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Hi WEFC Family, 

Take Ten, What We Believe: 8. God’s gospel compels us to Christ-like living and witness to the world. We believe God’s justifying grace must not be separated from His sanctifying power and purpose. God commands us to love Him supremely and others sacrificially and to live out our faith with care for one another, compassion toward the poor and justice for the oppressed. With God’s Word, the Spirit’s power, and fervent prayer in Christ’s name, we are to combat the spiritual forces of evil. In obedience to Christ’s commission, we are to make disciples among all people, always bearing witness to the gospel in word and deed. 

Welcome to Winnipeg: Pastor Keith and his family are soon to arrive in Winnipeg, and we are eager to see them. 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. Deadline for dropping off non-perishables and gift cards is July 4. If you have questions or want more information, contact Pamela Doerksen at ela_do19@yahoo.ca

Remember to Pray: Heavenly Father, we lift up to You, Pastor Keith and his family. Thank you for providing a home for them. Bless it as a place of peace. Bless it as a place of sanctuary. Bless it as a place of unity and joy. Father, continue to prepare and equip him for the ministry You have in store for him at WEFC. Guide his thoughts and energy for the work that you have called him to. Protect him from the enemy. Father, prepare us too. Guide us towards what You have in mind for us to do during these days. May it be that Your will is done as You have determined it to be. May our lives be joined together in a way that brings You the greatest praise and glory. All this, we pray in the name of Jesus. Amen. 

Sunday Worship Gathering: 10:30 am. This week, Director of Children’s Ministry Nathaniel Friesen will be preaching from Psalm 91. We will also take time to dedicate to the LORD the Adventurers Day Camp staff for the upcoming summer season. The nursery is open all service, but there will be no Kids Church this week. Parents will be able to watch the Gathering in the room on the screen. 

Sunday Evening Bible Study: 6:00 - Soup and buns; 6:30 - Bible Study. Where Do We Go from Here? This is the final week of a 10-week video series with Dr. David Jeremiah hosted by Mark and Sandi Grafe in the Chapel. The conclusion of this series highlights the triumph of the gospel of Jesus Christ. 

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 2022: Have you started? 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 beginning this Sunday, July 3, everyone is invited to join us for a BBQ lunch (hot dogs and chips provided) hosted by the elders and their wives. This will continue all summer rain or shine.  

Encouragement: He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them.” Matthew 18:2 

What Child is This? 

“Jesus,” called out the little girl, as she launched herself from the top of a rock nearby. “Catch me,” she said, as she flew through the air, arms wide open. Laughing, Jesus catches her and swings her round and round. Kicking up the dust into a cloud He sets her down as they share a moment of faith, trust and connection. She scampers off to the delight of her friends and they run away before the disciples can say a word.  

“Jesus,” one of the disciples sitting beside him asks, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” Jesus still catching his breath, calls out to the little girl to come stand beside him. Holding her hand and putting his other hand on the disciple’s shoulder, he explains that to enter the kingdom of heaven one has to change and become like a child. “Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me” (Matthew 18:4,5). He looks into the eye of the disciples to be sure he is listening and swings the child onto his knee. 

Imagine this child, called to stand beside Jesus. We know nothing about this child except that Jesus highlights her humility as a mark of greatness in the kingdom of heaven. We don’t even know it was a girl. However, she was understanding of her place. They were kindred spirits. Jesus’ mark of humility is the gold standard of greatness (Philippians 2:5-11). I presume that next to Jesus, she understood that He was the greater. Perhaps she knew that if she called out to him and jumped, he would catch her. I suspect that when He was talking, she was listening. I imagine that when He was thirsty, she was the first to race off to fetch some water. I dare say that when one of her friends was hurt, she went to Him. Matthew doesn’t record this child’s name, but we know she had an encounter with Jesus. And, it was important enough we should know about it.  

I wonder what Jesus would say to His Father and the angels about us? Maybe one of the angels, looking in our direction, is asking, “Jesus, what is this child like?” 

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