Here's a peek at some of the
happenings around here:
We had such a fun birthday party on Sunday. If you missed it here are a few fun pictures. The children decorated the cakes and we celebrated the birth of the church at Pentecost. Happy Birthday Church!
Please pick up the latest edition of Mosaic in the foyer. Both of our Partners in Mission have written articles. David Nacho’s article is titled “A Holistic Approach to Mission: equipping churches in Latin America”. Elie Haddad has written an informative piece on the ministry of the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary - bearing fruit in the Arab world.
This coming Sunday, Dennis and Sharon are at High River Baptist church to present our cheque for the Foothills Growing Project on behalf of Altadore.
June is Indigenous History Month and also includes Aboriginal Awareness Week in Calgary. The Calgary Public library offers several opportunities to learn more about our neighbours:
·Indigenous drumming circle at Memorial Park Library, Saturday June 1, 1:00 - 2:00 pm.
Documentary about the Making of Treaty 7 in partnership with the Making Treaty 7 Culture Society at Central Library, Monday, June 1,
6:00 - 9:00 pm.
Blackfoot family story time at Forest Lawn
Library, Saturdays, June 8 - June 29, 1:30 - 2:30 pm
The Indian Relay: opening reception and talk at Central Library on June 10, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
For further information go to: calgarylibrary.ca or calgarylibrary.ca/indigenous.
As well, the O’Brien Institute for Public Health will host a free screening of Indian Horse (based on book written by Richard Wagamese) on Wednesday, June 5th at the Plaza Theatre. Doors open at 6:00 pm and movie starts at 6:30 pm. Following the film, a panel discussion will explore the topics of colonization, residential schools, and their intergenerational effects on health.
Thank you to every one who gave so generously to our special Easter offering! $2,310.00 will be sent to CBM for the Foothills Growing Project. High River Baptist church welcomes and appreciates very much our financial support again this year as well as our prayers as they begin a new season of planting, growing and harvesting. When Sharon L spoke to Dawn G she was thrilled with the amount of our gift to help them with this year’s Growing Project.
We had a wonderful time on Tuesday celebrating the wrap up of our playgroup until the fall. So many delicious goodies!
Check out the 323 Collective online store which features global craft makers and entrepreneurs who contributed their handiwork in service of those who need a hand-up. When you purchase an item, the proceeds go to support people in need around the world. Order at https://store.co323.org/ today to get it in time for Mother's Day!
Congratulations to Pastor Sebastian on his graduation with a Bachelor of Ministry degree from Ambrose University and Seminary. Join us in the gym after this Sunday’s service as we celebrate his achievement!
We are excited to explore the ‘I Am’ statements of Jesus, in Adult Sunday School. Keith MacLeod has graciously agreed to teach us about these important teachings of Jesus for the month of May after the service. Please plan to grab a cup of coffee/tea and meet in the lounge.
This is the last week to give to our Easter offering, supporting the work of CBM and the Canadian Food Grains Bank through High River Baptist’s 2019 Foothills Growing Project.
Thank you to all of those who are on our prayer chain. Your faithfulness in prayer is greatly appreciated. A reminder for all of us, if you are in need of prayer, our prayer warriors feel privileged to be able to pray for you. Contact the office for more information on the prayer chain.
At the Church Annual Meeting we received the summary result of the Flourishing Churches survey conducted last year. A couple of questions centered on values:
What 3 areas of the church do YOU value the most? Those who responded to the questionnaire indicated community with others, music & worship, preaching & teaching.
Our congregation is clear on its core values and priorities. 71% responded strongly agree/agree.
Congregation clearly communicates its core values to members and attenders. 62% strongly agree/agree.
Our core values and teachings shape our culture. 64% responded strongly agree/agree.
Altadore’s values come out of a vision collectively developed some years ago. The Vison and values are always published in the Annual Report and you can read complete statements there or ask in the office to email you a copy. The short version of the vision is:
Deeper in our relationship with God.
