Hi WEFC Family,
New Life: We praise the LORD that through the Tuesday night basketball ministry there is a new name written down in glory. It is so good to hear of a person accepting in faith God’s free gift of salvation through Jesus Christ. Pray for this man as he grows to be more like Christ.
Sunday School: 9:00am each Sunday we are meeting in person to grow in our knowledge of Jesus and His Word. Not only this, but we can also get to know others better too. There is something for everyone: Elementary (grades 1-5), Junior High (grades 6-8), Senior High (grades 9-12) and Adults. The nursery is open all morning, during Sunday School as well as the Worship Gathering.
Sunday Worship Gathering: We may not all be mothers but we all have one. And, this week’s text for Pastor Len’s message from Matthew 20:20-28, features one.
Pass the basket: Give and receive. Sow and reap. Give and grow. You’ve heard it all, no doubt. Thank you to those that have been continuing to contribute financially to the ongoing ministry here. And, thank you to those that have been giving your time to volunteer in one of our ministries. In the next couple of weeks, we will again be taking an offering during the Sunday worship service. Please consider how you can give to build up the Body of Christ at WEFC.
Sunday Evening Bible Study: Continues this week. 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.
Woman’s Day Retreat: Saturday, May 28, 9:30am at Camp Assiniboia. Tickets are $35 (includes morning snack, lunch and supper). Sign up on Sunday mornings in the atrium or call Nancy Barkwell at 204-390-2019. Please sign up by May 8.
Membership Class: WEFC 101 has been scheduled for Saturday, May 7 from 9:00am-12:00pm. Are you interested in church membership? This is for those who are interested in becoming members and for those who are interested in learning more about WEFC. There are already 14 people signed up. For more information or to sign up, call or email the office.
Men’s Bible Study and Fellowship: Saturday, May 7, 9am in the Chapel. Open to men of all ages, for the last of a three-part series on Proverbs 2 with Seraph Pastor, Nathan Chan.
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.
Adventurers Day Camp: Pray for our ADC leadership team, Maria, Sophia and Myles as preparations are now fully underway for this summer’s camp season.
Save the date:
Encouragement: “…Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you!’” John 19:19b
Larger than Life
Many years ago, when I was 12 years old, I remember being very afraid. Fear loomed large in my mind as I thought about the very danger I was in. My room was at the complete other end of the house from everybody else. My room was by the street and attached to a bookstore that my dad was operating as a ministry to the community in the Democratic Republic of Congo. I was afraid that someone would break in to steal the money from the store and then come attack me in my room just for good measure. I was afraid that someone from the many bars around our home would crash through my window in a drunken stupor. I was afraid that a group of soldiers wanting to exercise their malicious authority would take liberty and make residence in our house at gun point. I was living large, largely in fear.
Fear. These days there is a lot to fear. What’s on your list? Being embarrassed? Failing the test? Being caught? Getting sick? Dying? Failing to make the next payment? A person? Rejection? Night? Darkness? Evil? Harm? The truth?
What I’ve noticed about fear, is that when I am afraid, whatever I am afraid of, looms largest in my mind. It crowds out everything else and consumes my thoughts. The doors are locked to keep all other thoughts out. This reminds me of one of my favorite moments in the Bible. The disciples where huddled together, afraid, doors locked. Into that room, Jesus made Himself known. He appeared to them. His words to them, “Peace be with you.” The closer Jesus is, the larger He is, compared to what we fear.
“I will fear no evil, for you are with me.” David sings (Psalm 23:4). And, it is not people that he fears, because the LORD is his light and salvation (Psalm 27:1). The terrors of night or the arrows shot in the day are not threatening because the LORD is a refuge and fortress (Psalm 91:2,5).
Yes, it’s true, in this life we have lots to fear. Life is full of threats to our happiness, fulfillment, purpose and joy. But, let’s remember that the closer we draw to Jesus, the smaller our fears become. The challenge is to be so close to Jesus, that He is larger than all the things in life we are afraid of. Do you remember this song? “Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face. And, the things of earth, will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.”
Thank you, Jesus, for the peace you offer, that is larger than life.
Grace to all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with an undying love.