Fleeing the Command of God
Jonah Flees the Presence of the Lord
1 Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, 2 “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it, for their evil has come up before me.” 3 But Jonah rose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. He went down to Joppa and found a ship going to Tarshish. So he paid the fare and went down into it, to go with them to Tarshish, away from the presence of the Lord.
4 But the Lord hurled a great wind upon the sea, and there was a mighty tempest on the sea, so that the ship threatened to break up.
Some suffering is given in order to chastise and correct a person for wrongful patterns of life (as in the case of Jonah imperiled by the storm), some suffering is given not to correct past wrongs but to prevent future ones (as in the case of Joseph sold into slavery), and some suffering has no purpose other than to lead a person to love God more ardently for himself alone and so discover the ultimate peace and freedom. --Timothy Keller
What are examples of God’s clear command from His word? Why do we struggle to obey commands from God?
Jonah not only disobeyed God clear command he also ran from the presence of the Lord. What hinders you from enjoying the presence of the Lord daily?
Nineveh was a wicked city. History tells us of the evil they practiced. How do you understand the grace and mercy of God in the midst of evil? Are you willing to offer the Gospel to people around you that you struggle to love?
Scriptures to Consider
1. 2 Kings 14:25-29
2. Matthew 12:41-42
3. Psalm 107:25
MONDAY, July 2
Church Office Closed for Canada Day Long Weekend
TUESDAY, July 3
WEDNESDAY, July 4
9:45 am Keenagers Study & Meal
10:00 am Park Play Days at Lions Playground in Stony Plain
THURSDAY, July 5
FRIDAY, July 6
SATURDAY , July 7
SUNDAY, July 8
9:15 am & 11:15 am Worship Services
FAMILY FRIENDLY SERVICES --Regular service times will continue throughout the summer on Sundays at 9:15 & 11:15 am. There will be no child care on July 1 (due to building maintenance) and ONLY Nursery (0-2) infant/toddler care on July 8 & 15. Please join us on these dates for family friendly services.
Our summer Sunday School program relies on volunteers - and we would like to give our regular teachers a break. Please contact us to sign up.
VBS: Shipwrecked - Rescued by Jesus August 13-17, Monday - Friday, 9:15 am to 12:15 pm. Vacation Bible School (VBS) is for children ages 4 to grade 6. Join us this summer for Shipwrecked! We will venture onto an uncharted island where kids survive and thrive. Through Bible stories, songs, games, science fun and snacks the kids will become anchored in the truth that Jesus carries them through life’s storms. Jesus rescues!
Early Bird price:
$20/child will be offered until July 31
$30/child on/after August 1.
Please note: there are limited spaces remaining in the Preschool program. If your child is 4 or 5 years old, please consider registering early to ensure their spot.
We are on the lookout for people willing to help during VBS. If you can give some time and would like to be a part of something awesome, please contact us.
SINGIN’ THE GOSPEL July 15 at 6:00 pm - 11th Hour It has been a decade of ministry, with Spirit-filled gospel music, songs rich in the Word, seeing souls saved and lives changed for the kingdom. 11th Hour has stayed fresh and relevant while maintaining a versatile sound, able to lead congregations in moving times of worship.No admission - free will offering will be taken.
ANTIGUA MISSION 2019 has an ongoing Bottle Drive. Bottles gratefully accepted each Sunday at the drop off in front of the church by the bike rack or call Kathy at 780-722-3211 to arrange for pickup.
FUTURE DEVELOPMENT UPDATE: Our Sunday School kids raised $11,000 for the future development of their church and in turn, challenged “Big Church” to match their gifts 10-fold before summer. The challenge was for the “Big Church” to raise $110,000 before the end of June.
We are happy to announce that the challenge was met and exceeded, with “Big Church” raising $225,000 towards the project. THANK YOU!
This has pushed our total received and committed to just over $2 million!
We are continuing to raise funds to reach the requirements to proceed with Phase 1. We are still in need of a minimum of $900,000 of cash on hand and $1.1 million in three-year pledges. Please continue to pray with regards to your involvement financially with this project.
THE CHURCH OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED on July 2 for the Canada Day holiday.
Weekly Update June 24, 2018
General Fund giving June 24 $ 17,747
52 week average $ 23,523
-- Budget requirement $ 24,327
Future Dev. Fund giving June 24 $ 6,420
--Balance as of June 24, 2018 $1,136,411
Please pray for:
Our International Workers: Ric & Kareen Strangway, Tim & Brenda Tjosvold, Jon & Angie Coutts.
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: Joyce is married to Reuben and they have two adult children.
Our Elders Team Member: Mike Boldt. Mike is married to Natalie and they have three children ages 11, 9 and 7.
- A Huge Thank You to all those who came by this week and helped to clean all the toys from the Nursery and Puggles rooms. These items have been sterilized and are drying in the gym. Please do not touch them.
- OFFERING ENVELOPES- There should only be one name on each envelope for accounting purposes. If you need more envelopes, please call the church office.
- Due to carpet cleaning and floor re-waxing there will be limited use of classrooms and main rooms until July 13. Thank you for your understanding.