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"He is man-made.."
I can do all things in him who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13)
Not long ago I had the cables of my car’s battery replaced.
What a hassle! The nuts were tightened up over a long time, not that easy to reach and therefore quite difficult to unscrew. I was in a hurry and also at a loss as how personally to deal with this more practical and mechanical problem.
Just looking at the mechanic’s struggle to reach and undo the nuts made me nervous. After wandering off for a while, hoping that that will bring some calm, I came back to see how he progressed.
Finally, I could not help myself anymore and had to ask. “My friend, how are you doing? Do you know where all the nuts are seated? And will you succeed in unscrewing them?”
The mechanic was a friendly and relaxed kind of person. He looked up amused when I posed my question. As if he could not believe how one can stress over such a trivial matter. Or even doubt his ability to help.
And then smilingly he gave an answer which not only surprised me, but which betrayed a whole philosophy and outlook on life – one which stayed with me for the rest of the day. “The nut which seems so difficult to unscrew – he is man-made. If you can tighten him, you will also be able to unscrew him. You will see: in the end he will yield to my efforts.”
He is man-made! What a consoling word for our daily worries and anxieties! Because how many circumstances, situations or relationships present themselves as hopeless, desperate and irreversible, simply because we have forgotten this simple truth? As if nothing further can be done. As if certain matters or affairs or relationships are permanently stuck. As if we are the helpless victims of an unpersonal force or fate.
No, exactly because we are in most instances the makers of our own life, the creators of our own destiny, also of the miseries, hardships and ill luck that sometimes plague our lives, we are also free and able to do something about it.
Tightened screws can be undone. And screws that proverbially had become unstuck in our lives, can be fastened and tightened again. They are indeed man-made! Which means that nothing is so hopeless or desperate that it can’t be addressed, handled and changed. What is more: as believers we may profess along with Paul that we can do all things in Him who strengthens us (Philippians 4:13)
09 March 2014
Many of you will remember Marietjie Grobler and her daughter Catharina, members of our congregation, who were killed in a car accident near Pretoria two years ago. The Elgar Chorale, an outstanding choir from Worcestershire, where Marietjie, Piet and Catharina lived in the UK, will be visiting us in April this year to give a concert in memory of Marietjie and Catharina. This will be held in the Stellenbosch United Church on Saturday 12 April at 19h30. Dr Barry Smith and the St George’s Choir will join them. This is going to be a very special occasion with superb music. Please book this Saturday evening and tell your friends about it as well. We will also need to host about twelve choir members over the weekend of the 11-13th of April. If you are able to accommodate a choir member for that period of time, please contact Audrey at our church office. We will give more details about this concert closer to the time.
Student Bible Study
We look forward to this years first official Bible Study, which will take place on Wednesday, 12 February at David's home in Die Boord. We will be looking more closely at another gospel, but suggestions are welcome. For more information navigate to the "Student Page" from the sidebar.
www.unitedchurchstellenbosch.co.za has been launched! Feel free to navigate through the site and make yourselves at home. Among the many features are the integration of Facebook & Twitter, weekly readings, events and an interesting history section.
Scroll down to see the 3 associated Facebook pages. "Like" these pages and get more involved within the congregation and see what your church has been up to lately. Here, you will also be kept up to date with the latest news and information about events and projects. This is a great place for new ideas, bible study groups and to put names to those familiar faces. Photo's or videos of past projects and events can be viewed and do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to contribute any relavent media. Stellenbosch United Church has also made it's way onto Twitter. Follow @StellenboschUC or view the latest tweets directly from the website.
Calling all Gr 11’s. Please send your names and contact details to the office if you would like to join the confirmation class
Ice Tea For All
There will be cold Ice Tea outside the door after the Evening Services this summer. Flavours vary during this process of elimination. Peach, lemon, rooibos and berry are still on the cards. All are welcome.
June Tocknell makes the most wonderful cards. You will not get anything as nice, for the price of R5.00. Please come and have a look and support our very important Benevolent Fund
Trauma Centre 2013
We collected R2079.00 for the TRAUMA CENTRE during 2013. Please help yourself to the bottles on the table. We have decided to support the Trauma centre again for 2014. Thank you for your faithful support.
New Bible Study
We are starting a new Bible study on 2 Corinthians, do join us! Mondays 8 to 9pm. Contact Carol 021-8871781, 073 534 3738, email@example.com
A message from Night Shelters in Stellenbosch
There are currently two shelters for the Homeless in Stellenbosch: the Stellenbosch Night Shelter and the Municipal Shelter. Both shelters are run by the Stellenbosch Night Shelter Committee. Please do not give money to beggars. Stellenbosch is a caring community and practical help is available.
What can I do to help?
Meals: We welcome any supplements to our basic menu of soup and bread.
Clothes: Clothing, especially men's clothing and shoes are in great demand.
Goods: Donations of toiletries, blankets, coffee, sugar, cleaning materials and rubbish bags are welcome.
Job Creation: You can make a valuable contribution by passing on possible employment opportunities. Many residents are gardeners or domestic workers.
Development Projects: We welcome projects which improve the quality of life or skills of our residents. In the interests of residents' welfare, projects are selected very carefully.
Services: We welcome volunteers who offer specialised services for free or at cost, e.g. maintenance, garden supervision etc.
Relief Supervising: Relief supervisor work involves taking over the supervisor's duties for one night.
Funds: The Stellenbosch Night Shelter needs financial support to cover it's running costs. (Bank: ABSA, Account: 1060131020, Branch: 632005)
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We welcome your second hand books. For more information contact Audrey, the church secretary or come to her office between 08h15 and 13h00 to browse through our book shelves.
It's all in the name - Care Coins. This year we will be supporting the Trauma Centre and the Soup Kitchen. Please take an empty bottle from the entrance porch table and fill it with your loose change.
16 March 2014 | AGM | This years AGM will take place after the morning service. For more information, contact Audrey
12 April 2014 - 19:30 | Concert in memory of Marietjie and Catharina | The Elgar Chorale, an outstanding choir from Worcestershire, where Marietjie, Piet and Catharina lived in the UK, will be visiting us in April this year to give a concert in memory of Marietjie and Catharina. This will be held in the Stellenbosch United Church on Saturday 12 April at 19h30. Dr Barry Smith and the St George’s Choir will join them. This is going to be a very special occasion with superb music. Please book this Saturday evening and tell your friends about it as well.
12 February - 15 October | Student Bible Study | The Student Bible Study takes place at David's home in Die Boord. Feel free to invite your friends along to partake in our Wednesday Bible Study or any of our bucket list socials. If you have not joined us yet, we will be delighted to have you with us and will catch you up in no time. Looking at another gospel this year, we welcome any other suggestions.
Find us on facebook
Official | The Stellenbosch United Church official facebook page. We encourage all members and friends to share event photos and information.
Youth | All youth at Stellenbosch United Church are all welcome and this is a great place to get the latest information regarding small groups and programs.
Students | This group, led by David Hunter, meets each Wednesday from 17h30 at 3 Blenheim Rd, Die Boord. We also have a "Bucket list" for 2014