Issue 5 / March 2013
REDAKSIONEEL / EDITORIAL
Ons het ongeloofl ike seëninge sover hierdie maand beleef .
En dan lê die Paasfeesdiens nog voor!
Ek was weereens bevoorreg om onderhoude met drie persone
te voer vir die maandelikse artikels in ons nuusbrief.
Hierdie onderhoude was gevoer die week voor die
Stamapostel se diens op Sondag 3 Maart 2013. Die een onderhoud
was met die afgetrede Onderdiaken Billy Coetzee
en sy vrou Brenda. Hulle tel onder die tien oudste lede in
ons gemeente. Hulle kan tereg gesien word as van die “ouderlinge”
in die gemeente. Die ander onderhoud was met die
afgetrede Gemeente-Evangelis Norman Roodt.
Groot was my verbasing en vreugdevol die ondervinding aan
die einde van die twee onderhoude. Sonder dat die een van
die ander geweet het, het die laaste vraag aan beide persone/
families ‘n ooreenstemmende antwoord ontlok. Aan beide
partye was die vraag gevra: Watter boodskap sou u graag met
ons mede broers en susters wou deel?
To the above question, the retired C/Ev Norman Roodt responded:
‘Changes will always take place. Please accept the
Godly leadership of our time. Don’t long for the past. Th e future
is important.’ Th e retired Sub-Deacon Billy and his wife
Brenda Coetsee responded: ‘ Keep the faith. We have seen
many people come and go. Do not let things upset you. Keep
the faith.’ And then came the Chief Apostle Leber’s divine
service for the departed. One of the two groups of people he
asked us to join him in special prayers was for those souls
who left the faith due to whatever reason and who are now
in the beyond.
My heart and soul was overwhelmed with joy during the
Chief Apostle’s divine service. I sincerely hope that you are
also looking forward to the Easter service as I do.
Pieter J van Rensburg
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“The things which are impossible
with men are possible with God.”
Did you know?
The fi nal year confi rmands’
valedictory function takes
place on 25 March 2013.
A special congregational outing to the Barnyard
Theatre is planned to take place in May 2013.
We do not know which shows will be on at that
time, but start saving some money please.
We regularly receive notifi cations from various companies
about employment opportunities. Should you, one of your
children or a friend be looking for a job, have a look at the
“jobs” section of our web site: www.bothasignac.org
Duty Priest / Section Cleaning Roster
Pr. Wiborg - (021 559 1156 )
25th February - 3rd March
Pr. Cookson - (021 558 7427)
4th March - 10th March
Pr. Scholtz - (084 525 2525)
11th March - 17th March
Die hartklop van
Pr. Brown - (021 559 2955)
18th March - 24th March
Pr. Herrmann (snr) - (021 558 3420)
25th March - 31st March
Pr. Britzius - (083 270 7787)
1st April - 7th April
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Th is newsletter is for internal
the members of the NAC
Bothasig congregation. Information
should not be deemed to be
the offi cial viewpoint of the
New Apostolic Church.
Did You Know?
The Chief Apostle Wilhelm Leber retires
during the 2013 Pentecost Service.
Editor : Pieter J van Rensburg (Editor)
Design : Dave Britzius (Layout and Desk Top Publishing)
Youth Items: Gillian Greenfi eld
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The heartbeat of
Did you know?
The New Apostolic Creed is
Retired Community Evangelist Norman Roodt
Norman Sidney Roodt was
born on 29 December 1946
in Woodstock, Cape Town.
His mother and father had
three children, two girls and
a boy, he being the youngest.
He grew up in Woodstock
and attended the Zonnebloem
Primary and South
Peninsula High School. Being
the youngest of the children,
and the only son, he
admits that he was spoilt a
lot by his mother. His father
was a district leader in the
church. He remembers that
whenever his parents visited
someone, his mother would
quietly sneak him into the car.
His father would only realise
he was in the car once they
had driven quite a distance!
In this way he was privileged
to be present at special events
at a very early age.
After school he started as an
Admin Clerk at SHAWCO.
He then went to work for the
Allied Publishing Company.
