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Long-time friends, Forbes and Penny Watson, were among the group who brought a gift of a beautiful lectern from the Churchs Rotary Club. his was presented at a service at which former rectors Solomon Nkesiga (who had initiated the link between the parishes) and Johannes Hardnick were present. St Augustines reciprocated with Sebenzile Magewu presenting a gift of an inscribed calabash acknowledging the relationship between the two parishes. Both Solomon and Johannes spoke of some of the good times that had been shared and churchwarden Mazoe Nopece thanked the visitors. Forbes Watson is the newly inducted World President for Rotary. He said he really enjoys his annual visit to Port Elizabeth to be among the family at St Augustine's.
The rector, Zola Nanana, said afterwards, This was indeed a great day that will not soon fade from our memories as individuals and as a parish.
Picture: Out of Africa - An African gift of a calabash was presented to Monica Crocktrail of the Plymouth United Church , UK, by Peter Magewu, of St Augustine's in Gqebera, while her husband looks on.
The Archbishop said, Pope John Paul was a leader of manifest holiness and a faithful and prayerful friend of the Anglican Church. There will be time in the days ahead for the proper tributes to be paid; for now we remember his life and ministry with thankfulness and hold the church that he led in our thoughts and prayers. ENS
Patti Matthews of St Katharines, Uitenhage, reports that when parishioners were invited to take part in a special Lenten appeal the response was overwhelming and many Bags of Goodies came in.
The invitation had been extended by parish council and was to help support some of the ministries of the church. The idea, which is widely used by the Salvation Army in England to collect goods, was suggested by one of the councillors, Alyth Schmitz. Parishioners were handed a package consisting of a folded green bag (refuse size), together with a letter from parish council and a list of suggested goods required eg clothing, footwear, linen, blankets, toys, books, wool etc. The filled bags were to be brought to the Palm Sunday Service for blessing and distribution. On Palm Sunday about 60 bags full of goodies were brought in. What a blessing for all the ministries in need of help, and a joy to know that so many were willing to share what they have with those who are in need.
The ministries that have been supported, with love from the parishioners, through this appeal include: St Francis Hospice (local and Somerset East); The House of Resurrection Haven; a rural school at Amanzi; the prem ward at the Provincial hospital; Doras AIDS orphans; and New Life Family Centre.
Picture: Including a big teddy bear - Craig Dunsmuir, the rector of St Katharine's in Uitenhage, is surrounded by many of the bags of goodies that came in on Palm Sunday. He is with Patty Matthews, the churchwarden, and his assistant Evelyn Kibble (seated).
Picture: Shining light - Jean Underwood, the outgoing chaplain of the Anglican Women's Fellowship, holds the beautiful hand-made candle presented to her at the AGM.
In handing the candle to Jean the out-going president, Myrtle Koen, said, "This is a tangible gift to say thank you to you for everything you have meant to us. It is a symbol of the light you have been to all of us in the AWF and whenever you light it we hope you will continue to pray for us and the work we do in the diocese."
Iindaba asks for prayers for the Nells.
Picture: Attending the Easter morning service at Holy Trinity in central were the Harker family from George. Bishop Donald, Joan and their son, Linden, had joined their daughter, Naidene, who is a member of the parish.
Iindaba praises God for the wonderful healing that Joan has received. May the Lord continue to bless this special family.
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