Welcome to our family! We are a welcoming bunch of Jesus followers who don't take ourselves too seriously! We are the church all week long... but we try to get together at least once a week at our celebration service at 10:45. ) You can even check us out in advance by listening to our services, watching the video, or reading the bulletins. Just click the menus above.
The scarves have arrived!!! These beautiful scarves, made by ladies in Kenya, are for sale for $25. Half of the money will go directly to the ladies in Kenya who made the scarves. The other half will go to the "She Matters Too" CBM campaign. So the entire amount will be used to bless women around the world - and you can bless yourself or a mother, daughter, friend with a pretty scarf!
We will have them available this Sunday - or if you're curious, feel free to stop by Penny's office Thursday or Friday.
If you are interested in baptism or membership, please register for our Baptism & Belonging Class to be held on Wednesday, February 10 at 7:00 p.m.
Bringing People Into The Caring Community Of Christ
February 1, 2016 - "Sad News & Happy News" Edition
Sad news. Our church family has definitely had its share of that in the past year. I was saddened this evening to hear that Julieta S.'s mother passed away. Then I opened Facebook and read a post by Desiree H., stating that it's been two months since she lost her brother. And of course we have lost a number of our dear ComBap friends to illness over the past several months.
Pastor Joell's wise words come to mind that the grieving we experience comes simply because we loved. Love is always worth it. Henri J.M. Nouwen says, "Every time we make the decision to love someone, we open ourselves to great suffering, because those we most love cause us not only great joy but also great pain. The greatest pain comes from leaving. When the child leaves home, when the husband or wife leaves for a long period of time or for good, when the beloved friend departs to another country or dies, the pain of the leaving can tear us apart. Still, if we want to avoid the suffering of leaving, we will never experience the joy of loving. And love is stronger than fear, life stronger than death, hope stronger than despair. We have to trust that the risk of loving is always worth taking."
And as Christians, we have the amazing promise of Revelation 21:3-5.
3 I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. 4 He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.” 5 And the one sitting on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new!” And then he said to me, “Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true.”
Until that promise is fulfilled (which could be quicker than we expect!), let's remember to "be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep" (Romans 12:15). Another word for that is "community".
On the good news front, we truly rejoice with Devin & Alicia B. that sweet Baby Lily is making good progress and will soon be transferred from Edmonton to Saskatoon!
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