Seasons of Change
A Word from Pastor Mark Colwell
Life and ministry at the campus in Maple Ridge has been active and busy. Like everyone else we have had to exhibit flexibility and creativity. The fall has been a season of significant change, we have had some transitions amongst our staff and some key families have moved to new communities. Despite the challenges we have seen people step up. We have created some temporary part-time positions to help us to effectively carry out the mandate God has given us as a campus. In a season of change, its amazing how God supplies the resources to enable us to move forward on mission.
Mission is becoming increasingly important in the lives of many of our congregants. In this season where gatherings are limited, so many of our people are stepping up to serve others, the community and each other.
As a campus we have launched some new initiatives including the construction of a new local missions committee. In September they facilitated Serve Maple Ridge Day, over 60 volunteers in bright blue shirts scattered through locations in our community to physically work, clean and care. A branch of our missions committee has also launched a ministry we have named City Serve Maple Ridge. A small but growing team is distributing hundreds of pounds of groceries every week to families experiencing some need.
The campus has been gradually opening up gatherings, in early summer the youth ministry gathered, and now we are gathering Sunday nights for a live service to compliment the live stream offered by CLA.
Our family ministry department is also pushing into outreach, we will have our second annual Princess Tea event on November 14th, its already sold out in two seatings of 50 people.
Though Covid causes limitations there is still so much we are attempting at the campus. Our men’s ministry is hosting monthly breakfasts, our prayer team gathers weekly, several Life Groups attempt to meet at the church weekly, or in other contexts in person or online depending on current restrictions.
As always, we are committed to the vision and values of CLA. We are so grateful for the collaboration and care we feel as a campus. Please continue to pray for us as we move forward. There have been more highlights, there are also real needs, so please pray for us!
God richly bless you.
Pastor Mark Colwell