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Weekly News….. March 15th

“…but sometimes our humble hearts can help us more than our proud minds.”
1 Corinthians 8:2 (MSG)

Even if I think I’m right…”a humble heart can help me more than my proud mind.”
Even if I think I’m justified in what I’m doing…”a humble heart can help me more than my proud mind.”
Even if I have to repeat the same thing 100 times over…”a humble heart can help me more than my proud mind.”
Because the end goal is to LOVE.  And it DOES matter HOW I get to that end goal.  Jesus treats me with such love and compassion in my failures…and He tells me to “Go and do likewise.” (Luke 10:37). 


The C.E. Talks: “Hospitality and Special Diets” that was originally scheduled for tomorrow has been cancelled.  We apologize if this causes you any inconvenience.

I am currently working on updating the paper version of the Church Directory.  If you have any changes to your contact information please let me know as soon as possible.  You can email any changes/additions to: office@malmochurch.ca

This Sunday we will have two special guests with us.  Pastor Jeff Gooderham from Faith Covenant Church in Breton, will be sharing God’s word with us during our morning worship service.  (Pastor Randall will be in Edmonton at the Evangelical Fellowship Church, as some of the Alberta pastors are participating in a pulpit exchange.) . Jon Drebert from Covenant Bay Bible Camp will also be with us for our Camp Giving Sunday.  We’re looking forward to hearing about what’s going on at camp – with both the lodge and as they plan for the upcoming Summer Camp season.  (If you’d like to financially support the camp, please make your cheques payable to ‘Covenant Bay’.  

It’s going to be a great morning.  I hope you can join us!  🙂

Sunday School 9:45am
Worship Service 11:00am

Take care,
Delora

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Weekly News….. March 1st

This Wednesday, March 6th begins the Lenten season – the six week period leading up to Easter Weekend.  (The actual length is 46 days, however 6 of these are Sundays which are not included in the traditional “lenten fast”.)  To help us engage in the Lenten season, our Canada Conference has once again published the “Lenten Reader  – a compilation of reflections on Scripture for the season of Lent from members of the Evangelical Covenant Church of Canada.”  The Reader is available online at: www.covchurch.ca/lenten-reader or you can pick up a printed copy on Sunday from the Malmo Info Table in the foyer.

I am currently working on updating the paper version of the Church Directory.  If you have any changes to your contact information please let me know as soon as possible.  You can email any changes/additions to: office@malmochurch.ca.  If you are unsure of what information you currently have in the paper version of the directory, click here to see a copy.

Have a great weekend – and remember to use the front entrance as you come to church on Sunday – for easy access to the’Malmo Coffee Bar’, which is now located in the front entryway. 🙂

Sunday School 9:45am
Worship Service 11:00am

Take care,
Delora

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Weekly News….. February 22

Tomorrow morning (Saturday), from 10am to Noon, we have our “Loving Your Online Neighbour” seminar.  Join us for a conversation about what it looks like to obey Jesus’ command to love our neighbours in the digital age (on Facebook, website comments, etc.). How should we speak? What should we “share”? Is social media the place for indepth discussion or debate? What relevant wisdom does the Bible contribute?  Child care is provided.

On Saturday evening from 7 to 10pm, there is a Youth Social: Games & Fun Night at Matt & Jeramie-Lee’s home.  Dress for the weather and bring a snack to share.

On Sunday, may I encourage you to use the Church’s front doors?  Why you may ask?  Because the “Malmo Coffee Bar” has found a new home.  It is now located in the front entryway, as you come into the church.  We’ve done this for a couple of reasons…but the most important one is so that our visitors can see it and freely access the coffee and tea – in the ‘spirit of hospitality’ that we have here at Malmo.  For all you regular attenders…thank you for your patience and support, as we’ve been trying some new things and figuring ouy the best location for the Coffee Bar.  

