St Paul’s News 31 December 2021

Dear People of St Pauls

 Yesterday Bishop Nkosinathi sent an e-mail to “The Diocesan Family,” which is found below. The “serious financial crisis” of the Diocese does not come as a shock to us; it has been reported on over the last two years.  Please respond as you are able to.

 Appeal letter sent by Bishop Nkosinathi on 30 December 2021:

“To: The Diocesan Family

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

We have just celebrated the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ,
a gift from God without measure.

Christmas reminds us of a God who chose to be one of us “God – Emmanuel”, pointing us to the immense love and generosity of God to us as His creatures. He is therefore inviting us to respond by our own generosity.

It is in that spirit that I write to you with an appeal for your generous contribution towards the Diocese.

The Diocese of Natal has not made an appeal of this nature for a long time, which is proof that the Diocese is in a serious financial crisis currently.

The difficult financial situation faced by the Diocese has already been communicated to you by the Diocesan Secretary.

Please remember that the reduction of assessment income in 2020 without a reduction in expenditure, has contributed greatly to where we find ourselves currently.

In order to avoid the reduction of Clergy stipends by 15%, we need to raise an amount of 4.3 million Rand by the end of March 2022.

I believe we can achieve this as the Natal Diocesan family. I am therefore humbly appealing to each and every member of the Anglican Church to give a once-off amount of R1000. To those who can afford to give more, we would appreciate your generosity. If you cannot afford even the suggested amount, we would encourage you to give whatever you can.

The above request is a temporary measure. However, the ultimate aim is to ensure that every parish in the Diocese honours its obligation to pay its assessment faithfully and on time. This should be everybody’s responsibility, as part of demonstrating our love for God and the Diocese.

If you would like to contribute, kindly deposit the money in the following Diocesan Account:

Diocese of Natal – Central Fund Account
Bank: First National Bank
Account N0: 509 3007 8304
Reference: Bishop’s Appeal (Your name optional)

I would like to end with the words of King David to Araunah in 2 Samuel 24:24b: “I will not offer to God that which costs me nothing.”

We praise God for having protected us thus far, and I wish you a blessed and safe 2022.

Thanking you in advance.

Yours in Christ
+ Nkosinathi Natal”

The Passing of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu 26 December, at 90

The Archbishop announced his passing in a message which can be found on the ACSA website.

We at St Pauls give offer our condolences to ++ Desmond’s wife, Nomalizo Leah, to his son, Trevor Tamsanqa, and to his daughters, Thandeka, Nontombi and Mpho, and all of their families.

 The Diocese of Natal held a Memorial service on Wednesday this past week at which Bishop Rubin preached.

Bishop Michael Nuttall, retired bishop of this Diocese and former Dean of the Province to Archbishop Tutu, will be the preacher at the funeral service at St George’s Cathedral tomorrow.

 St Pauls and St Marys, Greyville Bellringing to mark the passing of Desmond Tutu this weekend, on:

Saturday—0945 to 1000—tolling the muffled tenors at both St Pauls AND St Mary’s simultaneously

Sunday—General Ringing at St Mary’s from 0800 to 0820 –then stand bells one by one to leave the tenor to toll 90 times half muffled –to finish at 0830

Sunday—General Ringing at St Pauls from 0845 to 0905 -then stand bells one by one to leave the tenor to toll 90 times half muffled –to finish at 0915

We thank the Bellringers for arranging this.

You may remember the last time there was a special ringing of our church bells.

 RIP 

Yesterday retired Anglican priest, Revd John Freeman, passed on.

Earlier this week, Mrs Princess Mkhize, the wife of the late Revd Peter Mkhize passed on.

Covid-19

Let us remember that the coronavirus is still lurking among us. Some restrictions have been lifted but this does not all at mean that we must be less vigilant in observing the Covid protocols of mask-wearing, social distancing and regular sanitising.  Also get the vaccine and booster when you are eligible for it.

 A prayer for 2022

“Consult not your fears, but your hopes and your dreams.
Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential.
Concern not yourself with what you tried and failed in, but what it is still possible to do.
Now is the time to put aside past and present setbacks and failures and look with confidence to the new day called tomorrow.”

By Pope John XXIII (The much respected pope who called the Second Vatican Council)

 

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.)

 

Church Contact details:

Office: 031 3054666; paulsdbn@mweb.co.za

Websitewww.stpaulsdurban.org.za;

Social Media

Facebook: @stpdbn; Instagram: stpaulsdurban; Twitter:@StPaulsDbn

 

Church wardens: Yolisa Mapasa – 082 435 8170

                              Keith Mbambo – 073 376 0896

Alternate warden: Sne Vilakazi  – 083 729 2758

 

Rector: Revd Dr Andrew Warmback – 083 693 6745

Assistant Priest: Revd Sabelo Mthimkhulu – 079 304 2845

Assisting Priest: The Venerable Thami Tembe082 953 5152

Retired Priest: Revd Martin Brower – 092 490 6988