Hi WEFC Family,
Congregational Meeting update: We praise the Lord for His presence, guidance, provision and faithfulness as we met this past Tuesday to decide on whether to call Keith Boschman to serve as Lead Pastor of WEFC.
A formal announcement will be made after the worship gathering on Sunday. Let us all to continue to pray for the Boschman’s, Taber EFC and WEFC.
Sunday School: 9:00am each Sunday we are meeting in person to grow in our knowledge of Jesus and His Word. This week will continue as normal for all ages except the Adult class. 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: This week we are beginning a deeper look into the book of Habakkuk. Grace Point Pastor, Joel Cormie will be preaching from Habakkuk 1:1-11.
Saturday Night Worship: Saturday, April 30 at 7pm, join us for a special evening of worship and praise to our Awesome God.
Missionfest Manitoba: Friday, April 29 – May 1. Visit missionfestmanitoba.org for complete program information. Plenary speakers include Allison Alley, Setan Lee, Shoaib Ebadi, Dave Hall and Doug Anderson.
Sunday Evening Bible Study: Beginning Sunday, May 1, 6:00pm - Soup and buns; 6:30pm - Bible Study. Where Do We Go from Here? A 10-week video series with Dr. David Jeremiah that explores how tomorrow’s prophecies foreshadow today’s issues. Socialism; Globalism; Pandemic; Economic Chaos; The Falling Away; End Times People; Cancel Culture; Spiritual Famine; Jerusalem; and the Triumph of the Gospel. Each week we will look at: what is happening, what it means and where do we go from here. Contact Mark Grafe for more information.
Men’s Bible Study: Saturday, May 7 at 9:00am. The last of our look into Proverbs 2 with Seraph Pastor, Nathan Chan. All ages are welcome.
Save the date:
Encouragement: “Do not forget to entertain strangers...” – Hebrews 13:2a
Stranger Things Have Happened
So, I was about to tell my grandkids the joke about our roof, when my daughter interrupted me and advised me it might be over their head. Then I thought, for sure they would get the one about the rope, but my wife thought I should skip it. I finally gave up convinced I was no entertainer.
What we may think of as entertaining and what the author of Hebrews meant in the verse above might be different. Flashing lights, smoke machines, action movies, stand-up comedy, professional sports might be what we associate with as entertainment. However, being hospitable to strangers is more what the author had in mind. The NASB translates that verse, “do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers.” Philoxenia Is from two Greek words, philosmeaning “loving” and xenos meaning “a stranger”. In other words, hospitality is being loving to strangers.
It’s easy to be kind to our friends. It is easy to be generous to our familiar. It is easy to be comfortable to our family. That is probably why this is such a good reminder. It is also easy to forget. We shouldn’t be neglectful or forgetful but be ready and remember to be generously loving towards strangers.
Job, in his lengthy defense, noted that no stranger had to spend the night in the street because his door was always open to the traveler (Job 31:32). Jesus describing the coming of the Son of Man in all his glory, notes the actions of those who are blessed by His Father. “…I was a stranger and you invited me in.” (Matthew 25:35)
So, let us lay out an array of tea, laden a plate with cheese, cookies or crackers, pull up a chair, stop to talk, open our door, pick up the phone, offer our best and be lovingly generous towards strangers. Is our posture towards the stranger, welcoming? Do we engage the unfamiliar? Is it unusual or strange that we care for those outside our circle of friends? We may never know the impact that a loving gesture towards a stranger may bring but maybe we can be encouraged that “stranger things have happened.” And that’s no joke.
Grace to all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with an undying love.