Letter from the church council

Happy New Year 2021!
By this Glad Tidings letter, the Council seeks to stay in touch with the congregation, we who are still somewhat dispersed and unable to meet physically, are somewhat anxious about the continuing, perhaps resurging, pandemic in our midst. It has been a time for several younger members of the congregation to ‘step up to the plate’ and take responsibility for doing activities of service without which the church could not have functioned during the past year. THANK YOU!!! You who have offered your services know who you are, and God sees as well. May He abundantly reward you for your service to His Church. We cannot repay you.

Mark 6:1-6 is a baffling passage in scripture, where Jesus describes His own challenge to be valued and heeded among the community in which He grew up. “Prophets are not without honor except in their own hometown and among their own kin, and in their own house.” For that reason, Jesus was constrained to do miracles of power, ‘because of their unbelief’. We do not know what Jesus did among his community in the 30 years of his growing up; perhaps he attended school and played among village mates, helped his father fix neighbors’ furniture, ate and drank with them at community occasions. Surely He was well known to them in the small town of Nazareth, and his peers were not ready to let Him break out of the roles He had played among them. They put Him in His place as a lowly workman.

Have we limited any of our ACC members to do only what we have expected of you? At ACC we seek to welcome people to offer their gifts, and encourage those who might aspire to greater tasks of service. Please, if you have ever felt discouraged to offer your talent because you have felt a sense of not being valued or inadequacy, or you are seeking affirmation, ACC needs you to break through whatever barrier you feel. Otherwise, ACC will suffer from the folly of disempowered members who wait for others to step up to the plate. Perhaps It takes a pandemic to break these mental and spiritual barriers down, some which we have created on our own. Thank you, brethren, to those of you who have offered your services to the church over the past year. Your contributions have been so appreciated!

Dear Arusha Community Church members, your participation has never been so needed as now. As we look to our diminished congregation meeting physically each Sunday morning, we think, “How can we ever resume the services we once experienced here at ACC? How can we start up Sunday School again with teachers who have been pillars soon leaving? How can we find ushers to welcome and guide the body in the functions of entering and partaking in the church worship? Who will go for ACC to serve on now-latent committees to become once again an active force for Christian education, Evangelism and Outreach, supporting Projects and Benevolence? “ Will you consider yourself for a deeper level of service this coming year? Please consider how you can offer yourself as a ‘living sacrifice’. Please be for ACC what God intended you to be, and serve now in His power. Please make yourself known during this month when we prepare for the Annual General Meeting of early February. Don’t wait for someone to tap your shoulder. Consider if any of the ACC array of tasks in the Time and Abilities form you can assist. Heed Paul’s call to service in Romans  12:1,2, to offer what is God’s will for you in this new year.

As you make a resolution, offer your time to serve your church, in Christ. 


— Erwin Kinsey


Sunday 7th February 2021

After Sunday service.
Our Annual General Meeting is a time of reflection on the year past. It is also the time when we plan and organize for
the coming year, with the election of a new Council of Elders and reviewing our new budget proposal.

All congregational members are encouraged to attend, as all have a voice in our community. However, only Registered Voting Members can vote on any motions, and vote in the new Council.
The list of Registered Voting members will be posted on the back bulletin board, along with the nomination sheet for Council elders.

Please do speak with any Council elder if you have questions.

Message from the Council Chair

While we know we are blessed here in Tanzania with regard to covid-19, we do know that it is on-going and increasing in other parts of the world. As an international community which welcomes visitors and
which seeks to love and protect those around us, we are continuing to follow health protection guidelines for the safety of all.

We ask that you continue to:
– Wash your hands before entering
– Wear a mask at all times, especially when
singing (please don’t take off your mask to sing)
– Keep a degree of distance
We work and pray together as one community, sharing the love of Christ to all.
-Susan Simonson

January 2021 Service Schedule


January 3

January 10

January 17

January 24

January 31

Church Calendar

Second Sunday after Christmas Day

Baptism of the Lord &

First Sunday of Epiphany

Second Sunday after the Epiphany

Third Sunday after the Epiphany

Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany

Service Leader

Jane Mashingia

Moira Brehony

Michael Murray

Jessica Shayo

John Kraft


 Michael Murray

Vance Bicknell

Erwin Kinsey

Mark Rich

Angelika Kinsey


Mary Severre

Daniel Kalule

Daniel Kalule

Rebecca Mosley

Mike Taylor

Duty Elder


Eliel Gideon

Rebecca Mosley

Monica John

Doreen Marandu

Zoom Host



Sound Projector


+255 753 416 903


+255 783 146 474

Tumsifu Mushi

0719 084 600


Irene Mchomvu

Irene Mchomvu

Rebecca Ndorosy

Yoka Bruisma

Doreen Marandu

Scripture Readings

Jeremiah 31:7-14 

 Psalm 147:12-20 

Ephesians 1:3-14  

John 1:(1-9), 10-18

Genesis 1:1-5  

 Psalm 29  

 Acts 19:1-7 

 Mark 1:4-11

1 Samuel 3:1-10, (11-20)   Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18 

 1 Corinthians 6:12-20   

John 1:43-51

Jonah 3:1-5, 10  Psalm 62:5-12  1 Corinthians 7:29-31 

Mark 1:14-20

Deuteronomy 18:15-20

 Psalm 111 

1 Corinthians 8:1-13 

 Mark 1:21-28


Thank you to the many who continue to give your tithes and offerings to ACC. Please know that these offerings
are needed, appreciated and are used to help many within the community.

For anyone who wishes or needs to transfer
funds via bank deposit to ACC please find the following details here:
TSH: ACCOUNT NUMBER 00 300 23 252
USD: ACCOUNT NUMBER 578 067 0116

For anyone who wishes or needs to transfer funds via mobile money to ACC please find the following details here:
M-PESA DEPOSIT NUMBER: +255755992394
NAME: NASIEKU MOLLEL (Church Administrator)