Fall/Winter Church family dates

SEPTEMBER

20th– Core Team meeting – 8-9:30 pm

21st– Joint youth group – 6:30 – 9 pm @ Presbyterian Church

28th– FOLLOW Games Night – 7-9 pm @ Goertzens

30th- Life chain – 1-2 pm @ Victoria St.

 

OCTOBER – Potlucks begin (first Sunday of the month)

4th– Elders meeting – 7:30-10:30pm 

7th– Thanksgiving Church service, baptisms and potluck lunch @ Beaver Creek

10th– Family News night - 7:30pm – 9pm @ Café Americano

12th– GLOW Games Night – 6:30 pm @ TBA

12th- FOLLOW - TBA

17th- Alpha – 6-8 pm @ Café Americano

24th- Alpha – 6-8 pm @ Café Americano

25th– Core Team meeting – 8-9:30 pm

26th– 27th– Evangelistic equipping with Rich and Kate Colbrook @ Vernon

26th– Joint youth group 

 

NOVEMBER

Reframe starts with Andy Lawe

1st– Elders meeting – 7:30-10:30pm 

4th– Potluck lunch after church 

7th- Alpha – 6-8 pm @ Café Americano

14th- Alpha – 6-8 pm @ Café Americano

15th– Core Team meeting – 8-9:30 pm

16th– 18th– Church Prayer Weekend

16th– FOLLOW - Prayer and Worship Night

21st- Alpha – 6-8 pm @ Café Americano

28th- Alpha – 6-8 pm @ Café Americano

29th– Elders meeting – 7:30-10:30pm

30th– FOLLOW – TBA

DECEMBER

5th– Potluck lunch after church

13th– Core Team meeting – 8-9:30 pm

14th– FOLLOW – Christmas party

24th– Christmas Eve Carol Service 7-8pm

 

JANUARY

Welcome to the family – Jan 6th, 13th, 20th

A praying people

Prayer is not hopeless or hapless, not a begging and a pleading, but is ordained by God to be the way that God partners with us on earth, to see his kingdom come and his will to be done.  That gives us faith that our prayers are heard and that they are effective and powerful as we allow God's Spirit to pray through us.  As God's people we are to grow in faith and faithfulness and trust him with the mystery.  We are a praying people...


Reflections on the prayer room...

Hey everyone, just wanted to include this recent blog post from Lori Lawe.  Check out her new blog too with some excellent blog posts, just click on the title below that is linked to her site...

Another Episode of Friends – Part 3 - (by Lori Lawe)

My answer was found in a dusty, stinky, mouse infested room that our church rented out.  OK, the mice came later.  And after I cleaned it a few times, the dust left too.  And the door open wide fixes the musty air problem.  Don’t spoil the effect for me.

As I was saying, I started spending an evening, then two, then an hour in the early morning, in this little room our church rented as a prayer room.  The story of this prayer room is the topic of another blog, but I slowly learned to experience more of our Savior, even to learn to hear His voice somewhat, in this room.

My listening to God life was on an exponential s-shaped growth curve at that time.  I was learning how best to experience Him through trial and error, and via reading what I could on prayer on the side.  And my life would never be the same.

What I discovered was that even though I would come to the prayer room each time, barely able to drag my huge bag of cares, worries and concern behind me, that if I set aside this bag, and listened to Him, then in the end this bag would be dealt with.

Sometimes I would take the items out of my bag one by one, and hold them up before God – a worry here, an unmet need there, a friendship struggle here, a parenting concern there.  Sometimes He would ask me to set the whole bag aside, and to dance with him the whole time I was there.

Sometimes I would point to the bag, remind Him of the bag, ask if He noticed how heavy the bag was, and still (some days) He would ignore the bag of burdens.  Maybe He would ask me to write an encouraging note to a friend – “But my bag?” I would ask Him.  And yet joy always came from following Him, so I would spend the entire time writing the note to a friend.  Sometimes it would be in the car ride on the way home that the heavy bag of burdens that I was carrying would somehow end up being a lot smaller.

Sometimes as I held up each item to show Him, I would realize that my worries were like those of a child, and proven to be relatively unimportant with My Father in the room.  Sometimes He would ask me to dig for a small item in the very, very bottom of my bag, and all the time in the prayer room I was fighting with Him about it, as He wanted me to give him the small item that I was hiding.  And surprisingly it was this tiny item that carried most of the weight of my burden.

Sometimes He would point out another bag of invisible burdens that I hadn’t even noticed was there.  He would ask me to give Him this invisible bag.  And then the bag that I could see that I was carrying shrunk as I obeyed.  Sometimes He would speak to me, about an item I had brought with me in my bag, or about any of the other items that He gently and lovingly spoke to me about.  He would say a word or two, as He looked in my eyes with love, and beckoned me to throw the burden away.

