Thursday, December 29, 2011

Pastor Rick Returns and The Prayer Road

Hello everyone, Pastor Rick will be back this Sunday as he and his family will be returning form their vacation tomorrow.  Hopefully he's feeling refreshed and renewed after spending some time with family in South Carolina.  Please join us Sunday morning to welcome them back and hear what the Lord has given Rick to share with us.


Sunday Evening we will be having a solitude service.  Please join us and take an evening to be quiet before Jesus in this directed prayer service "The Prayer Road".

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Christmas Kettle and special guest Christmas Eve

Merry Christmas everyone
I trust everyone is finished their Christmas shopping and is sitting by the fire with your feet up relaxed and ready for Christmas morning... well maybe not everyone.  If you're not quite done, I hope the Lord gives you his joy, patience and love this week (and whatever other fruits of the spirit you may need) to show someone Jesus' love while you're in the checkout line or cooking up a storm for all the family and friends that are coming, or going to a work party with those people you don't get along with.  Jesus is the reason, LET SOMEONE KNOW!

This week we'll have an opportunity to help out some families in need in CBRM by "Adopting a Kettle" for the Salvation Army.  On Thursday from 10:00 am - 8:00 pm we'll be at the Sobeys in North Sydney with the kettle collecting donations.  All the money given at these kettles stays in this area to assist families in need so this is a great way to help your neighbor.  So often we don't even know the needs around us but the Salvation Army is very active in our community, it's an honor to help them out with this campaign.  Please contact Joey to sign up for a time to watch the kettle.

On Christmas Eve we will have a special Christmas Eve program at Grace.  Our Guest speaker will be Wayne MacLeod.  Come and join us as we hear some encouraging words about Jesus, worship our king, and enjoy the company of friends and family.

Christmas morning we will also have a service with Joey sharing a message about "Unwrapping our Gifts".  Regular time and place, 10:00am.  You can where your Christmas p.j.'s if you want.

Check out the CB Prayer 24/7 facebook page if you're interested in bringing in the New Year with a week of constant prayer.  http://www.facebook.com/cbprayer247

Be Blessed.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

C.B. Prayer 24/7

http://www.facebook.com/cbprayer247 


Last year we spent the first week of January praying together 24/7. Are people interested in doing it again this year???

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Christmas Concert Tonight!

Hello Friends, tonight is the Cape Breton Christian School's Christmas concert.  It is at the church at 7:00pm.  The kids have been working hard learning the songs and the lines to their play so come out and show them some love as they bring us all a little Christmas spirit!

And don't forget to invite someone out this Saturday evening; friends, neighbors, relatives, someone in the street who looks like they could use a good meal and some good Christmas love.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

'Tis the Season!!!

There are twinkly lights and giant inflatable Santas everywhere, I guess that means the Christmas season is upon us.  So with all the Christmas Shopping and chaos we'd love to show people that Christmas is still about Jesus.

On December 6th the Cape Breton Christian School will be presenting it's annual Christmas program.  Come and support the students as they perform songs and a play to get us in the Christmas spirit. 

On December 10th we'll be have a Christmas potluck.  This is a great chance to invite some people out to hang out with our church family and hear the gospel.  Bring some food, bring a friend, enjoy the Christmas Spirit.

Also, on December 18th we will be having "Orphan Sunday".  This morning will be focused on informing us about the plight of orphans around the world.  We will spend time in prayer and learn what we can do to help.  If we follow Jesus, it our privilege and responsibility to care for those who've been orphaned or abandoned.  Come ready to have your heart moved and be changed to realize how much we have and what each of us can do to serve the poorest of the poor.

We'll also have a Christmas Eve Service with a special guest speaker and a service on Christmas morning.

