From Pastor Don
Today marks the release of SWnow for the 2017 year. It’s a chance every couple of weeks to keep our amazing church family tuned in to what’s coming up, and to let our many friends in on things too. Those who like being a part of a church family like it a lot, and I for one, can’t imagine my life without the close connection I have always felt to my friends at church.
As most of you know, 2016 was a year like no other for our family. My precious daughter Lindsay’s untimely passing after an excruciating battle with cancer and chemo, my companion, Janet’s, journey through 12 months of upheaval, both emotional and physical, plus numerous other mountains we have climbed as a family, have left us more than ready to step out of the year past.
The sense of precarious optimism we have for the future hinges not only on the dark days behind us personally, but also, on the generalized speculation that society has about the nature of the days ahead. So much has changed, and the only thing that matches our sincere hope for a prosperous future is our utter inability to predict what will happen. Pick any arena, whether it be our politics, our health, the economy or world peace, we know not what lies ahead.
Yet, those emotions can never dominate our life for long, because in the midst of these realities stands one unmovable rock, our trust in God. Only ONE anchor holds us firm, and we see it revealed in our past and promised for our future.
He is my light, my strength, my song;
this Cornerstone, this solid Ground,
firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
when fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My Comforter, my All in All,
here in the love of Christ I stand.”
Never before have I felt so personally called to keep my balance in this world by remembering that when my foundations are shaking, I am held securely in this amazing love. There are some, I think, whose interpretation of God’s care for us implies that we will be kept from trouble. But, in fact, it is in the midst of difficulty that we see God’s amazing care for us revealed… sometimes through the love of others, sometimes in the quiet confidence deep within, and sometimes through seemingly miraculous interventions whose timing and details make us remember the verse about “entertaining Angels unaware” (Heb.13:2). It seems as though God chooses to let us walk the rough road sometimes, and learn, that “nothing can separate us from His love” (Rom. 8:38-39). As a result, even our sorest trials may become the thing that deepens and sweetens our most important relationship.
I’m hoping that we all learn more this year about what it means to walk by faith; and, should you be blessed enough to have a wonderful church family, may you have the joy of doing that walk together.
CURRENT MESSAGE SERIES
Sunday mornings @ 10:30
Join us for the last two messages in this series, “RISING”, The series is focusing on the places and ways we can all engage God’s presence in our lives in a deeper way.
You can also listen to the messages by going to swc.ca
12:20 – 12:50
The church board is continuing corporate prayer at lunch on Tuesdays in the Worship Center. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.
DELICIOUS HAM DINNER for EVERYONE
following the morning service!
We invite you and your family to stay and enjoy a fantastic meal of Baked Ham & Potato Scallop, Brown Beans, Coleslaw, Roll, & Dessert this Sunday after the morning service. Donations appreciated to cover the cost of the meal.
Monday / Wednesday / Friday
Lace up your walking shoes and come in from the cold to join others in getting some exercise, while enjoying company and conversation.
This is open to the community – males & females of all ages!
STORM Youth Movie Night
Friday, Jan. 27, 7:30pm
Contact Pastor Brad for more info
MEMBERSHIP LUNCHEON | Sunday, Feb. 5, 12-2pm
In the last two years the Wesleyan Church has done a major revision of its membership process. Current members will be interested in this new structure and non-members are welcome to come to the luncheon and hear why membership is something that local churches all around the world still value and promote.
Winter Warmth Weekend // Friday-Saturday // Feb. 10-11
YOU NEED A GET-AWAY! Spending an overnight in the beautiful Beulah Camp Heritage Hall is a perfect way to do it. This weekend is designed specifically for fun and friendship for all adults, single or married, and whether you are new to Sussex Wesleyan or a long-time regular attender, you will love this mid-winter, affordable break from the routine. Please contact the church office for registration and information….433.3500 or……firstname.lastname@example.org
Right Now Media Launch
Right Now Media is an amazing data base of Christian resources, available free, online, to everyone who attends Sussex Wesleyan. The subscription fee has already been taken care of, so you can feel free to use the resources as much as you want. It not only has lots for adults, but its awesome for kids, too.
To check it out, go to rightnowmedia.org. Be sure to keep scrolling down to see what’s available for everyone.
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