Justice, Will You Serve?
31 So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria had peace and was being built up. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it multiplied.
The Healing of Aeneas
32 Now as Peter went here and there among them all, he came down also to the saints who lived at Lydda. 33 There he found a man named Aeneas, bedridden for eight years, who was paralyzed. 34 And Peter said to him, “Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you; rise and make your bed.” And immediately he rose. 35 And all the residents of Lydda and Sharon saw him, and they turned to the Lord.
Dorcas Restored to Life
36 Now there was in Joppa a disciple named Tabitha, which, translated, means Dorcas. She was full of good works and acts of charity. 37 In those days she became ill and died, and when they had washed her, they laid her in an upper room. 38 Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, hearing that Peter was there, sent two men to him, urging him, “Please come to us without delay.” 39 So Peter rose and went with them. And when he arrived, they took him to the upper room. All the widows stood beside him weeping and showing tunics and other garments that Dorcas made while she was with them. 40 But Peter put them all outside, and knelt down and prayed; and turning to the body he said, “Tabitha, arise.” And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up. 41 And he gave her his hand and raised her up. Then, calling the saints and widows, he presented her alive. 42 And it became known throughout all Joppa, and many believed in the Lord. 43 And he stayed in Joppa for many days with one Simon, a tanner.
“The best of life on earth is a glimpse of heaven; the worst of life is a glimpse of hell. For Christians, this present life is the closest they will come to hell. For unbelievers, it is the closest they will come to heaven.”
~Randy Alcorn, Heaven
“Nothing is more often misdiagnosed than our homesickness for Heaven. We think that what we want is sex, drugs, alcohol, a new job, a raise, a doctorate, a spouse, a large-screen television, a new car, a cabin in the woods, a condo in Hawaii. What we really want is the person we were made for, Jesus, and the place we were made for, heaven. Nothing less can satisfy us.” ~Randy Alcorn, Heaven
- Luke describes an important event in Joppa in Acts 9:36 “Now there was in Joppa a disciple named Tabitha, which, translated, means Dorcas. She was full of good works and acts of charity.” Why do you think Luke records this event for us? What are the take aways?
- What scriptures come to mind when you think of heaven? Do you look forward to heaven? Why?
Scriptures to Consider
1. Isaiah 25:8-12
2. Matthew 7:13-15
3. Revelations 22
MONDAY, February 26
9:30 am Outreach Prayer
1:30 pm Women’s Prayertime
7:30 pm Young Adults at Piska’s
7:30 pm Monday Knight Men
TUESDAY, February 27
9:00 am Daybreak
6:45 pm Live Free
7:00 pm Youth Studies
WEDNESDAY, February 28
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
7:00 pm Evening Edition for Women
7:00 pm Men’s Floor Hockey
FRIDAY, March 2
SATURDAY , March 3
9:00 am Teacher Training
1:00 pm Youth Dodgeball Tournament
SUNDAY, March 4
9:15 & 11:15 am Worship Services
SINGIN' THE GOSPEL Sunday, February 26 at 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.
NO YOUTH Friday March 2
YOUTH Dodgeball Tournament on Saturday, March 3 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Get your team together and register with Pastor Josh on Youth Merge Facebook page.
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.
WOMEN join us March 6 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. All women are welcome to attend this casual evening.
CONGREGATIONAL MEETING March 8 at 7:00 pm. Updates on Finances, Strategic Plan and Future Development will be discussed. Everyone is welcome.
MEN’S RETREAT March 9 -11 at Camp Nakamun Cost: $175.00 Topic is Growing in Grace Personally, as a Husband and as a Family Man. Register online today!
HOLY SPIRIT ENCOUNTER March 9-11 Click here for more information or to register. Cost is $50.00.
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.
QUESTIONS ABOUT CHRISTIANITY? Contact Pastor Karen and she will help you to connect with a small group that is starting up soon.
HYMN SING March 11 at 6:00 pm. Join us for a good old fashioned Hymn Sing. This is open to all ages. Bring finger foods to share after the event.
Weekly Update -Feruary 18, 2018
General Fund giving Feb. 4 $17,889
34 week average $24,297
-- Budget requirement $ 24,327
Future Dev. Fund giving Feb. 18 $4,775
--Balance as of Feb. 18, 2018 $804,432
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: Tim & Julie Wiebe, Rae-Anna & Gordon Schutz.
Our Pastoral Team Staff Member: Pastor Coreen Frey. Pastor Coreen is married to Dave and they have 3 married children.
Our Administrative Team Staff Member: Joanna Halliday. Joanna is married to Joel and they have 2 children ages 11 & 7.
Our Elders Team Member: Graham Jespersen. Graham is married to Laresa and they have three children, ages 10, 9 & 7.
We rejoice with Kris and Marlyse Trufyn as they dedicate their daughter Stella today.
Condolances to Brian and Yvonne Braun in the passing of Yvonne’s Mom.
The 40 Days for Life Spring campaign is going on now until Mar. 25. Please consider praying across the street from the abortion clinic (12409 - 109 A Ave., Edmonton). Visit https://40daysforlife.com/local-campaigns/edmonton/ for more info.
Deepest Condolances to Nathaniel and Danyel Esposito in the recent passing of Danyel’s Mom Carol Swan. A memorial service will be held here March 6.