God's Mighty Storm
5 Then the mariners were afraid; and every man cried out to his god, and threw the cargo that was in the ship into the sea, to lighten the load. But Jonah had gone down into the lowest parts of the ship, had lain down, and was fast asleep.
6 So the captain came to him, and said to him, “What do you mean, sleeper? Arise, call on your God; perhaps your God will consider us, so that we may not perish.”
7 And they said to one another, “Come, let us cast lots, that we may know for whose cause this trouble has come upon us.” So they cast lots, and the lot fell on Jonah. 8 Then they said to him, “Please tell us! For whose cause is this trouble upon us? What is your occupation? And where do you come from? What is your country? And of what people are you?”
9 So he said to them, “I am a Hebrew; and I fear the Lord, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the dry land.”
Jonah Thrown into the Sea
10 Then the men were exceedingly afraid, and said to him, “Why have you done this?” For the men knew that he fled from the presence of the Lord, because he had told them. 11 Then they said to him, “What shall we do to you that the sea may be calm for us?”—for the sea was growing more tempestuous.
12 And he said to them, “Pick me up and throw me into the sea; then the sea will become calm for you. For I know that this great tempest is because of me.”
“It is pretty clear in the Bible story that the whale swallowing Jonah wasn’t meant as a punishment from God, it was God saving him from drowning. So it was actually provision to give him a second chance. The whale itself was the start of Jonah’s second chance.”- Phil Vischer (VeggieTales)
“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
“No one is exempt from the storms of life. But just as the disciples who initially feared the storm later came to revere Christ more, so the storms we face can bring us to a deeper knowledge of God. “Who is this,” the disciples pondered, “even the wind and the waves obey him!” (v. 41). Through our trials we can learn that no storm is big enough to prevent God from accomplishing His will (5:1).
While we may not understand why God allows trials to enter our lives, we thank Him that through them we can come to know who He is. We live to serve Him because He has preserved our lives.” - Our Daily Bread
MONDAY, July 9
7:30 pm Young Adults Bible Study at the Piska's
TUESDAY, July 10
WEDNESDAY, July 11
9:45 am Keenagers Study
10:00 am Park Play Days at Lions Playground in Stony Plain
THURSDAY, July 12
FRIDAY, July 13
SATURDAY , July 14
SUNDAY, July 15
9:15 am & 11:15 am Worship Services
OFFERING ENVELOPES- There should only be one name on each envelope for accounting purposes. If you need more envelopes, please call the church office.
FAMILY FRIENDLY SERVICES --There will be child care Nursery (0-2) infant/toddler care 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.
SUMMER VOLUNTEERS NEEDED sign up today to help out during our Summer Sunday School programming or at Vacation Bible School (VBS).
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL (VBS)
August 13-17 Registration is now open online www.sgac.net/eventregistration.
Praise God, there are 200 kids registered, however, we still need 44 volunteers to run VBS this year. What do we need?
Minimum of 1 adult in preschool
Minimum of 9 teens in preschool
Minimum of 16 adults in elementary
Minimum of 18 teens in elementary
3-6 kitchen helpers:
Are also needed and not included in the above numbers.
Please contact the office to sign up.
BUILDING MAINTENANCE 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.
PARK PLAY DAYS Wednesday, July 11 from 10:00 am - Noon at Lions Playground in Stony Plain. Bring your kids to play at the playground while you have a chance to connect with other women from SGAC. Check our Facebook page for details and park location(s). 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.
NEIGHBOURLINK PARKLAND is partnering together with Aerials Gymnastics in Spruce Grove to offer FREE GYM TIME for families who need some fun time with their children but are unable to afford the usual cost associated with this activity. Please call and register with Neighbourlink Parkland 780-960-9669 who will need your name/phone # / number attending. The events take place Saturdays July 7, 14, 21 & 28 from 10 am - noon.
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, encouraging the Church, and a decade of bringing glory to God, our Father.
“There is nothing more fulfilling than ministering to the body of Christ and sharing the gospel.” With musical influences such as Karen Peck and New River, the Perrys, Gold City, and the Kingsmen, 11th Hour has stayed fresh and relevant while maintaining a versatile sound, able to lead congregations in moving times of worship.
LOVE THE GROVE Free Family Festival, Sunday, September 16 at 10:00 am. Start thinking about who you can invite. Stay tuned for more details.
Please pray for:
Our International Workers: Stephen & Marilyn Rigby, Ray & Cindy Perry, and Roy & Joyce Hewko.
Our Pastoral Team Staff Member: Pastor Scott Buck. Pastor Scott is married to Lyn and they have 7 children, ages 10, 9, 7, 6, 3, 2, and newborn.
Our Administrative Team Staff Member: Karen Lapp. Karen is married to Jon and they have 2 children ages 16 & 18.
Our Elders Team Member: Graham Jespersen. Graham is married to Laresa and they have three children ages 11, 10 and 7.
Congratulations to Pastor Scott and Lyn and the whole Buck family on the birth of Samuel Gabriel Wesley Buck. Samuel was born on July 1, weighing 8lbs 8oz.
THANK YOU to everyone who has helped us with Building Maintenance. From stacking and moving chairs, to renovating spaces to cleaning toys, we so are grateful for your contribution!