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
He leads us on trusted ways
He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake
As a child I used to know psalm 23 by heart. However there was one particular verse which always puzzled me and which I struggled to understand.
It was verse 3 which reads: “He leads us in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.” For me this verse sounded very abstract, if not fairly rigid.
It was only much later that one of my professors, an authority on ancient texts, specifically Hebrew, clarified the real meaning of the text for me. It happened during a sermon he held on this passage. Since then this specific text had become one of the most consoling and inspiring truths in my faith life, a real guiding light on my spiritual journey.
In his sermon the professor explained that the text had a very concrete and practical meaning. To be led in the paths of righteousness simply means that we are being led on well-tried and trusted paths. Paths which had already been explored and scouted.
At the time this truth really consoled me. Because as humans we often find ourselves on roads where we feel totally lost and desperate – lonely roads where nothing makes sense anymore and no one really seems to worry or care. Roads which are constantly being plagued and battered by setbacks, disappointments and disaster so that there seems to be no way out.
Often we also unknowingly or even deliberately embark on roads that are unknown and dangerous - roads where we lose our way and our wits. We give in to old temptations, lose control, become dejected, give up hope and even miss the courage or energy to look for solutions.
How good then to know – especially as we enter the New Year - that we are being lead on trusted roads. That we serve and worship a God that is familiar with our loneliness, our setbacks and disappointments, the many wrong choices we make and are still making, the awkward paths we embark on.
Reflecting on his life, this is the one thing that kept the psalmist going – the firm knowledge that he was being led on trusted roads. That even when everything seemed hopeless, even when the road took him through a valley of darkness where there was no visibility, no hope, God would not forsake him. Because God is the good Shepherd who is always with us (v 4), the One who knows the road Himself and will eventually see us through, comfort us and lead us beside still waters (2).
Surely you may believe this. God knows your path, He will restore your soul again (v 2). In fact his own name and honour is at stake here.
The Notice Board
3rd Sunday of Advent. The candle is known as the Shepherd’s Candle and symbolizes “JOY” The texts focus on the messenger of the Saviour preparing the way.
1 Samuel 3:1-21
The calling of Samuel and the Lord “being with Samuel as he grew up and he let none of his words fall to the ground!”
1 Corinthians 6:1-8
Resolve disputes amongst your own!
1 Corinthians 6:9-11
You have been washed and sanctified and justified in the Lord Jesus Christ by the Spirit of our God
1 Corinthians 6:12-20
Honour God with your body for your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit and it was bought at a price
Mark 1: 14-20
The call by John to repent and the call of Jesus to follow Him
Isaiah 6: 1-13
The calling of Isaiah and the command to deliver a message of judgment
O Lord you have searched me and you know me!
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: email@example.com
- 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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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