We hope Jesus becomes more real to you this Christmas season because that's what it's all about!
Be Blessed.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Discussion Groups return for Freedom

This Sunday we will be starting a new series of Freedom from Fear.  We all face fear in our lives that come from different sources but the bible is full of hope not fear.  Jesus tells us not to fear and not to worry because he is for us, and if he is for us who could stand against us.  Over the next 4 weeks we'll look at what scripture says about overcoming fear through the power of Jesus in us.  After the morning message and a coffee break we'll go into discussion groups and dig deeper into how we can be free from fear.  Revelation 12:11 says,"they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death."  Studies show that peoples greatest fear is public speaking - death is second-  so together with Jesus and one and other we can get over fear and take the power and freedom of Christ in the world.  Max Lucado has written a new book call Fearless: Imagine Your Life without Fear.  While this month will not be a focused book study, you may find what Lucado has written as we go through the series.  Click on the book for more info or to buy it online
On Friday November 11 there will be a coffee house at the Grace to raise money for world vision.  Come out and support the Interact Group from Memorial High School as they endeavor to help ease poverty and hunger around the world.   
Please be in pray this week as we begin the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles chapels again.  We'll go on Tuesday to meet the team and talk about what we'll be doing this year with them.  There are quite a few new players this year and we have a very unique opportunity to share the gospel with these young men, many of whom are away from their family and friends and are faced with the temptations that being a semi-pro athlete brings.  Pray for Grace and wisdom for us as we go to share Jesus love and freedom.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

20 YEARS of GRACE

Hello everyone, this weekend is packed full of celebration!  Grace Fellowship Church is 20 years old this year so come out and join in the fun and fellowship.  On Saturday morning there will be a breakfast served at the church at 9:00am, come and fill your belly, we haven't killed a fatted calf but I think there will be bacon.  Saturday night at 7:00 we'll worship the Lord RIOT style.  Kim Butler, Grace's first youth pastor, will is coming home to lead us in worship, accompanied by Wrapped in Rona.  Kim will also be leading worship on Sunday at 10:00am and our guest speaker will be Pastor Sheldon Chant of Mighty Fortress of God Church in Louisburg.
Sheldon will return Sunday evening with his band to lead us in worship and word again at 6:30pm.  It's a jam packed weekend, come out and be blessed by Jesus as we celebrate his work through twenty years as Grace Fellowship Church.

This week on Thursday and Friday we're also hosting the Canadian Presbytery of the ARP.  Please keep that in prayer as the leaders of the various churches seek the Lord for their congregations.  Also Thursday night at 7:00 there will be a Congregational Communion Service to give opportunity for people to meet with the presbytery and here one of them speak.

Operation Christmas Child has started again this year, please pick up your boxes at the church and return them filled by Nov. 20th.  This is a great way to get in the Christmas spirit early and a great way for us to do something for someone else.  It's amazing the impact something that can seem so insignificant to us can have on a child.  Help spread Jesus love this year around the world.

And don't forget to tell some young people about HUGE 2011
The October 20th registration has been extended to Oct. 24th, and if you just show up on Oct. 28th we'll still let you join in the fun... that's what Jesus would do. 

Be Blessed.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Coffee House and Communion

Hello everyone, this Friday evening we will have a Coffee House at Grace from 7:00-9:00pm.  It is to help support Dave MacIntyre's trip to YWAM  Pursuits New Zealand.  He is there doing the first phase of a Discipleship Training School.  Phase 2 is an outreach mission where he will be going out to share the gospel with surfers.  New Zealand is one of the top surfing destinations in the world, people come from far and wide to the beaches there.  Surfers need Jesus too, so Dave will get to go out and share his faith with lots of people.  Please come out and hear the talent and support Dave.
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Sunday morning we will be having communion during the service

There is still opportunity to host some members of the Presbytery who will be here Oct. 19th - 21.  We need places for them to stay on the 19th and 20th.  Please sign up on the sheet at the church or talk to Pastor Rick if you'd like to help out with this.

Don't forget our 20th anniversary weekend is coming up on Oct. 21-23, lots of activities to come to and help out with over that weekend.  See the Calendar below for details on what's coming up for the weekend.

And... HUGE 2011... YOU NEVER KNEW GOD WAS THIS BIG... a youth retreat of unparalleled proportions... a weekend so big, your kids will never be the same if they attend... Oct. 28-30.  click the pick for more info...



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If you want to follow Jesus just tell him you want to follow him, he'll give you regular updates and tell you what's happening.  He doesn't have email but the Holy Spirit is very good and keeping you in contact with what's going on in the Kingdom of Heaven.

Be Blessed.

