Hi WEFC Family,
Take Ten, What We Believe: 4. God’s gospel is made known supremely in the Person of Jesus. We believe that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, fully God and fully man, one Person in two natures. Jesus, Israel’s promised Messiah was conceived through the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, was crucified under Pontius Pilate, arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father as our High Priest and Advocate.
Sunday School: 9:00am This is our last week of Sunday School before breaking for the summer. Special thank you to each of you involved in teaching, leading, caring for our church family as we meet to grow in our knowledge of Jesus and His Word. The nursery is open all morning, during Sunday School as well as the Worship Gathering.
Sunday Worship Gathering: This week we have a special guest speaker, Greg Musselman. Greg brings a wealth of broadcasting, pastoral and missions experience to his role as a host on 100 Huntley Street. He is also the Minister at Large with The Voice of the Martyrs Canada. Greg has a passion to share the powerful message of the Gospel and to help Christians around the world being persecuted because of their faith in Jesus Christ. He has produced reports and documentaries from more than 2 dozen countries where many are suffering because of their Christian faith.
Sunday Evening Bible Study: 6:00 - Soup and buns; 6:30 - Bible Study. Where Do We Go from Here? A 10-week video series with Dr. David Jeremiah hosted by Mark Grafe. This week we learn 3 ways we can live in a world that is selfish, splintered and shattered.
Sunday Evening Worship Gathering at Grace Point: 6:00pm. Consider joining Pastor Joel Cormie at Grace Point in serving the Point Douglas community.
Kids Church Returns: Children age 5 to grade 5 will be dismissed mid-way through the service for Kids Church beginning June 12. 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, let Silas Friesen know or contact the office. Please provide your name, a current picture, the type of diploma you have earned, and your plans for next year.
Volunteers needed: We’re looking for volunteers to assist with in the kitchen for funerals. Three separate areas of responsibility include, preparation, serving and clean-up. Time commitment would be, 1-3 hours. If you are interested or have further questions, please email Sheila Kehler at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 204-853-7581. Thank you for considering this service.
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.
3 to 1 Concert: Saturday, June 11, 6:30pm, WEFC Chapel. Revive Us Again.
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Encouragement: “From Him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does it’s work.” Ephesians 4:16
Five Alive – part 3
How does a tall glass of orange juice for breakfast suit you? I imagine you sitting outside in the gentle and warm, early sunshine of a new day. You’re looking back at the past year and realising with a bit of smug satisfaction that you’ve grown. You feel stronger. You have renewed energy. Your smile comes easy. You have been exercising and eating well. You look good.
Same goes for your relationship with God. Your growth and health have been on account of regular and disciplined prayer and Bible reading. Well, there’s more to it, isn’t there? The third basic discipline of growing more like Christ, is to be connected to the local body of Believers. When we become children of God we join His family. And, it’s important for us to be connected to that family like a body is connected to all its parts. Paul is pretty clear how the body fits together in Ephesians 4:16, of which, Christ is the head.
So, what’s being a part of the body of Christ like? I’m glad you asked. It is a body that is connected to one another (Romans 12:5). It is a body that is devoted to and honors one another (Romans 12:10). It is a body that is of the same mind with one another (Romans 15:5). It is a body that accepts one another in order to bring praise to God (Romans 15:7). Don’t skip this one, it is a body that admonishes one another (Romans 15:14). Or this one too, it submits to one another out of reverence for Christ (Ephesians 5:21). It also serves (Galatians 5:13 and bears (Ephesians 4:2) with one another. And, lastly and with great flourish it encourages one another (1 Thessalonians 5:11).
Can you see now, why being connected to the family, to the body of Christ, is so important for the growing, maturing Christian? It is probably why the writer of Hebrews made a point of encouraging us to not give up meeting together (Hebrews 10:24.25). This is the discipline part. It is so easy to cut lose. It is so easy to forget. It is so easy to drift away. It takes discipline to not give up.
It is so refreshing to remind myself that I am a child of God (1 John 3:1) and a part of His family. Refreshing and energizing like a cool, tall, glass of freshly squeezed orange juice.
Grace to all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with an undying love.