1 Thessalonians 4:12-16
12 so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one.
The Coming of the Lord
13 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. 14 For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. 15 For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord,[a] that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.
For in grief nothing “stays put.” One keeps on emerging from a phase, but it always recurs. Round and round. Everything repeats. Am I going in circles, or dare I hope I am on a spiral?
But if a spiral, am I going up or down it?
How often -- will it be for always? -- How often will the vast emptiness astonish me like a complete novelty and make me say, “I never realized my loss till this moment”? The same leg is cut off time after time.
C. S. Lewis “A Grief Observed”
- What experience of grief have you experienced?What experience of grief have you experienced?
- What was helpful for you through the grieving process?
- How have you come alongside of others as they have grieved?
Scriptures to Consider
- Revelation 21:4
- Psalm 34:18
- Matthew 5:1-3
Monday, January 11
9:30 am Women's Prayer
9:30 am Men's Prayer
7:00 pm Monday Night Men
Tuesday, January 12
7:00 pm Youth Small Groups
7:00 pm Elder's Meeting
Wednesday, January 13
9:45 am Keenagers Bible Study & Lunch
4:30 pm & 6:00 pm AWANA
Thursday, January 14
6:30 pm DLST
Friday, January 15
6:30 pm DLST
7:30 pm Youth Nerf Night
Saturday, January 16
8:30 am DLST
9:30 am Safety & Risk Management
Sunday, January 17
9:15 &11:15 am Worship Services
12:30 pm Safety & Risk Management
2:00 pm Schotte Anniversary Open House
5:00 pm Corporate Prayer
6:00 pm ALPHA
CORPORATE PRAYER Our Wednesday evening Corporate Prayer is moving! Corporate Prayer time will now be held on Sunday Evenings starting at 5:00 pm in Portable 2. Please contact Ken Nixon for more information.
HYMN SING Sunday, January 12 at 6:00 pm. Join us for a time of singing the traditional hymns. Open to all ages.
ALPHA is here! Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the Christian faith. Each talk looks at a different question around faith and is designed to create conversation. Come explore together. Sundays from 6:00-8:00 pm Space is limited. Sign up today by contacting Pastor Steve. Please indicate the number of guests upon sign up.
Deeper Life School of Theology January 16 - 18 “Experience the Father’s Embrace”. Learn how to receive a restoration of intimacy with the Father. Register today with Pastor Coreen.
Safety and Risk Management Training is required to be taken once per year by all of our adult and youth working with children. Join us on Saturday, January 18 from 9:30 am to 11:00 am or Sunday, January 19 at 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm. . Please RSVP to Debbie by January 15 if you will attend. You will receive a light breakfast on Saturday and hot dogs on Sunday.
WOMEN’S DAYBREAK & EVENING EDITION – register online or at the Welcome Centre following Sunday service for this 8 session study by Jo Saxton on the book of Philippians. Daybreak begins January 21 & Evening Edition starts January 30. See the Journey for more details. Note that today is the last day for the Daybreak early bird rates.
MONDAY NIGHT MEN – register online until noon on Monday or at the Welcome Centre after service for the 6 week Authentic Manhood study – A Man & His Story. Study starts January 13. See the Journey for more details.
Understanding the Old Testament Wednesday nights starting January 22 at 6:40 pm. Join us in understanding more about His story through the Old Testament. Please register today at the Welcome Center or online. This study will only run if there is enough interest.
SGAC READS BOOK CLUB meets January 20 at 6:30 pm. Straw Dogs by Dr. John Gray will be our discussion topic this session.
Apologetics Boot Camp January 18 from 9:30 am. - 2:00 pm. Topics for discussion - Free Will and Determinism also Pro-Choice vs Pro-Life. Please bring your own lunch. Contact Pastor Steve Kim for more information.
Monthly Financial Update
General Fund $ 207,881
26 week average $ 26,063
Weekly Budget requirement $ 25,113
Global Advance Giving $ 12,517
Canadian Ministries Giving $ 2,880
Future Dev. Fund $ 33,562
Monthly Update July1, 2019 to December 31, 2019
General Fund Budget Revenue Amount to Date: $ 652,938
General Revenue to Date: $ 651,630
-Budget Shortfall $ ( 1,308)
Global Advance Giving $ 54,770
Canadian Ministries Giving $ 13,486
Please pray for:
Our International Workers: Tracey Flynn, Roy & Miriam Taylor, Travis & Sharon Thiessen.
Our Pastoral Team Staff Member: Pastor Steve Kim - Apologetics Pastor. Steve is married to Sharina and they have two children ages 6 & 4.
Our Support Staff Team Member: Dave Janssen. Dave is married to Dawn and they have 6 children.
Our Elders Team Member: Dante Vinuya. Dante is married to Joyce and they have 2 children ages 20 & 16.
Our Students: Sarah Shentaler at Ambrose University.
OPEN HOUSE: Fred and Aldythe Schotte invite their church family to an Open House here at SGAC on Saturday January 18 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm to celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary. No gifts please.
LOST AND FOUND items can be claimed in the Nursery hallway until January 24. They will then be taken to a local Thrift Store.