Church-wide News and Announcements

Please join us as we gather together to honour those residents who passed away since the start of Covid-19.

In the chapel at Rosebank Union Church
Saturday 28th May, 9:30am

Tea will be served after the service

Please RSVP by 20th May to: reception@rosehaven.org.za

RUC Kids will be having our first Family Sunday!
Join us on the 15th of May after the 10 am service for a day of fun, food, and opportunities to sign up for some exciting programs.

Boerewors Rolls will be on sale at R20 each. Christian Book Discounter (bookshop) will also have a stand with helpful and relevant books on sale.

Please RSVP here. See you there!

A Baptism service will take place on Sunday 5 June
For those wishing to be baptised, there will be a Baptism Class on Sunday 15 May
For more information email nomalanga@ruc.org.za

We will be having a dedication service on Sunday 15 May. Please contact nomalanga@ruc.org.za for more information.

We hope you enjoyed celebrating Easter this year as much as we did! As the Easter festivities subside (and with it the associated public holiday season), we are reminded that we constantly live our lives in proximity to the empty cross.

Which is just another way of saying ‘Gospel Culture’!


While the sermon series is now in the rear-view mirror, we thought it would be helpful to keep the series summary on the windscreen!

Not literally of course, at least not on your car! However you might like to keep it on your computer & phone’s ‘windscreen’ aka your desktop!

To that end we have designed a Gospel Culture series diagram, which we think quite aptly depicts the overall series.

It’s a kind of ‘cultural web’ where you can see in the visuals how the different Gospel Culture codes overlap each other. For instance:

• ‘Transformative Reconciliation’ clearly requires ‘Comprehensive Forgiveness’.

• ‘Mutual Correction’ along with ‘Authentic Vulnerability’ leads to spiritual growth.

Intuitively for most, love overlaps all the Culture Codes! If we truly receive the unconditional love of God, and love others in the same way, we will be well set to manifesting a Gospel Culture.


You can download these desktop wallpapers here.
Feel free to spread it around, and invite others to listen in on the series if they haven’t yet


Watch the Gospel Culture series on YouTube, and listen to the specials podcast here


We think it will be helpful to be reminded of these Culture Codes throughout the year, as we sincerely intend to see this embedded in the ministry direction of our Church. So watch this space!

Warm greetings,
Richard

P.S if you’re wondering what’s happening next with our sermon series for the year, I can tell you that we have a major series starting at the beginning of June, through a timeless Old Testament book, that we will seriously get stuck into in unprecedented ways! Coming to your favourite church soon..

A special invitation to all those interested in becoming a member of Rosebank Union Church. A pre-requisite is that you attend our membership class in order to become a member. It will be facilitated by Pastor Ndaba.

The next membership class will be held at the church on Sunday 29th May 2022 after the 10am Service

All COVID protocols will be strictly observed.

Please contact us – Evelyn Naidoo (evelyn@ruc.org.za) 011 784 6214 to book your place. (This event will thus include lunch, so booking is essential)

Please join us on Wednesday 27 April for our monthly day of Prayer and Fasting.

This month we will not have our online Zoom Prayer meeting.

The following prospective members have completed the membership class, and the interview process with the view of being recommended for membership. Should you have any concerns or comments, please raise them with any of the Pastoral Team:

  • Marjorie Brown
  • Nicole Campbell
  • Cheryl Dushmanitch
  • John Hague
  • Luke Jasper
  • Natasha Liebenberg
  • Charlotte and Lister Prinsloo
  • Joshua Storbeck
  • Vanessa Stratford
  • Brian Schultz
  • Sihle Tshabalala
  • Charne` and Mark Vinnicombe
  • Ivan and Sue Shutte
  • Luma Galdino

The season is changing: cooler air and warmer colours. I’m not a fan of winter, but Autumn I can do! Beautiful days for being outdoors, enjoying the green before it gets brown. It also means Easter is around the corner!


Easter Series

Easter is without doubt our biggest, most important, favourite time of the year! This year we have something special for you: a mini-series called ‘Gospel Images’, where we’ll re-tell the Easter story through some of its symbols. Intrigued? Diarise your Easter times with us!


End of the Gospel Culture Series

The start of a new series also means the end of our Gospel Culture sermon series. This coming Sunday is the grand finale, so be sure to join us as close the series out with a ‘boiling intensity’ (that will make more sense on Sunday!

In the next few weeks we will have some Gospel Culture digital wallpaper downloads for you, which will helpfully keep these Culture Codes in view throughout the year. Look out for these in the coming weeks (Warning: it’s a diagram!)

The end of the series also means a time of reflection for myself and the preaching team on the series. Did it go the way we wanted? Did it achieve what we hoped? Could we have said things better?

Answers: Mostly, Not sure, Yes! We’re going to process all of this in a special, once-off Scratchpad podcast episode. Look out for this in the coming few weeks.


Structural Change

As a Church we have obviously been concentrating our attention on Culture Change for the last few months, but there has also been some structural change going on!

Last week we had our Church AGM, and at that meeting approved a completely revised version of our Constitution, as well as some improvements to our Rules. You can see these documents and catch up on our AGM here. We believe this new constitution better reflects who we are as a Church in 2022, and will hopefully anchor RUC for the next 100 years!

At our AGM Bruce, our Treasurer, reported on the generous giving in 2021 which resulted in a healthy surplus at the end of the year. However, he also reported that in the first two months of this 2022 that surplus had eroded, funding a significant deficit in our year to date offerings. If you are in a position to start, or increase, your tithe, or give an additional once-off offering, it would enable our ministry to remain strong heading into this next quarter.

Ministry strength is something we celebrated at the AGM for 2021. There is a stunning video reporting on our work in 2021 which you can view here, or download a digital brochure here.


End of Restrictions?

I have been so grateful that we have been able to start the year the way we’re supposed to: Doors wide open, ministries pumping, people gathering for (mostly!) unrestricted for worship. We didn’t have that opportunity last year, and we certainly didn’t take it for granted this year! We’ve been excited at the steady growth in our Sunday gatherings and Next-Gen ministries.


Launch of JBC in Alex

We also saw the exciting launch of the JBC campus in Alexandra, the culmination of a year’s work from the team and the generous giving of our Church and Gospel Partners.

If you missed the update video this past Sunday you can see it here.


Now as the seasons change, and we look towards Easter, it’s a chance to really immerse ourselves in the central story of our faith.

We look forward to this next season with you!

Richard

Please join us for an afternoon of fellowship, tea/coffee, tea treats, and more.

Date:  Saturday 23 April 2022

Time: 15:00

Entertainment/Speaker: Cherry Pill (Violinist & Guitarist)

We look forward to seeing our Seniors there.
For more information contact: James Wetton on jamesw@ruc.org.za or 083 267 2123