Malmo News

Weekly News… Jan 17th

Well I thought it was cold last week!  HA!  Apparently not.  This week definitely takes the prize of ridiculously cold weather!  I hope you’ve managed to stay warm and haven’t had too many issues, due to the cold.

“He got up, rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, ‘Silence!  Be still!’  The wind ceased and there was a great calm.  Then he said to them, ‘Why are you afraid?  Do you still have no faith?'”
~ Mark 4:39-40

This passage is one that speaks to me, no matter how many times I read it.  The fear of the disciples, the instant miracle of Jesus calming the waves, and the love He shows them as He also calms their worries and fears.  And then the questions He asks them, challenging them to look deep within themselves.  What do they believe?  Do they believe that He IS the Son of God?  Do they believe that He is enough for them each and every day – in every circumstance?  And in turn, He asks me those very same questions… do I believe and trust Him fully?  Am I ready to let go of the fears in ‘my storm’ and trust that He is with me?  I believe at some point, these are questions that we all need to answer.  Have you thought about what you would say to Jesus?

This Saturday is our Annual General Meeting.  We’ll be meeting downstairs in the Fellowship Hall at 1:00pm.  EVERYONE is welcome – members and friends of Malmo.  Come join us as we hear stories from 2019 and make decisions heading into 2020.  

Come join us on Sunday (it should be warmer!) for Sunday School at 9:45am and our Worship Service at 11:00am.  Coffee, tea and warm fellowship are always here.

Stay warm and take care Folks!
Delora
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Weekly News… Jan 10th

It’s cold out there.  Just saying.  And I am SO NOT used to this yet….and really, should we get used to it??  Hmmmm…there’s a topic to debate! 😉

But enough of the cold weather – how’s your week been? Are you fully immersed into 2020 and all that it holds?  Last week I talked about looking back and reflecting on the past year and on how God has been working all around us.  Today, I’m reflecting on looking forward – and I have to say, with all that’s been going on in the news this week, it causes me moments of unsettledness and fear.  So what do I do with that? (besides limit how much news I listen to on any given day).  I try to keep my mind in the present moment and not worry about what might happen in the future.  Just stay in today.  I read recently that God will not give us grace for our thoughts of the future.  He only gives us the grace we need, in this present moment.  That really caused me to pause when I read that.  Jesus himself said, “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” (Matt. 6:34) . Or I love how the Message version interprets that passage: “Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.” (italics mine).  So my Saviour Jesus tells me not to worry about tomorrow AND that he will help me with whatever comes my way.  So I choose to hang onto that promise.  And there’s certainly moments that I forget that, but He is ever patient and reminds me again to come back to the present, right beside Him.  



Do you like breakfast?  Then come join us for a delicious breakfast at church on Sunday morning at 9:30am.  The C.E. Board is treating us again to pancakes and such, as we begin the next season of Sunday School classes.  (Classes will follow the breakfast time.)

Then our Worship Service begins at 11:00am, with music, prayers, scripture and a message from God’s word, and ending off with more fellowship time.  A good day!

Stay warm this weekend and I’ll see you on Sunday!
Delora

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Weekly News… Jan 5th

Happy New Year Folks!

2020 is here.  I still remember the frenzy of Y2K like it was yesterday, and yet here we are 20 years later!  (And not all living in bunkers or eating dried vegetables!)  The days are flying by, year after year.  One of the things that I love to do each New Year, is to look back over my journals and read through the previous year’s entries.  I love doing this, because it reminds me of all that has gone on this past year – both the good things and the hard things.  It encourages me to see patterns of things that I’m still struggling with and to continue to bring those to Jesus.  It also highlights all the answers to prayer and helps me see the details that God continues to put into place – in my life, in my family’s life and in my community – and to recognize these things as the movement of a caring and loving God, rather than just dismissing them as coincidences or happenstance.  I am absolutely convinced that God is at work all around us, and as I look back He shows me again and again how faithful He is and how much He loves me.  God is good.  This is not a cliche.  It’s deep-down truth.  

May I encourage you today to take a few moments to look back, before you move too quickly into 2020?  God’s doing some things all around us.  May He give us the eyes to see and the words to give Him the glory for all that He is doing.

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


Just a reminder that there is NO Sunday School this Sunday.  (Classes will resume next Sunday, January 12th at 9:30am with a Pancake Breakfast.)

Join us at 11:00am for our Communion Worship Service.  A wonderful way to begin a New Year.

Have a great weekend!  See you on Sunday!
Delora
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Weekly News… Dec 20th

Today is the funeral for Jean Paulson.  Jean has been a long-time member of Malmo and we’ll be celebrating her life and faith in God, today at 11:00am.  

After the funeral & fellowship time, feel free to head over to Pastor Randall & Lauralea’s Open House.  They’ll be opening the doors early, so please stop by for a visit and some Christmas goodies.  

We’re still looking for your thoughts on this year’s question about Malmo…
 
If you were to describe Malmo, what would you say?
 
