Yesterday, we had our “Covid-19 week #8” Zoom staff meeting. Hard to believe that it’s been 8 weeks since we’ve been asked to make drastic changes to how we do life! With these changes, most of us have been home more and engaging much less in social activities. I’ve joked that some days feel like we are in the Bill Murray movie, “Groundhog Day” – where every day just repeats itself to be exactly the same as the day before. Like in the movie, when the days begin to blur into one another with not a lot of differentiation between them, it’s easy to fall into a complacency that can numb us and even distort our view of life. I’ve been thinking quite a bit about that this week and realizing that one way to battle against complacency is to actually CHOOSE hope and joy every day. Some days this is really hard to do, so I’ve been asking Jesus each day to open my eyes to SEE the hope and the joy that is around me – and then to accept them as a gift from Him. Some of the things that have given me hope and joy this week? My grandson (& his mom) Facetiming me, with him smiling at me as I talk to him – it makes me so thankful to be his Oma. A dove pair that has returned to the farm and has been ‘coo-ing’ their song. (I often wonder if it’s the same pair that returns each year? And if it is, how remarkable that is!!) Going carefully to the greenhouse and choosing the flowers to grow in my yard this year. The colours, fragrance and beauty lift my spirit and I thank the Creator who designed and created each bloom.
All of these things give me hope and joy as they remind me of the presence and goodness of God in my every day life. The writer of Hebrews tells us to “hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm”. The key here is to not let go. Keep hanging on to the hope that we have, because Jesus gives us this reason for hope – not only for eternal life in Heaven with Him – but also for abundant life here on earth. (“I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” – John 10:10b) Keep asking God for help to see the hope and joy that is around us and the strength to choose to accept those things, even on the hard days.
“Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise.” ~Hebrews 10:23
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There will be a Baby Shower Parade for Emma Anderson, THIS THURSDAY, May 14th at 7:00pm, weather permitting. Everyone is invited to a drive by parade where we can say a quick hello and congratulations to Mac, Vera and Emma from our vehicles. There will be a designated bin on the sidewalk for gifts and cards. If you would like to join us for this, line up heading north along 55th street, in between Mayday Crescent and the Mega convenience store. Please remember to keep social distancing measures in place, as Mac and Vera will be outside with Emma so we can all say hi and see her from a distance. For more information or to send a gift if you are unable to attend, please contact Sarah at 780-312-6196 or Eunice at 780-312-3327.
This Sunday is our ‘Gideons Giving Sunday’. As part of our “Scattered but Worshipping Together” service, we are including a video about the work of the Gideons, as well as how you can support them – with your prayers and finances. Pastor Randall will be sending you an email tomorrow with all the service details. Or you can always access the service directly via our website at: www.malmochurch.ca/scattered-but-worshiping-together/ .
Do you have any new pictures for us? We’d love to see your faces and pics of what you’re doing. You can send them to me via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org or text them directly to me at 780-312-4620. I’ll be sure to get them included into our Malmo Photo Gallery.
Thank you for continuing to support the work and ministry here at Malmo. Online Giving continues to be available. We’ve updated our eTransfer protocol to now receive & deposit your donations automatically. (Which means you no longer need a password to use eTransfer.) If you have any questions about this, please talk to Andy P. or Corey N. We also accept donations via cheque, so if that is your preferred method, you can continue sending it through the mail, to: Malmo Mission Covenant Church, RR #2, Wetaskiwin AB, T9A 1W9.
Take care Folks,