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Vol 25 No 3


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


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 •  Easter 2014
 •  What's the Watts?
 •  Celebrating 160 years
 •  Not too old - 96
 •  Diocesan Gala Dinner

Easter 2014

Jesus withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down
and prayed, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me;
yet not my will, but yours be done.”

Luke 22:41-42

The angel said to the women, “... for I know that you are looking
for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen,
just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay ...
He has risen from the dead.”

Matt 28:5-7

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What's the Watts?

“In the beginning … and God said … And God saw that it was good.”
Genesis 1

About 30 Eco-minded people from the Anglican, Congregational, Methodist and Ethiopian Episcopal Churches met on Saturday afternoon 22 February in the Pearson Street Congregational Church for an Energy Workshop. This was led by Kate Davies and Tsepo Hlasoa of Southern African Faith Communities Environment Institution who emphasised the danger of Global Warming and the need for congregations to cut down their energy use.

Tsepo explained how to work out the use of energy by a church plant and had everyone doing an Energy Audit of Pearson Street Congregational Church. We learnt to look at the Watts of every electrical gadget, from lawn mowers and the organ to computers and light bulbs, to ascertain how many hours each is used every day / week, to draw up a pie chart and convert the wattage into money. The parish is then able to calculate how much electricity is being wasted and where they can save on their monthly energy bill. We realised just how much energy kettles, urns and geysers gobble up. During the discussion time it amazed everyone to realise just how much can be saved by carefully watching what and how electrical implements are used.

Kate encouraged all our congregations to look at becoming Eco-congregations who encourage re-cycling, water conservation (erect tanks) and energy saving.

Betty Bala, the diocesan canon for Environment, is available to speak to congregations. Contact her: nomathembabala@gmail.com

Pic: The men, Tsepo Hlasoa and Siya Bala (kneeling), get down to checking the Watts of the audio equipment while (bottom) Kithi Ngezi of St Matthias, Linda Ncaca of St Matthew’s and Betty Bala of Holy Spirit check the Watts of a grass cutter.

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Celebrating 160 years
[ Tommy Horne ]

Two 80th birthdays in one week is quite a celebration for a parish so Holy Trinity in Central held parties after their service on two Sundays - one for Bonita Hughes whose birthday was Sunday 16th and Ken Berry whose birthday was Wednesday 19 February.

Bonita has sung in the HTC choir for over 40 years and her ministry today is compiling the music folders for the worship team every Sunday and she is a faithful Sacristan. Mother of Wayne the HTC organist, she has a daughter in Australia whom she visited recently. She’s a granny to six and a keen hiker. To celebrate her 80th birthday she went on a hike with the Voetsac Club. She laughingly reminded everyone, “I’m older than Ken by three days!”

Ken Berry says of himself, “Once an Anglican always an Anglican but not always a Christian, I was baptised at St Barnabas, Sydenham 1934, confirmed St Mary’s 1944, I have been a parishioner at Holy Trinity since 1995 when I relocated from Pretoria.” During these 19 years, he has served several terms as churchwarden, councillor, and in numerous ministries.

Pic: Bonita Hughes and Ken Berry celebrated their 80th birthdays in the same week and HTC celebrated with them.

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Not too old - 96

At 96 Yee Moi Yet Kwong is not too old to attend church, in fact she looks
forward to Sundays and being with the congregation.

Because she is no longer able to fend for herself Yee Moi is looked after
by her daughter Ellen who rises early on Sundays to wash and dress
her mother in time for the Eucharist service at St Francis Xavier in
Kabega Park. She has been a member of the congregation since
its inception in 1982 in Kabega Park.

Pic: At 96 Yee Moi Yet Kwong enjoyed the Woman’s World Day of prayer at St Francis Xavier. Behind her on the right is her daughter Ellen.

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Diocesan Gala Dinner

with the Archbishop of Cape Town Thabo Makgoba on 20 November at Running Waters, Kragga Kamma Rd.

Cost - R320 per person.

Tickets available from your churchwardens.

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