We’ve received about half a dozen responses (so thank you to those who have responded!), but we would LOVE a few more.  Do you have a few minutes to think about it and respond?  We’d sure appreciate it!  🙂
 
We’re heading into the Fourth Sunday of Advent.  Hard to believe it’s almost time to celebrate our Saviour’s birth!  As on other Advent Sundays, we’ll be starting the Worship service with the Children’s Nativity Processional.  If your child would like to be a part of that, please have them meet Jenell in the foyer, right before the service.  We’ll also be continuing with bringing non-perishable food for those in need in our community.  

Do you enjoy Christmas Carols?  If so, be sure to come this Sunday as Pastor Marc will be leading us in the singing of many favourite Christmas carols.  Lighting the 4th Advent Candle of love, scripture, prayers and a message from Randall will fill out the morning.  

Have a great weekend.  See you Sunday!
Delora
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Weekly News… Dec. 13th

I hope your week has been going well.  🙂

Every year we ask you a question about Malmo.  We compile them all and include your responses in our Annual Report Book.  We love to read your stories and memories and accounts of what God is doing in our midst.  So we’ve decided to continue that tradition with this year’s question…
 
If you were to describe Malmo, what would you say?

Would you please think about that and respond to this email with your answer/thoughts?  I’ll be mentioning it again on Sunday during the announcement time.  We’ll also have paper to fill out, if you prefer to write down your answer.  Thanks for your help with this.  We really appreciate it.

This Sunday is the Third Sunday of Advent.  We’ll be starting the service again with the Children’s Nativity Processional.  If your child would like to be a part of that, please have them meet Jenell in the foyer, right before the service.  We’ll also be continuing with bringing non-perishable food for those in need in our community.  

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

Have a great weekend!
Delora
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Weekly News… Dec. 6th

Pastor Randall wrote some words this morning that he shared on his Instagram account.  I asked him if I could share them here with you because I think they just may be what many of us are feeling and going through right now too.  I hope these words encourage you, as they did me…

“It always gets a little crazy around here during Advent. I try to keep up while being a good example of how to live well through the season. Unfortunately I often fail at that, or at least feel like I do. I suppose that means I am human. I can accept that. There is grace even for a tired pastor who can’t keep up some days. There is grace for you too. If you’d like to practice the rhythm of weekly gathering to worship God together this Advent, come and join us Sunday’s at 11am. It can be a great help to us to remember the important over the urgent.”

This reminded me again that we’re not alone in this and it’s okay not to be perfect – but to just keep on encouraging each other and keep pointing each other to Jesus during this Advent season.  The rhythm of life that He is calling us to is possible and Jesus continues to give us enough grace for each day – no matter what that day holds.  Thanks for the encouragement Pastor Randall.


Every year we ask you a question about Malmo.  We compile them all and include your responses in our Annual Report Book.  We love to read your stories and memories and accounts of what God is doing in our midst.  So we’ve decided to continue that tradition with this year’s question…
 
If you were to describe Malmo, what would you say?
Would you please think about that and respond to this email your answer/thoughts?  I’ll be mentioning it again on Sunday during the announcement time.  We’ll also have paper to fill out, if you prefer to write down your answer.  Thanks for your help with this.  We really appreciate it.

This Sunday is the Second Sunday of Advent.  We’ll be starting the service again with the Children’s Nativity Processional.  If your child would like to be a part of that, please have them meet Jenell in the foyer, right before the service.

Thank you for your generous response in bringing non-perishable food last Sunday.  It was a beautiful sight to see the offerings of food and love given.  We’ll be continuing to do that throughout this season of Advent, as we care for our community.

As Pastor Randall has already invited you, please join us on Sunday at 11am for our Worship Service.  (Sunday School classes begin at 9:45am)

See you Sunday!
Delora
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Weekly News… Nov. 29th

The house is very quiet as I’m writing this to you.  I’m in Daysland right now, having the privilege of spending the week here, helping my daughter and son-in-law and getting lots of cuddles with my precious new grandson.  Both Julia & Wyatt are napping right now, so it’s giving me some time to process, reflect and write. 

I was reading in Luke this morning and noticed this passage… “So pay attention to how you hear.”  (Luke 8:18a).  Being with Wyatt this week has reminded me again of how important it is to really listen – to hear him as he’s communicating his needs to me without words.  And while I know it’s important to do that when I’m with a baby, do I put as much importance on ‘hearing well’ in other areas and seasons in my life?  Sadly, not always.  So I think that’s why Jesus pointed that verse out to me this morning.  

All of this is making me pause and reflect, as we enter the Advent season this weekend.  Ruth Haley Barton says, “Advent is a season for waking up to all the ways Christ comes to us.”  And in that posture of “waking up”, not only do we need to be watching for what God is doing in and around us, but we also need to be listening to what He is saying – with or without words – in scripture, in music, in the sounds of creation, in the quiet stillness of a dark morning…can I be present and put my focus into hearing, rather than into doing this Advent season?  I don’t want to be too busy and miss what He is saying to me.  How about you?  Are you considering this Advent season and what Jesus may be asking or showing you?


