Here's a peek at some of the
happenings around here:
If you are an early riser and would like to spend some time with God before the service this Sunday, Dec 17, please join Lara in the Youth Room (Library) from 9:15 to 9:45 am. This will be a time to pray quietly for a variety of items relevant to our church family. There will be additional opportunities in January as well.
Welcoming a New Year can be a time of celebration, but it is also an opportunity to remember and to plan. We are looking for volunteers to help us with a 24 hour prayer vigil for our church family and future as we move into 2018. Please participate in this by signing up for a 1 hour time slot between 12 pm on Dec 31 and 12 pm on Jan 1. Each volunteer will be given a small list of names from our congregation and a few specific items of praise and petition to guide you as you spend your hour with God.
We would like to acknowledge the generous donations to Alcove from our other community outreach participants, Craft ‘n’ Chat and Playtime in the Village! They added many diapers, baby wipes and other items to our giving tree, as well as monetary donations.
Tues, Dec 5, 6:25 pm showing at Westhills: Using real-life inspiration and a vivid imagination, author Charles Dickens brings Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim and other classic characters to life in A Christmas Carol, forever changing the holiday season into the celebration known today.
You can sign up to receive a daily email containing an Advent reflection by contributors from across our Canadian Baptist family as we prepare together to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Sign up for the email version today at www.baptist.ca/advent. Hard copy versions are also available in the church foyer.
This year we, at Altadore Baptist Church, have chosen to share our blessings in support of the children who live at the Alcove Addiction Recovery for Women housing up the street. A Giving Tree has been set up in the lobby, which we will decorate with small toys, books, puzzles, diapers, baby wipes, toques or mittens. Cash donations are also welcome but envelopes must be clearly marked Alcove, not just Advent.
We will also be giving to the CBM Hopeful Gifts For Change catalogue in the area of Children’s Education, to provide for school fees, uniforms & other school needs. For donations towards this project, please use an Advent envelope or one marked Advent. Thank you for your generosity. May God truly be with you this Christmas!
Alternate Mondays, Nov 6, Nov 20, Dec 4, Jan 15, Jan 29, Feb 12, Feb 26, 1 pm at the church
We will be reading thru the book of Mark with discussion. All women are welcome! Please contact the church office if you have any questions.
As a continuation of our series on ‘Understanding Our Neighbour’, we are thrilled to announce that Rabbi Osadchey from the Beth Tzedec Synagogue and Imam Syed Hadi Hasan from the Hussaini Association will be joining us. They are looking forward to helping us gain understanding of our Jewish and Muslim neighbours, and will be answering any of the questions we have. Do plan to join us and please bring an ethnic dish to share during our potluck lunch following our discussion.
Friday, Oct 27, 2 pm, at Altadore, Reception to follow in Gym
It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Harold Moffat on Saturday, Oct 14th. Harold was a member of Altadore Baptist Church for over 55 years! We pass our deepest condolences on to the family.
Sunday, Oct 15th, after the service, in the gym. Thank you to our Ministry Teams for hosting such a great Opportunity Sunday in September! Some great fellowship and fun was had checking out the many ways that our congregation comes together to serve the Lord, each other and our community...except of course we know that not ALL of you were able to be there! So we will have a mini version this coming Sunday after church. Bring your calendars, stop by the table to see all the work God is doing in our church and community and see if God is calling you to serve in some new way. You will also have the opportunity to sample the dip that won our little contest on Opportunity Sunday.
Sunday Oct 22, 10:30 am, High River Baptist Church - Our Good Soil / Canadian Foodgrains Bank project partners have invited us to join them for a time of fellowship, good food and celebration for the harvest! They will be providing Beef on a Bun following the service. If you are able to bless their feast with your favorite family Thanksgiving dessert it would be most welcomed. Please meet Dennis S & Sharon L at the church at 9:15 am if you wish to carpool with them. Pastor Judy will be travelling down after our service as well if you wish to join her.
Please note that we will still be accepting monetary and food offerings for CBM She Matters and the Tsuu T’ina food bank up to and including Sunday, October 15th.
