybrid' - by that, I mean He was both human and divine. In the moments of human weakness, He would have relied heavily on His divinity and in moments when He needed to be human, He displayed humanity. This concept is huge....so huge that it is the big thing in engineering today. Take for example an hybrid car with the ability to switch between petrol and gas whenever needed. Here is a quote from one of the leading manufacturers of hybrid cars – Toyota: 'Our sophisticated full hybrid system is engineered to automatically monitor driving conditions to decide whether to run on electricity, petrol or both, delivering optimum power and responsiveness at all times.' In a sense, once you give your life to Christ, you become an 'hybrid'! The bible states that Christ lives in us - (Galatians 2:20) 'I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.' The Holy Spirit also abides with us. The condition of abiding is obeying the commandment of the Lord - John 14:15-17: 'If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.' As we face the issues of life, remember we are not alone. It is important that we keep cultivating the most important relationship – our relationship with God. It is the only relationship from which we receive the abundance of love we need to use in other relationships – 1 John 3:1 -'Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.' Because love covers a multitude of sins, you are then able to forgive easily: 1 Peter 4:8 - 'Above all things have intense and unfailing love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins [forgives and disregards the offenses of others].' (amp bible) Finally, we must remember who we are. We must face life with divinity and humanity. Do not put off divinity to face the issues of life. You are not meant to face the issues of life on your own. You need the Lord in your boat. He is willing to actively get involved with you to overcome the issues of life. God bless you. With love, Pastor Chris Ifonlaja Husbands love your wives as Christ loved the Church and gave himself up for her… Ephesians 5:25 Wives submit yourselves unto your husbands as unto the Lord… Ephesians 5:22 Children, honour your father and mother – which is the first commandment with a promise… Ephesians 6: 1 Greater love hath no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends… John 15:13 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them who despitefully use you, and persecute you… Matthew 5:44
PVN Café Live brings to you… Date: Friday 30th March
Venue: Caffé Nero, Great Victoria Street, Belfast Time: 6.30pm
RELATIONSHIP FORUM A product of our relationship forum this past month was a plethora of discussions and fascinating conversation about relationships. Find below a sample of the questions that were treated during the forums. 1. How young is too young to be in a romantic relationship? Perhaps, it is not wise to be age prescriptive because God's plan for each one of us is different. In terms of relationships, our lives can be broadly broken down into three distinct seasons. * The Season of Dependence; * The Season of Independence; * The Season of Inter-dependency.
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Let’s come in the Masses!!! And bring a friend.
The Season of Dependence can be defined as the season where you are totally dependent on your parents or guardians for everything. This would be from birth to the point that you are regarded as an adult-by your parents and the state- capable of knowing right from wrong. This may differ to the age at which you would be regarded as an adult within your own culture. Continues on next page…
During the season of dependence, you are a child and there is no need to be involved romantically as you are not capable of handling the emotions and the consequences of being romantically involved. This season is also preparation time for the next season and it’s wholly the responsibility of parents and guardians to ensure the person is ready. The Season of Independence is the season in which you are totally dependent on yourself and are capable of discerning between right and wrong. You are expected to know the consequences of whatever you are getting into. This season is often described as the season of singleness. In reality, many singles remain semi-dependent on their parents or guardians, mostly for financial reasons. This is an exciting season! Its purposes include: * Personal Discovery *Intellectual Development
*Further Education & Career Development
*Travel *Life Preparation
*Discovery of purpose
As part of life preparation, singles are expected to use the time to prepare to transit from the season of singleness to that of interdependence/marriage. This is the time to prayerfully consider your choice of future marriage partner. Our advice is that a romantic relationship is best left until you are getting ready to make the transition to the next season. The Season of Inter-Dependence is the season of your life where you are inter-depending on your spouse for everything. It is most enjoyed when you are married to God's choice for you, you are fully prepared and have maximized the purpose of the previous season. 11. What does it mean to be unequally yoked? The Scripture referred to is 1 Corinthians 6:14: 14 'Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath
righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion hath light with darkness?'
This verse paints a picture using farming practices in those days. Farmers would plough their land using oxen. Two oxen would be paired together and a wooden bar placed across their necks to hold them together. This bar was the yoke. It was important to pair oxen of similar size and strength otherwise the weaker would be dragged along and the stronger would carry more weight and bear more of a burden than it should.
The scripture therefore tells us that a partnership between a believer and unbeliever is an unequal one - or in other words, that they are incompatible. Both parties would suffer in the relationship. As Amos 3:3 puts it: 'Can two walk together, except they be agreed?' If a believer is involved in a romantic relationship with an unbeliever, their principles and standards are very different and often incompatible. This tension expresses itself in issues around sex, money matters and other lifestyle choices, bringing added complications to a relationship that would be much simpler to navigate of both were bound by the Word if God. We are to take this principle of not being unequally yoked with an unbeliever and apply it to each area of our lives 111. Why are we supposed to have and build our relationship with God? Naturally, mankind is in rebellion. The spirit of rebellion is not far from us even after our second birth in Christ. We want to live our lives according to our own plans, wisdom, and ideology. We do, however, have a Father who:
Loves us and hurts when His children hurt (read the story of prodigal son in Luke 15); Created us (and not we ourselves – Psalm 100:3) Has good plans for us (Jer. 29:11); Is well equipped to assist us in achieving His plans and purposes for our lives; Is ageless and well experienced; Is willing to help us.
The Lord's Prayer that Jesus taught us starts with 'Our father who art in heaven'. It's only wise and sensible to have and develop a relationship with our Father. Children can suffer when they don't have a relationship with their parents but most children thrive when they have a loving relationship with the parent figure in their lives. We certainly thrive when we have a intimate and real relationship with our Heavenly Father.
That’s It….. For Now!!!! We hope that through the forums your questions have been answered satisfactorily, if not or if you have other questions relating to relationships: make sure to post them on the church website www.placeofvictoryni.org. If you are in need of counselling please contact Pastor Chris or Pastor Angela, through the website or call the church office on 07414246008.