Friday, September 30, 2011

LAST NIGHT FOR 30 Days of Waiting

Hey Everyone, tonight is the LAST NIGHT for 30 days of waiting, come out and spend a couple hours with the Lord and ask him to speak to you.  He will, if you knock the door will be opened.  It's been a great 30 days.  Thanks everyone who has made it out at some point throughout the month.  Stay tuned for what the Lord will call us to next...

Monday, September 26, 2011

Last week for waiting, Ladies night, Camp work day...

Hello everyone, this week we have a few things happening around Grace.  This is the last week of our 30 days of waiting.  I encourage you to come out some evening between 7-9 to wait on the Lord.

On Thursday, Sarah Johnston will be hosting another ladies night.  Come out and enjoy some fun and fellowship.   Her address is 2 Devoe St. Apt. 4 Sydney Mines.

Saturday there will be a work day at Cape Breton Bible Camp.  This past weekend was the annual Fall Youth Retreat.  It was a great weekend with 40+ youth turning up.  Pastor Stephen Fenton shared a message of seeing God in other people, how God's Spirit wants to work in us and through us and the amazing adventure God has in store for us if we choose to follow the Spirit.  It was very encouraging to see young people being set free and experiencing the power and love of Jesus.  Keep praying for them as they go back into their schools, families and where ever the Lord takes them so that people will see Jesus in them and be set free too!  If you're able to lend a hand with the fall clean up at the camp just show up and do what you can.

On September 30- October 2, Mt. Zion ARP Church in Moncton NB is hosting a Biblical Worldview Summit and Fall Festival.  The theme is The Lord Creates and the Lord Restores  The Speaker will be Dr. John Barber, pastor of Cornerstone PCA Church in Palm Beach, Floria.  $12 for adults, Children and student  free.  Call (506) 853-0544 or email Stvwood8@gmail.com to Pre-register.


Also there will be a new members class coming up during the month of October on Tuesday nights.  Please talk to Pastor Rick if you are interested in becoming a member at GFC.

Be Blessed.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Ethiopia Report and more.

Hello everyone, this week we will have the Ethiopia Mission Team sharing about there resent trip.  A group of 8 women traveled together at the the end of August to make connections with missions organizations already on the ground in Ethiopia.  There is a desire and vision from God for Cape Breton to be a sending place for missionaries to Ethiopia.  Come and hear what God revealed during the trip and to pray for more guidance and empowerment of the Holy spirit to see this vision come to fruition.
Also, we are entering the home stretch for the 30 days of waiting which will end on the last day of the month.  On the 29th, people will join together (for anyone who wants to) for a day of fasting.  From whenever you eat your supper until the next day at the same time people will be fasting.  We'll end the last day of waiting with a time to share some things the Lord has revealed to people during this month of seeking him.  If you haven't made it out yet, please come and join us for an evening.  The church will be open from 7-9 pm each night until Sept. 30th.
October will be a busy month for Grace with lots of opportunity to help out and celebrate.  We are hosting the A.R.P. Presbytery, celebrating 20 years of Grace Fellowship Church and hosting a Youth Retreat (Huge 2011) so please be in prayer about how Jesus wants you to get your hands dirty, get your feet wet, put your nose to the grindstone, pull up your bootstraps, roll up your sleeves, whatever idiom you prefer.  There's lots to be done, lets not let the workers be few.
Joe will be taking a break from the L.O.V.E series this week.  Pastor Rick will speak for the evening service. Next week will pick up again on Love = Vulnerable.
Have a great week and Be Blessed.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Hi everyone, 30 Days of Waiting is almost half over, it's been great so far.  The Lord has been meeting with people and speaking to their hearts every night we've come to wait for him.  Don't miss out on a chance to meet with Jesus in a special way, he is really honoring those how turn aside for a few hours to seek His presence.

Coming up next weekend...
 Send you kids, send your cousins kids, send you neighbors kids, send you kid's kids, it's going to be a great weekend, it always is.  Contact Rick and Danielle Carabin to Pre-Register.  Or Register online at www.cbbiblecamp.ca.

