Friday, May 20, 2011

May 20, 2011

Last week, we were blessed with a message from John Kelsall as Chetwynd celebrated it anniversary.  the pot luck that followed was delicious as always. 
This weekend is the first long weekend of the spring/summer.  We are looking forward to seeing some of our church members returning from their winter homes.
There has been a lot of talk in the media today about a prediction that tomorrow will be the day that Christ comes to take the Christians home.  It could, of course, happen but the Bible says that we don't know the time or day and that it will all happen in the twinkling of an eye.  That means there won't be any predictions, or preparations (other than the ones Christians make every day). One that day all those who have been smirking will fall on their knees in horror at how foolish they have been.  We who worship our Lord shouldn't look on that day as when we will be justified.  It is only because of God's Grace that we will escape the punishment of the unsaved.  We need to do everything we can to ensure that the Rapture consists of everyone we meet.
Keep yourself in God's love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.  Jude 1:21

Friday, May 13, 2011

May 13, 2011

This Sunday we are celebrating Chetwynd's anniversary and our guest speaker is John Kelsall.  We will be having a pot luck lunch following.
In July, we are organizing a boat tour.  If you are interested, speak to Ralph, Cathy or anyone on the board.  There is a sign up sheet at the church.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the residents of Manitoba and others who are losing their homes to the devastating floods.  In times like this, we are often tempted to offer platitudes but the best thing we can do is pray.  Our Heavenly Father is able to comfort and provide the courage that is needed.

Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you, surely I will help you.  Isaiah 41:10

Friday, May 6, 2011

May 6, 2011

This Sunday is Mother's Day so why not join your mother at church before taking her out for lunch.  The service starts at 10.45 and mother's will be honoured for their contribution to the family.

One of God's greatest gifts is our mother.  They love us unconditionally, kiss our hearts, laugh at our jokes, treasure a gift of a dandilion from a small child's hands and guides with the wisdom she has gained through experience.
She speaks with wisdome and faithful instruction is on her tongue.  Proverbs 31: 26

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

April 6, 2011

This morning the sun is shining through the windows, my husband is making maple syrup and we saw a robin.  It is the kind of day that makes everything else seem easier.
At Chetwynd Community Church, we are enjoying our new pastor, Aaron and his musically gifted wife, Jennifer.  We are also getting ready for a number of activities.
On April 24th, we will be celebrating Resurrection (Easter) Sunday.  This is the day we acknowledge and rejoice in our Lord Jesus' defeat over death.
On June 4th, we will be hosting a luncheon for ladies in the community

As you are aware, we are in the middle of an election.   Like you, I hate hearing all the nasty comments, accusations and other  diatribe.  Wouldn't it be wonderful if all the candidates followed the advice given in Proverbs.

Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.  Proverbs 16: 24

Friday, March 25, 2011

March 25/11

The older I get, the harder it is to remember what day of the week it is.  Sunday and Monday are the only ones I can remember.  Sunday because of church and Monday is my quilt group day.
Sunday has become 'just another day' to the majority of people in our culture but I can remember when if you didn't go to church, you were the odd person.  Now, of course, church goers are considered strange.
This week at Chetwynd we will have our regular service at 10.45.  Everyone is enjoying our new pastor's messages.  They are challenging but not given in a manner where a person feels they are being chastized.  We are also enjoying the addition of Aaron's wife, Jennifer, to our music ministry. 
If you don't have a home church, come and receive a blessing.

For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight.  Eph. 1:4

Friday, March 11, 2011

Mar. 11/11

We are well into the month of March and, although spring officially arrives a week tomorrow, it still looks very much like winter outside.
Chetwynd officially welcomed Aaron as the new pastor last week.  The congregation has been praying, faithfully, for over a year and God has heard and answered.  Aaron plans to visit each individual and family member.

