16 Jan Newsletter Update
“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it” Isaiah 55:10-11
We are having a unique week here in the lower mainland! The plan is to keep programs open if the schools are open and cancel church activities if the schools are closed. The school district usually posts by 6:30am. We’ll confirm on Facebook.
Thursday: Winn Blackman’s Bible Study continues on the book of Daniel 10am
Willowbuds Jan. 16th 9:30am-11:30am at the Fort Langley Lions Hall for families with children ages 0-5, our theme is Polar Animals! (Brrrr)
Friday: Junior Youth 6:30-8:30pm LEGO night at the Ministry House and Sr. Youth are going bowling (Meet at the ministry house and carpool 6:40-8:40pm).
Sunday: We are launching into a new sermon series on the teachings of Jesus as described in the Gospel according to Matthew! Bring your Bibles along as we enjoy an introduction to the overall context of the book and the opening chapters.
Sunday School classes
First Look (3-5 year olds)
252 Kids (Gr. 2-5)
XP3 (Gr. 6-8)
FEAST Discipleship and Mentoring new cycle of 3 weeks launches again Sunday evening January 19th 4:30pm. Come and join us for a meal and new study material on spiritual gifts.
Monday: Life Group at Rich & Shannon’s Jan. 20th 7:30-9pm.
Tuesday: Gateway of Hope Bible Study will begin Jan. 21st 5:45pm-6:45pm.
Thursdays January 30 – February 27th: a new Bible Study begins at Greg & Michelle Jackson’s home 7pm-8:30pm. It is a 5 week series by John Ortberg suitable for adults of any age. The Me I Want to Be>>Becoming God’s best version of you. 5 sessions include: Discovering the Spirit, Renewing My Mind, Redeeming My Time, Deepening My Relationships, Transforming My Experiences. Format: Social/Connection Time (15 minutes) DVD Teaching (16 Minutes) Group Discussion (20 minutes) Group Bible Exploration (20 Minutes) Closing (3 minutes) Spiritual formation is the process by which your inner self and character are shaped. We flourish when our spirits are rooted in and shaped by the Spirit of God – and God wants to do that in a way that uniquely fits each of us.
In addition, https://www.gospelmentoring.com/courses/gospel-mentoring has an excellent course for women to explore God’s call to mentoring. It is totally FREE and you can listen along at your own pace. Connect with Lucinda McQuarrie and we’ll plan a meet-up to discuss and apply our learning as we seek to build a rich culture of mentoring here at The Willows.
Our Willows team will be undertaking our Pathway of Hope training Feb. 5-6th at Cariboo Hill Temple in preparation for the BC launch of this approach to Community and Family Services ministry, connect with Renee this week if you are interested.
There is a BC Men’s Network event planned in Nanaimo on Saturday February 8th. Details about a carpool to follow.
The Salvation Army Canada & Bermuda is embarking on a 100 Days of Unceasing Prayer and Shared Scripture. This is a great endeavor to build momentum and begin our new year with our eyes on where God is at work and doing a new thing. We’d encourage you to sign up for the daily email, join at https://salvationist.ca/100-days-of-prayer-scripture/ It’s NOT too late! Just join in as you can.
Pastors Dave and Renee