Be Blessed.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

30 Days of Waiting

Beginning on September 1st 2011 we will go to prayer.
In February of this year the Lord spoke to me about 30 days of waiting; would I, or we as the church be willing to come to Him for 30 nights and wait for Him to tell us what to do?
No preaching… unless he tells someone to preach
No singing… unless he gives us a song
No agendas, no liturgy, no program…
Some nights we will worship to the early hours of the morning… if that’s what he wants.
Some nights we will pray for healing for one another… if that’s what he says.
Some nights we will sit in silence and hear nothing… if that’s what he does.
Will we respond if he calls us to speak to someone the next day about Jesus?
Will we respond if he calls us to sell our belongings and give it to the poor?
Will we will respond if he tells us to prophecy, speak in tongues or repent?
Each night at 7:00 pm the church will be open for as many want to/are able to gather to wait on the Lord. 
IF we want to see the Lord move, IF we want to see revival, IF we want to see people come to the Lord, IF we want to know his crazy love, we have to come to Him first.  AND we have to respond to what he tells us.  He wants to see if we’re ready, he wants to see if we’re willing to lay down our lives for the sake of another, he wants to see if we’re willing to be truly Christ-like and do whatever his will is. 
So, 30 nights to wait on the Lord to lead us and guide us.
Are you in???

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Ethiopia Team Update From Peggy Fitzpatrick

It is Saturday night, the 20th of August, and the end of our fourth day here. It feels we have been here for much longer. The first days were exhausting and overwhelming as we jumped with both feet into the intensity of life in Ethiopia, but we are feeling a much greater sense of equilibrium and have found ourselves carried with so much grace. Thank you for praying; we can feel it!!

The frame of our experience here has been set by Mark and Liane Wolbert and their daughter Liane, who have entirely given themselves to orienting us to the world here, introducing us to their many connections, and seeing that we are healthy and safe. They are a host couple with YWAM, and have been a gift in every way. Also included in God's special provision has been our driver, Binyamin, a young Ethiopian man with a most excellent spirit, who navigates the tumultuous seas of Ethiopian road traffic with skill and care. We have all been together morning til night for four days.

Wednesday, with very little space for unpacking and repacking after arriving late the night before, we loaded up our backpacks and headed out for the all-day excursion to Adama (a shift in our schedule, for those who were keeping track). This day and the next were our most exhausting in terms of the unrelenting bombardment of sight, sound and smell in a world so different from ours and filled with so much that felt chaotic and wrong. Beggars, ragged children, cows and goats and old horses all sharing the road space with trucks and smog and near-collisions several times a minute (or so it seemed) for hour after hour. We arrived at the end of the day at our hotel in Adama, a really nice hotel with clean and comfortable beds.

Thursday was a day packed full with our first visit to a home for widows and orphans; the widows are women who have been found by roadsides begging, completely destitute, and brought into a place where they have been cared for and given a whole new life. The orphans are on the same floor as the widows, and are part of the widows' healing, while the widows gain affection for the children and become a part of their lives. The remainder of the day was spent going from house to house throughout the city of Adama, taking supplies to a number of widows who have a place to live but live in desperate poverty. We took turns at each home, with two or three going in to visit and pray for the widow while the rest of us interacted with the crowd of mostly children that would gather around the van. Danielle and her guitar were the high point of the day, beginning with the widow's home and then at every stop, as we turned the curiosity into an opportunity to sing with the children, then Janet would organize the children into games until they and all the adults standing and watching were joining in. We filled our day until dark like this, ending the day with a meeting with the director of the orphan home.

Friday we went to visit the only maternity home for street girls in all of Ethiopia, met with the director of the home and with the girls and their babies. The number of fronts on which the battle for lives is being fought really helps to put heart into us, as each day we have met people who are pouring out their lives for those who are completely helpless. We began our journey back to Addis Abbaba, with a detour through the village of Tede where we met with a pastor of a small but growing church in a domantly muslim area, and were grateful for safety in all our journey. It is Ramadan, the month of fasting and prayer for the Muslims, and also a holy day in the Orthodox church as well as the approach of the Ethiopian New Year, so the streets were packed late into the night, with music and regular calls to prayer from the mosques.

