Malmo News

Weekly News…. May 24

I’m sitting here, praying, wondering what to write to you on this Friday morning.  The thought that comes to my mind is “…remind them that they are dearly loved by Me…”.  So I went to the Book, looking for scripture that confirms and expresses how much God loves each of us.  There’s so many verses about God’s love.  Here’s just a few.  Take a few minutes and read through them slowly, taking in these words of Truth.  Praying that the reality of how much God loves you, will sink deeper and deeper into your heart, mind and soul today.  

“Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you.
I have called you by name; you are mine.
When you go through deep waters,
    I will be with you.
When you go through rivers of difficulty,
    you will not drown.
When you walk through the fire of oppression,
    you will not be burned up;
    the flames will not consume you.”
Isaiah 43:1-2

I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love.
    With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself.”
Jeremiah 31:3

“See, I have written your name on the palms of my hands.”
Isaiah 49:16

“For the Lord your God is living among you.
    He is a mighty saviour.
He will take delight in you with gladness.
    With his love, he will calm all your fears.

He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.”
Zephaniah 3:17


This Sunday is our LAST Sunday School class of the season!  Hard to believe, but it’s true!  It’s the end of May and the season is drawing to a close.  Another successful year indeed.  A HUGE THANKS to ALL of our Sunday School teachers – for their hard work and commitment to their classes each and every week.  Your hard work does not go unnoticed – so a heartfelt THANK YOU to each of you!  🙂

Have a great weekend Folks and I’ll see you on Sunday – 9:45am for Sunday School and 11:00am for our Worship Service.  

Delora

P.S.  You are MISSED when you’re not here!  

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Weekly News… May 17

This Sunday is our Kernels of Hope Giving Sunday.  We’ll be sharing with you about the current project and the ways that Kernels is making an impact on the other side of the world.  If you would like to financially support this ministry, please make your cheques payable to E.C.C.C. and memo it “Kernels”.  

Have you had a chance to talk with the New Build Committee about the proposed church building yet?  If not, they would LOVE to hear from you this Sunday!  Head downstairs after the service during coffee fellowship time and meet them at the table by the New Build posters.  They’d love to hear your thoughts, comments and questions.  

Wishing you all a safe and lovely long weekend.  Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday – 9:45am Sunday School and 11:00am Worship Service.

Take care!
Delora

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Weekly News…. May 10

So a little history tidbit for you this morning…

Back in 1903, when our first church building was built, the congregation decided to name the church “The Scandinavian Elim Church”.  Did you know that “Elim” is a place in the bible?  I was reading in Numbers last night and came across this verse:“They left Marah and camped at Elim, where there were twelve springs of water and seventy palm trees.” ~Numbers 33:9
This verse made me smile.  Palm trees & springs of water?!  I don’t know about you, but that seriously sounds like heaven on earth!  🙂 

But it also got me thinking of our history here.  What were our forefathers thinking when they named this place, Elim?  We’re in the middle of a prairie and we obviously don’t have springs of water or palm trees!  But maybe this place was like an oasis for them?  A place to getaway and disconnect from the hardships of life for a few moments.  A place of rest and peace – to be rejuvenated and refreshed.  A place to meet with God and to be reminded how much they are loved.  If that’s the case, they named the church well.  And even though we no longer carry the name ‘Elim’, this little church in The Field still does bring peace and rest – because God is among us.  After all these years, He’s still here, loving, caring and bringing peace to those who seek Him.


It looks like it’s going to be an absolutely beautiful weekend!  Bring your family and join us on Sunday as we gather together for worship, prayer, communion and fellowship.

Looking forward to seeing you here.
Delora

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Helpful Bible reading tips (podcast episode)

Scot McKnight’s* Kingdom Roots podcast recently posted an episode that presented his talk called “What I Wish Every Christian Would Do When Reading the Bible” (episode 125, episode links below**). It’s about 40 minutes long and has lots of wise and helpful suggestions for us as we read the Bible.

