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125th Centenary Celebrations
Eureka News (Western Cape Circuit
(PDF) 27 MAY 2010
Appointment of Honorary Dean
(C Hendricks) (PDF)

Watchword for the Year 2011:
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.   Romans 12:21
Watchwords for the Month (January):
So God created mankind in His own image, in the image of God He created them; male and female He created them. Genesis 1: 27

1st January - New Years Day (white)
Better a small serving of vegetables with love than a fattened calf with hatred. Proverbs 15: 17
Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. Ephesians 4:15

2nd January - Epiphany Sunday (white)
Watchwords for the week:
Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. Isaiah 60:1
Old Testament: Isaiah 60: 1-6                                 Psalm: 72: 1-7, 10 -14
Epistle: Ephesians 3: 1-12                                      Gospel: Matthew 2: 1-12
Then this city will bring me renown, joy, praise and honor before all nations on earth that hear of all the good things I do for it; and they will be in awe and will tremble at the abundant prosperity and peace I provide for it. Jeremiah 33: 9
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 5:1

9th January 1st Sunday after Epiphany (white)
Watchwords for the week:
A bruised reed He will not break, and a smoldering wick He will not snuff out. In faithfulness He will bring forth justice. Isaiah 42: 3
Old Testament: Isaiah: 42: 1-9                               Psalm: 29
Epistle: Acts: 10:34-43                                           Gospel: Matthew: 3: 13-17
For you are not a God who is pleased with wickedness; with you, evil people are not welcome. Psalm 5:4
The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. Matthew 8:8

16th 2nd Sunday after Epiphany (green)
Watchwords for the week:
God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.   1 Corinthians: 1:9
Old Testament: Isaiah: 49: - 1-7                                       Psalm: 40: 1-11
Epistle: 1 Corinthians 1: 1-9                                   Gospel: John 1: 29 -42
Do not put the Lord your God to the test as you did at Massah.    Deuteronomy 6:16
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Galatians 6:7

23rd 3rd Sunday after Epiphany (green)
Watchwords for the week:
The Lord is my light and my salvation whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life of whom shall I be afraid?   Psalm 27: 1
Old Testament: Isaiah: 9: 1-4                                 Psalm: 27: 1,4-9
Epistle: 1 Corinthians 1: 10 -18                               Gospel: Matthew: 4: 12-23
David was greatly distressed because the men were talking of stoning him; each one was bitter in spirit because of his sons and daughters. But David found strength in the Lord his God.  1 Samuel 30:6
Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” Mark 9: 24

30th 4th Sunday after Epiphany (green)
Watchwords for the week:
For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 1Corinthians 1: 18
Old Testament: Isaiah: Micah 6: 1-8                       Psalm: 15
Epistle: 1 Corinthians 1: 18-31                                Gospel: Matthew: 5: 1-12
For this is what the Sovereign LORD says: I myself will search for my sheep and look after them.                                                                                                                                                  Ezekiel 34:11
Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. Matthew 9: 35





125th Centenary Celebrations
1885- 2010



Formed under the leadership of the Berlin Mission Society and Rev J Arndt, the congregation was named after St. Sylvestri, the Congregation of Rev. Arndt’s father Rev .Dr Julius Carl Arndt in Wernigerode, Germany. 

Land was made available on which a start was made with the erection of a spacious corrugated iron dwelling devoid of most of interior walls so that it could be used as a hall.  Rev. Carl Meyer dedicated the hall on 08th November 1885. 
In 1888 work was begun on the construction of a Church which was consecrated on
13 Jan 1889.

For 75 years this Church was home to the Lutherans in Beaconsfield and surrounding areas, until the Group Area’s Act came into being and people were forceably resettled in other areas, mainly Florianville and Colville.
An alternative place of Worship was needed and the present plot was allocated on which a Church Hall was built.  The Church Hall was consecrated on 31st July 1960.

The Church in Study Street, Beaconsfield was still used, mainly for Weddings, Confirmations, Christmas Services, Easter Services and Communion Sundays.
It was finally demolished in 1977.

The present Church is an extension to the Church Hall built in 1960, 50 years ago this year. 
In 1993 building of the Church as it is today was started under the leadership of the late Dean M. Heradien.
The Building was completed under the leadership of the Present Dean A. Matthys and was consecrated on 1 March 1998 by the Rt. Rev. A. Fortuin.

All ministries are active in the Parish.  We are especially proud of the Sunday School, Praise and Worship Team and the Youth, who in spite of adverse influences and waning numbers are prevailing in their endeavors to serve the Lord.

St Sylvester’s is still the preferred place of Worship for Lutherans from all parts of our Country.  Many visitors from both local and abroad frequently attend; students and the like are all welcomed also.

St Sylvester’s has lost none of Her shine and still is a beacon for worshippers in Recreation Road, Florianville.
New Years Eve is testimony to this when Lutherans and other non Lutheran congregants gather here in a packed Church to welcome the New Year.

The following calendar relates to the immediate celebrations. Feel free to visit is on any of the days and join us in celebrating 125 years of worship.


