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Hi WEFC Family, 

Take Ten, What We Believe: 6. God’s gospel is applied by the power of the Holy Spirit.
We believe that the Holy Spirit, in all that He does, glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ. He convicts the world of its guilt. He regenerates sinners, and in Him they are baptized into union with Christ and adopted as heirs in the family of God. He also indwells, illuminates, guides, equips and empowers believers for Christ-like living and service.  

Welcome to Winnipeg: Pastor Keith and his family are soon to arrive in Winnipeg and we are eager to welcome them here. They will be arriving on July 4 (fireworks please, oh right, that will be on the 1st). Pastor’s Keith’s first day in the office will be Friday, July 15. Then on Sunday, July 17 we will give the Boschman’s an official WEFC welcome followed by a BBQ lunch after the worship gathering. All are invited. July 24 will be the first Sunday Pastor Keith preaches. A commissioning service is planned for early September. 

How You Can Participate: Donate non-perishable food items, sports tickets, cleaning supplies; grocery store gift cards (idea: see Little Lambs fundraiser below), restaurant gift cards, bring flowers, prepare ready to eat meals, help with moving from the temporary apartment to their home when it is ready at the end of July. More details about how to sign up will be forthcoming but if you have questions or would like more information contact Pamela Doerksen at ela_do19@yahoo.ca

Sunday Worship Gathering: 10:30am. This week, Trevor Berg, Director of Community Ministry at Inner City Youth Alive in Winnipeg, will be bringing the message. Trevor is a long-time member of WEFC and former pastor of Grace Point. 

Sunday Evening Bible Study: 6:00 - Soup and buns; 6:30 - Bible Study. Where Do We Go from Here? This is the 8th week (this time I got it right) of a 10-week video series with Dr. David Jeremiah hosted by Mark and Sandi Grafe in the chapel. In the midst of a spiritual famine, there are four things that we as Christians can do. Feel free to join in, even if you haven’t been to the previous sessions.   

Sunday Evening Worship Gathering at Grace Point: 6:00pm. Join Pastor Joel Cormie at Grace Point in worshiping God with the Point Douglas community. 

Kids Church Returns: Throughout the summer, children age 5 to grade 5, will be dismissed mid-way through the service for Kids Church. The nursery will remain open during the whole service.  

Attention all graduates: Sunday, June 26, we would like to honor our graduates in our WEFC family. If you are graduating from high school or post-secondary this year, and have not yet let Silas Friesen (silas.friesen@wefc.net) please do so by Monday, June 20. Please provide your name, a current picture, the type of diploma you have earned, and your plans for next year.  

Little Lambs Fundraiser: Purchase a Sobeys Gift Card ($10, $25, $50, $100 and $250) to support Little Lambs Christian Preschool. The value of the gift card will be applied to your purchase in store. There is no activation fee or additional cost. LLCP will earn between 2% and 6% depending on the value of cards sold. If sales reach $20,000, LLCP will receive $1,200. Last year $34,000 were sold! The funds will go towards equipment as well as to enhancing the program. To purchase gifts cards or have questions email Natalie at LLCP@mymts.net.  

Summer BBQ’s: After the worship gathering everyone is invited to join us throughout the summer beginning July 3, for a BBQ lunch, hosted by the elders and their wives. 

Caleb’s Cru Social Event: Thursday, June 30, 9am, Caleb’s Cru is off to visit the Steinbach Heritage Village. Cost is .3000cents (or if you prefer, $30) and sign up is in the atrium Sunday mornings.  

Encouragement: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself…” Matthew 16:24; Mark 8:34; Luke 9:23 

Five Alive – part 5 

On purpose, (for no good reason, other than I dared you) go ahead and flip the switch. We are all cringing when we go to the gas station these days. I get it. But when you go next time, pay attention to this small detail. At the pump, just below the lever you squeeze to give the government more money and your car a little gas, is a little freedom switch. When you position that just right, freedom is yours, all yours. Stick that little tab against the stop and away you go. Wash your windows. Check your phone. Look for your wallet. Lean against the car and take a glorious deep breath of that wonderful summer air. You have freedom. You don’t have to stand there tethered to the car, stuck to the pump, with nowhere to go and nothing else to do. But what if it is not there and the freedom switch is gone. Your heart pumps faster. You develop a sweat on the back of your neck. Your blood pressure goes up. You can’t do what you want to do. All the other things you want to do. Ahhhhhhh! 

Are you still with me? Here is the point. Try this. Go to the pump, ignore the siren song, the call of the freedom switch and take full ownership of every millilitre of gas you put in your car because you squeezed the lever and didn’t walk away until the job was done. The freedom switch was there but you choose not to use it.  

In some strange and perhaps far-fetched way, this is what the last of the five essential exercises of a growing, maturing Christian is. I’m talking about fasting. We don’t talk a lot about this. There is certainly some physical and health benefits that are being realised by folks these days. But, it’s benefits spiritually are also very important. I was once asked by a man in his twenties, “What’s the big deal about fasting, anyway?”  

This is the big deal. In the verse above, Matthew, Mark and Luke all record Jesus saying that in order to follow Him one must deny self. Denying oneself something that isn’t readily available is not much of a test is it? I can say I want to deny myself an annual trip to Rwanda, however that isn’t saying much. I don’t have the time, money or interest to do that in my lifetime, never mind annually. But saying I’m going to deny myself a Junior Chicken is waaaay harder. I’m often on the road, running errands and it is way too easy to pull through the drive through.  

Here is my challenge and encouragement. Choosing to deny ourselves what is accessible and desirable will help us use our self-control muscles. That, will help us when we need to choose what honors God over what our enemy tempts us with. Fasting could be denying our self, food for a time. But, it could also practically be, denying ourselves other things like, surfing the web, scrolling the phone, hanging out with the wrong crowd, tv, news, shopping, swearing and lots more. A growing, maturing Christian will exercise restraint, self-control by regularly fasting and denying self for the sake of following Christ. 

So, go ahead. Stick with it and flip the switch. 

Grace to all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with an undying love.