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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
least four members of the diocese had the pleasure of meeting the Earl
and Countess of Wessex when they visited Port Elizabeth during October.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
you woke up this morning with more health than illness, you are
more blessed than the million who will not survive this week.
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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
Perhaps letters to editors of newspapers and magazines who still print this gunge might be appropriate?
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
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