Trinity Presbyterian Church Newsletter ALAN’S LETTER: Dear friends Something of a ‘mixed bag’ this month. Because the sinless Saviour died i. Money Matters. My sinful soul is counted free For God the just is satisfied The congregation unanimously approved the upgrade of parking and necessary To look on Him and pardon me. maintenance to preserve the integrity of our iii. Administrative Matters buildings. This was a heartening step of faith for which I am most grateful. Gratifying, too, Trinity has always been well served with has been the sacrificial giving of congregation competent and capable folk sharing the weight members, enabling us to meet budget this past of leadership. Noël Haupt has agreed to serve half-year amidst economically hard times. I am as Treasurer thereby alleviating the load of constantly reminded that a church’s Balance Wendy Musto who has borne the brunt of Sheet is as much a Confession of Faith as our balancing our books for the past six months. theological Statements of Faith. Paul Draper takes over as Co-chair of the Trinity Church Trust, the body tasked with the ii. Worship Matters. maintenance and up-keep of the buildings. His The series on worship has been an eye- presence has already been felt in the gleaming opener for me. After 25 years in the pastorate, new woodwork in the courtyard and steering preaching and leading worship Sunday after the proposed parking project from planning to Sunday, at times one has felt dry and arid, but implementation. then the corporate worship of the congregation iv. Life Matters has lifted one into a fresh awareness of God’s presence. None of us feel adequate for the For all the unheralded faithful folk who make our task, but then we were never meant to be. corporate life at Trinity possible – from pouring TriniTy Discovering the heart of worship is a life-long cups of tea, to balancing the sound system, Presbyterian ChurCh journey as we encounter the goodness and from making glorious music to ensuring our greatness of God together. computers work – ministry at Trinity would not A Congregation of the Uniting be possible without you. With the apostle Paul, Presbyterian Church in Southern The hymn ‘Before the Throne of God Above’ is ‘I thank my God every time I remember you…. Africa so appropriate in this regard: because of your partnership in the gospel from 459 Lovers Walk • Lynnwood • Pretoria the first day until now.’ (Philippians 1:3-5). When Satan tempts me to despair Tel: (012) 348 9469 • Fax: (012) 348 6622 And tells me of the guilt within Until next time, with gratitude, e-mail:email@example.com Upward I look and see Him there Your minister and friend, Who made an end of all my sin Alan Trinity Presbyterian Church Newsletter Fe p hi llo ors ws hi W p THE EXECUTIVE COMMISSION OF 2009 One 4 All + All 4 Christ Ou h ut tre Yo ac h The Commission which met from 28th – 31st July, was upheld in our Union and its progress, congregational integration, church prayer by Trinity. I thought it would be good to give you some feedback. associations, stipends and assessments, and the purchase and sale This year’s Commission was dedicated to the celebration of the 10th of land. Anniversary of the formation of “The Uniting Presbyterian Church in Decisions needed to be made in all these areas, and the decision- Southern Africa” and the 500th Anniversary of the birth of John Calvin. making process was as follows: conveners briefly introduced their The Executive Commission is a standing commission constituted by reports, time for questions for clarification followed, then the reports General Assembly. It is authorised to exercise all the functions and were sent for discussion, amendment or additions in ‘insaka’ sessions powers of the General Assembly in the period between meetings of (small groups of about 12 people). Proposed changes were reported General Assembly which take place every two years (subject to certain to a drafting committee that formulated them for the third part of provisos). the process: the decision making session. During this session commissioners declared themselves for or against proposals, and This is General Assembly’s Vision: then had time to discuss tthe substance of the proposals. The UPCSA is a Church which is One I knew that thorny issues would be raised. They were handled with In obedience to its Sovereign Lord care and consideration, even while great attention was given to detail. As commissioners listened to each other making points or countering In celebrating its living heritage as a Reformed Church them, there was a straining to bring God’s truth to issues. It was God’s in Southern Africa lenses through which issues were viewed, and there were times when In celebrating its cultural diversity commissioners urged or even admonished each other to keep this In addressing injustices and poverty in Church and Society focus. There were times when minds were changed as discussions took place and in some matters agreement was reached. There were In providing a model of racial reconciliation also times when no agreement was reached and grace was requested and extended in order to find a way forward. This is General Assembly’s Mission: Bear witness to the saving Gospel of Jesus Christ to all who do We are constantly urged, commanded and encouraged to do and to not now believe in Him be many things, and that will always continue. But I think something of Philippians 2:1-5 was in the “here and now” at the Commission, and I Build up the believers in faith, hope and love through the ministry think it brought joy to the Lord. of the Holy Spirit Philippians 2:1-5: If you have any encouragement from being united Be faithful through our teaching and practice in proclaiming the with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the sovereign rule of God in all social, economic, political and ecological Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2then make my joy complete relations. by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and The General Assembly is the supreme Council of the Church. Its purpose. 3Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in members are the office bearers (the retiring Moderator, the incoming humility consider others better than yourselves. 4Each of you should Moderator, the Clerks and Business Convenor of the Assembly, look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. and the General Treasurer) along with commissioners appointed by 5 Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:” Presbyteries as set out in the Church Manual. At each meeting of the There is always much work to be done. But while we work hard at General Assembly a Moderator is elected. The Moderator presides being God’s agents in the world, let’s not forget those things that can over the meetings of the Assembly and acts officially on its behalf. and should be celebrated. Our current Moderator is The Rt. Revd. Chris Makandawiri, from Livingstone, Zambia. His theme for his term of office is the text ‘Arise, Trinity organised the function at which the Commission celebrated shine for your light has come…’ (Isa.60.1.) the 10th birthday of our Uniting Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa, and it was good for us to be part of that. Let us not forget what At the last General Assembly two ‘prophetic listeners’ were associated Nehemiah said, “This day is sacred to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the with the Assembly. They were to listen to the Assembly’s proceedings joy of the LORD is your strength” Nehemiah 8:10b and during the closing devotions each day report briefly on what, if anything they had heard from God. This procedure was repeated at On a practical note – The Presbyterian Church Office has moved to July’s Executive Commission and I was asked to be one of these Parktown, Johannesburg, on a property was bought for this purpose. ‘listeners’. It was a privilege and a humbling experience. Many difficult The office has been named Tiyo Soga House, honouring the first issues were dealt with during the Commission’s sessions, including African minister to be ordained into the ministry of the Presbyterian Church in South Africa. Tiyo Soga was born in Gwali in 1829, but Trinity Presbyterian Church Newsletter completed his schooling and theological studies in Scotland. When he FELLOWSHIP GROUPS left South Africa, Tiyo’s mother did not know whether she would see On Saturday morning, 22nd August, fellowship group leaders her son again, but she let him go with the words: ‘My son belongs to watched parts of the DVD “ReGroup”, presented by the Willow Creek God; wherever he goes God is with him ... he is as much in God’s care Association. Exciting and helpful insights were gained. It is our prayer in Scotland as he is here with me’. Read more of this remarkable man that, as we learn, play, pray, worship and grow together, our walk with at www.dacb.org/stories/southafrica/soga1_tiyo.html the Lord will grow deeper and stronger. Sue Hay The leaders of Trinity fellowship groups that meet regularly are listed below. Contact any one of them if you would like to chat about joining a group, or contact Louise Ruch or Mildred Roux if you would like to start a new group. For more details call the office (012 348 9469) or go to the Fellowship tab on our website at www.trinity.org.za John & Maggie Home: [Waterkloof, Monday evenings] Francois & Mildred Roux: [Garsfontein, Wednesday evenings] Gordon & Sue Hay: [Brooklyn, Wednesday evenings] Louise du Plessis DICKIE AND ANNETTE DIQUE [The Church, Tuesday mornings (seniors)] It was a real joy to celebrate Dickie and Annette’s 50th Wedding Anniversary with them. They were joined at the morning service by Valri and James Lamont their children and Annette’s sister and brother-in law. It was a truly [Queenswood, Monday mornings] golden affair and we are grateful that we celebrate their lives and Jenn Hurlin witness on an ongoing basis. [Lynnwood Ridge, Thursday afternoons] Riaan and Kathy Van Deventer [Wapadrand/Silverlakes, Monday evenings] Pierre and Lorna Fourie [The Willows, Wednesday evenings] Wendy Musto [Garstfontein, Thursday evenings] Paul and Debbie Draper [Lynnwood, Wednesday evenings] Michele Hau [Meet at members’ homes, Tuesday evenings young adults] CHARISMA DROP-IN CENTRE YOUTH We have been able to help two Drop-In Centre families in a very There is a combined Anglican and Presbyterian Youth move a-foot!! special way. Both families lived in inadequate dwellings. Under Dave The activity centers around the green ZoZo hut in the garden on the Turner’s leadership, members of Trinity and Charisma Churches have Eastern side of the Church. All the youth are joining forces to re-do the made hut and enjoy it as a “youth only” zone. Keep an eye for developments!! donations of prefabricated structures and other materials, as well as In the meantime all our youth activities are in full swing. JUMP meets their time and their efforts. They dismantled the existing dwellings and on Friday evenings at 16h30 and High School Youth meet on Friday re-erected the pre-painted and prepared new structures in their place. evenings at 18h00.The varsity students and the young adult fellowship Those who were involved were blessed and we pray that the families groups have combined for the duration of the series on sermons on will be blessed as they enjoy the benefits of living in more comfort, worship. Pierre Fourie is leading their study during this time. They warmth and security. meet in the Upper Room on Tuesday evenings at 19h00.
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