Eventually he joined the Navy where he worked for 20 years up to his retirement. Before
By the time he joined the Navy he was already a Priest. He was blessed in the
sense that during his twenty years of service he was never required to go out to sea whilst
his colleagues were expected to do so. He remembers the general riots in the eighties vividly.
Everyone in his direct environment was called up for active duty to face the rioters and protect
public property. The grace of the Lord allowed blisters to develop on both his feet and consequently
he was never required to join the Navy’s riot squad and possibly shoot at people.
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Norman and Adelaide got married on 10 February 1973 and celebrated their Ruby
anniversary this year. They were married in the Virginia Street congregation (Zonnebloem).
They have two children, a son Adrian and a daughter Melanie. Norman and Adelaide are also
blessed with four grandchildren.
If you could be a tree, which tree would you like to be? The response was specifi c and the
reasoning well thought through. “I would choose to be a Palm tree. It produces dates for those
who are hungry and shade for those who need rest. When there’s a storm the leaves drop down
and when the storm is over the leaves rise again to form a perfect canopy once more.”
When asked if he eats all his veggies at dinner time, he tried to throw me a curve ball. “I eat all
the veggies my wife dishes for me.” A very clever response indeed. After forty years of marriage
your wife knows exactly which veggies you do not eat, so which veggies would his wife
not dish up for him? Yep ... he doesn’t like cabbage and caulifl ower. His favourite veggies are
peas and carrots.
What was the most embarrassing experience in his life? That would be when he was the Rector
of the Lotus River West congregation and the Apostle Barnes (now DA) was to visit the
congregation. All the preparations were done and on the Sunday morning he arranged with
one of the ministers in the congregation to, as normal practice, keep a seat open in the front of
the church for the Apostle’s wife. A specifi c seat was identifi ed for this purpose. The Monday
morning he received a call from the Bishop who requested him to call the Apostle. The Apostle
explained to him that when on the altar, he always tries to look for his wife in the congregation
and that he was unable to fi nd her seated in the congregation during the service. (Three tier
seating) It so happened that the seat which was supposed to be kept open for the Apostle’s wife
was taken by someone else and no seat was kept for her. Unaware of the arrangements, and
possibly not knowing the Apostle’s wife, she was directed to another seat as the church would
have been fi lled to capacity by then.
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Norman’s favourite colour is red. And what annoys him most in life? The answer was short
and sweet: Excuses. Excuses people fi nd not to give their best and walk that extra mile. And
what about things in your life that others do not know? “There are times when I have a very
Tell us about your years as a Minister: In my time, before one was ordained as a Sub-Deacon,
you were interviewed by the Apostle himself. Before the start of the service where you were to
be ordained, you were required to go into the sacristy where you once again were to confi rm
your decision to be ordained. He was ordained as a Sub-Deacon by District Apostle Gut in
the Virginia Street congregation. He was also ordained into the Deacon and Priest ministries
by Apostle Gut. District Apostle Graff ordained him as C/Evangelist and later he became the
Rector of Lotus River congregation. District Apostle Barnes ordained him as Shepherd, whilst
still at Lotus River. Later he moved to Muizenberg as Rector and later to Parkwood North as
Rector. Circumstances forced him to move to Bothasig where he humbly accepted the ministry
of rector assistant as a C/Evangelist.
What do you do to keep sane during trying times as a minister? I learnt to have a sincere upright
prayer life. I further also kept a perfect connection with my bearers of blessing.
What message would you like to share with our fellow brothers and sisters? There is no greater
joy than being a child of God. If we can accept unconditionally Word and Sacrament we will
experience the day of the Lord with joy. Changes will always take place. Please accept the
Godly leadership of our time. Don’t long for the past. The future is important.
Congratulations to (Retired C/Ev) Norman and Adelaide Roodt in celebrating their RUBY wedding anniversary
(40 years). They received their anniversary blessing in church on Sunday, 10 February 2013
by D/Elder Robert Worship.
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Congratulations to Graham
and Laverne D’Warte on the
baptism of their newborn baby
Congratulations to Andre and
Elise Liberty on the baptism of
their newborn baby.
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Congratulations to Brandon
and Mandy Fortune with the
baptism of their newborn baby.
