Serving the Church
Paul's Ministry to the Church
24 Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in Christ's afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church, 25 of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God that was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known, 26 the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to his saints. 27 To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. 28 Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. 29 For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.
2 For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you and for those at Laodicea and for all who have not seen me face to face, 2 that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God's mystery, which is Christ, 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. 4 I say this in order that no one may delude you with plausible arguments. 5 For though I am absent in body, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the firmness of your faith in Christ.
Even in the greatest afflictions, we ought to testify to God, that, in receiving them from his hand, we feel pleasure in the midst of the pain, from being afflicted by Him who loves us, and whom we love.
– John Wesley
Why do you think God allows you to suffer or endure difficulties? What might He want to accomplish in you or through you?
What cost are you paying right now so that others can know Jesus and grow in Him?
What was lacking in Christ’s afflictions that Paul was filling up? (See 2 Corinthians 1:3-7; 4:7-18; Philippians 1:12- 14; 2 Timothy 2:8-10.) In contrast, what was NOT lacking in Christ’s afflictions? (See Hebrews 7:27; 9:12, 28; 10:10.)
What does it mean to strive according to Christ’s power in verse 29? (see 2 Corinthians 12:7-10; Ephesians 1:18-21; Philippians 4:11-13.) How do we practically depend on the strength of the Lord?
Taken from Colossians Complete in Christ Created and edited by the pastors and staff of Grace Bible Church Texas.
Scriptures to Consider
- 1 Corinthians 9
- Luke 16:153
- 2 Timothy 2:8-10
MONDAY, June 3
9:30 am Men’s Outreach Prayer
9:30 am Women’s Prayertime
TUESDAY, June 4
6:30 pm Pro-Life Apologetics Seminar
7:00 pm Youth Study
WEDNESDAY, June 5
9:45 am Keenager’s Study
7:30 pm Young Adults at Piska's
THURSDAY, June 6
6:30 pm Pro-Life Apologetics Seminar
FRIDAY, June 7
6:30 pm YOUTH -Parkland Youth Rally at SG Community Church
SATURDAY , June 8
SUNDAY, June 9
9:15 and 11:15 am Worship Services
1:00 pm Safety & Risk Management
Pro-Life Apologetics for a Secular World With the recent shift in the political atmosphere in the US, the abortion debate is raging again. Yet, how can we share our convictions with those who do not share our Christian worldview? Join Pastor Steve in the Fireside Room at 6:30 PM on Tuesday, June 4 OR Thursday, June 6 to help you navigate this challenging topic. RSVP to Pastor Steve and let him know you are coming!
PARK PLAY DAYS start on Wednesday, June 5 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am. Meet at Rotary Park in Stony Plain. Bring your kids to play at the playground while you have a chance to connect with others from SGAC. As we are at a park setting, please be aware there may be food allergens, please watch your child. Please note: All parks do not have washrooms.
YOUTH RALLY Friday June 7 New Time!! 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm. We are meeting at the Spruce Grove Community Church for this event at 180 Century Rd. Come for ZORB, 9 Square, Soccer, Worship, Food Games and Prizes! It is going to be an awesome night with other youth groups in the area!
Safety and Risk Management Training June 9 at 1:00 pm. The safety of our volunteers and children is important to us. This training is required annually for all Children’s Ministry volunteers working on Sundays, in the summer, at VBS or at AWANA. Please RSVP to Debbie by June 5 so that we can adequately prepare for you. Hot dogs will be served.
Calling all Father’s, uncles, grandpa’s and kids! Join us for a morning of Dodgeball on Saturday, June 15 at 10:00 am to help raise money for the refugee family! The refugee team is excited to host a morning of fun and entertainment as we “dip, dodge and duck” one another in the game of dodgeball. Cost is $25 per person with all proceeds going to Refugee Sponsorship. Tickets will be available at the Welcome Centre on Sundays or in the office.
Future Development has begun the new 3 year pledge drive for our Phase 1 – Education Building. Pledge forms / envelopes are at the Welcome Centre. After prayerful consideration, please return your completed form to the new mail slot located in the Future Development display in the foyer before the end of June. These pledges will begin September 1st. For more information visit us online.
SafeCheck Advanced Private Food Safety Training Certification Course
June 25 from 8:15 am – 5:00 pm. Cost is $78.00.
This is a required course for individuals from any ministry of our church that are preparing and/or serving food from our church kitchen.
The course is also open to individuals from the community. Bring a bag lunch. Beverages provided. Please register at the church office.
Don’t miss it! VBS Registration is now open for children ages 4-grade 6. Join us as we go To Mars and Beyond August 12 to 16 from 9:15 am to 12:15 pm. Volunteers are needed to help minister to our Voyagers during this adventure. Volunteers sign up at the Check In kiosk today.
Please pray for:
Our International Workers: Roy & Joyce Hewko, Tracey Flynn, Roy & Miriam Taylor.
Our Pastoral Team Staff Member: Pastor Andrew Bugiera. Andrew is our Pastor of Worship, & Prayer. He is married to Amy and they have three children ages 8, 5 & 3.
Our Support Staff Team Member: Karen Lapp. Karen is married to Jon and they have 3 children ages 20, 19 & 17.
Our Elders Team Member: Fred Zelensky. Fred is married to Darlene and they have 3 married children.
We have a 5th option for Donations to SGAC - Etransfer using email@example.com . Please include your offering envelope number and contact information. The money is deposited directly into the church account and does not require a security question. (This is not to be used for registrations.)
Congratulations to those being baptized this weekend: