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December 10 - Weekly Newsletter

Word from the Pastor

This Sunday I am in Maple Ridge for Pastor Mike and Castina Pennington’s farewell. The Pennington’s have had a significant connection with our Campus there. Mike was first involved as a Bible College student. Then he came on staff in 2006. After ministering in other contexts they returned to Maple Ridge in 2011, as Assistant Pastor and then in 2014 as Campus Pastor. As I recall Mike’s leadership, I think of his passion for life and desire to see people discover Jesus Christ. He has worked hard to establish a strong leadership team. The Campus is healthy and stable. Castina has been a huge blessing, with worship, kids ministry and women’s ministry. They will be missed as they transition to a new role at Evangel in Kelowna. Continue to pray for me as I seek a Campus Pastor for Maple Ridge.
 
A SOGI update. In response to the new provincial curriculum Sexual Orientation and Gender Identification, I mentioned on a Sunday morning that I would attend a specially called Langley Ministerial in order to hear what other churches were doing regarding this issue. That was a good meeting. Subsequent to that, I held a meeting with CLA individuals who had contacted me showing interest. We met on Wednesday night. It was a good gathering including teachers, PAC presidents - participants, and concerned parents / grand-parents. From this group arose a Guiding Group who will be chaired by a CLA board member (Peter Fassbender) and Pastor Mike Bidell. This group will focus their time and research to present parents information about SOGI and how we can best disciple our kids to respond to this new reality. The CLA parent meeting will be late January or early February. Watch for details to come.
 
In late October, a member of CLA had a vision which I believe is a word for some in our church. Sometimes a prophetic word is contextual in a given moment (service) and sometimes they need to be heard by all. This is a word exhorting humility and God’s personal work in our lives. Looks are fleeting.
 
I had a vision of 3 sail boats, one boat appeared to have a big mast and impressive sails but I noticed that the sails were too big for the size of boat. I also noticed that the keel of this boat was not in proportion to the sails of this boat. Then I sensed the Lord say that, “if I cause a wind to blow it will cause the boat to capsize. So I can only allow a gentle breeze to blow but it would not be enough to allow the boat to sail properly”. As I pondered the meaning of this, I had one word that kept coming to me. It was the word “pride”. I sensed that the sail boat was trying to impress other boats by the size of its sails. Although the boat was impressive, it only appeared to bobble on the water in an abnormal way.

– Derrick Hamre, Lead Pastor

UPDATES


Christmas Services

 ·  The Kids Ministry Christmas presentation is Sunday, December 17 during both morning services. Rev 678 students will stay in the services that day.
 ·  Sunday, December 24 we will be holding three Christmas Eve services at 3, 4:30 and 6 pm (no children's programs). No morning services that day.
 ·  Sunday, December 31, New Year’s Eve, we will have one morning service at 10am (no children’s programs) with a Recovery Church service at 6pm.

Family Skate
January 1 | Twin Rinks | 5 – 7 pm | Cost: $3/person or $8/family of 3+ (cash only) | Skate rentals and helmets are extra, rented from the skate shop (cash only). All hockey players must wear a helmet, and bring a hockey stick. Free cookies & hot chocolate.

Rapha Prayer Meeting
Thursday, December 14 at 10 am in the West Chapel the Rapha Prayer meeting will feature a special guest singer and testimony, followed by a potluck lunch. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Alpha Course
Beginning Wednesday, January 24. Explore the meaning of life in a relaxed, friendly setting at this 8 week course. Visit the Alpha table in the foyer today for more details.

Communion Today
Gluten free crackers are available at Guest Services.

CLA Resources
This morning is the last opportunity to purchase boxed Christmas cards and other Christmas products at our former Book Store location.  Christmas DVD rentals are also available.

Family News
Congratulations to Andrew and Julie Hawkes who gave birth to their third child, Zetta Jubilee, the first week of December.
 

Average Sunday Attendance // November


Langley: 1,664
Maple Ridge: 234
Recovery: 261
Sooke: 38
Total: 2,197
 

Weekly Schedule


Sunday
Morning Services | 9 & 11:00 PM | Auditorium
Rev 678 | | 9:30 & 11:30 AM | East Hall
Recovery Church | 6:00 PM | Auditorium

Monday
Monday Night Men | 7:30 PM | East Chapel

Tuesday
Revolution (Youth) | 7:00 PM | Auditorium

Thursday
Community Bible Study | 9:30 AM | East Chapel
Rapha Prayer | 9:45 AM | West Chapel
CLA Young Adults Service | 7:30 PM | Theatre

Prayer Meetings
For a list of weekly prayer meetings, visit clachurch.com/prayer

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