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You might be familiar with the ‘Love is…’ comics. These comics show a boy and a girl in love, accompanied by a phrase that states what love is. “Love is… watching a sunset together”, “Love is… when you only have eyes for each other”, “Love is… sharing a milkshake”, etc!
At 30, I think I finally know what true love is... and having a family has taught me this. It’s not simply watching a sunset together or sharing a milkshake. There is nothing ‘trivial’ about true love.
No, instead, love is… when you cannot wait to see your husband at 5 pm - not because he is bringing you anything, but just because your soul really longs to be with him again.
Love is… putting your book down for the 'hundredth' time, because your toddler wants your attention and you really want to give it to him.
Love is… feeling the greatest 'high' imaginable, because your child is sitting on your lap and you are rubbing his or her back.
Love is… crying when you hear about a death, because you are thinking of your own loved ones.
Love is… running like you have never done before when you hear a crash somewhere in the house, fearing your baby or husband has hurt themselves.
Love is… instinctively praying for someone’s safety when they leave your presence.
If God is love, then surely God must feel this way about me. So in the light of thanksgiving, I want to thank you, Lord, for teaching me, through my loved ones, about your love for me. Now I can begin to fathom it. Thank you for my loved ones, and please keep them in good health.
01 December 2013
On the 16th June we ordained six new elders to share in the work of the Church Council. We welcome Astrid Beyers, Solly Ferreira, Deborah Flannery, Ntombentsha Gwele, Pieter Oelofse, and Caroline Swellengrebel and look forward to the ways in which their lives will be a source of joy and thanksgiving to us all.
There is a worrying widening gap between our budget and total income. For more information click on the "Piggy Bank" running on empty. Thank you for your support.
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.
Bingo Evening #2
Time is running out! BOOK NOW. Please let us have your names for the BINGO EVENING next Friday @ 6.30 in the hall. Brian needs to know for catering purposes. Come and have fun!
Please contact the office if you have Pastoral needs. Ds. Carel Anthonissen will be available on a Tuesday morning.
Brian is also urgently looking for volunteers to help at The WINELANDS MARATHON. Get involved and help us to make this a successful fund raiser.
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.
31 October 2013 | Masifunde Crèche - Christmas Party | Thank you for your past support. Please take a boy (green) name from the Christmas tree on the porch. A gift of aprrox R60.00, to be handed in to Audrey at the office Donations of sweet treats or cash will also be most welcome. Lynne Conchar (082 884 9481)
16 November 2013 - 19h00 | Winelands Marathon | Brian is also urgently looking for volunteers to help at The WINELANDS MARATHON. Get involved and help us to make this a successful fund raiser.
21 November 2013 | Golf Day | Whoever said “Practice makes perfect” obviously never played golf. Contact Audrey or visit our "Golf Day" page to find out more about this fun event
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.
Student Bible Study | This group, led by David Hunter, meets each Wednesday from 17h15 at 3 Blenheim Rd, Die Boord. We are currently studying the Sermon on the Mount.