ABERDEEN DOUBLE CELEBRATION WITH OLDEST MEMBER
21st November 2013
A Sabbath morning service at Aberdeen Adventist church was transformed into a double celebration for their oldest church member, Violet Buchan. On Sabbath, 16 November she not only celebrated her 93rd birthday, but also the 50th anniversary of her baptism.
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Over the years 'Auntie Vi', as she is affectionately known, has been a great support to many both within and outside the church. To emphasise this, and with her son Jo at her side, Auntie Vi and the congregation listened to messages from well-wishers including Pastors Brian McCormac and Bob Rodd, good friend Byron Secoy and former Aberdeen University student, Kish Poddar who recalled her care during his student days.
|Vi with friends: [Left to right} Pastors Ndlovu and Harewood, son Joe, Vi, Debbie Thompson of CLAN, & Pastor Hulbert|
Auntie Vi is not just well loved for her friendliness and her cooking skills. She is also a poet and at age 93 is also a dab hand on the computer, her email correspondence covering the planet. The morning included two poems from her book, A Pearl of Great Price. Victor Igwe then blessed the congregation with a rendition of 'How Great Thou Art', one of Vi's favourite hymns.
A celebration lunch, and a special cake cutting, climaxed the day. Vi was surrounded by her close friends yet, amid the happiness there was a tinge of sadness and relief for her daughter-in-law who, though alive, was affected by the Haiyan storm which recently swept through the Philippines.
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That future is still bright for Auntie Vi. As local minister, Njabulo Ndlovu noted, how much better to celebrate with the living. Surrounded by friends in the packed church it was her best birthday party ever.