Saturday, today, we spent the day with a large group of children from the Kora slum next to Addis's city dump, singing with them, doing craft projects, and playing games. All of this travel and activity has served as an introduction to the work in this country, wrapped in lengthy conversation with our hosts that has been helpful on so many levels. The high point of our time so far was tonight, in our meeting with the director of Kidmia, an organization with cutting edge vision and strategy in the orphan crisis of Ethiopia. He came to meet with us this evening at the guest house where we are staying, thanks to Heather's persistence in pursuing him, and we are excited about the opportunity coming up to visit the Kidmia orphanage on Tuesday, four and a half hours from here. Heather's thorough preparation for this time here has been valuable beyond describing. Please especially keep praying for her, for health, strength, and especially discernment.

This report has had a lot of details, but we want to give you a bit of a picture of our time so far. It has been very intense, and we are exhausted at the end of each day, but the team is doing really well together, blending beautifully, we are eating well, sleeping well, and staying healthy. Our prayer is that we will stay right on track on this walk through this great country, and be completely attentive to what the Lord has brought us here for.

Hoping to send another update in a few days...

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Sheep or Goats?

This week we have some opportunities to show whether we're sheep or goats.  Check out Matthew 25:31-46 if you're confused about what that means.


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On Wednesday evening, there is a benefit concert and silent auction to raise money for Rob and Jo Andrea.  Rob is going through another round of radiation treatments after his recent brain surgery to remove cancer that was missed during his initial surgery and treatments.  Rob has been unable to work since his first surgery and Jolene just gave birth to their second child.  They need our help so come out on Wednesday night at 7:00pm to the Bra D'Or Hall (24 Villa Dr.) to hear some great music and help a family in need.  Music will include, Eric Angus Whyte, Rob and Jolene Reid, Chalk Dust, Wrapped in Rona and The Colin Grant Band.

We also have another family in need who you can help in a different way.  Terry and Tracy lost all their possession in a fire last year, they have recently re-established themselves in an apartment in Sydney Mines and have come to us for help.  Their immediate needs are furniture and appliances such as; a dryer, a double bed, a chesterfield and chair, T.V., a dresser.  Also there are some other smaller items they could use as well.  If you wish to provide any of these things you can email or call the church and we'll arrange getting them there, or you can drop them of yourself at 57 Forest St. in Sydney Mines.

www.dropinn.net
Sunday we have a special guest with us for our morning service, George Hamilton IV and James Bell.  They are members of Drop Inn Ministries which is a Registered Christian Charity that seeks to bring Hope, Help and Healing to a hurting world through providing Humanitarian Aid.  We're blessed to have them stop at Grace during their Maritime Tour.  Please come to meet them, pray for them as ask how the Lord would have you support them. 

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Ken Hunter Speaking This Sunday

This week we'll be having Ken Hunter speaking at Grace for our Sunday Morning Service.  He'll be sharing his perspectives as we continue on with our series on Crazy Love focusing on chapters 5 & 6.  I hope you'll come open and ready to be challenged by what Ken has to say to us.  http://matters-of-freedom.blogspot.com/
For the Evening service we will watch a video from Dr. David Jeremiah entitled Captured by Grace: No One is Beyond the Reach of a Loving God. 
Saturday the 11th is a very busy day:
Volunteer Spring Cleaning/Maintenance Day at Grace
Join us for a successful day of work and fellowship
Sat June 11th 9am to 12:30 pm followed by a lunch/provided
 LADIES, please consider putting this on your calendars as the past several years we have only had 3-4 ladies and are always far outnumbered by the positive turnout by the men
There is a lot to be accomplished cleaning, fixing, yard work and more. If you cannot make it and would like to help see Darlene MacLennan or call 674-2667 and she will gladly suggest something you may be able to do on your own time. An ongoing list is available at any time all year long.
Westminster Bible Presbyterian Church
The session and congregation of WBPC cordially invite you to attend the ordination and installation service of our new pastor, Mr. Michael J. Butterfield.  We will gather together for this joyous occasion at 6:30 pm on Saturday June 11th, with the Rev. John van Eyk preaching God’s Word.  We are located on the corner of Herbert and Terrance Streets in Sydney. Please join with us during this significant event in the life of our congregation.
Graduation Ceilidh
Island Career Academy ECE Program, Class of 2011.  You are invited to a Graduation Ceilidh in honor of Melissa Cann on Saturday, June 11th, 7:00pm at the Millville Community Center.

