Missions

Pour Out (how else can you get filled up?)

I got a great piece of advice from Encounters (our women's group) that had me thinking about how I approach my prayer time. Beth Moore encouraged us to "pour out" when we come to God so that we can be "filled up." The idea is to lay down everything that is filling us up with anxious thoughts, burdens, trouble (the list can go on) and then we are ready to hear and respond to the voice of the Spirit and be filled with His presence, His character, His wisdom, etc.

This is something that typically happens for me at some point when I am in a focused prayer time but not always the way that I would start. I had an opportunity to intentionally give it a shot during Fast & Pray Wednesday a couple of days later. We spend the thirty minutes praying on our own and so I sat down with the intention to "pour out". Do you know what I discovered? There was a lot to pour. When I took that pause in the middle of my day and tried to focus on prayer, I discovered that my mind and heart were full and distracted by a lot of things!

While this isn't really much of a shock since we all have a lot of things going on each day, it really reminded me how necessary silence and solitude is. If I had not been quiet, I would not have noticed the noise.

I'm grateful for the reminder and want to offer it to you as an encouragement to find the time to intentionally "pour out" and see what God might want to fill you with. He is so good that I can hardly begin to imagine what He can and will do with a heart that is poised to receive.

See you on Sunday,
Pastor Tracy


This Sunday

Speaking The Truth
"The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is Vital (Going Deeper Makes Me Nervous)”

Join us on Sunday at 10am as our Pastor Tracy continues in our series.

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Sending (ciao, Miss Margaret!)

While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, ‘Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.’ So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off.
— Acts 13:2-3

With the same heart that the early church had for sending out people who had a calling to ministry outside of the local church, we are getting ready to send Margaret to Honduras next week. We are going to take time in our service on Sunday to commission her to her ministry calling and pray for her together. While I know it will be hard to say goodbye for seven months, I have so much joy in being a part of the church family who is releasing her to her new adventure. What a beautiful thing.

Here's what you can add to your prayer list for the rest of the year for Margaret:

  • God's continued guidance and direction in this new adventure.

  • Safety while traveling and serving.

  • The children and families that she is ministering to would come to know Jesus and have a personal relationship with Him.

You can follow Margaret's adventures on her Facebook group and we will share updates on our social accounts as well. (Links below.)

Also, everyone is invited to stay for lunch after the service if you'd like to spend a few moments sending her off and saying goodbye. We're going to keep it simple - $5/person for pizza, salad, dessert and beverages. Just be sure to RSVP for you and/or your family by tomorrow. (Yep, gluten-free options will be available.)

What a privilege we have this Sunday. I'm looking forward to sharing it with all of you.

See you then,
Pastor Tracy


This Sunday

Speaking The Truth
"The Holy Spirit Transforms Minds (I’m Fighting a Battle That You Can’t See)”

Join us on Sunday at 10am as our Pastor Tracy continues in our series.

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Living Generously (what's next for giving?)

On Sunday I took a few moments to share our 2019 Missions Giving Plan with you. Living generous lives doesn't happen by accident. It happens when we are intentional with our resources, making everything available to God to use for His kingdom. It happens when we think of everything we have in this life as a gift to steward and we recognize who the true Owner is. This is true of all of our resources: our time, our talent and our finances.

Rob and I invite you to join our family as we make a financial plan for this coming year that demonstrates our commitment to stewarding our resources and stretches our faith in new ways. We continue to set aside our tithe first and ask God to show us how else we can support mission and ministry sacrificially. I'm not just giving lip service when I tell you that we love to do this because of the freedom and blessing we find in generosity. We want to grow in this area of discipleship and we encourage you to make this a part of what's next for you, too!

The button below will take you the plan for our church's plan to give to missions this year. If you weren't here on Sunday go ahead and click on that so you can join us in giving over and above this year.

Can't wait to get started,
Pastor Tracy


This Sunday

WHAT’S NEXT?
Know God

Join us on Sunday at 10am as Pastor Del concludes our series.

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Partners in Mission... Ray of Hope (say hi!)

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Say Hello To... Ray of Hope

Allow me to introduce you to or reacquaint you with one of our missions partners. Ray of Hope works right here in Kitchener and provides life-changing services to people in need. They demonstrate the love of Christ to those who are disadvantaged, marginalized, or troubled. Their vision is: "People investing in people. Inspiring Hope. Transforming Life." Wow - it's no wonder that we count it a privilege to partner with Ray of Hope. Their vision and ours share so much in common.

Ray of Hope works in so many different areas of our community. Specifically, they focus on:

  • Community Support
  • Refugee Support
  • Youth Justice
  • Youth Employment
  • Youth Addiction

For the past several years we have been sending a team every other month to make and serve a meal at the Ray of Hope Community Centre. This year, even as we continue to do that, we have a plan to raise funds over and above the cost of the food to be able to bless their ministry in some way at the end of the year. 

