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 hope we get there before the baby comes," she murmured to herself He loaded the last of the luggage, slammed the battered boot and held the door open. She eased herself in with a sigh, shifting to settle the weight more comfortably. "How long?" she asked "The car won't manage more than ninety", came the reply. "Seven hours most likely". She cradled her tummy, willing the troubling twinges to wait.
The day was clear. A few clouds skimmed the mountains stippling an immense blue sky as they rattled along the N1, the city diminishing in the rear view mirror. The road unraveled ahead towns becoming smaller, the vegetation sparser, drier, inhospitable till only sheep and springbok grazed in the shimmering midday haze and mirages melted the tar where the road tipped over the edge of the world.
He drove with fierce concentration, glanced sidelong as her face twisted, hands clenching the fabric of her thin summer dress A sign signaled a farm stay ten K further. She gasped: "It's time. He will not wait". They bumped along the farm track, welcomed by a frenzy of friendly dogs A smiling face fell - sorry, no space - but there's a stable you may use swept and freshly filled with hay. I'll bring clean cloths, water and food.
Gratefully she sank onto the blanket bed, focused fully on the task ahead. Night fell, the silence sliced only by bleating sheep heaped on the Karoo hills, a single star stood out from swirling spirals singing in dark skies its glow lit up the faces tilted in wonder at the sight "Kyk, Stefaans" roep Jurie opgewonde, "vanaand is 'n besondere kind gebore - daar skyn sy ster! Kom ons gaan loer."
His life spoke all that words could not We celebrate Christ's Mass, mindful that each child born manifests the Divine Image unfolds the map of time, creates a blueprint for tomorrow.
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.
Isaiah 61: 1-11
A promise of restoration and righteousness
Isaiah 62: 1-12
A promise of a messenger: Say to the daughter of Zion “See, your savior comes!”
Luke 1: 1-25
The promise of the forerunner messenger being fulfilled
1 Thess. 5: 1-15
Put on the breastplate of love and live in peace as we await the ‘day of the Lord’
1 Thess 5: 16-28
Be joyful and do not put out the Spirit’s fire
John 1: 1-28
John also proclaiming the coming of the Saviour
“Those who sow in tears will reap in joy”
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
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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