Lord Jesus, our Savior, let us now come to you:
Our hearts are cold; Lord, warm them with your selfless love.
Our hearts are sinful; cleanse them with your precious blood.
Our hearts are weak; strengthen them with your joyful Spirit.
Our hearts are empty; fill them with your divine presence.
Lord Jesus, our hearts are yours; possess them always and only for yourself.
– from Augustine of Hippo (354 – 430)
Guest Speaker: Sami Awad – Oct 22 (this SUN)
Sami Awad is the Executive Director of Holy Land Trust – a Palestinian non-profit organization which he founded in 1998 in Bethlehem on the principles of non-violence. Sami also established the Travel and Encounter Program, the Palestine News Network and Al-Kul Television. He has traveled to several countries to speak about non-violence.
Please join us this Sunday (Oct 22) at one of our worship services (9:30 or 11:30) to hear Sami speak about “Our Role as Peacemakers”.
Work Matters Sermon Series
Our sermon series for October and November is entitled “Work Matters: How to Express the Gospel through your Work”. As part of the series, we are reading through the gospel of Luke together as a church. If you have not yet picked up your reading journal, please do so this Sunday. Please send in questions and testimonies to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday morning.
CORE – Essential Course – Oct 22, 29 (this SUNDAY)
Our CORE Essential Course will continue on October 22 and 29 (Sunday), at 1-4pm at Community Church.
Class 2 (Oct 29) – Spiritual Growth
This class will help you develop the habits needed to jump-start your spiritual growth. It will give you an overview and practical experience in two essential habits (prayer and reading the Bible). You will take a spiritual temperament inventory and discover the spiritual habits that are the most natural for you to connect with. Finally, you will create an individualized Spiritual Growth Plan that you can use to take the next steps in your journey.
Class 3 (Oct 22) – Serving and Sharing Christ
At Community Church we believe that every believer is called to serve and share Christ. During this class you will learn the Spiritual Gifts God has given you and how you can use those gifts to serve others. You will also be able reflect on your own story of salvation and how you can share that story with others in order to connect them with God.
At the end of CORE you will have the opportunity to fill out, sign and submit the Membership Application or wait until another time.
To sign up or for more information, please contact Pastor Wade.
Children’s Ministry Update
Our Sunday School theme for October is “Stewardship—Taking care of what you have because it all belongs to God.” This week we will learn from 2 Corinthians 9:6-7 that God loves a cheerful giver. We should use our money wisely. Our monthly Bible memory verse is Luke 16:10a: “Suppose you can be trusted with something very little. Then you can also be trusted with something very large.” Please help your children recite and they will get a small gift as encouragement. See you and your kids on Sunday!
Youth Ministry Update
Halloween is quickly approaching and that means all of the scary monsters come out! I mean not really, but October does market a theme of fear and that is what we will be talking about on Friday nights. What are the things that we fear the most and why? We are looking deep into ourselves and learning that it is okay to be afraid sometimes, but that we are never alone and that we are loved by God.
This Sunday we are going to be talking about prayer! How to pray, the power of prayer, and having a consistent prayer life. Cannot wait to see your students there!
Alpha Course – Fall 2017
Alpha Course has started and will continue every Wednesday from 7:00-9:30 p.m. until Nov 29 this year. You can help by praying about it, inviting your friends to join, and perhaps considering joining the Alpha Team. If you are interested or have any queries, please contact Shirley Chau/ Sophia Lam/ Vanessa Lee or email to email@example.com. You can download the Alpha flyer here for invitation or sign up here. We will have a prayer meeting for the Alpha course after the second service at 1pm on Sundays, please come and join us. Thanks a lot for your support!
ICM Kids Club Visit – Oct 28 (Sat)
Community Church will be running the Saturday Kids Club at Inner City Ministries on Saturday, Oct 28. The event runs approximately 1:30-4:00pm in Jordan and involves leading children in a brief Bible lesson and worship. Contact Roger Lam, Janice Ho or Sarah Peterson if you’re interested in serving with this awesome organization!
re: A Service of Hope and Healing – Nov 1 (Wed) @ 7:30-8:30pm
Do you long for a space to encounter God? Do you long to experience hope and healing for you or your friends and family or for our city? As we gather to seek God, he will draw us closer and reveal his heart to us. He brings wholeness – restoring, renewing, reconciling. re: is a service designed to enter God’s presence to experience his hope and healing. Bring your friends and join us on Nov 1 (Wed), from 7:30-8:30pm, at Community Church.
Newcomers’ Lunch – Nov 5 (Sun)
New to Community Church? Want to meet others who are new? Want to know more about Community Church? Talk with the pastors? If you do, we invite you to a luncheon with the Pastors on Nov 5 (Sunday) from 1:15 to 2:30 pm for a time of lunch, fellowship and questions. There’s no cost or obligation. We’ll try to answer all your questions and give you a good understanding of our church. Please sign up at the Welcome Desk.
Celebrate Recovery – Starts Nov 8
Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered ministry where participants work the 12 steps of recovery and discover tools that bring healthy relationships with God and others. It is a safe place to learn, grow and share, and a place to be cared for and care for others. People come to Celebrate Recovery to work through past pain, present struggles and persistent problems. Examples could be; anger, grief, divorce, control issues, addictions or work stress, to name a few.
Meetings will start on November 8th at 7:30pm. We will meet on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Wednesdays every month (unless there is a holiday).
‘When Helping Hurts’ – The Small Group Experience – HOPE ‘Organising’ Workshop
The ‘O’ Team will be running a workshop over the course of 3 consecutive Tuesdays, commencing 7/11 – 21/11, for thinking about poverty and its alleviation. We will take on two chapters in a 2-hour session from 7-9pm. Through video and discussion, we will discover and learn about the roots of the issue, broken relationships and end with action plans to keep moving forward.
You will be enriched with three key takeaways by the end of the course: you will be blessed, you will be in it for the long-term, and you will be learning how to change a life, a community, and a once hopeless mindset.
Community Church Employment Opportunity
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