This morning there has been continuing news of an earthquake and the resulting tsanamis in the eastern part of the world.  The west coast of British Columbia is expected to be affected.  The Bible predicts that there will be continued weather and man made disasters and it is easy to become afraid.  However, if we remember that God is in control of everything, it is He who created the world and all that is in it, we can be at peace.
I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress, my God; in him will I trust.  Ps. 91: 2

Friday, March 4, 2011

Mar. 4, 2011

Today is the World Day of Prayer and people all over the world are getting together to pray for the country of Chile.  It is only one day of the year but still good that this event does focus people on the need to pray.
This Sunday, Aaron officially starts as our new pastor.  This too is an answer to prayer.
The members of Chetwynd have been faithful in prayer and trusting God to answer.  And He has.
 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
Phil. 4:6

Friday, February 11, 2011

Feb. 11/11

Happy Valentine's in advance.  On Sunday we will be gathering at nine a.m. for a continental breakfast.  The men will be serving and the women will visit with each other.

On the 27th, Aaron Oliveri will be taking over as interum paster after an unanimous decision by the church board and members.


The most romantic book in the Bible is the Songs of Songs.  While it extolls the love between a man and a woman, the greatest love of all is the Heavenly Father's for us.

You have stolen my heart with one glance of your eyes.  Song of Songs 4:9

Friday, January 28, 2011

Jan. 30, 2011

Another month is almost over and its passing marks another year well started.
There will be a business meeting following the service and a light lunch this Sunday.  Members  will be asked to made a decision regarding an interim pastor.

Our sympathies go to Bill and Lorna on the loss of his brother.


In this life, we must deal with many heartaches.  Loved ones die, many of them after years of suffering and others at a very young age.  Friends hurt us, financial hardships lead to difficult decisions that affect our lives, and natural disasters can take away all that we have.  This life is not easy nor does the Bible promise it would be but we do have the assurance that our Heavenly Father will always be with us.  We also have the promise that our eternal life with him will be heavenly.

I will never leave you nor forsake you.  Hebrews 13: 5

Friday, January 21, 2011

Jan. 21

The first month of the new year is nearly past.  The days are getting longer and those who look forward to spring are beginning to feel hopeful.
This Sunday, the 23rd, Aaron Oliveri is once again going to bring the message.  He was joined by his wife last week so our faithful musicians were able to have a break.
The following week is our annual business meeting which will follow the service and a light lunch.

Please join us at 10.45 each Sunday.  You are assured of a warm welcome and the imputation of God's word.


We all love new things whether it is a different kind of food, an article of clothing or other material object.  Travelling exposes us to different scenery and a chance to meet new people.
For Christians, each day gives us a new chance to serve and worship our Lord.  It is also another opportunity for our Heavenly Father to show how much He loves us.

Behold, I will do something new, now it will spring forth; will you not be aware of it.  Isaiah 43: 19

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Dithery Me

We went to Huntsville to do some shopping this morning.  I had to return something, my husband needed a USB cable for his phone, groceries had to be bought and, of course, fabric.
Our first stop was the office supply place where I had to do the return as well as the USB purchase.  I had carefully put the return item in my bag along with the receipt so when I got to the check out I would be all prepared.  Of course, I couldn't find the receipt.  We paid for the cord while I continued searching without success.  The clerk was kind enough to say they could give me a customer card in the amount of the purchase.  While she was doing that, I suddenly 'found' the receipt.  As I was congratulating myself, I noticed the amount and realized it was the item we had just purchsed.
I am sure the clerk thought I was a real airhead but she just continued doing up the card.  I thanked her for her patience and slunk out of the store.
Oh, and I found out later that I had misplaced another receipt.  This one was to show I had purchsed something at the grocery store on a previous trip which wasn't in my bags when I got home.  When I had called the store, they told me that the unpacked items had been handed in to their office and would be waiting for me when I came in.  I remembered this while in the store but, alas, no receipt.
I hope this isn't a sign of things to come.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Jan. 7, 2011

We are well and truly into a new year.
We are missing a few of our members now as they have either left their summer cottages for the season or left the country for a warmer one.
A business meeting will be held after the service on Jan. 30 following a light lunch.


Some facts from the Bible on the importance of praising our God.
the virgin birth is mentioned twice, dancing five times
missions 12, shouting (for joy) 65
justification 75, sanctification 72 but thanksgiving 135 and singing 287
repentence 110, playing of musical instruments 317
baptism 80, rejoicing 288
praise is mentioned or commanded 332 times!