Letter from Revd Andrew to the People of St Pauls 11 December 2020

Greetings in Jesus’ name!

Resurgence of Covid-19

After what seems to have been a bit of a lull, there has certainly been a resurgence of Covid-19 in Durban.  We read the signs: reports in the news and hear or know of people who have tested positive.  Some of our own parishioners recently tested positive and are isolating.

We all need to be very careful in order to curb its further spread, keeping others and ourselves safe: doing the basic things of wearing masks, keeping social distance, and sanitising regularly.

Let us continue to pray for our health workers and all infected and affected by the virus.

Originally distributed in July, we again make you aware of the practical guidelines to be followed in various circumstances, such as if you have had contact with someone who has the virus.  We are grateful to Dr Bahle Soni for having shared this information from “COVID-19 DOCTORS ON CALL” with us. See website for Guidelines.

On-going bereavements

We have had some losses in some of our parish members’ families over this past week. The bereavements are made all the worse by limitations on numbers attending funerals and travel difficulties.  Please continue to pray for one another.

Thanksgiving Offering

Our thanks to the following: Gugu Manyathi (R50); Soni Family (R2000); Lwandisiwe & Peter Chemiachi (R120)

Farewell

Following the death of his wife, Harold Francis recently left Durban to live with his daughter, Valencia and family in Gauteng.  We thank him for all he contributed to our parish life and wish him well in settling in.

 Elective Assembly

As we have communicated before, the Elective Assembly to elect a new bishop for our Diocese will take place from 5-6 February 2021.  It is planned to be an in-person meeting.  Those who will be representing us at the gathering are Judo Saane and Raphael Mdepha, elected at our Vestry meeting this year.  The chairperson of the Elective Assembly Advisory Committee that has been preparing for the Assembly is Prof Bonke Dumisa.  The Archbishop will chair the two day meeting.

Please continue to pray for God’s guidance in this process.

Christmas service

Friday morning 25 December at 8.30.

For Sale

The new lectionaries are available for sale for R35 each.

Mothers’ Union Calendars are on sale for R20 each

A REMINDER From the wardens: Staff Bonuses

“We have appreciated the work done by our church staff this year under difficult circumstances.  While we have been able to pay our staff their salaries we are not able to afford to give them a bonus, as has been the practice in the past.

If anyone would like to donate towards staff bonuses please do so by putting your contribution in an envelope marked “Staff Bonus” and putting it in the collection box or drop it off at the parish office. EFTs may be made with the same reference.  Donations in kind, such as food stuffs are also welcome.  The proceeds will be divided among the staff.  Thank you”.  The Church wardens.

Provincial News [taken from the Provincial Website]

Photographer: James Mark Jacobs

Father Michael Lapsley SSM was honoured with the Archbishop’s Peace with Justice Award at the December ordinations at St George’s Cathedral, Cape Town.

Born in New Zealand, he was ordained to the priesthood in Australia, where he joined the Society of the Sacred Mission (SSM). Arriving in Durban in 1973 as an undergraduate student, he soon became involved in the struggle against apartheid, working as national chaplain to Anglican students.

Speaking out vocally following the Soweto Uprising, he was expelled from South Africa in 1976. He moved to Lesotho, where he continued his studies and became a member of the African National Congress and a chaplain to the organisation in exile.

After a police raid in Maseru in 1982 in which 42 people were killed, he moved to Zimbabwe. It was here in 1990, three months after Nelson Mandela’s release, that he was sent a letter bomb hidden inside two religious magazines. He lost both hands and sight in one eye. This sinister attack transformed his life as he became a living witness of healing and reconciliation.

This work led to the establishment, in 1998, of the Institute for Healing of Memories. Through the institute, Father Michael exercises a worldwide ministry dedicated to justice and healing.

Giving

We give thanks to those who have returned their giving envelopes for the past few months. Thanks too to those who are giving into the loose plate collection when they attend services. We are grateful to those who have continued to give their Planned Giving directly into the church bank account and to those who have also given loose plate collections and donations in this way.   This enables us to continue to pay staff salaries, our assessment and most of our accounts.

Please continue to give. (The St Paul’s banking details are: Account Name: St Paul’s Church; Account Number: 50854628623; Branch Code: 221426; Bank: FNB.)

As you continue your Advent journey may God sustain and guide you. God bless.

Yours in Christ

Revd Dr Andrew Warmback

Rector: St Paul’s, Durban