• Welcome ... ... to our new diocesan secretary / treasurer
• ... and the new organist at the Cathedral
• The Good Samaritan arrives in Motherwell
• Pray for the country
Welcome ... ... to our new diocesan secretary / treasurer
Pic: Ruth Brandt our new diocesan secretary / treasurer who took over the reins on 5 January.
Ruth Brandt took over the reins as diocesan secretary/treasurer from Keith Rae on 5 January and admits it will take a little while to find her feet completely.
Ruth, who was priested in the Diocese of Grahamstown in December 2005, is not new to the task as she held the same position in Grahamstown from 1997 – 2005 before she moved to Queenstown to set-up the administration structures there prior to the area becoming the new Diocese of UKhahlamba. While in Queenstown she also assisted with ministry within the St Michael’s Church cluster.
Ruth is settling into the rectory at St Francis Xavier - Mark Derry, the rector, having chosen to continue living in his own house in Walmer. She says she has been overwhelmed at the loving welcome she has so far received from members of the diocese and St Francis Xavier.
On the personal side she has a son and two grandchildren, a boy and a girl whom, needless to say, are the best grandchildren in the world!
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... and the new organist at the Cathedral
Pic: Tim Lees is seen with his youngest son, Jonathan, and wife Janet when they visited PE during January.
At the beginning of April, St Mary’s Cathedral will be welcoming their new organist, Tim Lees, from the UK. Tim is a professional organist and choir master who has taught in many churches and schools. He heard of the opening at St Mary’s through a mutual friend and visited PE to find out more about it.
Tim was here again during January where he played at the Cathedral on Sunday morning 11th - much to the delight of those who had attended the service. He was accompanied by his wife, Janet and youngest son, Jonathan. Unfortunately, logistics dictate that they will not be staying in PE with him during his sojourn at the Cathedral but they will join him from time to time.
From 1990 to 2001 Tim was the organist to the Sultan of Oman in Arabia. During this time he played at a private concert for the Sultan and Nelson Mandela, but sadly, Tim had already gone home when he was called to meet Madiba.
The diocese looks forward to welcoming Tim to our friendly city.
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The Good Samaritan arrives in Motherwell
Pic: Mthetheleli Vena names the new building The Good Samaritan and soon large numbers of people were arriving for the nourishing soup which is served daily from the building.
On the first Sunday of Advent, the congregation from St Matthias church in Motherwell gathered at their Ikamvelihle branch to honour an invitation from the priest-in-charge, Mthetheleli Vena, to “Come and See” the newly built structure which Mthetheleli referred to as ‘The Good Samaritan”.
This idea began in 2006 when Thami Nyondo received funding from the Anglican Church of Southern Africa for HIV/AIDS programmes at St Matthias. The funds were used mainly to buy groceries for the people living with HIV/ AIDS (PLAs)and to operate three soup kitchens - at the church, at the unused Imbasa Primary School building (NU 11) and at Ikamvelihle township - with the aim of reaching out to the wider community of Motherwell. The funds and the voluntary cooks were unable to cope with the very high demand for the soup at Imbasa and it closed.
The soup kitchen had become a symbol of hope and compassion to the community of the Ikamvelihle, but funds were drying up so Thami decided to go out and find sponsorships so that she could continue running it. She succeeded in her wish and ‘hit two birds with one stone’ when she approached Sovereign Foods/Rocklands Poultry and asked that a structure be put up from which she could run the soup kitchen and also to be used as a place of worship – and they built and fenced the structure.
In order to accomplish her wish, Thami decided to have the structure put up on a church site, hence ‘The Good Samaritan’ name from Mthetheleli. Although the soup is meant for PLAs and TB sufferers, anyone who comes for soup is welcome. Thami’s aim is to provide nutritionally balanced meals at least once a day so she is trying to find another ‘Good Samaritan’ to come to the rescue because at the moment she is buying soup out of the small salary that she earns from Eskom.
Thami can be contacted on: Tel 041 994 8777
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Pray for the country
Before the 1994 elections we printed the following in iindaba and feel it is as relevant this year as it was then:
Pray for our country;
Pray against violence;
Pray for peace;
Pray as you have never done before because millions of lives depend on your prayers;
Pray as if there were no others praying;
Pray for South Africa in great detail.
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