I would protest, speak, but He would be gone.  In a flash, leaving me with a decision – to obey or not to obey?  To throw the item into the prayer room trash can, or to put it back in my bag, weighing me down again?  And as I obeyed, I could dance again, my spirit light, my heart singing in the car on the way home.  Again.

And I found I looked forward to these encounters with increasing regularity.  Not unlike garbage piling up on the side of the curb, and as it piles up and we notice it growing, and we long, long, long, for the truck to take the filth away.  So I longed for my friend in our appointment in the prayer room.  Oh, did I mention the word, “friend?”  Yes, He became my very best friend.  Not in a cheesy, incomprehensible way.  But in truth.  In joy.  In love.  But more on that tomorrow.

Jesus took my burden and left me with a song. Johnson Oatman

   
  
 
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      An invitation to  rest  this year    Well, here we all are, starting a new year once again; so much potential ;  so many possibilities; so many unknowns await us.  There may be challenges and pain, joy and wonder, laughter and tears, but whatever it includes, it will all be this thing we call “life”.  No doubt there are many hopes and dreams for this year ;  much that we are to work hard for and to give ourselves to.  Probably this will include lots of time and energy and it will probably have some intensely busy times ;  times where we feel like we are just trying to keep up, to stay afloat in all of life’s busyness.  So right at the start of this year I want to give you an invitation to rest :  real rest!  “Rest”- what a beautiful word.  Just sounding this word seems to cause me to take a deep breath, to slow down; it is something so sweet, so longed for, and when you experience its presence it seems so precious, so healthy, so life-giving.  But how do we get this rest, a rest that deeply satisfies, that brings restoration?  It seems so often that it is the very thing that we truly need and yet can so easily slip away and evade us.  How do we find it in the busyness of life?  Jesus said these words,  “…Come to me, all who labor and are heavy-laden, and I will give you  rest .  Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find  rest  for your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”  (Matthew 11:28-30)   This rest is found in Jesus   You want to know where this rest is found?  How to get a hold of it; a rest that deeply satisfies?  So often we think that if we can just make it to our next holiday or even our next day off, we will get the rest we need.  Yet, these words make clear that it is found in one place, or rather in one person: in Jesus, the one who says “Come to me…”.  He is the place where we find this rest; he is the person who gives this rest.  It is not for everyone, but for those who know they need it, those who are heavy- laden, for those who don’t have their lives all together, but know they need help to live the way they should.  And it is for those (as the words in Matthew before this makes clear) who are like “little children”, meaning the ones who come to him just like a little child; dependant on their parent for food and shelter, love and warmth.  Any who come to him, know that they don’t have their lives all together but desperately need him; these are the ones whom this rest is for.   This rest is in knowing God   In the words just before those, Jesus says that he is the one who reveals the Father to those to whom he chooses to reveal him.  Then he says “Come to me…” He is the one who perfectly shows us what the Father is like, and when we get with Jesus he helps us to know God. There is an open invitation!  And when we know what God is like, we find this is the very rest we need.  It is like someone who has been anxious over a large debt that they had to pay, and then they get a notice to say that there was a mistake and there is no debt outstanding… that knowledge would bring such relief, such peace, and such rest.  Well ,  in the same way ,  when we get together with Jesus and he reveals what God is really like (not what we thought he was like, but what he is really like) it brings rest to our souls; it is the rest so needed.  So this rest is not just a feeling, but comes from knowing a person.   This rest is walking with Jesus   Jesus invites us to walk with him ;  to work with him ;  to learn from him.  This is not a rest that comes from having nothing to do, or not having to answer to anyone, but is found in no other direction than in going his way.  He invites us to come into ‘the yoke’ with him.  Jesus is using a farming picture, like two oxen harnessed together, to walk with him as our leader.  It will require us to yield to him, to surrender to him, in order to go his way rather than ours.  And yet he says that this ‘yoke’ is easy and his burden is light.  He actually says that in this process of being joined with him, giving our lives to him, that it is here that we find rest for our souls.  But why should we trust him with our lives?  Why should we give ourselves to him?  Because he is truly good, he is gentle and lowly in heart, he is the one who knows how to care for us perfectly.   This rest leads to restoration   This kind of rest, this real rest, leads to restoration.  Jesus is the one who showed us how to rest perfectly.  He is the one who walked on the water in perfect peace in the midst of a raging storm.  He knew what it was to find his rest in the Father.  He lived perfectly at rest.  In the next chapter of Matthew, he is accused by the religious people of the day, of not taking his rest on the Sabbath, but instead healing a man’s withered hand.  He healed him completely; in fact, it says that the man’s hand was “restored”.  This perfect kind of rest, in doing the Father’s work, leads to restoration: the restoration of our lives, as we see what God is really like; and the restoration of others as we let his life work through us.  So at the beginning of this new year we all have an invitation: an invitation of rest.  It is found in coming to Jesus. Take time aside, open  the  book, talk to him, get with people who know and love him and experience the kind of rest that only he can bring.  May we all have a truly rest- filled 2017.

