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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Weekly News… September 27

I hope you’re staying warm out there on this blustery Friday!

I just wanted to mention that this Sunday, after the morning Worship Service, the Building Committee will be downstairs during the Coffee Fellowship time to answer any questions that you may have about the new building.  They’ve also prepared a document with answers to the questions that were asked about the new building this past spring.  Plan on stopping by the table to pick up the document and to ask any questions that you might have about the upcoming new church building.  They really value your input in this process.

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

Have a safe & warm weekend!

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Weekly News… September 20

I was talking with Darryl at breakfast this morning, telling him that I had no idea what I should write about in this mornings email.  He said, “Just tell them that they’re loved.  Everyone needs to hear that – and everyone needs a hug.”  He’s right.  So that is my message to you today…truth from God’s word wrapped in an air hug for you today.  You are CHOSEN and you are LOVED.  Believe it.  Soak in it.  Let it sink to the deepest part of your soul….because it is TRUE.  May this truth continue to change your life today.  

“We know, dear brothers and sisters, that God loves you and has chosen you to be his own people.”
~1 Thessalonians 1:4-5

Reminding you all that our Sunday School season has begun. We have classes for all ages, beginning at 9:45am.  Followed by our 11:00am Worship Service.  

Wishing you all a wonderful and safe weekend!


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Weekly News… September 13

How’s your week been?  Mine has been LOOONNNGGG…(Am I allowed to say that in a church email??)  Well, I guess if our goal here at church is to be authentic in both words and deeds…there it is.  It’s been a long week.  And there still seems to be a lot to do before I get to take a Sabbath on Sunday afternoon.  So what do I do in the midst of the long and tired and busy days?  For me personally, it’s intentionally having what I like to call “Jesus time”.  Those moments in my day when I just get quiet before my Heavenly Father.  I read scripture or I pray with words or I just sit quietly before him, showing Him what’s going on in my head and in my world.  Even though He already knows all those things, He still wants me to bring it all to Him.  It’s a sign of trust and love between us.  When I take the time to do this, I feel better – more calm, less scattered and ready to go back to the next thing in my day.  And that is certainly not of my own doing – it truly is a ‘Jesus-thing’.  

My heart has heard you say,
“Come and talk with me.”
And my heart responds,
“LORD, I am coming.”
~Psalm 27:8

It’s an exciting weekend here at Malmo.  It’s the Sunday School Kick-off Sunday!  We’re starting with a Pancake Breakfast at 9:30am.  Then having an Open Session in the Sanctuary at 10:00am. We’ll have some songs, meet the teachers and then head off to our individual classes.  Remember!  Sunday School is for ALL ages – so we even have a class for YOU!  😉 Hope you can join us!

Our Worship Service begins at 11:00am.  It’s our ‘Tearfund Giving Sunday’, so I’ll be sharing an update from Kernels of Hope as well as sharing a bit about Tearfund.  If you’d like to financially support this excellent ministry, please make your cheques payable to ECCC.

Looking forward to Sunday.  We (the Pastors & I) pray for you each week.  May your weekend be wonderful and safe too.

See you Sunday!

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Weekly News… September 6th

I hope you’ve enjoyed all the beautiful sunshine that we’ve been receiving this week!  We’ve had such amazingly pleasant days.  It’s been so great!

This Sunday we’ll be doing a little ‘Malmo showering’ again!  This time over Wilson & Sarina as we celebrate their upcoming wedding with a Wedding Shower Potluck after the morning worship service.  Please bring a main dish and a salad to share.  Dessert will be provided.  

Reminder too, that there’s NO Sunday School this Sunday.  (It will begin on the 15th.  Details under ‘this week’s events’).  

Looking forward to seeing you at 11:00am for our Worship Service.  The Pastors and Dixie have been working hard, getting everything ready for this Sunday.  I hope you can join us.

Take care & enjoy your weekend!

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Weekly News… August 30th

“Let’s keep our eyes open for Christ’s Presence rather than trying to figure out His plan.”
~Emily P. Freeman

This may come as a surprise to you (or not!) – but I am a PLANNER.  (So much so, that I needed to write that in capital letters!)  I strive on having a well-put-together plan, no matter what I am doing.  It provides comfort and stability and I feel like I’m ‘in control’ when I have a plan.  Now hear me out – in and of itself, there is nothing wrong with having a plan.  I think it can be healthy and a good organizational tool as you go through life.  However, for me at least, I think it can also become an idol. When I start trusting more in my plan than in God, then I’ve crossed the line from it being a useful tool to it becoming an idol.  The Bible says that anything that comes between me and God is an idol. (Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God’s place in your hearts. ~1 John 5:21) .   Recently, God has been challenging me to stop putting so much effort into my plan and into my wanting to know every detail of His plan.  But instead, to just live each day looking for HIM and for HIS presence.  This requires a lot of faith and trust on my part, as I take my eyes off of me and my plan, and put them back onto Him.  But it’s worth it, because knowing Jesus and seeing His presence all around me, is far better than any plan that I could ever come up with.  

This Sunday is September.  Yes, that’s right…September.  In my mind, that means Autumn is here, whether I’m ready or not!  What I am ready for though, is Church!  We begin our Autumn services this Sunday at 11:00am.  (No Sunday School yet.  That begins on September 15th.  See the side panel ‘upcoming events’ for those details.)

It’s nice to have you all home from vacation!  I hope you can join us.  🙂

Have a great weekend.  See you Sunday!

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