• Tea with a difference
• Youth - architects of your future
• Mothersí Union Tea Party
• Talent of all ages
• A dream come true
Tea with a difference
[ Bernice Burgers ]
A lovely time was had by everybody who attended the Ladies’ Tea, held in aid of St Michael and All Angels Church, on Saturday 30 May at the Happydale Centre in Algoa Park.
The guest speaker, Lynne Torrente, is a well known author and Motivational Speaker in Port Elizabeth. She spoke on the “different layers that make me the woman that I am.” She likened this to an onion and called it the Onion Theory. Looking at the layers of an onion and seeing it as others see you, how your family and friends see you, how you see yourself and how God sees you. God looks at the inner person, the core of your heart and He knows the real you.
There were also representatives of different products like Honey Jewellery, Avon Cosmetics and Herbalife. Each of the representatives were given the chance to promote their products as well as explain the opportunities available to make
extra money to sustain your income in these trying economic times. Twelve prizes were given away as lucky draws and after all this a delicious spread of finger snacks (savoury as well as sweet) were laid out which was thoroughly enjoyed by the ladies.
Pic: Desiree Goliath, Lucinda Allies, Erna Peters, Natasha Cunningham and Mercia Frieslaar at the Ladies’ Tea.
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Youth - architects of your future
[ St Peterís reporter ]
With the theme of ‘You are the architects of your future’ the youth of St Peter’s in Zwide celebrated a youth day during April.
The guest speaker, Lwando Bantom from the South African Institute for Chartered Accountants, challenged the youth to fight poverty and deal with unemployment by being organized into an association, registering and making tenders in the world of entrepreneurship. He said they could also affiliate with Umsobemu Youth Fund and get involved in projects by making business plans, and they must PUSH – Pray Until Something Happens. He encouraged them to study to get good symbols, which would enable them to get bursaries for higher education.
The day had been opened by the rector, Mkhwanzi Mgedezi, who read from Psalm 133 and said the youth need to have
peace with God and among themselves to enable them to fight the battles of the world. His wife, Nolubabalo, followed with a talk on how to choose a career saying the young people must seek God’s purpose for their future, looking at their abilities, what they value most and what their interests are. They could then choose the right subjects to study.
There were games and music in between the presentations as well as responses by the youth.
Pic: (l to r) Mrs Ncula, Mrs Qunta and the guest speaker Lwando Bantom enjoying a game during Youth Day celebrations.
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Mothersí Union Tea Party
[ Xoliswa Jack Reports ]
On Sunday 26 July MU Christian Family Life finance and administration members of Church of the Ascension hosted a tea party. The aim of this party was to raise funds to help elderly people to pay their dues, with a second reason being to build relationships among members. The theme for this party was “Love One Another.”
Unfortunately the guest speaker, Thandi Mahangu, was unable to attend and her speech had to be read.
Her speech was about “Building Relationships”, she said that it is important to build relationships, starting at home with our husbands and our children. We must also build social relationships with friends, neighbours and coworkers.
A relationship that she chose to dwell on was worship relationship. She related this to object 3 of the Mothers’ Union,
‘To maintain a world-wide fellowship of Christians united in prayer, worship and service’. She said, “Being a mother is to
be a manager - until we are able to manage ourselves - we won’t be able to manage relationships with others. Unless you love yourself - You won’t be able to love other people.”
She went on to say we must first build peace, learn to forgive, and then go on to ‘Managing other Relationships.’ Some of the points she gave were that we need to be interested in the people we worship with, listen when they talk and respond with warmth, be supportive, adopt a positive attitude and acknowledge achievements. She also told us to, “Forget your ego and admit your mistakes,” and ended saying “Let’s build relationships and support each other”.
The members had a happy and relaxed time, they all danced to music.
Later on tea and cakes were served.
Pic: Dancing at the Tea Party at Church of the Ascension.
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Talent of all ages
From wee ones of three years old, to grannies and granddads, the talent shone out at St Saviour’s on Friday night 24 July, to the enjoyment of a packed hall – 145 seated and children on the floor in front of the tables.
Three year old Joey Johnson did a tribal dance; his five year old sister, Ruth, got a standing ovation for her rendering, memorized and recited flawlessly, of a portion from “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”; and a very young Eddie Daniels (aka Mark Phelps) strung the jokes together. The youth did their thing in dance and song and contrary to reports of his death, Michael Jackson (Benito), arrived for the Moonwalk. Four of the Springbok rugby team also showed up for a last minute ballet lesson before the big match next day; the Can’t-Can’t girls put on a wonderful display, bloomers et al, and Frank Sinatra (aka Eddie Daniels) arrived to do it his way. Owen Hill, Danny Ah Hing, Bev and many more made the evening fly and reach the two ‘grand finale’ items … three generations in beautiful voice – Gran, Colwynne Roux, with mother and daughter, Cathryn (who also played a mean piano) and Chelsea Gilson – followed by ABBA ‘Unplugged’.
The interval supper of delicious bean soup and bread was also enjoyed by all.
Pic 1: Rugby talent!
Pic 2: Three generations of singing talent.
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A dream come true
[ Melissa Awu ]
The servers in the diocese will not easily forget 14 June as it was the day the Diocesan Servers’ Guild was launched – it is on this day that a dream came true!
During the 2007 synod, it was decided that the servers should also have a formal structure in the diocese – and Shane Fraser was appointed chaplain of the Guild. Inge Schovell and Melissa Awu presented a proposal to him and on-going meetings have taken place since October 2008. The committee was elected at St Francis Xavier, Kabega Park, on 17 May and Vivian Moloi was there to assist in the election procedure. Those elected to serve three-year term of office are: Melissa Awu, chairman, Luntu Zishushu, Thamie Tandani, Genevieve Domingo, Inge Schovell, Oyama Ndingana, Wyndham Muspratt-Williams, Ellen Kwong, Lynn Muller, and Daphne Scheepers.
The day of the launch was all SMILES! The servers processed from the Herald Office, to the Cathedral – with banners and all … singing choruses! Music was supplied by the extremely talented JIM Band, from St Francis Xavier– and the servers agreed that the music was exceptional. Bishop Bethlehem presided over the ceremony, and in his message he reflected that the launch was a dream come true, not only for him, but for the diocese as a whole. Many parents, some clergy and approximately 200 servers attended the launch.
We hope the other parishes will join the guild, as it is a diocesan structure.
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