Please check the Worship Service page for our virtual worship services during COVID-19. A video sermon and other service information will be posted to the page around 10 am on Sunday morning.
Sermon Text: Psalm 40:1-10 Sermon Title: Lips Not Sealed
OUR CHURCH FAMILY Prayer Requests: - for Teresa W, Adrianna B., and Winnie H. - for Brian, John H., Alida , Paul R. and Chris R. as they serve as our elders; for Jake, Rob, Robert,and Greg as they serve as our deacons. - Resonate missionaries ask you to pray for the Dominican Republic and Haiti. “COVID-19 cases are back on the rise,” they said. “There are calls to shut the DR down again ... if this becomes necessary, the continuing impact will be severe as the country has very few ‘safety net’ programs for the vulnerable. The hospitals are near capacity in the major cities.” - Pray for church planters in this time of pandemic as they work to keep people in their new congregations connected and find ways to serve and minister in their communities. Many bivocational planters are also working from home as part of their employment, and some are dealing with lost income. Ask God for wisdom, encouragement, and provision. - Many of our chaplains serve in long-term care, hospitals, and hospice organizations. Daily they minister to over a thousand residents and patients who cannot be visited by their local clergy and family members due to COVID-19 restrictions. Please pray for our healthcare chaplains’ safety and strength as they continue to share the gospel in these troubled times. - Guatemala Monthly Prayer: Pray for the beneficiaries of our programs, that God will continue establishing his kingdom in the communities through the work of World Renew. Upcoming Special Collections: Although we are unable to meet together for regular Sunday worship gatherings, there is still opportunity to share of our gifts, talents and resources. First, be creative in thinking of the ways that you can be a blessing to those nearby to you (offering to buy or pick up groceries, offering child care for those who need to work, offering to cook a meal, etc.) Second, for our church members (we do not expect our guests to contribute financially) there are ways to continue to support our church and the other ministries/agencies that we would normally support on Sunday mornings. Our church is set up to receive e-transfers; they may be sent to email@example.com. Please add in your note where the donations are to be directed (i.e. Church Budget, World Renew, etc.) If you are not set up for e-transfer or do not feel comfortable with it, then cheques may be mailed to the church at 50 Fifth Ave. Vanastra, ON N0M 1L0. Please consider giving as if we were gathering together regularly on those Sundays. Counselling: During COVID19 restrictions the CAP counselling ministry through Shalem Mental Health Network continues to make anonymous professional counselling support available to congregants of our church at no charge. All services are provided through a secured video or telephone connection. To book a CAP appt, call Shalem directly at 1-866-347-0041. And for more resource information check their website at https://shalemnetwork.org/. Office Hours: Please note that Kelly will be in the office on Monday, August 10 instead of Tuesday, August 11 this week. Seeking New GEMS Leadership: Kelly has stepped down from her role as Club Coordinator of our GEMS Club (girls in grades 3-8). Council is seeking a new leader (or pair of leaders) to take on this position. Kelly is willing to walk the new leader(s) through the role and help with the transition. If you have questions about the position, please feel free to talk to Kelly. If you are interested in taking on this role, please talk to a council member or send a message to the clerk email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Job Posting: Council is seeking applicants for the part-time position (average of 15 hours per week) of Office Administrator, starting late November or early December of 2020 (maternity leave). The primary task of the Office Administrator is to be a main facilitator of communication within the congregation and the primary overseer of the church’s financial records. This is a diverse job, ranging from Office and Communications manager, to Bulletin Editor, Receptionist, Bookkeeper and Treasurer. For more details, please message council at: email@example.com. Seafarers: The August newsletter from the Seafarers is now posted on the Bridge App. Thank You From World Renew: As we continue to seek God's will in a world being shaped by cries for racial reconciliation and a worldwide pandemic, we are thankful for partners like you joining us to work together to demonstrate Christ's love. During the first half of 2020, Vanastra CRC gave to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, World Hunger, our Guatemala team, and more. Your support is helping vulnerable communities around the globe receive life-saving programming. We are grateful to God for you! As a worldwide church, may we continue to be united in Spirit and bound together with peace, called to a glorious hope for the future (Ephesians 4:3-4). To learn more about how World Renew is carrying out work during the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit worldrenew.ca/corona.