An invitation to rest this year

Well, here we all are, starting a new year once again; so much potential; so many possibilities; so many unknowns await us.  There may be challenges and pain, joy and wonder, laughter and tears, but whatever it includes, it will all be this thing we call “life”.  No doubt there are many hopes and dreams for this year; much that we are to work hard for and to give ourselves to.  Probably this will include lots of time and energy and it will probably have some intensely busy times; times where we feel like we are just trying to keep up, to stay afloat in all of life’s busyness.  So right at the start of this year I want to give you an invitation to rest: real rest!

“Rest”- what a beautiful word.  Just sounding this word seems to cause me to take a deep breath, to slow down; it is something so sweet, so longed for, and when you experience its presence it seems so precious, so healthy, so life-giving.  But how do we get this rest, a rest that deeply satisfies, that brings restoration?  It seems so often that it is the very thing that we truly need and yet can so easily slip away and evade us.  How do we find it in the busyness of life?

Jesus said these words, “…Come to me, all who labor and are heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)

This rest is found in Jesus

You want to know where this rest is found?  How to get a hold of it; a rest that deeply satisfies?  So often we think that if we can just make it to our next holiday or even our next day off, we will get the rest we need.  Yet, these words make clear that it is found in one place, or rather in one person: in Jesus, the one who says “Come to me…”.  He is the place where we find this rest; he is the person who gives this rest.  It is not for everyone, but for those who know they need it, those who are heavy- laden, for those who don’t have their lives all together, but know they need help to live the way they should.  And it is for those (as the words in Matthew before this makes clear) who are like “little children”, meaning the ones who come to him just like a little child; dependant on their parent for food and shelter, love and warmth.  Any who come to him, know that they don’t have their lives all together but desperately need him; these are the ones whom this rest is for.

This rest is in knowing God

In the words just before those, Jesus says that he is the one who reveals the Father to those to whom he chooses to reveal him.  Then he says “Come to me…” He is the one who perfectly shows us what the Father is like, and when we get with Jesus he helps us to know God. There is an open invitation!  And when we know what God is like, we find this is the very rest we need.  It is like someone who has been anxious over a large debt that they had to pay, and then they get a notice to say that there was a mistake and there is no debt outstanding… that knowledge would bring such relief, such peace, and such rest.  Well, in the same way, when we get together with Jesus and he reveals what God is really like (not what we thought he was like, but what he is really like) it brings rest to our souls; it is the rest so needed.  So this rest is not just a feeling, but comes from knowing a person.

This rest is walking with Jesus

Jesus invites us to walk with him; to work with him; to learn from him.  This is not a rest that comes from having nothing to do, or not having to answer to anyone, but is found in no other direction than in going his way.  He invites us to come into ‘the yoke’ with him.  Jesus is using a farming picture, like two oxen harnessed together, to walk with him as our leader.  It will require us to yield to him, to surrender to him, in order to go his way rather than ours.  And yet he says that this ‘yoke’ is easy and his burden is light.  He actually says that in this process of being joined with him, giving our lives to him, that it is here that we find rest for our souls.  But why should we trust him with our lives?  Why should we give ourselves to him?  Because he is truly good, he is gentle and lowly in heart, he is the one who knows how to care for us perfectly.

This rest leads to restoration

This kind of rest, this real rest, leads to restoration.  Jesus is the one who showed us how to rest perfectly.  He is the one who walked on the water in perfect peace in the midst of a raging storm.  He knew what it was to find his rest in the Father.  He lived perfectly at rest.  In the next chapter of Matthew, he is accused by the religious people of the day, of not taking his rest on the Sabbath, but instead healing a man’s withered hand.  He healed him completely; in fact, it says that the man’s hand was “restored”.  This perfect kind of rest, in doing the Father’s work, leads to restoration: the restoration of our lives, as we see what God is really like; and the restoration of others as we let his life work through us.

So at the beginning of this new year we all have an invitation: an invitation of rest.  It is found in coming to Jesus. Take time aside, open the book, talk to him, get with people who know and love him and experience the kind of rest that only he can bring.  May we all have a truly rest- filled 2017.

The Furnace - and a week of prayer

Many thanks to everyone who gave themselves to praying this last week for the church and this region... and if you couldn't make it, missed it, or just forgot, the great thing about prayer is that there is nothing holding us back from talking to the Father at any moment... let's be giving ourselves to meeting with him.  Prayer is our greatest privilege, unhindered access to the Lord of all creation, who invites us to come and be with him, receive life from him and to partner in his great purpose in the earth....  