Pastor Rick is away at Synod this week, keep him in your prayers!

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

June 5 Gideon Service

This Sunday our service will be lead by members of The Gideons.  They will give a presentation of what they do and what they are about.  Bruce Nunn will be leading and sharing a message.  Click to go to their webpage: The Gideons

Westminster Bible Presbyterian Church
The session and congregation of WBPC cordially invite you to attend the ordination and installation service of our new pastor, Mr. Michael J. Butterfield.  We will gather together for this joyous occasion at 6:30 pm on Saturday June 11th, with the Rev. John van Eyk preaching God’s Word.  We are located on the corner of Herbert and Terrance Streets in Sydney. Please join with us during this significant event in the life of our congregation.
http://www.westminster-church.ca/

Please be in prayer for Pastor Rick as he's off to The General Synod of the ARP, then on vacation.  Pray for rest and renewal while he his away. 

June 16-18th is the Empower Prayer Summit is taking place in Antigonish, NS.  This is a 4 year initiative to have prayer and worship schools and events across Canada to build a foundation of prayer.  There will be workshops and worship/prayer sessions throughout the three days.  For more info go to http://www.empowerprayer.com/.  If you are interested in going speak to Dorothy MacIntyre to join in on the group rate.

We will return to our series on "Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God" by Francis Chan on June 12th with Ken Hunter sharing. 

BE BLESSED

Friday, May 13, 2011

Ensemble Sunday

This Sunday the Ensemble will be leading us in worship.  Pastor Rick will be speaking on the second Chapter of Crazy Love: "you might not finish this chapter".  

We're excited about the births of Scott and Leigh Anne's baby Sadie and Eric and Mary's baby Declan.  Please keep them in prayer as everyone adjust to the Joy and challenge's of being new parents.  Also keep all the other expectant mothers in your prayers as it's going to be very busy and exciting over the next few months!

Please be in prayer for Rob Andrea and his family.  They are facing another trial in life as he is going for emergency brain surgery.  God has already done miracles in their life and we're praying for another. 

Thanks to all the ladies who put on a fantastic baby shower for Gemma and Naomi.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Evening Concert

The musical group "Chalk Dust"  will be having a hymn sing at Grace Fellowship on Sunday night, May 29 at 6:30 p.m.  If you don't have a Sunday evening service, we would welcome you to join with us.  We will have a lunch afterward.  "Chalk Dust" is made up of members of the faculty of Bras d'or Elementary School.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Jack Toth speaking at Grace

We're excited to have Jack Toth speaking this Sunday morning at Grace.  Jack is in town to speak at the Nova Scotia Leadership Prayer Breakfast and a few other events over the weekend.  He works with youth and young adults in character building programs called HEROES.  You can find out more about Jack and the HEROES program by clicking on the title of this post.  We're excited to hear how we can help empower and build up people in our church and in our community.


Also this Saturday there will be a Jack and Jill baby shower for Bobby and Noelle at the Northern Yacht Club.

Please be in prayer for Pastor Rick as he's away at the Spring Canadian Presbytery meeting.

Starting on May 8th we're going to start a series based on Francis Chan's book Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God.  Please be in prayer asking the Lord to speak to you as we go through this series.  It has huge potential to open us all up to the amazing love God wants us to know but especially to the huge love he wants us to live out and give out to others.  Be prepared to be changed, be expecting God to speak to you!!!

BE BLESSED.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Prayer and Missions this Sunday!!!

Hello everyone, this Sunday we have lots happening on Sunday morning.  We'll be having a prayer time during the Service for Mark and Kathy MacLeod who will be heading off to Halifax.  We want to send them out with the prayers and blessings of their church family.  If you have words of love and encouragement for them please come and join us to pray for them.  We'll also be sticking around after the service for a lunch after worship (approximately 12:00 noon) in their honor.  If you are able, please bring some sandwiches, salad or sweets and stay for fellowship and lunch.

We're going out on a limb this Sunday.  We'll be having our first congregational Skype conversation with Alexander and Bibianna MacLeod, live from Argentina.  We’re very excited to hear what the Lord has been up to with them since they left a couple months ago.  Please be in prayer for this that they can encourage us, we can encourage them and that technology won’t let us down. 

