Announcements

Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes

Christmas is right around the corner – and that means as a church, we’ll be participating again in “Operation Christmas Child”.  This is a program, operated by ‘Samaritan’s Purse’, that sends shoeboxes filled with hygiene items, toys, books, etc., to hurting children in countries around the world.

Why should we get involved in this ministry? “Operation Christmas Child provides an opportunity for people of all ages to be involved in a simple, hands-on project of Samaritan’s Purse that focuses on the true meaning of Christmas – Jesus Christ – God’s greatest gift.” – Samaritans Purse.  That’s the best reason of all.

If you’d like more information about the ‘Operation Christmas Child’ program, or about Samaritans Purse, please click here.

 

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Feeding the Hungry

We’ve been made aware of an ongoing need in our nearby Maskwacis community.  There are some folks – every day – every week – that don’t have enough food for their table.  This is something that we can help out with.

We’ll be setting up a ‘Food Pantry’, full of non-perishable food, that will be passed on to those who are in need.    (The food will not be distributed directly from Malmo.  We have plans already in place, to give the food to an Elder in the Maskwacis Community, who will then be delivering it to those who have legitimate needs.)

Would YOU be willing to be a part of this new ministry at Malmo?  We are in need of healthy, non-perishable food items.  (ie. peanut butter, pasta, canned soups, etc.)  We’re also looking for solid boxes to put the food in for delivering.  (small apple size boxes like those from Davison Orchards).

Please drop off your food donations in the box in the foyer.

Deuteronomy 15:11 “There will always be some in the land who are poor. That is why I am commanding you to share freely with the poor.”

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Pastor Appreciation Month

Did you know that October is Pastor Appreciation Month?  The bible encourages us to appreciate our Pastors & our teachers.  So often, the jobs and tasks that they do, go unnoticed & unappreciated.  1 Timothy 5:17 says:

“The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honour, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching.”

Lets be a church that not only appreciates our Pastors, but SHOWS our Pastors how much we appreciate them.  An encouraging word is always important – whether it’s during ‘Pastor Appreciation Month’, or at anytime during the year.

Not sure where to begin?  Both Lifeway Christian Resources & Focus on the Family have some neat and creative ways for us to show our appreciation for our Pastors.  Click on the links below for ideas for all ages.

Pastor Appreciation Ideas, Lifeway Resources

Ideas for All Ages, Lifeway Resources

Clergy Appreciation Ideas, Focus on the Family – Thriving Pastor

 

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Looking for a new devotional book?

Looking for a new personal devotional resource? Take a look at the ‘Covenant Home Altar’. This devotional guide is written by Covenanters, based on Scripture and seeks to relate biblical truth to everyday experiences. The October-December quarter is now available in the black cubbies, under your mailboxes. Pick up your copy at church on Sunday.

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CBC Legacy Scholarship

Do you have a youth that is enrolled in post-secondary theological, biblical or discipleship programs?  If so, scholarships are available for them, through the ‘CBC Legacy Scholarship’ fund.  The deadline to apply for this year is December 9th.  Click here for more information.

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Praying for our Future Building Needs

As you pray about the future building needs of Malmo, here are some places to start. These can help give us words and reminders to pray.

  • Pray that God would clearly lead us in this decision.
  • Pray that God stirs in each of us to participate and to do our part in the decision making process.
  • Pray that we might have a holy indifference so that the direction God leads us in doesn’t matter so much to us. Only that He leads us.
  • Pray for unity in the spirit here at Malmo.
  • New or old building, pray that God would give us a useful facility for the next generations.
  • Ask the Lord to help us hear his heartbeat for our future.
  • Pray that we might be strong and courageous in our faith.
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And…..We’re BACK!!!

This past Wednesday night was A-BUZZ with activity and energy as 47 youth and 8 leaders gathered in the Malmo church basement, for the Kick-off of the Wednesday Night Youth Program!  We have renamed our group, the ‘Malmo Community Youth Group’, because we truly do have kids from all over our community – rural and urban – coming to youth.  We had a fantastic evening of ‘celebratory food’ (pizza, chips, pop & ice cream), get-to-know-you games & garbage ball.  We then finished the evening with a devotional to talk about why we gather and what the focus of our year will be.  This year we’ll be concentrating on ‘What it means to be a Disciple of Jesus’, and how to live out that reality in our every day lives.

So, thank you for your prayers!  Thank you to all who are volunteering in some way with our program!  Thank you for your support as we begin another year of youth ministry!  We are really excited & looking forward to what God has in store…for ALL of us!

Youth Night Sept 10,2014

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Youth Kickoff

It’s hard to believe that it’s time for youth again, summer seemed to go by so quickly. But here we are and we’re excited for what this year will bring! This year will include all of those things our youth have come to love and expect: meals together, games and activities, and Bible study—friendship, fun, and faith—and we pray that we will grow closer to God in the process.

Our goal is to learn to follow Jesus together in relationship and Bible study (Matt. 28:19-20). This year we will have several sr. high and jr. high small groups looking at Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 5-7) and asking the question, what does a disciple of Jesus look like, and what does that mean for me and my life? We hope that these conversations will encourage, inspire, and transform our young people, and that these conversations will carry on at home.

The Malmo Community Youth Group Wednesday night Bible study kicks off tonight at 6:00: supper, games, introductions, and a devotional from Pastor Marc: will you be wise or will you be foolish?

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Community Field Party

Thanks to everyone who joined us this past Saturday at our ‘Community Field Party’!  We had a great day of fun activities; face painting, bouncing in the castle, playing ‘nuke ’em’, watching a movie, hanging around the fire pit, visiting with neighbours, enjoying BBQ hamburgers…and so much more!  Thanks to our C.E. board for all their planning & organization for this day!  It was a great day!

Here’s a few pictures from the day:

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Community Field Party

To see all of our pictures on our Flickr Page click here.

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Kaila Johnson and her work in London

We had a great time last Sunday hearing from Kaila Johnson on the work that she is doing with ‘Greater Europe Mission’ (GEM), in London England.
Here are the internet links she shared so that you can keep up with her and the work she is involved in.

If you’d like to read more about her ministry & the mission that she is involved with, or if you would like to support her financially, please visit her blog at
freshpagenewchapter.blogspot.co.uk
To learn more about ‘Greater Europe Mission’, visit their website at: www.gemission.org
To learn more about the ‘Sophie Hayes Foundation’, visit their website at: www.sophiehayesfoundation.org
To see what’s happening at the coffee place called Kahaila, visit them at kahaila.com.

 

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