Letter from Revd Andrew to the People of St Pauls

Greetings in the name of Christ!

LOCKDOWN

For us in Ethekwini our (non-essential) movement will no doubt continue to still be restricted in the interests of the health of all.  While we are not able to meet and worship together, we continue to be the church, in a different form.  This regular newsletter enables us to keep in touch with you, our members.

Birthdays blessings for April: We have access to the following (incomplete) record:  2nd – Matthew Paul (Butch);      4th –  Victoria Molefe;      5th – Nolonwabo Magudu;    14th – Siviwe Nopece;     17th – Revd Mduduzi Mathe;    18th – Revd Martin Brower;   22nd – Geeta Somasundram;   22nd – Nompumelelo Cele;       23rd – Beryl Fynn;   23rd – Ezra Harilall;      27th – Myrtle Ryan;      27th – Rosa Ackerman;       29th – Shannon Bowles;    30th – Nowazi Blose;     30th – Sibahle Blose

Wedding Anniversary: Our congratulations to Drs Egerton and Claudine Hingston on the celebration of their silver anniversary on Monday (20th) this week.

At the moment we are not able to retrieve full details of birthdays and anniversaries. We therefore ask you to please send them in to us by returning this e-mail (paulsdbn@mweb.co.za) so that we can share in celebrating them together.

ECONOMIC RELIEF MEASURES

It was welcome news earlier in the week to hear from President Ramaphosa various temporary economic relief measures, including topping-up of social security grants and increasing social relief such as the R350 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant to those not covered by an existing grant and who are unemployed.  There is also additional assistance given to SMME’s, spaza shop owners and other informal businesses.  The support for informal traders is most helpful.  The amount set aside for income support for workers whose employers are not able to pay their wages should help in the process of keeping people employed.

EASTER OFFERING

Thank  you very much to those who contributed to the Easter Offering by depositing into my bank account (as proposed by the Church Wardens).  We appreciate your generosity, love and support.

EASTER MEDLEY

A few weeks ago Melvin Peters arranged and performed an Easter Medley, which was widely appreciated.  Together with photos taken of the St Pauls church buildings and its surrounds over the past few years it will be uploaded to YouTube.  We will send you a link to it with this Sunday’s sermon on Sunday morning.

ELECTION OF BISHOP PROCESS

It has been decided that in our Diocese  (and in others electing new bishops), the process will be starting from scratch, with new names being submitted and a new date for the Elective Assembly set.  We are encouraged to continue to pray for this process.

RECENT ADDITION TO THE WEBSITE

One of our diocesan clergy, Revd Dr Susan van Niekerk, Chaplain at St Anne’s Diocesan College, has compiled for students “Mental Health tips to deal with the lockdown.”

FROM THE ARCHBISHOP

Reflections on keeping a balance in a time of coronavirus  (23 April 2020)

Speaking from the chapel at Bishopscourt in Cape Town, Archbishop Thabo shares his thoughts on the principle, learned from his experience of centring prayer, of balance in processing what is happening to us. He reflects on four broad categories of applying balance. He also explains his focus on providing midday prayers in as many languages of the Province as possible.   This presentation is in the form of a video on YouTube.   At the end of this e-mail is the Archbishop’s latest letter.

COLLECTS

Sunday 19 April, and week following

God of mission,

you raised Jesus Christ as the first born of the dead:

by your Holy Spirit, empower us to witness to him

so that those who have not yet seen

may come to believe in him who was and is and is to come,

and who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, fore ever and ever.

Amen

Sunday 26 April, and week following

Risen Christ,

you revealed yourself to the disciples and calmed their fears:

meet us in our uncertainties and walk with us into the new life you bring;

for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

Amen

BULK EMAILS

Instead of sending out e-mails in batches we will use a bulk e-mailing service called Sendinblue.  It enables additional e-mail addresses to be added; and it also gives people the opportunity to unsubscribe themselves.

“The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you.  My love be with all of you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Corinthians 16:23-24)

Yours in Christ

Revd Dr Andrew Warmback

Rector: St Pauls, Durban