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June 25 - Weekly Newsletter

Word from the Pastor


Pastor Derrick & Sara-Lee Hamre

Today is our final double service until Labour Day weekend. Next Sunday we celebrate Canada 150 with a single service at 10 am. We will carry this experiment on for 9 weeks this summer, helping to maintain full children’s ministry for our families and giving us a unique opportunity to be together as a family. Remember to pre-purchase your chicken lunch today or online for the BBQ next Sunday following the service.

For the past two weeks the renovation has been in full swing through our first stage called demolition. The two rooms (gym and kitchen) along with the hallway have been barricaded due to safety. All the large appliances and cabinets have been removed from the kitchen. Additionally, the gym ceiling has been removed, opening up the vaulted ceiling above. It looks spectacular. The original construction makes the open ceiling in the new conference room similar to our auditorium. The staff and volunteers have been busy moving storage to make way for this 4 month project. The portables are being used to store supplies. Currently we are removing drywall and the giant gym dividers. There were 43 dividers, each weighing 750 lbs. It was a lot of work to take them down! Now, we are preparing for the mechanical systems to be installed; this includes heating, AC, plumbing and electrical. We continue to need volunteers and financial contributions to help repurpose these important areas for ministry. With one week left in our fiscal year, your building fund offering today is deeply appreciated.

Earlier in June I received a letter from Kurtis Witt about his future. After 15 years of work and ministry at CLA he is making a career change. On July 1st Kurtis begins work with Sapphire Sound as a manager of people and projects. This is an important move for Kurtis at this stage of his life and career. He will continue to be a blessing to CLA as Sapphire Sound is a company working on our renovation. Today we celebrate him in our services and next week we will honour him at our staff BBQ. Kurtis and Charlene have been such an integral part of Sunday ministry. They have been a huge blessing to CLA and its campuses. Kurtis’s knowledge and skill have enabled us to have multiple “Gatherings” each week. His grasp of all things technical has saved the church thousands of dollars. His passion and love for CLA is deep as he grew up here. He was one of the first technical directors in church ministry. He has served both the LORD and CLA with commitment and expertise. Thank you! May God bless him in this time of transition.

– Pastor Derrick, Lead Pastor


Summer Sunday Services
We will be going to one morning service at 10 am from July 2 to August 27. Former years statistics indicate that we will be able to accommodate the summer crowd (although some weeks will be very full). This will give our volunteers a very much needed summer rest or reduction. It allows us to run full kids ministry in one service rather than risk partial kids ministry in both. It is an opportunity to be together as a family. It allows for some unique ministry prospects. We are hoping for increased fellowship and prayer times. Thank you for your understanding during this year of experimentation.

Welcome to Church Party – Today
12:30 pm | Cafe | If you are new to CLA in the past few months you are invited for lunch today to meet some of our leaders and hear about next steps available to you.

Canada Day Sunday 
July 2 | 10am | Celebrating Canada 150! We will have one service followed by a family BBQ at 11:30. This is the last Sunday to purchase your chicken BBQ tickets available online at or at Guest Services. Monday is the last day tickets will be available online. In honour of Canada – wear red and white!

Thrive Senior Adults Sunday Night Fellowship
Please note that tonight’s Sunday Night Fellowship has been cancelled.

Thrive Retreat 
September 14 – 15 | Brochures are available at the Book Shop and Guest Services. Registration will open the third week of August.

Kids Ministry
We still have a number of Summer Sunday School volunteer spots to fill. If you are able to help even one Sunday, please email

Kid's Camp 2017 | New Depths
July 24 – 28 | Regular registration rate of $40 ends on July 1. To register or for more information about the day camp, visit us at

We currently have 205 kids registered for camp, but only 35 volunteers. We need 50 more volunteers signed up today or we will need to close registration. Volunteer forms are available at Guest Services, the Tree House or email

Family News
Sharon Paterson's mother, Agnes Bell passed away last week. Please remember Sharon and her family during this difficult time.

This Sunday only – 25% off the regular price of everything in the store. The shop will be closed Wednesday, June 28 for inventory.

Renovation Update
To give to the gym/kitchen project please mark your offering 'renovation'. You can also give online at To submit a pledge email Thank you for your contribution!

Weekly Schedule

Morning Services | 9 & 11 am | Auditorium
Rev 678 (Gr.6-8) | 9:30 & 11:30 am | East Hall
Welcome to Church Party | 12:30 pm | Cafe
Recovery Church | 6 pm | Auditorium

Monday Night Men | 7:30 pm | East Chapel

Revolution (Youth) | 7 pm | Auditorium

Prayer Meetings
For a list of weekly prayer meetings, visit

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