Some fantastic art work from the prayer room, new and old!!

Coming soon....

Calling the church to pray!  Starting on October 12th we will be having a couple of months of weekly prayer and worship nights at the prayer room and we are inviting young and old to join us, as we take time to seek God and worship together.  Bring an instrument, bring a new song, bring some poetry or a picture...

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Saying goodbye to some dear friends!

Sunday 14th of August was time to say goodbye to a sweet sweet couple that have been part of us since almost the beginning.  All our love goes with you guys, Darryl and Del, as you start this new adventure in Victoria!!  Here's a couple of photo's - one crazy one and one fairly normal one, although some didn't get the memo!!  : )  All our love, from your family at Warfield Community Church!

Praying...

We draw near to pray… and it is often the same thing that happens… the accuser, with his words of doubt… "What are you doing here?"  Enter into a debate, try and come up with the reasons in yourself of why you should or should not be there and he has achieved his goal.  But answer it quickly with the truth and with thanks and we move on…the blood of Jesus, we give thanks for his sacrifice for us - he is our way; our covering; our provision; our reason!

Unless we silence this voice and quickly move on; we will just remain; fighting on the doorstep, quickly conceding that we have no right to be there. But our way in is Christ, it is not in our rightness but his; not in our holiness but his; and he is steady and unchanging and he has made us right; and he has made us holy in Him.

This is a doorway trick of the enemy to eliminate our prayers and our praying before we even get started; and to keep us from the life giving presence that is our joy; and our help; and our reminder of all that he has done; and of who we are in Him. He would have us focus on ourselves and not pray the divine words. He would stop us before we can even say “Our Father”, “Daddy”, “Abba”.  He would stop us before we pray words of power to our Father, “Your kingdom come, your will be done…!” 

Don’t play his game!  Let us take our focus quickly off of ourselves and onto Jesus; speaking words of truth and power; that amazingly; wonder of wonders; no mind could ever have perceived it; but he has died for me and has perfectly paid my entrance fee, his blood shed for me has opened up the way into the very presence of the living God.

 

 

Love as the only foundation... (reflection on how we want to build)

We can know many things in life, we can have great knowledge and understanding, we can have great skills and abilities, but if it is not founded on love, it is nothing!  Love must undergird everything that we are doing.  Run ahead without love and you run to ruin.  You can have the greatest strategies for God’s Kingdom and for growth, but without love, it will be another kingdom that you are building.  Without love there is no use, and all that we do will be an empty shell – but infuse it with love, with love as the main ingredient, then we see God’s way, and we build God’s way.  Beware of running without love being the very thing that you carry. 

We have the help of the Holy Spirit to slow down to the pace of love, that God’s Kingdom would be built among us, his Kingdom of love.  Our longing for all that we are doing as Warfield Community Church is that love would be the centerpiece.  That as we gather around the greatest love of all and celebrate his love for us, in turn we would truly love one another also, and love one another so well.  That whenever we gather together, it would be others that we are seeking to love and build up, before ourselves.  That by this, others truly would know that we are his disciples.  Love is the core of the gospel and must be the core of how we live.  “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude.  It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.  Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.  Love never ends…” (1 Cor 13)

 “…so now faith, hope and love abide, these three, but the greatest of these is love.”

Without love, even faith and hope are nothing!  Love is the foundation and without it nothing else can survive.  It is the oxygen that allows the fire to grow.  And the Holy Spirit is the only one who can work this deep into our hearts, so that we walk in love.  How does this happen?  How do we grow in love?  Well, love comes from God, God is love and we have love because we are in him and he has worked in us.  The more we gaze at him the more we will be changed… But also, this Love grows in us, or is evidenced, or is made real in us, not in a vacuum but in the presence of un-loveliness.  This is where we get to see what God has really done, when we are confronted by the presence of un-loveliness in someone around us, and yet we choose to love anyway: when people disappoint us, when people do wrong to us, when they hurt us, or use us, when they are in sin and they don’t deserve it, when they are at their most unlovely… there love thrives the best!  There the life and Spirit of God is present, to work in us and enable us with his life giving presence.  For there love thrived for us, when we were at our most unlovely, our most undeserving, in our filth, our mess, our pride, our self centered worshipping… there love broke in, like rays of pure cleansing, rescuing us, cleaning us, making us a new, lifting us and giving us life and hope.  Love is Jesus on the cross for us, in pain and agony, dying, loving us, with the words of love on his lips “Father forgive them, they know not what they do.”

Let us go in love!  Not in self, not in judgment, not from above looking down, but serving down low.  May we be willing to lose, so that others can gain, willing to be rejected that they might be received, willing to challenge even if they reject us, willing to be silent when grace needs to be the covering.  Father let us walk in love, as you have loved us.