Apostle Area - ARENDSE MA

On Sunday, 19 February 2017, the youth of Elsies River Bishop Area gathered in Lavistown Congregation for a special Youth Service held by the Bishop A Witten.
As basis for the divine service, the Bishop read a Bible word from James 2:15 – 17, “If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,’ but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.”
The youth were encouraged to live their faith; to reach out and help those in distress, even if their perception of things might be different to those they wish to help.
The Priest J. Charles, Shepherd W. Hendricks and Community Evangelist R. Overmeyer were called to serve along.
The divine service was fittingly concluded with the hymn, “When He cometh”, after which the Bishop greeted those present.

An exciting new project to upskill small business owners has been launched in the Elsies River Bishop Area.
The Young Entrepreneurs Skills-Development (YES) Project was launched in Connaught Congregation on Thursday, 16 February 2017.
The programme is designed to develop business owners and to match them with unemployed youth from surrounding communities. In this way both the business owner and unemployed person gain skills and opportunities.
The project is presented by the Cabanga Foundation in collaboration with service providers ESIA (Pty) Ltd and CHASSE (Pty) Ltd. The duration of the programme is six months (fully funded) with sessions every Thursday from 09:00 – 12:00 at our Connaught Congregation. More than 20 SMMEs attended the first session.
Prior to the launch, the Bishop A Witten met with business owners from congregations across his area to explain the value of participating in the project. The support was overwhelming.
“The comments from business owners were that they are excited to be part of this process and wish to express their thanks to the New Apostolic Church, the Cabanga Foundation and all those involved," said Mario Daniels, the Bishop Area well-care coordinator.

On Sunday, 12 February 2017, Apostle M Arendse served the congregation of Strand Gustrouw. For this divine service the Apostle used a Bible word out of Psalm 34:8, where it reads, “Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good;” (NKJV).
During his serving the Apostle elaborated on the goodness of God and that the members should show the same goodness to one another and to their neighbour.
A special grace was also bestowed upon souls who received the gift of the Holy Spirit out of the hand of the Apostle. Some 45 members were added to the fold.
After the serving of Holy Communion was concluded, more joy was experienced by the congregation, when Apostle Arendse ordained four priests and four deacons.
This was followed by the retirement of three faithful servants. Community Evangelist Gavin Adriaans was placed into retirement after serving 20 years as a minister, Priest Dawid Koert retired after 29 years as a minister and Deacon Marlon Paulse retired after six years in the ministry.
The moments of bliss experienced at the altar of grace will linger in the hearts of the congregation till the Lord comes again.

The Congregation of Somerset West 1819 experienced a blessed start to the 2017 Sunday-school (SS) year with a SS service held on the 29th of January.
The preparation started Friday afternoon with SS choir practice.  Saturday morning SS children, teachers and ministers gathered together to decorate the altar to the theme of “God’s creation”.
Sunday morning the children fulfilled all the roles beautifully, standing as doorkeepers and ushers, and greeting members as they arrived. One of the confirmands, Damian Chapman, conducted the SS choir for the service. Young brother Taegon Adams (organist in training), played a melody before service.
The service was held by Evangelist Robert De Morney. After service all the children and teachers were introduced to the congregation.  The children again took to the stage and sang along with acoustic self-made instruments!

On Sunday, 5 February 2017, the youth of Bonteheuwel Central Congregation accompanied the Priest Lodewyk for a special divine service at the Lily Haven Home for Seniors in Bonteheuwel.
As basis for the divine service, the Priest read a Bible word from John 12:26, "If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honour." The Priest Forsetz and Deacon Damons were called to serve along. It was a special occasion, reported the congregation's communications coordinator, Bonita Williams. "The singing really touched the hearts of those present, especially when the youth sang 'Seek ye first the kingdom of God'."
After the divine service, the youth spent a few memorable minutes with the seniors.

On Sunday 29 January 2017, the Bishop A Witten conducted the first Sunday School service of the new year in Nooitgedacht Congregation - the same congregation he spent most of his childhood.

As basis for the divine service, the Bishop read a Bible word from Genesis 1:31 (a portion), "Then God saw everything that He had made, and it was very good." The children were reminded of God's greatness and of their task: to respect and preserve His creation.

Also invited to the divine service were learners from the neighbouring Astra School for Children with Disabilities, who shared in the festivities.

After the divine service, the children and their teachers were introduced to the congregation, after which those present enjoyed some refreshments and beautiful moments of fellowship.

On Wednesday 11 January 2017, the congregation of Gordon’s Bay was blessed by the visit of Apostle M Arendse. For this divine service he used a Bible word from Deuteronomy 11:12, “a land for which the Lord your God cares; the eyes of the Lord your God are always on it, from the beginning of the year to the very end of the year.”  
During the serving of Apostle Arendse, the members could establish whether they found themselves in the land of sacrifice, land of forgiveness, land of being humble and the land of professing their faith. 
By the beaming faces of the members it was evident that the congregation wants to dwell in the “land” which God wants us to be.  Adding to the joy of the congregation, 8 souls were sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit by the Apostle. 

On Saturday 21 January 2017, the Sunday school teachers of Sir Lowry’s Pass Congregation kicked off the new year with a teambuilding/planning outing. They started the day at The Red Disa Restaurant in Betty’s Bay where they discussed the shortcomings of 2016 and worked on solutions and actions for 2017. The Sunday school children as the future of our Church will become our leaders and congregation, therefore it is vital that they be groomed and developed to be strong in faith. The Sunday school teachers ended the day at Kleinmond Harbour with lunch at Kabel Joe’s Seafood Restaurant. They are now geared up and excited for the Sunday school year that lies ahead.