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Weekly News for Sunday, December 2, 2018


John 4

Jesus and the Woman of Samaria

Now when Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus was making and baptizing more disciples than John (although Jesus himself did not baptize, but only his disciples), he left Judea and departed again for Galilee. And he had to pass through Samaria. So he came to a town of Samaria called Sychar, near the field that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob's well was there; so Jesus, wearied as he was from his journey, was sitting beside the well. It was about the sixth hour.

A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” (For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.)The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.) 10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” 11 The woman said to him, “Sir, you have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob? He gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and his livestock.” 13 Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” 15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.”

16 Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.” 17 The woman answered him, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You are right in saying, ‘I have no husband’; 18 for you have had five husbands, and the one you now have is not your husband. What you have said is true.” 19 The woman said to him, “Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet.20 Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you say that in Jerusalem is the place where people ought to worship.” 21 Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. 22 You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews.23 But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. 24 God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” 25 The woman said to him, “I know that Messiah is coming (he who is called Christ). When he comes, he will tell us all things.” 26 Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am he.”

27 Just then his disciples came back. They marveled that he was talking with a woman, but no one said, “What do you seek?” or, “Why are you talking with her?” 28 So the woman left her water jar and went away into town and said to the people, 29 “Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ?” 30 They went out of the town and were coming to him.

31 Meanwhile the disciples were urging him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.” 32 But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you do not know about.” 33 So the disciples said to one another, “Has anyone brought him something to eat?” 34 Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work. 35 Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, then comes the harvest’? Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest. 36 Already the one who reaps is receiving wages and gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together. 37 For here the saying holds true, ‘One sows and another reaps.’ 38 I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor. Others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.”

39 Many Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman's testimony, “He told me all that I ever did.” 40 So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them, and he stayed there two days. 41 And many more believed because of his word.42 They said to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is indeed the Savior of the world.”

43 After the two days he departed for Galilee. 44 (For Jesus himself had testified that a prophet has no honor in his own hometown.) 45 So when he came to Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him, having seen all that he had done in Jerusalem at the feast. For they too had gone to the feast.

Jesus Heals an Official's Son

46 So he came again to Cana in Galilee, where he had made the water wine. And at Capernaum there was an official whose son was ill. 47 When this man heard that Jesus had come from Judea to Galilee, he went to him and asked him to come down and heal his son, for he was at the point of death. 48 So Jesus said to him, “Unless you see signs and wonders you will not believe.” 49 The official said to him, “Sir, come down before my child dies.” 50 Jesus said to him, “Go; your son will live.” The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him and went on his way.51 As he was going down, his servants met him and told him that his son was recovering. 52 So he asked them the hour when he began to get better, and they said to him, “Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him.” 53 The father knew that was the hour when Jesus had said to him, “Your son will live.” And he himself believed, and all his household.54 This was now the second sign that Jesus did when he had come from Judea to Galilee.


“Remember that mentor leadership is all about serving. Jesus said, “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45).”
-- Tony Dungy, The Mentor Leader: Secrets to Building People and Teams That Win Consistently

  • Who mentored you in life, work, family and faith? How did they mentor you?

  • What does mentoring look like for you?

  • Who are you intentionally mentoring? How often do you meet?

  • Could you create capacity to mentor others?

Scriptures to Consider

  •  2 Timothy 2:2; Psalm 71:18
  • Proverbs 27:17
  • Titus 2:3-4


MONDAY,  December 3
9:30 am  Men’s Prayer
9:30 am   Women’s Prayertime
7:30 pm    Young Adults at the Piska's (13 Linksview Close)

TUESDAY, December 4
9:00 am Daybreak
10:00 am Preschooler Rehearsal
7:00 pm Youth Study
7:00 pm Deep Dish 

WEDNESDAY, December 5
9:45 am Keenagers Study
10:00 am Preschooler Rehearsal
4:00 & 6:30 pm AWANA
6:40 pm Corporate Prayer
6:40 pm Adult Studies

THURSDAY, December 6
7:00 pm Adult Studies
7:00 pm Men’s Floor Hockey

FRIDAY,  December 7
6:00 pm  SGAC's Christmas Banquet
7:30 pm  Youth: Snow Games

SATURDAY , December 8
8:30 am    Deeper Life School of Theology                                

SUNDAY, December 9
9:15 & 11:15 am Children's Christmas Musical


WOMEN’S PRAYERTIME This week only is Monday at 9:30 am in the Library.

