13TH GENERAL CHURCH ASSEMBLY

The Maranatha Reformed Church of Christ will be holding her 13th General Church Assembly (GCA) scheduled as follows:

Dates: Monday, 5 October – Thursday, 8 October 2015

Venue: HeronBridge Retreat in Fourways (Gauteng Province)

Delegation: Ministers, candidate ministers, two delegates from each congregation, one delegate from each mission field, two delegates from each circuit and organ of support nationally and two delegates each from all Synod committees, commissions, boards and task teams

Official opening ceremony at the 13th General Church Assembly (GCA):

The official opening ceremony will be on Tuesday, 6 October 2015 starting from 9h00. All delegates are expected to be in the assembly hall at 8h30, in full church uniform.  Messages of greetings from fraternal friends will be delivered immediately after the church service that will be led by the outgoing Moderator, Prof. Matsobane Manala.

There will be fundraising at the 13th General Church Assembly and it has been planned as follows:- Every circuit is asked to bring an envelope with at least R1 000 inside; Every congregation/mission field is asked to bring an envelope with at least R500 inside; About two hours will be spend on fundraising in the form of “motjekelezo”, whereby each circuit will come with delegates from congregations and mission field within it and assist in raising funds for the National Office; Envelopes from individuals will also be accepted and acknowledged. The fundraising will be on Wednesday, 7th October 2015 at 14H00.

A STATEMENT OF THE COMMISSION OF THE GENERAL CHURCH ASSEMBLY OF THE MARANATHA REFORMED CHURCH OF CHRIST ON RECENT XENOPHOBIC ATTACKS

The Commission of the General Church Assembly of the Maranatha Reformed Church of Christ (MRCC) during its sitting in Pretoria on Saturday 18 April 2015 expressed its shock at and abhorrence of the xenophobic attacks carried out with extreme brutality by some lunatic South African citizens. The MRCC Commission of the GCA calls for an immediate stop to this barbaric slaughter of our Fellow Africans who seek refuge and fellowship in our democratic South Africa.  As Christians, we have a Divine injunction to love and care for the foreigners who are our true fellow sons and daughters of Mother Africa.

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MESSAGE FROM THE MRCC MODERATOR, PROF. MJ MANALA

Introduction

The Maranatha Reformed Church of Christ is one of the quantitatively and qualitatively slow-growing churches in South Africa. The church is as a result among the financially poorest churches. The church has since inception relied heavily on the theological and financial support from the Netherdutch Reformed Church of Africa (NRCA) for which she has always expressed appreciation and gratitude. While this assistance was and continues to be helpful, it proved to be unviable and unsustainable. When the realisation dawned on the two churches that the belief and dream the NRCA of being the sole provider of both theological and financial resources to the MRCC was neither viable nor sustainable, the spirit of dependence and entitlement was deeply entrenched in the latter. The support had turned the MRCC into a pathetically passive parasite that could not live independently without dire consequences for its ecclesial life and prophetic witness.

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POVERTY IN SOUTH AFRICAN VILLAGES AND TOWNSHIPS: WHAT IS THE CHURCH’S ROLE IN POVERTY ALLEVIATION?

INTRODUCTION

Twenty years of democracy do not seem to have brought a change in the South African poverty situation. Walking in villages and townships, one cannot miss people who scavenge for food in dustbins and refuse dumping areas, even fighting with dogs looking for the same “treasure”. The majority of these people stay in informal settlements. This situation constitutes a serious community problem as the houses of people living near these houses frequently get broken into and their possessions stolen. Street corners in cities are also full of those who beg for donations. This article highlights the possible definition, meaning, implications, causes and possible action on the part of the church.

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1923-2013 : 90 Years of serving the Lord

WE CELEBRATED JOYFULLY!

The Maranatha Reformed Church of Christ (MRCC) is 90 years old this year. The Church was officially established on 23 May 1923. The 90th anniversary was celebrated on Saturday, 30 November 2013 from 8:00 – 16:00. The venue was the Goddefroy Hall at the Church Office in Pretoria. The event has been captured in a DVD that will be downloaded onto the website soon.

The event was covered by DSTV Channel 340 (Dumisa TV) and Sowetan newspaper. Prof Matsobane Manala, Moderator of the MRCC led the church service and Dr Zuze Banda reminded the attendants about the history of the Church. It was wonderful to see even senior citizens like our dear gogo Mahlasela and others in attendance.

We are looking forward to the centenary celebrations in 2023! The MRCC will be 100 years old in ten years time!

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