As a teaser, here are the main points he makes:

  1. The Bible is a gift from God.
  2. Get out of the way.
  3. Develop bigger ears.
  4. Locate what you’re reading in the bigger story.
  5. Read the Bible with others.
  6. Learn your church history.
  7. Take advantage of seminaries, Christian colleges, conferences, and other educational resources for reading the Bible.
  8. Avoid taking verses out of their context (paragraph, book, culture, etc).
  9. Don’t be afraid to be mistaken.
  10. When you read the Bible don’t expect too much.
  11. Thank God for speaking in the Bible.

Give it a listen!

*Scot McKnight was for 18 years Professor in Religious Studies at North Park University, the Evangelical Covenant’s Church school in Chicago. He now teaches New Testament at Northern Seminary.

**SoundCloud stream, iTunes, and available on other podcast/streaming services as well)

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Weekly News….. May 3

“For the cloud of the LORD was over the tabernacle by day, and there was a fire inside the cloud by night, visible to the entire house of Israel throughout all the stages of their journey.”
~ Exodus 40:38


The LORD sent His cloud and fire to the people of Israel, so they could see that He was with them “…throughout all the stages of their journey.”  Does He still do that today?  Maybe not in such obvious signs like a cloud or fire, but I believe that He does still lead and make Himself known, to those who are WILLING to see and hear.  

Sometimes, I don’t see or hear because I become distracted or self-absorbed, noisily following my own agenda instead of God’s.  I find that I need times of quiet, to put my noisy world aside, to truly be able to see and hear what God is saying to me.  However, sometimes the problem is that I simply DON’T WANT to see or hear.  

Recently, my hubby and I needed to make a decision about something that we had been wrestling with for a while.  This decision was causing all sorts of stress inside of me.  As I was journaling about it, I realized that I hadn’t really been asking God about what He would have us do.  And it was because I was afraid of what He would say – especially if His answer was ‘no’- because honestly, I didn’t want to hear a ‘no’!  So I acted like a spoiled child, grasped the situation and the outcome that I wanted to see, and internally yelled “mine” at God.  (Ya, wasn’t a pretty sight).  When I finally came to my senses and realized how ridiculous I was being, and how deep down I really did desire His way in this, the stress began to dissipate.  I humbled myself to a posture of listening and laid out the situation before Him.  And you know what?  He answered.  Clearly.  And there’s no doubt in my mind that it was Him.  

So yes, God still makes Himself known to us, if we are willing to let go of our own agendas, and earnestly seek His voice.  He’s there and I believe with all my heart that He will continue to be faithful in making Himself known.

Your own ears will hear him.
    Right behind you a voice will say,
“This is the way you should go,”
    whether to the right or to the left.
Isaiah 30:21 (NLT)


This weekend, delegates and pastors from all over Canada are meeting at the Lighthouse Community Church in Sarnia, Ontario for the Canada Conference’s Annual meeting.  Would you be in prayer for these meetings?  For the leaders and the decisions that will be made – that the business and decisions would be done in God’s way and for His Glory.  

This Sunday, Chad Krahn from Hope Mission in Red Deer will be here at Malmo, sharing God’s Word with us.  He’ll also have a table set up, highlighting the work and ministry of Hope Mission.  We’re looking forward to having him with us.

Bring your family and join us at 9:45am for Sunday School and 11:00am for our Worship Service.  (Coffee and tea is available in the front entryway.)

Have a great weekend Folks!
Delora

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Weekly News… April 26

This Sunday is our “Gideons Giving Sunday”.  Wayne & Lise (two of our resident Gideons) will be sharing about the work that is happening through the Gideons across the country.  (If you’d like to financially support this work, please make your cheques payable to ‘The Gideons’.)

This Sunday is ALSO our 2nd Annual “Pastors Are Tired of Winter” Potluck!  Please bring a main dish and a salad or dessert to share.  After the Potluck, there will be a Pie Auction, with all proceeds going to the Youth Missions Trip that is happening in March 2020. (If you’re able to help out in the kitchen – either before the potluck or after – your help would be much appreciated!)

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

Have a super weekend!

Delora

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Tractor Spirituality: connecting with God in the cab and in the kitchen.

