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May 20, 2018

WORD FROM THE PASTOR

Do we really want change? Or are we “fine”?
 
Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 3.18, “And we all … are being transformed into Christ’s image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” The Message words the last line this way: “our lives gradually become brighter and more beautiful as God enters our lives and we become like Him.”
 
What is this saying?
 
God is relentlessly committed to your transformation!
 
Consider for a moment, do you want personal transformation?
 
I think we all know what the response should be; but when we really ponder it, or take honest inventory of our current living, is there evidence that we want transformation?

Transformation means change. One of the most common fears experienced by people is the fear of change. Often change requires effort, discomfort, or inconvenience.
 
I know that at times I like to avoid change because then I can keep things predictable, manageable and safe. Or so I think. Sometimes in protest to personal change I’ll resort to just thinking “I’m fine.” It’s as if I’ll settle for how things presently are in order to avoid the pain of changing. But at what expense? Well, resisting the transformational work of God seems to happen at the expense of failing to grow in the character and image of Christ. Failing to bring a brighter reflection of Him and His hope to our world. And if that’s the case, am I really just “fine”?
 
God has an ever-transforming version of you and I in mind – one that is more and more like Him. And He gives us each the choice to decide if we will join Him in His work of transforming our lives.  
 
God has new things and great things ahead for you! It just requires some change.
 
In CLA, we are developing a weekend experience entirely oriented around bringing our lives into greater metamorphosis called a “Transformation Weekend.” Nothing produces transformation in each of us more than encountering God – in His Word, in worship, through ministry and with others. And this is what the Transformation Weekend is all about. A weekend to expose our hearts to God, to allow deeper works that bring greater wholeness and to experience a refreshing touch of the Holy Spirit. Our next one is coming up soon – we hope you can join us!

May 25 & 26 | Registration cut off is Tuesday 9am | Sign up at clachurch.com/tw

– Mike Bidell Associate Pastor


UPDATES

TRANSFORMATION WEEKEND | May 25 - 26 | Friday 6:30 - 9:30 pm | Saturday 9 am - 8:30 pm | Transformation Weekend is a 2-day event designed to bring us into an encounter with God and His love, freedom and power!  It is held right here at CLA and is for everyone with a hungry heart. Includes snacks through weekend and lunch & dinner Saturday. For more information and to register go to clachurch.com/tw

AMAZING ALTITUDES: Explorer’s Camp 2018 | July 23 – 27 | 9 am – noon | Ages 4-11  | Today is the last day for the early registration rate of $30/child or $75/family of 3+. Kids will spend the week taking their relationship with Jesus to new heights! For details and registration visit clachurch.com/explorers.

SUNDAY NIGHT ALL CHURCH PRAYER & WORSHIP | May 27 | 7 pm | Conference Hall | Come join us as we worship and pray for one another, our church and beyond our walls.

HISTORYMAKER | PAOC Youth Conference | May 25 – 27 | Prospera Centre Chilliwack | A weekend to give teens and leaders an opportunity to have a life-altering encounter with the living God. Special guests Jefferson Bethke, Mike Pilavachi, and Hillsong Y&F. For details and registration visit historymaker.ca.

REV PARENTS’ MEETING | Sunday, June 3 | 7 – 8:30 pm | Theatre | For parents with kids in grades 5 – 12. Jason Ballard will be sharing on ‘Understanding the Role of Parents in Spiritual Development in Generation Z’. There will also be information and updates on Rev (youth ministry).

USED BOOK SALE| Sunday, May 27 & June 3 | After both AM services, and before the evening service. At the former Book Store location (beside the Café). All proceeds will go to purchasing new books for the CLA Library.

We also welcome donations until Monday, May 21 of newer releases of fiction and non-fiction titles in good condition for this book sale. You can drop them off at Guest Services on Sundays or Reception during the week. Thank you for your support!

RESOURCES | Discipleship on the Edge: An Expository Journey Through the Book of Revelation by Darrell Johnson is available at Guest Services for $25.

FAMILY NEWS | Congratulations to Mike and Emily Zylla on the birth of their baby daughter, Mia Elizabeth!

From time to time we have people in our congregation in need of practical help. Currently we have a couple in need of an inexpensive and reliable vehicle. If you are able to help please email munger@clachurch.com. Please note that we have a Community Board where we can post needs such as ‘looking for accommodations’. If you do have a need you would like posted, drop your information off at Guest Services.


CLA Missions Offering // April


April Total Mission Giving: $136,297.64
Year to Date Total Missions Giving (July – April): $861,701.41

Weekly Schedule


Sunday
Morning Services | 9 & 11am | Auditorium
Rev 678 | 9:30 & 11:30am | East Hall
Following Jesus | 10:30am | C-106
Recovery Church | 6pm | Auditorium

Monday
Offices closed for Victoria Day Stat
Monday Night Men | Cancelled

Tuesday
Thrive Bible Study | 1pm | West Chapel
Revolution (Youth) | 7pm | Conference Hall

Wednesday
Alpha | 7pm | Cafe

Thursday
Rapha Prayer | 9:45am | West Chapel
Young Adults | 7:30pm | Conference Hall

Friday
Transformation Weekend | 6:30 pm | Conference Hall

Saturday
Transformation Weekend | 9 am | Conference Hall

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

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