Monday 8, November 2010                 18.30 Thanksgiving Service

Tuesday, 9 November 2010                18.30 Book Launch

Wednesday, 10 November 2010 18.30 Music Evening

Thursday, 11 November 2010           16.00    Fun day for children / youth

Friday,   12 November 2010                18.30 Variety Activities (Make the circle bigger)    
Saturday, 13 November 2010              09.00 Bazaar

Sunday, 14 November 2010                09.00 Sunday Service with Holy Communion.                                
Our Centenary celebrations will last until 2 December 2010. For more information, do not hesitate to contact the following persons.
                                                          Dean A. Matthys         0725171509
Mr. Ross                     053 -8711002
Mr. Damoense            084 472 5448



Celebrate with Eureka Congregation (Western Cape Circuit)

Eureka Congregation celebrates her centenary this year. In 1906 a number of pioneers formed the nucleus of the Eureka congregation. On 31 May 1910 the first church building, a wood-and-iron structure, was consecrated and this was then officially accepted as the birth of the congregation. A school started a few weeks earlier, as well as the Sunday School. The Sunday School therefore also celebrates her centenary this year.

The congregation grew slowly but steadily and one needs to purchase our brochure to follow Eureka’s colourful history. Eureka boasts a wonderful church building with excellent acoustics. This structure eventually replaced the old one in 1954 and Mr. Grammer was the master builder of this project. He built a number of churches and this year marks the 50th anniversary of the last one he built, the one in Oudtshoorn. We nearly lost Eureka during the bitter days of separate development, but after long battles by the congregational council our struggle eventually prevailed.

Apart from the building and its associate amenities, we also have the following ministries. The Sunday school recently started a gospel dance group as its latest endeavour; the Prayer Women’s League will celebrate her 60th anniversary in 2012 while the choir will also become 60 next year. The Prayer Men’s League was formed in 2008. In addition, there is an active Prayer Circle. The Prayer Youth League is not very active and this is a concern.

We receive visitors from abroad regularly and the most recent visits were from a group of Choir Masters from Sweden lead by Anders Nyberg as well as the choir of Luther College, Iowa, U.S.A. Both choirs initiated the 2010 Centenary celebrations. Since 2006 we were in partnership with Sonstraal N.G.Kerk as part of a Healing of the memories initiative. The Spandau Circuit and Christ the King Lutheran congregation in USA have also kept a close relation with us.

Eureka produced eight pastors. This include Bishops Emeritus Andreas Fortuin and Mervyn Assur, as well as Hendrik Davids, Johan Isaacs, Peter Stuurman, Joseph Standaar (Executive Treasurer), Sybil Chetty and Karin Fourie. A 9th candidate, Mark Lakey, applied to join the ministry. The congregation was served by a number of pastors; you need to purchase the centenary brochure to read about them as well as the remarkable members of the congregation.

The following calendar relates to the immediate celebrations. Feel free to visit is on any of the days and join us in celebrating 100 years of worship.

Event Date Time
3 Thanksgiving Service 30-May-10 10:00
4 Eureka Sings 30-May-10 15:30
5 Birthday Service 31-May-10 19:30
6 Prayer and Praise 01-Jun-10 19:30
7 Festival Concert 02-Jun-10 19:00
8 Centenary Ball 04-Jun-10 19:00
9 Family Fun Day 05-Jun-10 10:00
10 Centenary Service 06-Jun-10 09:00

Our Centenary celebrations will last until 2 December 2010. For more information, do not hesitate to contact:
Martin Hendricks (Centenary Co-ordinator)
082 202 3345
27 May 2010

News Articles :

Vocational training opportunity successfully implemented
31 August 2009 (submitted by Rev. N. Brandt)

The Bloemfontein East Parish (ELCSA-COD) is currently busy with a building project and more specific the building of a Church that will be able to accommodate 450 worshippers.  In the light of the Diocesan invitation towards vocational training, the opportunity was utilized to apply for funding towards introductory courses in bricklaying and welding.  It was envisaged to act pro-actively and utilize these skills acquired for the above project.

During the period 20 July 2009 to 7 August 2009, the church ground and property of the St. Petrus (Heidedal) Congregation received a facelift when five youngsters (three in bricklaying, namely Collin Arries, Jannie Fandie and Ronny Mitchelson, and two in welding, namely Sebastian Jooste and Willem Human ) were given  introductory courses run by instructors qualified in their respective trades to guide these students.  The instructors perceived the students as willing to learn, eager and conscientious towards the various input and education. Much fruit is expected to come from these humble initiatives.

The project was successfully concluded, free of any incidents and/or accidents, for which we can only thank our Protector and Sustainer.  We hope that at a later stage, depending on the availability of funding, that these skills can be improved to a higher level.  The trainee bricklayers are currently assisting in the building of the foundation of the Church, whilst the welders were called upon by their families to assist and show off their skills with tasks at home.

Each student expressed thanks to the Church and donors for this empowerment opportunity as these valuable skills will be beneficial to them, their families and the society at large.  They are making their families and Cape-Orange Diocese (ELCSA) proud!

Christian NewsFeed - (articles and views below do not necassarily reflect those of ELCSA-COD)


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