Friday, November 26, 2010

Nov. 26

This Sunday we are pleased to have Aaron with us once again to bring us God's message.
The next couple of weeks are going to be busy ones for our church. This Sunday evening is the community service at Holy Cross church.
Monday is the Ladies Circle of Friendship Christmas meeting and next Saturday is Burk's Falls Christmas parade.

Many of you are probably in the midst of shopping, wrapping gifts and doing cards. It is very easy to get caught up in the hustle and expense of the season. We get tired and discouraged. Let us remember to take a few moments each day to remember why we are celebrating. Let us remember, also, those who do not have our reason for joy.

Thou hast given me the shield of Thy salvation and Thy right hand upholds me; and Thy gentleness makes me great.
Ps. 18:35


Friday, November 19, 2010

Nov. 19

We have had a bit of snow here overnight but only enough to add a tuoch of white to the ground. the temperature is slightly below freezing; not cold yet although it is a reminder that winter will arrive eventually.
With the cooler weather, our thoughts turn to Christmas. Burk's Falls parade is on Dec. 4th and Chetwynd Community Church is preparing its entry.

We had a very challenging message on Sunday about Judas. We were still discussing it as we gathered after the service for a poptluck dinner.


The Lord sustains all who fall and raises up all who are bowed down. Psalm 145: 14
Our culture teaches that we should not have to suffer. No child should get a failing grade or be on a losing team. No-one should be ill or not have every material desire. One commercial on television states that 'you deserve it'.
Yet, if we look back on our own lives and those throughout history, it is the difficult times that gave us the strength and faith to grow and help others.
Having problems, whether in health, finances or family, isn't something to be desired but it is a reality of our life on earth. Our joy and peace as Christians comes in knowing we are not alone nor are we left to deal with it by ourselves. Our Lord is always there. He is our helper and sustainer.

I pray that the Lord God, our Father, who loves us so much that He sent His Son to die for us would be very close to you this week.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Nov. 12

I trust that you took a few moments yesterday to remember the soldiers-male and female-who are gave their lives for us. Their sacrifice is but a small shadow of our Lord who gave His life who did likewise.
This Sunday, Chetwynd will be celebrating communion and, following the service, sharing in a pot luck.
We are preparing for Burk's Falls Christmas parade. Will will be entering a float that depicts the real meaning of Christmas.
We also continue to pray for a new pastor and, as we wait, are thankful for those who share God's word with us each Sunday.


Scripture tells us that we are to 'give thanks always for all things'. Thess. 5: 20. Does this mean that we are to be thankful for the dreadful things that happen in this world or to praise God for the suffering of someone with a terminal illness. No, of course not. But we can praise Him for His grace, for the peace and strength that He gives to help us go through these things. We can also praise Him for the fact that we are not alone, He is not a God of stone but the living God who understands and has suffered as we do. We can also be thankful (if we know Him) that this world is only temporary and our eternity will be spent with Him in Heaven where there will be no suffering, no tears, no death.
Praise God from whom all blessings flow.