Haenertsburg Covid 19 Relief Initiative

Haenertsburg Community THANK YOU for your donations!

UPDATE: 24 June 2020

UPDATE: 29 May 2020

Food parcels distributed through the Haenertsburg Covid 19 Relief Project to date:

April: May:
Segwashi: 38 Segwashi: 30
Spitskop: 34 Spitskop: 25
Mariba-Thema: 30 Mariba-Thema: 20
Makgeng: 17 Makgeng: 18
TOTAL: 119 TOTAL: 93

As well as 8 boxes in and around Haenertsburg over this period.

Total Food Parcels Delivered: 220

Our food boxes have included: Mielie meal, cooking oil, soya mince, tinned fish, peanut butter, flour and sugar beans. There have been additional donations made by farmers and community members in the area of the boxes themselves as well as meat, fruit, vegetables, eggs and face masks.

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Emmaus Walk 2020

Please try and put yourself into Cleopas’ shoes. He was walking home, with a companion, on the Sunday following Jesus’ crucifixion. The two of them had become believers in Jesus but the terrible events of the past Friday had left them devastated and uncertain about everything, not least, the future of this movement they had bought into. This leader, whom they thought was the Messiah was dead. It seemed like a crushing defeat and they felt totally dejected.

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Farewell to Ed Hillary

It is with considerable sadness that we said farewell to Ed Hillary in November this year. He had battled with cancer for the past ten years. Ed’s contribution to the growth and establishment of St Paul’s as a united church cannot be overestimated. He was instrumental in the development of the formation of the “united” congregation and the writing of the constitution of the church. In the early 2000’s when it was realised that the church would need to be extended, Ed was the mover and shaker of the building project both of the extensions of the church and also the building of the church house.

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Methodist Church of Southern Africa Elects and Installs A New Presiding Bishop

Entering ministry in 1981, Kwa-Zulu Natal born Purity Malinga was elected and installed as the new Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa in November this year. Purity made history, being the first female presiding bishop of the church to be elected. Bishop Malinga succeeds Bishop Zipokuhle Siwa, who has held the position for the past three terms. Bishop Malinga began her career as a teacher and read for a Masters in Divinity at Harvard University. She is a previous deputy president of the SA Council of Churches and in the past three years has been the director of the Education, Mission and ministry unit of the Methodist Church.

Haenertsburg Nativity Play

The annual nativity play and Carols by Candlelight event was held at the Village Hall on 13th December. Jean Trusler and Jessica Baber organized and presented the nativity play along with a number of children from the mountain community.

Debbie Morris lead the music with Martin Kromberg and Ray Kroger. It was a light-hearted and delightful sing-along. The event was rounded off with a dinner provided by the organizing team at the Village Hall. This event has grown in the last few years and it is gratifying to see all the young people at this event.

Audio: Handling the Increasing Hostility of the Secular World to the Christian Faith (Come and See Mission)

Audio: Handling the Increasing Hostility of the Secular World to the Christian Faith by Bishop Philip Le Feuvre. 07 September 2019.

Farewell Margaret Beekman

In early August we bade farewell to Beetrice Margaret Beekman. Margaret, as she was known to all of us joined St Paul’s United just under two years ago and became a regular member at services. She also attended the Tuesday afternoon home group during this time. Margaret read lessons in church from time to time and will be remembered for her beautiful voice and excellent diction. She died somewhat suddenly from an embolism. Thank you, Margaret, for your contribution to our family; you will be missed.