Letter from Revd Andrew to the People of St Pauls 6 November 2020

Greetings in Jesus’ name!

Faithful Departed

In keeping with the tradition of previous years we record the names and contributions of those who remember loved ones.  We thank the following we have received so far:

Julia Mcunu R110- in memory of Revd & Mrs Saul Mcunu, Charles & Sophia Sigabi, Christopher & Phakade Mcunu.

Valencia (R20) in memory of Gushu Family.

Thoko Sbu Gumede- Gumede Family.

Mpama Family (R20) Thabo Mpama

Divine Ohanusi (R20) Leonard & Roseline Ohanusi.

Buthelezi Family (R10) George, Thozama & Zizipho Buthelezi.

Carole Spies (R100) Allan Spies & Brinton Spies.

In memory of Revd Saul Mkulou (R100).

S.N Zibani (R200) Mdlalose & Zibani Family.

  1. Cafun (R100) Cafun & Forbays Families.

Gelinda Lebrasse (R100) Mr N Lebrasse, parents and 3 brothers.

Nwame Onyeka (R100) Igbonezu

 Remembrance Sunday, those who died in war

This is commemorated this Sunday.  The following prayer may be used from our lectionary.

We remember before God all who have died in war.

We pray for all who suffer as a result of war

          for the injured and disabled and the mentally distressed,

          for the homeless and the refugees and those who have lost their livelihood

          for those who mourn, and especially those who have no hope.

Almighty and eternal God,

          from whose love in Christ we cannot be parted by life or death

hear our prayers for all whom we remember this day:

Give grace to the living; to the departed, rest

And to the people of every nation grant peace and concord.

Retreat

I will be on retreat for most of next week. (There will be no “People of St Paul’s” letter  next week)

Sabelo will be on retreat during the week preceding his ordination on 28 November.  Please pray for his on-going preparations.

Examinations

Matric pupils have started final examinations.  Let us pray for them and all others preparing for and writing exams.

Thanksgiving

Our annual Thanksgiving Day will be on Sunday 29 November, an opportunity to express our thanks to God for blessings we have received this year and to make a donation to the church.

Xenophobic attacks

We strongly condemn the recent attacks on foreign owned shops in the CBD earlier this week.  We do not discriminate against people on the basis of their country of origin.  Everyone deserves to be treated with respect and no one deserves to experience violence or threats of violence perpetuated against them and their property.

Prayers for clergy in hospital

The following request is from the Vicar-General/Dean:

I was informed … that the Revds Sizwe and Seipati Ngcobo were involved in a motor car accident on Saturday evening and are both in hospital. Revd Sizwe is conscious and in ICU having surgery today [Monday]. Revd Seipati is under observation and stable. I ask for your prayers for the both of them during this difficult time.

You will remember these clergy who both were invited as preachers for us this year.

Diocesan Clergy Reduction and Diocesan Expenses

As reported earlier, the Ways and Means Committee, established by the Archbishop, is working at reducing the number of stipendiary clergy in the Diocese by 38.  As of last month the following progress was reported:

  • 5 clergy have agreed to move into early retirement; there are on-going discussions with a further 6 clergy about early retirement
  • 1 cleric had applied for ill-health retirement
  • 3 clerics have sadly passed on this year
  • 7 clergy have left or will be leaving the Diocese to take up positions elsewhere
  • There are discussions with other Dioceses for the placement of 8 clergy in other Dioceses.

2 Diocesan staff have been retrenched and the Finance Manager, who retired recently, has not been replaced.

Please continue to pray for our Diocese.

St Andrew’s Day Appeal

Please see the letter at the end sent to us by the Vicar-General/Dean.

Giving

We thank those who have returned their Planned Giving envelopes and for those who give into the loose plate collection. We are also 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. 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.)

“God bless you and keep you”.

Yours in Christ

Revd Dr Andrew Warmback

Rector: St Paul’s, Durban

The Vicar General has asked that we receive the following letter:

People of God,

Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ who calls us to follow him, even in these times of extraordinary uncertainty and change. Below you will find the link to the Archbishop’s signed letter and poster to hang up in your churches.

St Andrew’s Day Appeal

Thank you to all who gave generously to the St Andrew’s Day Appeal last year. Your gifts were used to help us to enable over 8,000 people, young and old, to participate in Anglicans Ablaze 2020 via Zoom and Facebook. The following online ministries have also been launched…

  1. Mission & Evangelism >A Southern Africa Alpha Conference in partnership with Alpha SA. A whopping 3202 participants showed up! New Alphas are already being run as a result.
  2. Leadership Development (Online Ministry for Bishops, Clergy & Lay Leaders) > “How to use Online Platforms” e.g. Zoom, Skype, FB, YouTube etc effectively in ministry, was gratefully received by 576 attendeesstruggling to make the change, especially bishops and clergy
  3. Youth Ministry: YO! (Youth Online): > We stand amazed at how YO! has taken off – a staggering 15,128 people attended the launchby Archbishop Thabo. This is a weekly “magazine” type format with an invited guest each week.
  4. Children’s Ministry: > Archbishop Thabo launched this future monthly ministry as well, with 7,549 children, parents, Sunday School teachers and clergy attending.
  5. Discipleship Ministry (All ages): > Requests for training and materials are coming in, with “Rooted in Jesus” being the most popular course.
  6. Clergy Care: Church Growth & Gender-based Violence: > Revd Bob Sihubwa from Zambia spoke on church growth and was extremely good. His church has grown from about 200 people to 1500 over the last 5 years.

The GBV event was also hugely appreciated. Acting Judge, Revd Thato Tsautse and others made insightful contributions. The over 8,000 attendees were asked to distribute the free, 70-page GBV teaching and training manual widely.

YOUR gifts given last year helped to make all this possible. THANK YOU!!! So, will you please assist us again?

Archbishop Thabo writes, “I am therefore asking you to please take a special collection in church on Sunday 29th November (St Andrew’s Day is 30th November) and to send it to: GtC Teaching and Training, Standard Bank, Constantia, Account Number 243 374 151, Branch Code 051001. Ref: Your Name or Parish. You are also welcome to encourage your people to give directly via EFT by giving them the banking details please”.

Link to original signed letter for circulation – click here: 
Link to Poster – for circulation – click here:  

Many thanks again,

Bishop Tsietsi Seleoane
Liaison Bishop, GtC & AA