Also we’ll be forgoing the small group discussion times this week as we have several other things happening and we really need to spend time as a congregation in prayer and waiting to hear from the Lord as we go into the territory of change.  After the message this Sunday, we’ll stay together in the Sanctuary to take time to pray about some issues that have arisen in our Church over the past few months.  Please come with hearts prepared to hear what the Holy Spirit has to say to you individually and us collectively as the body of Christ.

Friday night there will be a Coffee house at 7:00 pm, please come out and support the youth as they perform and share their gifts and talents with us.


“Do you not know?
   Have you not heard?
The LORD is the everlasting God,
   the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
   and his understanding no one can fathom.” (Isa 40:28)


Be Blessed.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Change Change Change

The Lord seems to be speaking to us and moving us in a direction of change at Grace.  Last week Emo and Kathy Yango brought us a message of change.  Calling us to the true meaning of the word repentence used in Mark 1:15, to go beyond ones current mind/spirit.
This week, Pastor Rick will be continuing on the same train of thought about change looking at the change the disciples faced as Jesus was leading up to the cross.
Here are some of the discussion questions we'll look at in the discussions groups after the message.
Hope you can join in.
1.  Why weren't the disciples prepared for the arrest and crucifixion of Christ when it occurred?
 
2.  Why did Jesus rebuke his disciples for not understanding what he was trying to teach them?
 
3.  What do we need to have in order to handle changes that God might bring in our lives and in the church?
 
4.  What is our peril if we resist or refuse change that God is bringing?
 
5.  What are the blessings if we embrace it?

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Another busy week at Grace!

This Thursday evening at 7:00pm there will be a Ladies Gathering at Sarah Johnstone's house.  Join the ladies for some fun and fellowship.

Saturday Night is the annual Cape Breton Bible Camp fund raiser banquet.  It starts at 6:00 pm, tickets are $15 per person.  Phil MacCormack will be speaking.  The banquet is at the Millville Community Hall and you can get tickets from any board member.  Contact the church if you don't know any board members.

Several people from the congregation travelled to Jesus to the Nations this past weekend and heard powerful and challenging messages from George Verwer and Ron Cline about global missions and the need to get involved and stop being spectators and critics in our own churches and communinties.  This Sunday we will have missionairies Emo and Kathy Yango sharing with us during our morning worship service.  Hopefully we will hear God calling us to our own mission field, whether here at home or around the world.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

!!!Jesus to the Nation!!!

This weekend is Jesus to the nations weekend in Halifax.  It is a great missions conference, if you have a heart for missions but are not sure where the Lord wants to send you this is a great time to what the Lord has people doing around the world.  There are mission display booths for just about anything you can think of, great speakers and worship times and workshops to go deeper into specific areas of interests.  If you want to help make disciples of the nations this is a great place to go and let the Lord lead you in the direction he has planned out for you. 

Lots of people from our church will be traveling down, please pray for safe travel and that the Lord would really open people up to what he wants to speak to them throughout the weekend.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Praying and Navigating Through Change

For the next two Sundays we will have guest speaker David Fitzpatrick speaking at our Sunday morning service.  He will do a two week series teaching on Praying and Navigating Through Change.  He and his wife Peggy have been involved in helping several churches move through transitions by learning to listen and follow God's plan. 
The discussion groups after the message will focus on three points relating to the message.  We're hoping everyone will be willing to share over the next couple weeks in your groups.

1. What is the dominant or main change you are facing in life?

2. What is the main obstacle you are facing in going through that change?

3. How can we as friends pray for you in this situation?

The questions will be a chance to build relational bridges towards a greater sense of connectedness and community.
Hope to see you there,
Be blessed.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

New Youth Group in Sydney

Fireworks Youth Encounter presents:

Friday nights at St. Andrew's Church Hall
This Week: Free Christian Rock Concert for Teens

Take Off Your Sandals
Shledon Chant Band
Wrapped in Rona

Friday March 4th 7:00pm to 9:30pm
Security a the concert, a safe place for teens
Drug free, Alcohol free

Life Support coming April 8th

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Enesemble Morning and Evening Communion

Tomorrow morning we will have the Ensemble leading worship and our final message and discussion groups focused on Dave Sawler's book The Disciple: God's Blueprint.  I hope you've been blessed and challenged by this past month.  Also we have a team from Absolute staying with us for the next four days.  They'll be doing a presentation for the students at T.L. Sullivan Jr. High on Monday so please take the opportunity to talk with them and get to know what they're team does.  Also, pray that God will speak strongly to the students on Monday when they go to share some of their life stories with the teens.  If anyone wants to help out by making a meal or donating some food for the team, I'm sure they would be very thankful.  Check out their website to see what they're all about.

