Another objective … complete!
The ever vibrant, jubilant and inspired St. Joseph’s Anglican Parish held its annual thanksgiving service on Sunday 4 December at the parish’s glorious and breathtaking Joseph’s auditorium in Ulundi.
This celebration ought to be noticed and recognized all over. The aim of this event is that the parish comes together annually as a family and sets a fundraising target that is reached by monetary collections and donations.
Under the leadership of the ever embracing and motivating Canon Sydney Mbatha, the event was an exciting success. Using his compelling skill and God given talent to encourage and motivate the congregation, Canon Mbatha says, all praises go to God and his hard working people who always strive for excellence with commitment to his work. Canon Sydney who is the Rector and driving force behind the fundraising at the parish says that a lot of credit is also due to the steering committee of the function for their impressive work.
Music and worship
The event was graced by the presence of guest who left the church either speechless or aching tired from the dancing and singing of the parish’s lively praise and worship. Preacher of the day was Pastor Gcinokwakhe Nzama, who gave a life changing sermon titled, “The Anglican and the cross”.
As is the culture at St Joseph’s Parish, the service was filled with music and worship which was out of this world. The band outdid themselves, as is always the case, but this time we were blessed to have the drums as part of the band and this moved things onto another level. Surely someone passing by in the street and hearing the singing in the church must have thought heaven was on earth.
The fundraising efforts by the church saw the collection made on the day reach a whopping R133 000 (exceeding the target of R100 000). This is thanks to the money put in by parish members and, of course, some angels were also sent by the Lord to give donations as well.
One of the guests on the day, Mr Ntombela from Durban, donated R5 000. Other donations were received from Mr Qeda Zulu, also in the form of R5 000, and one of the sons of the church, Bheki Khuzwayo, donated a cow which was for the feast of the day.
Feast fit for royalty
Altogether it was a historical event, and the service ended with a feast fit for royalty where the congregation indulged in the delicious Sunday lunch meal prepared by the women of the church.
The Rector, Canon Mbatha, says it was a true team effort by all the members of the congregation and a special thanks is due to the steering committee for organizing, to the mission boys for the church logistics and to the ladies who prepared a table at which all could indulge. What could be a better way to end the year than by counting all the blessings from the Lord from the 1st of January 2011, and we are still counting.
Hence the title of the day fits very well to the events, and indeed we will forever say “ Wahamba nathi, Siyabonga ………..”
Written by: Mpendulo Mbatha (BMJ)
Edited by: Siyanda Siyabonga Mgudlwa