Tuesday, March 27, 2012

April is almost here, that means summer is just around the bend, right?

Well maybe not summer, but we did have a nice little spring teaser last week.  Unfortunately, one of the Cape Breton realities is that sometimes winter drags on for a little longer...
Anyway, we won't let that keep us down because there are lots of exciting things on the horizon for the first couple weeks of April.

First, we will be doing another week of 24/7 prayer during passion week.  This will be similar to the week we did last year to bring in the new year.  This year we will bring the Easter weekend in full of prayer and focus on Jesus, since that what Easter is really about.
To sign up for time slots go to http://ca.calendar.yahoo.com/.
Sign in with the username: cbprayer247@yahoo.ca,
password: PrayAlways.
Go to April 1st-7th on the calendar and you can put your name into time slots wherever you like.
The prayer room will be in the Nursery at Grace this time.
You can also find more info and put prayer request, reports, words of encouragement, etc. at http://www.facebook.com/cbprayer247.

Also for the first week of April the Sydney Mines Ministerial is doing the Lenten Lunch series again.  The schedule is as follows:

Holy Week Lunches (12:10 – 12:50)
Monday, April 2 – Clyde Ave Baptist
Tuesday, April 3 – St. Pius X
Wednesday, April 4 – Trinity Anglican
Thursday, April 5 – St. Andrew's Presbyterian

Good Friday
April 6, 2pm – Carman United

Easter Sunrise
April 8, 6:30am – Lamond St. Beach
7:30 – Breakfast at Grace Fellowship
In the event of poor weather, the sunrise service will be held at Grace Fellowship

We will have two guest speaker in April, Josh Carabin will be sharing on April 15th and Danny MacLennan will be sharing on April 29th.

The Annual Leadership Prayer Breakfast will be on April 20th at 7:30, this years speaker is Cindy Klassaen.  Talk to Lloyd Johnstone for more information about tickets.
Also there is a fundraiser concert to help support the Community CARES program.

The Elders and Deacons are prayerfully working on the new leadership council and committees, please keep them in prayer as the seek Jesus for a new leadership structure that will allow more people to be involved and invested in the work of Grace Fellowship.  

Thursday, March 1, 2012

March Missions Madness

The winter is flying by as the Kingdom marches onward.  March is shaping up to be another packed month of great things happening out of our little family of believers.  This week the Nicaragua Dental Team will be busy cleaning and fixing teeth from Mach 4-9th.  The teeth cleaning, however, is just the door the Lord has opened for this team to go and share the Gospel with a community they have built a strong relationship with over the past few years.  In particular this year they are praying to see a real change in the attitudes of the men in the community to receive hope and power from God to take responsibility and leadership of their struggling community.  Also they met a boy name who has a very bad case of clubfoot which would have been easily fixed medically in Canada but has gone untreated.  They (and we as a church) are praying for complete healing for this boy to show the power and glory of Jesus to this community.  What hope it would bring!

We are also sending off a second mission team this month, Kyle MacLeod and Erik Kimbley will be going for two weeks with Missionary Flights International to help load and unload cargo and supplies for missionaries in the Caribbean.  Pray that they don't get a bad sunburn while we are here locked into winter, just kidding.  Pray that they have an amazing encounter with Jesus as they serve alongside these committed servants of the kingdom who make it possible for many men and women to be on the ground in places like Haiti and DR.

And just to add to the March Missions Madness, Jesus to the Nations is March 23-25.  This is the annual Atlantic Canada missions conference held at Mount St. Vincent University in Halifax.  If you're feeling called to go, this is the place to find out where you might be called.  Many major missions organizations gather to offer info on all the opportunities to take the name of Jesus to just about anywhere you can think of.  The speaker this year are Shane Claiborne, K.P. Yohannan, and Freda Smallwood.  There are is always a great selection of workshops to take part in to learn about more focused and practical aspects of being involved in missions.  Go, it could change your life.  

If that isn't enough to keep you engaged and in prayer, here's a few more things happening this month.
*Invisible Children will be in Glace Bay at The Undercurrent on Monday March 5 to do a presentation on how you can help free child soldiers in Uganda.  They have a rescued child soldier traveling with them this year as ambassador to that cause. 
*The Live Different Team is traveling through this weekend and will stay with us for a night on their way to Newfoundland.
*The Maragree Youth Group will be coming to hang out with us and go to Eagles game next Friday.  We'll also have our last Eagles chapel for the season on March 6th.  Please pray for those guys and that we would have more contact with them other than our monthly chapel. 
*The Elders and Deacons are starting to meet to put wheels under their leadership development plan.  Please be in prayer about how the Lord would have you get more actively involved as the new committee's and leadership teams begin to roll out over the next months.
*There is a Youth Discipleship Series starting in April called "the Disciple Road".  We're attempting to get some young adults who have been on missions, bible school, DTS, etc. involved as teacher/mentors as some of our youth prepare to go off to Ethiopia (and possibly other missions) this summer.  Please pray for wisdom  and commitment in designing this series.
*Perinatal Support Group is held each Monday at 7pm at Terri and Les Carabin's.  If you know of any woman in second or third trimester of pregnancy, they can come with a support partner.  2052 Point Edward Highway, call 322-0522 for more info.

That should keep you busy for a day or two, 
Be Blessed,