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Pastor's Message

The kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit." (Romans 14:17) The Romans Christians were striving with one another over what they should eat or drink. The strife was causing hard feelings and threatening division.

Paul addressed the tension, reminding them about what really mattered. Christ's kingdom is not made known by squabbling over secondary issues. It is visible when we manifest "righteousness, peace, and joy." How we act is crucial in making known the love of Christ. Zeal for the Lord is good but certain ways of being zealous backfire, bringing disrepute on the Savior we love. It is crucial we treat others with respect and integrity (righteously). We maintain our cool, even when circumstances get tense (peace). We retain joy, remembering Christ's grace and love are bigger than our "issues."

If we serve Christ well, our zeal flows through these Spirit-given channels. 

Special Announcements

Sunday, July 25:  This Sunday at the end of our service, we will have our regular breakout rooms for 10 minutes, and then we will come together as one large fellowship, so we can have a chance to wish Pastor Axel a Happy Retirement! 

Donating via the website:  If you are currently using the Pre-Authorized Giving through direct deposit the following is for credit card donors only.  If you are having trouble using the DONATE button then GIVE ONLINE NOW on the website please let Judy or Toni know.  Setting up an account can be helpful, as soon as you donate you instantly receive an email with the details of your transaction.  All giving history is also tracked and available for you to view.  You can make changes or set up a recurring weekly or monthly donation.  Something else to consider is getting the app from the Google Store or the App Store, by doing so you can donate anytime anywhere! 

Boundaries: A 9-week course on Zoom will ask questions such as:

  • can I set limits and still be a loving person?
  • how do I answer someone who wants all of my time, love, energy, and money?
  • why do I feel guilty when I consider setting boundaries?

The course will run Saturdays, 9:00 -10:45am, starting August 7 through October 2, 2021.  You can sign up on the church website where you’ll find further details.  

Prayer and Praise:  Returning Friday, July 30 at 7pm!  The Prayer and Praise group will be meeting on the last Friday of each month in the Sanctuary.  Come and enjoy an evening of Prayer and Praise, all are welcome! 

 Larry Schram:  On August 1, Larry Schram, our CBWC Regional Minister, will be our guest speaker. The sermon title is:  A Purpose Runs Through It.  The Scripture is Romans 8:28, “it’s a wonderful reminder that our Lord can weave all things together for his purposes”.  We look forward to welcoming Larry back.  

Welcome Back to Church HOE-DOWN:  We are excited to announce that we will be hosting a HOE-DOWN to celebrate the re-opening of the church.  On Sunday, September 19 we will have a time of food, fellowship, and fun together!  Pastor Axel and Karen will be honoured guests so that we can say our farewells in person.  Save the date on your calendars.  More details to come.

Going on this Week

Prayer Chain: If you would like to be a part of the prayer team contact Jane Sidjak in the office.  The prayer chain is for an immediate request for prayer.  It is confidential and requests are received by email.  Please email Jane with your requests.  Contact email here.

Small Groups: small group details can be found on our website.  If you would like more information or join a small group, contact Chris Kibble.

Exercise at Home: Donna Weston, a certified personal trainer is offering a free weekly 30-minute workout via Zoom on Wednesdays.  Call the office for her contact information.