6 So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7 He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” 9 And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. 10 And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, 11 and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”
“Not called!’ did you say? ‘Not heard the call,’ I think you should say. Put your ear down to the Bible, and hear Him bid you go and pull sinners out of the fire of sin. Put your ear down to the burdened, agonized heart of humanity, and listen to its pitiful wail for help. Go stand by the gates of hell, and hear the damned entreat you to go to their father’s house and bid their brothers and sisters, and servants and masters not to come there. And then look Christ in the face, whose mercy you have professed to obey, and tell him whether you will join heart and soul and body and circumstances in the march to publish his mercy to the world.”Acts speaks much about the Holy Spirit. Why do you think the Book of Acts has such an emphasis on the Holy Spirit? -William Booth
- The disciples were uncomfortable and challenged by the circumstances they found themselves. They desired Jesus to return and establish His kingdom. We likewise, desire in our day for Christ to return and establish his Kingdom. How do we balance the pre-eminent return of Christ and the call to missions (Reach the Lost)?
- What would it look like if everyone in our Church entered the mission? Who has God placed in your sphere of influence that needs Christ? What is the Holy Spirit asking you to do?
Are you willing to intentionally set time aside to learn to share your faith?
- Resources to consider include: “Sharing Jesus Without Fear”; “Becoming a Contagious Christian”; Tracts include: “May I ask you a Question?”; “Knowing God Personally”
Scriptures to Consider
- 2 Corinthians 5
- Ephesians 4:1-11
- Matthew 28
MONDAY, September 25
9:30 am Outreach Prayer
1:30 pm Women’s Prayertime
7:00 pm Young Adults Small Group at the Piska's
7:30 pm Monday Knight Men
TUESDAY, September 26
6:30 pm Live Free
7:30 pm Youth Studies
WEDNESDAY, September 27
9:45 am Keenager’s Study
4:00 pm AWANA
5:30 pm TREK
6:30 pm AWANA
6:40 pm Road to Emaus
6:40 pm Men’s Study
6:40 pm Soul Care
6:40 pm Worship & Prayer
THURSDAY, September 28
FRIDAY, September 29
6:00 pm Youth Retreat - bus leaves for Camp Nakamun
SATURDAY ,September 30
8:00 am Work Bee
SUNDAY, October 1
9:15 &11:15 am Worship Services
CHILI LUNCH FUNDRAISER FOR ANTIGUA this Sunday. Please join us in the Oasis Room from 12:45 pm – 1:50 pm. Beverage, desert, salad, bun and chili for a suggested cash donation of $10 for adults, $5 for kids or $30 for a family. Come for fellowship and food and support the Antigua Missions Team.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING is this Sunday, September 24 at 2:00 pm. All Members and Attendees are encouraged to come. Annual Reports and Elders Bio Brochures are available at the Welcome Centre.
YOUNG ADULTS- Join us for dinner this week, Monday September 25 at 6:00 pm with Small Groups to follow as normal at 7:00 pm. We meet at Mike and Bonny Piska’s (13 Linskview Close).
YOUTH RETREAT September 29-October 1. Register online or at the church office. Cost begins at $115 for the first student and discounts for 2nd and 3rd within the same family. Contact Pastor Josh for more information. Deadline to register is this Monday, September 25.
The GYM CEILING REPAIR is near completion. We need volunteers to re-install light fixtures Monday and Tuesday after the ceiling drywall is finished. Call Ed (780-945-0325), Ken (780-266-9613) or Peter (587-990-6694) if you can help out.
BREAKFAST AND WORK BEE September 30 at 8:00 am. We want to have as many hands as possible to make light work. For more information call Peter at (587) 990-6694. Please RSVP to the church office.
TRUTH PROJECT Study begins this Wednesday 6:40 pm in Portable 3. Focus on the Family’s ‘The Truth Project’ is a study of the Christian world-view and challenges attenders to ask and answer the question “Do I really believe that what I believe is really real?”
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD shoeboxes now available and will be collected on Nov. 12. Please read Samaritan’s Purse brochure to see what gifts are acceptable. Brochure and shoeboxes can be picked up at the Welcome Centre.
Giving Week of Sept 17: $21,759
12 Week Average: $18,359
Budget Requirement: $24,327
Future Development Fund:
Giving Sept 17: $1,105
Balance as of July 16: $489,510
Monthly Update (July 1 - Aug. 31, 2017):
Budget Shortfall: $68,082
Year to Date Shortfall: $33,259
Global Advance Giving: $17,526
Canadian Ministries Giving:$5,154
Welcome New Members!
We are pleased to welcome the new members this weekend into membership at SGAC. We wish them God’s Blessings.