This Sunday, given the our current water crisis I think it would be appropriate for us to reflect and pray around the issue of water and the drought in the Western Cape.
On Sunday 4 February we will renew our covenant with God as we pray the covenant prayer:
I am no longer my own but yours.Put me to what you will,rank me with whom you will;put me to doing,put me to suffering;let me be employed for you,or laid aside for you,exalted for you,or brought low for you;let me be full,let me be empty,let me have all things,let me have nothing:I freely and wholeheartedly yield all thingsto your pleasure and disposal.And now, glorious and blessed God,Father, Son and Holy Spirit,you are mine and I am yours. So be it.
And the covenant now made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven.
I have written a short study guide to help you prepare to say the covenant prayer, you can download it here.
There is also another short study of the prayer available from the Methodist Church in the UK here.
On Saturday morning we will be hosting the Circuit Quarterly Meeting at Table View Methodist. The Circuit Quarterly Meeting is a meeting of the leadership of the Cape West Coast Circuit of Methodist Churches from Joe Slovo and Brooklyn in the south to Langebaan, Vredenberg and St Helena in the North. If you want to see a full list of the churches in our circuit feel free to visit the circuit preaching plan here.
Please pray for our Circuit Meeting - and uplift our circuit - we are very excited to welcome two new ministers to our team in 2018. Rev Mpumelelo Mosoabi who will take responsibility for the following societies: Nonkosi Makananda, Nomzamo, Witteklip, Thembalethu and Laaiplek (All in the area surrounding Vredenberg). And Rev Kganyape Galethlokwe who will take responsibility for the Beteli, Dunoon, Ebenezer and Lingelethu Societies).
Rev Kganyape Gelethlokwe
Rev Mpumelelo Mosoabi
On Tuesday 13 February we will host our first Leader's Meeting / Council Meeting of 2018. We have a lot of very enthusiastic groups at TVMC all of them presenting year plans and programs to me. I realise that we all need to get together in the same room to finalize our programs.
We also want to talk about a few ideas that are on our agenda for 2018:
1 - Working out a plan for our proposed renovations.
2 - Planning combined services once a quarter to encourage unity in our church.
3 - A monthly social fellowship evening called Fourth Friday (a bring and share / low cost supper on the last Friday of the month to encourage fellowship.)
I look forward to worshipping with you on Sunday at 8, 930 and 11am this Sunday and next Sunday.
Rev Angus Kelly
PS - And finally - in case of day zero here is a very comprehensive and helpful set of points sent to me via Mqhele Dlodlo, as the crisis approaches please be weary of sending out messages that are fake / not true - they only cause undue stress for people. But I thought these tips were quite practical and useful...
1. Stock up on bottled water exclusively for drinking while the water stations figure themselves out.
2. Stock up on baby wipes
3. Use Dry shampoo or baby powder to prolong the time between washes (you will not be able to wash anyways)
4. Wee Pong (a flush alternative)
5. Make a solution of vinegar and water or stay soft and water to spray clothes and hang up to air .
6. Paper plates are not eco-friendly. However if you are braaing use the used paper plates in the fire. As an alternative, make up a spray bottle with rinse free dish soap and water, and wipe down lightly dirtied dishes with that. As for heavier loads, I think a load of dishes is going to be inevitable
7. Water purification tablets for the rain water we are able to catch from our existing setup, plus
8. Milton to add to water to wash veg. with the listeriosis outbreak we can't afford not to wash our fresh produce!
9. Good suggestion to stock up on non-perishables! Actually do as much meal prep as possible while we can still wash our dishes - responsible!!
10. Hand sanitizer (and hand cream because that stuff gets pretty harsh after a while!)
11. Bicarb and vinegar, as amazing cleaning supplies that don't destroy water for grey use
12. Dodgey tummy prep: Rehydrat, Medizine, Immodium, Buscopan, probiotics and extra toilet paper.
13. Have a sponge bath with a small bucket and sponge.
14. Use wet wipes to wash your self
15. Get a fire extinguisher for obvious reasons
16. Stock up on extra underwear (and cheap sleeping shirts).
17. If using toilet for just peeing, throw toilet paper away and not in toilet (in a separate lined bin that’s cleaned daily). This will cut down on backing up of toilet paper in the toilet allowing you to extend time between flushes with grey water.
18. Baking soda can control toilet paper odours if throwing toilet paper away.
19. Fill toilet cistern with water rather than pour into toilet, use grey water for this. Use vinegar in the toilet and drains to help with any odours and bacteria.
20. Clean with microfibre cloths or rags as sponges become unsanitary. Easier to clean cloths and hanging up immediately can delay them smelling. You can also throw rags away.
21. Eat straight from the braai! No pots or pans to wash.
22. Line plates with plastic so you can peel off plastic and have clean plates.
23. Use apple cider vinegar to naturally deodorize your armpits and go without showering.
24. Wear breathable fabrics like cotton to avoid odours developing from sweat and bacteria.
25. Ladies, extend underwear life by wearing panty liners.
26. If you do have to wash plates, pans, cutlery, etc, wipe mess and dirt off with paper towel, to make water less dirty.
27. Instead of pouring water into sink, pour into plastic tub, can reuse dirty water in toilet.
28. Clean counters with disposable wipes.
29. Vinegar can also be used for wiping and cleaning, with paper towels, without having to rinse down counters.
30.Where possible, use organic or biodegradable materials to minimise environmental waste. Please also be mindful of your plastic usage.