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August 4, 2020

Yesterday we began a short series remembering Who We Are as people of God. The topics are taken from our denomination’s Core Values.  There are three: We are Christian; We are Missional; We are Holy. I added a fourth to the discussion: We are Missionally Holy. Yesterday we focussed on what it means to be Christian (short answer: a Christian is a living breathing committed follower of Jesus; one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God and died on the cross to make us whole). And the point: this is the basis of all we do – and of all we are.

Don’t do Christian – live Christian this week . . . live as one who follows the Risen Jesus.

Click here for an article headed Atheists Are Sometimes More Religious Than Christians 

We continue to meet together through ZOOM each Sunday morning. I realize that many churches are beginning to meet “in building” – and we will soon, as well. As we plan for this, our guiding principles for reopening our building remain to go slow, get ready, be sure, and stay safe. With that in mind, we are not rushing back but are being careful in our planning. Tentatively, the reopening team along with the worship team will be on-site for a service Labour Day Sunday and everyone will be welcome “to church” September 13.

Thank you again for being faithful in giving. Our church budget has had to be readjusted because both the nursery school and the Spanish congregation have not been using the building. Thank you, because in all of this you have continued to send your tithes and offerings either by cheque (deposited every two weeks; by on-line giving through Canada Helps (click here to go to the site), or by e-transfer (to

As a caring church we look beyond our four walls to support other ministries. There are different emphases through the year . . .

  • In August, we will receive a special offering to help with the expenses of reopening the building.
  • In September, our emphasis is Alabaster: our giving helps provide buildings in other world areas.
  • In October we receive a Thank offering, to help share the Good News of Jesus around the world.
  • In November we emphasize our commitment to Eliezer Suarez, a child we have sponsored.
  • December in Compassionate Ministries Month, and our special offering helps a specific need.
  • In February we receive an offering in support of the two churches in Cuba we have sponsored.
  • And in March/April we receive our “Easter Offering; again, to share the Good News of Jesus.

Again, in August, we will receive a special offering to help with the expenses of reopening the building. Expenses include increased janitorial costs and supplies, equipment and supplies to sanitize and sterilize, etc. Thank you for your willingness to help with these costs.

This Wednesday – as we do every Wednesday evening – we’ll meet at 7:00 pm through ZOOM in our "virtual prayer room" . . . to pray for one another and for others . . . audibly or silently. To enter the prayer room click here . . . or when you open ZOOM in your browser or open the app the Meeting ID is 760 4098 0245; the passcode is 3R9gvp . Please join us.

Next Sunday we will continue our mini-miniseries on Who We Are – not who we are as a denomination (although that is part of it) – who we are as a people called by God. As Christians – as people of the Way – we have a responsibility to share the Good News that we have heard and accepted with us. We are Missional! Join us for our ZOOM service (at 11:00) as Trinity Connects: click hereto link directly to “the service”; the Meeting ID is 725 542 198 and the passcode is 956130 

We are trying – trying – to get the painting that was started two years ago! finished. Our hope/plan/goal, of course, was to finish it back then. We weren’t able to. Last year was the same – circumstances delayed the work. So it was on to this year, filled with good intentions. Instead, we have had humidity, which makes painting difficult for the painter – and hinders a good paint job. Our . . . optimistic goal (hope?) . . . is to complete the job before the month ends.

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