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November 18, 2018

WORD FROM THE PASTOR

In Acts 13, the early church in Antioch sent their best people to plant new works for the Kingdom of God.

Kevin and Dawn Bralovich have served Recovery Church well these past 8 years. Kevin came out of a rehab centre 16 years ago in Nova Scotia and walking in freedom from addiction, Kevin and Dawn found themselves at CLA in 2010. Kevin started to volunteer at Recovery Church, riding in the van to pick up people wanting to be at the Recovery Service. Kevin, serving beside Jason Roberts, showing consistent leadership, joined CLA staff in 2014. Dawn has been on staff at CLA since 2012, serving Care Ministries and Recovery Church. Kevin and Dawn are passionate, gifted people with a depth of knowledge in recovery and addiction and it is an honour to have them serving the Recovery Church community. 
 
When your heart is open to do whatever God wants - God takes you seriously. This spring Kevin and Dawn started to sense that God had something different for them. They felt that they needed to resign from their positions at CLA and embark on a new call. What God has laid on the Bralovich's hearts is crazy, huge and not possible… without God. They will be moving to Nova Scotia this summer 2019 to open up a new recovery home called “The Helm”, a one-year addictions recovery program on a working farm 30 minutes outside metro Halifax. The program will offer counselling, life skills and discipleship, with community and connections in the local church. A new direction with Jesus at ‘the Helm’. 

Kevin and Dawn just returned from a preliminary scouting trip to Halifax last week, and while away they were overwhelmed with the need for Christian recovery in Nova Scotia. There are a few programs designed to help people manage addiction through short term programs, but the need is clear; Nova Scotia needs a centre to help people gain real freedom from the chains of addiction and share the truth and healing that can only come from Jesus.

We believe in this vision and support their family in this new adventure. Kevin and Dawn will finish their ministry with Recovery Church at the end of December 2018 and will be deeply missed. If you would like to know more details about the ministry of ‘The Helm Center Society’, please email info@thehelmcenter.ca. If you would like to support the Bralovich’s financially, you can give through CLA by marking an offering envelope ‘The Nova Scotia Project’. There are great days ahead for Kevin and Dawn, and for the ministry of CLA’s Recovery Church. Thank you for your prayers and support.

– Doug Frederick Associate Pastor 

UPDATES

REV PARENT’S GATHERING | Tuesday, November 20 | 7-9pm | East Chapel
If you have a student in grade 6-12, please join us for a parent’s meeting with Pastor Jason Ballard.

THRIVE SENIOR ADULTS CHRISTMAS BANQUET | Friday, November 23 | 12-2pm | CLA Conference Hall | $21/person | Cash sales for tickets available today in the foyer. The annual Seniors’ Christmas banquet includes a turkey dinner & all the trimmings. As well there will be beautiful door prizes and ministry in music with special guest AXIS TRIO. Tickets also available at clachurch.com/seniors.

HER CHRISTMAS | Wednesday, November 28 | 9:15am & 6pm | Conference Hall
We warmly invite you to join us for "HER Christmas", a CLA Women’s Christmas Event. You will enjoy special Christmas music, entertainment and door prizes plus special guest speaker, Helen Burns. This year you will have the opportunity to join us in the morning for a full brunch buffet ($15) or in the evening for a Christmas dinner ($20). Childcare will be available for the brunch event only. Tickets are available at clachurch.com/women or Guest Services. Tickets will not be refundable.

CHRISTMAS THEATRE | December 21-23 | CLA together with Theatre in the Country will bring Christ's nativity to life in ‘Two from Galilee’. Help us tell the story by inviting those who do not know Christ. No tickets required. More details to come.

CHRISTMAS RESOURCES | Sunday, November 25, after the AM services,  we will have a selection of boxed Christmas cards and journal for sale in the front foyer.

The Christmas Joy 2018 Catalogue is available to view online at clachurch.com/resources or pick up a copy at Guest Services. Phone orders to the office at 604-530-7344 or email to Eileen at ebrown@clachurch.com

HOUSING PROJECT UPDATE | We received good news this week that BC Housing has approved CLA’s sketch/proposal for affordable housing on our property. This is one step further along in the journey of discovering the Lord’s direction for the land. As the research phase continues pray for discernment on how to best steward our land for God's Kingdom. Ultimately, the decision will lay in the hands of our membership.
 
FAMILY NEWS | Congratulations to Pastor Luis and Lucy Mitra on the birth of their baby girl, Isabelle.

CLA MISSIONS OFFERING | OCTOBER

October Total Missions Giving: $100,393.62
Year to Date Total Missions Giving (July-September): $253,525.55

WEEKLY SCHEDULE

Sunday
Morning Services | 9 & 11am | Auditorium
Rev678 | 9:40 & 11:40am | East Hall
Recovery Church | 6pm | Auditorium

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

Tuesday 
Community Bible Study | 9:30am | East Chapel
ESLC | 9:30am | East Hall
Thrive Bible Study | 1pm | West Chapel
Revolution (Youth) | 7pm | Conference Hall

Wednesday
Mornings with HER | 9:15am | Conference Hall
Alpha | 7pm | Cafe

Thursday 
ESLC | 9:30am | East Hall
Rapha Prayer | 9:45am | West Chapel
Divorce Care | 7pm | Room C109
Grief Share | 7pm | Board Room
Young Adults | 7:30pm | Conference Hall

Friday 
Thrive Seniors Christmas Banquet | 12pm | Conference Hall

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

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