A NOTE FROM PASTOR DON:
I met recently with some local pastors at the “one and only”, Taste and See restaurant in Sussex, (one of Sussex, NB’s secret weapons – #delish). We represented very different congregations and age differences, upwards of thirty years. One had just accepted his first pastoral assignment and another had just submitted his retirement letter. Most of us were not close friends, yet, but, as is usually the case when pastors hang out, there was an undeniable bond rooted in both an innate understanding of each other’s calling and the brotherhood we experience in Christ. For me, such gatherings are always heartwarming and encouraging. In fact, as much as I treasure my long relationships among the Wesleyan tribe, it has been these interdenominational friendships that have proven to be especially inspiring to me across the years.
The appetite I have for this fellowship stems from a huge stadium event I attended years ago where 40,000 pastors came together for worship, prayer and teaching under the Promise Keeper organization. Worshipping Christ in such an atmosphere had the aroma of heaven about it. Promise Keepers has long since faded from view, but my affinity for such fellowship hasn’t.
The reason for our meeting was to make plans for a joint Good Friday service this year, to be held at the Kingswood University Chapel. Our discussions reminded me of the many efforts I have been a part of across the years to see the church come together. It is not an easy task, although not because of divisiveness or disunity. Sure, there are churches and pastors in every town who seem threatened by the prospects of any cross-denominational contact (weird isn’t it?). But more often, the challenge is rooted in persuading pastors and people to carve out the time for fellowship at this level. We like to do our own thing, and our church and personal calendars are full, so it’s pretty easy to leave such gatherings out.
My opinion I know, but the loss both personally and corporately is significant. Whether it’s shared faith over an early morning coffee, strategizing and learning together at a conference, collaborating on a project, or worshipping together at a joint community service; when God’s people get together across denominational lines, something beautiful happens and God is glorified. My life has been richer for each and every time I have experienced such cooperation and fellowship.
And, you know the neat thing about breakfast at Taste and See? The Pentecostal guy paid for my breakfast!
THIS COMING WEEKEND!!!
SATURDAY & SUNDAY, MARCH 25/26
with noted Bible Teacher, Rick Kavanaugh
Three powerful sessions with Pastor Rick to drill down on God’s unshockable love reflected in our lives:
Saturday, Mar. 25 – 3:30 pm
Those 50+ are invited to the Allison’s Sugar Shack @ 168 McGregor Brook Rd. to learn about the process of making Maple Syrup….And, there’s a good possibility of Maple Candy on the snow! An Old Fashioned Saturday night Potluck Supper will follow at the church.
Please let Debbie Graham know if you are planning to come – 432-1883
IT’S HERE AGAIN!
A ONE STOP EASTER EVENT FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
Join us for a remarkable EASTER SUNDAY MORNING
with singer/songwriter and child advocate
You will love his music, his heart and his message.
IT’S COMING AGAIN!!!
OUR 3RD ANNUAL BEAST FEAST
Who are YOU INVITING!?
BRAND NEW SMALL GROUPS – Keep Growing and Get Connected!
Time: Wednesdays, 7pm
Leader: Brittany Trafton
Alpha is an opportunity to explore life, faith and God in a friendly, open and informal environment. Each session unpacks the basics of Christian faith, addressing questions, like “Who is Jesus?” “Why and how do I pray?” and “How does God guide us?” There’s no pressure and no obligation to say anything; it’s an opportunity to hear from others and contribute your own perspective.
More Than Money
Time: Wednesdays, 7pm
Leader: Ivan & Debbie Graham
Money can be a source of worry, anxiety, tension, or even bitterness, overshadowing the joy in our day-to-day lives and impacting our most important relationships. Learn Dave Ramsey’s practical principles of budgeting, getting out of debt, the influence of marketing on our buying habits, planning for retirement, generous giving, and more. It’s never too early or too late to take control of your financial situation.
Unshockable Love – Book Study
Cost: $20/book (also available for Kindle)
Why did folks who seemed far from God become Christ’s devoted followers? Because Jesus saw precious works of art beneath layers of sin, anxiety, and fear! Exploring Jesus’ encounters with “messy” people, John Burke shows how to restore others to God through speaking the truth in love, respecting freedom, and more.
You Were Born for This – Book Study
Cost: $15/book (also available for Kindle)
God chooses to partner with ordinary people for His supernatural agenda. In his straightforward, story-driven style, Bruce Wilkerson (author of The Prayer of Jabez) will motivate you to see your world differently; to expect God to work miracles through you to meet others’ needs; and to master seven simple tools of service. This is a great follow-up to Unshockable Love.
The customizable video Bible study library for every person in your church…Adults and Kids. It’s an awesome site and its for YOU and YOUR FAMILY. Be sure to check it out….rightmedia.org
Every person can access over 15,000 Bible studies… studies for small groups, families, students, leadership development, and much more. The content comes from over 250 top Christian publishers and ministries.
(Invitation links to create an account have been sent out. If you did not get an email or have experienced trouble creating an account please contact the church office firstname.lastname@example.org 433.3500)
KIDS ARE LOVED @ SWC!
The KidCity Ministry @ SW is created with you and your children in mind. Our goal each week is to partner with you as you lead your child into a growing friendship with Jesus. The KidCity room is an exciting, creative and fun environment where the children learn and interact each week. Our KidCity nursery programs are the same.
Sunday mornings @ 10:30
INDOOR COMMUNITY WALKING – Mon, Wed & Fri. @ 10:30
STORM YOUTH – every Sunday @ 5:00 pm
PRAYTOGETHER – every Tuesday @ 12:20 to 12:50
SWnow – Newsletter emailed twice monthly
For more info on any of these events, please contact the church office
433.3500 / email@example.com
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