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We give Thanks!

On this Thanksgiving Weekend, we give thanks for our Triune God -- Father, Son and Spirit -- who created us, saved us, and sustain us day by day.

We give thanks for the gift of life, for the gift of health, for the gift of daily bread, and we pray for all those who are facing death, all those suffering from ill health, all those who lack the basic necessities of life. Help us to help them and care for them, O Lord.

We give thanks for your creation, for the beautiful colours of fall and the blessings of the harvest. Help us to be good stewards of this world, O God, and to live simply.

We give thanks for love, friendship, and family, O Lord, and we pray that you might open our eyes to see those who are lonely and extend our tables to welcome in the stranger and the one on the margins.

We give thanks!

Fall Sermon Schedule

We're already well under way with our fall sermon series on "The Kingdom of God", but for those who want to know who's preaching when, here's what the schedule looks like:

Sept 25th: Kingdom of God, Pt. 3 (Lydia Cruttwell)

Oct. 2nd: Topic TBD (John Goossen) -- World Communion Sunday
Oct. 9th: Kingdom of God, Pt. 4 (Lydia Cruttwell)
Oct. 16th: Kingdom of God, Pt 5 (Lydia Cruttwell)
Oct. 23rd: Topic TBD (Walter Bergen) -- followed by a fundraising lunch for Kingcrest International Neighbours!
Oct. 30th: Kingdom of God, Pt 6 (Lydia Cruttwell)

Nov. 6th: "Creation Gives Glory to God" (John Heinrichs)
Nov. 13th: Peace Sunday (Gary Loewen)
Nov. 20th: Eternity Sunday and Kingdom of God, Pt. 7 (Lydia Cruttwell)
Nov. 27th: Advent 1 (Joint Service with FUSMC)

The Kingdom of God is...

What is the Kingdom of God?
Who rules it?
How do you get in?
What is life in the Kingdom like?

This fall, Lydia will be taking on all these questions and more as we spend time learning about Jesus' main teaching topic -- the Kingdom of God (or 'The Kingdom of Heaven', as Matthew called it -- Matthew's audience was primarily Jewish, and Jewish people at the time often substituted the word 'heaven' for 'God').

Come on out on Sundays at 10am and hear more about this wonderful Kingdom!

Praying for the Philippines

Dann and Joji Pantoja, long term witness workers with MC Canada in the Philippines (and our supported missionaries here at FUMC!) live and work in Davao City -- which was hit with a terrorist bomb in the middle of a busy night market last week, on Sept 2, 2016.

Dann (who also goes by the name Lakan Sumulong) wrote a post about his and his church's response to this act of terrorism -- as he calls it, a 'peaceful defiance of terror'. Please pray for his church in the Philippines as they seek to stop war, make peace, and love their neighbours.

http://peacebuilderscommunity.org/2016/09/enjoying-street-food-and-massage-a-peaceful-defiance-against-terror/

The Bible, Our Beliefs, and Being Gay

In response to the ongoing discussion about homosexuality and faith in our denomination, there are a number of meetings/teaching sessions being planned on this topic:

Tuesday Sept 6th, 7:30-9pm, FUMC Church Basement (with Sherbrooke Mennonite): Teaching Session by Pastor Lydia -- featuring a nuanced interpretation of the scriptures, stories from a wide range of Christians, and some comments on faith, history, science, and culture. All are welcome to come, no matter what your experience and convictions are -- Lydia holds the traditional position on Christian marriage, but with a compassionate awareness of just how complex, painful, and personal this topic is for many people.

Tuesday Sept. 13th, 7:30-9pm, FUMC Church Basement: Q&A/Discussion follow-up to Teaching Session. (this is for FUMC -- a seperate follow-up at Sherbrooke will take place on Tuesday Sept 20th)

Saturday, October 22nd, time and location TBD: An MCBC all-congregations meeting to discuss responses to the BFC resolution that was approved at the Mennonite Church Canada Assembly this summer.

May God give us courage, conviction, love, gentleness and open ears to listen to one another and to God well in this important, but often painful conversation.

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