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    Tuesday October 28, 2014  
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Isn’t God faithful! Last Sunday in both of our services, we commemorated the 30th anniversary of Family Life Ministries (FLM).  It was truly a delight to celebrate with them since we have had a wonderful relationship since their inception. We had the joy of hearing Rev. Dr. Burchell Taylor speak to us in the first service and Dr. Wayne Henry in the second.  Help yourself to some good spiritual food as you take in the related reflections below.

 

Annual Missions Conference – November 2-9, 2014
Our annual Missions Conference provides us with a great opportunity to be better engaged in being and making disciples and opportunities for us to Connect, Grow and Serve.  This year, the theme is Legacy, Reality, Responsibility: Reaching the 4-14 Window and it begins on Sunday November 02, 2014 with speakers Clyde Edwards along with Judith and Mike Monteith of Come Alive World USA. The Conference will continue on Tuesday, November 4 @ 7:00 p.m.; Thursday, November 6 @, 6:00 p.m.; Saturday, November 8 @ 5:00 p.m. and close with our services on Sunday, November 9.  Please be in prayer for our conference and plan to participate.

 
 

Reflections - 1st Service

Rev. Dr. Burchell Taylor spoke to us on Giving Thanks from Psalm 136:1-9. In the context of celebrating the 30th anniversary of Family Life Ministries (FLM), we were reminded that God in his own wisdom, power and love has the capacity to bring something new, fresh and different out of any circumstance and under any condition to meet our human needs when we can’t do it ourselves. As we give thanks to God for FLM we acknowledge this about God. As we give thanks to God in ordinary, everyday life, we need to bear in mind that we can give thanks without being grateful.

Thanksgiving is often, conventional, ceremonial, perfunctory and is often superficial.  Someone opens the door for us, we just say, “Thanks” and we are gone. Even as Christians we can be like this – giving thanks without being grateful.  Thanksgiving is always an act of celebration. It is the unabashed, fulsome, joyful expression of the acknowledgement of the goodness of God by those who are privileged beneficiaries of that goodness.  It is so in a context in which we are seeing a God who does what no one else can do and so we honour this God.

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Reflections - 2nd Service

Dr. Wayne Henry preached on Healthy Families for a Healthy Nation from Eph 5:21-6:4.  The evidence is conclusive that the family is of critical importance to the society and nation.  Research is catching up with what God has said all along about the importance of families and how families should be.  God is the one who established family (Gen. 1:27-28) saying from the beginning that it is not good for man to be alone. (Gen 2:18).  It is no wonder that the enemy will fight against what God has established – family and marriage.  The enemy fights against all that is right (Acts 13:8-10) and he will use others to do his dirty work.  What God has established is good (Psalm 33:4, 119:137), but there is an enemy who is trying to destroy it (1 Peter 5:8).  “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.”  We must be sober and alert.

We were not intended to live this life by ourselves.  God promises to lead us if we will let him (Jeremiah 10:23, Prov. 3:5-6).  However, we have locked God out and now we are wondering why all the problems.  We have to bring Jesus back into our families/marriages.  We have to entrust them to God.  (2 Tim 1:12).  God is able to keep your family/marriage.  He can restore your children.  No matter how far they have gone God can bring them back if we partner with him.

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This Week

Thursday
Believers' Meeting
Men United in Prayer at #9
Women in Worship at #5
6:00p.m.

Sunday - Mission's Conference
Worship Services
Speaker: 
Clyde Edwards

7:30a.m. & 10:45a.m.

Youth Christian Education (Y.C.E) Classes
18-23 years at #9
9:30a.m.



Sunday
Adult Christian Education (A.C.E) Classes
9:30 a.m.
Click Here for ACE brochure

Sunday School
3-6 years at #9
7-12 years at #5
10:45a.m.

Sunday School (Teen Time)
13-17 years at #5
9:30a.m.

Coming Up

BELIEVERS’ MEETING – Come out this Thursday October 29th at 6:00 p.m. to take part in ‘Men United in Prayer’ at #9 and ‘Women in Worship’ with speaker Ann Renford at #5.   Come prepared to be blessed!

CRUSADE - Swallowfield Chapel in association with the Eastern Kingston Brethren Assemblies, present a one night crusade under the theme, 'Stop! Look! and Listen!" To be held on Friday October 31st, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in the Swallowfield Community across from the National Stadium. Come and hear dynamic testimonies, singing and the Word being preached by Evangelist: Ricky Johnson. Please call the church office and ask for Desmond Plunkett or Clifton Elleston for further information or to help with the crusade.

MISSSIONS CONFERENCE - Our annual Missions Conference ‘Legacy, Reality, Responsibility: Reaching the 4-14 Window’ starts Sunday November 2nd, 2014 with speakers Clyde Edwards and Judith and Mike Monteith. The conference will continue on Tuesday November 4th, 7:00 p.m.; Thursday November 6th, 6:00 p.m.; Saturday November 8th, 5:00 p.m. and close on Sunday November 9th ,7:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. For further information call 926-7163 or email scottandersonm@yahoo.com

Finally

What has God been saying to you about your family? Is there someone you need to forgive? Who in your family needs some more of your time?  How about choosing this week to spend quality time with a family member this week? And above all, let us be praying for families and marriages.

May God bless your family as you entrust the members to him.

In His love,
Sharon