So on Sunday, come in the main entrance doors, hang up your coats, pour yourself a coffee or tea and join us for a wonderful morning of teaching, worship and fellowship.  9:45am Sunday School. 11:00am Worship Service

Enjoy your weekend!
Delora

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Weekly News….. February 15

This Sunday is our ‘Canada Conference Giving Sunday’.  We thought we’d take some time to share about the church planting initiative that is going on in the Conference.  I didn’t realize that there are six church plants that are currently active!  God’s work is alive and moving through the Conference, right across our country.  It’s pretty exciting and I’m looking forward to sharing that with you on Sunday.  (If you’re looking to financially support the Conference with it’s Church Planting initiative, please make your cheques payable to ‘E.C.C.C.’, and we’ll forward those on to the Conference for you.)

Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday – 9:45am for Sunday School and 11:00am for our Worship Service.  Help yourself to coffee or tea from our Coffee Bar in the Fellowship Room.

Have a great weekend and stay warm out there!

Delora

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Weekly News….. February 8

“Lord, I will give thanks to you with all my heart.
    I will tell about all the wonderful things you have done.”
Psalm 9:1 (NIRV)

What have I been challenged with this week? To be thankful in all things – even when my day doesn’t go as I expect or hope.  To count my blessings – not just the big things – but the hundreds of little things that are good in my day.  (Often which I just take for granted.)  To not just think about these blessings as a passing thought, but to write them down – every little one – and to speak them out loud as a praise of thanksgiving to God. It is such a simple thing to do, but what a difference it has made for me in not ‘getting stuck’ in the negative things of life this week.   It’s helped me to realign my focus on God, and to remember that He is the Creator and Giver of all good gifts.

“Every good gift, every perfect gift, comes from above. These gifts come down from the Father, the creator of the heavenly lights, in whose character there is no change at all.” (James 1:17 CEB)


It’s been a chilly week but the church is warm and the coffee is on.  Come join us on Sunday for our 9:45am Sunday School and 11:00am Worship Service.

See you then!
Delora

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Weekly News….. February 1

February is here…another month has quickly passed by.  The new month brings us back to the Lord’s Table, with the reminder that God accepts us right where we are.  He longs to have relationship with us and calls us back to the Table to remind us of the extravagant love that He has for each of us.  Come.  You’re invited.  How great is that?! 🙂

See you on Sunday at 9:45am for Sunday School and 11:00am for Worship Service.  

Take care!
Delora

P.S.  Have you checked out Malmo’s new ‘Coffee Bar’?  Located on the south side of the Fellowship Room.  Help yourself to coffee or tea.  

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Weekly News….. January 25, 2019

Everyone is invited and welcome to attend our Annual meeting, tomorrow (Saturday) at 1:00pm in the Church Fellowship Room.  We’ll be hearing stories of what God has been doing here at Malmo over this past year and looking toward the future and ‘what’s next’.  Please join us as your presence and voice is important to us.

Sunday morning at 9:45am, we have Sunday School classes for ALL ages.  The coffee & tea will be on and you are welcome to join us! 

At 11:00am we’ll be gathering for our morning Worship Service.  During the service we’ll be praying for our Church Leaders – the newly elected ones and the ones that are continuing their terms.  Praying for our Leaders is such a simple but yet important thing that we can ALL do.  The effectiveness of the work here at Malmo is contingent on our prayers.  We’ve heard our pastors say that and we’ve seen it with our own eyes.  James 5:16 says “The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.”  We believe this to be true with the depth of our hearts.   Join us as we pray on Sunday for our Leaders – and continue to pray and believe in faith for God to continue to work among us throughout 2019.

And then on Sunday evening, join us at 7:00pm as we view “The Long Road Home” – a film about a European family finding their way to Canada & Alberta as refugees during the war years. After the film we’ll be having conversation about our own histories and how we can care for the world today.

