St Francis of Assisi Parish Newsletter
St Francis of Assisi
Anglican Church, 373 Milner Street, Waterkloof, 0181 Tel. 012-346 1106/7,
Fax: 346 4226.
I took over as editor of the newsletter a year ago, so this is my second time around. Now that I've learnt the ropes, I hope to do even better this year. Like all three editions last year, this one seemed to be rather meagre when I began putting it together. But slowly more contributions started arriving, ideas for layout took shape, and in the end we have a good mix of articles.
The final articles of the hard copy (Ministry at St Francis, House Groups and Calendar May to August) can be accessed from the home page. You can also visit the Gallery to view more photos of the Easter Sung Eucharist as well as pictures of the Youth Room mural.
hope you will enjoy this edition and be inspired to send in a contribution
for our next one, which should appear towards the middle of the year.
My dear Parishioners,
Friday, it seemed quite clear that this Jesus who hung on the Cross –
though he had shown remarkable courage, though his message of love, peace
and forgiveness was indeed a good one – had nevertheless failed in all
he set out to do. That was the truth for all the world to see. There, on
the Cross, in this pathetic dying figure, was the proof that the
destructive powers of evil had won the day.
“on the third day” God acted and raised the crucified Christ,
declaring a new Truth. Declaring
once for all His power over evil and death. The greatest act of
transformation (ever recorded) had taken place and the world would, could
never be the same again. And of course this is what our Easter
Celebrations are all about. That is why we are a people “not without
hope”. Life and death have been transformed forever.
that transforming process and power continues today – in us. I
want us to stop and think about that for a while. Little old you and me
– we are the conduits of this ongoing resurrection power in our society,
country and world. If we truly understood this (and I suggest with all
humility that we really don’t), imagine how we would transform our
societies. Throughout history there have been those souls who have,
people like Mother Teresa of Calcutta, our own Archbishop Desmond, and
Nelson Mandela – and just look at what an effect they had on their
course, we don’t have to be. God will not (perhaps even cannot) do in
us, and through us, what we refuse to allow. Hypothetically, we can choose
to enjoy His Resurrection victory purely for our own purposes. We can, for
example, adopt the following attitude:
vicarious death atoned for my sins, so I’m okay now, my place is assured
– and well, good luck to the rest of you.
I’m not convinced that such an attitude is in any way “Christian”
(or for that matter moral) and therefore not too convinced that any
“assurance” is the order of the day, but secondly, and more
pertinently, it is certainly NOT the
attitude of the One who wrought our salvation and snatched us from the
powers of ungodliness, as is clearly evident from his work on the Cross.
then rather, let us be reminded that as we enjoy the fruits of His
Resurrection victory this Easter, we need to hear (afresh) His
clarion call to be agents of transformation of all that is evil around us.
to this end, as part of the Pretoria East Archdeaconry Social Development Programme, I
am committed to getting each parish to Build Bridges of Care. Hank
Doeg has been in touch with the parishes in the Archdeaconry and is
receiving information from them. In order to get this project off the
ground, I also need information from my own parish.
In the box opposite is set out the
information that is required.
During this Easter period, as we celebrate
the Risen Christ and share in His victory over death and sin, let us also
assess how we share in His transformation of society, so that we can
consolidate our efforts and improve on them.
I wish you all a blessed and joyous
Christ is risen
this year marks the fourth birthday of the soup kitchen. In those four
years we have gone through several changes. It is with gratitude to St
Francis Parish that we now appear to be running fairly smoothly and, with
your encouragement and continual support, Heather Napier and I are happy
to continue convening it.
The Soup Kitchen began when Christine
Martin, a member of the Morning Glories, put the Group in touch with Jan
van Jaarsveld, who works with street children. Through Christine’s
motivation, generosity (she donated the first pots and food processor) and
willingness to allow us to use her home, the Soup Kitchen got underway,
with Pam Smith (now living in Polokwane) as our enthusiastic leader.
However, it soon became apparent that, if we were to continue growing, we
would have to look for larger premises.
Thanks to Father Timothy and the Parish
Council, we were given permission to use the church kitchen. Jeannette
kindly cooks the soup bones on a Monday in readiness for Tuesday. The
bones are donated by Groenkloof Butchery, collected by Brenda Damp and
stored in the freezer. Menlo Park Market Gardens have faithfully given us
vegetables for the last few years. They are collected weekly by Christine
Martin, who delivers them to the church. In the last few months,
Woolworths in Garsfontein have been donating a large quantity of bread,
fruit and other products. Many thanks to the manageress, Bernice.
