19 Sep Newsletter Update
We had a wonderful time at our 3rd annual WillowsFest last weekend! We launched our new series (inspired by Exponential-a church multiplication network) walking through the book of Ephesians called “Made for More”, a life of purpose. Dave preached about the shift in our thinking from “More effort to More Jesus” and this week Renee will be bringing a word from Ephesians 2 emphasizing the shift in our thinking from “More volunteers to More Masterpieces”.
Building Task Force update: In conjunction with the officers we are working through a proposal to seek denominational approval to look for and obtain more permanent lease space that will bring together both church and community in an accessible 7-day / week location called The Willows Family Life Centre. The program proposal will be submitted to DHQ in October. Please pray that God will continue to open doors!
Our church will also be launching the Pathway of Hope program in early 2020, which uses a strengths-based approach to work with a small number of families through intensive case management to help break the cycle of poverty, connect them with resources and help them reach their goals, encouraging holistic growth. We received a grant from the Territorial Poverty Reduction Fund to help with the launch of this program. An exploration and orientation session to increase congregational engagement will be happening at our Pastoral Care Network meeting on Wednesday October 2nd 7pm. If you are interested in attending the meeting, finding out more or perhaps volunteering in the future with this transformational ministry, please let Renee know.
- “I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!” Jr. Youth will launch Friday September 20th 6:30-8:30 at the Ministry House for all kids Gr. 4-8
- NEW Sr. Youth High School class begins this Sunday! Gr. 8 – 12 with Sam Dunstan will begin with a unit called “Real Friends”. There’s also a great opportunity to serve on a Youth set-up team once a month on Sunday mornings (starting THIS week Sept. 22nd) and to save the date for a trip to the Cornmaze on Saturday Oct. 5th 5-8pm.
- Come Together to Pray – Sunday September 29th 6-7:30pm at the McQuarrie’s place
- Emergency Disaster Services Training has an upcoming course at the Gateway of Hope.Wed Oct 2 & Thurs Oct 3 on providing Emotional and Spiritual Care in times of evacuation or disaster. There is no prerequisite for this 2 day course and it is free to take and lunch is provided. We look forward to building our EDS response team. Let Dave know if you are interested.
We want to welcome our new Children’s Ministry Coordinator Sonali Menezes-Sequeira (husband Lyle, and children Tahan and Aviva) and our new Jr. Youth Coordinator Marissa West to our team! Both are part-time positions (15 hours and 5 hours / week respectively).
We have an upright piano from the Blundell family that is looking for a new home. If you or someone you know is interested and can arrange transportation, we would love to bless you with this piano!
Lastly, if you’ve made it to the end of this good news update, hopefully you are sensing the encouragement in your spirit! This weekend over 170 men will be gathering at Camp Sunrise (a dozen from the Willows) and we are praying that God’s spirit would reign in that place and fall on tender hearts who are longing to reconnect and realign with God’s purposes. May God annoint the speaker Tom Iwama and may this be a transformational weekend!
PS. We are down many regular helping hands, so if anyone can show up early to help with set-up this week at 8:15am that would be amazing! THANK YOU!
Pastors Dave and Renee