In the evening service we will be having open communion.

!!!Don't forget, we've pushed the lunch after church to next week when we do officer inductions!!!

Be Blessed.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Pizza Party Changed

Hey everyone, we were planning on having pizza after the sunday service this coming Sunday, we are bumping that ahead a week to Sunday March 6th.  Please feel free to bring whatever kind of dish you want to go along with the pizza.  For that Sunday, because we are having New Officer inductions the service will look a little different.  We'll take a break for a week from the small group discussions after the message.  Jesus had some of his best teaching and discussions around food so hopefully we can do the same. 

"Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles.  All the believers were together and had everything in common.  Selling thier possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need.  Every day they continued to meet together in teh temple courts.  They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoing the favor of all the people.  And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved."  Acts 2: 42-47.

Let's start with the eating together with glad and sincere hearts and see if we can get all that other good stuff to happen too!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Sydney Mines Gathering of Hope

We're joining together tonight with the other churches of Sydney Mines as we pray together for our community.  Tonight at 7:00pm at St. Andrews we will have guest speaker David Sawler sharing his vision on how to reach our communities.  Our focus tonight will be prayer that God will revitalize the churches in our community to have an outward vision of reaching people with the Gospel, both new people who have never been to church and also those who have fallen away from the church. 
Please feel free to bring some snacks for the fellowship time after the prayer time.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

CB Prayer 24/7

The Prayer room is available for anyone to use 24 hours a day.  But to be sure no one else is using it when you wish to be there, please register on line or call Gemma or Joey.  Gemma has been in contact with 24/7 Canada and they are very excited that we have created a dedicated space for people to go and pray.  They have prayer rooms all across the country and have been praying that the Lord would raise up a place on the east coast.  They seem more excited than we do in fact to have this place and hope to come visit the us to see what the Lord is doing here!  So I hope people will take advantage of it, not that we think you need to go there for the Lord to hear you, but it's there if you need a quiet place away from the business of life that sometimes gets in the way of time with the Lord. 

http://ca.calendar.yahoo.com/
User Name: cbprayer247@yahoo.ca
Password: PrayAlways
Enter your name in a time slot
To get the Lock Code call Gemma at 736-8719 or email glhntr@mta.ca
or Joey at 574-2229 or jwck@mta.ca
Location: 340 Keltic Dr. (next to the Farmers Market).

Friday, February 11, 2011

Last week our church made some changes to our Sunday morning service.  Some people were feeling disengaged with church being largely a spectator type service and not having much space to use the gifts God has given them.  We felt lead by the spirit to change our service to incorporate small group discussion after the morning message.  Our service has moved back a 1/2 hour to 10:00 am to give a bit more time.  These groups are providing a venue for people in our church who want to go deeper in their faith, have a role in the church and share what they have learned at bible school and on missions trips.  We hope that this will give people, especially the youth and young adults a greater investment in the church as they feel more a part of the community.  We also hope that it will help us better develop disciples that make a difference to send out into our community. 
For the first month of this new format we are going through Dave Sawler's book, The Disciple: God's Blueprint.  It looks at Jesus as the model for our own discipling of other and how that fits in our own lives.  The first week has already been very challenging for many in our congregation and the small groups gave great opportunity for people to share what God had stirred up in them during the message.  Pastor Rick is taking what he is learning from Sawler and applying to our own church context.  This week we will go deeper into what it is to be a disciple maker.  I hope you can join us.
Be Blessed,
Joey

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Grace goes Webside

Hi everyone, welcome to the Grace Fellowship Church blog.  We are a little behind getting into the blog world but better late then never.  Check out our Calendar, it's about the only thing to check out so far but stay tuned, more to come.