Letter from Revd Andrew to the People of St Pauls 14 August 2020

Dear People of St Paul’s

Greetings in Jesus’ name during Women’s Month!

Sunday 16 August

This Sunday we welcome Revd May Laban, the former rector of St Paul’s, as our preacher.  We thank the AWF for arranging the service.

Women’s Month

The following is a creative contribution which comes from one of our members, Una Langeni:

ENOUGH ENOUGH ENOUGH!!!

Let us pause a second and reflect on how the world would be without God’s creation viz. Man and woman as He approved.

A woman that a man at a certain stage woos into his life.

Its not any man though with such courage,

Its a man of integrity, loving, responsible, caring and with compassion.

Where are those men?

Women are being tortured by the men they love

Women’s rights are being violated in some instances day in and day out by men who don’t have the above qualities, in their homes, places of work, places where they should be protected, in some places of worship and socially

Nevertheless, women have strong characters, courageous and tolerant

But, does that call for women to be abused, mishandled, their rights be violated and still be caring, loving and responsible for their families and the members of the society? If not, stand up women of God and submit to God a petition demand a STOP to this GENDER BASED VIOLENCE

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH !!!

What men can do to end GBV – from ACSA

See this helpful list

Women’s Day Message issued on Saturday 8 August 2020: Archbishop Thabo Makgoba hopes Church will declare GBV “evil”

 Amid the Covid-19 lockdown this National Women’s Day in South Africa, gender-based violence has become a “second pandemic” as serious as the coronavirus, in the words of President Cyril Ramaphosa. The South African Council of Churches has responded by launching a process to guide and train church leaders to address the crisis, and the St Bernard Mizeki Men’s Guild in the Diocese of Cape Town has marked Women’s Day by marching to the Provincial Government to show their commitment to hold themselves, the Church and the broader community accountable.

As ACSA, we lament the incidence of this violence and we recommit ourselves to just, fair and transparent processes to root it out. We recommit to celebrating and respecting women, as we are called to do by the example Jesus set in his interactions with women. We hope and pray that our Synods and PSC will declare gender-based violence as evil and contrary to the will of the One who calls us and promises us lives of fullness.

To the women of the Province and the world, we will walk alongside you as we change the policies of Church and State to reflect our commitments. The road will be painful as we search for the life-transforming truth of Christ, but we shall overcome and will celebrate with you when together we end this scourge. To all the women of our church, we wish you a blessed Women’s Day.

News of members

Zoh Mdhladhla and Gifford Sparks have successfully completed their self-isolating/quarantining and are now Covid-19 negative.  Thanks be to God.

I had mentioned earlier the death of one of our members, Sheila Moorgas.  Her ashes were interred in Stellawood Cemetery this past Saturday.  For a picture of Sheila .

 RIP

I am aware that some parishioners have lost relatives and friends during this past week.  The mother of one of our members, Dr Hlubi Zibi, passed on in Nkosi Albert Luthuli Hospital on Wednesday this week.  Please pray for him and his family in their bereavement.

Mr Cain Fakazi Nkabinde, the father of our former assistant priest, Revd Sphamandla Nkabinde, passed on on 7 August.  A requiem mass was held yesterday at St Christopher’s Church, Sobantu.  Please pray for Revd Sphamandla and his family at this time of sad loss. A recording of the service may be found here/

YO! (Youth Online Ministry)

This diocesan online ministry will be launched this Sunday 16th August @ 16h00 by Archbishop Thabo, Bishop Tsietsi and Revd Bulelwa Sihlali Woolley.  For anyone wanting to join in the access details are as follows:  Register in advance for this meeting here.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Parish Council Members

It was just a couple of weeks before lockdown that the new Parish Council members were elected and admitted to their office by a representative of the archdeacon.  They are your elected representatives.  Feel free to give any feedback/suggestions to them about parish life.

I remind you of who they are, with cell numbers: Yolisa Mapasa (082 435 8170), Keith Mbambo (073 376 0896) (Churchwardens), Remona Mckenzie (081 041 5404) (Alternate Churchwarden), Dr Bomi Nomlala (082 712 4774) (Treasurer), Mpumelelo Mtshawu (071 247 9485), Siyabonga Mkhize (082 673 8430), Shirley Dickson (072 606 1064), Dr Linn Matsebula (+268 7623 8823), Jimmy Ssemafumu (078 493 2311), Busi Mohlaka (072 282 4651), Neelano Saane (076 952 6097), Luyanda Gwina (084 060 0265), Revd Martin Brower (082 490 6988), Mondli Mongwe (084 011 5689), Nolwazi Blose (082 053 6155) & Mazithi Lukhozi (073 502 6397). Sabelo Mthimkhulu (079 304 2845) will also be a member.

 Human Relations

In addition to our Finance Committee and Property and Maintenance Committee we would like to establish a Human Relations Committee to deal with issues of staff recruitment, training etc. If you have skills and experience in this area and would like to volunteer your time to this please contact one the Parish Executive members.

Communication

We have added an Instagram account to our media. FVor those who use the platform please join us at @stpaulsdurban.  If you would like to contribute any items to it or to our website or Facebook (on which we place all our communications, including, sermons, letters, etc) please send information to the parish secretary at paulsdbn@mweb.co.za.

With our ongoing need to maintain “on-line” ministry we welcome more members to our communications team, whether your skills are technical, photographic (or in videography) or writing/editing.  Please also offer your assistance through the parish secretary.

Lectionary readings for this week

Morning Prayer (MP) and Evening Prayer (EP), Psalm (Ps):

 

Sunday 16th     MP  Ps 79   Judges 16:15-31   2 Corinthians 13:1-14

EP Ps 81, 83   2 Samuel 17:1-23   Mark 5:25-34

Monday 17th    MP  Ps 35   Judges 17:1-13   Acts 7:44 – 8:1a

EP Ps 36  2 Samuel 17:24 -18:8   John 5:19-29

Tuesday 18th    MP  Ps 37:1-20   Judges 18:1-15   Acts 8: 1-13

EP Ps 37: 21-41   2 Samuel 8:9-18  John 5:30-47

Wednesday 19th MP Ps 38   Judges 18:16-31   Acts 8:14-25

EP  Ps 39  2 Samuel 18:19-33  John 6:1-15

Thursday 20th     MP Ps  40, 41  Job 1:1-22   Acts 8:26-40

EP Ps 42, 43   2 Samuel 19:1-23   John 6:16-27

Friday 21st        MP Ps   Ps 44   Job 2:1-13  Acts 9:1-9

EP Ps 45, 46   2 Samuel 19:24-43  John 6:27-40

Saturday 22nd     MP Ps 47, 48  Job 3:1-26   Acts 9:10-19a

EP Ps 49  2 Samuel 23:1-7, 13-17  John 6:41-51

Looking ahead

We continue our focus this month on women.  On 30 August at 9.00 there will be a Zoom/Facebook streamed service from and to our homes.

In September there is the internationally and ecumenically observed Season of Creation. October is traditionally our Stewardship month.

 Giving

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

God bless and protect you and your families especially at this time of the worsening of the coronavirus pandemic. Remember to wear your masks, sanitise, wash your hands, keep social distance and stay at home as much as possible.

Yours in Christ

Revd Dr Andrew Warmback

Rector: St Paul’s, Durban