St Paul’s Epistle: News from St Paul’s Anglican Church, Durban 14 October 2021

Dear People of St Pauls

Stewardship Forms

We have emailed the forms to those on our mailing list.  They are also available at services, on our website at and from the church office. Please fill them in and return them by the end of the month.

Vaccination available

The Department of Health, through the Denis Hurley Centre, is offering vaccines for undocumented people at the following times:  This is being offered every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8.30am to about 2.30pm until the end of October.

“The only information that the person has to give is their name and date of birth (and these do not have to be proven); all information remains strictly protected within the DoH system and cannot be seen by any other part of Government. There is no need to book.”

Everyone is welcome, including those with documents. Let us make the most of this opportunity.

 Revd Mduduzi Mathe Farewell

Thank you to all who have contributed to a farewell gift for Revd Mduduzi Mathe.

Continued on-line ministry

A number of our members do not feel safe being part of large gatherings and returning to in-person services.  Church ministry has changed. There will be an ongoing need to maintain online ministry and to try to keep in touch with members in other ways.

There are a few ways in which we are working at keeping our community together.  On Sundays we have been taking photos of people and sharing these on our website and Facebook page – if we cannot see our fellow parish members we can at least see photos of them.

Our thanks particularly to Keith Mbambo and Mandisa Gumada for taking these photos.

We are making use of our social media to communicate what St Pauls is doing and stands for and providing a way in which people can respond to us.  We encourage you to use our social media, and follow us. Here is a list of our social media.

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram

October is  a Transport Month!!~!

In 2005, October was declared as a Transport month in South Africa.  Much as we  acknowledge the role of transport in” driving”  the economy  but   are we aware that transport is one of the greatest polluters of our environment through noise, air pollution, leakages, fumes, spills, wreckage and  is one of the biggest consumers  of  our energy resources?.?

To   observe this month (and beyond) PLEASE   make an  effort (every little effort counts) to reduce transport impact on the environment.  These could include  making effort to drive less by opting for walking and cycling, getting into lift club, using public transport , teleconferincing ( instead of driving to all the meetings/conferences/seminars/events), car pooling, using  fuel efficient cars, efficient driving, regularly servicing your vehicle!!! Let us  work together towards a healthier environment for future generations.!!  Pumza P Tuswa

ENVIRONMENT ACTION TEAM

Anglicans Ablaze

For those who would like to view the videos of this international on-line Conference last week, here are the links.

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu Peace Lecture

Here is a link to last week’s lecture.

Baptisms

On Sunday we “welcomed into the Lord’s family” the following: Megan, Ndlovu, Boimamelo Wendy Puding, Lunele Arefa Ngiba, Ayabonga Mnyandu, Emihle Hlatswayo, Ruth Kenya Sisanda Ojur, Lisakhanya Ngcobo, Munachiso Ethan Duru and Zanempilo Christian Shamba.

 Mothers’ Union Enrolment

Last Saturday the following were enrolled into our MU last Saturday: Mmes Molly Mpila, Mamsy Khubeka, Gladys Bitsoane, Lebohang Mkhize and Thandiwe Mnyandu

Staff contacts

Thanks to the work of the Human Relations (HR) Committee new contracts have been signed with the staff. There have been two changes in job titles.  Ms Sithembile Ngubo is now “Church Administrator” and Mrs Frieda Mkhize is now “Caretaker.”  Mr Sizwe Nzama remains as “Verger.”  The HR Committee welcomes new members.   If you would like to join them please speak to one of the church wardens or leave your contact details at the parish office.

Refurbishment of Church House

Parish volunteers have been working hard over the last number of months repairing and repainting Church House, the property next to the church.  Our grateful thanks to the Property and Maintenance Committee for their hard work.  It will soon be available for use again.

 Clergy Day off

A reminder that the clergy take a day off on a Monday.

Looking Ahead

  • 24 October: Commitment Sunday
  • 31 October All Saints/Souls Day focus: Revd Mathe farewell.
  • 14 November: Remembrance Sunday
  • 28 November 2021: Thanksgiving/Harvest Festival/Aids/Start of Advent:
  • 25 November – 10 December: 16 Days of No Violence against Women and Children

 Financial Giving

Thank you for your faithful giving.  A reminder of St Paul’s bank account details: Account Name: St Paul’s Church; Account Number: 50854628623; Branch Code: 221426; Bank: FNB.)

Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing.”

(1 Thessalonians 5:11)

Yours in Christ

Revd Dr Andrew Warmback

Rector: St Paul’s, Durban