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We appreciate everyone who has served with our Freedom team at Ray of Hope and invite you to get involved if you want to participate with us. (Just email Katie and let her know you're interested.)

Thank you for partnering with us as we support this great work in our community and our missions families!

See you on Sunday, 
Pastor Tracy

Want to know more about our 2018 Missions Giving Plan? Click here.


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This Sunday...

School of Prayer: Teach Us the Holy Spirit's Power

Praise the Lord for Pentecost - the gift of the Spirit empowering us. Now what? Do you ever wish that there was an "owner's manual" on how to use the Holy Spirit's power? Or does the Holy Spirit use us? Or is it both? So many questions. I have an idea. Let's ask Jesus to teach us to use the Holy Spirit's power. 

See you on Sunday.
Bjorn

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Parters in Mission: The Fellers (say hi!)

Say Hello To... The Fellers

Bethany, Teresa, Zoe, Timothy, Jeremy

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I wanted to take a moment to introduce you to or reacquaint you with one of our missions families this week. The Fellers are a truly remarkable family with a missions calling in Ethiopia that resonates strongly with our own life transformation vision. 

Jeremy and Teresa have three children - 5-year-olds Bethany and Timothy and almost 4-year-old, Zoe. They live in Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia, and use it as a launching point to minister all over eastern and northern Africa. 

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Recently, Jeremy was appointed the Africa Regional Director for PAOC Missions and so he's using Addis as a home base to give leadership the continent now! He's also uniquely qualified for ministry in Ethiopia because his love of coffee runs very, very deep (if his Facebook photos - 20+ - of cups of "buna" are any indication!).

Jeremy's heart beats to see the transforming gospel of Jesus Christ expand into the the parts of Africa that haven't been reached with the gospel and to raise the next generation of missionaries. Jeremy is a respected teacher and leader in the Ethiopian context. He has worked in training and releasing church planters, discipling young leaders, Bible college ministry, and on the leadership team of Addis Christian Life Assembly. 

As we move through 2018 we'll be bringing you updates on what the Fellers are up to in Ethiopia and how our investment in their ministry is transforming lives in Ethiopia and on the continent of Africa. 

Thank you for partnering with us as we support our missions families!

See you on Sunday, 
Pastor Tracy

Want to know more about our 2018 Missions Giving Plan? Click here.


This Sunday...

Better Than Priests

You may have heard Jesus referred to as our Great High Priest. That sounds very important and powerful but what does it really mean? Our faith doesn't include a system of priests that practice spirituality on our behalf so what is the significance of Jesus being the best of all the priests? On Sunday we're going to be in Hebrews 4 and 5, discovering the incredible gift it is to have a Priest who is, in every way, better than those that came before Him.

See you then,
Erin

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Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, Ends of the Earth (our 2018 missions giving plan)

On Sunday I shared our missions giving plan for 2018. If I copy and paste it here you'll just see a lot of text and you'll be tempted to scroll past it. (You know it's true. LOL!) So, I've posted it here. Please take a couple of minutes to read it and get caught up on what's going on if you missed it. No, for real, please do! 

We are excited to take this step of faith and see how God wants to use us to bless the world outside of our walls and see the life-transformation vision go beyond our walls. Here are some FAQs that you might have about how this will work:

How do I give to a specific missionary or organization?

You can simply specify that on your offering envelope or when you give online. Be sure to show the amount separately from your general giving. You can specify an amount and write: FellersAragonsManitoulin Mission (not "Pennings" because we send the money through Daystar Native Outreach) or Ray of Hope.

What if I just want to give to where it is most needed?

Great! Just designate an amount to missions on your offering envelope or when you give online. At the end of the year we will use these funds where they are needed most to fulfill our commitment.

What if we raise more than the amount we've committed to give this year?

Even better! If any missionary or organization receives more than the amount we've committed to them, they will receive the full amount of what has been designated to them. If we receive more in general (undesignated) missions giving than we've committed, the extra will be evenly distributed between our four missions partners.

Thanks for prayerfully considering how you can partner with us this year. I know you're going to love hearing from these great people (Aragons in April, Pennings in June, Fellers in November) and knowing that we are equipping others to take the life-changing message of Christ to the ends of the earth. 

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to drop me a line. Let's do this together!

Pastor Tracy


This Sunday...

The Bible Says Whut? "Because of the Angels"

1 Corinthians chapter 11 gives us a lot to chew on. Is Paul giving the church instructions for a hierarchy of spiritual authority? Should women wear head coverings? Should men always have short hair? And... "because of the angels"? At first glance this passage might make you say... wait, whut? But, of course, there are principles to heed and commands to follow that are for us right now in 2018. We're going to keep using all the tools at our disposal to help us understand how to let this tricky passage teach, rebuke, correct and train us in righteousness. (2 Timothy 3:16) See you on Sunday!
- Pastor Tracy

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