Happy birthday, Plainsman

Reverend Wilfred Abrahams, first church leader of the Mitchells Pain United Church, a union of the Presbyterian and Congregational parishioners, dating more than 40 years ago, and his wife Rachel.

Reverend Wilfred Abrahams, first church leader of the Mitchell’s Pain United Church, a union of the Presbyterian and Congregational parishioners

The Mitchell’s Pain United Church congratulates the Plainsman on its 40th anniversary as a newspaper serving the Mitchell’s Plain community.

The Plainsman, since its inception, provided a means of information for us residents and, in that way, many of us got to know what is happening in our surroundings.

Even the advertisements helped us to get to know where we could get the best deals in our area.

The Plainsman would not have lasted this long if it was not for the way it conducts its reporting, which is always balanced and never shies away from the issues the community needs to know about it.

As an educational instrument, we could always rely on the Plainsman to hear about new ideas and developments.

Religious institutions, schools, social clubs and other non-profit community organisations are deeply indebted to the Plainsman for advertising their events free of charge.

We want to thank the Plainsman for the service you rendered over many years, and we want to wish you every blessing for the future. Keep on with the good work you do in helping to build our community. We salute you.

The Peninsula Regional Council of the United Congregational Church of Southern Africa (UCCSA) and the Cape Town Presbytery of the then Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa agreed, in light of the anticipated union of the two denominations, to establish a united congregation in Mitchell’s Plain in 1978. Mr Abrahams became the probationer minister on January 8 1979, to plant the congregation. He was officially installed by the region and the presbytery as the minister and the congregation was constituted on June 10 1979 (“Church celebrates 40th anniversary,” Plainsman, July 10).