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• Pentecost (Shavuot) celebrated with PUI
• Not a working lunch
• A first in PE
• Ngena Thole Nendlu Yakho
Pentecost (Shavuot) celebrated with PUI
A great thanksgiving
St Katharine's in Uitenhage celebrated the harvest feast of First
Fruits by thanking their parishioners for their contributions in
keeping the church from going into 'the red'.
Parishioners were invited to a Shavuot meal led by Bob Clarke of the
Prayer Union for Israel, and Patti Mathews and her helpers put on a
spread which Bob described as the best he'd seen in his 27 years of
ministry for PUI.
Just on a 100 parishioners attended and enjoyed the teaching, the
fellowship, the food and being able to take home what was left. Craig
Dunsmuir, their rector, thanked them for their contribution to the
church and for joining the celebration.
Pic: (right, above)The 'kitchen staff' were caught drinking on duty - Bertie and
Maria Slack, Lionel and Patti Mathews, Anne Dodd and Danie Haupt took
time out to 'sit at the feet' of Bob as he taught, before serving the
guest with the wonderful feast they had prepared.
Pic: (left) All mine! At the All Saints' Shavuot lunch Ross Rennie looks
at the basket of 'goodies' received as part of the teaching that 'Thy
word is sweeter than honey and the honeycomb' and the importance of
learning to read it.
All Saints' invited members of St Francis Xavier, St Martin's
Presbyterian and Westway Bethal Baptist churches to join them for a
Pic: (right) Bringing in the First Fruits - At Holy Trinity Lindy Stansbury led
the dancers who joyfully brought in the First Fruits to the Shavuot
St Paul's and St Francis Xavier took advantage of the opportunity to
invite Bob to preach at Sunday services, while mid-week groups from St
Hugh's and All Saints' invited him to their gatherings. As always his
teaching was excellent and much appreciated by all who heard him.
Pic: (left) Meeting the people - Bob Clarke of Prayer Union for Israel talks
to Sidney Ting-Chong and the rector, Elroy Damons, at St Francis Xavier.
More to meet - After preaching at St Paul's Bob had tea in the hall
with Dawn Harvey, Ruthell Johnson, the rector, and Colleen van Zyl.
Not a working lunch
Fiona Esterhuysen of St Mark's in Humansdorp reports on a lunch at the
Willows where six of the women clergy met and enjoyed a time of
laughter, sharing and discussion - and not all 'work' either.
We met on Friday 18 May and enjoyed an excellent meal. The male
clergy need not be alarmed - we are not a rebel group nor breakaway
branch of the church! We hope to make this a quarterly gathering and
plan our next lunch for late August. Our grateful thanks to Sharon Nell
for co-ordinating and organising this occasion. A good time was had by
Pic: Oh we do love to be beside the seaside - Half a dozen clerics who
enjoyed themselves after lunch were Gill Bowman, Jackie Trollip,
Nicolette Leonard, Fiona Estherhuysen, Sharon Nell and Jean Budgen.
A first in PE
Ronnie Harker writes that for the first time in PE an Interchurch
competition was held as part of the normal Saturday IPS competition.
Ninety-nine players, including ten teams from Exodus Initiative, a
church-based community organization representing 64 interdenominational
churches in the NMM, teed off at Shark River Golf Club on 5 May.
Golfers from All Saints' in Kabega Park made a clean sweep of all the
major prizes available on the day. Greg Isaacs won the non-golfers 1st
prize, Alfie Oosthuizen won the IPS on 42 points and the "A" team won
the Exodus Initiative trophy.
Other parishes that took part were Christ the King in Gelvandale, St
Mark and St John in Parkside and St Francis Xavier in Kabega
Pic: The "A" team - Ronnie and Brenda Harker, Lloyd Erasmus and Andrew
Jantjies with the Exodus Initiative Floating Trophy which the All
Saints' "A" team won.
Ngena Thole Nendlu Yakho
Ngena Thole Nendlu Yakho (come in Thole with your entire family) were
the words written on the wall of St Matthew's, KwaMagxaki, when the
congregation welcomed their new rector, Zandisile Nongauza, his wife
Bongelwa and their children. Thole is Zandi's clan name.
On 21 April about 300 people attended the occasion and Mcebisi Xundu
was the guest speaker. The Ward Councillor, Andlie Mfunda, was also
present to welcome Zandi into his area.
Pic: Welcome - Zandi and Bongelwa Nongauza, Mcebisi Xundu, Hartley Pikelela and Tandie Nongauza.
Voice for Life
The RSCM (UK) has devised a training scheme for young singers, which is
being enthusiastically used by thousands of singers around the world.
Known as Voice for Life, the scheme awards ribbons and badges to affirm
the young members' achievements. One of the Programme Co-Directors,
Leah Perona-Wright, is coming to Port Elizabeth on 22 August. Contact
Jenny Yates on 041 373 3311 for information.
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