The season has begun where a number of you will be spending a good many hours in seeders and trucks. Some of you always do that, no matter what the season. Below are some things you can do to connect with God and your faith in your tractor/truck as the seeding season unfolds. This could also be helpful to those of you who spend much of your time at home or even working a 9-5 job.

  • Begin your work day by committing it to God and inviting his help and presence through your day. End your work day reflecting on when you were aware of God and when you weren’t.
  • Start your day with a 12 minute scripture-based guided prayer: Pray as You Go (there’s also an app for that! // Android // iTunes //). Or do it anytime during the day.
  • Work/drive in silence for 20 minutes.
    • Offer what comes to mind to God.
    • Repeat the Jesus Prayer: “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.”
    • Take time to reflect on your life with God—confess, receive forgiveness, listen for God’s call for what’s next.
  • Pray the Lord’s prayer slowly, reflectively throughout the day. Pause after each phrase and ponder/meditate.
  • Pray for
    • people in your contacts
    • other farmers or coworkers
    • the day’s prayer items from the bulletin
    • anyone who comes to mind
  • Listen to a Christian podcast. I recommend Unbelievable? (available on most podcasting apps and Spotify), but there are many good Christian podcasts out there.
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Weekly News… April 18

We have been informed this week that Geneva Christensen is in her final days of life.  We announced a couple of weeks ago that Jenell is collecting cards/notes to send to Geneva.  Because of Geneva’s quickly failing health, Jenell will expedite your cards to Geneva this next week.  Please give them to Jenell on Sunday OR Jenell will have a card available for you to sign with your thoughts & wishes, if you prefer.  Thanks Folks for your care and love for Geneva and please keep her and her family in your prayers. 

Holy Week is upon us and there’s a number of services that you can partake in, as we remember and reflect on all Jesus has done for us.  

  • Tonight at 7:00pm we have our Maundy Thursday Service here at Malmo.  This is a quiet and reflective service as we recount the last evening that Jesus had with his disciples. 
  • Good Friday morning we’ll be meeting at the New Sweden Mission Church at 10:00am to consider the crucifixion and the great love that Jesus has, as He willingly sacrificed His life for us.
  • Easter Sunday Morning, “He Is Risen!” – an exclamation of hope and life!  We’ll be celebrating this jubilant day together in our Worship Service at 11:00am.  (Sunday School begins the morning at 9:45am).

May Jesus meet you right where you are today, as we walk through Holy Week together.

Delora

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Weekly News… April 5

The Deacons have chosen this next week as our “Week of Prayer” here at Malmo.  There’s 3 different gatherings that you can take part in.  (or 4 if you’re a guy).  

  • Monday evening at Dennis & Ruth’s at 7:00pm
  • MENS Prayer, Tuesday morning at Malmo at 6:30am
  • Wednesday evening at Malmo at 7:30pm (notice the change in time)
  • Friday evening at Lorne & Eunice’s at 7:00pm

The Conference has published a Prayer Booklet for this week.  We’ll be using that in our prayer gatherings – but it could also be used as a devotional supplement for you throughout the week.  Copies are printed and available on Sunday on the Malmo Info table in the foyer, or you can download it here.

Take a look at your bulletin.  Lots of different announcements in there!

Looking forward to seeing you this Sunday – 9:45am Sunday School and 11:00am Worship Service.

Enjoy this first weekend of April!
Delora

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Weekly News….. March 29th

There’s been some changes this week to the landscape, here at The Field.  Our trees on the Northeast side of the property have been aging and deteriorating, showing increased signs of disease and ‘deadness’.  So to make room for the younger trees (that are just south of that row) – to grow strong and unencumbered, the old trees have been removed.  The company that removed the trees did a fantastic job and everything looks clean and well landscaped.  Here’s a few pictures of the event…

We hope that you and your family can join us this Sunday: 9:45am for Sunday School and 11:00am for our Worship Service.

Help yourself to coffee or tea at our Malmo Coffee Bar, located in the front entryway.

Enjoy your weekend,
Delora

P.S. Any thoughts or feedback on the Malmo Coffee Bar?  Let us know what you think.  

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