Thursday, September 13, 2012

Getting back in the swing of things

The sun is setting on summer.  As we hold on to the last few weeks of summery nights and try to get back into routines of life - packing lunches for school, returning from vacations, stacking wood for winter - take a few moments to be thankful for every good things the Lord has shown you this past season and get ready for a wonderful fall.

There are lots of exciting opportunities on the horizon to meet with the family of God and celebrate Jesus.  Just to mention a few: 
*Cape Breton Bible Camp Teen Retreat will be Sept. 21-23.  Please think about encouraging some young person you know to come to the retreat.  Even consider sponsoring someone to go.  They will have such an amazing opportunity to encounter Jesus.  On Saturday night we encourage you to come out for the evening chapel, it's always a great time of worship and Pierre Chiasson will be speaking. 
*Oct. 6th there will be a worship night at Lighthouse Glace Bay with Life Support and Joe Cook.  Then they will join us to lead on Sunday morning at Grace on Oct.7th
*Oct 13-14th will be our Anniversary weekend.  There is a covered dish potluck on Saturday night with a traditional hymn sing.  Sunday morning we will have a guest speaker and Sunday evening will be an evening to honor Wayne MacLeod's achievement of completing bible study commentaries for the entire bible.  
*Oct. 21 will be the Sydney Mines Gathering of Hope.  Several churches in Sydney Mines will gather together to pray and seek the Lord.
*Nov. 4th will be the Cape Breton Prayer of Hope.  This will be a gathering of Christians from across Cape Breton to pray together and worship together.  It's at the Membertou Trade and Convention Center.  As a lead up to this event, churches from different regions of Cape Breton will take a day in the week leading up the the Prayer of Hope to do 24 hours of prayer.  There will also be a prayer room open in Sydney 24/7 for the week leading up to the Event.  There will be further information on how to take part as we get closer to the date.
*there will also be some worship services in Margaree this fall, dates have not been confirmed yet but if anyone is interested in travelling up to the valley talk to Joe about when those will be. 

We are very close to starting the new leadership council at Grace.  This will hopefully help spark some new vision and renewed interest for people to take an active role in what the Lord has for Grace Fellowship Church.  Please pray for the session as they work out the final details before unveiling the council.