Consider prayer partnerships. The Bible says: “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” Romans 18: 19-20
Pray that “Missions” would be more than just a part of our name. Ask God to give us a passion for those who do not know of the love of Jesus. Pray for a passion that sees the lost among our neighbours and the lost across the globe as people we are called to reach out to.
Pray for those who have left our congregation because of wounds and disappointments. Pray for their healing. Pray that they would find a place of worship where their talents and gifts can be used, and where their spiritual needs will be met.
Join in and pray for HMC on Sunday mornings before the service. Come to the front of the sanctuary and lift the needs of our HMC community up before God.
The Teen Challenge Choir will be leading our service on Sunday, February 25. Come and hear their powerful testimonies and enjoy their musical presentation. Follow-ing the service, plan to bring a crockpot of chilli and join us in the gym for a fun Chilli Cook-Off lunch which we will enjoy with the Teen Challenge men. See the insert for more details about the cook-off.
Women, come to the upper room on Wednesday, February 28 at 6:30 p.m. for a Ladies Social. Learn more about planning your garden for this spring. Refreshments will be enjoyed as Anne Bartlett shares her extensive gardening knowledge.
Join with us for a night of prayer on Sunday, March 4 at 6:00 p.m. as we kick off this initiative by bringing the various ministries and zones of HMC before God.
Interested in being baptized at our Easter service? Contact the church office. We will be running a Baptism class on Tuesday, March 6 at 7:00 p.m. for anyone wanting to take this step.
Please pray for Annie Shantz as she recovers from a shoulder surgery on Thursday. Pray for rest and healing.
Congratulations to Paul Mader who is celebrating his 75th birthday. Happy Birthday, Paul!
The Wednesday ladies G2G group is finishing up their current study and taking a break for a few weeks. On March 21 at 1:00 p.m. they will be kicking off a new study, Church of the Small Things. All are welcome. Connect with Karen Schmalz if you need more information.
OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE
Mom’s and Tot’s is still looking for another volunteer to hang out with the children while the mother’s meet each Wednesday morning at 9:30 a.m. If you’re interested, but not yet certified, don’t let that stop you! Let us know, and we can get you step up.
Coffee with Pastor Dave! We have changed up our bulletin formatting. If you’re free on Friday’s at 1:00 p.m., Pastor Dave will be brewing up a pot of coffee and folding bulletins in the Admin Centre—he would love if you’d come and join him!
OTHER THINGS OF NOTE
Ushers, Greeters & Coffee Team Training. Saturday, March 3 at 9:00 a.m. Coffee and snacks will be provided!
Registration is open for our EMCC Children, Youth, and Family Camps. Spots are filling up fast – sign up for Stayner or Mishewah today!
Save the date – there is a Couples Retreat being planning for April 13-14 at Horseshoe Resort. More details to come.
Pray to increase our desire to seek God and come together as a church body. Pray for a renewed hunger to study the Bible and seek Him in prayer. Pray that we would begin to see the Holiness of God and the hatefulness of sin in a deeper way. Pray that we would become passionate, desperate, to know God better.
HOW IT’S GOING TO WORK
If you want your chilli to be part of the February 25 Cook-Off: Bring your crockpot to the main kitchen before the service. See the cook-off team to register. (You will be asked to take a number and give your chilli a creative name.)
We will take up to 20 entries.
If you want to be a judge: At the end of the service you will be given a chance to volunteer as a judge. We can have (up to) 20 judges. You will be dismissed a few minutes before everyone else. Find the judging station in the U18 foyer (kitchen outside the gym) and get further instructions there.
You do not have to participate in the cook-off to share your chilli! Please plan to bring a pot either way and deliver to the main kitchen before the service. Buns and drinks will be provided. You’re welcome to bring along a dessert as well if you choose.
Winners will be celebrated in our service on Sunday, March 4 and will get to take home one of these gorgeous trophies:
Bring your appetite and your best chilli!
Pray for any of our number struggling with illness or injury. Pray for God’s provision when work schedules are interrupted. Pray for marriages and families when normal routines are disrupted, and when finances may be short.
Matthew 7:24-27 New International Version (NIV)
The Wise and Foolish Builders
24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
KEY IDEA: (Matt 7:24-27)
A solid foundation makes a strong house.
OBEY GOD as it is part of that foundation that you HAVE TO HAVE in order to BE WHO GOD DESIGNED YOU TO BE.
John 16:33 – In this world you will have trouble.
3) Jesus teaches us to obey
4) Obedience leads to joy
Are you willing to obey, knowing that obedience is the pathway to God’s purpose for you?
Pray for our Shut-ins. There are those of our number who find themselves unable to join in many of our activities. Pray for them. Encourage them. Consider a phone call, a card, or a visit.
Pray for a growing love for God. Pray for a deeper sense of His holiness. Pray for a boldness to come into His presence, but at the same time an awe for His majesty; a recognition of His glory.