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Vol 17 No 11
December
2006

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The official gazette of the Diocese of Port Elizabeth:
Anglican Church of Southern Africa

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 •  Mixing with Royalty
 •  Fêtes for fellowship and fun
 •  A thanksgiving thought  for Christmas
 •  HIV/AIDS programme going forward
 •  So how come they didn’t know?


Mixing with Royalty 
At least four members of the diocese had the pleasure of meeting the Earl and Countess of Wessex when they visited Port Elizabeth during October.

Robert Ball and Cindy Renard, members of St John’s in Walmer, and retired priest Roy Synman tssf and Daphne Gulson tssf from the Cathedral were the ‘blessed four’. Cindy, who is the Branch Manager of Reach for a Dream Foundation in Port Elizabeth, said she could not get over how relaxed the royal couple were. She said, “They were warm and down to earth, and the Countess, Sophie, focused on the five children who were there from Reach for Dream as if they were the special guests.”

Of the visit, Roy Snyman tssf, who attended the Rotary fund-raising banquet said, “The President of our Rotary Club presented me to the Countess, Sophie, soon after their arrival,  but Prince Edward’s Private Secretary introduced me to him after dinner. It was a splendid and superbly organised banquet. I am so pleased Daphne Gulson tssf, the Tertiary Convenor of our Eastern Cape Franciscans, and a Cathedral Anglican, was also able to attend.” Roy also said the grace  before the meal and was thanked by the Prince for this.

Pic:  A Royal time - Cindy Renard with the Earl and Countess of Wessex.


Fêtes for fellowship and fun
Many of the parishes choose to hold their fêtes towards December and Zwartkops River Valley and Holy Trinity chose the same Saturday, 28 October, this year.

Business was brisk at both venues and, while the members enjoyed the fellowship, the treasurers were pleased with the takings. The hard work of the months running up to the fêtes culminated in the festive atmosphere as customers arrive, some being old friends one hadn’t seen for many months ... or years, in some cases.The children and the adults all enjoyed themselves, and ate more than they'd planned to ... but that's what fêtes are about - fellowship, fun and food.

Pics:  1) How much for madala? - At Holy Trinity Joy Lancaster was seen buying a soapstone bust of an old man from  Mama Kuku's stall.   2) Money, money, money - Roger Gardner receives money from Jenny Collier while Sharon Nell looks on.


A thanksgiving thought for Christmas

  • If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on  your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep ... you are richer than 75% of this world.
  • If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish someplace ... you are among the top 8% of the world’s wealthy.
  • If you woke up this morning with more health than illness,  you are more blessed than the million who will not survive this week.
  • If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation ... you are ahead of 500 million people in the world.
  • If you can attend a church meeting without fear of harassment, arrest, torture, or death ... you  are more blessed than three billion people in the world.
  • If your parents are still alive and still married ... you are very rare!
  • If you hold your head up with a smile on your face and are truly thankful to God ... you are blessed because the majority can and should be thankful, but most are not.
  • If you can hold someone’s hand, hug them or even touch them on the shoulder ... you are blessed because you can offer a healing touch.
  • If you can read this message, you are more blessed than over two billion people in the world who cannot read at all.


HIV/AIDS programme going forward
The Anglican Church of Southern Africa Provincial HIV/AIDS programme, Siyafundisa, is progressing well reports our diocesan canon for AIDS work, Sipambo Ludidi.

During October a workshop, aimed at preparing the parish to select 15 peer educators, was held at Ascension Church in Cradock. Namhla Sokoyi, Zoliswa Libala and Sipambo Ludidi led the workshop. MU Christian Family Life and Bernard Mizeki members, together with the wardens and rector were of tremendous help in making the parish own the Siyafundisa programme. The team will be visiting the other pilot parishes to train their peer educators.

Siyafundisa, meaning 'Teaching our children', targets the youth from ages 10 - 24. The object is to teach abstinence from sexual activity until marriage, encourage those who have already indulged to refrain from further sexual activity until marriage and to encourage fidelity in marriage.

As reported in iindaba at the time, during June this year members from the five dioceses being used to pilot the Siyafundisa programme met in Port Elizabeth for the launch, and they were given leadership training. After the training, five of our parishes were chosen by the Diocesan AIDS Committee to begin mentoring programmes. The five are: Sundays River Valley, St Simon of Cyrene, Ascension Church in Cradock, St Augustine’s in Gqubera and St Matthew’s in KwaMagxaki.

Further training was done by the Province  during September at Bluewater Bay. Six dioceses were represented being Grahamstown, Zululand and Port Elizabeth, with Namibia, Niassa and Lebombo attending as observers. Besides Sipambo, Zoliswa Libala of St Augustine’s, Namhla Sokoyi from Cradock, Chris Mali from Sundays River Valley and Nomvula Tanda from St Matthew's attended as representatives from their parishes.


So how come they didn’t know?
For thousands of years astrologers have hoodwinked the public into believing their ‘stars could foretell’ but they did not know of the two planets Xena and Charon, nor did they know that Pluto isn’t a planet at all.

If these astrologers were as all seeing as they try to make people believe then, surely, they should have known these things. Now what happens to all those poor people who were born under the non-planet Pluto? If anybody still reads the tosh these charlatans write each week then they deserve to be taken for a ride... or maybe they need to be introduced to the only person who does know the future - God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.

Perhaps letters to editors of newspapers and magazines who still print this gunge might be appropriate?

Computer needed
Sipambo Ludidi is desperately needing a computer to use for the Siyafundisa project. If any readers can help with this request please contact him on Tel/fax 041 988 2162 during office hours or 041 988 0734 in the evening.

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