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• Introducing Matron Agnes
• Forty years on
• Making a case for budgeting
• Blue Crane Hospice AGM
• CEO needed
Introducing Matron Agnes
The House of Resurrection Haven has a new matron with Agnes Bouwer having taken over from Maggie Williams, on 4 June.
is a dedicated nurse having worked in the field for many years. She was
at the Malabar Old Age Home before joining the Haven team. Her vision
is to make schools, businesses, churches, and the communities aware
that HIV/AIDS affects everyone. She is looking forward to welcoming
everyone to the Haven, and is ready to take on
the challenge to ensure that the ministry is here for many more years.
is a ‘people person’, and worships at St Mary Magdalene,
West End, right on the doorstep of the Haven. iindaba wishes her many
years of peace and joy as she ministers to
the patients living with AIDS.
Pic: Having her say - Matron Agnes Bouwer.
Forty years on
20 August saw retired priest, Peter Bowen, in St Bartholomew’s
Nymet Rowland in the UK where former Port Elizabeth priest, Michael
Hall, was celebrating his fortieth anniversary of ordination.
plans were being made for the celebration, Michael's wife, Sandy,
discovered that Peter was in the UK, staying with his daughter in the
north of London. She contacted him asking if he could make space for a
train trip to Exeter, and a car trip through Crediton (birthplace of
Peter’s granny Nelson over 135 years ago) and come as surprise
guest preacher for the night, when Michael was expecting to preach at
Evensong in one of the local churches. Michael had been given no
indication that the parishes were aware of his anniversary,
Sandy kept him in the rectory until the very last minute. He was most
surprised to find four priests waiting at the church, three from the
archdeaconry, and one whose face seemed vaguely familiar. Inside St
Bartholomew’s Nymet Rowland, the place was packed.
end of Evensong, presentations were made to Mike and Sandy before
everybody was invited to a splendid supper in a majestic old Manor
House across the road. Peter said that he could not believe the
tremendous rapport that so obviously existed between the Halls and the
people of their parish(es). As one dear old soul whispered in
Peter’s ear, “You see, Father, they are not toffee
Michael is the Team Vicar of several parishes in
the county of Devon - Lapford, Nymet Rowland, Coldridge, Down St Mary,
and Knowle, to which more recently have been added the parishes of Bow,
Colebrook, Clannaborough and wait for it ... Zeal Manichorum!
asked why Peter was so special to the Halls, and why he would travel so
far to preach at one service. Peter explained, “I had been in
charge of the St Saviour’s Church Youth Guild back in East
London, in the days when Michael had been little more than a callow
teenager. I’d been sufficiently impressed by Michael then, to
invite him to be Godfather to our youngest son.
had been ordained by Bishop Gordon Tindall in the Diocese of
Grahamstown in 1965. After curacies in St Alban’s in Vincent and
St Michael’s in Queenstown between 1965 and 1969, Michael moved
to the Diocese of Port Elizabeth as the first rector of the new parish
of All Saints’, Kabega Park. In 1978 he returned to the Diocese
of Grahamstown where he ministered in various parishes. One was St
Stephen’s Barkly East, with Dordrecht. Of this, Peter Bowen
commented, “Is there a colder parish in winter anywhere in
Pic: When we were young - Michael Hall at the laying of the foundation stone at All Saints' in Kabega Park, June 1973.
Making a case for budgeting
Charles Qoto writes more on this very important subject of budgeting.
previous articles, mention was made of the need to develop a balanced
budget to help control spending and manage your finances well. In this
article I will look at some reasons why it is important to create and
maintain a budget. For some people, just the mention of the word
“budget” makes them want to jump out their skins.
helps you know how and where your money is being spent. Budgeting helps
you avoid those end-of-the-month stresses, frustrations and
depressions, when you are staring at unpaid debts and you cannot
account as to how and where you spent all your salary, wages or social
welfare grant money. Make time to work out a budget. Set aside one hour
a month to manage the money it took you 160+ hours to earn. To fail to
plan where and how you spend your hard earned money is planning to fail
Successful people prosper because they have made it a
habit to budget their time and money on things that matter in their
lives. You may be saying, “But my money is too little. What
difference will budgeting make?” Matthew 25:14-27 cautions us to
be good stewards of what God has entrusted to us. If you neglect or
squander what is given to you, you run the risk of becoming
impoverished and losing even what you have. On the other hand when you
display faith in the Lord and obey his command by offering to him first
his share of the little you
have, just as the widow of Zarephath
did with “only a handful of flour in a jar and a little oil in a
jug” (1 Kings 17: 12), you will receive blessings.
you are not struggling with debt or you don’t have a problem with
paying your bills, your finances can improve even further through your
budgeting to give more to the Lord’s kingdom. Your loaves of
bread will multiply beyond belief when you offer them to Jesus Christ
for use to God’s glory (Mark 6: 30-43). Even Tiger Woods, one of
the best golfers in the world, needs a coach so he can continue to
succeed and grow towards his unlimited golfing potential.Future
articles will focus on practical steps involved in developing a budget.
Blue Crane Hospice AGM
Blue Crane Hospice, which is a project of All Saints’ United in
Somerset East, under the guidance of their self-supporting assistant
priest, Jean Underwood, held their AGM during July.
on behalf of the Hospice Team, Jean said, “We are proud of
what we have achieved in so short a time. Our outstanding success has
been due to the buying into the Hospice vision by our municipality,
local primary health clinics, Andries Vosloo Hospital executive, and
especially our local doctors, and people of Cookhouse, Somerset East
and Pearston.” She went on to say that there are still many
challenges, but that as the organisation continues to tackle the
HIV/AIDS pandemic and other life threatening illnesses, they are
reminded of what they can do to contribute, and what still needs to be
The chairman, Heidi Mjadu, said, “Establishing the
hospice was not easy, but those who helped are now confidently saying
‘but, it was worth it.’ The reason for such a huge success
in a short space of time can only be attributed to love. People came
together because there was a need that had been expressed by different
families in different ways whilst they were in search of support and
love from their neighbours.” He paid tribute to Jean having heard
the cry and having done something about it, and to all the others who
came on board so willingly as the idea caught on. He also thanked the
Government departments, Hospices, associations and individuals who have
gone the extra mile to make others happy.
Blue Crane Hospice is urgently needing a CEO (Chief Executive Officer)
person needs to have basic management skills and a heart for the
community. He/she will also need to be trained as a CEO for a hospice.
Anyone who feels called to take up this position is asked to contact the Blue Crane Hospice:
Phone/fax 042 243 3149
As a CEO of an NGO is mission work, an appeal is being made for some churches to sponsor the person.
Wanted - Bakkie or 4x4 - Urgent!
Blue Crane Hospice urgently need transport for Sister to get around, and for transporting equipment to patients.
Contact the Blue Crane Hospice: Phone/fax 042 243 3149
Two fêtes from which to choose
Two parishes are holding their fêtes on Saturday 28 October
Holy Trinity Parish
Saturday 28 October 08h30
Come one, come all, everyone welcome.
Christmas gifts, cakes, sweets, delicious edibles, teas
and much more
Enquiries: Alvenzo 041 365 0641
Zwartkops River Valley Parish
at St Agnes Church, Swartkops
28 October at 08h30
All the usual stalls and goodies with ‘scrummy’ eats, raffles,
white elephants (well, a white elephant stall, anyway!)
Enquiries: Mike 041 466 8327
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