Joy and Celebration - 8 December 2016

Hi Table View Methodist Family,
I'm on leave at the moment - but I can't help sharing some good news with you.

This Sunday we explore the Advent Virtue of 'Joy' - What is it?  Where / how do I get it?  and How can I gift it?
Mr Mbulelo Bikwani will preach at 8am, Ryan Fernandez at 930am and Mr Malibongwe Vazi will preach at 11am.
Last night Heather and I were greatly privileged to celebrate 'Ma' Johannah Keikelame's graduation from Stellenbosch University.  Dr Keikelame graduated with a PhD in Psychology. 

At the celebration last night we heard from Dr Johannah's family about how she and her sister traveled to school by donkey cart in the rural North West during the 50's and 60's.  How she qualified as an educator and then as a nurse. 
But her hunger for knowledge brought her back to university in the '90s.  At the age of 50, a working mother, Dr Keikelame redid her Matric and then went on to study Psychology, graduating with honours and progressing to Honours, Masters and now completing her PhD studies!  Students at UCT medical school have celebrated her part in teaching Community Medicine to forth years - and many of us see 'Ma' J - as a special 'mother figure' to all of us at church.
1 Corinthians 12:26 reminds us that '...if one member is honoured, all rejoice together with it.'  And so Dr Keikelame - we all rejoice with you.  And we thank God for the privilege of being a part of the body of Christ with you here in this place.  We look forward to supporting you and praying with you as you continue to follow God's call on your life.
Dr Keikelame's research focused on the experience of Epilepsy and its Psychological and Social impact on people especially in marginalized rural and township communities.  She advocates for the proper education, support and empowerment of people with Psychiatric conditions.
Dr Keikelame is also the chair of our Woman's Manyano at Table View Methodist Church.

Chaotic Carol Jam 17 December from 6pm to 8pm
On 17 December we will gather in the church garden or the church sanctuary (depending on the weather) for a picnic and carols and reading of lessons from the Christmas story.  Bring your instruments and dress as your favorite nativity characters - sheep, lions (we had several in our Christmas play), angels, shepherds, donkeys, Josephs, Marys, Wise Men - or just yourself.  Carol singing will start at about 7pm.

God Bless,
PS - I'm on leave until 16 December, please contact the church office between 9 and 1pm if you have any needs.