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Hi WEFC Family,

Pastor Keith Boschman update: The Boschman’s have sold their house in Taber, Alberta and are planning to arrive in Winnipeg at the beginning of July. Praise God that the request for temporary housing for the month of July has been met. Pastor Keith will begin his ministry at WEFC in the middle of July. Continue to pray for them as they make this move and adjust to life and ministry in Winnipeg.

Adventurers Day Camp: Praise the Lord for a positive answer to the request for a bus driver. Continue to pray that God would provide a willing, able and godly young man (18 years or older) to fill the need for male leader. Now that you have had time to check your calendar, be sure to check in at the ADC table Sunday morning to see how you can sign up and volunteer. Thank you.

Take Ten, What We Believe: 2. God’s gospel is authoritatively revealed in Scriptures. We believe that God has spoken in the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, through the words of human authors. As the verbally inspired Word of God the Bible is without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for salvation, and the ultimate authority by which every realm in human knowledge and endeavour should be judged. Therefore, it is to be believed in all that it teaches, obeyed in all that it requires, and trusted in all that it promises.

Congratulations: It’s official. The Berg family have been crowned Youth Car Rally Champions. Shout out to the Neufeld’s and Wiebe’s who came oh so close. Winning the Greatest Laugh out Loud Award (I just made that up) was the Anderson’s, Hide Behind a Tree picture. At least, we think there was a tree.

Sunday School: 9:00am each Sunday we are meeting in person 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. Our last Sunday School before summer will be June 5.

Sunday Worship Gathering: We are continuing our study in the book of Habakkuk. Director of Youth and Young Adults, Silas Friesen will be speaking from Habakkuk 3:1-16.

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, learn what 3 things we can do as Christians, when facing the economic pressures of these days.

Newcomer Lunch: Sunday, May 29, 12:15pm. If you have started attending WEFC any time in the last year we would love to introduce ourselves and get to know you, over lunch. Hope to see you there. Sign-up at the Welcome Desk or call the office at 204 253 8464.

Men’s Breakfast: Saturday, June 4, 9am in the Chapel with special guest, Greg Musselman. Tickets are on sale in the Atrium, Sunday mornings.

Save the date:

  • June 10 – 12, WEFC Camping weekend at St. Malo Provincial Park. Contact Bryan and Heather Jacobson for more information.
  • Sunday, June 12, Bill Taylor, Executive Director of the EFCC, will be our guest and speaking at WEFC.
  • July 3 – August 21, Summer BBQ’s after the Sunday Worship Gathering, hosted by the elders and their wives.

Encouragement: “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Five Alive

Summer is on the way. I know what you’re thinking. Time to relax, right? The days are longer and our stress is down. The open road beckons. Time to get away from the noise of the regular grind: put up the tent, unroll the sleeping bag, make a campfire and eat a s’more. We tend to relax more, eat more, exercise more, and let down our guard more. Perhaps it is because we are out of our regular routines that we also become more relaxed in our relationship with God. We are taking time off from everything else, why not our faith too, right? Well, maybe that’s not the best idea. Let’s take time in the next five weeks to think about 5 keys disciplines of being a Christian. So, we can maintain a healthy relationship with God. Whether you see these as 5 ingredients to a healthy Christian diet. Or, you see these as five exercises to maintain a healthy Christian fitness level. Either way, let’s get healthy.

The first exercise of a healthy Christian is to pray. It is essential for a healthy relationship with God. Without communicating to your friend, they would never know you are there. It’s the same with God. Not that He forgets that we are here, but we tend to forget about Him. That’s why we say, “good morning”, send a text, make a phone call, send an email or drop by for a visit. We are simply acknowledging our connection and the relationship we have. Like a friend told me many years ago, “lonely is not being by yourself, it is being with others who don’t acknowledge your presence.” They don’t look at you, don’t speak to you, or say a word to let you know they see you. Doesn’t sound like much of a relationship with God if we don’t spend the time to connect, does it?

One of Jesus’ disciples, after watching and waiting for Jesus to finish praying, asked Him to teach them to pray (Luke 11:1). What is recorded in Luke is similar to what Matthew wrote about when Jesus was teaching about prayer (Matthew 6:9-13). Life is different in the Kingdom of heaven that Jesus was teaching about. A relationship with God is not because of what nation or heritage you belong to. What’s new is that a personal relationship with God is now available to all who believe in His Son, Jesus. It’s not up to the pastor to do our praying for us. It is not up to the chairman of the elder board to do our praying for us. It is not even up to your mom. This is personal.

Here is my challenge to you. Every day for the next seven days, let God know you are here. Talk to Him, out loud. Buy a notebook and make it your book of prayer. Write down your prayer to God. Tell your spouse to remind you to do this. Let your neighbour know, be sure a friend knows, or your son, cousin or sister. Read a psalm as a prayer. Pray together as a family, not just at meal time. Bottom line is let God know you are here and that you appreciate His presence in your life.

If you are stuck for what to say, Jesus gives us a good place to start: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” Matthew 6:9-13

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