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!
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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!
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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 ( 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!
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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,
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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,
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Weekly News… November 1st

A prayer if you’re tired or weary.  Carry these words to Jesus today…

Oh God, gather me now to be with you as you are with me.

Meet me, O Christ, in this stillness of morning.
Move me, O Spirit, to quiet my heart.
Mend me, O Father, from yesterday’s harms.
From the discords of yesterday, resurrect my peace.
From the discouragement of yesterday, resurrect my hope.
Form the weariness of yesterday, resurrect my strength.
From the doubts of yesterday, resurrect my faith.
From the wounds of yesterday, resurrect my love,
Let me enter this new day, aware of my need,
and awake to your grace, O Lord. Amen.

~Douglas McKelvey, Every Moment Holy

Everyone is invited to attend our Fall Congregational meeting, this Tuesday at 7:00pm.  Come and hear what’s been going on these past few months and what we can look forward to in the future.  

The time change weekend is upon us (already!) . Remember to set your clocks BACK one hour Saturday night – and enjoy your extra hour of sleep!

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

Take care,
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Weekly News… October 25th


Well it’s been quite the week of weather, hasn’t it?  We’ve had rain, snow and a strong wind that felt like it came straight from the North Pole. And then just when I think that Autumn is over, God sends the most beautiful sunshine and warmth, that makes me forget about the snow that sprinkled the deck just a couple of days earlier. As crazy as this weather sometimes makes me feel, it also reminds me very keenly that I’m not in control – nor am I suppose to be in control.  That’s God’s job.  Nothing that has happened this past week or month or year, has surprised Him.  And personally, I take great comfort in that.  So on the days when I feel like I’m losing it, God reminds me with simple things, like the weather, to just let go and trust Him.  He’s got this.  

As always, we’re meeting together this Sunday for Sunday School at 9:45am and for our Worship service at 11:00am.  Bring your family.  We’d love to see you!

Be blessed and enjoy your weekend.
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Weekly News… October 18th

Words of Truth and Hope on a Friday morning.  My prayer is that this passage encourages you today.

“I love the Lord because he hears
    my requests for mercy.
I’ll call out to him as long as I live,
    because he listens closely to me.

The Lord is merciful and righteous;
    our God is compassionate.
 The Lord protects simple folk;
    he saves me whenever I am brought down.
 I tell myself, You can be at peace again,
    because the Lord has been good to you.”
Psalm 116: 1-2, 5-7 (CEB)
A few of you have been asking to see that beautiful Thanksgiving video that Dixie produced, that we shared with you during last Sunday’s Worship service.  I’ve put it up on our website, so you can watch it again or perhaps even share with your family.  Click here for the direct link to the video.  (You can also find the link on the top menu bar on the home page of the website.)

Due to life and harvest circumstances, the Fall Congregational Meeting has been RESCHEDULED to Tuesday November 5th at 7:00pm.  Please make that change in your calendar and thank you for your understanding & support.

This Sunday is our Neighbor Outreach Wetaskiwin Giving Sunday.  Blayne will be sharing about this ministry and the importance of it in our community.  If you would like to financially support Neighbor Outreach, please make your cheques payable to ‘NOW’.

If you’ve been thinking and praying about getting involved in a Small Group this year, but are unsure of the options, click here to see a list of the groups.  Contact the group leaders if you require more information.  Or if you have an idea for a Small Group, please talk to Steve R.  

As always, the coffee and tea will be hot and waiting for you when you arrive.  Please help yourself.
9:45am Sunday School
11:00am Worship Service.

Have a great weekend and we’ll see you on Sunday!
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Weekly News… October 11

Happy Thanksgiving Weekend Folks!

What do you do when your day(s) are (or feel) stressful?  How do you manage your stress?  It’s been a question that I’ve been asking a few friends this week, as I’ve been considering different ways to deal and manage my own stress. 

One of the ways that I’ve found that helps me deal with stress, is listening to worship music. Especially to songs that have good words that speak truth to my heart.  The song, Goodness of God, by Bethel has been filling my mind this week.  Here’s just a few of the lyrics:

I love You, Lord
For Your mercy never failed me
All my days, I’ve been held in Your hands
From the moment that I wake up
Until I lay my head
Oh, I will sing of the goodness of God

And all my life You have been faithful
And all my life You have been so, so good
With every breath that I am able
Oh, I will sing of the goodness of God

‘Cause Your goodness is running after, it’s running after me…

If you’re interested in hearing the song, click here.  (warning…it has a bit of a ‘country flavour’)  😉 

The words of this song remind me of the last verse of Psalm 23, “Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life…”.  These are things that I need to be reminded of.  God IS good…SO good in fact that His goodness PURSUES me ALL the days of my life.  When I listen to the truth of those words, it really does help me put my stress in a better perspective.  

What sort of things help YOU deal with stress?  If you feel like sharing, reply to this email.  I’d love to hear your thoughts.  

We would love to celebrate Thanksgiving with you and your family this Sunday!  Hope you can join us for our 9:45am Sunday School and our 11:00am Worship Service.  

Have a truly blessed and thankful weekend!
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Weekly News… October 4

Did you have a chance to think about going to the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast?  It’s on October 12th at 8:30am at The Glens Grill, Montgomery Glen Golf & Country Club.  Tickets are $20, and this Sunday is the LAST DAY to buy them!  See Delora or Pastor Marc for tickets.

Do you like breakfast?  Do you like pancakes?  If so, be sure to join us for a Pancake Breakfast, THIS SUNDAY MORNING at 9:30am.  Sunday School classes will follow.  (Thanks to the C.E. Board for putting this on!)

Take a look at Sunday’s bulletin – it’s loaded with lots of events and information. You can see it online – or come to church on Sunday to get your full-colour copy.  🙂

Have a great weekend.  To all you farmers out there…we’re praying for you.  God’s with you in the storm.  Be encouraged.  Stay safe.  

See you Sunday at 9:30am for Breakfast, and 11:00am for our Communion Worship Service.

Take care,

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