Out of the Box Children’s Christmas Musical Next Sunday December 9 at both 9:15 and 11:15 am services. Please be sure that your child is in their classrooms no later than 9:15 and 11:15 am. The 2 to 5 year olds will start lining up at 9:15 and 11:15 to head to the Sanctuary. Parents please pick up your 3 to 5 year olds in their classroom after they perform is here by 20 minutes before start time.

WOMEN join us Tuesday, December 4 at 7:00 pm for DEEP DISH. A time of connection, community, and conversation. We will meet in the Fireside Room and dessert and coffee will be served. We will be decorating cookies. All women are welcome to attend this casual evening

CHRISTMAS tree for THE PASTORS If you have been considering giving to one of our Pastor’s this Christmas, some members of the congregation have generously put up a tree for this purpose in the foyer. Choose a gift card tag from the gift tree in the foyer, Grab a tag of your choice. Return the gift card and tag to the marked box at the Welcome Centre. The last Sunday to select a tag will be December 9. The gift bags will be assembled the week of December 17 so that each pastor will receive their gifts well before Christmas. 

SGAC’s Christmas Banquet and the “Retelling of the Christmas Carol”. Friday, December 7 at 6:00 pm. Cost is $25/ person. Tickets are available at the Welcome Centre or the church office. There are only a limited number of tickets left.

YOUNG ADULTS Appetizer Christmas Party Monday, December 10, 2018 at 6:30 pm at Mike and Bonny Piska’s. (13 Linksview Close) Bring a white elephant gift and an appetizer to share.

YOUTH CHRISTMAS PARTY here 7:00 pm December 14 Grades 7 - 12 Bring a $5 junk food gift exchange and hot/cold snack to share.

Communion Services for December will take place on December 16.

Christmas Eve Services are Dec. 24 at 3:30 & 5:00 pm (Contemporary Services) and 6:30 pm (Traditional Service).

This Week’s Rehearsal Schedule for Children:

  • Tues morning - 10 am for 2-5 yr olds
  • Weds Morning -10 am for 2-5 year olds
  • Saturday Morning - 9:30 am for Grades 1-6

Financial Update

Weekly Update-Nov 25, 2018
General Fund giving Nov 25, 2018     $15,525
-  22 week average      $21,045               
-  Budget Requirement    $24,942

Future Dev Fund giving Nov 25, 2018        $ 6,054
-  Balance as of Nov 25, 2018 $1,247,101

Monthly Update July 1 to Oct. 31, 2018
General Fund
Budget Revenue amount to Date  $449,496
General Revenue to Date:   $363,271
-          Budget Shortfall:    $86,225
Global Advance Giving  $39,905
Canadian Ministries Giving  $9,075


Please pray for:

  • Our International Workers: Tim & Brenda Tjosvold, Jon & Angie Coutts, Ric & Kareen Strangway.

  • Our Pastoral Team Staff Member: Pastor of Women’s Ministries - Karen Houcher. Karen is married to Dan and they have 5 children ages 18, 17, 14 and 12.

  • Our Administrative Team Staff Member: Kim Friesen. Kim is married to Paul and they have 3 children ages 20, 17 and 13.

  • Our Elders Team Member: John Olsen. John is married to Arlene and they have 4 children ages 15, 13, 8 and 6.

Family Matters

  • We Celebrate with the following people who are taking the step of obedience in getting baptized on Sunday. Suzanne Wurz, Aubrey Wurz, Vienna Wurz, Sarah Ashley, Peter Spaans, Cobie Spaans and Jacqueline Bishop.

  • Will you join us in Refugee Sponsorship? Your change, can make a change! Collection cups are available in the Church lobby. Contact Natalie Boldt for more information.

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