Dawn G writes: It has been a very dry year for us and crop yields are just below average. Having said that we were pleasantly surprised at the yields...during the harvest. ...To date we have crop sales of $17,000 from 90 acres of the 115 acres [that were] sponsored!! We will have final numbers when the final canola comes in and we have our final costs in place. It will still be a very successful project!! Please plan to join our Good Soil partners for the Harvest Celebration which will take place at High River Baptist after worship on Sunday October 22, 2017.
Our Thanksgiving offering this year will be giving to the Canadian Baptist Ministries’ She Matters 4 campaign. This initiative is raising funds to help with empowering women, through education and leadership training opportunities with a special concentration this year on Indigenous women in Canada and throughout the world. More information about this project can be found on the www.cbmin.org web-site under Get Involved/Campaigns.
As part of our Thanksgiving sharing, please also bring non-perishable food or household supplies as you are able. This year we are planning to support the start up initiatives of the food banks for the Tsuu T’ina and Morley First Nations. Please bring food items to the church on Thanksgiving Sunday, where we will actively give them to God and then others. Please choose from the following items and be sure to check that nothing is already out-of-date. If you aren’t going to be here at Thanksgiving, you can drop off your donation during regular office hours either before Thanksgiving or the week after.
Many thanks to everyone who donated $1460 to CBM’s Sudan’s relief appeal, which will be matched by the Canadian Government.
Our annual budget amount of $700 was sent to Inn from the Cold in May to take advantage of Claire’s Campaign, which was matched by three private donors. The Campaign raised $1,018,752! See the poster and note of thanks on the lobby bulletin board.
Throughout the summer we are going to celebrate families. On the Sunday of each long weekend, July 2nd, August 6th and September 3rd, we will have an Interactive Family Worship Service. This means that all ages will worship together for the whole service. There will be no Sunday school or nursery, but there will be plenty of interaction together. Please do plan to
join us each Sunday.
Majd has been working with the CBWC for the past few years assisting with refugee support and settlement. He has been very effective in this role on so many levels, particularly because he, himself, is Syrian and speaks Arabic. Majd’s role is entirely dependent on the support of the individuals and churches of the CBWC. Please consider if God is calling you to support Majd and allow him to continue his effective ministry.
Last week our special offering on CBM Sunday went to help bolster the emergency relief funds of CBM, so that they can continue to supply emergency funding as needed. Right now, this is especially important for the South Sudan that is in crisis and famine. (CBM South Sudan Video)
For more information on either of these needs, please talk to Sharon L or Pastor Judy.
Ages 6-10, Wednesdays, 6:30-8 pm, June 28th - Aug 23rd We have a great children’s summer program this year, where we will be diving into God’s word through looking at all of the amazing creatures that live under the sea.
Ages 11–16, Fridays, 7-9:30 pm, July 7th - Aug 25th
The youth this summer will take part in The Hunger and Thirst Games where they will learn
how to be well equipped to live a life that is rooted in trusting in God in all aspects of their life.
We need help for this program to run smoothly! Anyone 18 or over who can help on Sunday mornings during the service and/or on Wednesday and Friday nights, please contact the office. Even if you can only sign up for one or two days during the summer, we would sure appreciate the help!
Sundays, July 9 & 23, Aug 13 & 27
Enjoy visiting with your church family this summer!
Join us after the service on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of July and August for a picnic lunch! Bring what you need: food and drinks for your family and blankets or lawn chairs. We’ll eat outside if weather permits, or in the gym if it’s rainy or too windy. Brought to you by your Congregational Care Team; contact the office for more info.
We extend our condolences to the family of Dirk Vander Vorst, who lived across the street from Altadore Baptist Church and passed away on May 4th. He was a good and faithful neighbor for our church; keeping an eye out on the building and bringing over misdirected mail. And his ski fence (pictured here) is infamous in the neighbourhood (and is Pokeman Gym!) You can read his obituary here.
We are also sad to report the death of Rev. Dr. Roy Bell, who had a long and distinguished pastoral and educational ministry in the Canadian Baptist community in Western Canada. He served as Pastor at First Baptist Church Calgary and First Baptist Church Vancouver plus many others. He also served on the Carey Theological College Board and the BUWC Board. We extend our sympathies to Jeremy Bell (CBWC Executive Director) and the rest of the family.