21 June 2021

 

 

Dear DMC family

 

 

PASTORAL LETTER

 

 

Warm greetings to you, in the wonderful name of the risen Christ.

 

It is unbelievable that it is already 3 months since we said our fond farewells to Sean and his family. The three months have been quite a busy time for me, with Easter, Synod, adjusting to my new responsibilities of looking after two Societies, DMC and Gateway and moving house to the DMC manse, amongst many other responsibilities that one is given by the Synod and the Circuit from time to time.

 

I am grateful for the affirmation that I have received from the leadership of DMC and the Circuit as they entrusted you to my spiritual care. I also give thanks to God for the love that I am embraced with by the DMC family. It is my prayer that God will give me the wisdom, the strength and the love to walk alongside you every step of the way, whether we are down in the valley or at the mountain top, we’ll be together. Please do not hesitate to contact me should you need to do so. I pray for you everyday and I ask that you too remember me in your prayers, asking God that I be the kind of shepherd who imitates our Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ.

 

We are in a season of great uncertainty with the COVID-19 pandemic affecting all spheres of our lives. You may have already received notification that the leadership of DMC found it necessary to suspend in-person worship, Sunday School and youth and all gatherings as the infections are growing exponentially at the moment, not only in the country, but also in our local area. We’ll be monitoring the situation and we’ll resume in-person worship when it is relatively safe to do so. The safety and well-being of each one is of uttermost importance to us. As Jesus said, “Love your neighbour as you love yourself”, ensuring each other’s safety is one way of loving our neighbours.

 

As the pandemic has negatively affected the economy globally, this has had a ripple effect on the financial situation of the church. DMC is also in a difficult financial situation at the moment. I extend great appreciation and gratitude to those who continue to give generously to DMC so that we are able to fulfil God’s mission in this corner of God’s vineyard. I pray that God will help us through this difficult time.

 

I also pray God’s grace and comfort upon those who have suffered loss in various ways, those who are sick and those who are grieving.

 

Priscilla Owens reassures us in the hymn (689), “Will your anchor hold in the storms of life” where she says:            “We have an anchor that keeps the soul

Steadfast and sure while the billows roll,

Fastened to the Rock which cannot move,

Grounded firm and deep in the Saviour’s love.”

 

Always remember that you are Christ’s beloved. I pray that the LORD will bless and protect you and your family, and that he will show you mercy and kindness. May the LORD be good to you and give you peace.

 

 

 

Every blessing

 

Vuyelwa

 

 

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