Hi WEFC Family,
Take Ten, What We Believe: 10. God’s gospel requires a response that has eternal consequences. We believe that God commands everyone everywhere to believe the gospel by turning to Him in repentance and receiving the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that God will raise the dead bodily and judge the world, assigning the unbeliever to condemnation and eternal conscious punishment and the believer to eternal blessedness and joy with the Lord in the new heaven and new earth, to the praise of His glorious grace. Amen.
Name Tag Sunday: July 17 and 24. To give Pastor Keith and Lisa a head start, here are a few of our names: Bill, Marty, Jack, Nancy, Natasha, Ruth, Karl, Myles, David, Raj, Astrid, Henry…
Welcome Lunch for the Boschman Family: July 17, good bye hot dogs and hello farmer sausage, salads and desserts. Elders are bringing the farmer sausage and hot dogs. Last names from A-M are bringing salad and last names from N-Z are bringing dessert. Please bring salads and desserts to the main kitchen. Who’s bringing the soccer ball?
Sunday Worship Gathering: 10:30 am. This week, Worship Leader Kurt Willems will be preaching from Psalm 96. The nursery is open all service. Kids, ages 5 to grade 5, will be dismissed mid-service for Kids Church.
Sunday Evening Worship Gathering at Grace Point: Come worship, fellowship, and learn from God’s word with our Grace Point Church congregation Sunday evenings at 6:00 pm in North Point Douglas (137 Euclid Ave).
The Great Memorization Challenge of Summer 2022: Psalm 90. Intimidating to fill out a commitment form to memorize the Bible, isn’t it? While only 7 people have taken on the challenge officially, we know many more of you are at it too. Keep it up. Ok, here’s verse 4 in the NIV, “A thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night.”
The Conclusion of the Matter: At the beginning of January we set out to meet two objectives with this family letter. First, we wanted to keep everyone informed about the search for Lead Pastor. So, we committed to keep this letter going until our new Lead Pastor started. Well, praise the Lord, Pastor Keith starts tomorrow. Exciting isn’t it? Secondly, at the time, many changes were happening in regards to how we could gather physically. We wanted to keep everyone informed as best as we could as to what that meant for WEFC. Those changes are not so pressing any more.
So, what that all means is that this is the end of the road for this family letter. We will now pause and review what weekly communication needs there are and move forward accordingly.
In the meantime, a big thank you to the editing team, Ron Koleba, Len Harms, Joel Cormie, Robert Unger, Colin Neufeld and Christina Norman. Your feedback with grammatical corrections, theological review, suggestions, comments and concerns was incredibly helpful.
And, thank you church family, for pausing to read, laugh, wonder, consider, forget and be patient with the contents of this WEFC Family Letter.
Encouragement: ”All over the world this gospel is bearing fruit and growing...” Colossians 1:6
Four Cluster Christians
A toasted tomato sandwich is one of the great delights of summer in Manitoba. I know of friends who make their way from Colorado to Winnipeg just to sink their teeth into one of those beauties. Ok that might not be the only reason, but still. Yes, a sliced Manitoba beef steak tomato laid artistically onto a slice of rye bread, with a layer of mayo and a dash of salt and pepper. It is one of those moments, the noise stops, the birds hold their song, the clouds disappear and all is well with the world.
Our garden always has tomatoes in it. Certainly not thousands or even hundreds but always a few. I know the trick is to prune them correctly to obtain the greatest yield. So, I read and watch but never seem to get it just right. That is, until this year, when I had the expert, come to my garden, look me in the eye and teach me a lesson. What fun! Thanks, Merv.
One of the many takeaways from our conversation was what he said about the clusters. If you follow the main stem of the plant you will find clusters of fruit along the way. A decent plant will have two clusters. A good plant will have three clusters. And, a fantastically great plant will have four clusters of tomatoes up along the main stem. After four, shut the door and grow no more. So, all its resources can go into those big, juicy, red fruit.
That moved me to ask, am I a four cluster Christian? Have a look at what Paul wrote to the Colossians. “And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way; bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.” Colossians 1:10-12
Paul was praying that the Christians in Colosse would be filled with the knowledge of God’s will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding in order to live a life worthy of the Lord, pleasing Him in every way (1:9,10). Like a gardener who is pleased to see a plant fulfilling what it was made to do.
In other words, one could say a life pleasing to the Lord is like a four cluster Christian. First of all, bearing fruit in every good work. Secondly, growing in the knowledge of God. Thirdly, patiently enduring in His might and power. And, fourthly, giving thanks with joy.
So next time you bite into a fantastic Manitoba tomato remind yourself of what it means to be a four cluster Christian. Can you see all those four clusters in your life?
Grace to all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with an undying love.