8 Van Riebeek
United Church Golf Day
20 November 2014
Devonvale Golf Club
Student Movie Night
About Stellenbosch United Church
Mine eyes shall be open and mine ears attend unto the prayer that is made in this place
Our congregation's history began in 1899 when we were establised as a Presbyterian Congregation. We became the Stellenbosch United Church in 1990, when the congregation decided to unite at a local level with the Uniting Congregational Church of Southern Africa. We therefore represent both the United Presbyterian Church of Southern Africa and the Uniting Congregational Church in Southern Africa
I have been privileged to work in Istanbul for the past three weeks in an exchange programme. Istanbul is a fascinating city with its layered civilizations and the complexity of its ancient Biblical history as well as that of the Ottoman Empire. Here Islam, Christianity and the secular live side by side. The vast skyline of Istanbul is dotted with the domes and minarettes of mosques and during the times that Moslems pray prayers ring out from the minarettes over the whole city. Outward symbols of the Moslem faith can be seen in the attire of many women who wear black dresses and headscarves, while the clothes of others are completely Western. Yet, it is the headscarve that is being politicized. Since the start of the Turkish Republic political battles have been fought over it on the bodies of women. When Mustafa Kemal Attaturk modernized Turkey after 1923 and created a secular republic it was through also banning any symbols of faith in the public arena to indicate that religion is a private matter. The Clothing and Garment laws of 1925 and 1934 banned the wearing of the headscarve and the fes in public spaces. These laws were so strictly implemented that people who sold headgear were executed! Since Erdogan and the Ak Party came to power in 2002 his government has politicized the headscarve to justify the movement toward a religious state. The headscarve bans were lifted and girls as young as 5 are now encouraged to wear the headscarve. At the same time the traditional roles of women are reinforced – the idea that women should be full time home makers and child bearers - and is there a slow negation of women’s rights. For many women wearing the headscarve is a matter of identity and an indication of their belonging to the Turkish nation. They feel that they are being victimized by both secular men and pro-religious men. When Merve Kavakci Islam, won a seat in parliament before the ban was lifted she refused to remove her headscarve. Her name and picture was taken out of parliamentary documents, she lost her citizenship and was charged with inciting hatred, insulting the dignity of the state and an attempt to overthrow the regime! Whether women want to wear the headscarve or not the choice is politicized and religion instrumentalized for political gain.
The Notice Board
24th Sunday after Pentecost. The texts focus on confirming we are God’s children and He is our God through the metaphor of the Shepherd and sheep calling us to worship Him
Judges 4: 1-24
The servant of David the true Shepherd
Ephesians 1: 1-14
In love God adopted us as sons and daughters in Jesus Christ
Ephesians 1: 15-23
A prayer for the Holy Spirit to enlighten us and a call to worship
“Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth worship the Lord with gladness – we are his people the sheep of his pasture"
Matt 25: 31-46
There will come a time when Christ will identify each one of us as one followed Him or not
Deuteronomy 8: 6-18
A call not to forget the Lord and to observe his call to worship Him
“Come let us sing for joy and bow down in worship”
Funds & Projects
The Education Fund
This fund seeks to assist needy people from within our congregation with the necessary resources for their education. Each year a specific project is identified to focus our fundraising.
Kayamandi Food Project
We are currently supplying food parcels for 20 people who are struggling to find employment. Members of the congregation are invited to donate suitable food or finance to assist with this ministry. Our members and elders in Kayamandi distribute these food parcels to needy people in the community.
Kayamandi Trauma Centre
A team of people make soup, which is taken each Saturday to the centre. There is a need for more people to assist with making soup and delivering it to the centre.
"At the Trauma Centre we are different people and from different backgrounds but at the end of the day, we are one big family"
Suitable clothing for people of all ages is collected and distributed to needy people at the Stellenbosch Provincial Hospital, particularly the Paediatric and Maternity wards. Some clothing is also given to the Stellenbosch Night Shelter.
Frequently Asked Questions
Services are held at church on Sundays
- Sunday Morning 09:30 (Children’s workshop and crèche)
- Sunday Evening 19:00
We do weddings and other events. Please ontact us for more details or to make any necessary arrangements
- Physical Address: 8 Van Riebeek Street, Stellenbosch, 7600
- Tell: +2721 887 0495
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Office Hours: 08:00 - 13:00
Yes, we meet on Wednesdays, 17:15 at David's home in Die Boord. We are currently busy with the gospel of Mark
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Stellenbosch United Church Events
This Month's Calendar
United Church Golf Day
The annual United Church Golf Day is going to be staged at the Devonvale Golf Club on Thursday 20 November 2014. This is always a very festive day and is enjoyed by all who attend. After the game, dinner, drinks and a prize giving is going to be held at Towerbosch, the entertainment area on the farm Knorhoek belonging to congregation members, the van Niekerks. The entry fee is this year is R700.00 per player (R2800 per Fourball) which includes the golf, meal, wine and other drinks on the farm, value which you will not find in too many places these days. Last year the Golf Day raised in excess of R100 000.00, money which bolstered the coffers of the church substantially. The committee is hard at work in planning the day so if you are interested in entering for the golf or wish to contribute towards prizes, either in the form of cash or goods, please contact convener, Mark Philp at email@example.com or call him on his cel phone on 082 566 6315. Other members of the committee who could be contacted are Carol van Niekerk, Lizl Hobson, Berta Espach, Brian Shephard, Erik Loubser, Hansie van Niekerk and Ross Hobbs.
Lawn Bowls & Braai
On the 28th September following the morning church service, 30 members of the congregation arrived at the v d Stel Lawn Bowling Club ready to play a game of " old man's marbles". The Gerber's, father and mother of Nikki Lombard, were there to show the extended family how to get the bowls up to the "kat" (Afrikaans for a Jack or a Kitty). Astrid Beyers and her family put on a good show as well as the Jefferys who bowled with gusto. Hazel actually took a photo of the one and only bowl which she got to within a metre of the jack. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the game. After a hour and a half of vigorous exercise (especially for Hazel), the group descended on the braai area to enjoy the less stressful job of watching the meat cooking and chatting about their expertise at the game. A lovely morning out in the sun, with great fellowship was the reward for those who attended. Thank you all for making the time to join in the fun and fellowship. Thanks to your donations, R500.00 was collected and sent to Love 2 give 2 children, a charity organisation in Khayamandi which supports mothers and children in ensuring that they grow and receive the necessary food to sustain a healthy life.
Student Movie Night
The Intouchables is a 2011 French comedy-drama film directed by Olivier Nakache and Éric Toledano. It stars François Cluzet and Omar Sy.
Welcomed by our hosts for the evening, Luke and Jess of the Table Restaurant at De Meye, those of us coming in from the cold were quickly warmed by the cast-iron wood stove and a glass or two of De Meye’s finest wines, Cape home-brew beers and other refreshments. A wonderful dinner of potjiekos choices followed, before Brian Shepherd called the company to order. To the uninitiated, and to those of us of short memory, the rules of Bingo were quickly explained and in no time, what was already a vibrant atmosphere became almost rowdy.
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