And speaking of Advent…here at Malmo, we’re starting the season this Saturday with our Annual Advent celebration.  This year’s theme is “Light of the World”.  Everyone is invited to be part of the celebration: 4:30pm for crafts, 6:00pm for a light supper, followed by a program in the Sanctuary at 7:00pm.  

Then on Sunday, we’ll continue into the Season of Advent as we begin the Worship Service with a Children’s Nativity Processional.  If your child would like to be part of the processional, please have them meet Ruth in the foyer, right before the service. 

Also – a reminder to bring non-perishable food to share with our community that is in need.  We’ll be doing this every Sunday during Advent. 

Our Worship Service will be filled with carols and songs of praise, scripture, lighting of candles, prayers and praises, gifts of food to those in need, a message from Randall and gathering together at the Lord’s Table.  

Come and join us as we expectantly enter this season of Advent.  

See you Sunday!
Delora
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Weekly News… Nov. 22nd

Have you ever questioned where time has gone?  Or asked yourself how you could possibly be at “this stage of life” already?!  Well that’s where I’ve been this week.  Remembering my son’s birth, this week 25 years ago, while at the same time holding my brand new, precious little grandson.  During our staff meeting this week, Pastor Randall read this verse from Psalm 139:

You saw me before I was born.
    Every day of my life was recorded in your book.
Every moment was laid out
    before a single day had passed.

Psalm 139:16

It got me thinking of how God knew about that day of wonder that I would have this week, long before I had it.  He knew about the son and grandson that would be part of my family.  And He not only knows all of my days, but He also knows all of my son’s and grandson’s days as well! 

We serve a great and mighty God who not only knows and cares about the ‘big things’ in this world, but also about every detail of our day.  And this love and care that He has for us, no matter our age – young or old – will never stop.  It will continue each and every day.  What an incredible love He has for us!  

This Saturday, please join us at 10:00am for an informative presentation with guest speaker, Theresa Ng from Parents for Choice in Education (parentchoice.ca). Learn about sexuality and gender resources being used in Alberta schools that challenges and contradicts a biblical understanding. Mrs. Ng will also cover policies and legislation pertaining to these issues. Babysitting, snacks and coffee will be provided.

The C.E. Board is cooking again!  Join us on Sunday at 9:30am for another Pancake Breakfast.  Sunday School classes will follow the breakfast time.  

Then at 11:00am we’ll be worshipping together with songs, prayers, scriptures and a message from Pastor Randall. Immediately following the service, there will be a practice of the advent children’s concert.  All teachers & children involved (preschool to grade 6) are asked to stay for the practice.  For those of you who aren’t taking part in the practice, please join us downstairs for coffee, goodies and fellowship.

Take care & have a great weekend!
Delora
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Weekly News… November 15th

“Church happens when we show up and God gets to move in and through the ways we love and care for one another.”
~Hannah Brencher

This quote is on a sticky, attached to my computer monitor.  I notice it most days when I come and work here in the church office.  It reminds me often, that the most important thing isn’t really what I DO – it’s about me being here – just showing up and being present.  In that willingness to be here, God begins the work, in and around me, that only He can do.

Sometimes I end the Friday emails with “I hope to see you on Sunday because you are missed when you are not here.”  You need to know that’s not just a line or a ‘nicety’ to end the email with.  I truly believe it.  Church happens when the people of God gather together at Malmo. God works through us and in us and His love is seen in ways that couldn’t possibly be experienced if we’re not together.   So let me encourage you again – without guilt or coercion – but with a heart that truly believes that your presence here is important.  And you ARE missed when you aren’t able to be here.  

Thank you for the overwhelming response to Operation Christmas Child this year!  Charlene and the youth put together 50 boxes in the foyer – and they are all gone!  And I know that some of you used your own boxes this year as well!  So THANK YOU for getting involved with this ministry!  And a reminder to please bring your filled boxes to church this Sunday, as we’ll be sending them off to Samaritan’s Purse with our love and prayers.  

I wish you a wonderful weekend and I hope I’ll see you and your family on Sunday – because you are missed when you’re not here.  🙂

Take care,
Delora
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Weekly News… November 8th

“So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God.
There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most. 

Hebrews 4:16

I don’t know what you need today, or where your heart is, or what your mind is filled with – but whatever it is, may I gently remind you to bring it to Jesus?  The tired.  The joy.  The pain.  The blessings.  The questions.  All of it.  Bring it to Him and tell Him all about it.  He’s listening and He loves you – and His mercy and grace are waiting in abundance for you.


This Sunday is our Covenant Bay Bible Camp Giving Sunday.  Jon Drebert will be with us – both sharing about Camp and bringing the message to us.  We’re looking forward to hearing from him.  (If you’d like to financially support the Camp, please make your cheques payable to ‘Covenant Bay Bible Camp’.)

There’s a lot of news and events in your bulletin.  Take a peek at it today, or get your full-colour copy on Sunday.  

It’s suppose to be cold on Sunday but the tea and coffee will be hot and ready for you.  See you then!
Sunday School 9:45am
Worship Service 11:00am

Have a safe weekend,
Delora
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