Pastor’s Pen – April 27, 2012

Never in our 21 year history have we met with such sickness as our church is undergoing at the present time.  Because our congregation is primarily young and middle-aged, we have not faced the number of serious illnesses that older congregations encounter.  I felt led to teach a 3 part series on “Scriptural Sickness” on Wednesday evenings to help our people understand the Lord’s purpose and plan in the midst of these afflictions.  If you would, please remember specifically the following in prayer: Frank, Valentina, Blair, and Carol.

The Lord has blessed us with a great group of new visitors over the past few months. Of them, five families have been regularly attending.  All the adults have professed salvation with some now scheduled for baptism.

This week, a number of our families are delivering John and Roman booklets to a predominantly Muslim community.  Pray for the salvation of these precious souls for whom Christ died.

On Sunday mornings, Sunday school classes are held at 10am for toddlers, children, teens, and adults.  My adult class is in the midst of a study of the Psalms.  I am continuing my expository preaching series on Sunday mornings through the book of Philippians.  This Sunday, I am continuing a 6 part sermon series on Christian thinking from Philippians 4:6-9 entitled “Protect Your Mind.”  By guarding our thinking, God’s peace will permeate our minds!  On Sunday nights, I am preaching topical messages.  Wednesday evenings are dedicated to our prayer groups and a Bible study.  I am currently teaching an expository study of 1 Kings.  In each of our four regularly scheduled services we have a nursery and children classes.

On Sunday, May 13th, we celebrate Mother’s Day.  We have a potted flower for each mother in attendance.

There is a work night on Friday, May 18th.

On Sunday, May 20th, there is a Singspiration in the evening service.  There will also be a child dedication segment with baptisms to follow.  Right now we have four to be baptized.  Following the evening service, we are off to the Toronto waterfront for an evening of fellowship.

On Friday, May 25th, our ladies are headed to Ajax for the annual Ladies Retreat.

On Saturday, May 26th, there is a church-wide bowling activity.

On Sunday, May 27th, we are having our first Friend Day and BBQ of the year.  There is no evening service that day.

Then, on Thursday evening through Sunday evening, June 7-10, Evangelist Max Alderman will be back with us preaching: Thursday: 7pm; Friday: 7pm; Saturday: 6pm; Sunday: 10am, 11am, 6pm.  We invite you to join us for these soul-stirring services!
May the Lord bless you.  It is solely by God’s grace that all of us are saved and sustained!  God help us to remain faithful to Him in these perilous times!

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