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Hi WEFC Family, 

Take Ten, What We Believe: 7. God’s gospel is now embodied in the new community called the church. We believe that the true church comprises all who have been justified by God’s grace through faith alone in Christ alone. They are united by the Holy Spirit in the body of Christ, of which He is the head. The true church is manifest in local churches, whose membership should be composed only of believers. The Lord Jesus mandated two ordinances, baptism and the Lord’s Supper, which visibly and tangibly express the gospel. Though they are not the means of salvation, when celebrated by the church in genuine faith, these ordinances confirm and nourish the believer. 

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. Pastor 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, 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 Morning Prayer Time: June 26, 9:30-10:00 in the Chapel. Do we need to say more?  

Sunday Worship Gathering: 10:30am. This week, Grace Point Pastor Joel Cormie begins the Summer in the Psalms, preaching from Psalm 90. This summer, the focus is on book IV, Psalms 90-106. The nursery is open all service, and Kids Church (for ages 5 to grade 5) will be dismissed midway. 

Sunday Evening Bible Study: 6:00 - Soup and buns; 6:30 - Bible Study. Where Do We Go from Here? This is the 9th week of a 10-week video series with Dr. David Jeremiah hosted by Mark and Sandi Grafe in the chapel. This week we consider Jerusalem, and its place in current and future events. 

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

The Great Memorization Challenge of 2022: Psalm 119:11 tells us that when we “hide” Scripture in our hearts, God uses the truths we memorize to keep us from sin. That’s just one of the many benefits of memorizing Bible verses. So, this summer, we set out to memorize Psalm 90. Pick up the information sheet at the Welcome Centre for complete details. To get you started, here is verse 1 in the NIV, “Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout generations.” 

Summer BBQs: After the worship gathering, everyone is invited to join us throughout the summer beginning July 3, for a BBQ lunch (hot dogs and chips provided) 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 $30, and sign-up is in the Atrium Sunday mornings.  

Encouragement: ”Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky?...” Acts 1:11 

It was in grade two that I clearly remember my classmate musing to herself about heaven. She concluded that if there were no merry-go-rounds, swings, or teeter-totters in heaven, she was firmly not interested in being there. Have you thought about heaven lately? Is it some mysterious place beyond the sky and sun? Is it where loved ones are finally united? Is it a happy place? Is it like earth, only better and without mosquitoes? Can we eat? What will we wear? Who is there? What is not there? Will we laugh? Will we have stuff to do? Is the harp music for real? Is heaven more than just a dream? 

The Bible speaks of heaven in a number of ways. Millard Erickson, in his book Christian Theology, summarizes it well.[1] In one sense, it is cosmological. Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”  

It is also used as a synonym for God. Jesus asked the Pharisees, “John’s baptism—where did it come from? Was it from heaven, or from men?” (Matthew 21:25). John the Baptiser, in his testimony, replied, “A man can receive only what is given him from heaven” (John 3:27).  

Thirdly, heaven is the dwelling place of God. Jesus taught his disciples when praying to say, “Our Father, in heaven…” (Matthew 6:9). Heaven is where Jesus was said to have come from, “No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven--the Son of Man” (John 3:13). And, it is where He went, “I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God” (John 20:17). Not only that, He is doing something very special while he is there. “In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And when I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also” (John 14:2-3). It is from heaven that Christ is going to be revealed, “For the Lord Himself will come down from heaven…” (1 Thessalonians 4:16). That’s not all, “Then we who are alive, who are left, shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air; and so we shall always be with the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 4:17).  

Heaven is where God is. Where God is, Jesus went. Where Jesus went, He will come from. He will come to get us so that we will be with God forever.  “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them.  They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God” Revelation 21:3. 

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

[1] Millard Erickson, Christian Theology. (Baker Book House Company, 1983-85, tenth printing, 1993),  1226-1228.