Announcements

Gathering to prepare for Advent.

We live by several calendars. There’s the regular calendar, based on our movement around the sun and the phases of the moon. There are a variety of sports calendars: whenever the hockey or football season starts. There’s the school calendar, running from September to June. There’s the holiday calendar: Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, Mother’s Day, summer holidays. Our lives are shaped by these calendars; we make plans around them and in both large and small ways, they shape who we are.

There’s another calendar that we don’t often think about: the calendar of the church. The church has historically had its own rhythms based on God’s time: rhythms of rest and activity, of fasting and feasting, and always of reflection on the story of God’s work in the world and in our lives. It can be difficult to reconcile the church calendar with all the other calendars that draw our attention.

Advent is just around the corner. It’s the start of the new year for the church and a chance to start again, to reorient ourselves towards God’s time. But the Christmas rush is around the corner, too: school programs, parties, shopping, and all the other busy-ness of the season. Every year I intend to make Advent a quieter time of reflection, of slowing down, of focusing on what the season is really about, and every year I still get caught up in the seasonal rush. It’s probably the same for you.

Why not start this year’s Advent with your heart and mind focused on the coming of Jesus? Join us on Saturday, November 29, as we explore what it means to wait in expectation for Jesus, who will bring in God’s Kingdom, where God’s time will forever be our time as well. There will be eating, group activities, and reflection on Advent scripture readings.

We’re gathering on Saturday, November 29, from 11:30 to about 2:00 at Malmo. A catered lunch will be served. Come expecting fellowship, fun, and to have your heart focused on the coming of Jesus. If you’d like to join us, let us know on Sunday (so we know approximate numbers for the caterer).

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Pastoral Review Survey Time

In November of each year, the church goes through an annual ‘Pastoral Review’ of both of our pastors. This process is not only helpful for the Pastors, but for the congregation as well. We encourage EVERYONE to fill out a survey – youth included. We ask that you sign your name to the survey – however the Pastors never see those names – only the comments. If you’ve forgotten to pick up a copy of the survey at church, click on the Survey link below.  Completed forms can be deposited into the black box on the Malmo Info Table in the church foyer, by November 30th.

If you’d like to speak to anyone on the Pastoral Review Committee, the members are Jeff R., Corey N., Rick V. & Lorne N.

Annual Pastoral Review Survey

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Fall Time Change

Remember folks!!  Tonight we turn our clocks BACK one hour.  Enjoy your extra hour of sleep & we’ll see you tomorrow morning at church!

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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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