Newsletter October

Dear Friends and Intercessors,

From Leviticus, Chapter 23:

Speak to the children of Israel, saying:”In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a sabbath rest, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation." (v 24)

"Also the tenth day of this seventh month shall be the Day of Atonement. It shall be a holy convocation for you; you shall afflict your souls and offer an offering made of fire to the Lord. And you shall do no work on that same day, for it is the Day of Atonement, to make atonement for you before the Lord your God." (v 27-28)

"And you shall take for yourselves on the first day the fruit of beautiful trees, branches of palm trees, the boughs of leafy trees and willows of the brook; and you shall rejoice before the Lord your God for seven days." v 40)

The Spring Festivals have found their accomplishments through the death and resurrection of Yeshua and through the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. They are festivals of remembrance and gratitude for what God has already done for us. Today we still wait for the prophetic significance of the Festivals of the Fall to be fulfilled when the Lord returns, therefore they are celebrations of preparation and hope.

At Rosh ha Shana our Pastor Lena Kravtsov explained that to blow the shofar is a call to awake, spread the good news, encourage people to return to their God and prepare our hearts for the second coming of Yeshua.

On Yom Kippur we interceded for our people Israel, that they may see that it is God who gives us salvation through Yeshua the Messiah, the perfect sacrifice for the atonement of all our sins. We met in small groups, in the homes of several of our members, to pray and intercede.

At the celebration of Sukkoth, our Deaconess Sveta Adlin encouraged us to consider our dwelling place on earth only as a temporary one, while we invest our lives in eternal values, looking toward our eternal destiny. We met for communal meals under sukkoth set up on balconies, gardens and even at our congregational building.

Our spirits are lifted in faith, with gratitude for all that God has done for us, ready to receive the grace that the Lord has in store for us. Let us rejoice because of God’s daily protection and provisions, but also let us look ahead waiting joyfully for the return of Yeshua!

Our congregation was privileged to host a two day conference on Rosh ha Shana. Pastor Boris Grishenko taught on Romans 11, in a very friendly atmosphere, with lot of space for questions and answers. He stressed that it is good to celebrate the Biblical Festivals, as we read about them and understand them in the Bible, although it is not necessary to apply all the rabbinical traditions. We rejoice that the Gentiles received the Messiah and that more and more Jews are now recognizing Yeshua as their Saviour. Wonderful signs: He is coming soon!

During this season, some joyful events took place. Sveta and Max, two young members of our congregation, got engaged. All our blessings to this dear couple!

Yulia, a young Ukrainian new immigrant who joined our congregation last year, married Assi, a lovely Arab believer. All our blessings too to the newly wed!

Great news: our landlord has agreed to rent us the second part of the floor where we already meet, at fair conditions. He is paying for part of the restoration works and he is asking a rent at the level we wanted. Thank You Lord!

We will value your prayers that everything will go smoothly during the restoration works, that the works will be completed quickly and within our budget. We also need prayers that the promised financial support for this project will reach us on time and that all the costs will be met.

Our Pastors Alek and Lena Kravtzov will be travelling with Claudine to the USA, from the 8th to the 22nd of November. They will attend an important event and meet with leaders from different congregations. Please pray for travel mercies, for the friends and colleagues they will meet, that they will be a blessing to the congregations they will visit and equally receive blessings from new and old friends.

During the absence of Alek and Lena, Vova and Sasha will be leading our congregation. Please pray for them and for the smooth running of all aspects of our congregation’s life.

In Israel, during the month of October, most people enjoyed the festivals and the holidays. The general pace of the entire country slowed down, except for the security forces who were on very high alert and did their best to prevent potentially disastrous attacks from our enemies.

The worldwide media reported the shameful deliberation of the UNESCO, aimed at cutting any connection between Jerusalem and Jewish and Christian history. It is time to raise up and blow the shofar to awake the entire world from the disastrous slumber in which it has fallen!

We do not have enough words to thank you for joining us in this adventure with your prayers and support.

May the Lord bless you abundantly.

The Beit ha Kerem leadership team