DATE Title NAME SURNAME
Mar-01 BRO Manfred HYATT
Mar-01 SIS Petronella JOHANSSON
Mar-01 BRO Eddie KIESWETTER
Mar-02 SIS Jeanette CLAYTON
Mar-02 BRO Ethan FITZ
Mar-02 BRO Matthew MEHL
Mar-02 SIS Anthea SCHOLTZ
Mar-03 SIS Kylie MULLER
Mar-03 SIS Anita NICHOLLS
Mar-03 SIS Zané SCHNETLER
Mar-07 SIS Celeste BIGGS
Mar-07 BRO Brent (21) LOMBARD
Mar-07 SIS Samantha PULS
Mar-08 SIS Elizabeth OOSTHUIZEN
Mar-09 SIS Kiara PRINSLOO
Mar-10 SIS Majorie BREEZE
Mar-11 SIS Lynette ABRAHAMS
Mar-11 BRO Andre VENTER
Mar-12 SIS Cindy CLASSEN
Mar-12 SIS Tracey-Ann CUPIDO
Mar-13 SIS Lauren KNIGHT
Mar-16 SIS Glenda MANSFIELD
Mar-17 BRO Raymond HAMMOND
Mar-17 BRO Connor MC GRATH
Mar-18 SIS Rosaline WATKINS
Mar-19 SIS Mildred BROWN
Mar-20 BRO Ken CORKER
Mar-20 SIS Kathy HERRMANN
Mar-22 SIS Bridgette PETERSEN
Mar-22 SIS Nicole RILEY
Mar-23 BRO Warren ONTONG
Mar-24 BRO Nathan ABRAHAMS
Mar-25 Ret Pr Ronnie ROLL
Mar-25 BRO Max SCHOLTZ
Mar-27 BRO Roland ALEXANDER
Mar-27 SIS Beverley BRITZIUS
Mar-27 BRO Roscoe JULIUS
Mar-28 SIS Bronwyn AGNEW
Mar-29 SIS Kylee DE GOEDE
Mar-29 SIS Amy JEWELL
Mar-30 BRO Jonathan CAROLUS
Mar-30 SIS Pauline KALLEND
Mar-30 SIS Carol SOLARI
Mar-30 SIS Debra STONE
Mar-30 Pr Paul WIBORG
Mar-31 BRO Michael PULS
Interview with :
Retired Sub-Deacon Willem and Brenda Coetzee
Billy was born on 23
July 1930 in Kraaifontein
(also referred to
as ‘Die Vlei’ in those
years) and turns eighty
three this year. Brenda
was born on 10 December
1933 in Woodstock
and turns eighty this
year. The older people
will be aware that the
year 1933 was referred
to as the “year of the
great depression”. Work
was therefore extremely
scarce and families had
to move to areas where
work was available.
Billy’s father and family
moved to Salt River
where his father was
able to fi nd work and
Billy attended the Salt
River Primary school.
At the age of 14 Billy
started work as a labourer
at Lever Brothers. He
worked in the factory
and would do anything
expected of him, from
sweeping the fl oors to
repairing broken things.
Four years later he started a new job at the Woollen Mills in Mowbray for ‘three shillings’ more per week. He
then earned one Pound and ten Shillings per week. (Converted to today’s money it is about R14.30 per week.)
Three years later he got a job as a labourer on the Railways where he worked his way up and became a Shunter
and later a Leading Shunter. After nineteen years in the Railway he started his own business with his brother.
They started a ‘Heavy Machinery’ moving business. Because it was the only such business in the Cape Town
area at the time, their business did very well. He then bought the rights to three cinemas in Paarl which later
proved to be non-profi table.
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Brenda (maiden name
Olney) attended the Nazareth
Convent) school. After
school she worked at Rex
Trueform, OK Bazaars
and Swarts Drapers. In
their twenties, she and
Billy’s family were opposite
neighbours in Observatory.
This is where
the courtship started.
They got married on 1
April 1960 in Wynberg
and have four children -
two boys and two girls
named William, Grant,
Dawn and Gail. They
also have four grandchildren.
One night in 1985, there
was a knock on the door
and it was a Deacon
from the New Apostolic
church going around
and testifying about our
Faith. They invited him
in and accepted his invitation
to attend the divine
services. They were
adopted into the Faith on
23 March 1986 and later
sealed by the late Apostle Laubscher on 07 September 1986.
