A New Ministry... But You Have to Wait : Acts 9:19-30
Saul Proclaims Jesus in Synagogues
For some days he was with the disciples at Damascus. 20 And immediately he proclaimed Jesus in the synagogues, saying, “He is the Son of God.” 21 And all who heard him were amazed and said, “Is not this the man who made havoc in Jerusalem of those who called upon this name? And has he not come here for this purpose, to bring them bound before the chief priests?” 22 But Saul increased all the more in strength, and confounded the Jews who lived in Damascus by proving that Jesus was the Christ.
Saul Escapes from Damascus
23 When many days had passed, the Jews plotted to kill him, 24 but their plot became known to Saul. They were watching the gates day and night in order to kill him, 25 but his disciples took him by night and let him down through an opening in the wall, lowering him in a basket.
Saul in Jerusalem
26 And when he had come to Jerusalem, he attempted to join the disciples. And they were all afraid of him, for they did not believe that he was a disciple. 27 But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles and declared to them how on the road he had seen the Lord, who spoke to him, and how at Damascus he had preached boldly in the name of Jesus. 28 So he went in and out among them at Jerusalem, preaching boldly in the name of the Lord. 29 And he spoke and disputed against the Hellenists. But they were seeking to kill him. 30 And when the brothers learned this, they brought him down to Caesarea and sent him off to Tarsus.
“We know that faith is simply being fully persuaded that God will do all that He has promised to do in His timing and in His way. We also know that God continually pushes us to the limit in order to strengthen our faith and transform us into His image. When we willingly allow Him to purge our souls of sin and self, He can then easily accomplish His will. However, when we block and prevent God from doing these things in our lives, either out of ignorance or disobedience, He sometimes will take matters into His own hands; i.e., the night seasons.”
--Dr. D. W. Ekstrand
In our busy society, how can we make an effort to slow down to hear from God, to go deeper in our relationship with God?
Paul was called by God to go to the Gentiles to preach the Gospel. God has called each of us to serve Him. God has given us unique spiritual gifts to accomplish the call on our life. What are your spiritual gifts and how are you serving the Lord?
Scriptures to Consider
1. Galatians 1:1-24
2. Matthew 4:1-11
3. Luke 22:42
MONDAY, February 19
Family Day - Church Office Closed
TUESDAY, February 20
9:00 am Daybreak
7:00 pm pm Elders Meeting
7:00 pm Youth Studies
WEDNESDAY, February 21
9:45 am Keenagers Study
4:00 and 6:30 pm AWANA
6:40 pm The Truth Project
6:40 pm The Case for Christ
6:40 pm Soul Care
6:40 pm Living in the Will of God
6:40 pm Financial Peace
6:40 pm Worship & Prayer
6:30 pm Deeper Life School of Theology
7:00 pm Evening Edition for Women
7:00 pm Men’s Floor Hockey
FRIDAY, February 23
6:30 pm Deeper Life School of Theology
7:30 pm Youth 30 Hour Famine
SATURDAY , February 24
8:30 am Deeper Life School of Theology
SUNDAY, February 25
9:15 & 11:15 am Worship Services
6:00 pm Singin' the Gospel
YOUNG ADULTS We will be having Pizza and Escape Room Board Games today immediately following the 11:15 service. Come to 13 Linksview Close. We will be ordering pizza for lunch so please bring $7.00.
SGAC HOUSE OF PRAYER Join Sunday evening , February 18 at 6:00 pm for a night of unbroken worship, praise and prayer.
CHURCH OFFICE will be closed for Family Day on Monday, February 19.
MEMBERSHIP CLASS Sunday February 25 at 9:15 am in the Prayer Room. If you have a desire to join our church family as a member please contact Pastor Art and join this class.
BAPTISM CLASS Sunday February 25 at 11:15 am in the Prayer Room. If you have the tug on your heart to be baptized contact Pastor Art.
SINGIN' THE GOSPEL February 25, 6:00 pm “A Taste of Camp Meeting” with Joyful Melody Trio, Gabriel, and Dave Crawford. Admission is free and an offering will be taken.
MEN’S RETREAT March 9 -11 at Camp Nakamun Cost: $160.00 until February 23/ $175.00 after February 23. Online registration is now open , Register now!
CONGREGATIONAL MEETING March 8 at 7:00 pm. Updates on Finances, Strategic Plan and Future Development will be discussed. Everyone is welcome.
HOLY SPIRIT ENCOUNTER March 9-11. Register online! Cost is $50.00.
TEACHER TRAINING Saturday March 3 at 9:00 am. All Sunday morning volunteers please join us for a morning of blessing, training and refreshing our skills. Breakfast will be served and for those that need Safety and Risk Management Training/Refreshing this will also be offered. Please RSVP to Debbie.
CHARITABLE DONATION RECEIPTS have been mailed. If you do not get yours within the next two weeks, check with the finance office to see if we have the correct address for your household.
BIBLE BASICS if you are interested in learning more about the Bible, please contact Pastor Karen. This is for anyone who would like to explore the basic teachings of the Bible and have their questions answered.
Weekly Update -Feruary 11, 2018
General Fund giving Feb. 4 $19,204
33 week average $24,493
-- Budget requirement $ 24,327
Future Dev. Fund giving Feb. 11 $1,465
--Balance as of Feb. 11, 2018 $799,657
Monthly Update July1 to Jan. 31, 2018
-- Budget Surplus $ 11,654
-- Year to date Surplus $ 81,739
Global Advance giving $ 93,867
Canadian Ministries giving $ 31,577
Our International Workers: Jon & Andrea Bauer, Shelby Fehr, Nakamun Staff.
Our Pastoral Team Staff Member: Pastor Andrew Bugiera. Andrew is our Pastor of Worship, Arts & Prayer. He is married to Amy and they have three children ages 7, 4 & 2.
Our Administrative Team Staff Member: Corina Langdon. Corina is married to Boyde and they have 3 children 20, 18 and 16.
Our Elders Team Member: Russell Mueller. Russell is married to Virgie and they have 3 married children.
We rejoice with Traftan and Karissa Sirdar in the dedication of their son Jesse today.
A Huge Thanks to those who purchased treats at our AWANA Bake Sale this past week. We have $870.00 to go towards a new race track for the AWANA Grand Prix in March.