From cooking soup, the Morning Glories got
involved in refurbishing the Shelter that Jan manages at Salvokop. Plascon
generously donated paint for our project and, through Colette Donkin and
Jacqueline Cole (who has since moved to Franschhoek), painting and repairs
got underway. Other members sewed roman blinds for the bedroom windows and
June van der Merwe’s craft group came on board, generously providing the
17 boys who then lived at the shelter with matching duvet and pillow sets.
We put new locks on the room doors to prevent internal theft and
reinforced the storeroom, which was being regularly raided.
Meanwhile, back at the kitchen, we grew
from strength to strength, acquiring new pots, a gas-stove to alleviate
power failures, which regularly happened particularly in the winter, and
essential materials like knives and potato peelers. One of our
fund-raising mornings enabled us to buy our present food processor, which
has made a huge difference to our efficiency. Until then we had been using
regular domestic appliances, which were too small for our purposes. We
were given a cupboard and two drawers in the church kitchen in which to
store our ingredients and utensils.
Heather and I rotate our duties, so we
work every second week. Some of our faithful assistants don’t belong to
the Morning Glories Group, or even to St Francis parish. St Francis
Presbyterian Church have expressed a desire to join us and we are at
present investigating the possibility of involving them.
There is a wonderful rapport between the
members of our teams, which makes the unpleasant task of dissecting
half-rotten vegetables a far less onerous one. We have learnt to use some
vegetables that normally would be relegated to the bin and it is amazing
that every week we manage to provide anything from 85 to 122 litres of
palatable food. I am convinced that God has a hand in it. This provides
food for the shelter for a week. Any excess is used by Crossroads Coffee
House, headquarters of Action Labourers for the Harvest, who co-ordinate
the soup ministry to feed the homeless and some street children bi-weekly
on a Wednesday and Friday.
We have a three weeks break over Christmas
and New Year, but our group provide chicken casseroles for Christmas
Dinner. We also try and cook extra in the last few weeks before we stop.
At present there are 41 boys at the
Salvokop Shelter, although at times they have housed 52 occupants. Through
our association with the Shelter, the Parish has adopted one of the
children, Boy Magagula, as our contribution to the Komanani Project. We
have undertaken to educate him at a good academic school, where we hope he
will achieve his full potential. Boy started school at Berea Park on 2
March in Grade 8, fully equipped to meet the school requirements. So far
he is very happy at school and working well. We will be monitoring his
progress – and who knows what changes our involvement will bring to his
you, St Francis parishioners, for your encouragement, generosity and
support. Without these, the soup kitchen would not be the thriving
ministry it has become. We really appreciate your help.
parishioners went on a retreat at the Good Shepherd Retreat Centre from
Friday evening 10 February to Sunday afternoon 12 February. In the absence
of Fr Timothy, who had the opportunity of visiting Australia, Fr Allan
Kannemeyer, Archdeacon of Hennops River and Rector of St Michael’s,
Sunnyside, led the retreat. He had the help of our assistant priests Robin
and June, who each conducted a service, but he took all the other services
(morning and evening prayer and Sunday communion) and did all the teaching
sessions. In addition, he managed to attend the Diocesan Planning
Committee meeting at the Cathedral on the Saturday!
sessions on Friday night, Saturday morning and on Sunday were based on the
I Kings, chapter 19. This chapter recounts the mountain experience of
Elijah. The great prophet has just demonstrated (in chapter 18) the power
of the God of Israel over Baal, calling down fire on the altar of the Lord
and putting to death all the prophets of Baal. Yet when Queen Jezebel
sends him a message threatening revenge, he flees. After walking forty
days he reaches Sinai where the Lord speaks to him.
four teaching sessions were entitled:
Saturday afternoon session, called Focus on Ministry, was
different. It consisted of two parts:
requested fellow retreat goers to let me have their impressions of the
retreat. Many thanks to those who responded:
Eidelberg, Michelle Palmer, Terry Brauer, Linda Lewis, and some one who chose to remain Anonymous
is a selection of their comments and mine on the various aspects of the
Accommodation and Meals
Talks : 1
frivolous and non-essential activities
Dr Una Smuts, 3 March 1981
Talks : 2
thou Spirit Divine
was invented by John Baird in 1922 and first used by the BBC in 1929.
disciples are like TV cameras transmitting His likeness down the ages to
us, especially John the Baptist (see John I:1ff).
New Day’ by Capt Dalziel, 26 February 1981
by Joy Hopking
Shakespeare said: If music be the food of love, play on.
(the singing of hymns at Divine Service) has always been an essential part
of our Anglican Service and the Rites attached thereto. The reason for
this is that they were designed to be part of the Service, assisting us in
all aspects of the Service, be it Praise or Prayer or simple Devotion.
Hymnody is part of our heritage and should therefore be performed as well
as possible, whether accompanied by a musical instrument or not. Perhaps
there is another use for The Hymn Book as such, and that is in our daily
Ancient and Modern as well
as modern hymnbooks are designed to fit into the Church Seasons and the
words and the tunes take this into account. It is this aspect that I
submit should be taken into account.
anybody else is like me, then Prayer is important in your life. It is
however not easy to pray at times when we have difficulties facing us, and
we find it difficult to concentrate. This is one of the alternative uses
of the hymnbook with its hymns for all seasons, special occasions, and
other needs. The words laid down are often comforting when read as part of
a prayer time, especially to start your prayer time if you are sitting in
church or a peaceful place where you pray.
AMR 560 starts:
The Hymn ends:
bidding for us to go out and asking God to accompany us.)
reason for this dissertation is to take you through Holy Week in the Hymn
Book and the opportunities it provides us for assistance in our prayers
Week begins with Passion /Palm Sunday and Jesus’
triumphant entry into Jerusalem, and continues through the week.
99 – Ride on, ride on in majesty
progress to Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and finally the
triumphant Easter morning. The hymns in this area are not well known.
Hymns No 109 to 127 will help you to focus on the Cross and the happenings
during this time.
No 128 – Ye choirs of new Jerusalem
meant to show you that there is another source of inspiration, in addition
to your Bible and the Anglican Prayer Book, for your devotions. This does
not mean that you should take the hymnbooks home for your personal use!
Yours in Christ
lighthouse needs a lighthouse
keeper to change the light bulbs and keep the windows clean
|I||Each lighthouse is clearly identified on all charts.|
|G||To be effective they must be kept in good working order.|
|H||Their sole purpose is to provide help for those who need it.|
|T||Every lighthouse is tall and can easily be seen by everyone.|
|H||Lighthouses are often placed in hostile weather and sea conditions.|
|O||They are out there for all to see and those who ignore them do so at their peril.|
|U||Lighthouses have an uncomplicated structure, but are majestic nevertheless.|
|S||As a charted beacon, a lighthouse must always send out the same signal. If its signal changed from time to time, seafarers would be confused and would not be able to pinpoint their positions accurately. Should this happen frequently, seafarers would no longer trust these signals.|
|E||It has to be connected to an uninterrupted energy source.|
the first day God created the dog. God
said, "Sit all day by the door of
your house and bark at anyone who comes in or walks past. I will give you
a life span of twenty years." The dog said, "That's too long to
be barking, give me ten years and I'll give you back the other ten."
the second day God created the Monkey. God said,
"Entertain people, do monkey tricks and make them laugh. I will give
you a twenty year life span." The monkey said, "How boring, monkey tricks for twenty
years? I don't think so. Dog gave you back ten, so that's what I'll do
the third day God created the cow. God said,
"You must go to the field with the farmer all day long and suffer
under the sun, have calves and give milk to support the farmer. I will
give you a life span of sixty years." The cow said, "That's kind of a tough life you want
me to live for sixty years. Let me have twenty and I'll give back the
God agreed again.
the fourth day God created man. God said,
"Eat, sleep, play, marry and enjoy your life. I'll give you twenty
years." Man said,
"What? Only twenty years! I'll tell you what, I'll take my twenty,
and the forty the cow gave back and the ten the monkey gave back and the
ten the dog gave back, that makes eighty, Okay?"
"Okay," said God, "You've got a deal."
that is why the first twenty years we eat, sleep, play and enjoy
ourselves; for the next forty years we slave in the sun to support our
family; for the next ten years we do monkey tricks to entertain the
grandchildren; and for the last ten years we sit on the front porch and
bark at everyone.
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