When doing this interview I once more realised how well partners get to know one another after fi fty years+
of marriage. (They are now married for fi fty three years) When you ask the one a question, the other one will
respond on his or her behalf with a lot of laughter. So, the answers to the questions were duly confi rmed by
Billy’s favourite plant is a grape vine. Not any grape vine, specifi cally red grapes because he likes the processed
fruit! Brenda’s favourite tree on the other hand is the fi g tree. She loves fi gs. And when it gets to veggies,
Billy doesn’t like carrots while Brenda likes all veggies. Billy’s favourite veggie is potatoes and Brenda’s
is spinach. And what about favourite colours? Billy loves blue and Brenda white. Billy favours the garage and
his tools whilst Brenda loves chocolate.
Billy developed diabetes and things got so bad that his one leg was amputated a few months ago. He is currently
still in hospital where they assist with the exercises as part of the recovery process. When I visited him
he was allowed to come home for the weekend. The wound is fully healed and Billy was in good spirits. And
what is the one most important thing in their lives? Both responded with one accord: ‘The church.’
In closing I asked them: You are part of the ten oldest people in our congregation. As elders in the congregation,
what special message do you have for our fellow brothers and sisters? Again the response was unanimous:
‘Keep the faith. We have seen many people come and go. Do not let things upset you. Keep the faith’.
Family fun walk: 100 Days to Pentecost
Please give your food parcels to
Dcn Atherton or leave them on
the table in the mother’s room.
Die Lydenstyd - Jesus Christus se smart en lyding
Bykans al die godsdienste in die maand van Maart word verbind
met die lydensgeskiedenis (Passie) van Jesus Christus. Die begrip
“Passie” ontstaan uit Latyn en dui aan “lyding”. Juis ten opsigte van
die Lydenstyd verteenwoordig dit die tydperk van Jesus Christus se
smart en lyding.
Die merkwaardige gebeure rondom die verlossingsgeskiedenis in
hierdie tyd sluit in Jesus se intog in Jerusalem, die instelling van die
Heilige Nagmaal, Jesus se inhegtenisneming, die daaropvolgende
vernederings en marteling wat Hy verduur het tot en met sy
wegleiding na Gólgota, asook sy wreedaardige dood aan die kruis.
Die wanhoop van die dissipels – wat byvoorbeeld weerspieël
word in Jesus se afskeidspreke en wat veral duidelik na vore kom
wanneer Jesus na sy dood verwys – val ook binne die konteks van
Die tweevoudige aard van Palmsondag kom duidelik na vore
in die godsdiens wat hierdie heilige dag gedenk. Enersyds is die
olie waarmee Maria Jesus salf 'n teken van sy verhewendheid en
Messiasskap (die begrippe “Messias” en “Christus” beteken beide
“die Gesalfde Een”) en andersyds verwys hierdie selfde olie alreeds
na die naderende dood van Jesus. In die tyd van Christus was dit
'n gebruik om die dooie liggame met olie in te smeer. Sy dood word
alreeds 'n voorbode deur dit wat Maria aan die lewende Jesus doen.
Dit is hoe die mededeling wat in die “Agtergrond” vir die Bybelteks
vir Palmsondag verskyn, begryp moet word: “… sy het dit bewaar
vir die dag van my begrafnis” (Johannes 12:7). Daarbenewens was
olie 'n teken van vreugde, en verwys die olie dus na die vreugde wat
ontketen is toe Jesus Jerusalem binnegekom het. Ons verstaan dus
dat Jesus se salwing veelvoudige betekenisse het.
Op Goeie Vrydag, die dag van Jesus se dood, blyk dit asof die
boosheid oorwin het, en gevolglik is daar baie droefheid en pyn op
hierdie dag. Eers tydens die Pase word dit duidelik dat die boosheid
eintlik op hierdie dag oorwin is.
Palm Sondag: Die salwende olie van vreugde!
Goeie Vrydag 29 Maart 2013: Christus het vir jou gesterf!
(Vanuit die NAK se handleiding vir Godsdienste)