Higher in our expression of our love for God.
Further in our service to all of God’s creation.
It is good to remember that this vision is personal as well as corporate. How can you assist Altadore in fulfilling the vision and what do you need personally to do to make them even more central to your life?
Over the next several weeks, the Leadership Core is committed to referring to the values so that we as a congregation can together continue to live out these values in our teachings, our actions and our worship.
As part of moving through the Lenten season, we would like to encourage you to participate in the work of CBM and the Canadian Food Grains Bank through High River Baptist’s 2019 Foothills Growing Project. It costs the farmers $250.00 per acre to buy the seeds and fertilizer. They donate their land and labour in seeding and harvesting. High River Baptist is very grateful that for the third year Altadore will be partnering with them to make a difference in the world. Matt. 25:35 reads “I was hungry and you gave me something to eat”.
Thank you to the Grade 12 students from Rundle Academy next door. Part of their curriculum includes “being in service to others”, and for the past few years they have come here to spend an hour cleaning pews, chairs, tables and toys around the building. They do a lot of work in a short time and we very much appreciate their efforts! We also thank Ron Willson and Jill Malcolm for coming in to help supervise.
Next week is International Development Week 2019 & we are inviting you to take the time to celebrate & support the difference Canadian aid is making around the world. This year’s theme is “Together for Gender Equality.” Women are often more affected by hunger & shoulder a disproportionate responsibility for growing food for their families in many developing countries. We will be talking about this more. In the meantime here are some things you can do:
Create & post a video on social media saying why you support & celebrate Canadian aid, or reading the postcard text, using the hashtags #IDW2019, #MoreCanada & #CanadaforHer.
Send a note to your MP encouraging the government to increase its commitment to international assistance, so that more people can enjoy full, peaceful & productive lives.
Visit the IDW2019 website to share your story about making a difference, get ideas for taking action, or to find events happening in your area.
Thank you from the Canadian Foodgrains Bank for joining with thousands of other Canadians and taking action this International Development Week!
Thank you to everyone who gave so generously to our Advent projects! A cheque for $2,275.00 was sent to CBM for “Help Build a Home for a Syrian Refugee Family”.
All of the many, many items that you gave for the Mustard Seed were delivered along with a cheque for $125.00 to buy bus tickets, gift cards & backpacks.
Consider helping raise funds and awareness to support The Mustard Seed by participating in the Coldest Night of the Year fundraising walk on Saturday, February 23rd. They even have a generous donor who is going to match all funds raised at the Calgary East event, up to a total of $20,000. When you run, walk or help spread the word about this event, what you’re really doing is giving a hot meal, a cup of coffee or a safe place to sleep, to a person who is homeless and hungry in your own community. Last year The Mustard Seed showed that when people come together they can accomplish amazing things! With so many people out of work and in need of food and shelter, they need all the support they can get! So, consider running, walking, volunteering or supporting someone who is participating. More info can be found at www.cnoy.org.
Advent offerings will be going towards the gift of a home for Syrians refugees. Some have started to return to Syria because they long for their homes. However, many have lost everything and are left with nothing to go back to. Returning to their country or hometown can be even more uncertain than staying where they have sought refuge, but still some are returning. One of the important ways to rebuild one's life is to have a home. As a church we are asking you to contribute to a gift from the Hopeful Gifts for Change Gift Catalogue from CBM (Canadian Baptist Ministries) by using the special Advent envelopes or by marking a regular envelope. We hope through your gifts to be able to give at least $1000 to CBM to help build a home for a Syrian refugee family. At Christmas it is especially meaningful to consider helping refugees since Jesus was a refugee as a child with his family in Egypt. Please consider giving to the Advent Gift.
