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Vol 19 No 4


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

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 •  Flo's hit the ton
 •  A Good Samaritan
 •  Eggs for All
 •  Pray fervently for our land
 •  Bible Society chooses Shane

Pentecost 2008

Come, Holy Ghost, our souls inspire,
And lighten with celestial fire;
Thou the anointing Spirit art,
Who dost Thy sevenfold gifts impart:
Praise to Thy eternal merit,
Father, Son and Holi Spirit.

 - Bishop J. Cosin 1594 - 1672

Flo's hit the ton
When Florence Beeson of Christ Church in Kamma Park was asked to what she attributed her longevity, she spiritedly replied, "Lots of love - a loving family-and lots of hard work!" 

Nan, as she is affectionately known, turned 100 on 31 March and was spoilt at the service on Sunday 6 April when the congregation celebrated this wonderful milestone with her. Nan's daughter, Ann Button, her granddaughter and great-grandchildren also worship at Christ Church and Ann sees that Nan gets to church regularly.

A celebration dinner had been held for family and close friends on Saturday 29 March at the PE Golf Club. Some of those who attended had travelled from Australia and England, as well as from around SA. Messages came from all over, including one from Queen Elizabeth 11, and a DVD celebrating her life was shown on a big screen. 

Nan was given a standing ovation after her speech.

Nan was feted a third time when Maranatha Frail Care Centre also had a party for her. Ann, with whom Nan lives, worked at the Centre for many years.

Born in Worcestershire, England she married and had two children, Ann and Geoff. She was widowed at the age of 46 and emigrated to SA in 1962, where she remarried in 1974.  She has 29 direct family: children, grandchildren and great-greatgrandchildren.

Picture: Ann Button (daughter), Flo Beeson and Jayne Rousseau (granddaughter) were caught on the camera of Chris Button, one of the grandsons.

A Good Samaritan

At around 16h00 on Maundy Thursday Frankie Simpson, the editor of the iindaba, received a phone call from Rory Middlecote, rector of the Parish of the Karoo. 

He was desperate to find someone who could collect one of his country members, Eunice Stuurman, from Livingstone Hospital and 'hold her hand' until she was safely esconced on the Translux bus which would be leaving Greenacres at 18h30. Eunice had accompanied her very ill husband on the ambulance to Livingstone, and was meant to return to Middelburg again via the same ambulance ... only to find that it had departed without her!

As Frankie was involved in the Zwartkops River Valley service beginning at 19h00 she was unable to play the 'Good Samaritan' so she phoned around the clergy for help. Because most of the churches were also having 19h00 foot-washing services their clergy were unable lend a hand. Finally a call to the rector of St Stephen's, Mzie Doda, bore fruit. He put Frankie in touch with his assistant, Mtutuzeli Belu, who was not going to be involved in the first part of their service. Mtutuzeli willingly accepted the call to help and Eunice said of him, "Mfundisi went and prayed with my husband Simon before taking me off to Greenacres." She was very relieved to be safely delivered to the bus.

Rory is most grateful to Mtutuzeli for jumping to the rescue, and especially for the gracious and kind way in which he assisted Eunice. She was full of praise for Mtutuzeli, and especially for the kindness he had shown to both her and Simon.

Picture: 'Good Samaritan' Mtutuzeli Belu of St Stephen's, New Brighton.

Eggs for All

Picture: Bradley and Jonathan Penrith add their contribution to the egg collection at Zwartkops River Valley Parish.

On Easter morning, not only the parishioners of Zwartkops River Valley Parish received a marshmallow Easter egg, but so did children in the wards at Livingstone and Dora Nginza hospitals. Added to this the children ministered to by Maureen Lamb through her Smile Project received painted hard-boiled eggs - all of which had been donated by the members of ZRVP.

The display of eggs proved too much of a temptation for two little people who spent much time during the service examining the eggs. Finally they asked their mothers for permission to have an egg each. The answer was 'yes', of course!

Pray fervently for our land
Bishop Bethlehem has asked for fervent prayer for our land.  Perhaps this verse will help:
"Do not hold against us the sins of the fathers; 
may your mercy come quickly to meet us,
for we are in desperate need."
Ps 79:8

Prayer Day postponed
The Diocesan Day of Prayer is postponed, to probably, Saturday, 28 June.

Bible Society chooses Shane

Shane Fraser, the Provost of the Cathedral, has been elected as Regional Chairman of the Port Elizabeth Region of the Bible Society. The appointment is for a period of three years.

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