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September 23, 2018

WORD FROM THE PASTOR

What’s My Next Step?
 
Following Jesus is not just a one-time decision, but an ongoing direction we continually move in. Following Jesus begins with one step, but needs to be followed up with a lifetime of next steps. One of the most important questions we each need to be asking ourselves is, “what is my next step?” This is vital for your faith formation. In fact, spiritual growth rarely happens without doing something new.
 
While true Christian discipleship happens in a context of community and is ultimately your own responsibility, our church is glad to offer you some clear options as you consider your next steps. Perhaps one of the following could be your Next Step?
 
  1. DISCOVERY COURSE – Maybe you’re newer to CLA or have been here for years, this class is for you! Discovery is the best way for anyone in CLA to learn more about their spiritual gifts, to understand our history and vision and to grow in real connection with our Pastors. Find out more at clachurch.com/imnew
  1. TRANSFORMATION WEEKEND – Everyone needs to schedule ‘mountain-top’ moments with God. The Transformation Weekend is a 2-day event designed to bring you into a real encounter of God’s transforming love, power and freedom. Visit clachurch.com/tw  to find out more about our next TW.
  1. MISSIONS TRIP – If you weren’t one of the 119 people from CLA that went on a short-term missions trip over the past year, maybe this is your time! In fact, you may find that nothing will stretch and grow you and your faith like joining a team of others in Kingdom service somewhere else in Canada or around the world. See page 9 of our Magazine for a list of upcoming trips.

CONNECTING POINTS OF ALL KINDS
Of course we offer much more than those three steps. Many include attending or serving at Alpha as their next step. Or, one of our many Care Groups that help with unique journeys of healing. And in 2019 we will be offering the Spirit Filled Life Course again. Leaf through our magazine or visit our website for all kinds of other great options.
 
LIFE GROUPS
Ultimately we believe everyone belongs in community. Real spiritual growth and development happens best in circles, not just rows. You may have already formed close connection on you own initiative with a few others that you dig deeper into relationship, discipleship and local mission together with – wonderful! If you haven’t prioritized or found that yet, let us help you connect into one of our Life Groups this fall. clachurch.com/lifegroups

– Mike Bidell Associate Pastor 

UPDATES

WELCOME TO CHURCH PARTY | TODAY | 12:30-1:30 PM | Cafe | If you're new to CLA, this a great place to meet people, meet key leaders, and see what life in our church looks like.

BEGINNING THIS WEEK – for more details see the Connection Points Magazine

  • MONDAY NIGHT MEN – begins September, 24 | 7:30pm | East Chapel
    WOMEN’S COMMUNITY BIBLE STUDY | Date correction: Tuesdays beginning September 25 | 9:30am | East Chapel
  • THRIVE SENIOR ADULTS BIBLE STUDY | Tuesdays beginning September 25 | 1pm | West Chapel
  • DISCOVERY | Wednesdays beginning September 26 | 6:30pm | Theatre

MEN’S BBQ | Friday, September 28 | 6 - 9 PM | $10 | A connecting time for the men of CLA with a great meal and fellowship. Special guest Mark Colwell, Maple Ridge Campus Pastor, will be sharing a word of encouragement. Tickets at clachurch.com/men. NO tickets available at the door.

RESOURCES The Fall Sale flier is now available online at clachurch.com/resources. Place orders at the church office 604-530-7344 or email Eileen at ebrown@clachurch.com

CAREER OPPORTUNITY | We are looking for an energetic individual to join the Hospitality team at CLA. Some of the responsibilities include general housekeeping, event setup, security of the building and as required ministry/customer support. Details at clachurch.com/careers. Send resumes to JoinTheTeam@clachurch.com  or Reception marked to the attention of Human Resources.  

OPERATION BABY BOTTLE FUNDRAISER | Pregnancy Options surpassed their goal for the 2018 fundraiser! CLA was able to contribute by raising $2,540.68. They deeply appreciate the support.

CLA MISSIONS OFFERING | AUGUST

August Total Mission Giving: $29,411.33
Year to Date Total Missions Giving (July-August): $77,003.24
 

WEEKLY SCHEDULE

Sunday
Morning Services | 9 & 11 am | Auditorium
Rev678 | 9:40 & 11:40 am | East Hall
Welcome to Church Party | 12:30 pm  | Cafe
Recovery Church | 6 pm | Auditorium

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

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

Wednesday
Mornings with HER | 9:15 am | Conference Hall
Discovery | 6:30 pm | Theatre
Life Sessions | 6:30 pm | East Chapel

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

Friday
Men's BBQ | 5:30 pm | East Hall

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

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