A full weekend indeed…but it’s gonna be good!  🙂

See you this weekend!
Delora

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Weekly News….. January 18, 2019

“Those who are wise will take all this to heart:
They will see in our history the faithful love of the LORD.”
Psalm 107:43


It’s been quite a journey for me these past few weeks as I dug into Malmo’s history.  To see pictures of the people who began this church and to read their stories and commitments of faith, through the good and the hard years has been amazing.  Their stories have ‘gotten under my skin’ and have made me ponder my own commitment of faith to this church and community.  Commitment to God is one thing – but commitment to a group of people and to ‘journeying together’ is a whole different story.   As an ‘import’ to this community, I sometimes wondered if I really belonged or if there was truly a place for me in such a deep-rooted community – of which some days I still don’t full understand the way of life around here.  But as I read the stories and looked through old minute books, I have felt a deep connection to the people and to this place – more than I have ever felt before.  I’m realizing that those people were really not much different from me.  They were looking for a place where they could worship God and where they could call home.  And as varied as they were, it’s their commitment to God that held them and carried them through the difficult years. Their ability to work together and move forward in unity can be seen as they made difficult decisions about an unknown future.  They loved God, chose Malmo, committed to working together and the result is that they found a home here.  And so have I.  And it’s God that gets the glory as He continues to work in His people – then and now – and for everything that has been done here over the past 120 years, and everything that is still to come in the next 120 years.


This Sunday is our ‘Covenant Congo Kids’ Giving Sunday.  We have 4 beautiful Congo children that we sponsor – and this is our once-a-year opportunity to gather the monies needed to support these children for another year.  Andy & Jenell will be sharing about this program and all the good that is happening through it, throughout the conference.  If you’d like to help us financially support our 4 kids, please make your donations payable to ‘Malmo’.  

See you this Sunday – for Sunday School at 9:45am and our Worship Service at 11:00am.

Take care & stay warm!
Delora

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Weekly News….. January 11/19

Thank you to all who wrote their story for the 2018 Annual Report Book!  I truly enjoyed reading them all and to see how God is working so uniquely within each person.  Thank you for trusting us with your story.  I’m excited to include them all and to share the ‘Stories of Malmo’ with you soon!  (The Annual Report Books will be printed and ready for pick up, next Sunday, January 20th).

Tomorrow (Saturday) – for all junior and senior highs!  Join us for Skating and Games at the New Sweden Mission Church Recreation Center, from 7:00 to 10:00pm. Bring your skates and board games and come on out for a fun evening!

Sunday School is back this Sunday at 9:45am!  We’re looking forward to beginning this next season of classes.  Coffee will be available before classes at our ‘Coffee Bar’ located on the South wall of the Fellowship Room.  Please help yourself to coffee, tea, hot chocolate or apple cider.

Then after Sunday School we’ll be gathering in the sanctuary for our 11:00am Worship Service, followed by our coffee and fellowship time downstairs.

A great day, don’t you think?  Hope you can join us!  🙂

Enjoy your weekend!
Delora

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Weekly News….. January 4/19

Have you written your story yet?  We sure would love to include YOUR story in this year’s Special History Edition of our Annual Report, celebrating 120 years of life here at Malmo.  Please take some time and respond to one of these questions…

How have you grown (or been challenged) at Malmo over this past year (or many years)?
OR
What does Malmo mean to you?

Also tell us your name and how many years that you’ve been attending Malmo.  Email your story to us at: office@malmochurch.ca.  Please have them in to the office by Monday.

EVERYONES STORY IS IMPORTANT!  Please share yours with us!


A reminder that there is NO Sunday School this Sunday.  Classes resume on January 13th at 9:45am.

Join us for our Communion Worship Service at 11:00am.  We’ll be gathering together at the Lord’s Table and Pastor Randall will be sharing a thought about ‘legacy’.  It’s going to be a great first Sunday of 2019.  Hope you can join us!

Enjoy your weekend!
Delora

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