We are also collecting tangible gifts on our Giving Tree for clients of the Mustard Seed:
flashlight or book light
warm gloves (not mittens)
travel mug (no ceramics please)
Tim Horton’s/McDonald’s/Dollar Store gift card
men: sport hat / women: costume jewelry
crossword/word game puzzle/etc.
ear plugs, travel size tissue, small first aid kit
Hygiene items (toothbrush/toothpaste, soap, shampoo & conditioner, deodorant, hairbrush /comb, lip balm, disposable razors, nail kits, etc.)
Christmas card or note of encouragement
(sign with first name only)
Please do not donate: candy, chocolate, hand warmers, hand sanitizer, mouthwash, or perfume. If you would like to give money, it will be used to buy backpacks to put the above items in.
First Baptist Church Christmas Concert, Sun Dec 9 at 7 pm, enjoy choir, handbell, piano and pipe organ music. No charge, but donations for Mustard Seed.
ARCS 15th Annual Something Christmas, Dec 9 & 10, River Park Church, tickets at www.archoirs.org.
CORE Christmas Celebration, Dec 16, 7 pm, First Baptist, an evening of Christmas carol singing, traditional Christmas music with selections from Handel's Messiah by choirs, soloists and orchestra.
Vulnerable Persons Policy Review - Thank you to all who attended the review of the policy on Sunday. There will be another review after the Kairos Blanket Exercise on Sunday, November 25th. It is a requirement of ABC’s insurance to have a Vulnerable Person Policy and to review it periodically with volunteers and staff. Staff and volunteers involved in children’s ministries, nursery, youth group, Playtime, visiting seniors or other vulnerable persons in their home or transporting children or youth are required to review the policy and attend a review session. Please plan to attend on November 25th if you were not able to join us last Sunday and if you are involved in any of these ministries.
Door Repair - The glass doors into the main foyer of the church are in need of repair and brought up to current building code. This will proceed shortly.
Locking of Glass Doors - The glass doors into the main foyer of the church will be locked on Sunday mornings at approximately 10:15. A sign will ask latecomers to use the wooden sanctuary doors. This is being done to provide greater security for the volunteers and children in the nursery and for the church’s and personal possessions. Everyone is encouraged to arrive at church early and enter the sanctuary prior to the start of the worship service.
A special thanks to everyone who contributed so generously to High River Baptist’s Foothills Growing Project! The offering total amounted to $1,730.00. Thank you, as well, to everyone who contributed food items for those in need.
Dream Team Report: At the Congregation Business meeting on October 21st, the membership approved the following motion: That the membership accept the report of the Dreams Team and the Leadership Core’s Response to the Dreams Team Report. And further direct the Leadership Core to pursue the recommendations and activities in the Leadership Core’s Response document as opportunities arise and volunteer resources come forward. We are now looking for volunteers who are willing to work in the IN Community Ministry in either the Indigenous or Community initiatives. Many resources are available for each of these and there is a budget of approximately $12,000. Please speak to any of the Leadership Core if God is calling you to serve His ministry in this way and please keep these opportunities in prayer.
65th Anniversary: 2019 is the 65th anniversary of the opening of the gymnasium portion of our church building and we would like to celebrate. Will you help with ideas, planning or organizing any part of this celebration? Please let the church office know.
Hiring of part time Associate Pastor of Christian Education: At the Special Business Meeting held on October 21st, the membership voted unanimously to hire Sebastian Dykstra for this position. Sebastian has accepted the position and will be starting with us on January 2nd. Please prayer for Sebastian & for us as we look to the future of our Christian Education ministry.
A 7.5-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami has devastated Indonesia’s Sulawesi island. The disaster has claimed more than 1,300 lives and has left over 61,000 people displaced and injured. They are in desperate need of food, water and shelter. Homes and buildings have been destroyed, and many survivors are still missing loved ones.
CBM will be working through the Baptist Forum for Aid and Development’s global network to respond to the crisis in Indonesia. You can donate at cbmin.org. Your donation will help provide food, supplies and psychosocial support to those in need. Thank you for your generosity and faithful support.